Romantic Cornell Wedding Photos

Ithaca, NY

If you're considering having a Cornell wedding in Ithaca, NY, you've made a fantastic choice. As an Ithaca wedding photographer, I've photographed a lot of Ithaca wedding venues, but there's something really special about weddings on the Cornell University Campus. Sage Chapel's gothic architecture and stunning stained glass windows were the perfect backdrop for Alex and Aaron's Sage Chapel ceremony, and afterward, their romantic, literary-themed Willard Straight Hall reception was the icing on the cake.

Argos Inn Ithaca

Before we headed over to Sage Chapel, we started the day at Argos Inn, a stunning historic mansion in Ithaca, NY and the perfect place for Alex and her side of the wedding party to get ready. When I arrived, Alex was getting her makeup done and her wedding party was popping champagne and listening to music upstairs outside of the hotel rooms. Argos Inn was the perfect place for them to get ready, it was beautiful backdrop for getting ready photos with plenty of natural light, they were all able to stay together, and we weren't stuck in a cramped hotel room. I always recommend unique hotels or Airbnb's for getting ready for this reason! Not only that, but Argos Inn has 13 hotel rooms, so more than enough room for even larger wedding parties to stay. I didn't realize it at the time, but Argos Warehouse Lounge and Event Space is located right next door, so if you were to stay here before your wedding you'd be able to hang out and enjoy some drinks at the lounge and then have a short walk next door when you were done for the night. Once they were ready to go we took a few photos downstairs outside of the Argos Inn Parlor Bar before heading to the ceremony (how beautiful is that space?).


Exterior of Argos Inn in Ithaca NY and a wedding dress hanging in a doorway

Wedding shoes and jewelry and bride getting her makeup done at Argos Inn in Ithaca NY

Bride's sister buttoning her dress in a beautiful room at Argos Inn in Ithaca NY

wedding party standing in the doorway of the Parlor bar at Argos Inn in Ithaca NY

Bride and bridesmaids holding bouquets exiting Argos Inn in Ithaca NY


Sage Chapel Wedding

One of the things I really appreciate about Sage Chapel Weddings is that since Sage Chapel is a non-denominational Chapel, you're free to use your own officiant (religious or not). Alex chose one of her law school mentors to officiate, which made their ceremony even more special. They even included their dog Penny in the ceremony, which I've never seen done in a church before and it was SO cute.


Exterior of Sage Chapel on the Cornell University Campus

Interior gothic architecture of Sage Chapel at Cornell University in Ithaca NY

Groom walking down the aisle and laughing with groomsmen at Sage Chapel in Ithaca NY


The Gothic Revival architecture is just breathtaking with its tall spires, intricate stone carvings, and beautiful stained-glass windows. The attention to detail in every aspect of the building is incredible and it's the perfect backdrop for any wedding ceremony.


Bride and father walk down the aisle during Cornell wedding ceremony at Sage Chapel in Ithaca NY

Bride and Groom stand during Sage Chapel wedding ceremony on Cornell Campus Ithaca NY

Brides grandfather makes a speech during Sage Chapel wedding ceremony


This was actually the second wedding I've photographed at Sage Chapel (check out my first Sage Chapel wedding here), but no matter how many weddings I photograph there I don't think I'll even be able to get over the stunning architecture. 


bride and groom share first kiss after sage chapel wedding ceremony while their dog watches

Bride and groom walk down the aisle after their Sage Chapel wedding ceremony in Ithaca NY

Bride and groom are congratulated by guests after their cornell wedding ceremony in Ithaca NY

Family photo with bride and groom outside Sage Chapel on the Cornell University Campus in Ithaca NY

Bride and Bridesmaids pose for photo outside of Sage Chapel on the Cornell University Campus

Groom and Groomsmen smile for photo outside Sage Chapel on the Cornell University Campus

Bride and Groom kiss while wedding party cheers outside of Sage Chapel on the Cornell University Campus in Ithaca NY


Cornell Wedding

One of the things I love about Cornell Weddings is that after you have your ceremony on campus you have the option to have your reception on the Cornell Campus as well. Even if you decided to have your ceremony elsewhere, Cornell University is pretty centrally located so you wouldn't have far to go to get to most Ithaca reception spaces. Alex and Aaron chose to have their reception on campus, so after the ceremony, we took some beautiful family and wedding party photos outside Sage chapel, and then guests had a short walk to Willard Straight Hall for Alex and Aaron's wedding reception.


Groom and bride wearing long sleeve lace dress smile for photo

Bride and Groom hold hands while walking

Bride and Groom smile standing in front of Cornell Clock Tower and kiss in front of Sage Chapel on their Cornell wedding day

Bride and groom smile under veil and stand together outside the Cornell University clock tower

Bride and groom pose for photos during fall Cornell wedding

Bride stands on hill with Cornell slope behind her on Cornell wedding day

Groom smiles for photo with the Cornell slope behind him

bride and groom kiss on a hill overlooking the Cornell campus during their Cornell wedding


Willard Straight Hall Cornell University

Cornell's Willard Straight Hall was the perfect location for Alex and Aaron's romantic, literary-inspired reception. The tables were decorated with classic romantic literature, and the tall ceilings and wood paneling on the walls almost made it feel like their reception was in a beautiful old library. I also loved how right off the hall there was a rooftop patio where guests enjoyed drinks during cocktail hour and where we finished up a few family photos before the reception started.


Exterior and interior of Willard Straight Hall on the Cornell campus decorated for a wedding reception

bride and groom enter and have their first dance at Willard Straight Hall during Cornell wedding

Bride and groom toast and cheer at their sweetheart table in Willard Straight Hall during their Cornell wedding

brides siblings give a speech during her cornell wedding

brides grandma dances with a member of the wedding party during a Cornell wedding


Looking for a photographer for your Cornell wedding? I'd love to chat with you!


A special thanks to all the vendors who made this day possible:

Getting Ready Space: Argos Inn

Reception Venue: Cornell University

Photographer: Kelsey Travis Photography

Dress: Lace & Liberty

Suit: Indochino

Videographer: Finger Lakes Livestreaming

Florist: Cullen Creations

DJ: Torgo Entertainment

Caterer: Cornell University

Hair Stylists: Morgan Oreeda


Nancy Connors

Makeup Artists: @hm.andrean

Event Rentals: Cullen Creations

Photo Booth: Bright Bird Photobooths