Nicole and Ryan had an emotional, intimate family wedding and reception at Hiram Edson's historical farm in Palmyra, NY. The location has importance to them as part of their Adventist heritage, with family friends volunteering there to maintain and promote the museum. Remnants of hurricane Harvey blew through and rained on us at 3 separate times.. but the clouds broke at sunset, allowing us to get some really awesome portraits.
The ceremony inside the historical barn was full of laughs, tears, song and meaning, followed immediately by the reception in the tent nearby. Nicole and Ryan are such kind and fun people, so it was easy to get great photos of them with their closest friends and family. Enjoy these photos-- it was a true honor to work with you Nicole and Ryan!
Seeking the extraordinary from the mundane.. this is my goal with photojournalism / documentary style photography. Almost every bride I work with experiences a moment like this... after the dress is on, but before the ceremony. That excitement and nervousness. Now, I realize that this may not be an award-winning photo, because there is a chair in the way (there really was nowhere to put it), but it has profound meaning here. It's a fleeting moment where you feel the magnitude of what's about to happen, the importance it is to your life. And when I make images like this, it will help you remember this moment, and give to others important to you an insight into how you felt.
Their boots! How adorable!
He was just so overwhelmed when he saw her for the first time
Ryan's heartfelt vows to Nicole
Sealed with a kiss!
So much hilarity when Ryan's brothers put on a mini-skit for their best man "speech".. where they presented them a ridiculously oversized blanket with close up portraits of them, to help them to have children
Nicole did a special dance with her grandfather.. it was a surprise for him, and he was happy to be honored.
Given the historical value of this venue, and the timing of Hiram Edson's ministry in the 1860's-1870's (the primary photographic method used in the 1860s and 1870s were collodion wet plate images), a tintype seemed appropriate!