Adam and Rachelle
I’ve never shot a couple that looked more in love than Adam and Rachelle. Their wedding day kicked off at the Bellwood Barn, an original Dutch barn built in the 1800’s and situated on a secluded 24 acres in Saugerties New York, with all hands on deck from the family. The venue itself was perfect and gorgeous, the changing fall leaves completely surrounding the old wood barn; but it was a true family effort to set it all up. From hand painted signs, to stringing lights, to sound systems and table settings, they did it all: bride and groom included. When the time came Adam and Rachelle went to their separate rooms to get ready and tearfully read hand written vows that they exchanged before hand. Each moment was incredibly sweet and intimate, and definitely called for some makeup retouching on Rachelle’s part afterword’s. The interior of the barn was incredible–towering ceilings with exposed timber beams, barn doors on each side that poured natural light in, and polished concrete floors made it a photographer’s dream to shoot in.
Adam’s brother, a New Orleans musician, welcomed the guests with his soulful guitar playing, and eventually played the couples way down the isle. They said their “I do’s” under a giant old growth tree, the last of its golden leaves giving the perfect pop of color. It was a small and sweet ceremony with 50 family members and friends watching the couple fall even more in love as they became husband and wife.
Once the ceremony finished I got to steal the couple for my favorite part of the evening. The sun was beginning to dip below the tree line and the entire property was glowing. I took Adam and Rachelle on what I called my “photo tour” walking the outskirts of the lawn and into the surrounding woods, shooting portraits until we ended up back at the barn to rejoin the celebration. Dinner was an incredible barbeque buffet provided by local chefs, followed by very sweet speeches from the families, and a long night of dancing and fun.