Intimate Wedding at Century Old Family Home
Jason & Gloria planned an intimate wedding with their parents and siblngs in attendance at Gloria’s parents home; a home that has been in their family for over 100 years. For someone who moved over 30 times in their childhood, it’s profound to experience something so wildly different. The historical value feels very special — to have such secure roots planted firmly. Rooms rich with stories. Antiques, glassware, dining sets all from previous family weddings invited to their wedding.
Gloria and her mother scoured back issues of Gourmet Magazine that they had acquired from a friend’s purge and spent a year creating and taste-testing to serve up the best dishes and desserts over the course of the evening. It is no small feat to be a bride and also the chef in the same evening — a real treat.
The interesting thing about being in attendance with such a small guest count, there is no other choice but to be a guest as well. At dinner, prompted by Jason’s brother-in-law we spent a fun amount of time guessing where he and Jason’s sister had met — it’s an unusual story and I eventually guessed it with some heavy hinting from the rest of the table. If you’re looking for a good icebreaker, this is a great one at any dinner table.
I should mention that this Spring rolled into summer unseasonably wet — the peonies that Gloria had counted on had yet to bloom, so the irises made do and lily of the valley and baby’s breath became center stage. What I loved though was how perfectly the baby’s breath matched Gloria’s wedding dress.
And rain… they had a lot of it. But the weather graced them with a break perfectly timed for their ceremony and cocktail hour. By the time we started the group portraits it had started again, but I was well suited to shoot under an umbrella while they stood under cover under the awning of their family home.
Really, rain adds a wonderful dramatic effect and it let up just enough to allow for fireworks at the end.
Thank you to Jason, Gloria and their families for inviting me into their home and being their wedding photographer. x A.