There’s so much to say about Megan and Brendan. They’re amazing people in so many ways. I really started to understand who they are at their engagement session. If you haven’t seen it, check it out! Because who can’t get enough of how sweet and stunning they are together? What really strikes me about Megan and Brendan is how they are always thinking of others. At our engagement session together, they asked about my life and took a unique effort to get to know more about me. And usually it’s the other way around! I told her about my marriage and the expectance of our first daughter. Then shortly after, I receive a baby present in the mail from them. I thought, “wow, they really know how to make someone feel special.” And at their wedding I was listening to their maid of honor’s speech and she nailed it. She said Megan and Brendan have a gift. A gift of observance and the gift of displaying kindness. Together, they make such an admirable team and one of the most inspiring loves I’ve witnessed. And yes, Megan does remember everything!
The morning of the wedding day, I packed up my equipment and headed to Cooperstown, New York. Cooperstown is one of my favorite places in New York State. The architecture is full of history and well kept. There are all kinds of beautiful parks along the Otsego Lake. But one of the most famous establishments along the lake is definitely The Otesaga Hotel where Megan and Brendan began their day. I walked right into the best vibes. Everyone was happy and Megan was so relaxed. Every stress or anxiety that is usually tied to being a bride, Megan was the opposite. And I loved that energy because it allowed her to simply take the day in and enjoy every moment. Also, she is the better version of Charlize Theron. The return of the MACK has my back on that one.
Megan stepped into her father’s vintage Mercedes and headed to the church. I ran to the back of the church to see how Brendan was doing and he was eager to see Megan. And perhaps knowingly anticipating some tears. It was a beautiful ceremony that ended with the sweetest kiss and Megan and Brendan officially became husband and wife! They rode off in the Mercedes back to the Otesaga Resort Hotel and we all took photos in the Summer sun. Relieved that the rain held off for us, we basked and stopped to feel every breeze. And perfectly enough, as the reception began, the rain began. I love rain during receptions. It creates the coziest feel. The candles in the ballroom were lit and goodness, Megan and Brendan were beaming. They got on that dance floor immediately and got the party started which led to great food, drinks, dancing, and a spectacular fireworks display. I loved every moment of this day and more importantly I loved seeing Megan and Brendan so incredibly happy. Cheers to these amazing newlyweds! You have such a great future together ahead of you!
Photography: Janelle Rodriguez Photography
Secondary Shooter: Sara Hulse
Makeup: Ashtyn McMichael
Hair: The Church Salon
Florist: A Rose is a Rose
Coordinator: Bisou Weddings and Events
Ceremony Venue: St. Mary’s Church
Preparation & Reception Venue: The Otesaga Resort Hotel
Catering: The Otesaga Resort Hotel
Entertainment: Soul Injection