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The Story of Dana & Carl ~ You can’t help but think of the song “Marry Me” by the band Train when you hear of Dana & Carl’s story and how they came to be. It also became the song Dana chose to walk down the aisle to. Dana knew Carl was the one for her the moment he walked into the restaurant that she was working at in her early 20′s. She even “called dibs” on him amongst her colleagues.
Timing was too soon when they first dated and had to bring their young relationship to a halt. Flash forward 10 years, Dana had moved to California while Carl remained in NY. Despite the many relationships that came to pass, Dana always knew Carl was the one and had never stopped thinking about him. One evening, Dana took a leap of faith and placed a phone call to him out of the blue. After spending their first weekend together in California, they both knew the love that started 10 years ago had never died, but only matured. Carl took a leap of faith 6 months later and packed up his NY life to move to the West coast to be with Dana. Their old past had become their charmed future…
“Forever can never be long enough for me
To feel like I’ve had long enough with you
Forget the world now, we won’t let them see
But there’s one thing left to do
Love has surely shifted my way Marry Me
Today and every day
If I ever get the nerve to say hello in this cafe…” ~ Train “Marry Me”
The Bride & Groom portrait session were done in the back yard of the Cromwell Manor Inn.
When I book with client(s), I am pretty passionate about putting my heart & soul into each shoot. Months before the wedding, I went to scout out the venue location and its surrounding areas. Along a side country road, I drove by this old hauntingly beautiful barn that was on private farm property. I couldn’t get it out of my mind as I thought it made for a great backdrop for bride+groom pictures.
Thank goodness Dana & Carl were game for some “trespassing” with me. We literally pulled our cars up, hopped out, ran over to the barn and did a quick 10 minute shoot there to satisfied the vision dancing in my head.
With limited options for an alternative plan, Carl came up with the idea of having the bride walk under the porch awning of the building next to the ceremony site. At the end of the covered porch stood a thick tree that could act as shelter from the rain and focus point for the ceremony. This was such a great and quirky “go with it” concept, Dana & I both instantly loved it. It still allowed her to have that outdoor ceremony she always dreamt of but also have a story to go with the rain.
I’m a big believer in embracing the moment (good, bad, silly or catastrophic), and making it a part of the photography story. Rain will forever be a part of Dana & Carl’s story. In reflecting back through the pictures, I can see how happy the guests were for them, despite the inconvenience. Carl’s love for Dana shined through the rain even more as he patiently and lovingly did what ever it took to comfort his bride. The pictures speak for themselves just from the way he looked at her.
The reception was held down in the hundred years old wine cellar of Brotherhood winery in Washingtonville, New York. After descending the stairs to the cellar, guests came upon a long room lined with antique wine equipments. Dana & Carl used this room to set up their photobooth and tables with pictures to remember past marriages in their family.
The photobooth was set up with a Polaroid camera and props for guests to have fun with. Pictures were then pasted into the guest book as a keep sake for the bride & groom to remember their loved ones by.
The most amazing place of the whole winery was their room towards the back of the cellar where it was lined with large hundred years old wood barrels. A long Tuscan style table created a linear view for the eye where guests drank and feasted to the night’s affair. A long linen runner under soft Hydrangea and garden roses sat with metal lanterns which glowed under the candle light. It was a beautiful understated tablescape that organically weaved into this old world scene.
To pay homage to Dana’s Italian roots, she had a frosting-free layered cannoli cake topped with the initial of her new last name.
Below is an image of the bride & her AMAZING father. Mr. Mangieri was the behind the scene player in this whole event. While Dana & Carl planned their wedding from across the coast in California, Mr. Mangieri did a lot of the leg work for Dana in areas where she couldn’t physically be available for. On the wedding day, he ran around executing all of the bride & groom’s delegations and requests. He had even made a wooden sign for them which unfortunately broke in the rainstorm. Through the whole evening, Mr. Mangieri did everything needed of him with a smile and no complaints. It was so evident how much he loved his daughter and would do ANYTHING in the world for her. Mr Mangieri definitely became one of my best-buddies that night! Dana, you are truly blessed with the men in your life.
Despite the cellar completely flooding with water that night, everyone managed to ignore the setback and danced the night away. Without intention, Dana managed to follow suit with the recent wedding trend of “trash that dress” as the hem of her dress was completely soaked in dirt laden rain water.
Congratulations to Dana & Carl. Wishing you both so much more joy than what you already know. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your story.
Bride&Groom Portrait Session Location: Cromwell Manor Inn | Venue: Brotherhood Winery (Washingtonville, New York) | Flowers: Fleur-Di-Re Custom Floral & Event Design | Invitations: Debbie of Wrapsody Invitations | Thank You Bags: Papermoon by Kat | Makeup: Amanda Hudziak (firstname.lastname@example.org) | Hair: Jennifer Dillan | Charms & Cufflinks: Kristin Victoria Designs | Dress: Jim Hjelm | Shoes: Badgely Mischka | Cake: Defilippis Bakery
(Middletown, NY) | Caterer: Wayne Hall | I Call Dibs Sign: Sarah Phillips of Cardboard Sheek, Etsy