|Jessica looking out the window at the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel before leaving for the church|
Jessica and Lee were married at the United Methodist Church in Poughkeepsie and had their reception at The Grandview. We first met Jessica when we filmed Kristin and Hunter's wedding in 2008 when she was one of Kristin's bridesmaids. This time their roles were reversed. We were looking forward to seeing a lot of familiar faces and we weren't disappointed! What a great group of family and friends! We felt so privileged to be a part of their wedding!
|Jessica and Lee's rings and invitation|
I had been anxiously awaiting this wedding since our first conversations with Jessica and Lee. From the color scheme she described to all of her ideas for the details, big and small, she made me excited to see it all come together.
Our day started with Jessica and Lee as they were getting ready. I can't wait to get to edit all the footage from Jessica's Bride's prep together for their final film. Jessica and the girls all had so much fun together that morning (as seen in the preview clip below).
|Jessica's beautiful Sottero and Midgley gown!|
|Bracelet and Engagement Ring|
|Wedding Day gift from Lee to Jessica.|
|Great Grandma's ring with Jessica's Engagement Ring and the Headpiece she wore.|
Jessica's Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed and Something Blue was a mix of her things with family heirlooms. Her Something New was her dress, of course. Her Something Old was her great grandmother's ring seen in the photo above with her engagement ring in the background. Her something borrowed was a family heirloom handkerchief passed down through many generations on her mother's side of the family. It's pictured below with her great grandmother's ring, seen peeking out of her something blue, the fabulous shoes she wore under her dress. I love that brides are going less traditional with their shoes and allowing for a touch of personality and vibrant color! The last piece pictured above is her headpiece. All beautiful details for a beautiful bride!
|Jessica's Awesome shoes, Great Grandma's Ring again with a family heirloom handkerchief, Engagement Ring and Shoes|
Jessica did all her prep at the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel, hair, make-up and getting dressed. It was a good thing they had use of two adjoining rooms and one across the hall. All the bridesmaids and her parents were there with her as well as myself, her photographer (Kristine Palmer), her hair stylist (Maria) and her Make-up artist (Amy from MAC). Every time a bride gets into her gown and the girls are helping her, someone inevitably asks, "How many people does it take to get a bride dressed". The answer, for any of you wondering, is everyone in the room and nearby. Most gowns are more tricky than you would think. As Jessica got into her gown, she had one girl holding the dress in place while her mom and two other bridesmaids worked on the lacing in the back. For good measure, there were two other bridesmaids standing close by in case they needed an extra set of hands for anything and more on the bed at the side ready to grab anything they asked for. It was a group effort very well done!
On the day of their wedding, they get into their gown and there is a unique glow that washes over every single one of our brides and we're so glad we get to see this. Of course, they look fabulous; that goes without saying. What you don't expect is for this already happy girl to get even happier. Her smiles are brighter and the excitement is infectious. Even though there are nerves sometimes present, it can't overcome this glow!
When you have this phenomenon paired with awesome lighting and a room full of people close to the bride, it's really hard for me to stop shooting. These are the moments that the bride, her husband and the family will look back on years down the road. As you can see in the stills below, Jessica was an absolutely stunning bride!!
|Photo op before leaving for the church|
This was our first time working with Kristine Palmer Photography and we had a great time working alongside her! She was as enthusiastic as we were about capturing all of the details and the fun that day. She was easy to work with and fun to be around! Please check out Kristine Palmer's Pictures of Jessica and Lee's wedding on her Facebook Page. Though all her shots are beautiful, a must see is the shot she took of Jessica and Lee on the dock outside The Grandview. Absolutely perfect shot!!
|Candles on the tables with clear "bubbles" and a close up of the rock and moss detail in the centerpieces|
|The four-tier cake was topped with a heart engraved with their names and wedding date|
Jessica and Lee, congratulations on a beautiful wedding day! Thank you for allowing us to be a part of it!
Ceremony Location: United Methodist Church, Poughkeepsie, NY
Reception Location: The Grandview, Poughkeepsie, NY
Photographer: Kristine Palmer Photography
DJ and MC: Andrew Enriquez, Enriquez Entertainment
Florist/Centerpieces: Craig from the Greenhouse at Rhinbeck
Jessica's Dress: Sottero and Midgley