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I don't know how to start this post. Actually, I don't really know what to say about this wedding at all. It was (and still is) so special to me that words fail to describe it and the impact it's had on my life and my photography. And it wasn't our wedding, either, it was Isabelle Selby's.
Sometime last summer, Isabelle asked if I was available October 20th for a wedding in Hudson, NY. This particular wedding was very special to her and she specifically wanted me along to help her capture the day. How could I say no to that? In the meantime, she gave me the bride's Instagram handle so I could watch the wedding plans unfold. You guys, I lurked - stalked even. I thought it'd be weird to start following her, so I just kept checking in every few days to see what was going on. In hindsight, that was probably creepier than actually following her. Anyway, by the time that fall day came around, the wedding was very special to me, too. I was really excited about all the DIY projects the bride had worked on for their celebration. I also felt like I knew the couple - was connected to them, even. Again, creepy.
Once I arrived at the groom's prep location, there was none of the usual awkward guessing at who the lucky man was. I already knew Jon and walked right up to him to introduce myself like we were old friends. I almost wished him a happy birthday because, like me, he got married on his 29th birthday, but that's where I drew the line. I didn't want him to think I was a crazy stalker for knowing so much about him (even though I probably was).
First look. That's when I finally got to meet Brooke. I'll never forget how beautiful and anxious she looked while waiting to see her handsome groom for the first time. And I'll never forget how hard I had to work to photograph their first moments together on their wedding day because I was choking back tears. Not choking them back really, they flowed freely, but I had to work hard to keep them from seeing this stranger crying during their portrait session. I managed to keep it together by keeping my interaction with the couple to a minimum. That didn't last long though.
Right before Isabelle sent me off the Basilica Hudson to photograph the reception details, Brooke asked me a direct question: "Danielle, do you think we should dance our whole song for our first dance? I know you didn't and that was something that you regretted from your wedding day. What should we do?" Wait, what? How did she know that?! It turns out that Isabelle had given her MY information as well and she had been following my blog for months. She even read the 171-page recap I had written and posted about our own wedding day. She was a crazy, lurking stalker, too! From that moment on, I knew I had a friend for life. And I was right.
The rest of the day went off without a hitch. Brooke and Jon's wedding day was amazing and magical, just like I thought it would be, but the best thing about being a part of it was the wonderful friendship that came out of it. They've since moved to Philadelphia and we are so happy to have them nearby. They're forever friends and once again, I owe it all to Miss Isabelle.
Photographer: Danfredo Photography | Venue: Basilica Hudson | Wedding Dress: Augusta Jones | Invitation + Paper Goods: DIY by the bride | Floral: DIY by bride + Hudson Valley Ceremonies | Wedding Coordinator: Jeanne Stark of Hudson Valley Ceremonies | Groom’s Suit: Ben Sherman | Bride’s Veil: Fascinating Creations | Groomsmen ties: ASOS | Groom’s shoes: Cole Haan | Brides’s shoes: Nine West | Hair + Makeup: DIY | Entertainment: DJ Gatsby | Donuts: Peter Pan Donut & Pastry Shop | Wedding Cake: DIY by bride | Videographer: Mint Wedding Cinematography | Bride’s Earrings: Mashugana | Bride’s Ring: EidelPrecious | Groom’s Ring: Bario Neal | Rentals: Columbia Tent | Catering: Swoon Kitchen Bar | Lighting: DIY by bride