Good morning! How is Labor Day weekend coming up? Where did the summer go? I'm sad that we only have a few more weeks of swimming in the lake, kayaking and eating outside but I'm kind of excited for fall sweaters and lighting the fire. Anyhoo, coming up on the blog today, I have Lindsey & Conor's beautiful wedding at The Barn at Gibbet Hill.
Let's get started right away! On a hot summer day, is there anything better than an ice-cold beverage and an outdoor wedding ceremony?
Lindsey walked down the aisle to be met by her brother who escorted her down the aisle to Conor. Conor had a huge smile on his face, the groomsmen were getting a little emotional...
The Barn at Gibbet Hill is such a beautiful wedding venue with rolling hills and the rustic yet elegant barn. The ceremony was short yet very sweet with laughter and emotion.
Wyatt was easily distracted from his parent's ceremony:
After the ceremony, guests made their way to the deck for cocktail hour and we took formal pictures with Lindsey and Conor's family and the wedding party:
Before getting ready to make their entrances, we had just enough time to take some newlywed pictures:
Meanwhile, Audrey photographed guests enjoying delicious hors d'oeuvres and drinks at cocktail hour. And a shout out to Steph who photographed details in the barn:
Love this custom tree for guests to write their names:
And the vintage case for cards surrounded by generations of family wedding pictures:
The barn looked stunning with beautiful centerpieces and lanterns by Flowers by Steve (and look at the adorable military/nurse cake toppers):
The newlyweds were announced and took to the dancefloor for their first dance as husband and wife, followed by lovely toasts:
Thanks to table 9 for clinking their glasses together so I could get this image!
The dancefloor was opened and friends and family danced the night away.
Congratulations Lindsey & Conor! Wishing you a lifetime of love, laughter, health and happiness!
Monday, August 29, 2016
Wednesday, August 24, 2016
Before we start today's blog post, I have a couple of definitions for you. As I went to school in the UK, we don't have the Greek system, I thought there might be others out there unfamiliar with the terms "Big" and "Little" but they're kind of critical to this romantic story so here you go:
“Big” A term assigned to the elders of a Greek organization. Becoming a “big brother” or “big sister” in a Greek organization denotes that you get to become a role model to a “New Member” or “Pledge”. As a big, you essentially become their advisor throughout initiation and during their time in college. The bond between big and little is very special, and often times a lifetime bond is forged.
“Little” In order to become a “big brother” or “big sister,” you have to become a “little brother” or “little sister” first, and pledge to join a fraternity or sorority. While this position isn’t an enviable one, especially when rushing, you get an older friend who can help you navigate the entire process of pledging.
Are you all caught up? OK, then let us begin. Once upon a time, at the University of Pennsylvania, there was a girl named Allie. Allie's Big was Claire. Allie was dating a boy named Bobby. Allie kept hinting about Bobby's Big to Claire:
- Oh, I think you'd really like Bobby's Big....
- Guess what? Bobby's Big looked you up on facebook and really liked what he saw!
At the same time, Allie was talking to Bobby's Big, Kevin:
- You should really meet my Big, I think you'd really get along
- My Big has a crush on you!
- Why don't you ask my Big to the formal dance?
Allie was particularly persistent and so Kevin texted Claire and asked her to formal. Claire said she gave in partially to placate Allie.
The morning of the formal, Kevin sent a quick text to Claire suggesting they meet for lunch before the big night out. Claire remembers running home after class to quickly do a little hair and make up and arriving a little flustered to lunch. Kevin just remembers Claire carrying a backpack almost as big as she was.
The "quick lunch" wasn't exactly quick. The Bigs found they had so much in common and the conversation just flowed. Kevin ended up completely missing his study group and Claire arrived late to class all starry-eyed. The formal no longer felt like an obligation and Claire and Kevin were pretty much inseparable after that except for Kevin's time studying abroad in Copenhagen. Visits to Nantucket and even a faux love of hockey (on Claire's behalf) brought them even closer together.
Fast forward to last December. Claire and Kevin were vacationing in Florida with Claire's family. Kevin suggested they take a trip to the beach to have a little time together and to exchange Christmas gifts. Claire had seen the gift box that Kevin had for her and it was far too large to be an engagement ring. The beach was quite the drive away and Kevin had a conference call for work so Claire was all "Let's just skip it and go another time."
What Claire didn't realize...the gift box was a DECOY. It was a deceptively large box holding that tell-tale ring-size box along with a photobook. Claire and Kevin had agreed to only exchange gifts they'd made themselves on this particular holiday and great minds think alike. Claire had made Kevin a scrapbook and Kevin had made the photobook. As Claire flicked through the pictures of them together over the years she said she could barely make out the words on the last page of the book through her tears. After she read, "Claire, will you marry me?" she looked up to find Kevin down on one knee with the ring.
Claire & Kevin, I hope you like this handful of pictures! I'm so excited to be your Wychmere wedding photographer next year!
Thursday, August 4, 2016
Katlyn and Ryan attended the same high school. Ryan remembers the first time Katlyn spoke to him in Spanish class saying "Hey! I saw you at the Jack Johnson concert!" they got chatting and Ryan said he was wowed by Katlyn's bubbly personality.
Throughout their senior year, Katlyn and Ryan continued their friendship and finally started dating. As you'd expect when you're just nineteen years old, they broke up over something silly and for a while there was radio silence.
So now Katlyn and Ryan are away at different schools and they both found themselves frequently thinking about the other. They had lots of old high-school friends in common and eventually they starting talking again.
Conversation was always easy, they shared the same sense of humor and this led to visits and their friendship was rekindled. Katlyn says that she compared every guy she talked with to Ryan and no one even came close to how she felt about him. Ryan says there was an inexplicable pull that neither of them could resist.
Mid-way through Junior year, Katlyn was scheduled to travel to Australia. The night before she floew out Ryan asked, "Will you be my girlfriend?". Katlyn said yes and they've been together ever since!
Fast forward six years and Katlyn & Ryan are in Miami for their anniversary. Ryan arranged for a corner suite at the Ritz Carlton, dinner reservations at Scarpetta AND there's a diamond ring burning a hole in his pocket. While Katlyn enjoyed an afternoon nap, blissfuly unaware of what would be happening later that night, Ryan sat on the balcony unable to read, unable to concentrate and meticulously planning everything, down to arranging for the tables on either side of their table to be left empty so he'd have room to get down on one knee.
Dinner was perfect and Ryan enlisted the help of their waiter to bring out dessert with "Will you marry me?" written on the plate. Katlyn insisted she was full from dinner and wasn't interested in dessert but luckily Ryan overruled her.
All of the parents were on tenterhooks all night waiting to get the call! Ryan's parents had been involved in the shopping for the ring and Ryan had asked permission from both Katlyn's father and stepfather. So when the ipad shrilled with the facetime calling sound, Katlyn could barely choke out "Hi Mommmy!" before everyone was crying. Happy tears of course!
Katlyn & Ryan, it was so fun to finally meet you both, I'm super excited to photograph your wedding at Wychmere next summer!