At the beginning of October, I photographed the wedding of Selina and Zach at the Hammond Museum and Japanese Stroll Garden in North Salem, NY. I have always wanted to visit this garden, as I have heard it was beautiful. The scenery did not disappoint, especially on this seasonably warm fall day.
Garden pathways were draped in hanging trees, and bamboo sprouted in patches near open fields. In the main part of the garden was a pond surrounded by trees just beginning to display beautiful red hues to match the bride’s shoes. (The shoes were the same shoes her mother had worn on her own wedding day, which was a special way that the bride remembered her mother on this day.)
We began the day with a “First Look” alongside the pond, which was a beautiful backdrop for a special moment, and then spent a few quiet moments for couple portraits in some hidden areas of the garden.
The ceremony itself was held out in a cove of trees, shrouded from the afternoon sun, making it an intimate location almost like we were in a room. Supported by lifelong friends, siblings, and family from far and wide, the couple read their own words as vows. As the ceremony ended and the cocktail hour began, the sunset put on a show of warm shimmering colors to welcome the warm autumn night and an enjoyable celebration. To an observer like myself, it seemed that this day was everything the couple had dreamed it would be.
Selina and Zach, my wish for you is that you have a long, enjoyable and adventurous life together, growing in love each year. I hope your photos capture the moments of your wedding day just as you remember them. All the best to you!