In the ten years we've been doing wedding films in the Hudson Valley, last season was the first time we'd been asked to do a wedding at West Point and we did three in a row. Kristy and Stephen were our second West Point couple. They married on a gorgeous summer day in July at Most Holy Trinity Chapel at West Point followed by a fun-filled reception at West Point Club.
If opposites attract, and we believe they do, these two couldn't be more suited for each other. While Kristy spent her youth frequenting Pizza Hut, Dairy Queen and Olive Garden with her best friend thinking that was the best food ever, Stephen was away at college introducing his classmates to wine, gourmet food and his mad knife skills. His Best Man called him "The Original Fruit Ninja". Stephen cooks and was credited with expanding Kristy's horizons by taking her from Grilled Chicken Sandwiches with Cheddar Cheese and Honey Mustard to Lamb Chops with Chimichurri.
During their ceremony, Kristy, being a teacher, thought about every response to the questions "Have you", "Will you" and "Do you" making sure they were grammatically correct, while Stephen was so eager to answer that he wasn't as concerned. When they answered a question differently, Kristy repeated the correct response and Stephen looked out at the guests and said, "She's a teacher". It was a really cute moment.
You can tell by a lot of what they say and do that they learn and grow, as well as, have fun together. Stephen has a signature pose, which you'll see in the video clip. Kristy was doing it during the photo session with him, unprompted. By the end of the night, everyone was doing it. At one point during their photo session, Stephen was blowing on Kristy trying to distract her and she said while laughing, "You're such a child." Stephens response was, "You said yes." Her response, "I did."
There were many memorable moments throughout the day, but the one that will always stands out in my mind is the two impromptu lifts during (I've Had) The Time of My Life at the end of their reception; one by Kristy and Stephen and one by two of the guys, both are in the clip below. It's pretty common to see couples do a fake out for the dramatic lift, giving guests the idea that they might actually do it, but you rarely see anyone go up father than waist height. The guys showed everyone how it's done, if only for a few seconds. If you want to see more lift attempts we've caught on film, see our blog post Lift Expectations.