More than a year ago, I found a group on Facebook of all descendants of my great-grandparents. Many of these relatives I had never met. Nevertheless, many of them were friendly and introduced themselves to me online. One of those people was Connie, Amanda's mother. She told me that Amanda was to be married on May 28th, 2016 and that she had seen my photography and recommended I reach out to Amanda, who was looking for a wedding photographer.
I'm so glad to have had the opportunity not only to capture Amanda and Ryan's special day, but I also got to meet some of the relatives that had been long lost in our family.
I arrived to the Governor's Inn and photographed the girls getting ready. Alicia Sites, the Maid of Honor did Amanda's hair and make-up. The couple had a beautiful ceremony out at the gazebo that was tucked into a spot in the woods at the Inn. It couldn't have been more perfect.
After doing all of the portraits, Amanda and Ryan got announced in to their wedding reception. There were several toasts made which were followed by dancing and dinner. After dinner, the couple did the cake cutting as well as a garter and bouquet toss. Friends and family enjoyed the open dance floor and Amanda and Ryan even had a special song performed by Devin Schafer, who had also been their wedding officiant.
At the end of the evening, everyone lit sparklers outside. It was the perfect ending to a perfect day and I couldn't be more happy for Amanda and Ryan. Congratulations!
Here's a short interview I did with Amanda:
• How did you two meet?
Work. I was Ryan's boss briefly. He asked me to go to a concert with him because "his friend bailed" (we had the same musical taste).
• When did you get engaged? Please describe the proposal.
February of 2015. In our kitchen, the second I came home from work. He had champagne and roses on the counter. I didn't see it coming. I was so sick, tired. Definitely wasn't how I wanted to be/look like when it came haha but he couldn't wait. He is awful at keeping secrets/saving gifts.
• What was your “perfect wedding” vision?
Romantic/pretty with a hint of rock and roll. Exactly how it turned out!
• What is your most memorable moment from your wedding?
Having all of our family from near and far/all our great friends with us. Our friends are just like family to us. Having everyone together was amazing. Everyone had a great time.
• What song did you do your first dance to?
City and Colour "Northern Wind"
• What – if anything – did you DIY?
All decor/center pieces. All the planning. I wanted it just so, so I planned every little detail myself.
• What's in your future? Do you have anything fun or special planned?
Hopefully start a family in the near future.
Amanda and Ryan's Wedding Vendors:
Officiant: Devin Schafer
Photography: Trina Dinnar Photography
Florist: Studley's Flower Shop
Catering: Governor's Inn
DJ: Ron Reid from Sounds Spectrum DJs
Live Music: Devin Schafer
Hair/Makeup: Alicia Sites
Videographer: Devin Schafer and Tim Jones
Dress /Shoes: David's Bridal