Damian and Evalina met when they were just kids, being neighbors in the small village of Harlemville. Even as young children they had a fondness for one another, Damian often being teased for having a "crush" on Evalina. But as life would have it Evalina moved away to Canada, and continued her childhood and transition into adulthood there. Years later the two reunited when Evalina took a trip to Costa Rica, where Damian was now living. The sparks flickered and quickly turned into a committed relationship.
The couple decided to have their wedding in their hometown where they first met, surrounded by many people from the community that have known them since they were young kids. The wedding took place at Mettabee Farm, under a beautiful willow tree. The reception was held in the barns beautiful event space.
The ceremony started with rituals from Ecuador, honoring Damian's background. A conch horn was blown and Damian's father, David, played on a flute as the bride and groom descended from two separate hills each on horseback, adjoining together just before reaching the ceremony space. For the ceremony, the officiant requested that he not be photographed. This was a new challenge for me, but I think the photos turned out beautifully.
The reception felt so cozy with overhead bistro lights and wood paneled walls of the venue. Friends and family shared a meal together as well as stories about the newlyweds. Performances were given by a local juggling troupe, as well as a few other talented guests.
A fun wedding game from Canada was played by the couple, which revealed some funny truths about each of them. Then Damian and Evalina shared their first dance as husband and wife, sneaking in a few salsa dance moves at the end of the song. After dinner the newlyweds cut into a beautiful "birch tree" wedding cake, which was made by Damian's sister, Ana.
Photography and Videography: Bella Luz Imagery
Venue: Mettabee Farm
Band: Andes Manta
Cake: Ana Gallardo
Lauren and Dave married one another with their toes in the sand at Dune Beach in South Hampton. They were surrounded by a great group of friends and family, all of whom were so excited for this couple to be marrying one another. Dave's family owns a beautiful house in the Hampton's, so it made sense for the wedding to be at this breath taking location. Lauren grew up in Hawaii and tastefully incorporated a few details into the wedding that represented the culture of her island upbringing.
Lauren prepared for her wedding day at a nearby house with her immediate family. She looked absolutely stunning, and in the words of my 7-year old daughter, who peeked over my shoulder while I was editing these photos, "she is the most beautiful bride I have ever photographed." Lauren wore a stunning two-piece lace dress, perfectly paired with shark tooth earrings that she designed herself.
Lauren arrived to her in-laws house where she was crowned for her first look with Dave. She met him out in the lawn, near the vineyard, and placed a Hawaiian lei on him.
The reception was held at The Spur, a restored warehouse with rustic charm. The venue boasts a working elevator from the early 1900's which is a very cool feature for guests to enjoy. Surf boards were hanging on the ceiling beams, while beautiful roses and succulents adorned the tables. Lauren and Dave shared their first dance as husband and wife, and then speeches were given. Next guests enjoyed a delicious steak and lobster meal before heading downstairs for dancing.
Photography: Bella Luz Imagery
Venue: The Spur
Makeup: Richard Grandinetti
Lani and Gregg were so much fun! They had such a great vision for their wedding day and the theme was all tied together perfectly. The wedding was held at Gedney Farm, a beautiful venue located in Berkshire Massachusetts. The couple love to travel and love a good adventure and that was evident in their wedding day decor. The teardrop, featured in the photo above, was taken on the road for many months as the couple visited national parks throughout the United States.
For Lani and Gregg's photos they knew they wanted something artistic to match their style and personality. So I was able to capture really interesting depth of field images using the "free lensing" technique.
Lani and her mother are florists and have provided flowers for many Berkshire weddings over the years. But wanting to be able to actually enjoy the wedding and not work it she had good friends Sandy and Carey of Stems Flower Design bring her flower vision to life. The ceremony flowers were out of this world, and the rest of the flowers were just as beautiful! Lani's antler headpiece goes to show just how fun and funky she is.
Guests were greeted upon arrival with a welcome champagne flute. From the main barn area of Gedney Farm they followed the pinwheel pathway up the hill to the ceremony area. A beautiful vine wreath hung from a tree branch and awaited the couple. It was decorated beautifully with flowers and antlers. Gregg played the ukulele as Lani was escorted down the aisle.
Cocktail hour was held outdoors in the garden adjacent to the barn. Friends and family enjoyed passed hors d'oeuvres and had fun in the teardrop photo booth.
For the reception the party was moved indoors, inside the barn. Round tables were set below the high ceiling barn, with string lights hung between the large wooden beams. There were so many personal touches that the couple had worked on for months prior. To name a few, the handmade shell flowers and mini photo albums of natural hearts found on their travels at each place setting.
Photo and Video: Bella Luz Imagery
Venue: Gedney Farm
Florist: Stem Flower Design
Officiant: Brielle Collings
Lighting: Gillooly & Co. Design
Hair: Jaylynn Salon and Spa
Makeup: Anna Maziero
Caterer: Gedney Farm
Cake: Gedney Farm
Dress Alterations: 5 cents a dance
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