As I started to write this blog post, I thought back on my time working with Andrea and a huge smile came over my face. She was so much fun to work with, and in general a kind, happy, generous human being. I really enjoyed getting to know her and her Mom Michelle throughout the months leading up to Andrea & Joe’s wedding. They are so creative and hearing about all the personal touches they would include (a DIY photo booth with antique furniture, macramé created by Andrea, crystal glassware) had me excited to see all the pieces come together on their wedding day.
Following a morning of pampering from The Galleria Salon & Day Spa, Andrea headed outside for a highly anticipated first look with her groom. As expressed on Joe’s face, Andrea was lovely in her lace top and flowing skirt from Precious Memories and floral crown. After a few moments alone, the couple joined their wedding party for a laughter-filled photo session led by Amy from Amy Mae Photography.
The New England weather worked in our favor as the rain stopped long enough so Andrea and Joe could have their ceremony beneath a stunning rustic arbor adorned with eucalyptus garland and draped with macramé. The ceremony, officiated by Andrea’s brother Joe, was particularly moving – the couple, with the help of their mothers, participated in a hand tying ceremony symbolizing how they are bound by love and commitment to each other. Between the moving personalized words spoken by Joe and the beaming bride and groom, there was no shortage of tears and laughter among the guests. Following the ceremony, guests braved the drizzle that had started up again to enjoy cocktail hour outside as no matter what the weather does, the views at Whiteface Hollow are unbelievable. Enjoying delicious appetizers from the team at Celebrations Catering and drinks served with a smile from DeeLuxe Bartending, nothing could put a damper on the festivities.
After their first look of the reception space in all it’s completed splendor, Andrea & Joe opened the doors to invite guests inside where they finished out cocktail hour taking full use of the amazing custom photo booth and getting a few special moments with the bride and groom.
The barn décor was both elegant and whimsical – the pairing of the crystal glassware with eucalyptus garland entwined with twinkle lights courtesy of Branch & Bloom truly complimented the space. The bistro lights lent a cozy and intimate feel to the room. Small details like acrylic place cards added an extra touch of personalization to the space.
The party got started early as DJ Will Smith from Main Event Entertainment turned up the music as the bridal party, parents, and bride & groom were officially introduced to the crowd. Guests were cheering and clapping with excitement as Andrea & Joe entered and promptly took a shot in the middle of the dance floor! Following an adorable first dance to “Diamonds or Twine” by Ryan Hurd, Andrea’s Dad Frank took the floor to toast the newlyweds. As he reminded Joe about treating Andrea well, Frank emphasized that they are an Italian family through and through. Old school Italian music started to play as ‘The Family’ (uncles all donning suits) stood up from their seats to walk to the front of the room to kiss Joe on the cheek. It may have been the funniest (and scariest) warning from a father I have ever seen! Guests also got to hear from maid of honor Allison and best woman Maureen. I remember Allison speaking about how Andrea teaches everyone how to do their eye makeup… Andrea, I’m still waiting for my tutorial, I seriously need it!
After cutting their personal cake from Henny B Cakes and dances with their parents, DJ Will took the party to another level and had the dance floor packed from the first song. As a surprise for the bride & groom as well as their guests, Andrea’s Mom, Michelle, arranged to have an ice cream truck show up with late night treats! It was a huge hit and one of the cutest things I’ve ever seen was when Andrea & Joe got inside the truck for photos. After a quick snack, guests were back on the dance floor (and I ‘may’ have seen the bride & groom hop on a table and steal a quick kiss to much applause) until the last song faded out. It was a celebration all about love and family and I was thrilled to be a part of it.
Andrea & Joe – you are one of the most fun-loving couples I’ve ever had the opportunity to work with. I hope that sense of fun & adventure lasts a lifetime. xo The amazing photos below were captured by talented Amy from Amy Mae Photography.