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DANA + CARL | Old World Charm With Whimsical Panache ~ PART I

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Dana & Carl have that kind of “I’m-so-madly-inlove-with-you-that-I-never-want-to-let-you-go” kind of love. There is so much affection between them that it becomes a gravitational pull drawing anyone around them into it. The groom alone probably had me in tears a good 3 times that day if not more by just observing how much he loved his bride. I’ll save their full story for Part II of the post, a sweet story of Love-Lost & Found. Below will be more of my personal witness to the first half of their day.

Dana knew she wanted to book me to photograph her day even before she had her venue picked out.  She not only loved my photography work but my personal wedding style which she had seen on Style Me Pretty. She used that as a jumping off point to begin planning her own whimsically charmed affair. Dana & I became friends through the planning process with me acting as her sounding board. In doing so I had also offered to scout out a beautiful “getting ready” location like the Cromwell Manor  a vintage bed & breakfast where we ended up. Side Note: The Cromwell Manor is in the process of putting together wedding packages to use their beautiful Inn & grounds to hold a rustic wedding affair. A separate post about this Inn to follow in the coming weeks.

Dana had put her heart & soul into the planning of their wedding, doing almost everything herself and became a regular on the Etsy market. It was a beautiful D.I.Y (Do-It-Yourself) kinda wedding that had such a posh appeal with a down-home touch.

By now, if you’ve been following me short enough, you would know my personal obsession with shoes. I am madly in love with Dana’s shoes (and personally had suggested the blush color in this style for her), I had to exercise self-control and not to include these pretty little pair in every shot.

Dana found the cuff links above (by Kristin Victoria Designs) as a gift for both Carl and her dad. She also had a charm made as an accent in her bouquet. Since Carl was getting dressed 2 doors down, she decided to present the gift to him before the day took off. Since Carl didn’t have family or friends present during his prep, the gift giving was a great way to have someone he love be a part of his getting ready process.
The first time I met Carl, I just had the urge to give him a big hug.  From an exterior perspective, Carl looks like someone on the cover of a GQ magazine with all the suave & hard edge appeal to go with it, but the moment you meet him, he is more like the big-hearted gentle giant in his 6’4″ frame with a demeanor of a southern gentlemen’s politeness though he was born and raised in New York. I even loved that he didn’t know how a french cuff shirt should be worn and this day was the first time he ever had to wear one.
Dana is so considerate and thoughtful, she even had a welcome bag for me as well (pictured below made by PaperMoon by Kat, along with an extra gift in the form of a bottle of sparkling rose which is my current favorite drink of choice.
Dana & Carl decided to see each other before the ceremony, to have that “first look” privately and to make use of time for the best Bride & Groom portrait session. I had scoped out the general area where we were located along with the grounds of the Cromwell Manor to find the best place for that “moment” together. I was worried my suggestion of placing Carl out in the middle of a field behind 2 tall trees that would frame Dana as she approaches him in a long walk out would be impractical. Carl’s response to my idea was “As long as Dana doesn’t mind the long walk, I would love to see her for as long as possible and make this moment last”. Okay folks, first tear of the day welling in my eye accompanied with goosebumps after those words! Dana trusted my opinion so much that whatever I suggested, she was game. And from the images below, I don’t think there could have been a more beautiful “revealing of the bride” setting than what was found below. And the groom’s reaction was priceless as he welled up with emotions and tears himself. That was eyeball-tear-moment number two of the day for me.

Hope you’re as in love with them as I am. Up next in a few days will be their portrait session in the field behind the manor, and the ceremony & reception which was held at the Brotherhood Winery, America’s oldest winery in Washingtonville (New York’s Hudson Valley).

Vendor List
Prep Location: Cromwell Manor    | Flowers: Fleur-Di-Re Custom Floral & Event Design   | Invitations: Debbie of Wrapsody Invitations   | Welcome Bags: Papermoon by Kat    | Makeup:  Amanda Hudziak (   | Hair: Jennifer Dillan   | Charms & Cufflinks: Kristin Victoria Designs   | Dress: Jim Hjelm   | Shoes: Badgely Mischka

Margaret - Once again Twah, you have outdone yourself. Yes, you made me cry too. What beautiful pictures…..Simply amazing!

Lisa - Absolutely beautiful!

Mel Saladino - Love love love! What a story you tell, with both your photos and your words! Can’t wait to see more.

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