Not everyone can say that Bill DeBlasio sort of side-tracked their proposal – but Kayla and John can!
Since Kayla and John both like cows, John wanted to propose in front of the Charging Bull statue in New York City, but Mayor DeBlasio was having an event at the same location. Not to worry, though, because not even the Mayor would prevent John from asking Kayla to spend their lives together. As resourceful as he is, John moved the proposal to the front of the U.S. Customs House, and now has a great story to tell their future kids and grandkids.
After spending time with Kayla and John and meeting their families, I had a front-row seat to their love story. I was able to capture the beauty of their intimate summer wedding, and I couldn’t be more excited to finally share some of my favorite moments! They got married at the gorgeous Coach House at Ryland Inn!
Glasses, or no glasses? Wedding day jitters had John second guessing. (Love the look, John)
Buttons on buttons, and more buttons! Fun fact: I always carry a crochet hook for those intricate button-down gowns.
Kayla’s mom and sister were filled with joy on her wedding day. I can’t find a photo without them smiling! The bridal suite at the Ryland Inn Coach House was a beautiful (bright!!) space for the moment Kayla officially became a bride!
Kayla’s wedding party consisted of only her sister as the Maid of Honor. Having a small bridal party really gave the day a more intimate feel and it took some stress off of coordinating a larger group.
They say that when the bride walks down the aisle, all eyes are on her. While mostly true, it’s cool to look at the groom, too! Like on John’s smiling face, the groom’s expression usually captures all of the love, emotion, and excitement of it all.
Kayla and John graciously lit a unity candle together, representing their new life as one.
I love that the Ryland Inn Coach House has SO MANY great spots for portraits! They have done an incredible job at merging the modern and traditional.
While more uncommon at weddings, the bride and groom wanted to say a few words to thank their guests for loving and supporting their relationship, and ultimately guiding each other to this very day. It was sweet to hear the sincerity and emotion in their voices when thanking all of those in the room.
This traditional Lithuanian wedding cake, called Sakotis, is a tradition from John’s side of the family. It was nice to bring his culture into their big day.
The S’mores Station was a HIT! (As my mouth waters)
John’s group of friends enjoyed giving him a hard time on his wedding day – if this doesn’t explain their bromance, what does?
When I saw keys were part of the decor, I could not pass up incorporating them in the ring shot. Would you expect any less from me?
I just loved Kayla’s flowing dress in the golden hour light. So beautiful and graceful! You picked a good one, John!
Sparklers aren’t just for fun at night. We found Kayla and John an intimate spot inside the silo at The Ryland Inn Coach House, which was perfect for this shot.
Venue // The Coach House at The Ryland Inn
Officient // The Hon. Stephen B. Rubin, J.S.C.
Ceremony & Cocktail Hour Music // Simply Strings
DJ // SCE Event Group
Flowers // Carousel of Flowers
Hair // Theresa at Artiste Salon
Makeup // Tiffany Jocilyn
Bakery // La Bonbonneire
Invitations // Cherish the Moment
Favors // The Fudge Shoppe