Julia + Andrew: Married! A Mountain View Grand Wedding Extravaganza!

“Ever drifting down the stream–Lingering in the golden gleam–Life, what is it but a dream?” Lewis Carroll.

A glorious, GLORIOUS dream.  That’s the only way to describe Julia & Andrew’s jaw-droppingly stunning Mountain View Grand wedding.  I’ve photographed weddings here twice before, and it’s always phenomenal, but this was just over the top glamour and fun and oh, love.  I know there’s some rule about too many pictures in a post or some such thing, but I couldn’t narrow it down any more than this, so just sit back and enjoy!

Let me take a minute and talk about someone else for a minute.  My totally fantastic, amazing, stupendous, beautiful, most favorite second shooter, Nadya.  While she does have her own photography thing rolling at Red Star Photo, it’s my favorite when we can work together.  I don’t always have a second shooter with me, maybe 25-35% of my weddings over the past few years, but when I do have the occasion for one, she’s my first call.  So if this wedding wasn’t already rockin’ enough – Nadya was there to make it even more spectacular.

So we arrived to this: Fall colors, blue skies, and abundant sunshine.
mountain view grand melissa koren photography wedding 00 mountain view grand melissa koren photography wedding 01 We found the girls getting ready and I immediately fell in love with Julia’s dress.  I’ve already run out of adjectives for how amazing everything was, but damn, that dress!!mountain view grand melissa koren photography wedding 02 mountain view grand melissa koren photography wedding 03 Most of these girls have theater backgrounds, so doing their own makeup was easy peasy. mountain view grand melissa koren photography wedding 04 mountain view grand melissa koren photography wedding 05 mountain view grand melissa koren photography wedding 06 mountain view grand melissa koren photography wedding 07 mountain view grand melissa koren photography wedding 08 Not even staged. Completely how the moment unfolded.  So full of magic. mountain view grand melissa koren photography wedding 09 mountain view grand melissa koren photography wedding 10 mountain view grand melissa koren photography wedding 11 We had oodles of time built in to the timeline and since the getting ready was completely ahead of schedule we took a few minutes to explore the hotel and have some fun while making some gorgeous images!mountain view grand melissa koren photography wedding 12 Nothing to see here, we’re just standing around looking gorgeous and laughing. mountain view grand melissa koren photography wedding 13 AYKM? Please and thank you.mountain view grand melissa koren photography wedding 14 Check out that bouquet – Cherry Blossom Floral Designs created arrangements that absolutely captured, and accentuated the essence of the day.  mountain view grand melissa koren photography wedding 15 As it neared time for the ceremony we cloistered away in the waiting room while the boys were next door. being boys. mountain view grand melissa koren photography wedding 16 I was a little nervous when I read this in the pre-wedding survey- “The groom and best man are identical twins but the groom will have a charcoal vest and the best man plum. They both tend to be pretty emotional…” Not about the emotions, of course, but because I was petrified of mixing them up!  It only happened once, at the very end of the night when I was looking to say goodbye.  In the dance floor lights I couldn’t tell if the vest was grey or plum. (It was plum) No worries, I was more than happy to say good bye to each of them.
mountain view grand melissa koren photography wedding 17 Then, it was time to get married. mountain view grand melissa koren photography wedding 18 mountain view grand melissa koren photography wedding 19 mountain view grand melissa koren photography wedding 20 mountain view grand melissa koren photography wedding 21 mountain view grand melissa koren photography wedding 22 mountain view grand melissa koren photography wedding 23 mountain view grand melissa koren photography wedding 24 The fireplace made for such a beautiful backdrop.  mountain view grand melissa koren photography wedding 25 mountain view grand melissa koren photography wedding 26 mountain view grand melissa koren photography wedding 27 mountain view grand melissa koren photography wedding 28 mountain view grand melissa koren photography wedding 29 mountain view grand melissa koren photography wedding 30 A private kiss post recessional. mountain view grand melissa koren photography wedding 31 mountain view grand melissa koren photography wedding 32 Cheers to a job well done!mountain view grand melissa koren photography wedding 33 The perfect amount of cloud cover rolled in for the ‘formal’ part of the picture taking.  Not that this crew is much for formalities 😉mountain view grand melissa koren photography wedding 34 mountain view grand melissa koren photography wedding 35 mountain view grand melissa koren photography wedding 36 Then we kicked all the riffraff to the curb so we could have some alone time 😉mountain view grand melissa koren photography wedding 37 Andrew is so shy.  HAHAHAHAHA. mountain view grand melissa koren photography wedding 38 mountain view grand melissa koren photography wedding 39 Really, truly, sincerely epic. (Not to be confused with truly, madly, deeply – but that could apply here too) mountain view grand melissa koren photography wedding 40 mountain view grand melissa koren photography wedding 41 mountain view grand melissa koren photography wedding 42 And that cloud cover lifted just enough to give to set the sky on fire, casting a golden gleam on everything. mountain view grand melissa koren photography wedding 43 The reception hall was amazing.  The arrangements, the golden details, the droves of hand carved & decorated pumpkins!
mountain view grand melissa koren photography wedding 44 mountain view grand melissa koren photography wedding 45 And that cake!mountain view grand melissa koren photography wedding 46 mountain view grand melissa koren photography wedding 47mountain view grand melissa koren photography wedding 48 mountain view grand melissa koren photography wedding 49 mountain view grand melissa koren photography wedding 50 Julia & Andrew are so wonderfully in love and so at ease with each other. mountain view grand melissa koren photography wedding 51 mountain view grand melissa koren photography wedding 52 These two were toasted like I’ve never seen toasting before.  The stories their family shared about them and the adoration they have for them individually and as a couple were awesome. mountain view grand melissa koren photography wedding 53 mountain view grand melissa koren photography wedding 54 mountain view grand melissa koren photography wedding 55 mountain view grand melissa koren photography wedding 56 mountain view grand melissa koren photography wedding 57 I love the info I learn from the pre-wedding survey – like this little nugget that I was SO excited for “The a cappella performance will be great. Our friend arranged all our favorite show tunes about love or that are significant to us through musical theater and our theater friends will be performing it.” And it did not disappoint. (cue the tears)mountain view grand melissa koren photography wedding 58 mountain view grand melissa koren photography wedding 59 mountain view grand melissa koren photography wedding 60 This happened .. I don’t know what “this” is, but it happened.  😉

mountain view grand melissa koren photography wedding 61 Let them eat cake!mountain view grand melissa koren photography wedding 62 mountain view grand melissa koren photography wedding 63 mountain view grand melissa koren photography wedding 64 And be loved by family <3mountain view grand melissa koren photography wedding 65 And dance with their parents. mountain view grand melissa koren photography wedding 66 mountain view grand melissa koren photography wedding 67 mountain view grand melissa koren photography wedding 68 And then, tear up the dance floor like only theater people can.

If you look closely you’ll see some of your favorite songs in action!mountain view grand melissa koren photography wedding 69 mountain view grand melissa koren photography wedding 70 mountain view grand melissa koren photography wedding 71 He had his sites set on that bouquet from the get go. mountain view grand melissa koren photography wedding 72 mountain view grand melissa koren photography wedding 73 mountain view grand melissa koren photography wedding 74 romantic mountain view NH wedding

Words can’t describe how amazing it was to end my 2014 wedding season with this wedding and this COUPLE.  And then she went ahead and left sweet words for me on my Wedding Wire review site too. <3

“Having Melissa and her assistant Nadya take our photos was one of the best decisions we made for our wedding. They were so professional, considerate, fun, and friendly. They thought of everything and even helped with holding my dress, fixing my hair, etc. It was like having more bridesmaids. The pictures came out absolutely stunning, and I love the shots she created. She really captured the feeling of the day and I can’t thank her enough.”

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Thank you both, from the bottom of my heart.

13 Responses

  1. HELLOOOOO Glamorous!!!!!! This wedding is so dreamy!! Absolutely 100% in love with that getting ready shot with the light through the blinds! Seriously nailed this wedding!

  2. Wow! What a gorgeous wedding and what a BEAUTIFUL couple!! The details you captured are fabulous!! They are so lucky you were an intricate part of their perfect day! Congrats!!

  3. Everything about this wedding is just gorgeous perfection! Yay for you for doing an amazing job capturing them and their day in the most awesome way. Her dress and her hair piece are to.die.for!

  4. Omg are you kidding me w this wedding?! Sooo jaw droppingly stunning!! Her dress is unlike anything I’ve ever seen! I’m in LOVE w those bride and groom portraits!! Beautiful job w this gorgeous wedding!!

  5. What a fun wedding! SO MUCH love and happiness and laughter! I love all of the moments you captured! It really jumps out at you and you can feel how much excitement everyone had that day. I LOVE the details, absolutely beautiful.

  6. These are beautiful! I love love love the ones of the girls before the ceremony and the photos of the bride and groom, *sigh* that light and location just exemplified how romantic your photos are. Great work!

  7. can we just have a moment to take another look at her dress…it’s amazing!! what a knock out gorgeous wedding this is!!! i absolutely love these photos!

  8. SUCH a beautiful wedding… gorgeous people… incredible details… awesome images… I’m seriously OBSESSED with the bride’s headpiece! That image of Julia and Andrew flanked by the trees…. AHHHH!!!!! I’M IN LOOOOOVE!!!!!

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