Today I’m driving south to visit my Dad in Pennsylvania – tomorrow is his third annual garden party and due to my schedule I missed the first two so I’ve had it on my calendar for over a year!! Fingers crossed that the frequent sprinkles we’ve had this month will stay away so everyone can enjoy the full experience 🙂
In the meantime here are some Strider and Sage photos from last month – enjoy!
See what I mean? Different day same idea 🙂
And again 🙂
Now on the couch!
Mom is it dinnertime yet? No? Ok – can we go for a walk?
This is really Strider’s toy but he let her rest on it for awhile 🙂
Handsome doggie in front of the curtain in the office (which fell down the following week thanks to a very cheap curtain rod…..once I buy a new rod I’ll take some after pictures of the office and share them – a huge improvement!!)
I can’t tell you how excited we were to see your email with the pictures – they are all amazing! Having you as our wedding photographer was one of the best decisions we could have made. Amanda, just your presence was such a comfort and calming force for me on the wedding day. Especially as things started to get hectic, and timing was a bit tough, having you there, gently encouraging moving on or taking an extra moment was so, so helpful. Our families loved having you there and were just as impressed at your ability to be in all the right places at the right time, all the while barely being visible to the guests.
– Lauren & Colin, May 28, 2011
When I traveled south for Mike & Alice’s wedding I spent a few days on either side at my Dad’s house. Spring had fully sprung down there and the gardens were spectacular! My Dad is quite the master gardener and I’m always in awe of the hundreds and hundreds of hours of work that go into making his gardens look as they do.
I never get tired of visiting when the cherry blossoms are in bloom – so ethereal and pretty
You could almost bite into them they are so delectable!
The dogs love exploring the garden and sniffing around 🙂
Playing hide and seek 🙂
Tired after a good game!
On Friday morning we all (my Brother Jon was in town!!) got up early to watch the royal wedding- by 8:30 we were ready to go back to bed!
Zack and Laura – May 14, 2011
Laura and Zack are an example of a couple who took lemons (a drizzly wedding day) and made Lemonade…..lots of it 🙂 Getting married in the spring has its ups (fresh green leaves and blossoms aplenty) and its downs (inclement weather). Knowing this Laura had prepared with Wellington’s and adorable umbrellas from Bella Umbrella. As a result we were able to take full advantage of the amazing grounds at The Farmer’s Museum. Both Eileen and I agreed this was one of our most favorite weddings ever.
Zack and Laura opted for a first look (YAY!!!) and even better left about thirty minutes for portraits of the two of them. If anyone has ever been to the Farmer’s Museum you know it is simply a treasure trove of portrait spots – every direction I looked I saw another possibility and we had so much fun exploring despite the drizzles!
Love this one
Laura working her fabulous gown
One of my favorite pictures I’ve ever taken 🙂
Dave provided a good distraction 🙂
Some geese were learning how to be herded so we had their shepherd walk them right on by 🙂
It just kept getting better 🙂
After some casual family photos in front of the church we walked to this fence a few steps away to capture the bridal party with the fabulous umbrellas
Laura worked at J. Crew so brought along a collection of necklaces for the girls to choose from – each one was unique and really customized the look. The beautiful bouquets really brought in a pop of color
A few more details floral and otherwise
The carousel was open for 25 minutes for the kids to use. Unfortunately it wasn’t working at the time but the kids got enough of a kick by just sitting on the intricately carved animals.
The bridal party hid out in the tavern as the guests started to arrive by trolley
And then it was time for the main event!
Eileen’s wonderful shot on the right
And Eileen’s shot on the left. The ceremony passed in the blink of an eye so I was relieved that Eileen was able to cover Zack while I photographed Laura and covered the center aisle
The rain had stopped so a receiving line was quickly formed. I love when receiving lines happen outside as it provides some great opportunities for candids….even better when all the portraits are done so there is no rush and no stress!
The bridal party rode back to the Otesaga on the trolley and had a toast right before heading into the hotel for cocktails
I knew the details would be spectacular (Laura and her Mom have been hard at work!) and indeed they were
The table names were so clever – all things that go together and the head table was…
Pashminas and flip flops were arranged in vintage suitcases
And as a surprise to her Father and a tribute to her Grandfather a cigar station was set up
Laura’s Mom had her own surprise of this wonderful baseball themed candy bar
Simple arrangements in metal buckets decorated the table.
Menu cards reading “One big giant love feast” were laid below favors that were Liberty seeds with the message “Love grows”
This was a very neat idea as a replacement for a guest book
Croquet and bocce were set up on the lawn and the kids played their own version 🙂
Laura’s Dad told me that playing Bocce is considered good luck at a wedding
As guests took their seats for dinner we walked down to the lake to take a few more portraits
And then the party got started with their first dance
Laura’s nieces and nephews took a spin around the dance floor
The toasts were sweet and funny
And the parent dances were just sweet 🙂
The cake got cut
And the party really got started with the Tarantella!
Overall it was an incredible night – congratulations and much love to you both!!