I’ve been so, so, SO excited to share this wedding with you. As you might remember from the post I wrote about our visit to Vermont and how we ended up there, I’ve been looking forward to this wedding ever since Niurka contacted around this time last year. I distinctly remember one of the first emails she sent me, listing off some of the details that would be incorporated into their day. One sentence from that email sums all of this up and might help explain my crazy excitement: “I want it to feel like Andy Warhol and Norman Rockwell got together in heaven and decided to be my wedding planners.” Hellooooo, dream Morgan Trinker wedding. Immediately I began envisioning bright colors, funky floral arrangements, and an all-around perfect snowy, Christmas-y, Americana aesthetic. And when she sent me a photo of her dress (and literally, she had pretty much everything booked, planned, and purchased nearly a year in advance- amazing!), I just started crying. I don’t know why I suddenly got so sentimental and emotional, but I did. I just knew it would be perfect.
And perfect it was!
Niurka and Eric went on their first date seven years ago (on December 18, which is now also their wedding anniversary– perfect!) thanks to Match.com. They had both grown weary of the New York City dating scene, which apparently is swarming with singles looking for flings, not rings. I love that about these two. How they value commitment, loyalty, relationships, family. How they are two of the kindest, most thoughtful people you’d ever meet. And also how they have seriously fantastic style, which for Eric is totally GQ and for Niurka is, in her own words, Mad Hatter meets Audrey Hepburn. They devour every issue of GQ that lands in their mailbox and are so style-savvy that Niurka actually did a Facebook status series on tips for guys on dressing smartly and embracing your inner Don Draper. I have to say, I learned a LOT in the twenty-plus-part series. :) It only makes sense then, considering their mutual love for dressing well and dressing up, and Niurka’s admiration for creative geniuses like Andy Warhol and Tim Burton, that their favorite holiday is Halloween and they put a huge amount of effort into putting together their costumes every year.
I think what it all boils down to, and what I witnessed on their wedding day, is that they obviously have a knack for presentation and attention to detail and creativity and unconventional thinking, but at the same time, there’s nothing showy or ostentatious about their love for each other, for their family, and for their friends. So on that note, let’s get to the images so can see for yourself exactly what I’m talking about.
We started the day really early, at 6:30 am. (The ceremony was scheduled for 10, so there was a good reason!) When Jamie and I arrived at the Inn at the Round Barn Farm, it seriously felt like the Christmas mornings of our childhood. It was so early that it was still dark outside, but the trees and decorations were lit and everyone was gathered around the fireplace, snuggling up with mugs of coffee, speaking in whispers, as a growing sense of excitement filled the room. At the risk of sounding totally cheesy, it was kind of magical. Moments like that are what makes this job so completely rewarding.
I love, love, love this shot of Niurka snuggling in her dad’s lap…
I’m thinking these next images can speak for themselves…
Thank you so much Kate of The Blue Toad for creating such wonderful and whimsical florals!
There are few images I love more than a dad seeing his daughter for the first time…
Eric wins some major marriage points for his wedding gift to Niurka: a double strand of Tiffany pearls.
Appropriately a very GQ shot. :)
Doing a morning wedding was such a nice change of pace. I wasn’t at all worried about losing light, and I just love the fresh, this-is-a-new-day feel in the air. Also, we were totally done at 4:00 pm. Crazy!
Possibly the two most adorable (and beautiful!) flower girls of all time:
Seriously… could these kids be ANY cuter? Especially with those ridiculously stylish outfits. I love it!
What a fun detail!
After the ceremony, which was held in the lower level of the round barn, guests headed upstairs for a delicious brunch feast with made-to-order omelets, a spread of breakfast meats and pastries and fruit unlike anything I’ve ever seen, and a “cake” that was actually a tower of cake doughnuts. Oh, and a bar offering seasonal beverages like eggnog and hot chocolate in addition to all the standards. Delish. And the ladies of Favors and More did a fabulous job pulling all the decor elements together… it really is an Andy Warhol/Norman Rockwell Christmas, no?
Niurka and Eric totally salsa-ed for their first dance. And really well, to boot.
And guess who else made an appearance at the wedding? None other than Santa Claus himself… just in time to take any last-minute requests from the children and offer well wishes to the happy couple.
Okay, seriously… I think all my favorites are of Niurka and her dad. Ha. But how awesome is this… we walked out to leave, and her dad was right outside having a celebratory cigar with some of the other men… and Niurka walked right over and he gave her a puff. Love it.
This next one leaves me breathless. Niurka is absolutely stunning.
And of course I love this one. They braved the snow like total troopers, and I think it was absolutely worth it.
I got to editing this next shot, and when I was done, I thought to myself, oh my gosh it looks just like the cover of Rihanna’s new album! (Except for the fact that Niurka is a lot more beautiful and a lot less angry-looking. Obvs.)
After portrait time, everyone met up at a nearby ice skating rink for some more fun. This was SUCH a good idea, and of course made for some pretty great photos. ;)
Niurka and Eric– and all of their friends and family members– it was an honor to meet you and document such an important day in your lives. It was flawlessly executed and overflowing with joy and love. Thank you.
To see more of their big day, CLICK HERE to watch the slideshow, featuring Marc Anthony’s “Tu Amor Me Hace Bien.”