It’s hard to put my finger on what made this particular The Hill in Hudson wedding so extraordinary. Perhaps it was the preparations at the Ham House, one of the most spectacular getting-ready locations I’ve ever photographed at. Maybe it was the bride herself, her particular joy, her open smile and ready laugh. Possibly it was the groom, with his “special wedding socks” and joyful charm. Could it have been the Sol Lewitt – inspired chuppah for the ceremony, and open cube chandeliers at the reception? Or the custom chargers that the groom’s mother lovingly decoupaged with Walton Ford artwork? I truly think that it was all of the above, and so much more. These two are such spectacular people separately, and together they are a brilliant force of brains, beauty, and brightness. It was an extraordinary honor to travel to their wedding at The Hill in Hudson!
I started the day with the bride’s gorgeous engagement ring, her stellar pair of gold Jimmy Choo wedges, and some of the brilliant light that the Ham House had to offer.
The bride’s glorious Inbal Dror gown was accessorized perfectly with this delicate headpiece.
I cannot possibly articulate the hundreds of reasons that this Inbal Dror gown was flawless. From the beading at the hips to the perfect cut and drape of the fabric, it’s one of my favorite gowns of all time – and the bride wore it gorgeously.
Bourgeon really went above and beyond when it came to the floral design of the wedding. Every detail was perfect, and fit the aesthetic of the event precisely.
The bride and groom both got ready at the Ham House. This made the timing of the day even more effortless, as I could just switch rooms with ease.
I love this image of the groom getting ready, while his nephews-to-be took a quick bath! These boys were adorable, full of energy, and wore their cream-colored suits to perfection.
As a wedding photographer, light is so important to me. How flawless is this light? The Ham House is an incredible getting-ready location. If you’re getting married in the Hudson area, I highly suggest it!
While the bride and groom had no real official “bridal party”, they got ready surrounded by their family and friends. The atmosphere was fantastic!
The bride and groom opted to see each other before the wedding ceremony and the signing of the chuppah. This gave us a great amount of time to create portraits of the two of them together. This also meant that we could accomplish all of their family portraits pre-ceremony, allowing them time to go straight to cocktail hour after the ceremony was over!
I am often asked how I get “great emotion” in my images. Trust me when I say that it’s not faked, prompted, or in any way posed! It’s always such a joy and honor when clients are themselves in front of my lens, allowing me to document the moments as they naturally happen.
Before leaving the Ham House for their The Hill in Hudson wedding, the bride and groom spent a few minutes in the gardens. It was a great time together, as well as a wonderful opportunity to document some portraits of the two of them!
If you’re ever in Tivoli, New York, you really should stay at the Ham House! The interiors are beautiful, the gardens are perfect, and there is even a pool!
The sky threatened rain all day, but ultimately stayed clear. I loved the moody feel to the portraits, and the dreamy blur over the rest of the day.
The bride and groom are glorious together. Sweet, funny, and always laughing – just my kind of people!
After portraits of the bride and groom, their family, and their friends, it was off to the The Hill in Hudson for the signing of the ketubah and the wedding ceremony itself.
The ketubah signing took place in an old barn, with the most brilliant light. I love when traditional ceremonies happen in untraditional places! The ketubah was modern, crisp, and fit the aesthetics of the day perfectly.
After the ketubah signing, the bride was escorted into the bridal suite. The guests were beginning to arrive, and the bride and groom needed to hide away. This is always a great opportunity to document more emotion, as well as the arrival of the guests!
The bride was escorted down the aisle by her parents. How amazing is her bouquet? And how spectacular is her mother’s dress?!
I love the symmetry of the bride and her mother, with the amazing emotional moment on the far right of the frame.
The custom chuppah was amazing. It was a great nod to the couple’s love of modern art, while still traditionally covering them during the ceremony. I love seeing clients bring their personal tastes to all aspects of the wedding day, and this one was especially excellent.
The wedding ceremony was sweet and light, filled with more laughter and joy. It really is wonderful to see a couple just let go and enjoy their day so fully.
You can see their custom chuppah really well in the background of this image. Isn’t it great? I also love the expression on their faces, and the great wave from the groom!
As befitting the rest of the day, the bride and groom’s recessional was filled with joy and light. And how about her bouquet? Brilliant.
After the ceremony, it was time to head into the The Hill in Hudson barn for the wedding reception.
There were toasts from the bride’s parents, the groom’s parents, and the bride and groom’s siblings. I always love seeing the action of the person giving the toast and the reaction of the bride and groom at the same time!
I adore that the guests crowded around the dance floor to watch the bride and groom dance their first dance as husband and wife.
I love the twirl, the lift, and the emotion in this shot. I also REALLY love the champagne glass to camera left. How can you not toast a moment like this one?
What is a dip without a kiss, really?
After the first dance between the bride and groom, the bride danced with her father. This is always one of my favorite moments during a wedding receptino.
The bond between father and daughter is such a wonderful one. I will always remember dancing with my dad at my wedding, and I can only hope that this bride treasures these images as much as I treasure mine!
After the formal dances and toasts comes dinner. After dinner comes the party. And what a party it was!
The DJ kept the dance floor packed all night long, and the groom showed off his impressive dance moves more than once!
Before cutting the cake, the bride and groom took a few moments to address their guests. Their toast was moving and sweet, with more laughter and joy!
The party kept going WELL into the night, with the dancing just getting more spectacular as the evening moved on….
Clearly, cake cutting is SERIOUS business.
You two, thank you so much. Your joy and laughter was infectious, and you are truly tremendous together. I hope Botswana is the honeymoon of your dreams, and I cannot thank you enough for the honor of being your wedding photographer. Party on, J and Dr. J!