Stefanie & John’s Wedding {Classic French Styled CV Rich Mansion Wedding Photography}

I could not wait to post this beautiful wedding!  My blog was down at the end of last week and I’m so excited it’s back today!!

When I first met Stefanie and John, I thought they were the sweetest couple!  I loved their vision for a classic, beautiful wedding with tons of DIY touches; and I could tell how important their family was to them.  They were the first couple I told about my partnership with Love Gives Way, and then I learned that Stefanie has a PhD and has published studies about sex trafficking!  What are the chances of that??  They loved the idea of their wedding giving back, and it was awesome to see their heart to give!

You might remember their beautiful New York Public Library and Central Park engagement session, near the tree where John proposed to her!

I was so excited for the big day.  When I arrived at Stefanie’s house, her dress and sister’s dresses were hanging up beautifully on their hangers – so lovely!  I loved Stefanie’s vision for French lace and classic inspired wedding details.  She had a blush palette with a soft, classic feel.  Stefanie’s sister is a makeup artist, so during her preparation, she was able to have Jenna by her side along with other professionals.  How awesome!  Meanwhile, I was photographing her sweet details against her cathedral length lace veil.  After the hair and makeup were done, we took some photographs of the 3 sisters on Stefanie’s bed.  The light in there was perfect and the setting beautiful – those sweet pictures of them are some of my favorites from the day.  You can tell how close they are!:)

After Stefanie got dressed, her grandmother placed her sapphire ring on her granddaughter’s finger as “something blue.”  Then, Stefanie’s dad came up for a first look – I just loved his reaction and those moments between them!  We took some more photographs outside, and then headed to the church.

Both Stefanie and John went to Fordham University, so it was only fitting that they were married in the campus chapel.  (Which, by the way, is stunning!!)  You could tell John was so excited to see his bride walk toward him.  The service was beautiful, and immediately following, we took photographs of the happy couple in the gorgeous alley next to the church.  Their happiness just radiated from them!   We then took the bridal party to the lawn in front of Keating Hall, which was a perfect backdrop for their photographs.  Across the street was a gorgeous fountain and we couldn’t help taking more bridal party photographs there.  You really can’t go wrong anywhere at Fordham!:)

Then, the bride and groom left in a Mercedes for their reception at CV Rich Mansion in White Plains.  I took photographs of their arrival, and then a bunch of their family.  Stefanie’s family is Italian, so there were tons to take pictures of!  Then, I took some more photographs of Stefanie and John just before sunset in the gardens outside.  Those sweet moments were some of my favorite from their wedding day!

Inside, their reception was decorated beautifully with gold candelabras and tall flower arrangements with candles.  It definitely fit with the classic theme of their day – so beautiful.  Stefanie and John entered and their families were so excited!  You could just see the love these two have as they danced together.  They had a Swing band, so for the rest of the night their friends and family were dancing away!  Their friends hopped in and out of their photo booth and wrote messages to the couple for their future anniversaries.  Toward the end of the night, Stefanie surprised her mom with a sweet song for them to dance to.  The bride and groom even went on stage with the band to dance!

You can just see the sweet love and friendship Stefanie and John have.  I wish them every joy and happiness as they move and start their life together!  Enjoy their story!

cv_rich_mansion_fordham_university_chapel_westchester_classic_wedding_photography_01This dress is so Stefanie – and gorgeous!

cv_rich_mansion_fordham_university_chapel_westchester_classic_wedding_photography_02cv_rich_mansion_fordham_university_chapel_westchester_classic_wedding_photography_03cv_rich_mansion_fordham_university_chapel_westchester_classic_wedding_photography_04cv_rich_mansion_fordham_university_chapel_westchester_classic_wedding_photography_05cv_rich_mansion_fordham_university_chapel_westchester_classic_wedding_photography_06cv_rich_mansion_fordham_university_chapel_westchester_classic_wedding_photography_07cv_rich_mansion_fordham_university_chapel_westchester_classic_wedding_photography_08cv_rich_mansion_fordham_university_chapel_westchester_classic_wedding_photography_09cv_rich_mansion_fordham_university_chapel_westchester_classic_wedding_photography_10cv_rich_mansion_fordham_university_chapel_westchester_classic_wedding_photography_11These sisters are the sweetest ever!  Love everything about these photos:)

cv_rich_mansion_fordham_university_chapel_westchester_classic_wedding_photography_12cv_rich_mansion_fordham_university_chapel_westchester_classic_wedding_photography_13cv_rich_mansion_fordham_university_chapel_westchester_classic_wedding_photography_14cv_rich_mansion_fordham_university_chapel_westchester_classic_wedding_photography_15cv_rich_mansion_fordham_university_chapel_westchester_classic_wedding_photography_16While Stefanie read her note from John, her grandmother looked on smiling.  She had just told me, “I feel so blessed to be able to be here for my granddaughter’s wedding.”

cv_rich_mansion_fordham_university_chapel_westchester_classic_wedding_photography_17Stefanie’s grandmother let her wear her ring as “something blue” on her wedding day.

cv_rich_mansion_fordham_university_chapel_westchester_classic_wedding_photography_18Best dad reaction ever!

cv_rich_mansion_fordham_university_chapel_westchester_classic_wedding_photography_19_2cv_rich_mansion_fordham_university_chapel_westchester_classic_wedding_photography_20cv_rich_mansion_fordham_university_chapel_westchester_classic_wedding_photography_21Stefanie, you are simply stunning!

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cv_rich_mansion_fordham_university_chapel_westchester_classic_wedding_photography_36cv_rich_mansion_fordham_university_chapel_westchester_classic_wedding_photography_37cv_rich_mansion_fordham_university_chapel_westchester_classic_wedding_photography_38cv_rich_mansion_fordham_university_chapel_westchester_classic_wedding_photography_39cv_rich_mansion_fordham_university_chapel_westchester_classic_wedding_photography_40cv_rich_mansion_fordham_university_chapel_westchester_classic_wedding_photography_41cv_rich_mansion_fordham_university_chapel_westchester_classic_wedding_photography_42cv_rich_mansion_fordham_university_chapel_westchester_classic_wedding_photography_43LOVE!  Jessica did a great job with this one!

cv_rich_mansion_fordham_university_chapel_westchester_classic_wedding_photography_45They truly were this happy!!

cv_rich_mansion_fordham_university_chapel_westchester_classic_wedding_photography_46cv_rich_mansion_fordham_university_chapel_westchester_classic_wedding_photography_47THIS – such a stunner!

cv_rich_mansion_fordham_university_chapel_westchester_classic_wedding_photography_48cv_rich_mansion_fordham_university_chapel_westchester_classic_wedding_photography_49cv_rich_mansion_fordham_university_chapel_westchester_classic_wedding_photography_50cv_rich_mansion_fordham_university_chapel_westchester_classic_wedding_photography_51cv_rich_mansion_fordham_university_chapel_westchester_classic_wedding_photography_52cv_rich_mansion_fordham_university_chapel_westchester_classic_wedding_photography_53I love how the ring bearer is giving them a thumbs down – oh my, haha!

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cv_rich_mansion_fordham_university_chapel_westchester_classic_wedding_photography_57How adorable are they?!  Seriously!

cv_rich_mansion_fordham_university_chapel_westchester_classic_wedding_photography_58cv_rich_mansion_fordham_university_chapel_westchester_classic_wedding_photography_59cv_rich_mansion_fordham_university_chapel_westchester_classic_wedding_photography_60This just happened.   A favorite!

cv_rich_mansion_fordham_university_chapel_westchester_classic_wedding_photography_61cv_rich_mansion_fordham_university_chapel_westchester_classic_wedding_photography_62Stefanie was a dancer, so I couldn’t resist that shot!:)

cv_rich_mansion_fordham_university_chapel_westchester_classic_wedding_photography_63cv_rich_mansion_fordham_university_chapel_westchester_classic_wedding_photography_64LOVE!

cv_rich_mansion_fordham_university_chapel_westchester_classic_wedding_photography_65cv_rich_mansion_fordham_university_chapel_westchester_classic_wedding_photography_66The mansion and its backyard gardens are so beautiful.  Perfect setting for these two!

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cv_rich_mansion_fordham_university_chapel_westchester_classic_wedding_photography_84Stefanie surprised her mom with a special dance – so sweet!

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A special thank you to all of the vendors who made Stefanie and John’s wedding day possible:

 

Church: Fordham University Chapel, Bronx, New York

Venue: CV Rich Mansion, White Plains, New York

Photographer: Kerri Lynne Photography

Cinematographer: Kerri Lynne Photography

Florist: Pedestals Florist

Band: The George Gee Orchestra

Cocktail Hour Musician: Mark Yollick

Makeup Artist: Jenna Vuotto

Wedding Dress Boutique: The Wedding Salon of Manhasset

 

And a huge thank you to my second photographer, Jessica Lee, and my cinematographer, Tim Kuder.  You’re the best!!:)

 

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Erika & Tom’s Wedding {The Roxbury Barn Catskills Wedding Photography}

It is such a joy to post Erika & Tom’s beautiful wedding!!

When I met Erika and Tom, I loved how in love they were and how much fun.  I still remember Tom telling me that he would love them to be married in Montana or “the mountains.”  You may remember their beautiful Mohonk Mountain engagement session last fall.  The Shawngunk mountains were near where Erika went to college and Mohonk is one of my favorite places!

It was only fitting that their wedding would also take place in the mountains.  They decided on the Catskill region, and the beautiful Roxbury Barn as their venue.  They bused all their family up from the city and it really was a destination wedding!

As soon as I arrived, I knew why Erika fell in love with The Roxbury Barn.  The barn was open, string lights everywhere, and her dress was hanging in the barn waiting to be photographed.  I was floored by the beauty!!  I was going crazy photographing all of her gorgeous details.

When I saw Tom, he was smiling ear to ear.  He couldn’t be happier – he looked like the luckiest guy in the world, even before he saw his bride.  Erika was a little nervous and excited.  She couldn’t believe she was really getting into her wedding dress.  As soon as I handed Erika her beautiful bouquet to do bridal portraits, she started tearing up – it finally hit her she was getting married to her love!

When it was time for the first look, we set up Tom in a beautiful field and he waited for her.  Erika’s sister and niece walked her to the field, and she could hardly contain her joy to see Tom.  Their first look moments were so sweet – there were hugs, smiles, and tears!  We photographed sweet portraits of Erika & Tom by the string lights.  And then walked up the hill and Erika and Tom walked into this gorgeous mangrove field.  The tall trees were SO beautiful – I was in heaven!!  They looked like they were in another world, and we captured such sweet images of them among those tall trees.  Then the videographers captured footage for Erika and Tom’s music video “You Make My Dreams Come True.”  It was so fun seeing Erika & Tom dancing fun and free beneath the trees!

Then, we asked their bridal party to join us and immediately they joined the dance party!  Then, we took beautiful images of the bridesmaids; and then Erika with the groomsmen and Tom with the bridesmaids.  The groomsmen asked Erika to let them throw her in the air and catch her – I went along with this, ready to capture – and the moment of Erika soaring in mid-air was hilarious!!  We took some more images of Erika and Tom in the woods, and then headed down to the barn to relax before the ceremony started.

The ceremony was set up with chairs inside the mangrove field.  All the guests were enamored by the scenery too, taking tons of pictures with their phones and cameras.  Then Tom was ready for his bride.  Erika’s dad walked her up the hill, and she was all smiles as she met her groom.  The ceremony was so sweet, and finally they were married!!  After the ceremony, their guests went to mingle by the barn where cocktail hour was set up outside.  They signed Erika & Tom’s “guestbook” by writing notes on lincoln logs, and enjoyed all the food.

When the guests seated inside the barn, Erika & Tom entered to “You Make My Dreams Come True,” just like they filmed their music video!  Their first dance was so sweet and their guests looked on from the barn floor and down from the floor above.  After Erika danced with her dad and Tom with his mom, and the toast was made, the party got started!!  I don’t think the dance floor was clear all night!  You could tell Erika, Tom and their friends loved to dance!  As it got dark, their guests also went outside to sit, drink, and enjoy the summer night.  After Erika and Tom danced their last song, they announced the bonfire was about to start on the hill.

It was a perfect clear night, and you could see the entire Milky Way of stars.  There were fixings set up for s’mores, and long sticks to roast the marshmallows.  The fire was a lot hotter than it looked, so it’s good the sticks were that long!:) We took one more photo of Erika and Tom with the bonfire in the background, and you could tell how happy they were!

You can see how in love Erika and Tom are, and it was such a joy to be a part of their day.  Enjoy their story!!

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the_roxbury_barn_catskill_mountains_hudson_valley_rustic_barn_wedding_photography_03the_roxbury_barn_catskill_mountains_hudson_valley_rustic_barn_wedding_photography_04the_roxbury_barn_catskill_mountains_hudson_valley_rustic_barn_wedding_photography_05the_roxbury_barn_catskill_mountains_hudson_valley_rustic_barn_wedding_photography_06the_roxbury_barn_catskill_mountains_hudson_valley_rustic_barn_wedding_photography_07Aren’t those earrings gorgeous?!

the_roxbury_barn_catskill_mountains_hudson_valley_rustic_barn_wedding_photography_08the_roxbury_barn_catskill_mountains_hudson_valley_rustic_barn_wedding_photography_09the_roxbury_barn_catskill_mountains_hudson_valley_rustic_barn_wedding_photography_10the_roxbury_barn_catskill_mountains_hudson_valley_rustic_barn_wedding_photography_11the_roxbury_barn_catskill_mountains_hudson_valley_rustic_barn_wedding_photography_12the_roxbury_barn_catskill_mountains_hudson_valley_rustic_barn_wedding_photography_13Twirling around for her bridesmaids to see!  Erika said, “I’m not going to want to get out of this dress!”the_roxbury_barn_catskill_mountains_hudson_valley_rustic_barn_wedding_photography_14the_roxbury_barn_catskill_mountains_hudson_valley_rustic_barn_wedding_photography_15the_roxbury_barn_catskill_mountains_hudson_valley_rustic_barn_wedding_photography_16Erika, you’re stunning!

the_roxbury_barn_catskill_mountains_hudson_valley_rustic_barn_wedding_photography_17the_roxbury_barn_catskill_mountains_hudson_valley_rustic_barn_wedding_photography_18the_roxbury_barn_catskill_mountains_hudson_valley_rustic_barn_wedding_photography_19Haha – such fun boutonnieres!

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the_roxbury_barn_catskill_mountains_hudson_valley_rustic_barn_wedding_photography_27the_roxbury_barn_catskill_mountains_hudson_valley_rustic_barn_wedding_photography_28the_roxbury_barn_catskill_mountains_hudson_valley_rustic_barn_wedding_photography_29the_roxbury_barn_catskill_mountains_hudson_valley_rustic_barn_wedding_photography_30the_roxbury_barn_catskill_mountains_hudson_valley_rustic_barn_wedding_photography_31the_roxbury_barn_catskill_mountains_hudson_valley_rustic_barn_wedding_photography_32This moment was SO sweet…

the_roxbury_barn_catskill_mountains_hudson_valley_rustic_barn_wedding_photography_33the_roxbury_barn_catskill_mountains_hudson_valley_rustic_barn_wedding_photography_34the_roxbury_barn_catskill_mountains_hudson_valley_rustic_barn_wedding_photography_35the_roxbury_barn_catskill_mountains_hudson_valley_rustic_barn_wedding_photography_36Erika was just radiant!

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the_roxbury_barn_catskill_mountains_hudson_valley_rustic_barn_wedding_photography_55the_roxbury_barn_catskill_mountains_hudson_valley_rustic_barn_wedding_photography_56the_roxbury_barn_catskill_mountains_hudson_valley_rustic_barn_wedding_photography_57the_roxbury_barn_catskill_mountains_hudson_valley_rustic_barn_wedding_photography_58You could say Tom swept his bride off her feet!!

the_roxbury_barn_catskill_mountains_hudson_valley_rustic_barn_wedding_photography_59the_roxbury_barn_catskill_mountains_hudson_valley_rustic_barn_wedding_photography_60the_roxbury_barn_catskill_mountains_hudson_valley_rustic_barn_wedding_photography_61Haha – love that we took this shot!

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A special thank you to all of the vendors who made Erika & Tom’s beautiful day possible!

 

Venue: The Roxbury Barn

Photographer: Kerri Lynne Photography

Cinematographer: Magic Flute Videos

Wedding Coordinator: Jeanne Stark, Hudson Valley Ceremonies

Ceremony Officiant: Edward Chin

DJ: DJ’s at Work

Florist: Elderberry Flowers

Wedding Dress Boutique: Bridal Elegance

Hair Stylist: Lipstick & Lashes

Makeup Artist: Lipstick & Lashes

Invitation Design: Christi Marie Creative

Catering: The Rhinecliff Hotel

Cake: Deisings Bakery

Favor: Alzheimer’s Association Donation in honor of bride’s grandmother

DIY: Save the Dates, Table #s, Gift Box

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Italia Caracappa

What beautiful pictures. They capture the love they have for each other. What a beautiful wedding it captures their true personalities.

Jada & Michael’s Wedding {Croton Point Park Wedding Photography}

I am so excited to blog this wedding today!

You might remember Jada and Michael’s engagement session from just a few weeks ago, where I climbed up a waterfall with this sweet couple and their two adorable kids.  I loved this couple’s sense of adventure, but even more so the genuine love and compassion they have for each other.  I just could’t wait for their wedding!

Jada and Michael’s wedding location, Croton Point Park, is just gorgeous.  I used to go there chasing sunsets with my mom, I’ve been there photographing sunsets and engaged couples, I’ve gone on secret hikes in the woods – but somehow I had never seen a wedding there!  I knew there were SO many beautiful spots for pictures, from weeping willows to a beach, to grassy knolls and hills.

I think that’s what Jada and Michael fell in love with!  They planned their wedding all the way from their home in Northern California.  They’re an easygoing couple, very down to earth and both share a love of nature.  When Michael found Croton Point Park, he told Jada, “This is it.”  And they had to look no further.

On the morning of the wedding, Jada and Michael got ready in separate cabins at the park!  Jada was getting her hair done nearby, and Michael’s groomsmen helped me hang her beautiful dress on the cabin to get a sweet shot!  Then, I found all her bouquets.  Jada and Michael’s friend Kim literally GREW all these flowers in her garden.  That’s right.  She is a gardener and literally transported the flowers down from Maine in buckets.  She sat on the floor near the big refrigerator in the lodge putting together the bouquets, boutonnieres, arrangements and flower crowns all morning.  And they were all gorgeous!!

When Jada arrived, the flower girls got dressed into their pretty fairy dresses.  They were so cute frolicking around – it must have been a little girl’s dream!  Jada did her own makeup with the help of her sister in law, and then she got dressed.  She looked so stunning on the porch in her wedding gown.  We took some beautiful portraits of her and caught some gorgeous light:)  Then, she was ready for the first look!

Michael was so ready to see Jada, smiling from ear to ear beneath the willow trees.  We all drove to the other end of the park for this, because we just couldn’t pass up this beautiful spot!   When Michael and Jada first saw each other, they were all smiles and shared such a sweet embrace.  Then, we took pictures of them in the tall grasses, and near these trees with beautiful ivy.  Good thing Michael is a biologist, because one of them was poison ivy – so we stayed clear of that one!:) We drove to the top of the hill to grab some more panoramic views and take pictures by a cool old house.  It was so great to have all this time with just the two of them – that’s such a dream for me as a photographer!

When we got back, their guests had arrived and were waiting for the ceremony to start at a spot between the cabins overlooking the Hudson River.  Kim placed the flower crowns on the little girls (can it get any cuter?!), assembled the chuppah, and everyone took their seats.  Then Michael and the guys started down the hill, the flower girls (and guy) came, and finally the beautiful bride.  Their ceremony was so nice and intimate.  Jada’s mom even rapped a sweet poem she wrote for the couple – so fun!  Before the end of the ceremony, their daughter Isabelle started crying, and Jada and Michael were pronounced husband and wife with her in their arms.  (They’re such great parents!)

Then, we took family photographs and photos with all the flower children and the bridal party.  We caught some sweet light just before we headed inside the lodge for the reception!  I’m so impressed, that all the vendors, all the decorations, were completely brought in by the couple.  It was a simple location overlooking the Hudson, but they really brought in a fantastic team.  Jada and Michael were introduced and they danced a choreographed first dance!  (Isabelle even joined them on the dance floor for the end).  Then, their guests enjoyed a long time of talking and mingling, eating a buffet style dinner, playing lawn games outside and hanging out on the patio.

At sunset, the light was so beautiful we couldn’t pass up more photos!  Jada, Michael and I headed down a set of stairs (and Jada may have hopped a short barricade with her wedding dress) that took us right to the Hudson River.  We climbed down some rocks and there we were, in awe.  I captured such sweet moments between them, and the shot of them looking at the sunset is one of my favorites!  Then we caught some beautiful light coming up the stairs – it was so worth it!

Back inside the lodge, Jada & Michael’s awesome band from California was playing, and guests were dancing some more.  Then, their friends gave wedding speeches and their son Elijah even took the mic to tell a few “knock knock” jokes that got the whole crowd laughing and smiling.  Jada and Michael cut their cake (and threw some in each other’s faces too!)  We ended the night with a private sparkler exit and some beautiful night photos.

It was such a joy capturing this sweet couple’s story.  They have so much genuine love and joy that just oozes out of them.  Enjoy their photographs!

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Jada you’re stunning – love that smile!

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croton_point_park_hudson_valley_rustic_woods_wedding_photography_051croton_point_park_hudson_valley_rustic_woods_wedding_photography_052Ahh how cute are these kiddos?!

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A special thank you to all of the wedding vendors who made Jada & Michael’s beautiful day possible!  Sorry I can’t list literally everyone, so many people helped make this day happen!!

 

Venue: Croton Point Park Lodge

Photographer: Kerri Lynne Photography

Ceremony Officiant: Ryan Boiardi

Band: Gunsafe (Arcata, CA)

Hair Stylist: Back Stage Salon (Croton on Hudson, NY)

Florist: Kim Lockrow (Islesboro, ME)

Wedding Dress Boutique: David’s Bridal

Chefs: Alex Tauber, Andrea Howarth, Luis Macia

Food: Continental Organics, B’s Nest Deli, Blooming Hill Organic Farm, Downtown Bistro, Black Cow Cafe, Peekskill Brewery, Rockland Bakery

Cake & Cupcakes: Molly’s Cupcakes (New York, NY)

DIY: Invitations, string lights, paper lanterns, favors, chuppah, lanterns, favors, cupcake tiers, decor, sound system

Rentals: Atlas Party Rentals

 

And a huge thank you to my second photographer Aaron Berger – your work is incredible as always!

 

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Luis Macia

Kerri, thank you. You captured so much of the excitement and love that was in the air. This DIY wedding could have gone many ways,but the way it Did go was wonderful. We are so happy and Grateful you were a part of the whole experience. Thanks again, Lou.

Kerri Lynne

Thank you so much for your kind words Luis! It was absolutely a joy to be a part of Jada & Michael’s day. They are a very special couple. Congratulations – wishing you all so much joy!

Diane & Tony’s Wedding {Glen Island Harbour Club Wedding Photography}

It’s been a whirlwind start to August, as a new wedding season began!

The end of summer couldn’t have started better than with these two!  Diane and Tony are so much fun!  When I met them, I could see their love and joy together – and Diane has the biggest smile, it’s contagious!  Both Diane and Tony are super athletic, and share their love of sports and the great outdoors.  (And of course their puppy Tonka!)

I was really excited for their day – I knew their bright summer wedding would have so much energy!  And when the day came, they couldn’t have had a better summer day – bright skies, no humidity, and perfect sunlight.

When I arrived at Diane’s house, all the girls were done with their hair and makeup. (I was very impressed!)  Her mom’s house was really rustic, and I had a lot of fun photographing the details outside against the cool wooden textures.  When it was time for Diane to get dressed, her mom and girls helped her – and she was just radiant.  (That smile again!)  After she was dressed, all of her bridesmaids toasted to the new bride with these cute glasses Diane bought them with their names on it.  We took some fun photographs with the girls on Diane’s balcony, and I took some portraits of her with that perfect streaming light!

We went straight to Glen Island Harbour Club in New Rochelle, Diane and Tony’s venue for the ceremony and reception.  It’s a gorgeous venue with great food (this Italian girl loves it every time!), and Glen Island is situated in a beautiful park, with a harbour, dock, an awesome old castle, and tons of scenery with rocks and water.  What could be better?!

Diane and Tony had their first look out on a beautiful dock, and even boaters and kayakers held back their boats for them to enjoy that special moment.  Tony was beaming, and I could tell they were both so excited to see each other!  After we photographed their first look, we captured their family, bridesmaids and groomsmen.  The harbour in the background and the light was completely perfect!  I loved the colors Diane chose – the neutral lace dresses with a statement necklace, and bright sunflowers.  It wasn’t “matchy matchy” but super fun – I’m sure Diane’s bridesmaids will wear their dresses and necklaces again!

After the bridal party photographs, my favorite – photographs with Diane and Tony.  We photographed near the harbour and by the castle – and both of them were all smiles!

Then, we headed to the ceremony – which was beautifully set up overlooking the Harbour.  The view couldn’t have been better!  Tony’s nephew was the ring bearer and he needed a little help getting down the aisle- it was so cute!  You could tell how happy Tony was when his bride walked toward them. After their beautiful ceremony, they had an incredible cocktail hour set up with tables of food everywhere!!  When the reception started, Diane and Tony entered with beer in hand cradled in “Mr” & “Mrs” cup-holders.  So fun!  They enjoyed their first dance, and then Diane danced with each of her 4 brothers and Tony danced with his mom.  Those moments with Diane’s brothers were so emotional and sweet.  Then, their family lightened up the mood with the toasts – the whole place was roaring with laughter, especially during Tony’s brother’s speech! Then, the dance floor opened and it was packed all night – their guests had so much fun.  We also put on a photo booth, which everyone loved!!  At the end of the night, Diane and Tony had a viennese hour with dessert everywhere – a perfect way to end the evening.

You could see how much joy and love Diane and Tony have all day – I wish them every happiness!  Enjoy their story:)

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glen_island_harbour_club_new_york_summer_wedding_photography_0038These summer colors – love!!glen_island_harbour_club_new_york_summer_wedding_photography_0040glen_island_harbour_club_new_york_summer_wedding_photography_0041glen_island_harbour_club_new_york_summer_wedding_photography_0042glen_island_harbour_club_new_york_summer_wedding_photography_0043glen_island_harbour_club_new_york_summer_wedding_photography_0044glen_island_harbour_club_new_york_summer_wedding_photography_0045glen_island_harbour_club_new_york_summer_wedding_photography_0046glen_island_harbour_club_new_york_summer_wedding_photography_0047glen_island_harbour_club_new_york_summer_wedding_photography_0048glen_island_harbour_club_new_york_summer_wedding_photography_0049glen_island_harbour_club_new_york_summer_wedding_photography_0050glen_island_harbour_club_new_york_summer_wedding_photography_0051Isn’t she a stunning bride?!

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Love!!

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Haha – what an entrance!

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A special thank you to all of the vendors that made Diane and Tony’s beautiful day possible:

 

Venue: Glen Island Harbour Club, New Rochelle NY

Photography: Kerri Lynne Photography

Cinematography: Kerri Lynne Photography, by Tim Kuder

Ceremony Officiant: Rich Hassellback

Cocktail Hour Musician: Lutz Entertainment

DJ: Lutz Entertainment

Florist: Arcadia Floral Company

Wedding Dress Boutique: La Sposa Bridal Shoppe

Hair Stylist: Salon Couture

Makeup Artist: Salon Couture

Invitation Design: Donna Tanzi

 

And a huge thank you to my fabulous team, my second photographers Anastasiia Ostapovich and Molly Stinchfield, and my cinematographer Tim Kuder.  You guys rock!!

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