I went to college with Heather, she was a part of so many pieces of my life then, from the photography program to our sorority. She's the first person I ever photographed a wedding with actually, traveling from New York City up to Syracuse to work with her. Heather is someone that has always been so full of life, so ready for an adventure and to embrace all of the possibilities in this world. She's also someone that you can really talk with, have a real conversation with, go to when you need a friend. If you can't tell, I have a high opinion of this woman. So when she called me up to ask me to photograph her wedding, I was so incredibly honored.
I hadn't had the chance to meet Jack before their wedding day. Heather had told me about him and about their relationship, and I was excited to meet this man, her partner. And he did not disappoint. Not only was he warm, quick to smile, and easy to be around.. it was also so clear how much he loves Heather. How much they so clearly love each other. You could feel it from the moment that they saw each other at the First Look, throughout the whole day..
Jack was waiting for Heather by this large Oak Tree on the vineyard's property. His back to the grape vines, where she'd be coming from. Heather's father walked her down the path to the tree. Her dad kept her bouquet for her and watched as she approached the tree, with Jack on the other side. They took a moment there. Then they held hands, still not seeing each other. And, with a nervous, excited, take-it-all-in kind of breath, they both turned.. and the amount of love in that moment, as they saw each other, was almost tangible. An incredible start to a beautiful day. That joy didn't dissipate. It carried on from the First Look, through all of the family portraits and photos with their lively wedding party, into their ceremony, reception, and the surprise fireworks that they orchestrated (telling their guests that they were going outside for a group photo, only to be surprised by a fireworks display over the vineyard's vines!). I am still smiling as I think back on it all!
Wedding Venue: Ventosa Vineyards in Geneva, New York
Officiant: Tracy Gumtow
Hair by Erin Kline
Makeup by Alexandra Grimm
Wedding Gown and Bridesmaid Dresses from Alfred Angelo
Groom's Attire from Giovanni's
Ceremony Flower Archway from Don's Own Flower Shop
Fireworks by Young Explosives
Dessert by Biscotti's Italian Bakery