To say I loved working alongside Emily is an understatement. She is ridiculously kind, genuinely sweet, and super organized. I always feel guilty when a bride emails me with updates before I have a chance to reach out to her, and that was Emily 100%. It was fun getting to know her and her Mom, Joleen, throughout the planning process and seeing her hard work and plans come together on her big day was a joy.
Emily and Jason’s sweet wedding celebration took place on a beautiful September day at Whiteface Hollow. As guests arrived for the 4:00pm ceremony, they were treated to a sun-filled blue sky and a gorgeous view of the mountains in the distance. As the music started to play and the bridal party began their walk, we kept Emily hidden away in the farmhouse to be sure that Jason wouldn’t catch a glimpse of her before the big moment. With guests asked to rise, Emily (complete with a huge smile on her face), escorted by her parents Jim & Joleen, began her walk towards her forever. The personal ceremony, made even more so by the fact that it was a family member who was officiating, was both touching and full of laughter. I’m still trying to figure out what Emily would sound like when she does an impersonation of their cats, haha! To close it out, Jason & Emily kept with the Jewish tradition of stomping on a piece of glass, the guests yelled mazel tov, and the newlyweds shared their first kiss as husband and wife.
Following the ceremony, guests were invited to mingle outside while enjoying delicious appetizers from Mezzanine Catering. I also saw quite a few guests holding Emily & Jason’s signature cocktails, aptly named for their cats, The “G & Brie” and the “LeMinouche”. The talented team from DeeLuxe Bartending was busy for sure! Meanwhile, Becky from Fifty One Hale Photography, was busy capturing gorgeous photos (if you don’t believe me, scroll down to see!) of the bride & groom with their family and friends throughout the property. After a few minutes alone in the barn getting their ‘first look’ of the completed space, it was time to officially open the doors and get the party underway! The reception décor was simple & elegant, and as guests entered, they found their tables adorned with lush centerpieces on wooden cookie slabs (courtesy of Branch & Bloom), mason jars full of twinkle lights, and blue water goblets that provided the perfect pop of color to the rustic surroundings. DJ Chris from Crown Special Events had Emily & Jason’s friends and family on their feet for the second time cheering as the newlyweds were introduced into the party to “Tongue Tied” by Grouplove. The couple gave a heartfelt toast thanking their guests for joining them on this special day and then invited everyone to enjoy a multi-course, family style meal served up by the friendly team at Mezzanine Catering. During dinner, guests were treated to toasts from both fathers, the maid of honor, and the best man. The crowd was in stitches during Emily’s Dad’s toast when Jim recalled how at 8 years old, Emily’s dream was to live on a farm with lots of animals and no husband… and he promptly thanked Jason for killing Emily’s dream!! With dinner complete, Emily & Jason shared their first dance as husband and wife, followed by dances with their parents. After that, it was time for cake! The couple shared a sliced from their stunning cake from Henny B Cakes, that resembled birch wood (from guests reactions, it apparently tasted a heck of a lot better than wood)! Guests wandered up into the loft where a polaroid camera was a big attraction and created an adorable guestbook for Emily & Jason to treasure in the years to come. Then DJ Chris did what he does best, kept the dance floor rocking until the very last song. It was a fun-filled day from start to finish!
Emily & Jason – to steal some words from your family, I hope you enjoy all the days ahead – whether they are special or unremarkable. It was my great pleasure to be a part of your day, and I truly hope our paths cross again in the future. xo
Amazing memories captured below by the talented Becky from Fifty One Hale Photography.