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Sonnenberg Gardens and Mansion Wedding | Lily and Oliver

Lily and Oliver’s love for each other and their family is so evident. These two are the perfect balance of being effortlessly classy and super relaxed. Mokume Gane made their rings, a 500-year-old wood-grain-inspired technique traditionally used to make Japanese swords. As if that wasn’t cool enough, both bands were made from the same piece of metal.

Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion in Canandaigua, upstate New York, had so many beautiful shooting locations and was established circa the 1880s. Their ceremony was in the Rock Garden, cocktail hour was in the Japanese Garden, and we took portraits throughout the grounds and through the Italian Garden and Mansion.

Their love is effortless, and the light was perfect. We loved reliving their Sonnenberg Gardens wedding.

Photography: Bethany Michaela Photography | Getting Ready: Del Monte Lodge | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Sonnenberg Gardens | Catering: Max Rochester | Musical Performers: Silver Arrow Band | Florals: Selene Chaisson of Top Markets | Rentals: McCarthy Tents & Events | Makeup & Hair: Bello Salon | Cake: Scratch Bakeshop | Invitations: Beacon Lane | Bride’s Dress: Alyne Bridal at Kleinfelds | Veil: Belaire Bridal at Kleinfelds | Hairpin: BHLDN | Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Groom’s Attire: Mysuit.com | Groom’s Shoes: Johnston & Murphy | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: BHLDN | Bridesmaids’ Necklaces: Mejuri| Rings: James Binnion Metal Arts at Hummingbird Jewelers

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Johnna Yates

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Bethany is a joy to work with. She was always looking out for ways to capture the range of relationships and emotions throughout the day.

Faiz Osman

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Something to consider for couples with different skin tones, she knows how to make you both look great! It's not about an "arty" shot; it's about the reason you're gathered together.

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Bethany is highly skilled at following her intuition on when to engage with guests, and when to step back and allow everything to just be, she demonstrated this balance all weekend beautifully.

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Organized and dedicated, Bethany made sure we got everything we wanted.

Tracy Tran

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Bethany was laser-focused on telling our story through our photographs and worked with our budget. She captured candids perfectly so we could enjoy the moments we missed during our busy day. Her work is natural & organic.

Emily Okey

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She made us feel natural in front of the camera and captured moments we had missed. We will cherish these photographs forever.

Emily Reid

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Bethany inconspicuously captured the happiest and most spontaneous moments during the evening. She's wonderful - professional, personable & kind.

Clara Cotton

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She was there with me, advocating for me, and helping me feel calm! The photos that resulted are beyond beautiful. I will treasure them forever!

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She's professional, communicative, open, warm, and she made us feel so comfortable.

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Bethany is kind and calming, smoothly handling every moment, even calming the stressful ones.

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One of the best decisions we made for our wedding was having Bethany photograph it. She listened to our vision, of capturing the feeling of the day, and nailed the execution.