At long last–I am ready to share a collection of my favorites from the September wedding of Ryan and Melissa. What an incredible day! Ryan and Melissa are from out of state, so I wasn’t able to meet them until the day of their wedding. But I had met Melissa’s adorable parents and had corresponded with and chatted with Ryan and Melissa many times over the past year so when I finally got to meet them on the day of their wedding–it really felt like we were old friends! And they were an absolute dream to work with. So clearly in love and so happy for their Big Day. There were many beautiful details to photograph and they have such a fun and welcoming family and group of friends. Tania and I had a wonderful time and I am so happy to share some of our images from this lovely day.
Venue: Race Brook Country Club (Beautiful setting and wonderful staff! Thanks, Lisa!)
Florist: Blush Floral Design
Dress: Harold’s, New Haven
Beauty Team: Cleopatra’s Salon
Custom Invitations and Paper: Invitations! by Marcy (Melissa’s Mom–she does beautiful work!)
Melissa and Ryan decided to do a First Look before their ceremony so that they would not be pressed for time and could enjoy the company of their friends and family at their cocktail hour.
The First Look also affords couples a chance to share a really lovely, intimate moment together that would be difficult to carve out once the reception is in full swing.
Ryan was absolutely adorable. He seriously could not get over how amazing Melissa looked for a solid 10 minutes.
Love this shot that Tania grabbed:
After the formals we all headed indoors for the Ketubah signing. What a lovely tradition!
Ryan and Melissa were surrounded by their closest family and friends while Rabbi Whinston shared this Jewish tradition.
Their Ketubah was designed for them by Melissa’s friend Cori and a close family friend, Ian, helped with the printing.
Following the Ketubah we headed outside for their ceremony. It felt like imminent rain but we lucked out!
Congratulations, Ryan and Melissa! I am so honored to have captured such a special day in your lives together!