Kiera, Josh and all of their friends and family love so hard! It was so amazing to see the love and support that these two received on their wedding day, and if they are receiving it I know they must be giving it out as well.
I first photographed Kiera and Josh when they were at the wedding of one of their best friends, about three years ago. Kiera was a bridesmaid and Josh was her date. We were so very honored when Kiera reached out to us to document her and Josh's wedding day as well. I had a feeling it would be a high energy and super fun wedding, based on the wedding we did for their friends, and Kiera and Josh did not disappoint!
The day started with Josh getting ready with his groomsmen. Both Kiera and Josh had a large group of close friends in their wedding party. Josh wore a well tailored navy suit, with the wedding date embroidered on the inside pocket. His Dad, Father-in-law and best man all helped him to get ready while his groomsmen kept him laughing.
Kiera and her bridesmaids got ready in a beautiful house on the Farm Road Estate Property. The venue has a few different houses, beautiful green areas and multiple ponds. It was really the perfect place for a wedding.
Kiera looked amazing! She was so happy on her wedding day and basically had a permanent smile on her face, which made photographing her so easy. She wore a fitted lace dress and a long veil. She really looked absolutely beautiful and it shows perfectly in the photos.
The ceremony was held on the edge of one of the natural ponds. Harrison, the friend whose wedding we photographed three years ago, was the officiant. He wrote a beautiful and very personal ceremony specifically for Kiera and Josh. I recall overhearing just how good everyone thought it was afterwards as the guests mingled at cocktail hour.
The friends and family at Kiera and Josh's wedding did not shy away from dancing. I remember laughing to myself, because before the couple entered, the MC was explaining to the bridal party how the couple would invite everyone to join them on the dance floor after their first dance, and he said, make sure you join them! As if the couple would be left there inviting people and no one would join. It was exactly the opposite. Everyone rushed to get onto that dance floor and celebrate with the newlyweds, it was so packed with dancers I was almost unable to get in-between people to take photos. Just one of the ways that everyone showed their love for Kiera and Josh that day!
A shoutout to the bride's sister, pictured below. Kiera's sister might just be Josh and Kiera's biggest fan. I didn't notice it on the wedding day, but going through these photos as I edited them I saw just how much support Kiera's sister showed them. You can scroll back through the photos and see for yourself, she is often in the background of the image cheering as loud as she can and throwing her hands up in the air out of excitement for the love these two have together. I have two sisters and love them dearly, and I think the sisterly bond is such a special one. Kiera and her sister clearly are close and I just wanted to point out what a beautiful thing that is!
Annie and Danny married one another on the edge of a peaceful pond nestled in the woods. Their family and friends gathered around and celebrated with them into the evening. Both Annie and Danny were very easy going and lots of fun to be around. They opted to do a first look at the covered bridge, which worked out beautifully.
Annie got ready with her bridesmaids and mother upstairs at the Ashoken Center. We started just in time to capture the last little bit of her getting ready. She looked stunning.
Danny and his groomsmen were all getting ready in another structure at the center. Danny rocked some sweet tie-dye socks, a gift from his bride.
For the couples first look the entire wedding was there to cheer them on. Annie made her way down the pathway, while the anticipation in Danny grew. It was worth the wait when he finally did get to turn around and see Annie.
The ceremony was held on the edge of the pond, with geese swimming in the background. It was a beautiful ceremony and they literally "tied the knot".
The reception was held indoors in a beautifully lit room. Potted herbs adorned each table.
After dinner and cake the party moved to the dance floor, where the fun never stopped.
This was the fasted hora I have ever witnessed. The band played it, and it was so impressive! The newlyweds did an awesome job keeping up.
The bride's dad arranged for a surprise performance of the bag pipes. The bride and her father danced while Danny (and everyone else) cheered them on.
Photography & Videography: Bella Luz Imagery
Venue: The Ashoken Center
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Jamie and Christopher married one another under an old covered bridge. Their family, friends and sweet little daughter witnessed and celebrated this beautiful moment. The couple chose the Ashoken Center as their wedding venue, a beautiful conservation center where you can stay, play and immerse yourself in nature.
The day started with Jamie getting ready with the ladies who are closest to her. She looked stunning in a long sleeve lace wedding gown. The ceremony was then held on a covered bridge, with the sounds of the waterfall not far off in the distance.
After the ceremony we ventured to the waterfall for some beautiful newlywed photos, while the guests enjoyed an outdoor cocktail hour. Dinner was held in the Ashoken Center's main dining hall. The party continued next door in the ballroom area where the newlyweds shared their first dance.
Venue: The Ashoken Center
Photography and Videography: Bella Luz Imagery
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Kimberly and Michael planned a beautiful wedding using deep fall colors and moody lighting. Like many weddings this year, their plans had to change, but that didn't stop them from marrying one another and utterly enjoying their special day. Family and friends gathered in Congress Park for their ceremony, and afterward enjoyed a seated reception at a nearby hotel.
The day started with Kimberly getting ready with her bridesmaids. She chose a bold lip color and wore a mermaid fitted dress that looked stunning on her. Her naturally curly hair was pinned up and adorned with a bird cage veil.
The groom, Michael, and his groomsmen, also got ready at the same hotel. We ventured into the garden area for a few photos before heading to the park for Michael and Kimberly's first look. The couple picked a beautiful stone staircase as the spot to see each other for the first time on their wedding day.
A dim lit reception was held with moss and candles adorning each table. Kimberly and Michael had their first dance and after that toasts were given to the newlyweds.
Sally and Chris had beautiful sunny weather on their wedding day. Their venue, Lambs Hill, is a compact farm with sweeping views of the Hudson River and the hills beyond. It was a perfect combination of location and weather for a wedding day!
The day started with Sally getting ready. She was sweet as could be and full of smiles. She wore a beautiful ballroom gown, and finished the look off with a sparkling tiara.
Chris and his groomsmen were hanging out in the lower stable area of the venue. We snuck in a few photos of him preparing for the big day as well.
The couple wanted to do a first look so that they could spend more time with their guests during cocktail hour. They were both so excited to see each other. Lambs Hill is a smaller venue, but it has so many beautiful spots for photos, the size actually made it easier to travel between each location which was really great.
The ceremony was held on a grassy area overlooking the river. A beautiful flower adorned arch awaited the couple.
The reception was held inside the rustic barn. The tables were set with flowers and books that are loved by the couples. Sally even made home-made candles for everyone as favors.
At sunset we snuck out for a few more photos and I am so glad we did! There is nothing like the beautiful lighting of sunset for photos, especially with views like these ones.
Daniella and Nate had their dream wedding at Stablegate Barn. They were married among the vineyard grapes vines, and had a dreamy reception inside of the barn. Nate sported a beautiful fitted suit with a double breasted vest, complete with pocket watch. The color of the suit was burgundy and fit right in with them rest of the wedding day colors.
Daniella was getting ready at a water front house near the reception venue. She was with her bridesmaids and mother. She looked stunning in a delicate dress and soft makeup.
Nate and Daniella decided to do a first look with one another before the ceremony. There is a beautiful hilltop lookout at Stablegate which was perfect for the first look and photos afterward.
The ceremony arch was beyond perfect. Daniella's mom created the dried vine base and the florist came in and decorated it. It was so dreamy and perfect for a vineyard wedding.
Taiany and Jeff were such a pleasure to work with. They were both so happy and excited for their wedding day and that happiness and excitement really came through in the photos. Taiany is one of those natural beauties, her smile radiated and was contagious. Jeff had that classic look in his two-toned burgundy and black suit. The wedding was held at Stonover Farm, a beautiful barn venue nestled in the Berkshires. The property was gorgeous and had many different elements to make for a variety of images.
The day started with Jeff getting ready. He did so in a small house on the property, along with his mom, dad and brothers.
Taiany was nearby in another cottage getting ready. She looked stunning in a lace dress with sheer sleeves, the perfect look for a fall wedding.
Taiany and Jeff decided to do a first look. Jeff's reaction was the type of reaction every bride hopes to get when her groom sees her for the first time. It was emotional and sincere and so beautiful to witness.
Taiany was a super sweet and laid back bride. I really noticed just how easy going she was when the champagne bottle foamed all over her wedding dress. In a moment like this there are people who would get upset and people who would laugh. Taiany laughed which told so much about her.
The ceremony was held in on the barn ramp. It was a beautiful spot to get married. Taiany's dad performed an emotional ceremony for his daughter and her husband.
The reception was held inside the barn. It was so beautiful and cozy feeling. String lights created a soft atmosphere, and greenery hung on the ceiling added a really romantic feeling. A great band kept the guests on their feet throughout the night.
Nicole and Bobby married one another at The Grandview, a beautiful riverfront venue in Hudson Valley. They planned a speakeasy themed wedding which was so much fun. Nicole put a big effort into hand making many details of the day, which made it even more unique.
When Nicole arrived her father helped her out of the limo, making for a beautiful photo opportunity. She and her bridesmaids went to their suite for some final touched before Nicole and Bobby had their first look.
Nicole and Bobby had a first look down on the boat docks on the river. Nicole had the best wedding attendant who took such good care of her and every detail, she helped us with access to the docks and do much more.
The ceremony was held on the back patio outside of the tented area of the Grandview. Nicole and Bobby married one another under a beautiful arbor decorated with floral garlands. After the ceremony and receiving line, Nicole met some of her adopted mom's biological family for the first time. It was such a touching moment for Nicole to welcome in her aunts and uncles on such a special day.
Martin and Danielle were such a lovely couple to work with, and their wedding celebration was so uniquely them. They really wanted to host a weekend event where their friends and family could get to know one another, spend time doing things like bike riding or practicing yoga, and enjoy all that the Berkshires have to offer. The Race Brook Lodge was the perfect venue for that. The night before the wedding an Oktoberfest themed rehearsal dinner was held at Race Brook. Bratwurst and pretzels were served in honor of Martin's German roots, and Danielle fully supported him by making homemade German pickles with cucumbers grown from their garden.
The next day Danielle was being pampered with her and Martin's daughters, as well as Danielle's matron of honor, her sister. Danielle looked beautiful and wore a satin dress that looked just classic on her.
Martin and Danielle decided to do a first look before their ceremony. Not only was it a beautiful, intimate moment, but it all worked out perfectly because we were able to get some lovely outdoor portraits before the afternoon rain came in.
The ceremony was planned to be outdoors but mother nature had other plans in mind. Luckily, there was a beautiful space inside the barn with large windows looking out towards the lush green forest. Before the ceremony Martin and Danielle left ribbons out for their guests to write well wishes on. The ribbons were then attached to a banner and hung alongside their arch. It was such a special touch to be surrounded by blessings from loved ones.
After the ceremony a cocktail hour was enjoyed in the barn. After that everyone headed next door to the tent where dinner tables were lined with bright flowers and flower seeds for taking home.
After dinner the newlyweds made their way through a tunnel of sparklers back into the barn for dancing. They danced a choreographed first dance with one another, and then had tons of fun dancing the hora.
Tara and Harrison were such a fun couple to work with. I first met them both about a year before their wedding when we took engagement photos in Central Park. They were sweet as could be at our first meeting and again just as lovely on their wedding day. Tara was full of giddy smiles while Harrison was enthusiastic about every part of their wedding day. They both had the time of their lives on the dance floor, breaking it down with family and friends.
Both Tara and Harrison were getting ready at the same house but on different floors. It was really nice because I was there for full wedding day coverage and had the chance to spend a good amount of time with Harrison and his groomsmen getting ready, instead of rushing through the groom getting ready which tends to happen sometimes. I am glad I had the extra time because they had some beautiful wedding details that were handmade by the lovely bride herself.
There was a beautiful field of wildflowers just behind the house where Tara was getting ready. I gave her an option of wading into them for photos, thinking that she would politely decline, but she was all game! Her bridesmaids thought she was crazy but she turned to them and said, "I got this dress to get dirty and get beautiful photos, not to stay clean." I loved her laid back disposition to it all and she even convinced all her girls to join her for a photo in the field.
The wedding ceremony and reception was held at The Hill, a beautiful barn venue in Hudson, NY. The ceremony was set out on the lawn within a huddle of pine trees. A small window opened out to gorgeous views on the Catskill Mountains. The Hill is a working horse farm which really makes it fun for photos.
Guests witnessed a beautiful and emotional ceremony as Tara and Harrison married one another. Their personal vows for each other were so touching, and had the perfect balance of seriousness and humor to them.
Tara and Harrison were warmly welcomed into the cozy barn at The Hill. They immediately took to the dance floor for their first dance as husband and wife. The festivities continued with parent dances, speeches and dinner. After dinner the couple, along with their guests, took to the dance floor for non-stop, high energy dancing! They only paused for a moment for a very impromptu ice cream sandwich feeding.
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