Congrats, Jordan and Hans!- David’s Country Inn Wedding Photography
I have been looking forward to Hans and Jordan’s wedding since their engagement session last year. One of my specialities is helping people feel comfortable in front of the camera, and especially comfortable with posing. Jordan and Hans are naturals in front of the camera, and they are so comfortable with each other that they are up for anything. You combine that with the dance moves they learned in lessons just for the wedding, and you wind up with a very happy wedding photographer. Actually, two happy photographers, since I was lucky enough to be joined by the talented Tom Nycz for this event. I can’t wait to show you some of the posed portraits we got!
Believe me when I say that Jordan and Hans really have the most wonderful friends and family. Not only were the newlyweds happy at this wedding (as they are at most weddings), but every wedding party should be as supportive, fun-loving, helpful and attentive as the bridesmaids, groomsmen and parents at this wedding.
I started out documenting the ladies getting ready in their suite at the hotel.
The mother of the maid of honor came by to do some reflexology for Jordan, to help calm her and center her. Afterward, the maid of honor read the bride her card, and they all fell into an emotional group hug.
The champagne and the mimosas flowed, while meanwhile, in the men’s suite… they were getting ready and having a toast of their own.
I love this shot that Tom got of the groom and the best man doing their secret handshake. This happened again later, right before the best man’s toast. I love those little intimate moments that unfold on a wedding day. It’s all part of the tapestry of friendship, family and unity that forms when two people join their lives with their nearest and dearest surrounding them.
Meanwhile, the ladies were headed to the reception venue to finish getting dressed.
You can really see the groom’s ring in this shot, which is made partly from polished wood. It all speaks to his love of the outdoors and his work as an arborist. Trees were one of the motifs of the wedding.
Jordan got emotional when she read the groom’s card, and then her mom helped her into her dress.
I love Hans’ sisters’ reactions when they see their almost-sister-in-law in her gown. (They are the two bridesmaids next to Jordan’s mom.) It doesn’t quite top her dad’s reaction, as he got a first look of his own across the hall a few minutes later.
Of course, if you think the bridesmaids and the father of the bride were excited, the first look for the groom was the best of them all. Here comes the bride…
Every time the groom cries when he sees his bride, I get a little choked up. Every time!
Tom caught a slightly different angle of the first look that really shows the excitement on their faces.
After another quick smooch, we had a shot list to whip through! Everyone was so great, moving hanging plants, hustling through lunch (sorry groomsmen…), posing on balconies, arranging the bride’s train, hopping up on vintage bars. You know, like you do.
Before we knew it, it was time to leave for Rutherford Hall, the beautiful historic estate down the road where the ceremony would be.
I was hoping to squeeze in some more photos before it was time to hide from arriving guests. This was the hottest, most stressful part of the day, as pictures often are. I found it incredibly touching when Hans looked at Jordan and said, “Let’s just take pictures of the two of us.” I got some of my favorite shots during that time, and they got time to just focus on each other in the moments before the ceremony. Win!
These seats would be full of happy guests in just a few minutes, which means it’s just about time for the ceremony to start!
The most amazing thing happened with the weather just as the ceremony started. The clouds covered the sun, a light breeze picked up and although we heard a few rumblings of thunder in the distance, no raindrops fell. The weather shift made everyone comfortable on a gorgeous, summer day, which meant they could really be present for what was truly a lovely, touching ceremony.
Although I firmly believe it’s a couple’s choice whether or not to see each other before the ceremony, I personally found that my husband and I were just as emotional as I walked toward him down the aisle as we were in our first look.
I love the expression on Hans’ face as his bride walks up to him. Between the tears of joy earlier and the way he’s gazing at her here? Jordan, you are a lucky, lucky girl to be cherished this way.
Also? Some besties make awesome bridesmaids.
Erika was a kickass maid of honor.
I absolutely love this shot that Tom got during the ceremony. This is why having a second photographer can be such a good thing, because I never would leave the ceremony to snap a photo of older guests watching from the air-conditioning. Now, I am not 100% certain, but at the reception the bride’s father made a toast and acknowledged that one couple in attendance have been married for more than 60 years. I am 99% sure this is them. (PSST… Jordan, if this is not them, tell me and I will edit this part!) Anyway, I love the juxtaposition of a long-married couple watching their great-niece and her new husband take their vows.
As soon as the rings were exchanged and the couple was pronounced officially married, Hans got out his selfie stick. This was sort of a joke, but joking aside, Hans has the coolest photo and video gadgets. Like, I had gadget-envy.
Hans carried his bride up the aisle and over to the terrace where they would greet their guests after sealing the deal with a high-five. Amazing!
One of my former brides described the receiving line as an excited whirlwind of chaos where you’re overwhelmed because you not only just got married, but also now you get to hug everyone you’ve ever loved in your whole life. I particularly like the photo of Hans shaking hands with the maid of honor’s father, just three photos up, because Jordan is greeting a patriarch in the best man’s family (not sure it was his dad or his uncle). Either way, both of these men have been such formative figures in the newlyweds’ lives, and I love that they were in line together.
Then it was time for just a few more photos…
I really put this wedding party to work, BUT I will have you know we pulled up back at the venue exactly two minutes before cocktail hour started. Booya! Right on schedule!
The mother of the bride and the bridesmaids got Jordan’s dress bustled and her awesome dancing sneakers on. Then it was time to head for everyone’s favorite part of the day- cocktail hour!
The father of the bride and his brothers always make a point to do a celebratory shot together at important family celebrations. I’m so glad he told me, so it’s fully documented!
We squeezed just two more “funny” wedding party photos before the party REALLY got started. I’m actually really excited with how these turned out. I have to give a shout-out to the wedding party; a lot of times people grumble when the bride and groom want to do something like this. These kinds of shots only work if everyone commits to posing, and you guys were THE BEST.
Then the flower girl and her dad warmed up the dance floor for the wedding party’s big entrance.
The bride and groom’s first dance was beyond epic. They danced to “Circle of Life” from the Lion King, and let me tell you, every moment of their dance lessons paid off. The entire ballroom cheered when Hans lifted Jordan and lowered her into a dip.
The groom’s grandmother, his beloved Nanny, held her own on the dance floor, too, and Jordan proved the Hans isn’t the only one who can dip.
Harper did a great job as flower girl.
The rest of the nice was a blur- personal and tasteful toasts from the maid of honor, best man and father of the bride. Then, parent dances, tears of joy, a slow dance or two, a quick cake-cutting off to the side so the party kept rocking, and then back to the dance floor!
One of the highlights of the night was the groom’s Bon Jovi moment with his fraternity brothers.
If the photo above doesn’t make you want to be friends with the bride, then the next one from the photo booth will. Jordan, you are HILARiOUS.
I have no idea how the flower girl fell asleep with the amazing dance party that was happening.
The night ended on such a high note, too. The crowd formed a circle around the bride and groom, and then- completely unplanned- they did the big lift moment like the end of “Dirty Dancing.”
Uh huh. That happened. Ah-maz-ing.
I can’t wait for you guys to see these. Siri tells me it’s 4:00 a.m. in South Africa, where I’m hoping you’re having the best honeymoon ever. I wish you nothing but the best, now and always. Thanks for having me and Tom be a part of your day!