Jess and George first met at SUNY Potsdam in their sophomore year six years ago. One of the first things George had become enchanted with when meeting Jess was her warm personality and her great smile. Indeed, Jess’ caring personality and beaming smile was evident throughout the day.
We arrived to cover the bridal prep which was taking place at Jess’ parent’s home. The ladies already had makeup done perfectly by Color Make-Up Studio. The first few photos were of the bride’s shoes and wedding dress.
We also had coverage of the groom prep which was occurring simultaneously at a nearby hotel. George was getting ready at that location along with his two younger brothers Luke and Henry. The handsome trio was ready fairly quickly.
Meanwhile at the bridal prep, it was a buzzing beehive of fun. We got to meet the bride’s family and we immediately saw what a tight-knit bunch this was. There was an abundance of laughter and love everywhere and the entire family had a great sense of humor. You’ll see that famous smile of Jess’ that George instantly fell in love with. You will also see a bridesmaid team made up of Jess’ two sisters and her sister in law to be Becky. These ladies were a force to be reckoned with.
After the dress was on and Jess was ready, we captured this emotional loving and tender moment between Jess and her mother, Maria.
The ceremony took place at the Church of Saint Aedan in Pearl River which we were familiar with after Kristin and Vinny’s wedding a few years ago. It’s always great to return to an awesome location like this!
During the exchange of rings, George had a big surprise for Jess. This couple created their own rings and George had unexpectedly crafted an extra ring with a beautiful diamond for unsuspecting Jess.
Here is the shocked expression from Jess as George gave her this surprise diamond ring.
After the ceremony was completed, we took formal photos outside the church and then at Nyack Memorial Park.
Check out the reflection of Jess’ father Chris in the limousine window!
For a fun pose, we asked the bridesmaids to take a look at the bride’s ring and to provide a reaction of amazement. I think these ladies (especially Becky on the left), took that instruction to a whole new level. You can really see just how close these four are.
After we photographed the couple, we headed to Nyack Seaport for the reception. We started off with details of the room, including a display showing off the tools used to forge the rings.
The reception was filled with memorable moments including an amazing first dance, touching speeches, and lots of dancing with music provided by Superior Sounds.
Before we wrap up this blog post, we do want to extend heartfelt congratulations to Jess and George on their beautiful wedding. A final shout-out and thanks must be made to Becky of the bridesmaid team who worked diligently throughout the day to make sure everything was going to be perfect for her new sister.
- Stellar Year Photography