"THE RAIN FALLING REMINDS ME OF YOU.
I first met with Ariana and the girls for some getting ready pictures to start the day. I absolutely loved their subtle, fall color scheme filled with blush, maroon, and gold. After a few photos at their home, we made our way to the bridal suite at Harbor Lights, where their ceremony and reception would be held. This is my second time taking pictures at Harbor Lights and it just gets more beautiful with each visit! Ariana and the girls put on their dresses and finished up the final details. When her wedding dress was on, we staged a little first-look with Ariana's father–And I'm obsessed with this sweet moment between the two of them! For couples that are more traditional and don't want to see each other before the ceremony, I always suggest a first look with parents/grandparents. It creates this special moment of excitement just before saying 'I do'. I also gave Ariana and her Dad a chance to spend some time together before he officially gave her away at the alter.
After the bride and groom finished getting ready and the guests arrived, it was time for the I Do's! Their simple, sweet ceremony took place in the ballroom. The white chairs and wedding arbor would soon be replaced with guest tables and blue uplighting for their reception. They exchanged rings and shared a beautiful kiss before celebrating down the aisle hand-in-hand. Unfortunately the weather was too cold and rainy for pictures, so the bridal party gathered in a separate room for some formal portraits. Ariana & Ryan were such great sports and braved the rain for a few photos outside together–I'm so glad that they did because they came out absolutely beautiful and classic! I always reassure couples that rain does not mean bad pictures (or no outdoor pictures at all)! As long as you're up for braving the weather, so am I! After portraits, it was onto the party–And these two sure know how to celebrate! Their ceremony had a DJ as well as a small band, which really got the party going. From the second the dance floor opened, it was packed with their family and friends!
Below are a few of my favorite images so you can see the magic for yourself! I'm so thankful that Ariana & Ryan chose me to photograph this big day for them. Congratulations again! I wish you two all the love and happiness in the world. Thank you so much for allowing me to capture these once-in-a-lifetime memories.