I had every good intention of posting this yesterday, but life got in the way as it often does. I swear, the intention was there, though. :)
So, Annette and Chris had the awesome idea to have their wedding ceremony at the Chestnut Ridge Park Casino, which is exactly what I’d do if Ben and I ever decided to have a wedding (which is highly unlikely). Chestnut Ridge is the most gorgeous park around here (in my opinion); I love how old and historic looking the stone buildings, structures, and pavilions are. The main building, the Casino, is by far the park’s “show stopper” – absolutely perfect for a wedding!
Ben started out the day with Chris and the guys to capture some “getting ready action!”
The finished product!
I started out the day with Annette, who was quite literally, the most relaxed bride I’ve ever seen! Not even a hint of a jitter!
The dress had such a gorgeous, intricate pattern…it was simply stunning.
Strapping on the wedding shoes…
…and Annette’s bridesmaids trying to figure out how to get her all fastened up!
An absolutely STUNNING bride!
Putting on the veil! This is seriously one of the cutest veils I’ve seen so far – I just LOVE it!
Then, we all headed on over to Chestnut Ridge for the ceremony. ADORABLE flower girl!
There were A LOT of smiles during this ceremony! I’ve never seen a bride and groom smile at each other that much!
…and the fist-pump immediately following the kiss!!
They had a very classic rice-throwing exit!
We stayed at Chestnut Ridge for a while to do some bridal party shots there before the reception. It was SUCH a gorgeous day, and there’s definitely no shortage of amazing places for pictures in that park!
I love this shot of all the wedding kiddos on the swing behind the Casino…so cute!
We did a few bride and groom portraits before heading over to the reception. Aren’t they a gorgeous couple? L-O-V-E
Then, we all scurried over to the McKinley Inn for the reception! Annette was looking too cool for school during her grand entrance into the reception…
This was the strangest cake placement I’ve ever encountered at a reception. It was literally backed into a corner, so I had to make myself very tiny and squeeze between two tables to get this shot. Even so, this is still the happiest cake-cutting face EVER! Annette has such a pretty smile. :)
Their first dance was adorable…Annette was literally beaming through the whole thing!
Then, they opened up the dance floor, and this fly groomsman got the party started with some badass breakdancing!
The little flower girls were tearing up the dance floor all night long!
We didn’t get a lot of time for bride and groom portraits before the reception, so luckily Annette and Chris let us borrow them for a few more at the end of the night. We walked around outside the perimeter of the McKinley Inn until we found this field of weeds, and Ben got very excited. He was like, “I can do SO much with this!” He truly is the master of lighting, so I knew they would look fantastic; but, these turned out even better than I had imagined! :)
Annette and Chris – thank you so much for choosing us to tell the story of your wedding day with our cameras! We had so much fun! You guys are a great couple, and we wish you both all the happiness in the world! :)
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