Christine + Drew | Classic Mansion Wedding Photos

Christine and Drew planned a “detail” wedding. When I first met them in January, Christine could already tell me all about her flowers, her dress, the venue, Chinese traditions they wanted to incorporate, everything. As the date approached, she’d e-mail me notes like, “I even want a picture of the soles of my shoes.” OK, so I’ve not heard that one before, but I was getting more excited for this wedding with every e-mail and chat we had. (You’ll see soon why the soles of her shoes were important.) :) And to help me make all this detail capturing possible, I was pleased to have Nicole Haley along as my second photographer. A big thanks to Nicole for being there for me!

So let’s get started with some photos. Here’s Christine’s PERFECT dress.

Here’s a peek at some of the eastern and western jewelry Christine incorporated into her day. The jade was incredible with her red Chinese dress later in the evening.

I actually held my breath in the peacefulness of this moment when I looked over and saw Christine’s mom admiring her bouquet…

And again, the feeling was SO PERFECT in this silhouette image of mother helping daughter into her dress.

I promised you a “sole” shot!

I love, love, love when the art in a hotel room actually works for a portrait. But I’d say Christine is what really makes this image shine.

Here’s what rocks about having a second shooter along for the details. This is what Nicole captured while I was working on Christine’s portraits.

Drew was nervous to see his bride for the first time, but I think I managed to get a fairly relaxed shot here.

And the moment of their “First Look.” Love this, folks!

Perfect hair and makeup … some of the only moments you’ll have alone together on your wedding day … beautiful romantic portraits … that’s what a first look is all about. :)

These were shot right before the ceremony. You can never go wrong with window light and I love that Christine saw something hilarious out the window for a new take on a traditional image. :)

Now, on to the ceremony. This just might have been the best flower girl ever. Ever.

I love the tradition of both parents walking the bride down the aisle. I did the same thing at my wedding and have seen it done more and more each year. That’s the Mansion at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Madison campus in the background. It’s an AMAZING setting for a wedding.

Is it just me, or is that a heart in the blue sky? I know. Girly of me to notice, but there’s no Photoshop here! :)

A slightly different take on one of my favorite detail shots to capture during the ceremony. The before the ring is put on shot.

Gotta have a kiss.

(Wow. Is this blog post still going on? So many images to share!)

Some black and whites!

Because they had an early afternoon ceremony, it was so great to use natural light cascading in through the windows of The Mansion during their reception.

As the evening went on, we took a few moments to get some fun images in Christine’s red dress. These two really have a ton of fun with each other. Even though Drew was “done” with photos, he pretty much set up this shot when he asked if he could take his jacket off. Nice work, Drew!

You know it’s a good party when the bride and her mother lead the dancing.

And I’ll leave you with a sweet moment. Love it!

Christine and Drew, what an awesome, awesome, wedding you had. I feel so lucky to have been a part of it. All my best to you!

-S

  • Nicole Haley said:

    It's so exciting to see some of your images from the day, Sarah! I can't believe the sky in that ceremony shot - it DOES look like a heart! Beautiful! Can't wait to do it again. :D

  • Lisa Walsh said:

    Her dress is beautiful! Just perfect for her. I LOVE the silhouette of her and her mom in the window. Great stuff, girl!

  • AbiQ said:

    OH my gosh!! I love those puff ball flowers and I have never been able to stop and take a picture of them! LOVE the photos!!

  • AbiQ said:

    opps wrong post to comment on! Sorry! But the wedding was beautiful too!;)

  • Michele Dell'Anno said:

    Sarah, Your photos are absolutly amazing! You had great subjects.... And yes, it was a very fun day!

  • Linda JR said:

    I really excited to see photos so soon :O)! The pictures are really awesome... Christine you look so beautiful, and drew u too lol
    This website is really cute. I like that I get to comment on the pics and other people can see them ...its like a celebrity wedding!
    Looking forward to seeing the rest, and of course the video. xo

  • Kat (cuz) said:

    Those were the most amazing wedding pictures I've ever seen, not your usual common wedding pics. Christine, you looked completely radiant and even Drew looked good!! lol hahahaha hee hee. And that flower girl....OMG How perfect were those shots!! Can't wait to see the rest. Very gifted photographer.

  • Sarah said:

    I'm so glad everybody had fun looking at this blog post! Thanks for the comments! And, Linda, Christine and Drew are even better than celebrities in my book! :)