Rabbit Room Wedding : Sara + John

Mary Dougherty

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If it was love at first sight, these two optometrists would know. At the same time unexpected and life changing, their first meeting sparked a series of events and eventual relationship they couldn’t dream of being without. Some things need time to focus in and adjust to and others are clear as day. On Sara and John’s wedding day, it was clear how much they loved each other. That is something to celebrate.

On a clear morning in Rochester, New York, Sara sat looking out the window taking in the details of the day she had planned for. Her makeup was applied with precision and delicately emphasized her beauty. Bridesmaids, who had spent years by her side as close friends, wore matching floral robes with pins that had cheeky statements like “I’m here for the cake!” On the other side of the room, her Vera Wang wedding dress drew attention, cascading ruffles like a waterfall. The moments that followed when she slipped it on transformed her in to the most beautiful bride, the day and forever changed.
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Distance was never an obstacle. It presented challenges, but if anything it made them stronger. When Sara and John left their Kentucky home to come to New York for their wedding, they were closing a chapter that defined their lives up until this point and starting a new one. The wedding day was celebrated at specific and meaningful locations that had some distance between each other. An hour away guests gathered at Garrett Memorial chapel, a hidden historic location overlooking Keuka Lake. Afterwards guests headed up to The Rabbit Room to enjoy a delicious, local and organic meal in the cozy and intimate space in the Lower Mill. Their small and intimate ceremony was the turning point in their relationship, sealing their decision to become husband and wife. With distance behind them and time ahead, they said their I do’s and the celebration continued.
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Sara and John are not just a beautiful couple, but two genuine people who are both kind and welcoming. I had the best time working with them and wish they lived closer so I could not only get my glasses from them, but have the chance to get to know them more!

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The Rabbit Room is an intimate space perfect for couples in Rochester who want to enjoy an amazing organic meal with their guests on the wedding day. It is such a unique space, and invites people to at the same time settle in and walk around and explore. They decorated the tables with delicate flowers and pieces from their antique glasses collection, inviting guests to try them on and take a few pictures having fun!

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The cake was unreal and handcrafted petals created the bloom that flowed down the side : made by Liz Schulz of the Rabbit Room

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While I don’t typically post many reception images, I wanted to give you a feel for the space at the Rabbit Room. It gets very dark, and the candlelight is gorgeous but I typically shoot with off camera flash in these situations to illuminate as needed. Also, I just have to mention that my empty seat is pictured above on the right – yes, with the table of bridal party and guests! I felt so honored to join them and had so much fun talking with them and sharing stories – thank you for making me feel so welcome!

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the night continued as everyone danced away, but none more beautifully than Sara and John.

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Wedding Dress Vera Wang Hairpiece La Blanc Fleur on etsy Bracelet custom made by Judy Mattingly  Shoes Vince Camuto  Bridesmaid’s Dresses J.Crew  Hair & Makeup Icon Salon  Groom + Groomsmen  Men’s Warehouse  Flowers Rockcastle florist  Cake Liz Schultz at the Rabbit Room  Ceremony Garrett Memorial Chapel  Reception The Rabbit Room Invitation Jen Simpson on Etsy

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