Leah & Aaron's wedding was an absolute joy to photograph. The setting was the backyard of her parent's co-housing community; the same spot that Aaron and Leah had met just a couple years earlier at her sister's wedding. The day started with a private yoga session for the two of them (that I was graciously allowed to jump in on too) which was needed for all the activities that met them afterwards. With a few small hiccups, Leah and Aaron handled everything with grace and calm. Leah, her sister and mother met at The Lift salon in South Amherst for a little hair time, and then over to the Black Walnut Inn for getting ready and a little snack.
There were a lot of sweet moments while getting ready; Leah's sister when she saw Leah in her dress was absolutely precious, and the champagne toasts between the gents and between the ladies were a great way to see the upcoming close-knit workings of these two families. The first look was a blast. These two just light up when they see each other, and I can always get a good giggle out of them.
Aaron and Leah were keen on getting a lot of family photos, and we had the perfect back drop and the Walnut Inn. No one was afraid of getting a little goofy in front of the camera too, which is always a favorite of mine. We also recreated some of the photos from the engagement session on the swings of on the property.
The ceremony was held in the field, with Aaron & Leah surrounded by some very attractive and lively people. It was lovely and heartfelt. The rings were passed amongst all of the guests so that each had the chance to send a blessing along with them. Cups of dirt were added to a little tree, symbolizing the growth and nurturing of their relationship.
After the ceremony the most magical thing happened for me as a photographer; there was a long list of photos to be taken, and a designated organizer to gather people. We found a lovely spot next to a barn away from the tent, that people could walk over to, take photos and then head back to the party. I have never been given so much time and have had so much organization for a photo session at a wedding before, and I will be forever grateful to them for providing that experience for me. I was also able to give them a lot of great photos of their guests in return!
The whole wedding was DIY, and every little detail was attended to, and they had an army of friends and family to help. There were little groupings of chairs for lounge areas for guests, sumac was added to the poles of the tent, flowers came from friends who were farmers, and the ceremony arbor was made with branches from the woods. Chanterelle To Go catered with make your own tacos, and then cider donuts for dessert. The dancing was epic, particularly from the bride who also had made the play list (kudos Leah to that playlist!) They cut the cake to JT's Mirrors song, which was the song that Aaron and proposed to Leah at the JT/Jay-Z concert (I know so amazing!) I left them dancing and having the best party under the stars and the moon!