Romantic Outdoor Catskill wedding at Shinglekill Falls | Heather + Cory
Waterfalls. Forests. Unicorns.
Heather + Cory's vintage inspired wedding at one of the most stunning Catskill waterfalls blew me away.
Heather and Cory got married in summer at the gorgeous Shinglekill Falls BnB, which is an old country house in the Catskills. They had their ceremony in the back garden, which was the perfect setting. They chose the Catskills, because it’s where they always wanted to have their wedding and they could have the place for the whole weekend. It was a vintage wedding, which was so unique and personal to the couple. I love shooting weddings at the Catskills, because the surroundings are absolutely amazing and the photo ops are just incredible. Shinglekill Falls BnB sits on top of the most spectacular waterfall and it's just a short walk through the forest to get down to the swimming hole at the bottom. You know it's an epic wedding when the bride and groom end up jumping into the waterfall at the end of the night!
The excitement before the wedding
Heather got ready in the farmhouse with her family and friends checking in on her, and the atmosphere was so relaxed. She chose to keep her unique style but a little fancier to fit the feel for her wedding day. The bride then walked the short distance to the amazing First Look location I picked out. I chose a secluded spot at the edge of the swimming hole, the sounds of the waterfall behind them was magical and perfect. Cory got ready at a neighboring farmhouse called Tumbling Falls BnB. He was so nervous and excited to see his bride. The groom then walked the short distance to get to the swimming hole and wait to see his Bride for the first time. It could not have been a more picture perfect place to have their First Look.
The wedding itself was an intimate affair in a woodland clearing at the Catskill BnB. Their officiant opened the ceremony by ringing a singing bowl and lighting sage and incense. During the ceremony they read their own vows. It was such a personal service. Their ceremony was a mix of Pagan and Buddhist and they adorned the altar with crystals, incense, singing bowls and many personal touches.
The reception was out in the garden and they walked around the woods for photos in the afternoon, and a food truck for BBQ in the evening. There were so many personal, DIY touches and the Bride and Groom worked on the property for months before to get it ready for it's first ever wedding. They decorated the venue with wildflowers, candles and so many handwritten touches for their guests and unicorns, because it’s their biggest obsession. For dinner they had a BBQ food truck, which was loved by all the guests. The first dance was a romantic slow dance, and they finished off the evening with jumping into the waterfall fully dressed. Heather had casually mentioned that they might do that but I couldn't tell if she was kidding or not. Sure enough, as we were packing up to leave, I heard her walk by talking about getting her dress wet. I have never grabbed my camera and a light so quickly! I ran down to the bottom of the hill and got there just seconds before they arrived.
The most memorable part of the day was when the Bride's mom surprised her with a Flash Mob, because I could tell that it meant so much to Heather and Cory. They had painted suns and props and everyone had been practicing so hard to make it happen. They also had a dessert buffet table during the party – it was so personal! So many of their friends and family baked sweets and cakes to add to the dessert station.
Heather wore a vintage wedding dress for the ceremony and Cory wore an amazing tweed suit and they looked so incredible. Heather’s dress was from a Conchetta's Closet, a local vintage shop in the Catskills and Cory’s suit was a perfect compliment.
Heather and Cory met through mutual friends and have been together for many years now. They got in touch with me in the early planning stages and their inquiry was really touching. They said their wedding photography really mattered the most to them and as artists themselves, they could really see a difference in my work, and I thought it was awesome that they just really wanted me there.
The couple says that if you’re planning your wedding, the biggest piece of advice they could give you is to make it personal. It's your day and you should be reflected in your choices.
Heather and Cory’s wedding was everything I love about weddings and just the happiest occasion. Here’s their stunning wedding!
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