Veronika & Ben | RPI Sweethearts New York State Mountain Wedding
I have so many words and emotions about this wedding that I am going to actively try to keep this blog post from heading off the sentimental rails! Veronika and I were in the same art class in high school and from the time we met on we were in sync. Veronika is my partner in art, sarcasm, smiling, and sci-fi movie references. Fast forward a few years to and a few hundred miles to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in upstate New York where my lovely friend found her other half in Ben. When I found out in fall of 2016 that a ring was on the horizon and that they were planning a post-graduation wedding I was momentarily surprised, but when I met these two for their engagement pictures everything made complete sense. I cannot even put into words how compatible these two are and since I'm a wedding photographer I think that says a lot!
Oh boy this wedding was for sure the most emotional one I have EVER photographed and it was such a powerful experience. Planning a wedding, graduating university, and planning a move all at that same time is overwhelming to say the least, but all of Veronika and Ben's friends and family members came out to help pull this together and make it personal. This wedding had the most personal touches I think I've ever seen in a DIY wedding and it made it all the more special. Veronika decided to do a first look with both of her parents and her brother. She even got her brother to help put her shoes on Cinderella style and it was such a precious and fun moment! Ben's mom cried tears of joy at seeing her future daughter-in-law in her wedding gown and Veronika's dad surprised the gentlemen with a special glass of liquor! Before walking down the aisle Veronika and her ladies took a moment to say a prayer. To see these two families come together was pure magic and there wasn't a dry eye in the whole room when these two said their vows. I was definitely ugly crying behind my camera while these two recessed down the aisle, only to immediately embrace with tears running down their faces once inside the barn. They were then surrounded by their family and bridal party and hugs and tears were shared all around. Veronika's family moved to the states from the Ukraine when she was a little girl and so there were many special Ukrainian elements to the day including a ribbon dance for the ladies. Towards the end of the night Veronika's brother surprised her by asking the DJ to play a special song from the movie Anastasia which they always used to dance to and it was one of the most special moments I've witnessed at a wedding. You could feel the love radiating off of these siblings as Gleb spun his sister around. This bride and groom then left through a sea of bubbles and into a classic coke can accessorized chariot.
This wedding was such a spectacular experience and I wish these two the best with their newest adventure in Massachusetts! To say this wedding was a pleasure to photograph would be an understatement. I love my job.