It had been almost a year since I met Brandy and Mike during their Princeton engagement session. Their wedding was right around the corner, so we decided to meet for coffee just a few weeks before the big day. Over a year and a half ago, I gave Brandy a preliminary timeline for her wedding day, and miraculously, the timeline hadn’t changed much! Still, it was great catching up, hearing what details still had to be put in place, and learning about how these two had envisioned their day. They couldn’t have asked for a better turnout all around!
When I asked Brandy what her color scheme was, she replied “fall” and I’m so glad it was! From the cute little cabin at the top of Skyview Golf Club to the gazebo next to their ceremony location, mums and fall gourds decorated the entire area. The greatest scene of all were the rolling hills in full color that filled in the backdrop of their ceremony.
As I walked into the bridal suite, Brandy was in chair, hair and makeup almost complete, and all of her details were gathered in a bag for me to photograph. Among those details was a portrait of her with her Dad as a little girl. It was very emotional to see Brandy hold this picture of her father, but also so beautiful. Once Brandy was dressed, you could not keep her from smiling. She was bubbling with joy as she peered out the windows to see Mike outside hitting golf balls with the guys. Always waiting on a woman, right?
Mike and my second shooter, Barb, climbed even higher on the hill to wait by the small cabin for Brandy to make her way up to meet her groom. Brandy is very detail oriented and knows exactly what she wants. We planned their first look in front of this cabin from the beginning, and I just loved her vision!
Once Brandy and Mike had some alone time together (with us as their joyful guides…) we met the wedding party for pictures all together. What a fun wedding party! I just love when guys have ideas of their own and just run with it. The pictures of the groomsmen with Mike, and with Brandy are hysterical!
Brandy and Mike had plenty of time to relax before their ceremony, as guests arrived with champagne in hand. Brandy told me there would be a bagpiper and hand-fasting (speaking directly to my Outlander loving heart!)
Onto the dancefloor and I was floored when I saw Brandy and Mike’s first dance! Watch out “Dancing with the Stars!” Brandy looks like a ballroom dancer, and the pictures of her floating along the dance floor are something straight out of a Disney movie!
Cheers, Brandy and Mike to the start of your Happily Ever After. We loved celebrating with you and hope you had a restful weekend at Crystal Springs! Thank you so much to Barbara Wentzel and Maggie DiVirgilio for your awesome assistance, as usual!
Photographers: Lauren Kearns Photography and Barbara Wentzel
Venue: Skyview Golf Club, Sparta NJ
Wedding Planner: Jill Williams, Best Day Ever
Hair/Makeup: Krisit Unus and Ashley Landry, Verve on Location
Wedding Dress: Justin Alexander, Wedding Store
Engagement Ring: MA Jewelers
Bride Wedding Band: Tiffany & Co.
Groom Wedding Band: Northern Royal
Bridesmaids Dresses: Bill Levkoff, The Wedding Store
Groom Attire: Sarno
Florist: Blooms of Elegance