To say we were excited for Katie and Drew’s wedding at the Updike Farmstead of Princeton, would be an understatement!  Ryan and I may not have had the pleasure of meeting these two before their wedding day, however, when we arrived, they immediately felt like family! Katie & Drew welcomed us with open arms and joy! Ryan and I could not have asked for a more perfect day for them!  Well, we could have asked for some sun, but that didn’t get these two down! There was a magical, rainy mist that occurred on and off throughout the day, but everything still went as planned! Outdoor portraits, outdoor ceremony and a beautiful, fun outdoor cocktail hour!

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When we arrived at the Updike Farmstead of Princeton and saw these large farm doors, we immediately knew that her dress had to be hung there! I was so excited about her Mikaella dress that she found at Kleinfeld Bridal, because that was the same dress designer that I had for my own wedding dress! Boy, it did not disappoint!  Plus, her beautiful earrings, golden belt and Stuart Weitzman shoes were the topping on the cake! Most importantly, she had some awesome customized Converse shoes for later, so she could easily dance the night away!

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The Bride and her Attendants, Getting Ready at the Farmhouse at Updike Farmstead

I had the pleasure of meeting up with Katie at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, where she was getting her hair and makeup done.  Afterwards, we headed over to the Farmhouse on the property at Updike Farmstead for her to get dressed.  On the second floor, in the bridal suite, her mom helped her into her dress, and you could see the butterflies start to develop as we were getting closer to her first look with Drew!

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The Groom and his Attendants, Getting Ready at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Princeton, NJ

Ryan arrived to a room full of fun and jokes as he hung out with Drew, and helped get him ready for the day! Afterwards, they drove over to the Updike Farmstead of Princeton to hang out a little while before the all important first look was to take place!

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A First Look and Bride & Groom Portraits on the Farm at Updike Farmstead

As the magical mist filled the air, so did the excitement of Katie and Drew seeing one another for the very first time! There was so much joy and love and laughter!  Ryan and I had the best time walking around the property and capturing these two lovebirds in all of their soon to be wedded bliss!! In just a short period of time, we feel like we got to know them so well! Above all, we hope to continue our friendship well past their wedding day!

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Updike Farmstead Bridal Party Portraits

Katie & Drew’s bridal party was so much fun! I particularly love that Katie had her brother as one of HER attendants!  More recently, I am loving that our couples are not afraid to mix things up and have guys and girls as attendants on each side of the bridal party!

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A Meaningful Ceremony, Officiated by the Uncle of the Bride

Goodness, the ceremony location at the Updike Farmstead of Princeton is right out of a rustic brides dream wedding Pinterest board! From the distressed white building to the old farm windmill and white chairs, it is absolute perfection! Plus, we always get excited when a family member is going to officiate the wedding – It means that it is just that much more meaningful and personal for the couple!  Also, we absolutely adored their reading during the ceremony – How Falling in Love is like Owning a Dog, by Taylor Mali! So cute!

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A Fun and Dance filled Reception in the tent at Updike Farmstead of Princeton

The barn at Updike Farmstead of Princeton is so beautiful! The barn is filled with natural light flowing in and beautiful twinkle lights!  Not a detail was missed!  Speaking of the overall details of the day, I can’t forget to mention Alana from Bella Donna Weddings!  Alana and her team did an amazing job making sure the day went according to plan!  It was such a pleasure working with her!  Having a wedding planner is the best decision a couple can do for themselves on their special day! Therefore, removing all of the stresses and letting someone else take the reins, is such a weight lifted off your shoulders and you’re free to thoroughly enjoy your day!

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