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Kim + Greg | Geneva on the Lake Wedding

Mary Dougherty

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I'm a fine art film photographer living in the mountains and traveling to tell beautiful stories





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modern estate wedding bride and groom portrait happy New York | Mary Dougherty

This modern estate is Geneva on the Lake and wedding dreams are made of this. As a finger lakes wedding venue is hosts a tent, beautiful gardens and a courtyard which offer so much beauty to the Rochester NY wedding venue options. As usual, the people make these pictures and Kim + Greg are everything. I mean that. I want to have a dance party with them every weekend, invite myself over for backyard bbqs and accidentally show up on vacation in the same spot. Did you follow their honeymoon in South Africa? #goals.

Mary Dougherty New York wedding photographer

I create photographs for people so that they can celebrate life. I believe life is beautiful and worth sharing. We often need a remind of what is important and photographs do that for us. This day will add sunshine to any clouds and I can’t wait to see what you think.

modern wedding dress hanging under black and white striped awning at Geneva on the Lake | Mary Dougherty

Modern Estate Wedding

The Inn on the Lake in Geneva, New York is a classically inspired building. Black and white striped awnings and round globe lamps lead the way to the gardens and pool over looking the lake. It offers all the beauty of a lakeside wedding venue with the charm of architecture for a modern couple. Greg and Kim actually chose the venue after I was booked for their initial date. Endlessly gratefully they reconsidered and choose to bring me along.

bride and groom playing croquet in garden at modern estate New York wedding | Mary Dougherty

Kim’s stunning Mikaella Bridal dress came from the one and only Silk Bridal Boutique in Rochester, New York. It fit perfectly and was a perfect dress for her modern estate wedding.

simple ring portrait solitaire diamond velvet ring box modern estate wedding | Mary Dougherty
bride and groom hands look at rings Mary Dougherty
bridal party at modern estate wedding walk down stairs New York Geneva on the Lake | Mary Dougherty

Because everything was onsite, the wedding day moved easily from one event to the next. Getting ready flowed into a first look, portraits, bridal party photos and family. Capturing everything before the ceremony gave us ample time to enjoy with guests during cocktail hour.

flower girl swings at modern estate wedding in New York | Mary Dougherty
bridal style detail caned wedding purse with calligraphy name card | Mary Dougherty

Kim’s best friend Julie Acree owns the company Écrit en Bleu and did all of the custom calligraphy and hand lettering. Kim’s hair was done by Mykel Dwaileebe from Rock Paper Scissors.This image was taken at the end of the day, but I love how gorgeous her hair still looks after 6 hours. Makeup was done by Angel Flint and looked stunning all day long.

bridal hair inspiration half down natural beautiful wave modern estate wedding New York | Mary Dougherty
wedding bridal bouquet Stacy K Floral Modern estate wedding | Mary Dougherty

Stacy K provided the stunning florals for the day and it’s no surprise they were amazing. The organic and sculptural bouquets she creates for brides make this Geneva on the Lake wedding day even more beautiful.

Bride and groom in garden at Geneva on the Lake Modern estate New York | Mary Dougherty
groom straightens bowtie at Geneva on the lake | Mary Dougherty
Modern Estate Wedding bride and groom walk up stairs long veil | Mary Dougherty

Geneva on the Lake Wedding Details

I absolutely love a first look on the stairs and the way we are able to capture the emotion of this moment. You already know this, but a first look changes the feeling of a day and allows so much more freedom with your schedule.

How stunning are these bridesmaids in pastel peach tones and floral dresses? I love this moment helping Kim with her veil in the gardens of Inn on the Lake.

So much of your venue dictates the look and feel of the day. Being able to take cues from the location allows you to inform all other decisions and Kim and Greg pulled this off perfectly.

The ceremony took place next to the gardens overlooking the lake. The walk from the main house to the ceremony site was stunning. These are the moments you really benefit from having two photographers.

Once the party began, it didn’t stop! I love a tent wedding for the ease of dancing and documenting it. Kim and Greg have serious moves and I know why are destined to be bffs.

Thank you so much for inviting me in to your lives. I loved telling the story of your day, and capturing moments that will define your life and your relationship. If you haven’t already, share this post with a friend!

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