I don’t even know where to begin on this one. I had the pleasure of meeting Kat & Val in February. My friend Katy [fetsch events] was planning their wedding and they asked if she knew of any photographers. One thing led to another, and well, magic (and friendships) happened. I met Kat & Val at Benmarl Winery in Marlboro, NY. There was about a foot of snow on the ground and their wedding in July couldn’t come soon enough. The moment I met them, I could tell how much they loved each other. They couldn’t keep their hands off each other and had no problem when I suggested a kissing picture. After getting to know them, we found out that Kat’s family and my Miami family knew each other and I felt like we were long lost cousins. Their engagement photo session was so smooth and they were so easy to work with I left thinking, “I can NOT wait until July”.
Fast forward to July 26, 2014. I walked into Kat’s suite at the hotel and was greeted with mimosas and happiness. I began snapping away while my sister and second shooter, Sam, was hanging out with Val and the guys getting ready. We were both welcomed by both families like we were apart of them and it made the day go by so easy. Fast forward again to the ceremony. It was a catholic ceremony, and it was BEAUTIFUL. I had to hold back the tears while taking pictures and looking over at Kat & Val’s mom embracing each other the whole time was so heartwarming.
The reception, also at Benmarl Winery, was so much fun!! It helped that the weather was perfect for an outdoor reception. The blue sky and green of the vines and trees on the mountain were so vibrant, it added so much color to the photos. Everything about the reception was perfect, the DJ, the SELFIE STATION (genius), the his and her sangrias. We even lucked out with some beautiful sunset shots, but are you even that surprised? I just can’t even describe how much fun I had (even though I was working) and how I felt like a part of their families. Here’s to new friends & new families, I hope you enjoy the photos!