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A Catskills, NY wedding: Julie + Lindsey
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Julie + Lindsey had one of the most extraordinary weddings I’ve ever had the privilege of photographing. Living in Brooklyn, they chose a rustic resort with log cabins and a riverside ceremony spot in the Catskills of New York as the venue for their nuptials and they planned all kinds of sweet, personal touches for the day. Their chuppah was made of squares sewn by their friends and family. Their centerpieces included whiskey bottles that they and their friends had generously drained (not down the sink!) for the occasion. They invited their friends’ dogs to join their own pup, Lenny, decked out in a bow with the wedding colors, in attending the ceremony. Lindsey’s brother and her best friend officiated the ceremony, sharing countless funny stories and touching tales about the couple, their courtship and their lives together. And they did something so fun and entertaining at their reception that I had never seen in nearly 10 years photographing weddings — they wrote personal and hilarious tributes about each member of their wedding party that the DJ read to introduce each attendant and kick off the reception. But more than any inanimate detail or touching story told about Julie and Lindsey, what really made this day reverberate with joy and significance was Julie and Lindsey themselves. The moment when they saw each other for the first time that day left me teary-eyed and with goosebumps up and down my arms. As Lindsey approached Julie, Lindsey came to a complete stop twice to try to collect her emotions. The second time, she unsuccessfully attempted to stifle a sob — at which point Julie realized that Lindsey was just behind her. The ensuing five minutes of tears and joy and twirling and laughter was a marvel to photograph as the couple just took each other in and let the magnitude of the day wash over them. It was amazing. My friend and occasional photography assistant Renee joined me for this wedding and her wonderful photos are mixed in below with mine. Here are many, many favorites from an emotional, joyous and heartfelt day: 0002-FreeseMelki_00002-00001_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Catskills-wedding-photographer 0003-FreeseMelki_00373-00071_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Catskills-wedding-photographer

Julie + Lindsey got ready with their attendants in riverfront cabins at the Hancock, NY resort. 0004-FreeseMelki_00051-00010_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Catskills-wedding-photographer 0005-FreeseMelki_00071-00012_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Catskills-wedding-photographer 0006-FreeseMelki_00306-00058_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Catskills-wedding-photographer 0007-FreeseMelki_00087-00017_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Catskills-wedding-photographer 0008-FreeseMelki_00099-00023_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Catskills-wedding-photographer 0009-FreeseMelki_00147-00029_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Catskills-wedding-photographer

Renee took this next great image of Lindsey as well as the photos of her choosing, um, which superhero to honor on her wedding day.0010-FreeseMelki_00189-00037_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Catskills-wedding-photographer 0011-FreeseMelki_00246-00049_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Catskills-wedding-photographer 0012-FreeseMelki_00388-00073_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Catskills-wedding-photographer

I met Julie + Lindsey at a marvelous wedding that I photographed last fall in Maryland. Here, Lauren helps her wife with her hair.0013-FreeseMelki_00312-00059_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Catskills-wedding-photographer

There was lots of primping and prepping and tie tying and suspender adjusting.0014-FreeseMelki_00651-00111_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Catskills-wedding-photographer 0015-FreeseMelki_00985-00163_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Catskills-wedding-photographer 0016-FreeseMelki_00741-00125_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Catskills-wedding-photographer 0017-FreeseMelki_00764bw-00130_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Catskills-wedding-photographer 0018-FreeseMelki_00826-00140_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Catskills-wedding-photographer 0019-FreeseMelki_01155-00184_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Catskills-wedding-photographer

Julie, looking absolutely lovely.0020-FreeseMelki_00859bw-00150_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Catskills-wedding-photographer 0021-FreeseMelki_00891-00155_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Catskills-wedding-photographer

Meanwhile, Lindsey’s mother, Camille, helped her slip on her lovely ivory blazer and perfected a pocket square made of her own wedding veil.0022-FreeseMelki_01041-00168_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Catskills-wedding-photographer 0023-FreeseMelki_01065-00175_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Catskills-wedding-photographer 0024-FreeseMelki_01117-00182_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Catskills-wedding-photographer 0025-FreeseMelki_01176-00190_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Catskills-wedding-photographer

Although it had been raining all day, the weather cleared just in time for Julie + Lindsey to see each other for photos. Even with overcast skies, we found some lovely pockets of pretty light in a grove of trees. I love this series of photos so much that even now — after I’ve clicked through them dozens of times during my editing process — I can’t look at them without smiling my face off.0026-FreeseMelki_01207-00198_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Catskills-wedding-photographer 0027-FreeseMelki_01210-00200_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Catskills-wedding-photographer 0028-FreeseMelki_01211-00202_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Catskills-wedding-photographer 0029-FreeseMelki_01214-00206_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Catskills-wedding-photographer 0030-FreeseMelki_01224bw-00210_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Catskills-wedding-photographer 0031-FreeseMelki_01227-00212_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Catskills-wedding-photographer 0032-FreeseMelki_01239bw-00216_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Catskills-wedding-photographer 0033-FreeseMelki_01247bw-00220_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Catskills-wedding-photographer 0034-FreeseMelki_01258-00222_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Catskills-wedding-photographer 0035-FreeseMelki_01286-00232_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Catskills-wedding-photographer 0036-FreeseMelki_01295-00236_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Catskills-wedding-photographer 0037-FreeseMelki_01307-00241_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Catskills-wedding-photographer 0038-FreeseMelki_01341-00244_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Catskills-wedding-photographer 0039-FreeseMelki_01371-00251_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Catskills-wedding-photographer 0040-FreeseMelki_01391-00255_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Catskills-wedding-photographer 0041-FreeseMelki_01401-00258_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Catskills-wedding-photographer

We took a short stroll through the woods to the lodge where the couple’s families awaited them — and cheered their arrival!0042-FreeseMelki_01437bw-00265_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Catskills-wedding-photographer 0043-FreeseMelki_01465-00271_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Catskills-wedding-photographer 0044-FreeseMelki_01511-00278_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Catskills-wedding-photographer 0045-FreeseMelki_01688-00298_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Catskills-wedding-photographer 0046-FreeseMelki_01715-00300_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Catskills-wedding-photographer 0047-FreeseMelki_01876-00316_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Catskills-wedding-photographer

What an amazingly fun and kind wedding party.0048-FreeseMelki_01940-00325_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Catskills-wedding-photographer 0049-FreeseMelki_02022-00333_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Catskills-wedding-photographer

A few outtakes from the individual photos that we shot of Julie + Lindsey with each of their attendants.0050-FreeseMelki_02039-00336_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Catskills-wedding-photographer 0051-FreeseMelki_02322-00383_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Catskills-wedding-photographer

After family and wedding party photos and a cocktail hour that was abbreviated out of concern for an approaching rain storm, it was time to get married.0052-FreeseMelki_02357-00386_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Catskills-wedding-photographer 0053-FreeseMelki_02451-00409_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Catskills-wedding-photographer 0054-FreeseMelki_02380-00394_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Catskills-wedding-photographer 0055-FreeseMelki_02570-00430_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Catskills-wedding-photographer 0056-FreeseMelki_02550-00424_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Catskills-wedding-photographer 0057-FreeseMelki_02508-00417_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Catskills-wedding-photographer 0058-FreeseMelki_02580-00432_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Catskills-wedding-photographer 0059-FreeseMelki_02797-00461_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Catskills-wedding-photographer 0060-FreeseMelki_02843-00469_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Catskills-wedding-photographer 0061-FreeseMelki_02993-00488_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Catskills-wedding-photographer

When I look back at my own wedding photos, I can easily remember how I was feeling and what was said in particular moments. That my job now entails capturing all that joy and emotion for other people every weekend leaves me oh so grateful. 0062-FreeseMelki_03006-00490_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Catskills-wedding-photographer 0063-FreeseMelki_03064-00500_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Catskills-wedding-photographer

Lindsey’s best friend — whose wedding I photographed last year — knocked it out of the park with her tribute to both women individually and together as a couple.0064-FreeseMelki_03123-00512_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Catskills-wedding-photographer 0065-FreeseMelki_03143bw-00517_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Catskills-wedding-photographer 0066-FreeseMelki_03205-00530_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Catskills-wedding-photographer

Renee caught this great moment in the next image.0067-FreeseMelki_03256-00533_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Catskills-wedding-photographer 0068-FreeseMelki_03296-00541_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Catskills-wedding-photographer 0069-FreeseMelki_03305-00542_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Catskills-wedding-photographer 0070-FreeseMelki_03318-00544_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Catskills-wedding-photographer 0071-FreeseMelki_03485bw-00559_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Catskills-wedding-photographer

Lindsey takes another moment before beginning her vows.0072-FreeseMelki_03564-00568_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Catskills-wedding-photographer

The reactions of the guests and attendants was also marvelous to photograph.0073-FreeseMelki_03575-00571_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Catskills-wedding-photographer 0074-FreeseMelki_03586-00574_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Catskills-wedding-photographer

I can’t help but laugh — again! — at this great moment from the ceremony. After finishing her vows, Lindsey realized that she needed something with which to wipe her nose. As her friends offered the few options they had with them in their wedding attire — a shirtsleeve, the skirt of a dress — Julie whipped a tissue out of the bodice of her wedding gown. The very location from which she had just pulled the folded up sheets of paper with her wedding vows. Lindsey’s reaction was hilarious.0075-FreeseMelki_03615-00579_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Catskills-wedding-photographer 0076-FreeseMelki_03639bw-00588_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Catskills-wedding-photographer 0077-FreeseMelki_03733-00604_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Catskills-wedding-photographer 0078-FreeseMelki_03739bw-00607_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Catskills-wedding-photographer 0079-FreeseMelki_03801-00616_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Catskills-wedding-photographer 0080-FreeseMelki_03857-00622_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Catskills-wedding-photographer

The struggle with Lindsey’s wedding band was real.0081-FreeseMelki_03902-00627_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Catskills-wedding-photographer 0082-FreeseMelki_03909-00631_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Catskills-wedding-photographer 0083-FreeseMelki_03926-00635_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Catskills-wedding-photographer

The forecasted storm that everyone worried would ruin the ceremony never arrived. Instead, the clouds gave way to gorgeous golden light, which streamed through the trees and drenched the ceremony site in magnificent, late-afternoon sun. 0084-FreeseMelki_03944-00637_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Catskills-wedding-photographer

That Julie + Lindsey exchanged vows and rings just eight days after the U.S. Supreme Court declared same-sex marriage legal nationwide made the weekend all the more special. (As a friend of theirs so eloquently pointed out on Facebook, “I’m so happy that their nuptials will not be met with hate or disdain but with open arms & love in our hearts. That we as a country, that Lindsey has so valiantly fought for, has accepted her for Julie.”) Lindsey’s brother ended the ceremony with a declaration that gives me goosebumps all over again just to think about: “And now, by the authority vested in me by the Constitution of the United States of America, I now pronounce you spouses for life.” 0085-FreeseMelki_03983-00640_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Catskills-wedding-photographer 0086-FreeseMelki_04054-00647_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Catskills-wedding-photographer

Married!0087-FreeseMelki_04173-00667_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Catskills-wedding-photographer 0088-FreeseMelki_04183bw-00669_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Catskills-wedding-photographer 0089-FreeseMelki_04220-00672_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Catskills-wedding-photographer 0090-FreeseMelki_04271-00680_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Catskills-wedding-photographer 0091-FreeseMelki_04480-00703_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Catskills-wedding-photographer

We shot some beautiful portraits of the newlyweds by the river before that golden sun dipped below the mountains.0092-FreeseMelki_04721-00734_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Catskills-wedding-photographer 0093-FreeseMelki_04664-00717_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Catskills-wedding-photographer 0094-FreeseMelki_04745-00743_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Catskills-wedding-photographer 0095-FreeseMelki_04799-00752_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Catskills-wedding-photographer 0096-FreeseMelki_04812-00756_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Catskills-wedding-photographer 0097-FreeseMelki_04834-00762_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Catskills-wedding-photographer 0098-FreeseMelki_04842-00763_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Catskills-wedding-photographer 0099-FreeseMelki_04859-00764_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Catskills-wedding-photographer 0100-FreeseMelki_04883-00770_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Catskills-wedding-photographer 0101-FreeseMelki_04898-00775_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Catskills-wedding-photographer 0102-FreeseMelki_04914-00780_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Catskills-wedding-photographer 0103-FreeseMelki_04929-00785_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Catskills-wedding-photographer 0104-FreeseMelki_04931-00786_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Catskills-wedding-photographer

The personalized introductions of the members of the wedding party led to some priceless reactions, including a wonderful show of athleticism (in wedding attire, no less!) from the women’s rugby team through which Julie + Lindsey first met.0105-FreeseMelki_05141-00824_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Catskills-wedding-photographer 0106-FreeseMelki_05158-00828_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Catskills-wedding-photographer 0107-FreeseMelki_05237-00844_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Catskills-wedding-photographer 0108-FreeseMelki_05324-00862_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Catskills-wedding-photographer 0109-FreeseMelki_05345-00869_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Catskills-wedding-photographer

A first dance.0110-FreeseMelki_05368-00874_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Catskills-wedding-photographer 0111-FreeseMelki_05430-00890_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Catskills-wedding-photographer 0112-FreeseMelki_05427bw-00889_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Catskills-wedding-photographer

A few wedding details. 0113-FreeseMelki_04941-00789_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Catskills-wedding-photographer 0114-FreeseMelki_04959-00794_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Catskills-wedding-photographer

Toasts from the attendants of honor included rugby cheers and jokes and a wonderful tribute from Lindsey’s best person, a fellow West Point graduate and Army veteran who served in Iraq with the Chinook helicopter pilot. She spoke of how comforting the sound of U.S. helicopters and planes overhead is to ground troops and how Lindsey has literally and figuratively offered that support to friends throughout her life. (Cue round 5 of tears for me that day.)0115-FreeseMelki_05556-00909_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Catskills-wedding-photographer 0116-FreeseMelki_05631-00928_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Catskills-wedding-photographer 0117-FreeseMelki_05667-00934_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Catskills-wedding-photographer 0118-FreeseMelki_05721-00945_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Catskills-wedding-photographer

In honor of the Supreme Court’s decision on gay marriage, the couple changed the order for their wedding cake at the last minute. It was worth it.0119-FreeseMelki_05734-00948_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Catskills-wedding-photographer 0120-FreeseMelki_05738-00950_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Catskills-wedding-photographer 0121-FreeseMelki_06040-01022_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Catskills-wedding-photographer

After more toasts and a pair of parent dances, there was lots and lots of fun and merriment.0122-FreeseMelki_05799-00964_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Catskills-wedding-photographer 0123-FreeseMelki_05946-00997_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Catskills-wedding-photographer 0124-FreeseMelki_05963-01001_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Catskills-wedding-photographer 0125-FreeseMelki_05791-00962_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Catskills-wedding-photographer 0126-FreeseMelki_06050-01028_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Catskills-wedding-photographer 0127-FreeseMelki_06200-01069_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Catskills-wedding-photographer 0128-FreeseMelki_06284-01091_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Catskills-wedding-photographer 0129-FreeseMelki_06435-01136_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Catskills-wedding-photographer 0130-FreeseMelki_06446-01139_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Catskills-wedding-photographer 0131-FreeseMelki_06465-01146_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Catskills-wedding-photographer 0132-FreeseMelki_06495bw-01158_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Catskills-wedding-photographer 0133-FreeseMelki_06574-01176_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Catskills-wedding-photographer

The evening ended with fireworks and a sparkler send-off.0134-FreeseMelki_06595-01185_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Catskills-wedding-photographer 0135-FreeseMelki_06655-01200_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Catskills-wedding-photographer 0136-FreeseMelki_06704bw-01211_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Catskills-wedding-photographer 0137-FreeseMelki_06718-01212_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Catskills-wedding-photographerMany, many congratulations, Julie + Lindsey. We could not have had more fun with you and your friends and family!

Credits:

Photography: Jennifer McMenamin Photography, LLC

Ceremony & Reception: The West Branch Angler & Resort in Hancock, N.Y.

Julie’s attire: Enzoani gown from Posh Bridal Couture

Lindsey’s attire: Bindle & Keep clothiers 

Florist: Crazy Daisy Florist Shop

Cake: Hancock Bakery

DJ: Ryan DeLap of Engaged Entertainment

 

Comments

  1. Randi

    Wow, found your site through Renee’s post, dont know any of the parties in the wedding, but was moved to say that this is my favorite of all the weddings I’ve seen on the net. Your (and Renee’s) photos are stunning. Really great composition and quality, and the beautiful comments you made on the historic wedding really enhanced the pics. Congrats to all involved, especially the beautiful couple.

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