The big day FINALLY arrived for Katie and Jason! I had the honor of capturing the memories of the day in photos for them. I had an extra special second shooter too – my friend Kara, who flew over from Denver! Kara went with me to buy my very first SLR camera back in college many, many years ago and it was extra special having her by my side.
We hit the road early (by 8:00am!) and drove to Mt. Wachusett, which is about 85 miles from where I live. Thankfully, we arrived safely right on time and got to work with me capturing the ladies getting ready and Kara capturing the men. The champagne was flowing and it was a beautiful and bright sunny day. They did something very unique and actually met each other at the mountain top prior to the wedding ceremony. It was magical watching them see each other for the first time that day. The immediate wedding party joined at the mountain top and we were able to take many of the photos prior to the ceremony, which is a real perk for those that are familiar with how busy a photographer’s schedule can be right after the ceremony. The bride was escorted by her father and step-father and completed the walk down the aisle with her father. The look on Jason’s face was that of pure bliss as he watched her walk toward him. They were both so calm, so peaceful as if everything was simply right as they said their vows. It was one of the most emotional wedding ceremonies I’ve experienced and actually felt myself tearing up!
The cocktail hour immediately followed the ceremony which included chair lift rides to the mountain top for the guests. Jason and Katie took advantage of that time to sneak a few minutes to themselves as they overlooked the gorgeous landscape. After the guests were seated and the wedding party was introduced, Katie and Jason sang a song – yes, SANG! It was wonderful! Of course, the first dance followed later after dinner… but what a special treat to hear them sing! Speaking of special treats, there was a super yummy smores table out by the fire. So perfect for the setting, watching guests roast marshmallows as the sun set. No worries though, soon enough the dancing really took off! I’m sure there were a few guests with sore feet the next day. ;-) Kara and I were there for over 9 hours on our feet, but we weren’t in heels, thank goodness!
Really, I could go on and on about the day… but hopefully a small sample of the photographs captured that I shared below help show how special the day was. I wish Katie and Jason the very best as they start their lives together as husband and wife – congratulations!