May 17, 2017

Dayle + Jordan | Nautical Wedding Otesaga Resort

This Spring I had the great privilege of photographing Dayle and Jordan’s Otesaga Resort nautical wedding in Cooperstown, NY.

The wedding was an amazing celebration of two people in love, surrounded by their family and friends.  I really enjoyed spending time with everyone and had so much fun creating the photos for this wedding.  As always, I like to have my couples tell their story themselves.  Below you can read more about how Dayle and Jordan met and fell in love.

Otesaga Resort Nautical Wedding Photos
Both Dayle and Jordan love the water, so photos on the dock at the Otesaga were a must.
Otesaga Hotel Photo
The driveway to the Otesaga is very impressive.
Nautical Wedding Welcome Bags
Loved these nautical wedding welcome bags!

How did you meet?  

Jordan:  “We met online.  We were going to meet up for dinner at Delmonico’s Steakhouse.  I showed up and texted Dayle and asked him if he was close because I knew he was working.  His hours were more of guidelines, so I knew he would probably be late.  He told me to have a beer at the bar and that he would be there soon.  He kept texting me while I was chatting with the bartender and enjoying the atmosphere.  All of a sudden one beer turned into a few.

Groom tuxedo details Otesaga Resort

Bridal Party Prep Photo

Wedding Photos Cooperstown NY
Dayle getting ready with his friends before the first look.

“Dayle told me to wait at his apartment building, so I waited in my car.  A few minutes later he told me he was on his way.  I was so worried that he didn’t get to eat dinner that I called and ordered Dominoes.  He got home and I walked up to his door with a pizza.  He has since told me that that night, he knew I was the one.  I felt the same way.

Groom Prep Otesaga Wedding Photo

Cooperstown NY Wedding Photo

Otesaga Flower Girl
Every wedding should feature cute kids.

“A few short weeks later, we were out at 9 Maple in Saratoga, and he leaned in and said “I know it’s only been a few weeks, but I think I love you.”  This was a huge relief to me because I felt the same way.  I was worried about slipping and saying it too early.  We moved in together a few months later and have been inseparable since.

Wedding Detail Otesaga Resort
Brandy in the Library at the Otesaga.
First Look Otesaga Resort
Jordan waiting for Dayle for the First Look.

Otesaga First Look Photo

1st look wedding photo Otesaga Resort

Otesaga First Look

Groom Otesaga Resort

Cooperstown NY Wedding Photo
I like the reflection of the tree in the glass here.
Wedding Party Photo Otesaga Resort
The library was perfect for wedding party photos.

Wedding Party Photo Otesaga

Wedding Details Otesaga resort

Same sex Otesaga Wedding
We had some time before the ceremony to go do photos around the grounds.
These guys were so fun!

Wedding Photo Otesaga Resort
Random moments like this mean so much to me.

How did you become engaged?  

“A little more than one year later, we went to downtown Saratoga to walk around and get some gelato (a difficult endeavor).  We kept walking, and I was telling him how much he meant to me.  Then we walked up to the gazebo in Congress Park where my best man, Ryan, had set up candles in a heart.  I proposed to Dayle there.  He immediately said “Yes–wait?  What?…Yes!”  Then we went back to Druthers for dinner where all our friends were waiting to celebrate.”

Wedding Ceremony Otesaga Hotel
Mohican Flowers did a wonderful job with the nautical theme for the flowers.

Otesaga Same Sex Wedding Ceremony

Same Sex Wedding Otesaga resort

Wedding Ceremony Otesaga

Outdoor wedding Otesaga

Otesaga Outdoor Wedding Ceremony Photo

Same Sex Wedding Photo Otesaga
The dock is a really beautiful place for photos at the Otesaga.

How did you decide on your venue and theme for the wedding?  

Jordan:  We chose the venue because Dayle had worked at the Otesaga in college and loved the place.  We had originally planned on the rehearsal dinner at Ommegang, but ended up doing everything at the Otesaga.  The theme was nautical because we both love the water.”

Porch Otesaga Resort
The veranda is one of the unique features of the hotel. It overlooks the lake.
Cocktail Hour Otesaga Wedding
The appetizers and cocktails were served on the lovely veranda.
Nautical Reception theme Otesaga
The nautical theme was carried through to the reception decor.  I especially liked the anchor bottle stoppers.
Wedding Introduction Otesaga Resort
Probably my favorite photos of the reception.

Otesaga Resort Wedding First Dance

Wedding Reception Cooperstown NY
This just makes me laugh.

Otesaga Wedding Reception Toast

Wedding rings detail photo
Loved that Mohican flowers used hops to decorate the cake.

Wedding Cake Cutting Otesaga

Wedding Reception Photos
Dancing with the moms.
Wedding reception photos Otesaga
I enjoy doing images like this for my clients because the night goes so fast–they will never remember it all without this pictures.  Entertainment was by the fabulous live band Body and Soul.
Cooperstown NY Wedding Reception Photo
The end of the reception.

Do you have any advice for couples planning a wedding?

Dayle:  “Hire a planner.  LOL.  Start early and make lists that are manageable and don’t overwhelm you.  And yes, you will fight–we did.  Get over it and move on.”

Jordan:  My advice is to get everything done early.  Finish everything completely by two weeks in advance.  Don’t sweat the small stuff and definitely marry someone in food and beverage.”

Same Sex Wedding Photos Otesaga

Otesaga Same Sex Wedding Photo

What is next for you as a couple?  

“We are saving up for a house and going on a honeymoon in November.”

Wedding Vendors for Jordan and Dayle’s Otesaga Resort Nautical Wedding:

Wedding Photographer | Blackburn Portrait Design

Wedding Venue | Otesaga Resort Hotel, Cooperstown, NY

Entertainment | Body and Soul

Floral Design | Mohican Flowers 

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