Some would say Kristi and Brennan’s wedding was a long time coming.
They may have had adjoining lockers in high school and had many of the same friends, but it wasn’t until the couple went to two different colleges that they started dating. For the first few years it was a long-distance relationship — five years after college, Brennan finally popped the question.
“We both took a Friday off from work and went down to his parent’s boat on Keuka Lake,” said Kristi. “As we were on the boat he pulled out his iPad and wanted me to see this slideshow he had put together.”
“I didn’t really think anything of it so as the slideshow went on of pictures of us throughout 8 years of dating and music playing, at the very end of the slideshow was the question “Will you marry me?”
“I. Was. Shocked,” said Kristi.
The couple started planning a September wedding at the historic St Gabriel’s Church in Hammondsport, NY.
THE BIG DAY
Kristi started her day off with wedding day preparations at the beautiful Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel on Seneca Lake.
Sarah Gregorious of Sandy’s Hair Zoo in Hornell traveled to the hotel to do bridal hair while Amanda Thompson of The Cutting Edge Salon , also in Hornell, came to apply her signature airbrushed makeup.
There was excitement in the air as Kristi’s seven bridesmaids and flower girl enjoyed mimosa’s (or orange juice) in the hotel room while they prepared for the wedding, wearing matching floral robes.
Seneca Lake provided a beautiful view for the wedding party, with nothing but blue skies and the occasional puffy white cloud hovering over the water.
It was sure to be the perfect day.
Kristi’s fit and flair dress, purchased at The Wedding Dress and Tux Shop in Geneseo NY, draped over the bed waiting to be put on. The suite provided the perfect location for the large wedding party to get ready. Jewelry from Claire’s and shoes from Payless, were off to the side.
Down the hall, Brennan and his groomsmen were laid back and enjoying a beer or two while getting dressed in their suits from The Men’s Warehouse.
With hair and makeup complete, Kristi was ready to step into her gown with the help of her bridesmaids.
With finishing touches completed, the wedding party headed down to the trolley that would transport them from Watkins Glen to Hammondsport for the ceremony provided by Fitzgerald Brothers.
Brennan was already at the church, anxiously waiting to see his bride.
“We chose not to see each other before the wedding, said Kristi. “This moment was more memorable and special to us this way. The anticipation of this moment on both ends was more fun for us too!”
And what a special moment it was.
The couple said their I do’s and became husband and wife in front of 195 of their closest friends and family.
The Canty’s made multiple stops for photos on the way back to the Harbor Hotel, where the reception was held.
The final photos were held on the Seneca Lake Pier, with the wind whipping the lake into waves that sprayed the wedding party.
As a photographer, I enjoy the few minutes of calm in the reception hall before the party begins. This reception was a thing of beauty.
An Event to Remember also took care of the decor for the reception. It dripped of elegance and romance.
The banquet room was bathed in pink uplighting with a spotlight illuminating the cake, provided by Stone Cottage Cakery.
The party got off to a thrilling start with he wedding party got the crowd going with a variety of dances, before the DJ from Sound Express Entertainment of Webster, NY, announced, for the first time, Kristi and Brennan Canty. The newlyweds danced in to an explosion of confetti bombs and flashing strobe lights.
It was certainly a sign of fun things to come for the night.
The delicious meal was provided by The Harbor Hotel before the dancing began, and went late into the night thanks to a post-reception after-hours party, complete with live band and late-night food.
The wedding was everything Kristin and Brennan hoped for, and more. Their favorite part? “Just having everyone you love in the same room and being able to celebrate with everyone for hours,” said Kristi. “It was the happiest day of our lives and this is how it should be for every bride and groom! The only thing I would change is to have more hours in the day! Everything went perfectly from start to finish. Beginning with getting up and doing hair and makeup in the morning to after hours. We didn’t want the day to end.”
Kristi said the most difficult part of wedding planning was figuring out the timing of the day.
“You need to be sure that every hour of your big day is timed perfectly. Including when vendors are coming to set up, when hair and makeup is done hours before the ceremony, travel time to the church to be sure you are on time,” she said.
“You don’ realize that you have to put this much thought into these events so I made a schedule outlining every hour of our day. From when we woke up, to who is getting their hair and makeup done at what time to the vendors being set up (DJ, Florist, Photographer, Videographer) I also included all the vendors contact information on this schedule and gave them my maid of honors and parent’s phone numbers if they had to contact someone for clarification. It sounds a bit crazy, but this helped all parties involved! It also helps the bride to relax and enjoy every moment of that day.”
Her advice to people planning their weddings: “When I first got engaged, I had a friend tell me “If you don’t remember the details of a wedding you attended, don’t stress on those details for your wedding.” When planning our wedding, I kept going back to that advice as I never remembered anyone’s party favors or ceremony programs. Unless this is something that is important to you, don’t let it overwhelm you!”
“Figure out your priorities and what is most important to you on your big day! Then figure out your style/theme you’re going for. This will make for easier decisions on all the extras that go into planning. And be sure to enjoy every moment of your big day with your husband and all your favorite people!”