I am going to apologize right now because this may be the longest wedding blog post I have ever done. I struggled to get my favorite selections from Gary & Catherine's wedding down to a reasonable amount. I love photos that tell the story, evoke emotion and portray the day in a way that, even if you weren't there, you will still be able to feel like you were through the photos. Gary and Catherine's wedding was so full of excitement, emotion and love that every.single.photo held moments that I nearly squeeled over! Gary & Catherine were married on Saturday at St. John's Catholic Church in Utica, NY. Their love and committment to each other and God was very evident in the beautiful ceremony that they put together. You can tell that these two are some of the sweetest people ever by the people that they surround themselves with and how they interact with their families.
I started the day hanging out with the girls at Catherine's parents house. I was giddy over Catherine's choice of shoes and dress...just gorgeous!
I LOVE this set of shots. Her bridesmaids had not seen her dress yet so we did a little unveiling in the living room. Their reactions...priceless:) And that's Gary's mom in the last photo...again, awesome reaction to how stunning Catherine looked.
And while us ladies were having fun, Kyle was with Gary getting ready. Catherine got him cufflinks that had a photo of him and his dad on them. Awesome gift.
One of my favorite moments of the day was driving to the church and the girls praying for Catherine and Gary in the limo.
Once at the church, you could feel the tension and the excitment as everyone got ready.
When Catherine walked down that aisle, the smile on Gary's face was so big.
Gary and Catherine put so many special touches into the ceremony including the Braid ceremony. Ecclesiastes 4:2 says "Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken."The braid symbolizes how, with Christ, a couple is stronger together than they are seperately.
Seriously you guys, you looked so amazing on your wedding day!
After the ceremony, the bridal party went bath to Catherine's parents house to hang out. Kyle and I grabbed a quick bite to eat and headed over. I walked in to find Catherine's mom still in her dress, doing dishes with an apron on. It was awesome!
The reception was held at The Roselawn. They took really good care of everything and the food was to.die.for!
The toasts were funny and touching and just a perfect fit for the night.
The dance floor stayed packed the entire night and Mark Richards kept the energy up. Everyone had a great time!
Gary & Catherine, we cannot thank you both enough for allowing us to document your day. We loved meeting your family and friends and experiences such a wonderful day in your life together. We will pray for you in this new chapter you are beginning and for God to bless you both in everything you do.