You may remember photographs from Emily and Kaegan’s engagement session last year when I met them in New York for an early morning engagement shoot around their East Village neighborhood. Fast forward a few months and I was driving back country dirt roads to meet them at an estate up in the hills of Thornbury for their intimate fall farm wedding.
It was one of those gorgeous days where dark purple storm clouds threatened the hills, but continually rolled through to reveal patches of sunlight. It was warm enough for an outdoor ceremony and cocktail hour, while the reception moved into a beautifully rebuild barn complete with harvest tables, Turkish rugs, twinkle lights, and various chandeliers hanging from the ceiling. Just a barn with chandeliers, casual.
Emily met Kaegan and I at the farm, ready for their first look in one of my favourite gowns ever. Kaegan described her later as an 80’s supermodel, and it’s completely true, she has absolutely stunning style, combined with Kaegan’s 1920’s French actor aesthetic you could say I was excited to photograph them again!
My favourite moment of the day arrived when it was time to head outside for their sunset photographs. We set off into a wheat field to shoot for a few minutes when Emily turned to me and said ‘want to go on an adventure?!?’ heck yes, yes I do, always. She quickly slipped out of her pink suede shoes, handed them to Kaegan, and set off barefoot through the field towards the forest. We trudged into the forest together, until finally arriving at large concrete cube sunk into the ravine. Emily explained that there were a number of these hidden around the property, the result of one of Kaegan’s final architecture school projects where he mixed escarpment rock into cement, poured giant blocks of concrete, then returned them to the land they came from. She mentioned this might be a meaningful wedding photograph, I.was.stoked. By far the best part was when we trekked back out of the woods at dusk and Emily discovered that her dress was absolutely full of burrs. As we started carefully picking them off she made sure we had plenty of photographs of the occasion, saying that this represented them more than anything.
Future brides and grooms, if you ever want to ask me ‘want to go on an adventure?’ on your wedding day, please know that my answer is always, always, heck.yes.
Scroll through for some photographs of the most awesome couple, a dog who steals the show, the cutest flower girls, a forest adventure in a wedding dress, and the coziest barn wedding in the fall I’ve ever attended. I’m going to be in love with these photos of these two for a longggg time.