I’ve had the privilege of following Marybeth and Chris’ engagement longer than they’ve even been engaged, and their proposal story was epic. Marybeth’s cousin is my good friend, Kelly Joyce, so naturally I knew about the proposal even before it occurred. Kelly was parked in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC for about 3 hours, looking like Carmen San Diego while she waited for the couple to enter into the Modern Art section where Chris would propose to Marybeth beneath a self-portrait of Chris proposing to Marybeth. The creative proposal did not go unnoticed and about a week later, their proposal story had gone viral. You can check out the pictures and article from that major moment HERE!
Not long after their engagement, I got a call from Marybeth asking me to photograph her wedding with Kelly as my second shooter. I had no doubt that their wedding was going to be just as epic.
It’s no secret that I love classic anything. If I could choose a different time to live in, it would be the Gilded Age, preferably as a Vanderbilt. Seeing as that is not going to happen, the second best thing that could happen is photographing a wedding that takes everyone, guests, vendors, bride and groom back in time to the 1920s. Every little detail, from the style of hair, to the band’s flapper attire, the prohibition signs and even bathroom signs transported you back in time. Marybeth and Chris left no detail out. And while all of this set the scene for their wedding, it was the emotion and the love they have for each other that stole the show. From their emotional reading of their letters, to the way Marybeth took Chris’ breath away the first time he saw her walk down the aisle, to the moments of laughter in between.
Being around the family for the entire weekend was amazing. I photographed the Rehearsal dinner when I arrived on Long Island Friday night, and then got up bright and early to spend some time with them getting ready, all the way through the After party and brunch the next morning. I gained a lot of Aunts and Uncles, and cousins as well.
Marybeth and Chris, I can’t thank you enough for sharing your wonderful weekend with me! Thank you Kelly Joyce for shooting by my side to photograph ALL day when you should have been partying more!
Chris and Marybeth chose not to have a first look, but to read each other’s letters side by side…
How many bridal portraits are too many bridal portraits? Aynslee is Kelly’s oldest daughter and she rocked her role as Flower girl! I can’t get enough of these details!
Kelly did dance a little, but mostly with camera in hand…
Photographers: Lauren Kearns and Kelly Joyce
Venue: Brecknock Hall, Greenport, NY
Hair: Fire Monkey Hair Designs
Makeup: Anna Mi Makeup
Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero found at I do, I do Bridal in Morristown NJ
Rings: Heidi Gibson
Florist: Kim Jon Designs
Invitations: Brown Fox Creative on Etsy
Transportation: North Fork Trolley
Caterer: Christopher Michael Caterers
Rentals: American Tent Company
Band: Mod Society