It’s time for the long awaited blog post of Jason and Patrick! This was one of those weddings that you leave thinking how absolutely lucky you are to be able to share and document the start of something awesome. Jason and Patrick keep each other constantly smiling, and their friends and family treated me and my second photographer for the day, Angie Bonin, like we were one of their own. Having known Jason for 10 years now, I knew that the day was going to be all about the party, and truly celebrating an awesome couple. I’m happy to report, I was right!
After spending Friday evening photographing their engagement session, and the morning at one of my Amherst favorites, Rao’s coffee, I headed back to the UMass Amherst hotel, where Patrick used to work, to start the day. There was such a calm energy in the room (is that a thing?), and both Jason and Patrick were clearly ready for the celebration to start.
We made our way outside in the brisk (read: freezing) wind, and started off with some portraits in the late afternoon before the sun went down. Before being joined by our wedding party, we gave these guys a few minutes to just be together. Even without a traditional “first look”, it was so nice to see everything fade away to love and excitement. In those few moments together, nothing in the world mattered to Patrick and Jason. For a few minutes, they were the only two people who existed in their entire worlds, and it was awesome.
Yep, two studs. GQ, watch out!
After heading back in for a few to thaw out, we popped back outside with our ever good sported wedding party!
With the temperatures dropping by the minute, and a storm on the way, we headed inside for some casual (and warm!) family portraits.
Get ready for an emotion filled ceremony guys. I don’t think there was a single dry eye in the room. From the moment the ceremony started, Patrick was bursting at the seams with tears of joy, and from there on out, all bets were off, and everyone joined in.
You know you have some good karma built up when the snow starts right on cue at the end of your ceremony. Remember when I said the wedding party was filled with good sports? When I asked Jason and Patrick if they’d like to do a few quick photos in the snow before heading to their cocktail hour, the entire group ran outside, in perfect form!
Meanwhile, inside, the reception room began to light up with some sparkle that only a winter wedding can give you.
The evening started off with some absolutely touching toasts, continued on with some awesome parent dances with two lovely moms, and ended with one packed dance floor thanks to DJ Dave Solimine!
Jason and Patrick, I cannot thank you enough for allowing me to document such a wonderful day. I am so happy for both of you, and know you have many years of happiness ahead of you!
If you just haven’t had enough of these two (and let’s be honest, you haven’t), take a peek at their slideshow!