Tuesday, February 13, 2018

A Little Down Time

Although things were tightly scheduled, we still had a little down time between our portraits and the ceremony. We spent some time drinking beers outside the hotel before heading to the church. It was one of the few moments in the day that felt really normal, like we were all sitting in the sun relaxing at a picnic instead of being moments away from making a lifetime commitment. Maybe not coincidentally, these are some of my favorite photos from the day.

Once 3 p.m. rolled around we made our way to the church. Roger and I drove in our Outback, while the bridesmaids hopped in the back of my parents' pickup truck and the HWS folks gathered in the van Emily was kind enough to DD for everyone.

I have to say, although I was feeling great all morning, my anxiety really picked up in the car and didn't really let up for the rest of the day. There had been a few scheduling snafus and hurt feelings over the timing of the portraits, and it rattled me more than I expected. Driving to the church, I was never so grateful to have Roger by my side. Even though I was feeling terribly anxious, I was still so thrilled to be vowing to spend our lives together.

All the flower children and their parents met us at the church, and we spent about a half hour decompressing before the ceremony began. This is one of the last photos of me as a single lady, with my sweet cousin, Hailey:

Monday, February 12, 2018

Family Portraits

We are so blessed to have an incredible family, and I'm so glad to have these wonderful portraits with them. Throughout the wedding planning process, everyone was incredibly kind and supportive with us, even when some of our decisions surprised them. From helping us get our house in tip top shape in the months before the wedding and planning an incredible bridal shower to making the entire wedding financially possible for us and helping calm our nerves leading up to it, this wedding was, in every way, a family affair, and we could not be more grateful to them.

After the ceremony, we also managed to get photos with our extended family, something that almost never happens. This was the first time my mother's side of the family has all been together in nearly twenty years, so it was a really special occasion.

And my father's side of the family all shared a big AirBnB to make it possible for everyone to come in from Pennsylvania for our wedding. Jessie and Duane even miraculously drove to and from in one day just to party with us for a few hours. We're so grateful:

Roger's uncle and his mother's best friend from childhood both traveled in from New York and not only was it wonderful to have them witness our special day, they also killed it on the dance floor.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Strike a Pose!

It's probably pretty obvious that I love photos, so making time to take posed photos with all of our family and friends was really important to me, and I built in lots of extra time in our schedule to make sure we got some good ones.

After taking some photos of just the two of us, we gathered the bridal party for some group shots.

We are so lucky to have such an incredible group of friends.

Shelby was the best maid of honor anyone could have asked for. We've been friends for well over half our lives (next October is our 20th anniversary), and there aren't words to express my gratitude for all she's done for and been to me over the decades.

My sister has grown so much over the last few years, and it was an honor for me to have her stand up with me as I got married. Throughout all our prep for the wedding, she was there for me, making wands for our flower children and perfectly decorating our reception venue.

Sarah has been my confidant since we met at Sarah Lawrence nearly 14 years ago. She's one of the smartest, hardest working women I know and just knowing her makes me a better person.

Since I first met her in Senegal, Molly has been the ultimate travel companion. She's level headed, kind hearted, and will do anything for her friends. She was all that and more as we were planning the wedding, and as Jill said, "she's the real MVP here."

Before we all met up, Roger also took formal photos with his groomsmen and our friends from Hobart and William Smith. I can't write Roger's love notes to his friends for him, but I know I speak for both of us when I say they are some of the most special people in our world. Even though I didn't go to college with this gang, they've always made me feel a part of things and I feel like we've all grown up together. If I had to share a three-bedroom house with any people in the world, it would be all of them.

I've always known we were luckier than most to have this incredible group of folks in our lives, but the wedding made me realize how truly they are our community, and how deeply there they are for us in everything we do. Although we all live up and down the east coast and don't get to see each other enough, we are so privileged to have them in our life.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Our First Look

Once we were all gussied up, it was time for our first look! Amanda found a beautiful spot outside the hotel and my bridesmaids came and grabbed me once Roger was ready so we could have a little time together and take a few photos.

Even though Roger and I spent the night before the wedding together and had seen each other that morning, it was still fun to see his reaction to me in my dress.

After the first look, we headed out to take a few formal portraits together on the Lyme Green. I especially love this first one because I feel like it perfectly captures all the excitement we were feeling that morning.

We also took just a couple formal shots of me.

Then we headed over to the town stables to take a few more shots. I really love how dramatic these ones are. This first one I especially love, because we lived on Lake Morey when we first moved to the Upper Valley.