Right before 2017 ended and made way for a new year, Kaitlyn and Jason had a small and intimate wedding ceremony right in the middle of a snow storm. My husband and I traveled from Philly to NJ to photograph the wintery union…we couldn’t believe our luck. Not only did the snowy scape make for a beautiful backdrop, but the couple also decided to set off colored confetti cannons for a photo or two. Kaitlyn is a former figure skater, so it seems like destiny that both her weddings would have snow and ice. In February, the couple renewed their vows in front of their friends and family at the Bradford estate. It was a cold and grey day but was made more magical by the appearance of snow and ice at the end of the celebration. Take a gander below for some of my favorite shots from both of the wedding days! For more examples of my work, click here. I was happy to be a part of this Winter Wedding at the Bradford Estate.
Why the two ceremonies…
We decided to have a church ceremony in December with immediate family only. We planned our wedding in February in hopes that my brother would make it home, but we knew that we wouldn’t have confirmation until just a few weeks prior to the wedding. Tom had “leave” at Christmas time, so we knew for certain that he would be home. We thought about planning a wedding in December, but we didn’t have enough time for the planning. We moved forward with having a church wedding, this way if Tom couldn’t make it back, then at least he would have been there for some part of the wedding. We got married on his last day home. He hadn’t been home in almost a year, and it was the perfect ending to his visit.
How he asked…
Jason and I took a day last June and went up to Storm King Art Center in NY. I love art, and Jason loves the outdoors, so it was a perfect day-date for us! When we got there, we rented
bikes and took the trails around to see all the impressive sculptures throughout the grounds. I
had a feeling a proposal was coming soon, but I did not expect it that day. All Jason had with
him was a small, pull-string backpack and I thought there was no way he would hide a ring in there! Toward the end of the day, we went up to the top of a hill to snap some pics, Jason sent
the phone on timer and got down on one knee.
The snow! How could I ask for anything more! It snowed the most perfect snow, it didn’t start
until after the ceremony, so it didn’t prevent any guest from making it to the wedding. It allowed
us to sneak outside for some snowy pics to complete our theme!
Advice from the bride and groom…
Everyone (family, friends, people you meet on the street) will share their feelings and opinions
on how you should do certain things for your wedding. Listen and take notes, but at the end of
the day, make sure you are keeping what you and your partner want at the center of it all.
Venue: Bradford Estate
Florist: Alisha Simone
Cake: DiBartolo Bakery
Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Jewelry: Abe Presman Jewelers
Hair & Makeup: Illusion Salon & Spa
DJ: SCE Event Group