Meet Gianna and Ryan. A gorgeous couple whom I had the pleasure of meeting back in July 2019 -- click here for a glimpse of their engagement shoot pictures blog post.
Here is a little snippet of their love story
These two met in high-school and were friends for three years before they started dating! Their families have known each other for over 40 years; Their grandfathers knew each other through Ryan's father who remodeled Gianna's kitchen! How crazy is that?
During Easter of 2019, Ryan proposed to Gianna in the cutest way. During the family 'adult' Easter egg hunt Ryan planted the ring inside a plastic Easter egg for Gianna to find. Everyone was told that there is a very special prize this year and the hunt began! Her grandfather held onto the plastic egg and at the end of the hunt hands the egg to Ryan. Ryan opens the egg and gets down on one knee and pops the question... without a doubt Gianna said yes!
And the rest is history!
It was a gorgeous day to get married!
The day began at a family friend's home, where Gianna got ready for her big day. When I arrived I began taking photographs of her gorgeous dress and wedding details -- some of my favorite photographs to capture. The soft pinks, and dusty lavender were the perfect combination of colors for her day. Her bouquets were handmade and looked it...elegant and royal.
Once the girls were all in their robes and ready I snapped a few photographs. Then it was time to get Gianna in that gown! She glowed. The dress looked like it was made for her and seamlessly molded to her. Gianna knew this was her dress the second she saw it at the bridal shop. She saw it on the mannequin and knew it was the one. I love it!
The house has beautiful natural sunlight pouring through the windows, which definitely makes for a happy photographer. Gianna gave her mother-in-law a touching gift and wore her mother's wedding ring on her right hand. A tribute to her mom that made her feel as if she was right there with her on her special day.
After we got some pictures of Gianna and her bridesmaids I headed to Lucien's to meet Ryan and his groomsmen. All of the guys were excited for Ryan who definitely seemed a little on the nervous side, just jitters though! I made sure to get a few photographs of some cheers-ing, getting ready, and some fun group shots. Ryan gave all his guys initialed cuff links and wanted me to make sure I captured a photo of them! They looked awesome! After getting some photographs of the guys practicing their model skills outside of the venue, and getting a few more photographs of Gianna and her girls...we were ready for a wedding! Gianna wanted to feel like a princess on her big day, and she absolutely did. She looked stunning and like royalty sitting on that couch.
Their beautiful ceremony was held at Lucien's Manor. A breathtaking room full of natural light from an extraordinary glass ceiling. Dazzling chandeliers decorated the room and sparkled in the light -- this venue was perfect for Gianna and Ryan.
Down the aisle came the handsome groomsmen, gorgeous bridal party, and the cutest flower girls! Then it was Gianna's turn...the look on Ryan's face when Gianna walked down the aisle -- wow. These two decided on not doing a first look, so this was extremely important for me to get a photograph of! Ryan's face says it all. If I am not mistaken, there were even a few tears shed.
Gianna's grandfather escorted her down the aisle, which was a truly beautiful touch to the ceremony. Their vows were handwritten to one another and love gleamed in their eyes. The officiant, Leslie Woodward includes a wine ceremony during her weddings. Ryan and Gianna each added wine to the carafe then each poured a glass for the other. They sealed their vows with a kiss as the sunlight filled the room.
I loved this venue and this space. We were able to utilize Lucien's Manor's garden space for bridal party and bridal couple photos and it was perfect. Such a beautiful landscape with gorgeous architecture. A bridge, gazebo, and brick path to a little private wooded area were among some of the stunning backdrops we utilized.
Ryan and Gianna had been perfecting their posing since their engagement shoot and had their nuzzling an dipping photographs down pat! They were perfect. When the sun filtered through the trees towards the end of our photo time, I smiled...they were perfect moments which made for some perfect photography.
After the cocktail hour, their reception began with a bang! The new Mr. and Mrs. were announced with huge sparkler as they walked down the stairs. Every last detail was exquisite and royal, which truly captured what Gianna envisioned for her big day. Their first dance was out of a movie-- so dramatic and full of emotion. The spotlight beamed on them as Beautiful in White by westlife played in the background! Friends and family surrounded the happy couple and the night was full of good food, fun toasts, and lots of dancing. I definitely held back a tear as Rascal Flat's "My Wish" played for Gianna and her grandfather's dance.
I loved witnessing the always hilarious and cute shoe game, the bouquet toss, and garter toss! Their cake was gorgeous as well as absolutely delicious! During the night we were even able to sneak away and snap a few more photographs! I always love getting a few pictures at the end of the night. It wraps the whole day up and captures that "WE DID IT!" vibe at the end of the night!
A gorgeous and beautiful day for a beautiful couple. I think and hope all of their royalty wedding dreams came true! And this lucky couple will be spinning each other around in circles in Saint Lucia for their honeymoon.
I reached out to Gianna after, and she said her day was everything she ever imagined and more. She felt incredibly blessed and lucky to have had her grandfather walk her down the aisle. Her most memorable moment was leaving the chapel and realizing this was the moment she has always dreamed of!
Gianna's advice to future brides is to soak it all in -- it flies by!
Thank you for choosing me to capture your wedding story. Getting to know you both and being able to give you photographs and lasting memories of your big night is truly an honor. I look forward to being able to capture future memories for you as your love and family grow.
Thank you so much
Officiant: Leslie Betts Woodward 856.625.4464
Hair Stylist: Maria Donnelly 856.905.2187
Makeup: Tina Basile 856.366.0216
Venue: Lucien's Manor https://luciensmanor.com/
Caterer and Cake: https://luciensmanor.com/
Band/DJ: Addendum http://www.basaramedia.com/dj-entertainment
Videographer: Basara Media http://www.basaramedia.com/dj-entertainment
Wedding Gown: Kay Bridal https://www.kaybridals.com/
Memories by Maria
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