As a photographer, I love the connection I share with all my couples. But then there are some who become lifelong friends. That’s exactly what happened with Jackie and Mike. It all started with a FaceTime call. And this amazing couple had me at hello! I immediately knew that this was a couple I wanted to know better.
As we were talking, I asked them where they lived. And, you can imagine my surprise and excitement when they said, “West Chesterfield”. I was like, “Wait! Seriously? I live in West Chesterfield.” In fact, we figured out we live less than 1.5 miles from each other. I responded with, “Well, Sh*t, We should have met for a drink then!” Not long after that, Jackie and Mike invited me over for wine. (So if there were a chance they didn’t have me at ‘hello’, they definitely would have had me at ‘wine’, LOL.) Anyway, at this point, whether or not they would have booked me, they had a new friend for life. And if they did, I just knew that we were going to create some stunning images together. And when my couple decided to tie the knot at a beautiful venue in the lap of Stratton Mountain, I knew that this wedding would be magical!
As always, I asked my lovely couple to share their story with me. When couples let me into their lives, getting to know them better helps me build their story through the images I take. And just like Jackie and Mike, their love story was also super fun and romantic. Talking about how they met, the handsome groom shared, “We actually met on a dating app called Bumble. Jackie and I had seen each other around town previously but had never actually met or been introduced. It’s funny because before I even got to call her my girlfriend, she was already costing me money.”
“See, on Bumble, the girl gets to make the first move and guys only have 24 hours to respond. Well, I didn’t see her message “Hey” (crazy opening line, right?). Anyway, in order for me to reply, I had to upgrade my service…,” Mike added. Now, that’s an interesting start, Mike! Just shows how genuine and excited you were to get the conversation going with your ladylove.
When I arrived at the wedding venue to photograph my couple’s big day, it was like meeting old friends, not just because we bonded so well earlier but also because I had already photographed their engagement session.
My couple’s wedding day was just as amazing as their engagement shoot, or I should say – even more! Mike and Jackie’s vision was to have a party of a wedding day – full of fun, and they got just that! But there were some sweet moments too.
Mike didn’t want to see Jackie before the ceremony, so instead of a ‘first look’, they did a ‘first touch’. They got to share a few words, feel each other’s hands, but not actually see each other. It was such a unique and personal addition to the wedding. It is lovely to see couples not shying away from making the day their own or adding these intimate moments to the day to tell their stories. Also, it was so heartwarming to see a teary-eyed Mike when Jackie walked down the aisle.
While these made for some adorable moments, one of my favorites from the wedding was when Mike’s best man Kurt (whose wife is expecting their first child) gave his speech. Not only did Kurt speak about Mike being a great friend, but he also formally asked the groom to be the godfather to his yet-to-be-born child. I think the entire room may have been in tears at that moment.
From the beginning of the celebration to the last moment, everything was perfect and beautiful. The venue was so gorgeous and charming that I was spoilt for choice while framing the images. When it came to outdoor photography, the breathtaking views of the rolling mountains set the mood right for romantic couple portraits. The beautifully done interiors were equally gorgeous. Mike and Jackie, if you guys are reading this, I thank you for your choice of venue, and I hope you get to cherish the beauty of this wonderful setting even in the pictures we took. I not only had a lot of fun at the wedding but also added another venue to my list of favorites. Stratton Mountain is one venue I’d like to go back to for many more weddings.
Jackie and Mike, you guys are super sweet, and I loved photographing your gorgeous wedding. And thank you for giving me the opportunity to work at this enchanting location again. I’d totally recommend it to other couples looking for a wedding venue with a spectacular view of the mountains. Also, I wish you both a happy life together!
If you liked Jackie and Mike’s story and the images I took of them, I’ve got more light and airy images for you to check out. You could take a look at Jake & Veronica’s engagement session images or photos from Kristen & Josh’s wedding at Stratton Mountain. To check out more of my work, you can visit my website. If you or someone you know is looking for a similar photography experience, you can contact me, and I will be happy to photograph your big day. You can also drop me an email or call me at (603) 703-2626.
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