I’ll never forget the first time I met Shaun and Stacy. We spent hours getting to know each other over coffee at The Signature. I remember thinking as I left, “I REALLY want to be their wedding photographer!” And I was thrilled that they felt the same about me. We just clicked…became friends instantly, and if you know them, you know what I mean.
Shaun and Stacy got married on a beautiful September day at The Signature at West Neck. From start to finish their day was filled with emotion, thankfulness, and love.
Stacy and her bridesmaids got dressed at Shaun’s parents house which is filled with photos and keepsakes that speak of deep family ties and strong affection. One of my favorite pre-ceremony moments was when Shaun’s grandfather fastened a bracelet on Stacy’s wrist that HIS wife had worn at their wedding. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house, including mine.
Shaun and the guys got ready at the Founders Inn and Conference center. Amy of Amy Bare Photography covered this portion of the day. What a fun bunch of guys, and the ring bearer was especially cute.
As always, weddings at The Signature are executed flawlessly–the staff is friendly, organized, and flexible. After a beautiful ceremony, family pictures on the putting green, and some of my all-time favorite romantic shots out on the bridge, the reception kicked off with the couple’s first dance followed by a delicious dinner and dancing.
After Stacy and her dad danced, Shaun led his mother to the dance floor, where, to her surprise, her siblings and husband serenaded them with “Edelweiss,” the song she sang to Shaun as a little boy. What a poignant moment–the convergence of childhood memories, present joy, and future hopes. I might have cried.
Shaun and Stacy are amazingly thoughtful. One of their groomsmen’s birthday was on their wedding day, and they held a mini surprise party for him during their wedding reception. That’s right, on their special day they not only thought about their friend’s birthday but they shared their celebration with him by having the guests sing “Happy Birthday” to him and having him blow out candles on a cake they had made for him. I cried…again.
The evening continued with lots of dancing and great conversation and concluded with a sparker-armed enthusiastic crowd of family and friends cheering them on. What a joy and blessing to be a part of celebrating their day and what a privilege to have captured and preserved it for them and future generations.
Amy Bare, Amy Bare Photography was my amazing second shooter and assistant.
Andrea Wallis, wedding stylist extraordinaire set up all the pre-ceremony still life shots.
Palette of Petals, had gorgeous, vibrant arrangements.