The moment we met Jake & Kendra, we felt welcomed as a part of their family. Friends drove miles from their homes for these two, and you could feel that warmth and excitement on their wedding day. With Kendra being a graphic artist and Jake being a wedding photographer, every detail of their day was not only gorgeous but intentional.
As pretty much everyone knows by now, I’m pretty introverted, so there’s always a bit of nervousness when I’m about to meet with the girls. But as soon as I stepped through the door of Jake & Kendra’s new home, I was welcomed gladly into their circle. Kendra’s space was tranquil and quiet, giving a lot of time for reflection. Her bouquet was handmade, with little sprigs of old dried flowers from the first bouquet Jake gave her. The studio was sprinkled with sentimental pieces of their courtship, and it took me back to my own memories of our wedding day.
Alex spent the morning with Jake and his groomsmen, and I love seeing how he captured the dynamic of Jake and his friends in their old apartment. Shortly after, Jake saw his bride for the very first time. I haven’t much to elaborate on this because it was such an emotional moment and I think my sequence of images tells its story better than I ever could. We explored downtown Erie for portraits during the afternoon and made our way to the ceremony. The venue Jake & Kendra chose was an old schoolhouse established in 1897 which has now been restored & repurposed into a venue and tavern! I love vintage structures turned venues because as we stepped inside, I reminisced about how many people shared memories behind these walls.
Everyone took their time to celebrate their newly married friends for the evening, so many staying behind to sing the very last Killers song with them. But unlike most weddings, the night was still young to spend time with friends. We pulled up to the glowing neon of Mighty Fine donuts, and the shop went from a few customers to being filled with friends in tulle dresses and black tuxedos. The night ended with sweet goodbyes and happy tears, and maybe a few donuts to-go.
When a wedding makes you this reminiscent and sentimental, the ease of capturing the bride and groom’s energy is so much easier. If you’re getting married soon, don’t hold back on good stuff like this. I think weddings have become such a grand theatrical spectacle, and they’re not. They are personal and meaningful celebrations of love. So bring whatever makes you happy to the table, like these two did.