When Meghan's dad, Tony, asked me photograph her wedding I was honored. He was the head of the photography department at Syracuse University and both Emilie and I studied under him during our time there. Meghan and her fiancé, Ryan, live in the NYC area so we met up for coffee last spring. From our first conversation I loved the two of them and had been looking forward to this wedding all year.
Meghan and Ryan wed at The Garrison, an hour north of the city. When the two of them set out venue hunting with their parents last fall they knew that The Garrison was the one as soon as they arrived. I easily understand why. The venue is set on a beautiful golf course complete with stone houses and giant willows, boasts a lovely outdoor ceremony spot and the huge windows in its reception room overlook the gorgeous Hudson Valley.
The day itself was spectacular. It was one of those early fall days where the sun is shining brightly but there is a perfect crispness in the air. The day started with preparations and an adorable first look, after which Meghan and Ryan hopped in a golf cart to explore the grounds. Ryan took the wheel like a pro and gave us an exciting tour, stopping along the way for photos. I so enjoyed spending time with these two.
As Meghan and Ryan's family and friends were quick to remind them, they have been together for years. You can tell how adored they are by everyone, both as individuals and as a couple. The sweet emotions during the ceremony were reflective of this, as were the toasts given after. Good friends of Meghan and Ryan teased them with stories of their set up (though not without a few tears) and Tony told the story of how the two have known each other since kindergarten. They were serendipitously placed together for their class picture, an image which Tony cleverly incorporated into their save-the-date.
All in all, it was an incredibly beautiful and heartfelt celebration and one which I felt extremely lucky to document. Congratulations, Meghan and Ryan! Much love to you and your families.
photographers: Megan and Jon, emilie inc. photography • venue, caterer: The Garrison, Garrison, New York • officiant: Rev. David Blanchard • florist: Lee Vasquez
• music: The Elements, Elan Artists • cake: The Pastry Garden • videographer: Kiss the Bride Films • make-up: Meredith Hayman
• hair: Kristin Forte • transportation: George Carroll Transportation • gown: Monique Lhuillier, maids: Adrianna Papell • guys: MySuits • invitations: Bella Figura • honeymoon: South Africa