I knew from the minute I met with Kim and Jared that I wanted to photograph their day–I was getting chills when Kim was trying to describe her dress without Jared getting the full picture, and when Jared and I started talking about going bass fishing–I was hooked!
I went to their pre-wedding party at Jared’s family home a few weeks ago and was immediately entranced — both have large, loving families who seem to have a little more room in their hearts for ‘strangers’. About 4 hours later I was not a stranger, but welcomed with open arms. And so it was for their wedding day.
I get choked up frequently when a bride comes out fully dressed-but Kim knocked me back a few steps. She was alternately glowing, trying to hold her emotions in check and being her open, funny self. Her inner beauty only enhanced her fabulous gown and cathedral length veil.
The Salem Cross Inn in West Brookfield is an historic inn, dating from about 1700, and is fully protected from evil spirits with the sign of the cross on the old door latch. Nancy made sure everything went according to schedule and was always looking after the family’s request with grace and humor. The weather was fully protected also–a beautiful autumn day in New England. Foliage at it’s peak with crisp cool air and blue skies with occasional clouds blowing thru.
And they were supported by such a FUN group!
Dinner and the formal dancing continued in the barn — a great salad with a yummy vinaigrette, delicious pot roast (GOOD STUFF), fish, chicken and cake and pasteries for desert.
I think the above embodies the whole day-surrounded by loving family and supportive friends, and welcoming the future.
I’m looking forward to dinner at the Courthouse, tailgating for the first Pat’s playoffs, some early spring bass fishing but most of all new friendships!Thank you all.