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Bethany and Darrin’s wedding was one after my own heart, truly, and not just because they’re an ethnically Italian/culturally Jewish couple (like me and Joel) who chose to do to both the horah and the tarantella at the reception (Haven’t seen that since my own wedding!) They had their ceremony and reception at the Kaaterskill, a farm/inn in the Catskills with a pond, horses, pigs, goats, alpacas as well as eclectic but upscale accommodations and a converted barn where the reception was held. AND IT WAS AWESOME. Seriously, I could shoot every weekend at the Kaaterskill and not get bored.
They did so many lovely things to take care of each other all day long. They were both nervous and, as Darrin said during a thank you speech later on at the reception, on “an emotional roller coaster all day,” but I knew as soon as Bethany saw Darrin for their first look, everything would fall into place. And it did! They both laughed and wept tears of joy throughout the day, and I’m so glad they decided to take ten minutes alone after the ceremony to be together privately. They center each other and balance each other, which is just the best foundation for marriage (in my humble opinion, of course.) It makes me really happy for them.
Also, I have to thank them for being such good sports and going the extra mile to get great photographs together. No doubt, they deserve some sort of intrepid explorer wedding photography merit badge. We went under AN ELECTRIC LIVESTOCK FENCE and then Bethany climbed down some rocks BAREFOOT (it was safer than high heels) to get to the waterfall. I was happily clicking away for a solid five minutes as they stood in a sunny patch, not realizing that how hot the rocks must be until Bethany oh-so-politely called out, “Angie? Um, my feet are burning.” To the shade!
Congrats, you guys! Thank you so much for having me be the one to capture these memories for you.
Oh, my goodness! Emily and John’s wedding was gorgeous, you guys. They are a wonderful couple, and while this wedding had it all- romance, family, friends, music, laughter, dancing and toasting- it also had VISION. Emily and John worked for months and months on their rustic country wedding in the Barns at Wesleyan, making fabric banners, crafting personalized cigar box favors, planning the lighting (Oh, the lighting! The gorgeous custom mason jar chandeliers!), collecting kerosene lanterns for centerpieces, setting up interactive photo corners and a typewriter guestbook, hand-painting signs and boxes for pies on display, and so much more.
Now, I would be remiss if I didn’t give a shout-out to Houston and Beka, decorators extraordinaire who pulled all the details together and staged everything in the venue. The thing is, it was so clearly a labor of love, an act of friendship, that it just makes me smile. Seriously, when I think about all the unsung heroes behind the scenes of weddings everywhere (including at my own, thank you again, Andrea) who coordinate, decorate, fix and arrange… Hats off to you all!
Anyway, back to the happy couple: Emily and John are consummate caregivers. They are both nannies- well, maybe John is a “manny”- and their charges were a cherished part of the celebration. But above all else, there is a tenderness between this bride and groom that shines on everyone around them. May you have many happy years together, and thank you for having me be a part of your day!