What? : Preparations, portraits, and reception at a chateau in West Orange, New Jersey. Ceremony at a nearby church.
Where? Pleasantdale Chateau
When? : April 2019
Springtime is a tricky time of year to get married. You might find yourself with a brilliantly bright day, sunlight streaming through trees, birds chirping, and a new warmth making the day shine. You also have a chance of living out that saying of April showers bring May flowers. Let’s be honest, while we love the idea of a flowery May, no one wants their April wedding to be a washout of rain and wind!
When I talked to Rachel the week of their wedding, we talked about how we had a 100% chance of rain on their day. We discussed all of the amazing indoor places that Pleasantdale has to offer for rainy-day wedding portraits – The greenhouse! That pool! – but I knew her heart was really set on some outdoor images. Luck was with us, and the rain stopped long enough for us to create some gorgeous images on the foggy, dreamy grounds of the chateau.
Rachel and Joseph, thank you. Thank you for darting out into the fog with me, mist in your hair and wet grounds underfoot. Thank you for laughing with me, trusting me with your memories, and allowing me to spend such an important day with you. Thank you, thank you.
Here are a few of my favorite images from their wedding:
A Pleasantdale Chateau wedding isn’t your average, ordinary wedding. There is something so special about Pleasantdale, and every time I’ve been there I’ve been so sweetly impressed. I clearly remember my first Pleasantdale Chateau wedding, which took place during an actual hurricane. Hurricane Irene landed right on top of a past client’s wedding date, and I was blown away by how seamlessly the Pleasantdale staff handled such a crazy day! I’ve been to Pleasantdale Chateau weddings in the rain, the fog, the sun, and on this brilliant fall day, in the beautiful moody autumn weather.