Jess and Justin are dear friends of ours, and the privilege of illustrating their proposal, engagement and wedding this year was such a joy for me! I asked Jess to write her reflections on December 5th and her words are so beautiful I can't help but start this blog with them. This is why I love my couples and why these stories are such a joy to tell.
Barrington Hill Farms was a dream and their staff truly went above and beyond to bring Jess and Justin's vision to life! Paired with their incredibly kind bridal party members (including Justin's dad as his best man and Jess's mom as her maid of honor), we could not have had a more beautiful day. I loved exploring the live stables with this crew, too! Talk about a place to take bridal party portraits.
Jess and Justin decided to have a first touch before their ceremony and it was the sweetest one I had ever photographed. They prayed, hugged, and took a deep breath together. I don't know how Justin kept his eyes closed, even when Jess gave him an "almost ceremony time!!" kiss.
The Barrington Hill team surprised Jess and Justin by making this beautiful wooden cross that they had hoped to have for their ceremony but just couldn't afford. Tears, my friends! What a gift to give! I also loved that they mixed material together to form brick that Justin will incorporate into the home they now have together-- such a unique two become one element!
You could feel the joy of everyone following the ceremony. Their friends and family made their way to hug them and it was such a beautiful sight! The sprawling fields of Barrington Hill made the perfect backdrop for family and bridal party portraits and then we escaped by golf cart for a few of just Jess and Justin with the sprawling mansion in the background.
The rest of the evening served as the perfect closing chapter to an all together beautiful story. The open air dancing, pie and coffee bars (Jess & Justin's favs), candlelit supper with toasts that had everyone belly laughing, and grand send off, complete with fireworks culminated to an absolutely incredible celebration for all involved.