This couple was made for one another. They met in theater, and their wedding day exemplified this as they had “his and her” cakes (touting his as a movie theme–SO neat!) and wanted photos in front of the Stanley Theater (and! We discovered a Casa Blanca poster while we were there–Cierra’s favorite!). I knew we would become fast friends when Devin told me the title of his favorite movie (well, one of them), and it was the same film my husband gives to graduates in VHS.
To match their vintage Red Carpet appeal, the two were wed in one of the most beautiful locations we’ve had: the Hotel Utica–crystal chandeliers, marble and all! To match their vintage chic, the two had Root Beers as place settings to go with all the glitz… perfect!
This couple was the kind of pair that looked out for everybody else and wanted to make sure, above all, their guests and family were having a good time. And get this! They even took the time, amidst the hustle of a wedding day, first dances, LOTS of hugs and kisses and bouquet tosses, to approach dinner staff to make sure their photographers could eat early. Seriously? But this is just how Devin and Cierra are, and this is what made their Big Day so special.
Devin and Cierra opted for a first-look, which allowed them tons of time for their special photo session, allowed us to capture
Devin’s genuine and un-bridled reaction to see his bride for the first time, and allowed them to enjoy every second of their cocktail hour.
A bride knows she found a good one when her groom actually wants to choose the wedding colors (even if it is because the Cowboys are his favorite team). What usually makes a wedding day so special is, yes the union of two people incredibly in love, but what makes it really, really special is seeing all the couple’s friends and family gathered around in support. In Davon and Alyssa’s case, their day was no exception. Even a fly on the wall (and let’s face it, photographers are really just well-paid and talented flies on the wall to a large extent) would be able to feel the very special love this couple was surrounded with. And what a fun thing to be a part of! Congratulations to Davon and Alyssa!
real tears, Folks.
After much reflection, consideration, and examination, we’ve decided to close the “lifestyle” session portion of Vrooman Photography (except for existing bookings and special situations) and focus exclusively on weddings and engagement shoots. Weddings have always carried the VP heart, though I have enjoyed working with families, seniors, babies, and especially infants. There is much joy that comes from photographing families’ engagement, wedding, maternity, infant and later family photos, but for at least this year, we’re going to close this chapter, really focus on doing weddings to the very, very best we know how, and look forward to what this new season of life brings.
Why the shift? Two main reasons: 1) It is nice to feel that one can “do it all,” but somewhere down the line, it is easy to sacrifice quality when one is a multi-service provider (though, do not get me wrong, I have lots of professional photographer friends who do it all and make it look perfect, easy, and stressless–that is a word..now), but I do not feel this is the direction we’d like to go. 2) The Vrooman Photography team added its newest member last August and life hasn’t quite ever been the same. At the end of the day, I’d like to spend as much time with him while continuing to provide the best possible experience for our clients.
The results? A keener focus on my B&G’s needs, more professional development and classes in wedding expertise, more blogging activity, greater networking efforts, and of course, more hours with my little guy.
Many of you have used Vrooman Photography to capture so many milestones in your family’s story: we don’t want to say goodbye! Get in touch with us, and I’m certain we can figure something out. For those looking for recommendations, we’ve got lots!
It is bittersweet for sure, and who knows, maybe after this year, “lifestyle” will be back! Please stay in touch!!
This wedding stands to be one of my favorite of all time. You know you’re in the right place when “fun” is defined by good friends, good food, love, and ‘home.’ Mark and Sarah’s wedding was in their front yard, on their enormous and super impressive corn farm. Perhaps it was the a-m-a-z-i-n-g live country band, so many special Camdenites I continued running into, a fun and easy-going couple and bridal party, or the super awesome number of cowgirl boots per capita, but something, or maybe all of these things, forced me to walk away thinking, “yes, that was a special and memorable wedding.” It’s hard to describe the feelings of nostalgia this wedding brought me (I know! I’m a sap–I can’t help it), so I tried to capture it on camera. I can certainly belong to the “rut” of pessimists regarding the state of our country and the choices we’ve made. But perhaps that’s what was so overwhelming about this wedding: it was a description of the truly beautiful of my ‘home.’ Two hard-working people fall in love, gather up their family and friends, and celebrate (on their own land) the union they’ve found and the opportunities that lay before them, together, in this crazy and yes, “good” place we all call home. So enjoy, as I did, this lovely couple, their wonderful friends, and all these cowgirl boots!
Thank you to WeThreeBees for the fun props!
One of the reasons this wedding was so amazing. I was jealous.
I had the wonderful opportunity to photograph a double-header of Mark and Sarah’s, but this couple came first!
Each couple I encounter offers something unique and special, which is what makes this profession often feel like it’s not a job and keeps it ever- exciting. This family? The WHOLE family is that group where you just want so badly to be a part. And what makes this particular family even more amazing is that you feel like you are a part. Having photographed two weddings so far and waiting to photograph the third in October, I can say that by far, this family has a special place in the VP heart! They are so down-to-earth, so genuine, so F-U-N-N-Y (um yes, maid-of-honor speech? Best one yet!), and of course beautiful.
And, how could I not mention Sarah and Mark’s secret trip to Sarah’s grandmother’s care facility, which she had just moved to, and was not therefore able to attend Sarah’s wedding. But this did not stop the two from having their grandma be a part. I’m pretty positive there was not a dry eye in the house (the bridal party played it cool–oh yes, EVERYONE went!–but I know they were cryin’ inside, and I know I was feverishly wiping away my tears so I could document the event). Seriously? Who brings the entire party to their grandma? This family does. And then wipes away her tears to get a good family shot.
Mark and Sarah’s Big Day was absolutely perfect, and we feel so lucky to have been a part. You can’t miss these sneaks! Psst! Sarah’s mother made her veil. I know. Right?
What a stunning dress–I LOVE the buttons that go all the way down the dress.
This was selected from a sister company of Spy Baby Bridal.
Aren’t these flowers gorge? Thanks Ron’s Creative Florist!
Look at the lace on these shoes! So elegant! Found at David’s Bridal.
Hair and makeup were from Evolve Salon and Spa.
Look at that gaze—I think she’s in love with a “tall, dark, and handsome” in the room.
What a moment. Sarah’s grandmother wasn’t able to come to us,
The venue was at the Craftsman Inn, and was absolutely beautiful!
And these elegant coverings came from Elizabeth’s chair covers.
This was a speech you did NOT want to miss
The dress is a gorgeous Pronovias gown from Bride Beautiful in Atlanta, GA–STUNNING. That’s all.
Nicole’s elegant shoes are from Caparros from Von Maur and matched the dress perfectly.
Nicky’s makeup was flawless and accentuated all of her gorgeous features–thanks Andrea Scalisi Makeup Artistry!
See what I mean? Flawless!
Thanks to La Dolce Vita Bakeshop by Maria Giacona for this gorgeous and unique cake and amazing cupcakes.
Of course, another creation of the Bride’s. Seriously, I’m pretty certain she could be
The family worked together to make (yes, MAKE) a photo booth with personalized wedding photos of family, and Nicole made every. single. prop.
I wish I could be her too!
And if the night wasn’t perfect enough, we ended with sending paper love lanterns over the Oswego River. Um… yea.
The best part about all of it though, as you can see, is that amidst the planning, joy and chaos of the Big Day, Sean and Nicole looked so “right” and “settled” with one another.
Wow. This was the sort of wedding where you arrive and think, “my goodness! There is so much loveliness! It’s a photographer’s dream!” Brent and Cassi were married on the shore of Lake Ontario at Mexico Point Park, a quaint,–well, if you call over 100 acres quaint! old stomping ground of Fitzgeraldian (I’m not sure he ever visited, but if he came to Mexico, he’d come here!) past times of boot-legging and romping in the old hotel with a wrap-around stone deck. The best for me about doing a wedding here is because it gives me a chance to return to my old home. Having been a fellow care-taker of the park for four years, it’s fun to find all the nooks and crannies for perfect shots. As gorgeous as the location is, Cassi’s mother Sue, and Cassi, with the help of Brent’s mom, made this venue beautiful to STUNNING. I’m pretty sure Sue could go into the wedding business if she wanted! The epitome of class, folks! Thank you B&C for allowing us to be such a special part of your Big Day! Credits coming soon!!
I have never, in all my VP days, been offered a five course menu, sitting AMONGST guests and family and given the wine tasting selection (a different kind with each dish–I had to SADLY decline on account of being “on the job.” I know. Me too.). Brandon and Aaryn’s Caribbean boy meets Cowgirl theme was one of the most amazing, adorable, and truly inspiring weddings I’ve been to. Even though this was “their day,” so much of how they planned it was a testament to their genuine hearts for those they love. Rather than it being “all about them,” they fashioned their celebration to be about their guests, about family, about being together and celebrating not only their new life together as husband and wife, but in celebrating LIFE as a whole. Rather than whisking the children off to sitters while the grown ups partied, the children were welcomed to sit among their parents and enjoy such a quality time together. And oh, my goodness, did I mention the food?! They S-P-O-I-L-E-D their guests, and if I could give you a small taste through the PC screen, you must believe me I would.
Their reception was held at Aaryn’s father’s new golf course: the Ford Hill Country Club, so naturally, we were allowed to play on the field, WITH carts, as long as we weren’t too annoying to the regular putters.
You really should check out this fun blog, and if you don’t feel like hugging your friends afterwards, well… we did. The whole day. What a truly fun, and gorg. group.
What a truly beautiful couple! Alex and Taylor were the kind of couple that every photographer dreams about working with. They were easy-going, totally trusting, patient, and open to anything. A&T braved the cold weather and didn’t even stop smiling! Oh, and their bridal party? Totally helpful. Totally sweet… and yes, gorgeous too! Thanks so much for allowing us to be a special part of your Big Day!
This was a gorgeous backyard of a wonderful lady who allowed us to venture through her gardens to do photos–So. Nice!
I’m pretty sure he really loves her. Look at that gaze!
You know when you can just tell two people are genuinely, GENUINELY in love? Yep. It’s true!
Thanks to my trustee assistant, Ben, we were able to debut Taylor’s stunning cathedral veil