As we speedily followed the newlyweds down Grand Street at dusk, a group of girls stopped Megan and Ryan to congratulate them. One girl in particular, with hopeful anticipation, asked “Did you just get married with a small group of your closest friends and family?!”
Megan replied, “Yes!”
I think that girl became a puddle of mush right there on the streets of Hoboken. She may still be there as we speak.
Megan contacted me after seeing engagement photographs that I had taken of a friend of hers last fall in Hoboken. She felt like we’d be a perfect fit and told me about her local wedding (getting married in her very own courtyard) and the beloved Grand Vin Restaurant as her reception venue. The entire day sounded like a dream (hence puddle-girl).
Megan’s attention to details and memorabilia was heartwarming. Her fur coat belonged to her Great Grandmother, and her jewelry was all handed down from other Grandmothers. Megan made sure that Ryan and his son Mason were accompanied by their beloved King Charles Spaniel, Penny, while getting ready. I don’t think they would have had any other choice, she made her presence known. Penny was also named an honorary bridesmaid for the wedding ceremony itself. Since Coco the cat was less than thrilled to be part of the affair, we made sure we forced her into a family portrait! After their ceremony, we headed to Megan and Ryan’s first apartment building to get a photo in front of the place they first called home.
The sun had already set when we arrived back at Grand Vin to an absolute Eden, designed by Laura Clare Design. And to top it off, the Anne Marie of Grand Vin had a surprise for Megan and Ryan. Their names forever engraved into the paneling of the restaurant.
Everything about this reception was cozy and inviting. The mood lighting, the music provided by the base and Tiphanie’s vocals, and the laughter that carried throughout the entire restaurant. Mason and his cousin were weaving in and out of clusters of friends and families, completely entertained by each other before Ryan scooped up little Mason to show him his very own Batman cake pop. I’ve never seen a child so small eat a cake pop so large…in one bite. But he did it. And the photos are priceless.
Congratulations Megan and Ryan! I am so happy for you, and hope you are enjoying your honeymoon adventure! Thanks to Kelly Joyce for her amazing assistance and second shooting!
Photographers: Lauren Kearns & Kelly Joyce
Hair: Up and Out
Makeup: Jillyan Scarpa
Invitation: Invitations by Dawn
Wedding Dress: BHLDN
Engagement Ring: Leonardo Jewelers
Bride’s Wedding Band: W Kodak, Hoboken
Groom’s Wedding Band: Blue Nile
Venue: Grand Vin, Hoboken
Maitre D: Anne Marie Adducci
Florist: Laura Clare Design
Musician: Tiphanie Doucet
…and I couldn’t forget these friends, Jenn & Brian! We’ll see more from them at their wedding, coming at the end of April!