June 2, 2021
A RAINY DAY WEDDING AT A PRIVATE ESTATE IN NEW YORK
I know, I broke my traditional The Office quote to open up a blog post but these two…well this fits them better. This was my first wedding I have ever shot at A Private Estate and I am just stunned. It is everything I love, rustic barns, cream colored classy houses and gardens with ponds and swings…how fitting. Emily and James have become something so wonderful to me. Because of the pandemic I was able to have them in my life for a whole extra year and for that I am grateful.
Let me take you back to a blazing hot summer day 2 years ago, when I first met Emily and James. The heat index was 104 and they took it like champs. Their first engagement session produced some of my favorite images. COVID happened and their wedding date did have to get moved, SO we turned lemons into lemonade and did another engagement session. When it was not 104 degrees out Equally gorgeous images that are also some of my favorites. So we land here, at wedding day, after 2 years, and it was perfection.
Emily and James are hopeless romantics, everything with them feels like a Billy Eilish song. They have already braved more than a pandemic together. Family members have passed on, chronic illnesses have been brought to light, boxes have been packed and new homes have been set up. It’s fitting that it rained on their wedding day. If all of the other clouds they have already braved didnt rain on their parade, there was no way a little rain on wedding day could. I am so excited to share these images with you!
Tucked away in the mountains sits A Private Estate. The perfect backdrop for a wedding day. James’ groomsmen had designed some stellar shirts for him, and Emily gifted him cuff links made from the wood from George Washingtons tree! He was ready, thats the word I would use. Ready to see Emily, ready to make her his forever, ready to just do the thing. Emily was sunshine as usual, her beautiful bridesmaids took the best care of her,and the morning went by flawlessly. Luckily the rain stopped literally right before we strolled Emily out to see James for their first look, truthfully the rest of the day was a blur.
James was speechless (maybe not entirely speechless) when he turned and saw Emily. They hugged, they cried, they acted like no one else was there. My favorite. A Private Estate was made for my style of photography, and Emily and James were made to be in front of my camera. The ceremony was graced by fog on the mountains and sweet vows exchanged. The barn was draped with lights from the ceiling and after a romantic first dance on the patio they were finally able to soak it all in. Childhood friends toasted the newly weds telling stories of how long they have been in each others lives. Parents tearfully sent them on their way, and eventually dancing and cake was had. Emily and James, your day was perfect. I am so glad that we have become friends during this journey together. Congratulations, this is just the beginning.
Cue the confetti!
So these next 2 images need an explanation. James’ groomsmen was a childhood friend of his, they met when his friend was touring his new home in a new neighborhood. They had some car trouble and a man with wearing a blue jacket with a silver stripe came out with his little blonde haired boy to be of assistance. James is the blonde haired boy, and that is very jacket his father was wearing.
I typically like to step outside and grab a few sunset portraits. There was no sunset but we were able to step outside and grab a few images by the barn.
Emily and James, you two have proved you can weather the storms. So heres to sunnier skies ahead! I would like to thank the following vendors who worked so hard to give Emily and James the most stellar wedding day!
Venue: A Private Estate
Caterer: Sugar and spice cafe
Wedding Planner: Every little detail
Hair & Makeup: Beauty by Jhori
Florals: Floral fantasies by Sara
Rentals: Events unlimited
Gown: Maggie Soterro