This Great Day | La Tourelle Hotel & Spa | Ithaca New York Wedding Film | Wendy and Aaron

What is your story?

We’ve been together for 3 years. Met in steamboat, lived in Denver, skied together every weekend that first winter together. Moved in together during Covid (& flourished during that time). Proposed back in steamboat. A few months later, Aaron deployed for almost a year and when he came back, we started our next adventure in Virginia.
Every stage feels like a restart to the honeymoon. If we laugh 1/10 of the amount, we will be in a good spot!

How did the two of you meet?

Our journey began in the Old Town Steamboat Hotsprings. We were there with different groups of friends, when Aaron struck up a conversation with me and they quickly realized they were both from New York, loved to ski, and were both athletic & quite competitive. The next night was spent dancing at the top of gondola and ended with a snow ball fight (which I like to think I won). After that weekend, we have been together ever since!

What was your favorite memory of your wedding day?

There are a bunch – 1. the most heartfelt vows of all time 2. The first dance (during and being done given how nervous we were) 3. “Icing” Aaron and 4. Throwing the cake in each other’s face (repeat of the snowball fight). We honestly had the most perfect day so the little moments of being with your friends and family were amazing, especially dancing in the gazebo at the after party.

What were the main influences behind the style of your wedding, its location and your venue choice for your big day?

Ithaca is where Aaron is from, with many of our friends and family ranging from NYC to Boston so it was drivable for most, outside of a handful. We also had to go with fall given it is both of our favorite season, which lead to our fall theme wedding – bold red, orange colors – extremely beautiful. La Tourelle was an easy choice given the location, but mainly how easy they were to work with. And we were right – they are really the main people to thank for that day going so smoothly.

What would your top tips be for somebody planning their wedding?

Budget first, keep organized, do as much as you can prior to the week before so you have very little stress going into the wedding (which I did). Also – lean on people who have strengths where you don’t. I am very organized, but not very creative so I was trying to make the theme of the wedding for so long before I leaned on my artistic friends for help 🙂 Your friends want to help you!

What made you decide to hire a wedding videographer? Any tips for couples on the fence for a film?

I have seen friends video’s from their weddings. While pictures are awesome and you need them, there is something so real about the video that makes any person watching it feel like they are there.

Anything else you would like to share?

This was a really, really special day and the love that surrounded us was amazing – we are still feeling the high from that day. Our vendors, our family, our friends -everyone who was there touched us in the most incredible way. Honestly, the foundation that we built is because of what was built by all of them and everything that they have taught us, I just know that we’re going to last forever because of it. I thank them so much for being a part of our lives & celebrating this day with us.

Aaron – in a time where I gave up on love, you came up to me in the hot springs and believed we had something truly there. Thank you for never giving up and making me feel like I’m the most beautiful girl, every day. I love you! To the moon & back!

Photographer Foto Impressions

DJ/ Entertainment RD Entertainment

Wedding Venue La Tourelle Hotel & Spa

Hair Make Up & Beauty Hair & There

Florist Barnstead Farm

Officiant Tom Miller

Paper Products / Invitations Eco Friendly Paper Source

Chairs Upstate Rentals

Cake Sugar & Slice

Transportation Auburn Limousines

Dress Store Boulder Bridal

Dress Designer Maggie Sottero

Wedding Ring Kay Jewelers

Suit Store The Black Tux

Wedding Ring Blue Nile