Joy & Alex’s Spring Wedding
The Ryland Inn in Whitehouse Station, NJ, proved to be exceptional in its coordination and execution of a memorable wedding for Joy, the bride, and Alex, the groom. Just like the beautiful couple, their wedding was a fusion of love and diverse cultures. Allow me to share the magical moments, challenges, and unique elements that made this wedding an unforgettable experience.
For Joy and Alex, choosing a venue was the easiest part:
“Alex googled ‘wedding venues new jersey’ and then we narrowed it down to a certain radius as we wanted to get married at his family church! Once we saw the Ryland Inn it was love at first visit, and it didn’t hurt that some of our family had been there and vouched for the food!”-Bride, Joy
As a photographer, I constantly witness firsthand the intricacies involved in planning a wedding. The weeks leading up to Joy and Alex’s big day were filled with countless moving parts that needed to be meticulously ironed out. However, with the invaluable assistance of the team at Ryland Inn, the process became a lot less stressful. Their dedication and go-with-the-flow attitude alleviated the bride’s concerns and allowed me to focus on capturing their love story through my lens.
It’s no news that planning a wedding can be an overwhelming task, especially when it comes to selecting the right vendors. With a multitude of options available, choosing the perfect team of professionals to bring your vision to life can be a challenging endeavor, but this was actually Joy’s favorite part:
“The best part of planning was finding all of the vendors. I struggled in the beginning because I didn’t exactly know what I wanted, but honestly finding the best vendors — Peach Photography being one of the first ones– truly made the planning process so exciting.” – Joy
By embracing heritage and cultures, couples can create a remarkable and enriching experience when they weave these elements into their wedding details – and that’s exactly what Joy and Alex did! Through a traditional Ukrainian Catholic ceremony, a mesmerizing Korean fan dance performed by Joy’s youngest sister, the Korean Paebaek ceremony incorporating Chinese red envelopes, and the presence of the traditional Ukrainian bread, the korovai, Joy and Alex showcased their heritage and the unity it brought to their special day.
All in all, what an absolutely beautiful wedding it was for Joy and Alex at the Ryland Inn! I absolutely loved shooting this wedding and would love to shoot more at this excellent venue!
BRIDE’S PEACH AND PIT
Peach 1: “When we were going around the altar table in the church and were supposed to go around 3 times, but the Bishop kept walking. Alex and I looked at each other, we looked at his mom, and in that moment I also was able to see the entire church filled with the people we love. Will definitely never forget that moment.”
Peach 2: “Right as cocktail hour was beginning, our bridal attendant brought us 2 of everything from cocktail hour. I hadn’t really eaten all day and neither had he, so it was just the most exciting to get to eat all the yummy food and have a moment to ourselves.”
Pit: “When it was all over! I couldn’t believe it– the day was so incredible and just flew right by! (which is funny because our hair stylist cancelled the morning of the wedding, our planner’s mother in law is a hair dresser and saved the day).”