Summertime Engagement Session in the Hudson Valley
We love engagement sessions. They give us a chance to get to know and work with couples in a more relaxed setting. Plus, we get to spend time outdoors in nature! Lauren and Nick wanted a summertime engagement photo session in the Hudson Valley and suggested the Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site in Hyde Park, NY. As a big time history fan, I was all for it!
This park was full of scenic overlooks and paths through the trees. It even had a field with hay bales for a more farm friendly backdrop! As tourists left the area before sunset, we were free to wander this gorgeous property in search of scenic spots for photos. Lauren and Nick were complete naturals in front of the camera. Lauren had some great summer-friendly engagement outfit ideas, and we LOVED her 1970’s style Reformation high-waisted jeans.
Already looking forward to spending more time with these two on their wedding day at the historic Crane Estate next August. Scroll down to see more of our favorite Hudson Valley engagement photos from this shoot!
There is a first time for everything. Sarah and Thierry are the first couple that we’ve had the pleasure of photographing twice on their wedding day. Last June they had a lovely and intimate garden wedding. This past June they invited a lot more wedding guests, and had a much larger Sugarbush VT wedding surrounded by the green mountains. Weddings are always such wonderful celebrations, but Sarah and Thierry really upped the ante with theirs–they are expecting a baby this fall!
There was so much to be happy about at this wedding. Wonderful candid and natural moments were everywhere! One of our favorites was the hilarious toast that Thierry’s son gave, in which he revealed his GPA to them. Another was Sarah’s father seeing her for the first time, with Paul Simon’s “Father and Daughter” song playing randomly in the background. Everyone was smiling when Thierry surprised Sarah at the reception by walking out while holding a stereo above his head just like John Cusack in “Say Anything”.
This wedding went so seamlessly well, we asked Sarah if she had any advice for other couples who might be expecting a baby and planning a wedding at the same time. She sent us some incredibly helpful suggestions that we thought we would share! She said, “Setting a wedding date that falls within your second trimester is key, as that’s when most women typically look and feel their best.” Sarah also suggested not taking on too many DIY projects or trying to coordinate the entire wedding yourself. “Between the hormones, work, doctor appointments and baby brain, DIY can get stressful, and then you and your fiancee suffer.” During pregnancy, all emotions are heightened, so making sure you have vendors you trust and a great coordinator for the day is essential. She talked about how important it is for expecting brides to EAT throughout the day! “I lost and hour+ of our reception because I forgot to eat something substantial before the ceremony and wasn’t up to all of the mingling and dancing until after we ate dinner”. Lastly, she points out how important it is to physically take care of yourself both on the wedding day, and the days following the wedding. Sarah said that wearing flats, and putting your feet up whenever you can throughout the day made a big difference. She added, “Make sure you have at least two days after the wedding to do nothing, just unwind and let your body regulate itself again!”.
Thank you to Sarah and Thierry for trusting us to document the memories of not one, but TWO of your wedding days. We wish your growing family all the best!
Thanks for the following vendors who played an important role in making this day so amazing:
Kelsey and Scott’s Hildene Estate wedding in Manchester, VT was nothing short of breathtaking. This was our first time documenting a wedding at this outdoor venue and we were completely smitten. The manicured gardens and scenic landscape at the Hildene was the perfect backdrop for our style of fine art wedding photography, and the light was absolutely magical. Even the wedding guests during the outdoor cocktail hour were commenting on the light, which is usually only a topic of conversation among nerdy photographers! This is the second wedding we’ve had the honor of documenting for a Stone family member… we photographed Kelsey’s cousin’s beach wedding on Cape Cod a few years ago and were so flattered to be invited to another Stone wedding!
Both the bride and groom prepared for the day at the Equinox Resort in downtown Manchester, VT, and had their ceremony nearby at St. Paul’s Church. Guests then headed to the Hildene for cocktails in the garden, followed by a tented reception in the field. One of the most unique things about this estate venue was that it originally belonged to Abraham Lincoln’s son. Members of the Lincoln family actually lived at the house until 1975! The inside of the house has since been turned into a museum, and wedding guests could tour the home and even see one of (only three in the country) Lincoln’s stovepipe hats. Also, FYI to Scott’s mom–I did eventually sneak upstairs to see the hat for myself! :)
Sometimes I think estate weddings can conjure up feelings of “overly fancy”, but Kelsey and Scott created a very relaxed and laid back feel to their reception. They really let the natural beauty of the area be the focus for their wedding, and used simple natural decorations like birch bark place cards (handmade by Kelsey’s mom!) and pastel floral centerpieces designed by Lily of the Valley Florist at the tables.
Congratulations to these happy newlyweds. We had a wonderful time spending the day with the two of you, and your incredibly kind family members and friends. Below are just a few of our favorites from the day… we’ll be sharing the link to the full gallery on our Client Page in two weeks, so please check back to see all of the photos from this lovely day!
Thanks to the following vendors who helped make this day so incredible: