Since today is Jess’s birthday (Happy Birthday!!) I thought it would be the perfect day to re-vist one of my favorite weddings of last year, probably ever. After getting to know Jess + Ty over the last year and a half and capturing their love on camera, it is so evident that they have the kind of love that some people search their whole lives for.
In order to ultimately create natural photographs, part of my proccess is to have my couples answer some questions to get to know them on a deeper level. One of my favorite questions is “What do you want to remember about you two, right now?”, and having just re-read their answers, I definitely teared up a little! (OK, that’s not really hard to make me do..but still, they are such an inspiration!)
Jess: “Right now, I want to remember how we can get through anything together. The week that Ty proposed to me, the guy on our first floor caused a bunch of issues and we left to stay at my mom’s for a few days. We were sleeping in my grandma’s room, had the cat staying in there with us, were driving longer to work, and were trying to look for a backup place to live. Through all of that, we stayed a family. We went back to our place on Wednesday night and were super nervous that there would be another problem. Thursday was our anniversary. I got up at 6am because I have this tradition to hang up pictures and notes around the apartment like a year in review sort of thing. I hadn’t made the notes yet, so I wrote them all and stuck them to the wall before he woke up. I guess he took that as a sign to go through with proposing to me that day. We both saw how no matter what crazy stupid things happen, we can get through them if we have each other. That’s what I want to remember about us.”
Ty: “Right now, I want to remember the feeling of waking up on our anniversary and seeing the apartment plastered in pictures of the last year of our lives together. She has done this each year on our anniversary and somehow I always forget it occurs and do not expect it. I want to remember finishing the walkthrough in the apartment, reaching the end, and texting my friend Sam (the cellist who played during my proposal) and told him “It has to be today. Nothing’s changed. She will always be the one.” I want to remember how she puts our relationship before anything else and how I always do the same for her.”
(I’m not crying, you’re crying!)
We started the day at the Bradford Village Inn, where Jess surprised Ty with a Ukelele and a song (Ingrid Michaelson’s You and I) which was stuck in my head for weeks after! Then on our drive over to the New London Historical Society, we stopped at some picturesque spots for portraits along the way. There was a bit of rain but they didn’t let it dampen their spirits and luckily it stopped before long allowing the ceremony to continue outdoors as planned. Following the ceremony were home brewed beer, dancing, yummy vegetarian food and scrumptious cupcakes in the barn. There was even a surprise lip sync performance by Ty and his groomsmen! On my drive home, I got to keep the momentum going with a mix CD that they compiled of their favorite loves songs. It was truly a magical night!