When I moved to Syracuse two years ago I did some research on local wedding venues. The Landmark is one that has scared me but I was hoping to book a wedding there because it's gorgeous. I'm so luck that my good friend Sarah was the person to book me for her wedding at the Landmark! I knew it was going to be a challenge because it's pretty dark! As you can see from most of my weddings, I prefer natural light. This was my time to put my education and talent to the test! I showed up early and soon realized I was more than qualified to take on this daunting venue!
Sarah is one of the most beautiful people I know, inside and out! Her wedding was jaw-droppingly stunning in every way. The venue, the details, and of course Sarah herself looked like a classic Hollywood starlet! When we arrived to the venue the first thing I did was grab Sarah's dress and find the perfect place to hang it. I was met with a plethora of options but found a perfect place that wasn't too overwhelming that her dress would be overshadowed. Everyone knows I love getting ready photos the most - but Sarah's were especially fun. Not everyone looks cute in rollers but with Sarah's resemblance to Marilyn Monroe, she totally pulls it off and makes them fashionable! We setup Sarah and Charles' first look on the amazing grand staircase in the lobby of the theater. Because where else?! It was the perfect location! And on top of that, Charles' reaction to seeing Sarah was priceless. I just love First Looks because I never know what to expect - sometimes it's tears but it's always a big smile! We then jumped into couple portraits and let me tell you, I could've spent hours just capturing these two in this space. For the ceremony, we entered the theater and I was amazed. Having never visited the Landmark prior to this wedding, I had no idea what to expect but even my high expectations were blown away. The ceremony took place on the balcony, something that had never been done before! I was in the walkway above their guests and the view was perfect for a wide angle shot! The party began with a grand entrance down the same beautiful stairs in the lobby and went right into their first dance, then parent dances. After some mingling, we headed up to the second level for dinner and a toast from the Matron Of Honor and the Best Man. The room looked like something right out of a 1940's hollywood movie set. Just beautiful! I had the time to take photos of the rings and I knew I had to use the gardenias in Sarah's bouquet because they were her mother's favorite flower. Then it was time to cut the cake from Deborah's Sweet Treats. I've always been a little skeptical about gluten free things but I tried the cake (because when do I ever refuse cake?), and it was so good! I may have stolen my husband's piece too, shhhhh. It was time for my departure so Sarah and Charles met me outside for a photo under their marquee. The perfect ending to the perfect day.