Jessica and Ryan declared their love for one another on a picturesque autumn day. Jessica explained, "After much searching for the perfect venue, we fell in love with the antique and eclectic décor of Gramercy Mansion. Built in the 1800s and turned Bed & Breakfast, this Tudor, cottage-style mansion provided the warmth, charm, and the intimate setting we were looking for. We got married in the beautiful backyard garden surrounded by lush greenery and all of our family and friends. "
Jessica and Ryan were friends as teenagers, but Ryan moved away for a few years after they met. "By the time Ryan moved back to the East Coast to attend college (we ended up at different schools), he and I had formed a lasting friendship that would take us through seven years of dating and into marriage!" It is this serendipity and whimsicality that made the day feel so genuine. The couple is so comfortable together that it made meandering through the fairy tale-like location for portraits very endearing. I enjoyed witnessing their connection and recording their love amongst a landscape showered by golden light.
Jessica was a bridal model as a teenager, and it definitely showed in her grace and natural approach to the camera. She looked so elegant in her Maggie Sottero dress which was simple with an antique flair. Details were very important to the couple and both bride and groom participated in the selections. Jessica says,"We wanted it to be a personal experience for us and our guests and added touches of our personalities and story wherever we could, from invitations, which we designed and crafted, to our handmade favors-- sachets of mulling spices, a recipe we created and tested ourselves." This creative and loving couple showered their guests with an unforgettable celebration that I really felt lucky to document. You can view more images in the extended gallery. A special thanks goes out to my second shooter Marcela.