BEST OF WEDDINGS 2017

BEST OF WEDDINGS 2017

A YEAR IN REVIEW

This past year of 2017 was a special year for sure in the Ryan household!  We had two beautiful weddings of our own!

Our daughter Kaitlin, married the love of her life in North Carolina and our son Jeffrey, married his college sweetheart in July.  It was two wedding in seven months and that is alot!  We had a pretty light year of weddings and we are so grateful for that!  

The weddings we were blessed to capture were incredible!  The relationships that we developed were so special and we had the best time shooting these weddings!  It was so hard to choose my favorites from each one!  I guess I chose alot, but I think they all are worth the title "Best of Weddings 2017".

We cannot be more happy doing what we love to do.  I have to think each and every time we capture a wedding what those images will mean not only to the couple and their family, but for future generations!  We are able to have the honor of documenting history!  My favorite part is when we get the wedding album complete and I think "wow, someday their grandchildren will be looking through this album".  

We are looking forward to 2018 and this year we have quite alot of weddings already!  We could not be happier! We want to wish you all the very Happiest New Year filled with beauty, wonder and health!

 

 

This gorgeous styled shoot that I had the pleasure of participating in was so beautiful and the snow just happened!  It was magical to say the least!  All of the amazing artists that came together and made this happen I cannot thank you all enough! 

When I got a call from Kristen Rockhill asking if I would like to photograph one of her styled shoots I was pretty excited!  Her company detailsofido is absolutely beautiful and her style with tablescapes and floral arrangements well, let's just say it is special!!  

 

 

Susie and Tim's beautiful Ryland Inn wedding was planned so beautifully!  Every detail was perfection!  It truly was a storybook romantic wedding!  The beautiful florals were created by trfloraldesign.

 

Kevin and Nicki wanted a beautiful rustic romantic venue and when they found out that Bear Brook Valley was soon opening they could not wait to see it!  The minute upon arriving they knew that this was their place!  

 

Jessica and Adam love nature!  When it came time to choose their location, they knew that it would have to be at Bamboo Brook Arboretum.  It was such a beautiful place and they had their first dance right beside the beautiful pond located in the center of the park!  

 

Joe and Karen had raised three children each as single parents.  When they met they became best friends until they realized it was much more!  This wedding was so special to me!  Joe lives next door to Jeff and I and could not be happier to see he and Karen find each other to spend forever together!  Their children were their bridal party and it was so much fun!  

 

Anthony was working for Tara's father's company when he met her!  He knew that she was the one he wanted to marry and now he had to convince Tara of the same thing!  He soon won her over and they decided on the Frelinghuysen Arboretum for their beautiful ceremony followed by a reception at the Bernards Inn.  

 

Claire and Keith dated briefly in 8th grade.  After four weeks Keith broke Claire's heart.  They remained friends and then after college they met at a party while they both were with other dates, but they decided why not try dating again!  Well, this time it was forever!  They wanted a wedding set on a lake and when they found the Rock Island Lake Club it could not have been more perfect! The beautiful florals were designed by Celia Flowers!

 

This beautiful Texas wedding is very close to my heart!  My beautiful niece Katie found the love of her life!  Trey and Katie met several years ago when Katie was only 21!  Trey was immediately attracted to her but also knew she needed to get the 21 out of her system.  10 years later they met again and this time they knew it was for good!  It was such an honor to capture this beautiful couple's wedding day!  

LYNN + JOE//ASBURY PARK ENGAGEMENT SESSION

HOW THEY MET

Lynn and Joe went to high school together and were in the same graduating class but hardly knew each other.  About eleven years later, Lynn and Joe found each other again through Facebook of all places!! 

They decided it would be really great to get together and get to know one another and share high school stories!  Their first date was January 12, 2012 and Joe took Lynn to McLoone's in Pier Village.  It was the perfect spot seeing they both live in the NJ Highlands down the shore and totally love the beach.  Although it was winter, that did not matter to them at all! So on February 15th they made it official that they were dating and quite happy about it!

Joe is an accountant and Lynn is quite a designer and loves beauty, of course she works for Anthropologie!  (My favorite obsession)!! They truly are so sweet together and I am so excited to capture their beautiful wedding day coming this February.  So lets get back a bit, and hear how Joe proposed!

THE PROPOSAL

Lynn and Joe knew that they were ready to make that next step of sharing their lives together so they did start looking at engagement rings.  They both fell in love with the perfect ring and right after finding it, they raced home to show her parents and for Joe to get their blessing.  In all of Joe's excitement he decided right there and then to propose!  He got down on bended knew and said "I cannot wait another minute, will you marry me"? If that is not the sweetest story, I don't know what is!!!!!  

Joe and Lynn enjoy bike riding together and hiking.  Seeing they live in the NJ Highlands, they have Hartshome woods in their backyard and the ocean across the bridge.  So south Jersey lends itself to some amazing places to enjoy their time together.

They will be getting married at one of their favorite restaurants called The Wine Bar, and it is so beautiful and intimate.  I cannot wait for February to celebrate this beautiful couple! 

Photographer - deborahannphotography  Lynn's dress - Anthropologie  Engagement Ring - Jovi Jewelers  Joe's outfit - LL  Bean - Hair and Makeup - SebastiansHair Em

KATIE + TREY//LA TRANQUILA RANCH (HOUSTON, TEXAS)

Katie and Trey met in 2004 while Trey was working at a restaurant in Houston as a bartender and he was also attending college.  Katie's brother Scott, who was a good friend of Trey, decided to try and play a little matchmaking!  He invited Katie to come to dinner at the restaurant all along his intention was to fix them up!

Scott decided to plant the idea in Trey's mind about asking Katie out.  Once Trey discovered Katie had just turned 21 he decided that Katie needed to enjoy her years for awhile!  

Years later, Katie and Trey's paths crossed again some ten years later and they both recognized each other immediately and spent some time catching up.  Months had passed and Katie and her friend were invited to a New Year's Eve party where Trey happened to be there!  After a wonderfully fun night, they both did not want the evening to end.  Soon after, they started dating and within two years Katie and Trey decided to spent together forever!

THE PROPOSAL

In December 2016, Trey surprised Katie with a trip to NYC and all the while he had plans to propose.  He had bought Katie a ring and had it hidden in his pocket the whole trip!  

Katie had spent her summers growing up at her grandmother's house at the shore in Bradley Beach, New Jersey and really loved the city!  Trey could not think of a better place to propose!

He surprised her at Jane's Carousel near the Brooklyn Bridge and getting down on one knee he proposed!  Of course, Katie said yes! 

Now they wanted a very small and intimate wedding near Houston so they could celebrate with their closest friends and family.  They found the perfect venue called La Tranquila Ranch located in Tomball, Texas and it was the absolute perfect location to celebrate their marriage. 

The ceremony took place on a beautiful old tree located on the ranch and the most special part of the day was that Scott, Katie's brother, officiated their ceremony!  It could not have been more special, filled with tears and of course, much laughter!  

Katie is mine and Jeff's niece and it was so special for us to be a part of this wonderful celebration and to capture these memories was incredible!  

The night was filled with so much dancing and celebrating, I don't think anyone wanted the night to end!  The food, the music and the dancing was perfect!

The couple will be spending their honeymoon in Mexico!

 

KELSEY + MATT/CONNECTICUT ENGAGEMENT

HOW THEY MET

In December 2013 fate and two mutual friends brought Kelsey and Matt together!  Kelsey had just moved up to Boston with two of her best friends from college.  Matt had returned up to Bowdoin College in Maine for his third season coaching football.  He actually attended Bowdoin! 

A few of Matt's friends convinced him to stop in Boston on his way back to see family in New Jersey for the holidays. Before heading home to Connecticut, Kelsey's friends persuaded her to accompany them the the same holiday party that Matt was attending.  After being introduced, it didn't take long for them to both realize that the connection they made was something very special!!! 

Kelsey comes from a family that loves football and tailgating, which fit perfectly with Matt's sports-oriented family.  And being engaged and soon to be married to a football coach, well that is a match made in heaven! 

They dated for a long time long distance which was quite difficult with Matt's football coaching schedule, but somehow they managed to make it work!

THE PROPOSAL

On a warm day in June this passed summer in Boston, Matt was eager to surprise Kelsey with a plan he had been putting together for quite some time.  He just got into town from a recruiting trip and picked up the engagement ring.  After getting what he believed to be the perfect ring for Kelsey, Matt now had to put his plan in motion!

Kelsey and Matt had gone to church in the North End of Boston several times together which is truly a very special place for them.  Matt could not think of a better place to propose! The only part that was difficult was how to get her to the church when they were on their way to dinner in a different direction.  He suggested that they should stop and light a candle and Kelsey was all for it.  

When they arrived at the plaza in front of the church, Matt got down on one knee, pulled out the ring and asked Kelsey to marry him!  Kelsey was totally surprised and immediately said yes!! Afterwards, they went to their favorite restaurant to celebrate and call their families.  Later that night many of their friends stopped by Kelsey's apartment to continue the celebration!

One of the things that they enjoy doing together is exploring their new city of Portland, Maine and enjoy cooking together! They also love spending as much time as possible with their families.

Their beautiful wedding will be next May, 2018 at the beautiful Ryland Inn!

 

 

COURTNEY + PETER/NYC ENGAGEMENT

Peter was born in New York, but when he was a child his family moved to Virginia.  Courtney is from New Jersey and went to college at Virginia Tech where she became friends with people Peter knew from home.  Both of them moved back north to NYC after college to start their careers.  

HOW THEY MET

Having a close connection to Rockaway Beach, New York, Peter and his brother participated in a charity event for Hurricane Sandy in 2012.  Courtney and Peter met that night when Courtney joined one of their mutual friends who was in town visiting at the event.  Afterwards, they all went to dinner and Peter and Courtney ended up sharing a cab home.  Courtney will tell you that Peter made her laugh the whole cab ride home! 

After a few months, the couple met up again at a bar during happy hour where Peter was basically forced to ask her out! The rest is history!  They both live in lower Manhattan and enjoy spending weekends having fun in their neighborhoods.  They eventually moved to Flat Iron. Their choice for their engagement session could not be better!!!! 

THE PROPOSAL

Peter and Courtney planned for a lovely September trip to Italy starting out in Rome.  From there, they traveled to the Amalfi Coast.  Their first destination was the Isle of Capri!  Just the sound of that is so romantic!!!  Upon arrival, they had some rain and rough seas, so they waited till the following day for Peter to rent a small boat to tour the island.  As they enjoyed some rose, grottos and beautiful scenery, they approached the Faraglioni rocks, also known as the "Tunnel of Love".  At that point Peter gave the captain the head nod and asked for a photograph.  As Courtney stood for the picture, Peter dropped down on one knee and presented a beautiful engagement ring.  She told him to stand for the photograph and when she looked down, she realized what he was doing!!! Peter told her that he wanted to spend the rest of his life with her, and there asked her to marry him!! She said yes and they enjoyed three more days enjoying their engagement in Positano.  

WHAT THEY ENJOY TOGETHER

They love trying out all of Manhattan's great restaurant (Italian is their favorite).  When they have free time in the summer, they spend most weekends in Rockaway Beach where Peter's grandmother and family lives.  They love to travel and like most couples, they love to binge watch tv shows on Netflix and making each other laugh! 

THE WEDDING

Courtney and Peter wanted a place to celebrate their wedding day at a place that felt a bit southern seeing they both love the feel of a southern plantation.  When they arrived at the Ryland Inn for a visit, they immediately fell in love with it and knew it would be perfect for their special day.

The happy couple will be getting married May, 2018 and I cannot wait!!!  Congratulations guys!!

 

Photography  -  deborahannphotography   Dress  - lulus   Shoes - christianlouboutin    Ring - dominionjewelers    Bracelet - Cartier    Suit  - my suit    Shoes  - Cole Haan    Sweater - Club Monaco  Earrings - Bauble Bar

APRIL + CHRIS//NEW JERSEY ENGAGEMENT

HOW THEY MET

 April and Chris  both moved to the Richmond, Virgina area in the fall of 2014.  Chris moved back home from South Carolina in September of 2014 and April moved down with her family in November of 2014.   Just four weeks after April arrived in Virginia, she interviewed for a job at the Primrose School of Midlothian Village and little did she know that it was going to be a life changing experience!  Chris's sister Brittany was the first person that April met on the day of her interview.   April was delighted to know that she got the job and  started working at Primrose in December.  About six months had passed when several co-workers started asking April questions about how she  felt about guys with beards and if she was dating anyone.  They all started telling April about Brittany's brother and how he liked kids as much as she did and how he worked out and loved going to the gym.  April thought for a moment about it, but soon forgot about it.

 A few months went by and Chris came up to the school a few times and the office staff would try to help her get a glimpse of him.  She started to know of him more and more but never actually met him.  Brittany started talking about meeting up outside of the school for dinner and bowling so that April could meet Chris casually even if it was just to meet a new friend in a new place since she was new to the area, but it never seemed to happen.  Finally, a week before April's  birthday as they were all talking about getting them together,  April gave in and handed her  phone number to Brittany and thought that she was not getting any younger so why not?

April got a text message soon after from Chris, asking her if she would like to meet him and that he would love to show her some of the sights in Richmond.  April agreed and they chose a local park to meet.   When they arrived at the park they both ended up at different entrances!  They soon met each other and decided just to enjoy the beauty of the park and the outdoors.    They spent the next few hours just walking and talking as if they had known each other forever.  After the park,  they drove to a local restaurant where they sat overlooking the water and had a drink and talked for hours.  After that first day, they have been inseparable!       

THE PROPOSAL 

The last weekend in July, 2017 Chris and April had made plans to go to Lake Michigan to spend some time at the beach. After an enjoyable day, they made plans to go out to dinner with some friends. As they were getting ready to go, their friend Frank asked April if she could take some family photos of them at a local park after dinner.  April was happy to do so!  

 After dinner they all headed to Battell Park.  Once they got to the park,  they walked for a few minutes to a beautiful set of stairs that overlooked the river.  Frank told them to go down to the river and he would meet them there.   As they got down to the bottom of the stairs,  they walked along the river for about a minute and then Chris stopped and asked April to sit and wait for their friends.  They had not been sitting more than 30 seconds before she looked up and Chris was down on one knee in front of her holding a beautiful ring in his hand.  He looked at April and asked her to be his wife and all she could do was cry!  As she reached up to hug him  he whispered in the sweetest voice "Can you take the ring so that I know its a yes!"  Once she let go of him, she said yes and he placed the most gorgeous, stunning ring on her finger and she said yes!!!  

 They spent the rest of the evening celebrating with friends and champagne!!   

Their beautiful southern wedding will be in May, 2018 and I am so delighted I will be a part of this beautiful couple's amazing wedding!       

FASHION BY SEGOVIA//FASHION PHOTOGRAPHER

FASHION LOCATION

It was almost a year ago when Stephanie was looking for a photographer to capture her beautiful blog of fashion!   We instantly clicked from the first day (which was really cold)  but we made it through and took some beautiful pictures.

She is incredibly talented and I have learned so much myself about fashion by journeying with her this past year. Monday was a quiet day and we were fortunate enough to shoot at the beautiful Jockey Hollow National Park.  Stephanie wanted a beautiful setting where we could really have some magical backgrounds and we did it!! 

FIRST FASHION LOOK

We usually shoot two different looks and of course, my favorite, the details!!   We started with a beautiful denim jacket with the softest pink faux fur collar!  I actually tried it on!  It is so comfortable and warm!  You can find it at Blank NYC I may have to get one!!! She complimented the jacket with a pretty simple black dress found at Nordstrom.  The most fun detail of this outfit was her boots!  Yes, white patent leather cropped boots!  These beauties are made by Steve Madden and are a must have!  She accessorized with a beautiful pair of sunnies made by Quay of Australia and her watch is by Burberry.  

SECOND FASHION LOOK

For her second look, she chose an adorable blue velvet skirt with a white simple blouse with the perfect sleeves for a more casual look made by Ann Taylor and her boots were gorgeous made by Stuart Weitzman.  For one of her details, she had a small but cute purse by Michael Kors.  

Denim Jacket by Blank NYC / Black Dress by Nordstrom 

White Boots by Steve Madden / Sunnies by Quay of Australia

Velvet Skirt and White Blouse / Ann Taylor