Rustic + Romantic Finger Lakes Wedding at Crispin Hill • Thompson Photo


Some weddings we swoon over, and others, we secretly wish we could crash because they sound, and today's gorgeous Finger Lakes Wedding from Thompson Photography Group is absolutely one of them. When you read Kaitlyn + Gregory's story, you'll immediately want to be their best friends (and a guest at their wedding), because they truly crafted a wedding day founded on family and love. After a romantic ceremony at a lakeside family cottage, Crispin Hill in Pann Yan, NY was the perfect place to host their rustic reception. Every single detail of their wedding day was thoughtfully chosen and created from the heart: from the handmade wooden signage and elephant pocket squares, these two thought of it all. DIY Brides + Grooms: take note! This wedding is proof that a little help from your friends is really all you need.



From the Bride: I wasn't one of those girls who grew up dreaming about her wedding, in fact... Despite the countless episode of say yes to the dress my sister watched growing up, I had never even seen a dress I liked! I wasn't too excited about the wedding planning, but I think the location helped focus my efforts. Greg and I live in California now, but our friends and families are bicoastal. We wanted to find a location that was meaningful to us, but could also be accessed by car for our east coast guests. Within a week of getting engaged, we had decided on Penn Yan - a magical little village in upstate New York where my mom grew up and where I spent a portion of every childhood summer. We have a small family cottage on the lake where we decided to do the ceremony, welcome dinner and after party. For the reception, we chose Crispin Hill - which was an easy choice as soon as we saw how gorgeous it was and met it's wonderful owners, Heather and Chelsey.

With 150 people coming, we knew it wouldn't be "intimate", but we wanted to be sure the event was comfortable and welcoming to everyone. We went with the rustic-earthy-chic feel: lots of green and wood! We found a lot of ideas on Pinterest (thank goodness for DIY and our very creative family members): the family of the groom worked endlessly to create a wide array of wooden signs - they were scattered throughout the weekend and locations. The colors - navy, seafoam/mint, and a touch of blush were decided by pocket squares Greg and I found while traveling last summer. We are loyal elephant fans, and found elephant pocket squares that we knew had to be in the wedding :) The men in the wedding - who were all family members- sported them for the ceremony. Our entire wedding party was family, which made things pretty easy and funny - our 3 year old flower girl pulled her year old sister down the aisle in a wagon...big muscles! The toddler had excellent comedic timing during the wedding - giggled at every joke the bride's brother made...he led the ceremony, which was short, non-secular and perfectly fit to the couple :)

Our vendors turned out to be amazing - particularly the location and food, photographers and flowers. Luckily, the mother of the bride still has family in Penn Yan, so she was able to help with a lot of the planning while visiting. We felt so fortunate to work with such wonderful people and to have so many of our favorite people make the trek from near and far to Penn Yan :)

Photographer:  Thompson Photography Group | Floral Designer: Garden Of Life Flowers | Caterer: OPUS Finger Lakes Wine Country Catering | Bakery: Bagels and Cakes and a Hole Lot More | Dress Designer: BHLDN | Musicians: Shine Events | Event Planner: MLH Events