Thursday, June 14, 2018

Love & Marriage

This past weekend was another traveling one. We spent part of it in our home state of NJ. As we were only 2+ hours away, we also took a short trip to PA to visit with the youngest granddaughter. 

Our first stop was NJ where we attended the wedding of my niece, Jamie, the younger of my brother's two daughters. 

Despite a previous weather forecast of rain, Thankfully, Saturday was bright and sunny. We were all decked out in finery that included Grenville's dress summer hat.

Oh, the anticipation as the groom, Michael, and his best man waited at the alter as the bridal party made its entrance down the aisle.
Soon, his bride, Jamie, walked down on the arm of her father, my brother Tony.
The wedding service took place in St, Bernard's Church in Plainfield, NJ. This is my family's parish church and my brother and his wife attend services there.  

Soon enough it was time for the blessing and exchange of the rings. Smiles were quickly evident compared to the solemn faces earlier.
Once the ceremony and mass had ended, the very happy couple began their exit down the aisle as Mr. & Mrs.
Then there was the traditional "meet and greet" including a newlywed kiss on the church steps.  
The bride and her parents posed for the photographer. 
The bride and groom posed with the bride's family which includes my sister Julie and her fiancĂ©, who is also named Michael. We also posed for a family photo with everyone. 
The groom with his parents and two brothers.  
This photo of a mother and her son sharing a smile was my favorite shot of the event. 
It was a breezy afternoon and the bride's veil was battling with the wind during most of the outdoor photo session. 
The entire bridal party was the final shot of the photo session.
There were the traditional "first" dances, first the newly weds, Jamie and Michael,took the dance floor.
The couple then danced with a parent, bride with her father and groom with his mother. 
Love has no age limits, you're still your parent's child as seen here. 
This traditional wedding included the cutting of the cake and feeding of the bride and groom. They were really quite neat and didn't smash each other in the face with cake.
I've always found it difficult to capture good shots on the dance floor at a wedding. The couple were having a great time as these photos show.
My brother and I posed for a photo and the groom photo bombed us. It was a fun way to end the evening. We did get a photo without Michael joining in.
In a few short months, we will be repeating these scenes in NJ. My brother's oldest daughter Julie and her fiancĂ© Michael are married in NJ at the same church. 
We returned to NH earlier this week. I'll be catching up with everyone's blogs over the next few days.    


Anvilcloud said...

Great photographic job recording the event.

Kay G. said...

I do love weddings and this one was beautiful and joyful! Thanks for sharing.
P.S. I really like your husband's hat, quite fetching.

DUTA said...

Mother and son's photo is warming the heart.
Family weddings are a great photographic occasion! You've well captured all the important moments of the event.Kudos to you!

L. D. said...

It looks like everyone was having a great time.

Connie said...

Lovely wedding! Congratulations and best wishes to the happy couple.

Sandra said...

beautiful bride and congratulations to the newly married couple and the one with the upcoming wedding

Emma Springfield said...

A beautiful wedding and a glowing bride.

William Kendall said...

Congratulations to the happy couple!

Michelle said...

Congrats to the happy couple! Looks like a joyous event!

My name is Erika. said...

You and the hubby looks so cute in your wedding finery. I love that photo. And it looks like a nice wedding. Looks like a good way to spend a day and glad you had a chance to do some family visiting too. Hugs-Erika

possum said...

What a beautiful bride!
Great shots! Looks like you all had a good time.

Ida said...

Weddings are so fun. - This one looked like a great time was had by all. Those dancing shots were so fun. - Beautiful bride.

DeniseinVA said...

These are wonderful photos, love all those smiling faces. Thank you for letting us be a part of this very special day, and congratulations to the happy couple.

Ginnie said...

Nice pictures … especially the one of you and your brother.

Karen Lakis said...

Hahaha - I love the groom photobomb - and the photo of the groom with his mom is wonderful. The wedding was beautiful, lots of smiling happy faces!

Lynn said...

How nice - I love a good wedding and reception / dinner. I actually kind of like when the wind catches the bride's veil - that is so beautiful, I think.

Christina said...

Beautiful memories of a wonderful wedding. Everyone looks very happy, which is just beautiful. I can't wait for my children to reach that age and go to weddings once more. xx

Eggs In My Pocket said...

What a happy and lovely wedding! You took such beautiful photos of everyone! Love your pretty dress you are wearing. Looks like such a fun time!