A few weeks ago, my bridesmaids and family threw me the most beautiful bridal shower I have ever experienced. I haven't been to many but I can safely say that no detail went unplanned for and the day could not have been more perfectly planned and executed. The girls did such a good job coordinating (some of them had never met until the day of) and keeping everything a surprise that by the time the day of the shower came, I was going crazy with anticipation. I had been trying to decode all of the secret phone calls my mom was taking and trying to get information out of my tight-lipped bridesmaids. In the end, I'm glad everything was a surprise. It made it that much more special.
First check out the CAKE. This was the most amazing cake I have ever seen. It was a big shoe box with a beautiful icing and rhinestone shoe on top. I couldn't get enough of it.
They chose to have the shower at the 1803 House which is actually a museum in our town. They rarely open it up for events and this was the very first bridal shower they ever hosted. As you can see from the photo, it is a beautiful old stone house and it was the perfect location for the occasion. The girls organized a brunch which I thought was a great and unique idea. Everyone made quiches and brought muffins, salads, fruit, potatoes, and LOTS of other stuff. There was SO much food (note the chocolate covered strawberries made by my Uncle Jim!). The favors were those adorable wedding cake shortbread cookies. They were not only beautiful but incredibly delicious. Thanks to Amylooz for supplying the favors! Check her out, she can ship anywhere! I had wanted to use these cookies for wedding favors, can I still do that? I thought we could do a New York taxi or something to bring a little taste of home to Pennsylvania.
The gold handbag above was a gift that my mom passed down to me to use for my wedding. She always carried it on special occasions and I've always loved it. It was a very special gift :)
Thanks to my girls for most of these pics! Bachelorette party pics to come...
Yes, I know I'm nearly 4 weeks late but in my defense, I have a wedding to plan! We are six weeks out and things are getting crazy! To bring everyone back up to speed, I am getting married in March at Pen Ryn Mansion and between all of the vendor meetings, menu planning, gift registering, rehearsal dinner choosing and honeymoon planning, there really isn't a whole lot of energy to focus on work! This is not to say I haven't been working, I have. Normally I spend January working on albums and orders and regular old catching up.
I didn't have any weddings in January this year so I did take advantage of the time to try to tie up many of the loose ends for my wedding. As the date approaches, I'll blog more wedding-related posts since I know you can all relate. I have gotten so many ideas from former and future clients so thank you all so much for your help and for caring about our big day! It really means so much.
I'll leave you with an image from our low-key New Year's Eve celebration. We enjoyed New Year's with friends in our apartment. Living in New York City, it can be more stress than it's worth to try to find a restaurant, bar, club, etc. on New Year's so we decided to cook and enjoy the company of our friends instead. It was much more tolerable this year than previous years when we have done the whole "going out" thing. Here is Jeff at midnight :)
This was a first for me. An evening wedding in December with zero natural light. Of course I am used to shooting the cocktail and reception in ambient and artificial light but I can always count on getting some great portraits outside even if the rest of the wedding is indoors. I am happy to say that I was really pretty happy with the results. Lucky for me, there was a really cool vanity in the bride's room and we got to use the lights in there for some BG portraits.
It was the first day with nasty weather but the snow falling outside made the wedding seem that much warmer and brighter inside. All of Jessica's planning really paid off and the whole day came together so well. I also got to see one of my future couples there! I love when that happens :)
Congratulations to Jessica and Jamie and thank you so much for inviting me to be a part of your day!
(And special thanks to Joe Craig for second shooting for me!!)
I had the pleasure of photographing Jaime and Jessica's wedding last Saturday. Jessica had a sort of hollywood glamour type of theme and her dress, hair and makeup just made everything come together perfectly. More to come soon. Last wedding of the year this Sunday and then a nice looong break to finish planning my own wedding!
I wanted to get this post up sooner but I've been so swamped with hoilday orders I just haven't gotten to it yet. Here are some more images from Bryan and Melissa's wedding in November. This is the only wedding I shot in November which is nice sometimes because it feels like a treat in an otherwise not-so-busy month. I was also excited to shoot this wedding because the venue was located on the same property as my own wedding which is coming SO fast! I had to sneak a quick peek since it's been several months since Jeff and I had been there. But back to Melissa and Bryan...
The timing of their wedding was fun because it was just before Thanksgiving when you start feeling the holidays coming on and everything gets a little more exciting. Add a wedding to that and the excitement just multiplies. My second shooter, John, and I had a great time with Melissa and Bryan. There was so much attention to detail which always makes for some great photographs.
I will say that Melissa sent me an email after she saw her online gallery. I got the email on my iPhone and all I could see was the first part of the first sentence which said; "Kate, I do not like the photos". Well as you can imagine I nearly had a heart attack until I opened the email and it said ...I LOVE them! NOTE TO BRIDES: DON'T do this to me. PLEASE! I have enough anxiety as it is, all I need is a 5 second moment of thinking I screwed up the most important day of your life! Melissa, I forgive you...you crafty lady.