We all know that weddings are about the bride and groom, but they’re also about a lot of other people. They’re about all of the relationships and individuals whose influence helped make the love between the newlyweds possible. The parents, the grandparents, and those relatives who are long gone but never forgotten, the role models, teachers and friends, and anyone else who played a role, big or small, in helping to make the bride and groom who they are. Some weddings place emphasis on these other people more than most, and this was one of those. I could tell the importance of family to Jordan and Koby from the first time I met them, when they showed up to meet me with Jordan’s parents. It seemed to resonate with them when I said what I always say (and mean) - that I understand that every single person you invite to this wedding is important to you, and I remember that while I shoot, and make every effort to capture them all.
The importance of family stayed obvious to me throughout the wedding day from the moment I showed up at Jordan’s parents house where she was getting ready. The day before the wedding Koby had given Jordan a wedding gift (a beautiful ring made of his grandmother’s pearls) with a note that he ended with “P.S. – Remember these are happy tears!!” and he definitely had that right. There were tears of joy coming from pretty much everyone in the house at some point while Jordan got ready.
The ceremony was at St. Ann’s Church in Hornell, and again – lots of happy tears as Jordan and Koby became husband and wife! We spent some time after the ceremony on photos, and part of this was a first for me! We went to the local baseball field where Koby spent a lot of his time growing up, and the bridal party spread out in the field, Koby on the pitcher's mound, and Jordan up to bat! This was a lot of fun, and very appropriate since Koby is a talented player and huge baseball fan.
The next and final stop of the day was The Main Place in Hornell for the wedding reception. Everyone seemed to be having a great time and it was a really fun group to photograph!
Jordan & Koby – It’s obvious that you are wonderful people who are crazy about each other, and I wish you a long and happy life together filled with love (and baseball)! I hope you love the photos!