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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!

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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.

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I started out documenting the ladies getting ready in their suite at the hotel.

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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.

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The champagne and the mimosas flowed, while meanwhile, in the men’s suite… they were getting ready and having a toast of their own.

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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.

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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.

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Jordan got emotional when she read the groom’s card, and then her mom helped her into her dress.

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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.

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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…

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Every time the groom cries when he sees his bride, I get a little choked up. Every time!

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Tom caught a slightly different angle of the first look that really shows the excitement on their faces.

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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. :)

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Before we knew it, it was time to leave for Rutherford Hall, the beautiful historic estate down the road where the ceremony would be.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Erika was a kickass maid of honor.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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…

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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.

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Then the flower girl and her dad warmed up the dance floor for the wedding party’s big entrance.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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One of the highlights of the night was the groom’s Bon Jovi moment with his fraternity brothers.

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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.

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I have no idea how the flower girl fell asleep with the amazing dance party that was happening.

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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.”

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Uh huh. That happened. Ah-maz-ing.

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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!

Filled Under : Celebration , Wedding

Some couples you just root for. Some couples you meet, and you hear their love story. You can’t help but root for them, wish them the best and do whatever you can as a vendor to give them the very best wedding day possible. Trish and Adam are one of those couples.

I first met the bride at her brother’s wedding a few years ago. With that, can I just say that few things make me happier than seeing my brides and grooms a few years after their wedding, married with two kids and living their happily ever after? Because I love it. I love getting to be there for the newborn babies and the toddlers and the matron of honor adventures. Working with families over the span of several years let me be a photojournalist for all the happiest moments of life, and it’s the best. I love seeing my mothers of the groom circa 2012 become the grandmothers I document today.

I first met the groom at a Christmas tree farm a few years ago when he was first dating the bride. He juggled not one, not two, but three family dogs for that shoot (one of whom is the newlyweds’ dog Splinter, who you’ll see wearing the cutest tux in just a minute.) He helped me move props, because of course I can’t shoot at an evergreen farm without a wagon, two sleds, three mason jars of hot chocolate ingredients, and I just knew when I saw his commitment to helping Trish’s vision for a Christmas photo session happen that he was, well, committed. He was The One, for real, for always, the end.

I love when my wedding photographer Spidey sense tingles and I turn out to be RIGHT! (Especially for a groom who loves superheroes as much as Adam does.) They are so good together. Adam helps Trish stay organized, and Trish takes care of the details that will make their lives so beautiful, rich and meaningful. There were so many details like that last Friday!

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One of the first personal touches I photographed included the butterfly details in the bride’s bouquet, accented here with the couples’ rings. The butterfly details were, in part, in memory of the bride’s Nonnina, her great-grandmother.

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I started out with a few getting ready photos at the bride’s parents’s house, and then I went around the corner to the couple’s apartment, where the groom and groomsmen were getting ready.

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The bride had a big bag of meaningful gifts for the groom to open.

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She got him a baseball signed by none other than legend Mickey Mantle, superhero cufflinks and a few other things.

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His mom helped him with a few finishing touches. Then we took some family photos and it was time to head back to the ladies!

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Trish was just finishing up in the stylist’s chair, and then it was time to open her gifts from Adam. Adam got her beautiful personalized gifts- including a picture frame for a wedding photo (No pressure!), lots of personalized home decor items with with their new last name- and best of all, a new Bible for his bride with her married name embossed on it. THAT was the gift that made her tear up!

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One of the most unique and beautiful things about the bride is her faith. She lives it, day in and day out. Getting into your wedding dress is a moment like almost no other. It’s the moment when it really hits most women- this is IT. This is happening.

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Trish is the only bride I’ve ever seen who calmed her nerves in that moment by praying. Adam’s gift of a new Bible? Absolutely perfect.

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Her mom helped her put on her own diamond cross necklace and held her hand while the maid and matron of honor tied up the corset back and fluffed the dress.
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Then I made Trish stand by the beautiful window light for some traditional “bride by the window” photos. I’m giving weird posing instructions like, “Look at your own shoulder!” but what can I say? It works!

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Then it was time for her dad to have a look at his daughter in her wedding dress. Amazing!

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Trish’s grandmother helped her pin a tiny charm with a photo of her great-grandmother in it on her bouquet. Then it was time to gather up all the bridesmaids (and flower girls, ready and waiting!) to head to the church up the street.

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The bridesmaids sang “Going to the Chapel” as we walked. Meanwhile, hundreds of guests were gathering at the church while the bride’s uncle played the guitar.

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The bride and groom’s interfaith service, combining the best of Catholic and Jewish wedding traditions was just lovely. It was personal, spiritual and loving, like the couple’s families. A priest and a rabbi offered their blessings.

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The bride had warned me that the most emotional moment would be when the couple offered a bouquet to the Blessed Mother and prayed for her help to be good parents someday. One of my favorite things about my job is capturing things that the bride and groom had no idea was happening in the moment. This is one of those times! Nearby, a flower girl was having a decidedly less serious moment.

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The bride’s students from the guitar and song club at her school sang from the choir loft.

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You may now kiss the bride!

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The newlyweds and wedding party gathered for a ribbon wand send-off, and then it was back inside for a few formal photos.

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We took a quick break from formal photos for a selfie, and then we were back at it!

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We just had to run back to the house for a quick photo with Splinter, a few touchups and then it was time to take the party bus to New Jersey.

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Three New York City bridges during rush hour later (more time to party on the party bus!) we were ready to take more photos!

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My little ring bearer (and his mom, the matron of honor above) are ready to rock it! Unfortunately, this little flower girl was less excited.

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I’m so sorry, sweetie. I know. I know. It’s no one’s favorite part AND cocktail hour at the Westmount Country Club is pretty darn amazing, BUT… these are some of my favorite photos from the entire wedding day. Thanks for hanging in there with me, everyone!

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We shot until sunset, and then it was time to enjoy cocktail hour. The Westmount Country Club puts out a spread that I can only describe as sumptuous. There is sushi, Chinese food, chartercurie trays, fruit displays, pasta stations, an entire roast pig, carving stations, passed hors d’oeuvres… it is amazing, and I know the guests loved it.

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Meanwhile, the decorations in the other room were just gorgeous.

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The escort cards were cake pops. There was a little sign that said, “Love is sweet! Find your seat.” Awww!

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Then the bride and groom made their grand entrance and went right into their first dance. Here’s how I described this moment in a Facebook message to the bride the day after the wedding, “When you got introduced at the reception, it was amazing. Everyone cheered for you and it was all the goodwill and love you’ve ever wanted in your whole life for you and the person you love most.”

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I love this shot of the groom’s mom wiping away happy tears.

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I love shooting details like this with the new wedding rings in the shot…

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Trish wept with joy for, oh, maybe the sixth time that day. But who’s counting? :)

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Monsignor Maresca offered his blessings, and then it was time for two heartfelt toasts.

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Cutest. Reaction. To Gentle Bridesmaid Teasing. Ever.

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I loved this interaction between the newlyweds and the mother of the groom, but if you think that’s moving, wait until you see the bride dancing with her dad. They laughed, they cried, they sang…

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Then it was Adam’s turn to dance with his mom.

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This flower girl just kills me with the cuteness. She’s the same one who was having a ball during the prayer in church, too. I just love her.

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The father of the bride played a set with his band “Spitfire.”

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The bridesmaids all decided to fling their superhero garters at the stage in a fitting tribute.

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Then Patricia changed into her party dress. Adam got his own first look, and then it was back to the party, which was rocking.

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After the cake-cutting, the couple had another slow dance. Adam really, really wanted the special effects smoke machine for the first dance, so the bride made it happen.BLOGPHOTO117

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This was actually incredibly romantic and emotional. And then things caught on fire… but on purpose!

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Viennese hour at the Westmount CC is to die for. I’m not even going to talk about the chocolate fountain.

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Then there was one last dance set to end the party on a high note. The guests surrounded the newlyweds with a kick line as “New York, New York” was the last song of the night.

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The groom literally swept the bride off her feet.

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It was such a honor and so fun to be with you guys on the best day of your lives. Thank you so much for your patience, for your belief in my artistic vision and your trust with your priceless memories. Your love for each other shines through in every photo. May you treasure them always.

Filled Under : Wedding

I posted the photos for Amanda and Miki’s wedding earlier this week because I didn’t want them to go a moment longer without getting to see some photos, but I’ve been so back-logged with editing work on tight deadlines that I didn’t get a chance to properly rave about their wedding and how wonderful it was.

I first met Amanda and Miki at their friends’ Ben and Hinda’s wedding back in the end of August. Like Ben and Hinda, Amanda and Miki are a Modern Orthodox couple. Modern Orthodox couples tend to have shorter, whirlwind engagements, so I only connected with the bride and groom to discuss wedding planning two months ago. In that short time, I have found them to be completely delightful and charming, and I fully intend to try to lobby them to move to Rockland County. I did my best to woo them here “upstate” (in quotes because most New Yorkers consider anything north of the Bronx upstate; locals tend to disagree) during their engagement session with our beautiful autumn colors, fantastic rustic barns and charming little parks. By the end of the engagement session, I knew they were a special couple.

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For one thing, they are up for anything. Schlepping a wagon and a giant pumpkin to a nearby lake? Let’s do it! Sitting on vintage suitcases at a local farm, they’re in!

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Posing for wintry photos with sleds wearing this scarf I just bought at Target and haven’t taken the tags off yet? Why not? Let’s add in a stuffed toy moose and goose that they brought with them, two little tokens of affection that echo their nicknames for each other. They have so much fun together, and Miki didn’t resist a single quirky idea, (which is rare; most grooms don’t love the engagement session portion of our time together.

I knew that the combination of their adventurous fun-loving personalities, their exuberant and hilarious friends (some of whom I had met in August) and love of vintage-inspired details would make for a gorgeous wedding, and I was not wrong! Speaking of gorgeous vintage-styled details, I present Exhibit A, Amanda’s dress.

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To die for! She found this gown at BHLDN, Anthropologie’s wedding specialty retailer, which never disappoints.

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Her mom helped her with the finishing touches as soon as I got there.

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We snuck outside for a private first look and some romantic pictures before the sunset, because once we came back inside, the party got underway right away!

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I loved that Amanda’s bouquet contained succulents, which she can plant and continue to grow long after the wedding. That’s such a cool idea.

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We took lots of photos with friends and family (and extended family- people came from everywhere to celebrate with them!) and then it was time for the festivities to begin!

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Amanda’s mom and mother-in-law led her to a special room where they got to sit on a dais and greet everyone as they arrived. People say hello, offer their blessings and reconnect, and it’s such a beautiful way to start the day. It’s so much more fun for the bride than hiding in a room somewhere!

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This moment with one of the bride’s besties wiping away happy tears is one of my favorites.

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Meanwhile, on the other side of the synagogue, the groom was having his own celebration with food, singing and dancing.

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This moment when the bride and groom’s moms break a plate with a hammer is a significant tradition. Just like the breaking of the plate cannot be undone, the betrothal is also irreversible.

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After that, Miki was on his way to see his bride! He danced with his father and (almost) father-in-law on either arm to see Amanda. This is far and away one of the most exciting moments of an Orthodox wedding, in my opinion. Everyone is clapping and singing in Hebrew.

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Usually the bride stays seated on her throne-like chair, but Amanda knew she wanted to dance right up to her (almost) husband.

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Happy goosebumps broke out on my arms as Amanda’s dad offered her a few private blessings and words for her ears only before Miki lowered her veil.

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The men carried him away, still singing “Od Yishama,” a traditional wedding song of joy and gladness. The entire venue rocked with clapping and singing, and then things quieted down just a little as we headed into the sanctuary.

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The musicians played all Beatles songs as the procession made its way to the chuppah.

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Miki’s parents helped him into a kittel, or sacred garment worn only on the holiest of days, and then Amanda walked in with her parents.

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Oh! I should mention she was proceeded by the cutest flower girls! SO CUTE!

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At this point, the bride walked in circles around the groom, signifying the entwining of their worlds, but the truth is, Amanda and Miki have been each other’s worlds for a while now. Amanda’s sister Lexi told me that both Amanda and Miki grew close quite quickly. He had invited her to go kayaking with the synagogue’s social group, which Miki helped coordinate at the time, and at first she wasn’t sure… was this a date or was he just doing his social coordinate-y thing? Lexi says it wasn’t long after the trip that Amanda started sounding an awful lot like she had met The One.

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Speaking of sisters, I love this shot of all four of the couple’s sisters watching their siblings tie the knot.

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After an exchange of rings, the sharing of wine, the offering of blessings and the reading of the ketubah, the deed was done! Married! Yay!

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Everyone crowded around for another chorus of Od Yishama, and then the newlyweds’ friends danced them down the steps, out of the sanctuary and into the yichud room for a few minutes of solitude.

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Their peace and quiet was heavily protected by appropriately costumed guards, thanks to Miki’s sister supplying the props.

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If I thought the dancing was fun before now, I was blown away by the first dance set.

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The men and women danced separately for a little while before an excited throng of guests boosted the newlyweds up in the air during the horah.

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I knew that the shtick portion of the evening was going to be hilarious, but around the time the guests busted out the mascot costumes, I knew there was no telling what was going to happen next.

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Interestingly enough, this is not my first wedding with mascots. It’s not even my first wedding with a guest in a tiger costume. I love my clients.

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After taking a minute to catch their breath, observe blessings over the bread and light the menorah (this was the second night of Hanukkah), more surprises were in store!

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First, some of their friends declared it time for “a shtickathon” with all kinds of props, toys, and art supplies. It even had its own hashtag.

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Then, their East Coast and West Coast friends decided to battle out where Amanda and Miki should live eventually- New York or California?- in an epic, choreographed danceoff, the kind that people must have gotten together earlier in the event weekend to practice.

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It was amazing. Of course, Amanda and Miki weren’t going to just let their friends have all that fun without them, so they joined in before making an announcement of their own…

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They surprised their guests with a group funk dance lesson, taught by their friend Milo.

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After that, their parents got a whirl around the dance floor before it was time to cut the cake!

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In keeping with their nicknames, the cake topper featured a moose and goose. So cute!

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After the cake cutting, everyone gathered for grace after meals. This is a uniquely Jewish custom practiced in more traditional circles. Although there are prayers before the meal- over the challah, for example- everyone gathers together after the meal to be thankful for sustenance, and fellowship, and fullness. It’s lovely.

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This was a peaceful and spiritual way to wind down the night, and soon everyone was saying their goodbyes.

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The bride and groom had one last dance in the middle of the ballroom all by themselves. They were basking in the glow of the festival of lights, of good food and good friends, from dance-offs and shtick and toasts and prayers, and of course, in their love for each other.

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The future is so, so bright for this couple, and I wish you all the best!

Filled Under : Wedding

Do you remember your first love? You were probably about 14 when you noticed the cute guy or girl at youth group at church. The first time your crush held your hand, you probably felt like your heart was going to beat right out of your chest. For most people, that feeling is pretty unforgettable, but for Lillie and Paul, that first love turned out to be unending and unstoppable. In fact, that first love turned out to be their forever love, and on Friday, they said “I do.”

To be honest, I’ve documented weddings before where the bride and groom were teased about how long they dated before finally tying the knot. It’s not uncommon for honor attendants to tease the newlyweds in their toasts, saying things like, “What took you so long?” and “WE’RE FINALLY HERE!” Last Saturday, even the pastor mentioned how long the couple has been devoted to each other. The difference is that usually the bride and groom aren’t in their early 20s when people tease them about how long they’ve been together before the wedding day. So, yeah, age 25 may be a few years away for this bride and groom, and yet, they’ve already been together for as long as my husband and I have been married.

So yes… When they post Throwback Thursday photos on Facebook, they post their prom pictures… which they attended together. And yet, they already know about for better or for worse; about how love grows and changes; about how you have to adapt, listen to each other, and forgive in order to stay together. They know all about that, and as the rest of their lives stretch before them, I’m really excited for them. They have the potential to be married for 70 years or more. What a gift. So few people get that, and it was an honor to be a part of their day.

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We started at the bride’s house for getting ready pictures. The bride’s sister’s range in age from pre-schoolers to college, and they were so excited to see Lillie in her dress.

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Lillie truly looked breath-taking.

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She made a grand entrance (into the living room) for her bridesmaids and her father. I know they would agree…She really was the most beautiful bride.

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Lillie got a few touch-ups from her friend Darla, who proved to be an invaluable combination of makeup artist/friend/photo assistant/human GPS extraordinaire (thank you, girl!)

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Lille is lucky enough to have two moms. It was happy tears all around on Saturday afternoon, first when one mom zipped her into her gown and again when her other mom saw her in her dress and veil.

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Mom cried. Bride cried. Sis cried. Then we were off to the church!

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I told Paul, who was waiting with his brothers and groomsmen before the ceremony, that Lillie looked amazing. I think the exact words I used were “drop dead, roll around on the floor gorgeous.” He smiled… I don’t think he had ever seen this woman he’s loved for all these years looking quite this radiant before.

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Can I just say that the only thing cuter than a ring-bearer is a ring-bearer in a Batman cape? Yes, yes, I can.

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Lillie floated down the aisle on her father’s arm, and Paul only had eyes for her.

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The ceremony was full of sweet and genuine moments. First, they hugged their parents right when they got to the altar. Then, the bride’s littlest sisters (and flower girls) kept calling out “Yay!” from the front pew. It was the sweetest beginning to a traditional ceremony.

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Imagine… when the pastor began with, “We gather today to unite this man and this woman in holy matrimony,” a flower girl shouted, “YAY!” and everyone cracked up. Especially Paul.

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They were married by a pastor who has known both of them for a very long time. In fact, this is the church where they met in youth group. When the pastor teased them about finally making it down the aisle, a flower girl shouted “YAY!” again, which is just one thing that accounts for Lillie’s grin in the photo above.

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There was so much meaning in every detail. I’ve been calling the bride “Lillie” for this entire blog entry, but actually that’s a nickname. Her given name is Sakura, which means “cherry blossom” in Japanese. I love the cherry blossoms entwined in the aisle decor. That is so not a coincidence.

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Then it was time to exchange vows and rings, before the pastor offered a special blessing. He called for the hand of God to rest upon the couple. Even though the bride couldn’t see it at the time with her eyes closed and her head bowed, her father subtly raised his hand in that moment, sending forth his blessing and prayers over his daughter and her soon-to-be-pronounced husband.

Then they were pronounced husband and wife! It was a happy blur from the big kiss through the receiving line and out the door through what the couple referred to as “a bubble wonderland” in the program.

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I just have to thank the wedding party, as well as some truly enthusiastic and game parents, cousins, uncles, siblings, grandparents and friends. It was a gorgeous July day, but it was so hot. Thank you for sticking with me. I’m so pleased to show you just a tiny sample of the photos we got! THANK YOU!

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At last… cocktail hour!

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So I’ve gone on about Lillie’s beauty and grace on the wedding day, but here’s something Paul did that I just thought was so great. I spotted a mirrored table during cocktail hour, and I thought of an idea for a detail shot of their rings. They had just exchanged them not two hours before, and they were so kind to indulge my creativity and take them off just because I saw a cool-looking table.

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This is the shot I got…

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But when I handed the rings back to the newlyweds, Paul didn’t just give Lillie her rings back. He got down on one knee and very romantically slide them back on her finger. Aw! You guys are going to be so happy. Onto the party!

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I will let the photos tell the story of the reception, but suffice it say, the newlyweds entered to applause and cheers and went right into their first dance. The toasts and parent dances were punctuated with more happy tears before everyone hit the dance floor. The bride then observed a very interesting Japanese custom. Traditionally, Japanese brides change clothes four times throughout the wedding. Each outfit shows off a different facet of her personality. Although Lillie changed just once into strapless mermaid party dress, she was definitely rocking a different look as they hit the dance floor.

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Then it was time to cut the cake, throw the bouquet and toss the garter. They made these traditions their own with the same genuine laughter and affection that filled their day.

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I can already tell your marriage will be filled with many days as beautiful as this day was. May you keep on loving and laughing and living your faith like you did on Friday all the days of your lives. I’m so pleased to have captured these photographs for you to reflect back on in the years to come. Congrats!

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