My 2018 wedding season started out in a very special way. While it’s an honor be to be hired by any couple to capture their big day, it’s even more exciting when the couple are friends of yours! Last month, I traveled down to Charleston, SC for Jessica and Jacob’s wedding and it was nothing short of amazing.
I met Jessica back in 2006 when we both joined the University at Buffalo Women’s Swim Team. We were both freshman, both swimmers, AND both art majors. From 5:30am-5:30pm we had mostly the same schedules and classes, so naturally, she became one of my closest friends. Some of my favorite memories with her include spending the remainder of ‘campus cash’ on our meal plan for the semester on vending machine candy bars and then getting caught by our coach walking down the hall with armfuls of treats in tow.
Flash forward to the summer of 2014 when Jessica and I reunited back in Buffalo for another teammates wedding. It was the first time I had met Jacob and I know it sounds cliché, but I remember telling my husband that I was pretty sure ‘he was the one.’ Jessica and Jacob came to visit us in Boston in January of 2015 and we spent a cold weekend dining, ice skating and watching ridiculous YouTube videos in our apartment.
Knowing full well how talented and creative Jessica is, I knew this would be a stunning wedding. Every single detail of their ‘horticulture-esq’ decor was made or chosen by her. She chose a February wedding date with the hope of having cooler Charleston temperatures. I think I may have jinxed things for her when I secretly wished for summer sun and weather during my quick two-day escape from the tundra of Buffalo. The weather turned out to be a perfect 75 degrees with a light breeze. You could not ask for anything better. I spent all day with Jessica, her mother and our friends Lauren and Leigh as we prepped for the ceremony and reception at The Gadsden House. Ray LaMontagne and Taylor Swift played on the shuffle and we passed the extra time with Rose Champagne and take out from East Bay deli.
A small, and intimate affair, the wedding began with a cocktail hour where guest could arrive and mingle throughout the garden of The Gadsden House. After a short ceremony officiated by one of the couple’s friends, dinner and the reception began. The food was unbelievable and the atmosphere so cozy. I got to see old friends and teammates and even made a few new friends as well. It was easily one of the best weddings I have been to. At the end of the night, we all headed over to the The Dewberry for the after party.
Congratulations again to Jessica and Jacob! Check out the photos below: