Can I just start this off by saying how much I love my job? I mean, someone pinch me!
This front-yard, back-yard, whole-yard wedding was a joining of two families who clearly have had a long history. Kelly and Joe met at an early age, but pretty much always knew that they were meant for each other. Waiting until the timing was right, they finally joined hands in marriage in the front yard of Kelly's parents' house on Saturday August 10th, 2019 surrounded by their friends and family.
After much (MUCH) planning, Kelly decided to clock out on Friday when it was time for her manicure. The food and drinks were ordered, her guests were on their way, the tent and tables were set up - time to enjoy the ride!
I arrived shortly after noon on Saturday to capture Kelly getting ready in her childhood home. She had returned from the salon with her hair in place, ready for her friend, Missy to do her makeup. When it came time to put on her dress, nerves ran high! Things got real! After a few deep breaths, she was ready to roll!
Kelly, her maid of honor, Jamie, and I hopped in my car to head for Wood Park. There, we met up with Joe and his best man (also brother), Jeff for their first look! Joe looked so dapper in his suspenders and Sperry's! I felt them both fall at ease once they saw each other.
After a brief session at Wood Park, we headed back to the house to get ready for the ceremony. Joe and Kelly requested that their Pastor, Rosanne give the ceremony. I imagine it was just as special for her, as it was her first time marrying a couple in a backyard wedding! After they exchanged their rings, they faced their guests to a great applause, then sealed it with a kiss!
After a long and harmonious receiving line, we continued with photos, dancing, drinking, and eating! The front yard consisted of dancing and rocking out, while the backyard was quiet with a roaring bonfire, ready for toasting marshmallows and making smores!
The toasts by the best man and maid of honor pulled on everyone's heartstrings! Kelly's Mom also gave a great toast, thanking everyone for being there. She had something else up her sleeve though! She coordinated a singing duo with Joe's Mom and had everyone participate with the lyrics hidden at each table! The photo of Joe and Kelly's reaction after hearing this announcement is quite possibly my favorite! I'm literally still laughing!
The night ended with their guests holding sparklers down the driveway, as Kelly and Joe headed off to continue the celebration back at the hotel with friends. The perfect way to make an exit!
Thank you so much for inviting me to capture your day!
Dress: Style des Reves - Barbara Kerner
Wedding Day Coordinator: Something Bleu (Julie Jensen)
Bar: Bacon's Spirits
Catering: Firefly's BBQ and friend, Julie Snyder
Flowers: Indian Head Farm PYO
Tent: Taylor Rentals Sudbury Division
Cake: friend, Maggie C.
Hair: Roc's Unisex Salon in Marlborough, MA
Make up: friend, Missy
Suit: Men's Wearhouse
Rings: Hannoush Jewelers
July 27th came and went too fast! Jentri and Brian's wedding day was beyond special! It took place in a spectacular backyard by the Connecticut River, with so many personal touches. Brian's Dad, Tom and his wife, Kristen hosted and provided immense help in preparing for the day - I'm sure all along remembering what it was like to be married in that same backyard!
Jentri set up her gear at the dining room table to do her make up and hair while a whirl wind of preparations swarmed around her. We decided to have a first look behind the house giving Jentri and Brian a moment before the festivities began.
Flowergirl, Stella kicked off the ceremony riding in a little buggy that was a tradition in the Warner Family. Jentri made her grand entrance riding in the back of a 1987 BMW Beamer convertible sporting white framed retro round sunglasses that stood out from top of the hill. I have to say, that was the best entrance I've seen from a bride and I think her guests would agree!
Stella's Dad, Adam was their JP. He had us all laughing, helping us forget about that hot sun bearing down on us. A long time friend of Jentri and Brian, they knew he'd put together something entertaining and special. They were right! It was so personal with his own life experience and with his relationship with Brian and Jentri. At one point, a boat drove by and gave a toot toot in celebration. Adam didn't drop a beat and gave his own cheer back at them!
After a fantastic KISS, we all dispersed for drinks and food. Family stayed for a few photos and with their new rings, I took Jentri and Brian to take some portraits by their beautiful arch, trees, and of course the river.
I left them for some time alone. As I was walking toward the tent, I turned back to see them standing so perfectly under their arch, leaning on each other, just watching their guests mingle. It's one of my favorite photos from the day. I can remember reminding myself on my wedding day to take the time to step back. Take it in! It's just amazing to see all your favorite people together in one place.
At one point, one of their guests came up to me and said "Hey, I have a drone. Do you think they'd want an aerial photo of their party?" Ummmm, heck yah, guy!! So we got everyone out in front of the tent to take the shot - I hope I get to see it! That was a fun surprise!
The night just kept getting more and more special. Beautiful performances from their parents, the dances, the food, and entertainment! I left after a quite spectacular array of fireworks, but the celebrations continued through out the night and well into the weekend.
Too fast. Jentri and Brian, I was elated when you asked me to capture your wedding day. I loved meeting your families. Apparently, Jentri comes from a line of photographers who were all eager to discuss photography with me! Especially her Dad! I loved it!
What an awesome day. Thank you from the bottom of my heart - I wish you a lifetime of loving memories! Cheers!
(I apologize for not catching the names of the vendors - please tag yourself!)
Capturing memories for me and for you!