Jaime and Alan were married in a beautiful ceremony at St. Jude’s Church (Wynantskill, N.Y.) on October 1, 2010. This couple has made me laugh since the day I met them. (However, I recently found out that they had a code word when they came to my studio for our initial consultation. You know, in case they didn’t like me! One of them was going to say “Bananas,” or whatever the word was, and they’d know it was time for a quick exit! Fortunately, they didn’t need to use the code word and I got to share their wedding day.) Yay!
Jaime has a lot of, um, personality. Seriously, she is a pisser and I had a blast photographing her. She needed almost no instruction or posing — she was just herself and the camera loved her.
This portrait was made in the bedroom where Jaime got ready. (Dress by The Bridal Gallery by Yvonne.) I knew the blue of the curtain would rock, and I think the picture has an old-school, classic feel to it (it makes me think of the Hollywood starlets of the 1930s):
This is Leo, a 16-year-old pup (anyone who knows me knows that dogs are supremely important to me and, if there’s a dog of any age around at a wedding, I will make getting of picture of the pooch a priority):
I did Jaime and Alan’s engagement shoot at a farm where Jaime rides horses and, on the way to Jaimie’s parents house on her wedding day, I passed a barn that had horse heads painted on to it. It was about five minutes from the house. I turned to my assistant (Krystal Chromczak) and said, “We have to make a portrait of Jaime here!”
Fortunately, Jaime agreed and we stopped en route to the church. The picture below is easily one of my favorites in my portfolio, in part because it tells a story. (Sidenote: Jaime posted this picture on Facebook and one of her friends wrote that, if she didn’t already have a wedding photographer booked, this picture would have prompted her to hire me. Needless to say, that made me feel good.)
Here are a couple ceremony pictures (who can pass up a crying bride?):
After the ceremony, we did some portraits in the quickly fading late fall light:
We were then off to “Pat’s Barn” (Rensselaer Technology Park, Troy, N.Y.) for the reception. The music was provided by Lenny Thomas of Thomas Entertainment, and Jaime and Alan’s first dance was a beautiful, choreographed affair.
Things, of course, got crazy quickly, though, as they often do at parties!
The glasses Jaime’s wearing make the above picture for me! I call this an “Oh my!” photo. Whenever I’m showing Jaime and Alan’s wedding slideshow to prospective clients, this picture draws an “Oh my!” from them, along with a chuckle. Often, they add, “We’ll have one of those at our wedding, too.” Jaime has pointed out that, while she loves the shirtless man in the picture, he is indeed Alan’s uncle. I think this picture captures exactly how much fun this wedding reception was.
However, let’s get back to prettier pictures for a moment (this was during the bridesmaid’s toast):
Here’s a portrait of the wedding rings (rings by Fabuluster on Etsy):
Finally, as the reception was winding down, Krystal and I borrowed Jaime and Alan for five minutes to make a few more portraits at Pat’s Barn. I shot from outside the building while Krystal lit the couple from outside. For the most part, I just photographed them enjoying a few quiet moments together. They later said these were some of the favorite moments during the wedding day, because it was just the two of them:
Thanks for sharing your day with me, guys. Here’s to a lifetime of happiness!