GOODBYE – Sometimes it’s hard to say goodbye at the end of the night. This was especially the case for Gina and Dean’s wedding. They were married at The Venetian Yacht Club in Babylon, NY and we did a reveal at the Bayard Cutting Arboretum. This was one of the most emotional and heartfelt weddings I’ve ever had the privilege to photograph. Gina wore a vintage Allure dress that was incredible and Dean kept with his style and wore some low-cut Chuck Taylor Converse sneakers.
Here is a little from the Dean on how they met, why the Venetian, their hands on planning and advice for other couples:
Gina and I were introduced through a mutual friend, in December of 2009. The first time we met, was at John Harvard’s Brewery in Lake Grove. We immediately fell in love, started dating 11 days later, and moved in together in March 2010.
Gina, her mother and her grandmother share a love of butterflies. When we were looking for a venue, the Venetian Yacht Club in Babylon had many great pictures, and one special video. In the video, there was an animated butterfly, guiding the viewer through the entire venue. We immediately took this as a sign, and contacted the Venetian.
When planning our wedding, we had one theme in our minds from the beginning. That theme revolved around our grandparents, whom have be deceased for years. We wanted our wedding to reflect the types of weddings that they had. Almost everything was handmade. Seating chart made from an old pallet, card case out of an old suit case, wine that we made with our own hands. We didn’t want flash. We wanted simple. Something that reminded us of our grandparents.
As for advice for other brides, Gina says “Make the wedding your own. Do what’s in your heart. Do what you love, not what other people love. If you do that you’ll be sure to never look back and regret anything. Start early, because time moves more quickly then you could ever imagine. Most importantly, don’t stress yourself out. Although you may want every detail to be perfect, when the day finally arrives, the details will be the furthest thing from your mind. All that matters, is the two of you and your celebration of love.
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