Back to Asbury Hall for another amazing wedding on June 10th. This time, with a lot less rain! It truly is one of the most beautiful wedding spots, and no matter how many times I’m there, I’m always newly impressed. I was also impressed with how happy Chris looked! He seriously had the biggest smile possible glued on his face, and was even a little giddy. This is a man who is excited to marry his bride. Jillian looked beautiful and happy and I could tell they weren’t nervous about standing in front of everyone and being married, they were just plain pumped about it. I was wishing their guests would get there quicker so that we could start this magical moment for both of their sakes! But soon enough the moment arrived and Chris walked up front with me to await his bride. Although they had seen each other beforehand, and had been hanging out together just moments earlier, Chris looked amazed when Jillian began walking down the aisle. I’m telling you, these two were adorable. It was easy to give them a meaningful ceremony, and I could tell they were listening and recognizing the moment they were in. It always seems to go so fast and soon they were lip locked and the crowd was cheering! Congratulations Chris and Jillian. It was so fun when I first met you and even more fun at your wedding. I wish you nothing but the best for all your days.
June 3rd was perfection. There was gorgeous weather and and I couldn’t think of anywhere I would have rather been that at an outdoor wedding. And at Kloc’s Grove I’m never disappointed. There was high energy when I arrived. Guests were very excited and happily chatting, hugging, laughing, and waiting for the big moment. Nikole was beautiful and calm, so I found Mark who was no less handsome, but perhaps a bit more nervous. It really is a lot to have all those eyes on you for 20 minutes. After following around the cutest little flower girls and laughing at their antics, it was time to head to the alter for the “I do’s” to begin. Nikole and Mark hadn’t seen each other all day, and both of their faces were priceless when they finally did. They immediately embraced and kissed, unable to wait until the end of the ceremony. They were very connected during the ceremony. Looking from each other to me, taking in the words and I think really taking in the moment. They added their wine and love letters to an anniversary box, and seemed to get more giddy as they knew the ceremony was wrapping up. It’s hard not to knowing that in a moment, you’ll be kissing as Mr. & Mrs., or as in this case, Dr. & Dr.!!! Congratulations Mark and Nikole. You’ve always been there for each other and that is what keeps you strong and in love. I know there is nothing but happiness in your future. Best wishes!
How much do I like Genelle and Tim? Enough to drive 5 hours to their gorgeous wedding at the Roxbury Barn in Roxbury, NY! I couldn’t have found a better way to spend May 27th then in a magical, wooden wonderland that was their wedding. When I first arrived there were golf carts to drive you around since the land was so expansive. There was the barn for the reception, the open field cocktail hour, and the hidden wooden ceremony spot. I really felt like I was in Narnia! Genelle and Tim looked beautiful and were ready for the moment to begin. Since 2017 loves rain, I was nervous when a few drops started to fall, but it cleared up about 5 minutes later leaving nothing but beauty. After making sure everyone had arrived, Genelle and Tim turned away from each other. No more looking at one another until they were at the alter. And it was enough to make the moment extra special because when Genelle came walking up the path, Tim had tears in his eyes like he was seeing her for the first time. They gathered close and took extra deep breaths before their vows since they were worried they would never be able to get through them. Genelle joked that she had to go first since Tim’s vows were so good, but her’s were just as moving and it was such a beautiful and intimate moment between the two of them. Still, they both made an adorable face of shock when I finally pronounced them husband and wife. It’s a crazy thing to hear for the first time! And that’s why a crazy big kiss should always follow. Congratulations Tim and Genelle. You were obviously made for each other and I know you’ll have nothing but blue skies ahead of you. Much love!
Of course it rained on May 6th. It can’t seem to stop raining. But that didn’t matter inside the always stunning Asbury Hall for another breathtaking wedding. This time Taaliba and Joe (and their party-going pup) stayed close to each other as the minutes ticked by to their big moment. Everything looked perfect, but that didn’t stop them from looking nervous and asking questions of their wedding party about how things were looking upstairs as they hid out down below. I knew they were mostly excited for this moment since they are a perfect pair who could have been married years ago. I mostly figured that out as I was holding back tears during their vows, but more on that later. Soon enough their guests all gathered out of the rain and into the venue and waited for the couple to make their way down the aisle. Joe was instant tears when he reached the alter and I knew then how moving this wedding was going to be. After the party came up (on two legs and four) it was time for Taaliba and Joe to look into each others eyes, and try really hard not to cry. There was mild success. Especially after their incredibly beautiful and moving vows. They really poured their heart out to each other. After closing the box on their Wine/Love Letter Ceremony, they came back to each other to hold hands and kiss as husband and wife. What a day! Congratulations Joe & Taaliba. I’m so honored I was able to spend this moment with you and I wish you nothing but happiness in your future. Much Love! And sorry about the eyes, Joe!
May 5th was an exciting day because it was another wedding day! Of course the rain was on its usual mission to mess stuff up, but Jen and Bryan didn’t blink and eye at the bad weather. At Kotecki’s Grove, they just moved the party inside and onto a gorgeous staircase. I don’t think it could have looked any nicer if it was outside. It was truly perfect. Bryan is a bit of a self-proclaimed worry wart. He kept checking in to make sure everything was all set, but it just adds to his charm and shows how much he cared about Jen having a perfect day. When I first got there, the guy were celebrating together. They all seemed very happy for their friend. My favorite part was when all the guys got together and gave what looked like a pep talk to Bryan. It was hilarious because it looked like a football huddle with suits. Jen her bridesmaids were ready to go, and soon enough it was time for them to meet on the grand staircase. They were both hilarious. They kept making jokes to each other and faces and eyes, and at one point Jen said something so hilarious and a bit naughty, that her maid of honor and myself burst out laughing. I really loved this couple. They said their beautiful vows to each other and then did a tree planting ceremony, welcoming a new tree that would follow them home. Before you knew it, it was time to kiss and declare them husband and wife! Congratulations Bryan and Jen! You already know you were made for each other, but know that I was incredibly happy to be a part of your day. Best wishes!
Christine and Al aren’t like other couples. They march to their own drummer and that is what makes them original and awesome! That was also very clear on April 29th, at a VFW Post, as I joined their steampunk wedding! When I walked in the door, I was immediately taken aback by how cool everyone looked! I didn’t know it was steampunk themed, so it was very exciting to see the decorations and the boots, coats, hats, monocles, etc. that were happening all around me. Al was so happy when I found him. Just an ear to ear grin and I knew that he could barely wait for this moment. Guests were gathering, almost all dressed to match the theme, and everyone seemed equally excited for the moment. Soon Christine arrived and hung out in the back, looking amazing, as she waited for her entrance. She was as excited as Al and I was started to get nervous that these two were really going to effect me emotionally. Well I wasn’t wrong there! Soon they were standing face to face and there were just tears everywhere! It was such a showcase of love and emotion that I really had to focus on not crying. They were just so happy! They also called all of their children up to talk about how much they loved them and how they would always be there for them. Looking out into the crowd I could tell this was effecting everyone. Their vows were so touching and they smiled as tears slid down their face. I really had to keep looking away to keep it together! Soon enough it was time to kiss and laugh and hold each other finally as a married couple. Congratulations Al and Christine! You are without a doubt made for each other and I know you’re going to have such a fun, happy life ahead of you. Thanks for letting me be a part of such an amazing day!
Enough with this chilly spring already! You are annoying my couples and their guests. Curse having 4 amazing seasons. On April 28th it was another chilly and rainy day, but it did the best it could for Kayla and Peter so that they could have their wedding outdoors in front of the beautiful gazebo at Michael’s Catering and Banquets. People were excitedly gathering in the lobby, and I sneaked upstairs to visit with Kayla and gawk over how beautiful she looked. She was also flanked by two of the cutest flower girls, so I was immediately in the marrying mood! Peter was downstairs greeting guests and laughing with his groomsmen. He seemed very happy and confident with what was about to happen. After people had their fill of photos with Peter, guests began to take their seats outside awaiting Kayla’s entrance. Peter started to seem a little nervous then. Like, everything hit him at once! It’s a good thing the adorable flower girls starting throwing their petals around, because everyone laughed and Peter seemed to relax. Then Kayla walked down the aisle and into Peter’s hands. They really are a lovely couple, and with light tears in their eyes, they began their ceremony, smiling, laughing, and looking lost in a faint love glow. And I had one of my all time favorite wedding moments! Just as I mentioned how they will end up wiping tears from each others eyes over their years together, a tear fell down Kayla’s face, and Peter wiped it away. That’s it for me! Love overload! They finally were able to kiss and gave each other that look that you can only catch at wedding’s when a couple realizes that such an amazing thing just happened. Congratulations Peter and Kayla! I’m so happy to have been a part of your day and I know you have nothing but happiness in your future! Much love!