October 16, 2021
Back at the Publick House! I love the selection of ceremony and reception spaces that the Publick House offers. Again, the Main St. was full of activity with all the Fall celebrations. All week, rain was in the forecast. Katherine wouldn't even allow me to say the "R" word. She had her people working on it she said and by some miracle, it worked! The day was completely clear and sunny right up until we finished our "end of night" shot. Then it POURED like those clouds had just been waiting for us to get under the tent!
This couple is incredible. Two selfless beings found love in the most improbable place, a hospital. When there's no denying it, love will make it's way!
I was so lucky they chose me to be their photographer. They found me from Dan's sister's wedding where I was the second photographer for Lindsey Topham. Lindsey was SO SAD that she couldn't be there, but I was jumping for joy when the email came my way!
Katherine and Daniel decided to read their vows privately before their ceremony and then do a first look. They met in the field called, The Meadow where they stood back to back as they read their vows to each other. When they were finished, they each turned to see each other. I hadn't seen that before and I JUST LOVED IT! I'd seen the first look, I've seen readings but not both. It was a very special moment to witness.
It also eased some nerves - as they celebrated with a bottle of champagne before heading off for portraits and then the ceremony!
Katherine's father had passed away just a few years ago. She brought his hat to have at the ceremony in his memory. When her siblings saw the hat, they all "fought" over who got to sit next to Dad. Then they proceeded to talk to him like he was right there. Katherine's oldest brother walked her to the altar, leaving her with a kiss on her hand.
I know I don't need to say it, but how beautiful were they?! I mean, WOW! My second photographer said he felt like he was shooting for a magazine!
Not only were they incredibly good looking (queue Zoolander pose), but they're incredibly gracious, kind, and FUNNY! When their officiant had Katherine repeat, "for richer or poorer", she would only repeat "for richer" because "there ain't no movin' backwards!"
Oh! And how could I forget their flower girl! Katherine and Dan asked Katherine's grandmother to be their flower girl and boyyyy did she love that! GORGEOUS dress with that million dollar smile, she was meant for the job! She killed it on the dance floor too!
Cocktail hour was just perfect with the cozy fire going, drinks, and apps. Dan and his law enforcement crew posed for some photos - those crazy kids! ;) Family members were so happy to be together, they wanted photos too!
Katherine and Dan made their entrance right into their first dance. They then invited their parents onto the dance floor to join them.
The rest of the night, as you can see from the photos, was a total BORE. Jussst kidddinngggg! The dinner, the dance moves, the cigars, the perfect cool Fall weather, it was a DREAM! They ended the night with a hot dog cart to absorb some of that silly liquid. The pouring rain just added to the coziness under the tent. It was absolutely perfect!
Congratulations, Katherine and Dan! Thank you, thank you, thank you! You guys really were a dream!
Venue: Publick House Sturbridge, MA
Second Photographer: Eric Leger
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