September 22, 2018 //
Rochester, NY //
Casa Larga Vineyards
The wedding was a perfect fall day in Upstate New York. Leaves colorfully changing, with a cool breeze. The morning was brisk, but the temperature rose in the sunlight during the day.
The 2 o’clock ceremony was at a church we had both grown up in, a Catholic ceremony. Anthony and I both wanted to opt out of the first look prior to the ceremony. Something so raw and real about looking down the aisle at your bride that we both loved.
After the mass, we went directly to the reception venue, a vineyard on a hill. Rustic but still so elegant. The day went so smoothly and seamlessly. Our guests arrived around 5 o’clock for the cocktail hour, gathering on the large deck overlooking the vineyards where we were taking pictures. Around 5:30, we joined the last half of the cocktail hour with our 250 guests. As you can imagine, Anthony and I had to divide and conquer. 6 o’clock, the entrances were ready to begin, starting with our parents, and then the bridal party, and then us! We walked right into our first dance: In the Misty Moonlight by Dean Martin. Maid of Honor and Best Man speeches, followed by our sit down dinner with tableside wine service was next. Everything was amazing and so delicious, but our guests couldn’t help get distracted by the colorful sunset right outside.
Over the vineyards was a sunset of a thousand colors, from purple, to red, to orange, to blues. It was affirmation that this is exactly where we were meant to be.
After cake cutting, father/daughter and mother/son dances, it was time for the party to start. Non-stop dancing of every single guest followed. It was definitely what you would think when you think “Big Italian Wedding,” and it was beyond incredible. Laughing and dancing, surrounded by the people we love; Nothing could be better. After the 6 hour reception was ending, we headed back to the hotel for a 3 hour after party with cocktails and a famous Rochester meal, the Garbage Plate (2 hamburger patties over macaroni salad and French fries, topped with ketchup, mustard, onions, and hot sauce.)
The night truly embodied us from start to finish. Every second we were happy, smiling from ear to ear, and so in love.
September 22nd will forever be our favorite day.