Christine & Teddy had such vision and confidence about their wedding day, they chose a venue that was still being built and was under construction. They knew Ryland Inn was going to be the perfect place for their wedding, trusted that it would be ready for them, and everything turned out really beautiful.
They took me to a park nearby, Leonard J. Buck Garden, to make photos before the ceremony. It was so humid and hot and buggy that day. Those are real photographic challenges! I had to photograph Christine & Teddy super efficiently and quickly so we could utilize the beautiful environment they brought me to without overheating, and to make sure the bride and groom were comfortable during that time – that we didn’t feel rushed.
These are the types of significant challenges that come up at every wedding in different ways. It’s part of my craft to be flexible and professional when presented with these challenges, so couples like Christine & Teddy can have a great experience and walk away with terrific pictures they’ll cherish forever. Being able to roll with those punches is part of the experience I bring to the table.
It was 95 degrees, humid and buggy, and we did it! We worked quickly, we had fun, and we got some beautiful wedding photos by the bridge and pond at the park.
All wedding professionals need to work around day-of challenges like weather and timing. Christine & Teddy’s day-of coordinators, Blush Events, had to make the call to do the ceremony inside or outside by a certain time of day, and as disappointing as it was to make that call, moving their ceremony indoors was totally the right choice that day. We avoided a torrential downpour, and all was still beautiful and special.
Their wedding vendors were just wonderful all around. The planners were on top of the weather, and made certain recommendations to Christine and myself on the timeline of the day. The make-up and hair artists did what they could do to be done early so we could have more time earlier in the day for portraits outside. The number of professionals who collaborate to make things happen at a wedding is incredible and I’m grateful to be a part of that team.
Venue: The Ryland Inn
Florist: Jardiniere Fine Flowers
Cake: Palermo’s Bakery
Pug Cake: Pink Cake Box
Officiant: Rabbi Steven Silberman
Ceremony Music: NJ Bagpiper and Music for the Moment
Reception Band: Eturnity Star
Hair: Beauty by Nicole
Make-up: Lindsey Jones Makeup Artistry
Bridal Gown: Jim Hjelm
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Jenny Yoo
“Groomsgals'” Dresses: J. Crew
Groom’s Suit: Paul Stuart
Groomsmen’s Suits: Calvin Klein
Day of Coordinator: Blush Events
Videographer: Lucid Lens
Transportation (Buick and Jaguar): D&G Limousines
Portraits in the Park: Leonard J. Buck Garden
Hotel: Bridgewater Marriott
Wedding photography: Christopher Duggan Photography