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Lilly & Bryan's Winter Wedding, Franklin Plaza, Troy, NY

LILLY & BRYAN - 12.09.23

What. A. Day!

Lilly & Bryan tied the knot on Saturday, December 9th at Franklin Plaza in downtown Troy, NY. It’s always such an honor when people I know reach out to me to shoot their wedding, and I was so excited to work with Lilly & Bryan, since Bryan was an old high school pal!

Huge fans of the most wonderful time of the year, these two wanted their wedding to basically feel like spending the day in a Christmas movie - cozy vibes, warm lighting, festive decor all around. The fact that this date just so happened to take place on Troy's Santacon celebration meant that not only did they get to enjoy all of Franklin Plaza's perfect cozy holiday decor, they also ran into multiple Santas in full regalia - don't worry, we have photos. It truly was the most magical and festive wedding I've had the pleasure of shooting!

As told by The Dolans, here are the TOP 4 things our couple was looking forward to on their wedding day:

  1. Marrying each other, of course.

  2. Living out a dream and seeing everything come to life.

  3. Seeing all the people we love in the same room.

  4. Getting all dressed up!

I couldn't have said it better myself - those are all the best parts of a wedding day; the ceremony itself was beautiful and emotional and obviously the main event we were all most excited for, L+B looked absolutely fabulous - like seriously they are models, their family and friends were all incredible people who were SO excited to celebrate them all night long, and it truly was a dream seeing all of their carefully planned details come together to perfection on the wedding day!

SO let's break it down a bit:


So technically, we started shooting on Friday, December 8th. I went down to Brown's Brewing Company's Malt Room to shoot a few hours of Lilly and Bryan's rehearsal dinner and welcome celebration. The atmosphere was very chill: Christmas decor, some beautiful speeches from parents and siblings, and a general feeling of settling in and preparing for the big day. We did sneak some portraits in, though..


We started the wedding day at the Franklin Plaza Best Western for some getting ready pictures and details, featuring a gifted Taylor guitar for the groom and a veil that has been worn at weddings by multiple generations of women in Lilly's family.

Our getting ready pictures were followed by a beautiful first look under that iconic FP clock, backed by a rare December blue sky. After taking eachother in for the first time (and a welcome interruption by our first Santa and his posse), L+B exchanged their personal vows. We then took off all around troy to capture all the iconic spots, cobblestone roads, and winter decor we could manage. Back to the venue for our group pictures, and then we headed inside for the ceremony. Althrough the day was sunny and warm for December, I was still very impressed with everyone being game to take pictures outside the whole time - especially our ladies!

After the ceremony - which was officiated by Bryan's dad - everyone headed upstairs for the cocktail hour. I'll quote L+B again here:

"As you know, FP goes ALL OUT with food. What I’m most excited for are the cheese wheel pasta station at cocktail hour, the chocolate lava cake for dessert, and the late night stations of pizza and novelty ice cream bars!"

Find the lie; Franklin Plaza's food game is everything! Lots of dancing, three great speeches, some tree time, and a moody sparkler sendoff/night portrait session later - and that was a wrap on the 2023 season. I couldn’t have asked for a better wedding day or couple to work with on this day.

Lilly & Bryan - you are the sweetest couple. Your love for each other and easy-going nature is infectious and was such a beautiful thing to witness and capture. I hope that you had the best day of your lives! Thank you so much for choosing me and the team to document every perfect moment of your most perfect day. Cheers to you!

<3 Hannah


Venue: @franklinplaza 


Videography: @giffordvideography 

Florals: @flowers_by_pesha @flowersbypesha

Dress: BHLDN

Makeup: @goodtoglow_aestheticsbychrissy 

Band: @tenmostwantedband