Katie and Jay's summer wedding at the York Golf and Tennis Club


Katie and Jay fully embraced being present on their wedding day.  The two of them nearly floated through their big day on cloud nine.  Your wedding day can feel like a blur as you move through the different parts of the day, yet Katie stayed stress-free, beaming all day, embracing each moment, and loving being a bride on her wedding day surrounded by her nearest and dearest.  The rain delay for the ceremony didn’t seem to bother her nor the guests who played some musical chairs until the sun came out for good at the York Golf and Tennis Club where the entire celebration took place.  We had a trolley ride pre-ceremony to take various photos with the wedding party, and I first witnessed Jay’s humor during portraits when he pulled out his phone pretending to get a call and on the trolley when he decided the best way to dry off his shirt and jacket from spilled water was to hang halfway out of the trolley window.

Jay was equally psyched to be the groom on his wedding day, greeting everyone the whole night, so much so that extended family formal photos during cocktail hour became a comical game of “Where’s Jay? We lost him again.”  Jay’s dad Wylie would always find him, and he joked he could be my photo assistant aka cat wrangler for future weddings, since he was so good at retrieving the humans needed for photos.  Really, Jay was just living it up as he should be, roaming through his wedding celebration with a huge smile on his face, high fives and hugs for everyone.  He fully embraced his groom-ness when the venue allowed him to drive the golf cart a short distance to take some sunset photos with Katie.  He sped past Katie and I, hand in the air waving to his guests who were sitting for their dinner on the porch, and jammed on the breaks coming to a screeching halt leaving rubber tire streaks on the asphalt.  He was living in the moment and all you could do was laugh.  Same for when he pretended to drop the ring during the ceremony.  Or when he and his groomsmen happened upon a donkey on their way to the ceremony and they had to say hello (Lindsay who was photographing the guys got to witness this craziness!).  Or when he borrowed his grandmother’s wheelchair and went for short spin, much to his mother Babara’s concern as she yelled, “Jay, get away from the stairs,” and then turned to me revealing, “He’s very accident prone.”  I, of course, didn’t want any accidents, but the whole scene just made me laugh.

It was nice to see much of the Mitchell clan again – two short years ago I photographed Jay’s brother Brett’s wedding.  It was so fun to see Brett and Sarah again and see that Sarah still had her amazing dance moves!  Similarly, it was great to see the Lisa Love Experience again who had played at Brett and Sarah’s wedding and provided non-stop music and energy for everyone.  Lisa managed to get Katie up to sing a couple songs.  I’m not sure if she planned on Jay getting up there, but he again fully embraced his moment with the mic.

The sparklers were deemed not usable since they were left out in the rain earlier, so I stole Katie and Jay for one last photo upstairs inside the venue.  When we popped back downstairs, to our surprise, all the sparklers were lit and it was a sweet way to end a perfect day.

Katie and Jay, congrats!  So happy for you two.  Thanks for making me laugh all day and allowing me to document another wedding for your family.  Your Bora Bora honeymoon this winter will be amazing!  xoxo
photographers: Whitney and Lindsay, emilie inc. • venue: York Golf and Tennis Club, York • officiant: David Tomkinsonflowers: Flower Kioskceremony musician: Warren Kingband: Lisa Love Experiencecake: Kate's Bakerybeauty: Water Stone Hair Studio and Spatransportation: York Trolley Company and Ledgemere Transportationgown: Augusta Jones at Allegria Bridal, Belmont • groom: Brooks Brothersmaids: LulaKateguys: Bonobosmini moon: Cliff House, Ogunquit

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