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!
This dress is so Stefanie – and gorgeous!
These sisters are the sweetest ever! Love everything about these photos
While 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.”
Stefanie’s grandmother let her wear her ring as “something blue” on her wedding day.
Best dad reaction ever!
Stefanie, you are simply stunning!
Lookin’ great guys! I dig these shots without ties!
LOVE! Jessica did a great job with this one!
They truly were this happy!!
THIS – such a stunner!
I love how the ring bearer is giving them a thumbs down – oh my, haha!
Such stunning sisters!
How adorable are they?! Seriously!
This just happened. A favorite!
Stefanie was a dancer, so I couldn’t resist that shot!
The mansion and its backyard gardens are so beautiful. Perfect setting for these two!
How fun is that idea?!
Yes, it was as delicious as it looks!
Stefanie surprised her mom with a special dance – so sweet!
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!!