What I love most about summer are the days where there are blue skies for miles, and that is exactly the type of day it was for Natalie and Nick’s wedding day. As we pulled into the parking lot of Chestnut Ridge Golf Resort, the sun was beaming and warmed my face as I stepped out of the car. I knew it was going to be a flawless day.
I entered the spa at Chestnut Ridge Golf Resort to find Natalie sitting in the salon chair, getting prepped with makeup for her wedding day. Her bridesmaids are scattered around her, watching, talking and enjoying the excitement of the day.
Upon seeing me, Natalie flashes a huge smile and says “Hi, Leigh! What do you need to get started? Krystena can help with anything you need!” Krystena is Natalie’s sister-in-law, and we photographed her wedding to Justin last year. Not only are Natalie and Nick one of our faves because we love them as a couple, but also because we have been a part of so many special moments for their family, and have gotten to know them all so well. Side note- Natalie’s mother, Nancy, would send me the kindest notes in the mail. She took the time to find the most beautiful notecards, and write me the sweetest letter letting me how excited the entire family was to see the moments that we captured of Natalie and Nick’s wedding day! I saved every single card that she sent <3
Natalie and Nick are the perfect balance of fun, genuine, and family oriented. They are an incredibly thoughtful couple, case in point, they surprised their parents and had a vow renewal for each during their own wedding ceremony! How absolutely selfless to celebrate their parents’ marriage on their own wedding day.
One of my favorite moments of the day was their introduction into the reception. The entered the room through gold-gilded doors, and walked through an arch of sparklers as the crowd went wild! It was spectacularly dramatic- the best introduction we have witnessed to date!
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