We were so lucky to meet and photograph Katie and Mitch this summer. We knew from their engagement shoot just how creative and fun these two were, but we soon realized that, together, they were also able to achieve what so many couples hope to — they were able to relax and enjoy their wedding day. They didn’t sweat the small stuff, or even the big stuff for that matter. It was a day to celebrate with their family and friends. They laughed, cried, and smiled; their energy was infectious. And so, as you might imagine, we laughed, cried, and smiled along with them.
Some of Katie’s family is from Malta so when we found the globe in the bridal suite we couldn’t resist positioning her earrings off the coast.
The gardens at White Oaks are so pretty that we took Katie’s jewelry outside with us.
Not a care in the world.
One of the reasons that we love shooting weddings is that we’re people watchers. Whether we’re on vacation, sitting in a coffee shop in the City, or shooting a wedding, we’re curious about people and their relationships. At Katie and Mitch’s wedding, we couldn’t help but watch the relationships between Katie and Mitch and their sisters. The bonds were clearly very strong and it was a big day for all of them.
While the bridal party got ready, Julia, Katie’s sister and maid of honour, reviewed her speech and the toast she would be making to her sister and Mitch later that night. It was clearly so important to her that her words shared her love at her sister’s wedding. We spend much of they day watching Julia fold and unfold her speech in anticipation.
As we’ve said repeatedly, and we’ll say it again, we love it when our couples opt for first looks. It gives them a few private moments to connect before the whirlwind of the day *really* starts. We were so touched by Katie and Mitch’s first look — they just radiated happiness and excitement.
It was absolutely scorching on Katie and Mitch’s wedding day so we tried our best not to drag the bridal party too far afield. We do like to try something a little different though so we decided to take them on a short walk and position them atop a hill and shoot up into the trees.
A few more from the squash courts — so playful.
At long last, it was time for their beautiful garden wedding. We love these shots of Katie and her dad. Just before walking down the aisle, far from the crowd of family and friends waiting for them, we spied Katie and her dad sharing a private moment alone.
After the ceremony, there was time for a quick escape into the A/C of one of the hotel’s sitting areas. Katie’s white dress on the red couches really popped so a few high-fashion portraits were in order.
It’s hard to pick our favorite part of a wedding day, but the speeches can rank way up there. We were so touched by the speeches at Katie and Mitch’s wedding by their friends, siblings, and parents. And we can’t forget about the slide show of Katie and Mitch that was assembled by Femya, Mitch’s sister. There was not a dry eye in the house.
These are some of the sections from Julia’s speech that we watched her continue to prep all day. Despite her nerves and all the emotion of the day, she did an *amazing* job — it was short and sweet, and so heartfelt.
Mitch gave one of the best groom speeches we’ve ever seen. He is a true storyteller — chronicling his relationship with Katie through a series of funny and sentimental anecdotes, weaving through and around his narrative the importance of friends and family in their lives.
With the dance floor open and all the formalities dispensed with, it was time to party. Seriously. No joking around. It was a “I wear my sunglasses at night” and climb onto my buddies shoulders to dance kind of party. Literally. We’ll say no more and let the photos speak for themselves.
Katie and Mitch — thank you so much for allowing us to capture your day. We had such a great time with you guys!