Petra and Derek had a small but beautiful wedding at The Crossings in Colonie. Before working with this couple I was unaware that weddings took place at this venue, but they have a really great space for it! The weather was perfect and the ceremony was able to take place outside by the pond. Petra and Derek even made sure their dogs were able to stop by for a visit so they didn’t feel left out!

Petra is originally from the Czech Republic and many of her family members were able to travel to the United States in order to attend, which is just so amazing! It made things mildly challenging during portrait time, but I had a few wonderful helpers who translated instructions for me. At one point the couple was surprised with a Czech tradition of breaking a plate, which Derek had to clean up by himself since Petra is pregnant (check back in a few months for a family portrait session with the newest addition).

The reception really took off when the desserts came out and then the DJ started playing some Czech music. My two favorite moments were when a conga line started and nearly every single guest joined in, then at the end when one guest was dancing alone (with a chair – LOL!) and the DJ came out from behind the booth to dance with her! I know that after a party like that, this couple is definitely in for some fun times ahead. I can’t wait to see them again once their baby is born!

Venue | The Crossings
Caterer | Healthy Cafe Catering
Makeup + Hair | Kelley Leemur
Music | Matt Cherchio
Flowers | Maloney’s Flower Shop
Cake + Desserts | Bella Napoli Bakery
Dress | Jocelynn’s Bridal
Menswear | Men’s Wearhouse
Photography Assistant | Jay Zhang

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