Kelly and Ryan’s wedding (October 22, 2011) had some of the sweetest details I’ve ever seen. For example, this was near where the ceremony was performed:
Here are a couple of Kelly’s “getting ready” shots:
While the pre-wedding mood was somewhat serious (Kelly was, after all, preparing to take one of the biggest steps of her life!), Kelly still hammed it up with her friends:
Kelly and Ryan opted to do a “First Look” (a “First Look” is when a couple sees each other before the ceremony). So, the JFP team coordinated a meeting at an East Greenbush (New York) location that would give us a nice view of Albany.
Doing the “First Look” also allowed us to make many of our portraits before the ceremony (while we still had some daylight):
I love love love the two photos below. It’s so nice once in a while to step back and look at the larger scene rather than focusing in close, especially when the sky looks like it does in these images:
Here’s Kelly’s mom moments before the ceremony. I think you can feel her excitement:
Kelly and Ryan got married at Pat’s Barn, which is a beautiful, rustic location. It’s intimate and scenic and, like any location, it looks even better when the sun is shining. As you can probably tell in some of the the pictures above, we had a cloudy day for the wedding. Until Kelly and Ryan got to the altar, that is. The sun literally came out for their ceremony:
There were a few laughs during the ceremony:
Finally, it was time for the official first kiss!:
We then headed into Pat’s Barn. Here’s how guests found their seats (the family has some printing press history):
Pat’s Barn features lots of exposed beams and two floors. It’s such a cool place:
Kelly and Ryan did “the running man” as they were introduced:
And then they got serious for their first dance (“Better Together” by Jack Johnson):
Here are a few more details (the ring shot was done on top of a piece of paper guests used to make fingerprints, which they then applied to a canvas board for Kelly and Ryan to keep):
OK, the formalities were finally out of the way. Time to party!
At most of the weddings I document, I like to make a couple portraits as the evening winds down. This gives my couples a few moments of quiet together, so they can reflect on their day and all the people that have gathered to celebrate with them:
Kelly and Ryan exited to a waiting limo at about 10 p.m., heading off to the next step of their life together. Of course, they had to pass through about 100 sparklers first!:
Congrats, Kelly and Ryan! Wishing you a lifetime of happiness! Thanks so much for having JFP be a part of your big day. And thanks, as well, to the other vendors we had the pleasure of working with, including Nicole’s Catering and Diamond Entertainment Disc Jockey Service.