November 26, 2016

Windham Mountain Catskills Wedding Photos | Katee + Zach

Katee and Zach’s Windham Mountain Catskills Wedding Photos:

I had never photographed a wedding at Windham before, so it was pretty exciting.  The weather was perfect for a wedding.  It was sunny and warm.  There was that great fall smell in the air.  The colors on the mountain were beautiful.  Everything was just picture perfect.   I like to ask my brides to share their own story.  They can write pretty much whatever they want to share.  So below is what Katee chose to share:

Upstate NY Mountain Wedding Photo
Katee and Zach at the top of the mountain following the wedding ceremony.

“Zach and I first met in the summer of 2009.  We were neighbors on Broad Street in Plattsburgh where we both attended college.  If you had told us then that we would one day be getting married, I think we both would have laughed in your face.  We were great friends, but complete opposites.  But hey, they say opposites attract, right?

Upstate NY Wedding Photos
Loved the details at this wedding. And the fall foliage was so lovely to work with.
Groom getting ready Photos
Zach getting ready.

“Fast forward to Spring 2010, the week before we were returning home for the summer, and something just clicked between us.  We kept in contact, talking and texting every day.  In July, I made a visit to Saratoga.  I spent a week with him and met his parents and sister.  It was after that trip that we made it official (you know–Facebook) and began dating.

Saratoga Springs NY Boho Bridal Portrait Photos
The sunflower bouquet by Douglas Koch was stunning.
Groomsmen Fall Wedding
Zach and the guys. The woods behind the hotel made a perfect backdrop.

“We had a long distance relationship which made things difficult at times, but true love is worth the wait.  I moved to Saratoga after graduating college in September 2012.

Windham Mountain Catskills First Look Wedding Photos
Zach and Katee had a First Look that was lovely.
Boho Bride Saratoga Wedding Photos
The Olvi dress from Something Bleu was perfect.
Fall Bridal Party Photos Upstate NY
Lovely bridal party!
Boho Bride Photos
The light in the forest was perfect.

“Fast forward to October 3, 2015, the day he proposed.  We had a trip to Niagara Falls and Buffalo planned.  Sunday the Bills were playing the Giants (both of our teams), so we decided to go.  I had never been to an NFL game before, so I was very excited.

Wedding Ceremony Photos Windham Mountain
The view was perfect from the top of the Mountain.
Mountain Wedding Photos Upstate Ny
Everyone took the chair lift to the top of the mountain for the ceremony.
Upstate NY Fall Wedding Photos
The cathedral veil was perfect with the dress!
Wedding Ceremony Photos
I love the excitement when the bride walks down the aisle.
Fall wedding ceremony Windham Mountain.
The setting for the outdoor ceremony was perfect.
Windham Wedding Photos Upstate NY
Mr. and Mrs. at last.

“Zach was the first person to take me to Niagara Falls.  He took me for our one year anniversary in the summer of 2011.  Since we were going to Buffalo for the game, we thought we would go back to Niagara Falls for the night.

Catskills Wedding Photos Bride and Groom
I like to take candid photos after the ceremony.

“It was a gloomy, rainy, chilly day in Niagara Falls.  We bundled up and decided to ride the Maid of the Mist anyway!  Since the weather was less than ideal, it was not too crowded, which made it even more special.  While aboard, Zach was anxiously tryng to get me to come across to him, but I was reluctant to give up my spot against the railing.  Finally, I caved and went across to join him.  He asked a stranger if he could take our picture.  Before I knew it, he was down on his knee.  I was expecting him to propose that weekend as we had been talking a lot about marriage before this, but I was still so surprised.  I was beyond ecstatic.  No words can explain my feelings at that moment.  The kind stranger recorded the proposal.  We feel so lucky to have that special moment captured on film.

Fall Bridal Party Photo
Beautiful Bridal Party
Wedding Photos Windham
We did some family photos on top of the mountain after the wedding ceremony

“I always knew I wanted a fall wedding.  It is my absolute favorite time of year.  Zach and I both love the outdoors, so we knew we wanted to incorporate that into our wedding.  We researched many venues online and looked at a few, but nothing gave us “that feeling.”  We decided to check out Windham Mountain, and we instantly fell in love.  The beautiful drive to get there, the view of the mountains, the chairlift ride to the top, the newly renovated space… it was all just perfect.  We booked it that day and the planning started! October 15, 2016 would be our day!

October Fall Wedding Catskills Windham Mountain
The foliage was really stunning at the top of the mountain

“Now I know with most girls it is all about the dress, but for me, it was all about the shoes.  I am a shoeaholic, and I always said I would wear Christian Louboutin shoes on my wedding day.  My mom bought me the most beautiful pair of Louboutins and I was in love.  I ended up breaking my foot before my wedding, and although I was not in a cast (thank God!), I couldn’t wear my shoes.  It was heartbreaking, but I got through it.

Ski Mountain Wedding Photos
We took the chairlift down to the reception

“Even though it was not all about the dress for me, I did absolutely love my dress.  Before I went looking, I knew I had certain criteria for my gown: form fitting, sexy back.  As soon as I tried on the Olvi gown at Something Bleu in Saratoga, I knew it was the dress.  It was soft, comfortable, romantic, sexy–everything I wanted to look like on my wedding day.   I knew Zach would love it too.  The head necklace I purchased from them for my headpiece was amazing.  I got SO many compliments on it.  It was different and really completed my look. My cathedral veil matched my dress perfectly and gave me that dramatic look I wanted as I walked down the aisle.

Windham Reception Photos
Getting introduced at the reception.
Sunflower wedding detail photos
The sunflowers were carried through as a major detail for the reception.
Wedding Toasts Photos
Toasts are always fun and moving.
Windham wedding reception toast photos
Katee’s Dad gave a very sweet toast.


“Our wedding day was the best day ever (naturally).  We go so lucky with the weather.  It was sunny and warm and the Fall colors were at their peak.  The scenery was to die for.

Windham First Dance Photos
The First Dance together.
Parent Dancing Photos Reception
Parent Dances.

“The best part of our wedding day was standing back and watching our guests enjoy themselves.  Everyone had such a great time and it was so nice to see all of our hard work pay off.  Our only complaint was that it went too fast.  We want a re-do;-)

Reception Candids Mountain WEdding PHotos
Love doing candids at the reception.
Wedding Reception photos Upstate NY
I love it when the guest are just having fun.

“We are now an old married couple, one month married.  It couldn’t be more wonderful.  We are looking forward to buying our first home together within the next year.  After the house comes the fur baby.”

Fall Sunset wedding photos windham mountain
I love the warm glow at sunset in the fall.

Wedding Vendors for Katee and Zach’s Windham Mountain Wedding:

Wedding Photography | Blackburn Portrait Design                      Wedding Venue | Windham Mountain

Wedding Videography | Lovecraft Productions                               Florist | Douglas Koch

Wedding Gown | Something Bleu Bridals                                         Wedding Dress Designer | Olvi

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