Ryland Inn Wedding

Mar 26

Jessica and Bryan

photo of white lace and navy blue lettering wedding invitation with diamond engagement ring and wedding bands against it, along with white lace pattern Christian Louboutin pointed toe pumps, blush and cream rose bridal bouquet all against a white furry background

I am used to all sorts of requests from my couples in advance of their big day…however, Jessica and Bryan had a very special request before their stunning wedding took place at the Ryland Inn . Read on to check it out!

Jessica and Bryan brought so many ideas to the table when discussing how they wanted their memories to look from their big day. You see, Bryan is an officer in the United States Army. He’s served all over the world, and incorporating this was something very important to both Bryan and Jessica. There were flags flown over Afghanistan on their memory table to honor others. They also found this incredible hand painted flag on the side of a home in Whitehouse Station, where we were able to shoot Jessica in her gown, with Bryan in his formal uniform. These shots are amazing, and truthfully, very special for me as well as many members of my family have been, or currently are, serving in our military.

As many know, I have had the opportunity to shoot at Ryland Inn multiple times recently. What I love so much about this gorgeous location is how different every single couple makes it. It truly is one of the best locations to shoot at: historic, gorgeous inside and out, and versatile. Plus, the locations to get ready are AMAZING! Jessica and Bryan made it “rustic chic” with non-traditional linens and succulents galore. And, the chair you see throughout Jessica’s getting ready….that’s here!! Keep reading to check out their take on Ryland Inn.

Jessica and Bryan are so cool, and I am beyond appreciative at the opportunity you gave me to shoot not just your big day, but your very special pictures at The Ryland Inn. I am truly honored to have been a part of these amazing memories!


Vendors

Venue: Ryland Inn // Stationery: Invites By Joann // Officiant: Rabbi Marsha Jane // Florals: Twisted Willow Flowers // Cake: Palermo’s // Cigar Roller: Tony Santana Cigar Company // Make Up: Make Me Up Eva // Hair: La Sorella Bridal & Beauty By Nicole // Wedding Atelier: Castle Couture // Bridal Gown & Veil: Maggie Sottero // Brides Shoes: Christian Louboutin // Bridesmaids Gowns: The Dessy Group // Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Dante Zeller // Band: The Nines // Cinematographer: Lorenzo Media Productions // Limo: Shore Luxury Limos // Wedding Bands: Jewelry Design Gallery

White paper lace and navy blue lettering wedding invitation against a white background
personalized wire hanger with brides name Mrs. Shapow with lace corset bodice wedding gown hanging from it in front of bright windows
white lace pattern Christian Louboutin pointed pumps against a white furry background
diamond drop earrings against a cream flower
princess cut diamond engagement ring against a blush and cream flower in the bridal bouquet
bridal bouquet of cream and blush roses with succulents mixed in
princess cut diamond engagement ring placed in a succulent
personalized wire hanger with brides name Mrs. Shapow with lace corset bodice wedding gown hanging from it in front of bright windows
engraving of "Adventure Begins" inside of the diamond engagement ring with date of wedding engraved on the inside of the wedding band
engraving on the inside of the diamond engagement ring "And So The"
grooms white bow tie, black cuff links and Tag Heuer watch against a white handkerchief background
grooms accessories of black cuff links, watch and white bow tie
grooms grey tuxedo jacket hanging with his formal military uniform against a tan wall
bride and bridesmaids in personalized blue and white flannel sleep shirts with grey knee socks
black and white photo of bride sitting in a hanging chair with bridesmaids in personalized flannel sleep shirts surrounding her by New Jersey wedding photographer
bride dressed in her personalized white flannel sleep shirt and grey knee socks sitting in clear hanging chair
black and white photo of bride in her personalized flannel shirt sitting in hanging chair looking at her reflection
black and white photo of groom placing his cufflinks on the cuff of his white tuxedo shirt
groom placing his cufflinks on the cuff of his white tuxedo shirt
black and white photo of father of the groom helping the groom with the collar of his tuxedo shirt
black and white photo of groom sitting down tieing his black tuxedo shoes
black and white photo of half of groom buttoning his tuxedo vest
black and white photo of a portion of the groom in full tuxedo with white bow tie
black and white photo of groom in full tuxedo looking away from camera
black and white photo of groom and groomsmen taking a shot over a pool table
black and white photo of groom and groomsmen in full tuxedos sitting on porch of stone building
black and white photo of bride holding the bodice of her wedding gown while she is buttoned up in the back
black and white photo of brides back while being buttoned into her dress, being watched by a bridesmaid
mother of the bride smiling and holding the hand of the bride while bridesmaids look on
black and white photo of the bride looking away from camera while being buttoned into her gown
bride putting her drop diamond earrings in while smiling
bride putting her drop diamond earrings in while smiling and being watched by her bridesmaids
black and white candid photo of bride and her father, while he wipes away a tear from his eye
black and white photo of bride in her gown and veil with the hanging chair
serious photo of bride face peeking through veil
black and white photo of brides face looking away from camera peeking through veil
bride in full wedding gown and veil playing with veil in left hand, holding bridal bouquet in right hand
bride behind the groom during first look outdoors during fall on a green steel bridge

How did you two meet and fall in love?

We went to the same high school, but only really knew of one another. Then ended up at the same college, URI, and shared many mutual friends which led us to a friendship of our own. It wasn’t until after college, when he had moved away and was preparing to deploy to Guantanamo Bay did we realize we liked each other as a little more than just friends. Our love of the New York Rangers bonded us, and led us to speak every day, soon realizing we were meant to be. 

groom smiling seeing his bride for the first time during a first look
bride smiling as she sees her groom for the first time during the first look
6 kayakers in water under bridge during first look
black and white photo of bride and groom looking at each other outdoors
photo of bride and groom in middle of green steel bridge in fall foliage
bride looking down through her veil in front of flag
bride and groom in his formal military uniform in front of flag painted on wall of building

What was most important to you when planning your wedding?

It’s hard to pinpoint one specific thing. It might sound cheesy, but making sure that the wedding represented both mine and Bryan’s style was very important.

bride and groom gazing at each other outdoors with veil floating in the air behind bride
black and white photo of bride getting a nuzzle from her groom
bride being held by groom outdoors while they look at each other
photo of bride in white fur stole over wedding gown with groom in front of Coach House at the Ryland Inn by New Jersey wedding photographer
bride holding bridal bouquet of cream and blush florals with succulents
bride and bridesmaids in colonial blue gowns holding bouquets of succulents, cream roses, burgundy flowers
bridesmaid in colonial blue strapless gown holding bridesmaid bouquet with burgundy, cream, blush flowers and succulents
bride and bridesmaids in colonial blue gowns holding bouquets of succulents, cream roses, burgundy flowers in front of stone building at Ryland Inn
bride and bridesmaids in colonial blue gowns holding bouquets of succulents, cream roses, burgundy flowers in front of stone building at Ryland Inn
bride and bridesmaids in colonial blue gowns holding bouquets of succulents, cream roses, burgundy flowers in front of stone building at Ryland Inn
formal photo of the groom and groomsmen in grey tuxedos outside in front of a white sided building
formal photo of the groom and groomsmen in grey tuxedos outside in front of a white sided building
fun wedding party photo in front of the Coach House at the Ryland Inn
formal photo of wedding party in front of the Coach House at the Ryland Inn
upshot of bride and groom inside silo at Ryland Inn

What made you choose your specific venue for your wedding day?

It was everything we could have wanted in a venue. The building itself had so much character to it, and wasn’t your traditional ballroom wedding. We love the rustic look, but didn’t want a full on barn, because we wanted it to be elegant like a wedding is imagined to be. This venue combined the best of both worlds to make the perfect setting. We also loved that it was surrounded by trees since we were having it in the fall, and were hoping for those fall colors. 

candid photo of bride laughing while she and groom sign the Ketubah
bride signs the Ketubah while groom looks on
bride and groom smile while holding the Ketubah with colorful hearts intwined in the shape of a tree
memorial display of bride and groom family members who are no longer with them with certificates and folded flags
white wood crate holding gray pashminas for guests
outdoor ceremony details of wooden crates, glass candle lamps, blush, burgundy, cream and blue florals with succulents
outdoor ceremony details of wooden crates, glass candle lamps, blush, burgundy, cream and blue florals with succulents
outdoor ceremony details of wooden crates, glass candle lamps, blush, burgundy, cream and blue florals with succulents
details of the Chuppah
blush, burgundy, cream and blue floral details on wood Chuppah
groom being walked down aisle by his parents
black and white photo of bride being walked down the aisle by her parents
black and white photo of groom sipping wine during ceremony while bride and their families look on
black and white photo of bride sipping from Kiddush cup while groom and families look on with pride
groom looks at bride as she reads her vows during wedding ceremony under the chuppah
groom looks at bride as she reads her vows during wedding ceremony under the chuppah
black and white photo of bride and groom under prayer shawl while Rabbi blesses them
groom kisses his bride after wedding ceremony under wooden Chuppah covered in greens and florals
bride and groom walk down rose petal lined grass aisle after outdoor wedding ceremony
white tile and wood bar with liquor and wine display at the Coach House at the Ryland Inn
And the Adventure Begins globe on display with wedding date for guests to write on
engraved mirror displaying table seating arrangements
wedding reception table decor of tall full floral on crystal vase on colonial blue table cloths with gold chivari chairs

Was there a theme behind your wedding day? What colors did you choose? What ‘feeling’ were you going for?

We were going for a rustic chic wedding. Barn style but in the most elegant of ways. Our colors were charcoal grey and dust blue, with some burgundy tied into the flowers to bring out that fall feeling. We wanted to cozy, yet spectacular.

candle display on wedding reception table with greenery around it on colonial blue table cloth
long wedding reception table with colonial blue table cloths, gold chivari chairs, low greenery and candles
long white menu card for wedding reception dinner place against wine glasses
long wedding reception table with colonial blue table cloths, gold chivari chairs, low greenery and candles
bud vases underneath tall florals against colonial blue tablecloth for wedding reception at the Coach House at the Ryland Inn
fireplace inside of the Coach House at the Ryland Inn decorated with greenery and candles
whitewash wood sweetheart table with candles, wooden crates, blush, cream, burgundy and blue florals with succulents
whitewash wood sweetheart table with candles, wooden crates, blush, cream, burgundy and blue florals with succulents
Mr. and Mrs. champagne flutes
wide view of the inside of the Coach House at the Ryland Inn showing off long tables and round tables with colonial blue linens and gold chivari chairs
hanging chandelier at the Coach House at the Ryland Inn with greenery hanging from it
bride and groom smiling after making reception entrance
black and white candid of bride and groom during first dance

What was your favorite memory from your wedding day?

The dancing! Everything about the day was magical, but dancing the night away with our family and friends was the most of we have ever had. We never wanted it to end. 

black and white candid of bride and groom during first dance
black and white candid photo of parents of the bride and groom watching their first dance
black and white candid of bride and groom during first dance
black and white photo of bride dancing with her father
father of bride lifting bride during their dance while guests look on
groom dances with his mother while guests look on
bride and groom laughing and toasting with their champagne glasses

What piece of advice would you give to future couples planning their big day?

Don’t be afraid the ask a bunch of questions and speak your mind of what your vision is when hiring vendors and booking your venue. I’d also say that the day can feel very rushed and goes by fast, and it’s easy to get caught up in trying to stick to the timeline and get everything done in order. Try to care a little less about that and make sure you’re taking the time to do the things you want to do. A few extra minutes here or there won’t break your wedding day running smoothly. That’s something I didn’t realize, and I allowed myself to feel frazzled and didn’t take the time to express how important certain things were to me. It’s your day, so you are the boss – remember that! 

groom dances with his mother while guests look on
bride laughing during maid of honor speech
bride and groom on their chairs in the air during the Horah
bride and groom on their chairs in the air during the Horah
bride and bridesmaid dancing during reception
bride and groom dancing during wedding reception
singer/guitar player singing during reception
singer/guitar player singing during reception
groom and groomsmen having fun and letting loose during reception
bride with friends and family during reception
And So the Adventure Begins cake topper
four tier naked cake with blush roses and succulents adorning it surrounded by white votive candles
groom being silly and licking the cake knife after cutting the cake with bride
bride and groom pose for pre-cut wedding cake cutting picture
black and white of bride and groom outside at night

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