What can I even say about a couple like Jane and Nate and a wedding at, O.M.G., Yale University!!??
Let’s start with the couple: Funny, smart, laid back, and loved by all, these two “know how to do life” as Nate’s best man put it in his speech. I had so much fun with them during their engagement shoot, that I knew this wedding was going to be a blast. Jane was the breeziest bride ever despite a storm that had passed through that morning dumping rain on Yale and the surrounding areas. Answering the door when I arrived, Jane made easy conversation with me like this wasn’t the most nerve-wracking day of her life, “Hey Caroline, how was your trip to California?” “Gee, Jane, it was great, why are you so darn nice? Start stressing out or something like a normal bride!” But of course this coming from a girl who held back tears the whole way down the aisle at her wedding. Jane practically skipped. Nate was no different. If any nerves may have been there, they were far below the surface and he skated through portraits and the first look with an easy humor.
Their wedding was spunky, light-heated, and unique, just like them, throwing tradition on its head (don’t you just love when people do that?) it was full of special moments. For example, what wedding have you ever been to where the program has a crossword puzzle, where the guests were asked to sing along to the Beatles during the ceremony instead of a hymn or a reception that had a piñata!? Why didn’t my wedding have a piñata? ??? Duh!
Yale itself was a gorgeous venue for the wedding and meaningful as both of these smarties met here when they were in undergrad. They got married in the courtyard of Calhoun College and their first look took place at their freshman year dorm where they met. Yes, that castle looking place was their freshman dorm. I thought I had died and gone to Downton Abbey heaven. The reception took place at the Guilford Yacht club which was a fun place on a harbor, which the couple incorporated into their theme.
Thanks so much to the talented Angela Newton Roy who assisted me as second shooter throughout the day and shot the guys getting ready. Your company and eye for photos were much appreciated!