Before the ceremony, Katie and Scott wanted to do a “first look” so that they could enjoy time with their friends and family during the cocktail hour. It was a beautiful fall day on the south shore of Long Island, and it provided such calmness as well as an old-fashioned feel to start out the day, which carried through into the photos outside the Maritime Museum. The outside area of the museum is spectacular and feels old and nostalgic, which lends a beautiful vintage feel to the photos.
One of my favorite moments of the day came after the family photos and the first look. Katie and Scott took a few minutes to be alone and to sneak off to the Maritime Museum and just be with each other. They wanted a quiet moment away from everyone, and as I framed the photo to display the stern of an old sailboat named “Joy,” I heard Scott whisper a few words to Katie. She smiled. It’s my favorite photo of the day, because it’s a moment that sums up who they are and how much they love each other.
Katie and Scott also had an amazing focus on the details of the day. Scott had his grandfather’s watch cufflinks, and he was just so happy to wear them on his wedding day. They had also made their own centerpieces from tree trunks as well as the thank you gift box and the Mr. and Mrs. signs, and Scott told me that they loved making the wedding decorations together.
Honestly, I was so touched by their love the entire time I shot their wedding. If you had a thousand people in a crowded area, Katie and Scott would only see each other. They would not see the crowd or the chaos or the distractions—he would focus on her smile, and she would focus on his quiet strength, and together they would be unbreakable.
Katie and Scott, thank you so much for hiring me for your wedding. I’ll always remember the beauty of your day and the love from family and friends, but I’ll especially remember the way you treat each other with soft words and kind smiles. Congratulations. Love, John