Robert H. Treman State Park Wedding

Ithaca, NY

Robert Treman State Park is the perfect place for a colorful, quirky Ithaca wedding. 

Olivia got ready in an Airbnb right next to the park’s main entrance (talk about convenient) and not only was there a beautiful space for her to get ready in, but the property had a lot of pretty areas outdoors for photos of her with her side of the wedding party.

jenny yoo wedding dress hangs from window, colorful bouquet and shoes sit in blue chair

mother of bride helps her button her dress and put on her shoes

bride stands in front of white picket fence holding colorful bouquet with bright colored flowers in her hair

bride shows off transparent back of jenny yoo wedding dress and her colorful bouquet

bridesmaids in light blue dresses hold brightly colored bouquets smile and walk together while laughing

They held their ceremony at St. Catherine of Siena Church in Ithaca,NY and it was SO beautiful. I’m honestly not sure if I’ve ever seen a church with so much natural light. The church even has two separate closed off rooms on either side of the entrance so the couple has a place to hide away if they’re doing a traditional aisle reveal and don’t want to see each other before the ceremony.


St. Catherine of Siena Church in Ithaca NY outside and inside view

groom walks down church aisle with his parents and watches bride as she walks down the aisle

bride walks down aisle with her parents in St Catherine of Siena church in Ithaca NY

bride and groom exchange rings at the altar

bride and groom have their first kiss at alter in Ithaca NY church

Just married bride and groom hold hands and smile as they recess up the aisle after ceremony

After the ceremony we headed to Robert Treman State Park. Olivia and Shane had their reception in the park's North Shelter, located near the main entrance of the park, but we started out with portraits at the North entrance in the gorge. 

Ithaca Wedding Photographers guide to Robert Treman State Park

If you’re photographing a wedding at Robert Treman State Park, the North entrance is only about a 10-minute drive from the North Shelter, so it's pretty easy to schedule time for portraits there. It can be a little tricky to find though, so you'll want to make sure that everyone that needs to meet there has the exact address of the parking lot : 129 Upper Park Rd, Newfield, NY 14867. There are beautiful paths through the woods and gorge (called Enfield Glen), so couples get that adventure elopement feel while still being able to invite all their family and friends to their reception at one of the Pavilions.

The north entrance is a stunning location for portraits, just be aware that it’s also a very popular scenic trail, so be prepared to stop and wait for hikers to pass by. You’ll want to schedule plenty of time for portraits here just in case it’s busy (and it probably will be!). If you want to spend even more time here, I definitely recommend choosing to do a first look before the ceremony.


groomsmen stand together and looks serious

colorful bride, groom, and wedding party stands together and smiles

bride and groom laugh as they walk together with their wedding party towards the camera

bride and groom stand on bridge and smile at camera and each other

Groom in bright blue suit walks towards camera and holds colorful pink, yellow, and purple bouquet

Bride and groom walk together through Robert Treman State Park in Ithaca NY

Bride and Groom standing together in Enfield Glen in Ithaca NY

groom lifts bride and they stand together holding hands in Robert Treman State Park in Ithaca NY

Bride and Groom stand together in a forest, showing off see through back of brides dress

bride and groom walk together up forest path in Ithaca NY


Robert Treman North Pavilion

Robert H. Treman State Park has three pavilions available for rent can accommodate 34 to 197 guests (North Pavilion pictured here). The North Pavilion has beautiful wood arches built against the white walls, and I absolutely loved the circular windows at either end. Olivia and Shane chose a bright, saturated color palette and it worked so beautifully with the space. The flowers, from Plenty of Posys, looked like they had been scooped up straight out of a field of wildflowers, and they paired perfectly with the pavilion's bright green chairs. Olivia studies bees and Shane is a pilot in the airforce, so I also absolutely loved all the little bee and airplane touches seen all over the reception (did you see that their placecards are little paper airplanes?). Finally, the bunting that was strung back and forth along the ceiling was made by Olivia's grandmother and it was the perfect, quirky finishing touch that really pulled the whole reception together. 

Colorful cake, sweetheart table, and quirky blue and yellow bunting decorations in Robert Treman State Park North Pavilion

paper airplane wedding placecards, pink raspberry cupcakes, and colorful floral centerpieces

bride and groom have their first dance under colorful blue and yellow bunting in Robert H Treman State Park North Pavilion


And finally, the food. The North shelter doesn't have a kitchen, but I loved Olivia and Shane's catering solution - a food truck! Toss & Fire served some (seriously amazing) specialty wood-fired pizza out of their food truck along with salad and prosciutto-wrapped asparagus.


Toss & Fire pizza truck catering Ithaca wedding at Robert H Treman State Park


If colorful, quirky, and outdoorsy is your thing, Robert H. Treman State park is SUCH a cute reception space (with gorgeous locations for portraits close by) and I really can't recommend it enough.


bride and groom huddle with guests and laugh as they watch guests dance at wedding reception

bride and groom are lifted up on chairs during colorful blue and yellow wedding reception

Are you interested in having me photograph your Robert H. Treman State Park wedding? Let's chat.


Venue: Robert H. Treman State Park, 105 Enfield Falls Rd., Ithaca, NY 14850

Photographer: Kelsey Travis Photography

Dress Designer:@jennyyoonyc

Dress Shop: @bhldn

Alterations: @Denise's Sewing Studio

Suit: @generationtux

Florist: @plentyofposies

DJ: @paradiseentertainment

Pizza: @tossnfirepizza

Hair: Amanda Fisher

Makeup: Liana Muniz (Ideal Artistry) @liana.idealartistry

Dessert: @emoticakes