In May of last year, I got a message on my facebook page from Lara, asking if I’d be available to travel to Ithaca for their wedding. I hadn’t been to Ithaca for ages and was happy to agree! I met with them via Skype a few days later and we signed a contract. Fast forward a whopping 15 months and I finally met them! They are awesome.
Lara, her bridesmaids, and her mom got ready at La Tourelle which is right next to Ithaca College. Everyone got their hair & makeup done, then Lara was ready to have a “first look” with her dad.
Lara’s dad waited outside so he could see her before she saw Foster. I loved his super sweet reaction with the clapping & everything!!
When Lara continued across the lawn to Foster, I wasn’t sure what to expect. What I got was the most photogenic “first look” I’ve ever had. His reaction to her was so genuine and sweet. I definitely cried. So did Foster. Lara pointed this out and he said, “I’m not crying, you’re crying! Now I have to think about something manly! Like kittens.” Then they high fived.
From there we had to make the ~40 minute drive up to the winery, but Route 89 is a pretty drive!
“Get a shot of me kissing his nose!” Lara said. I did, and Foster’s reaction was what I’d describe as “the heebie-jeebies” – “Oh, I *hate* it!” he said. Haha.
Foster was The Green Lantern and he gave each of his groomsmen/maid a ring & button of their own. I had no idea there were multiple colored Lanterns. I learned something.
I took another photo of just Foster’s ring, showing the inside, but I liked this one that showed all three. The inscription inside his ring says “My Pretty Bird” which is his nickname for Lara.
The ceremony was delightful, both heartfelt and very funny. Also bilingual. Lara’s family is originally from France and there were several people in attendance who speak French so they asked the best man’s husband, who is a French teacher, to officiate so that he could include parts of the ceremony in French for Lara’s family. Foster also gave his vows to Lara in French.
Foster’s sister, who is due in just a couple weeks, read “I like you” by Sandol Stoddard Warburg and it was great.
I like you and I know why
I like you because you are a good person to like
I like you because when I tell you something special, you know it’s special
And you remember it a long, long time
You say, Remember when you told me something special
And both of us remember
When I think something is important you think it’s important too
We have good ideas
When I say something funny, you laugh
I think I’m funny and you think I’m funny too
I like you because you know where I’m ticklish
And you don’t tickle me there except just a little tiny bit sometimes
But if you do, then I know where to tickle you too
You know how to be silly – that’s why I like you
If I am getting ready to pop a paper bag,
then you are getting ready to jump
I like you because when I am feeling sad
You don’t always cheer me up right away
Sometimes it is better to be sad
You can’t stand the others being so googly and gaggly every single minute
You want to think about things
It takes time
I like you because if I am mad at you
Then you are mad at me too
It’s awful when the other person isn’t
They are so nice and oooh you could just about punch them on the nose
I can’t remember when I didn’t like you
It must have been lonesome then
Even if it was the 999th of July
Even if it was August
Even if it was way down at the bottom of November
I would go on choosing you
And you would go on choosing me
Over and over again
And that’s how it would happen every time
I know this is very similar to the one I took of Lara & her mom earlier in the day, but I love the emotion and connection it shows!
Not many couples can pull off this shot. Foster & Lara can. They had a cool signature drink that was something with peaches & ginger beer. I didn’t try it owing to the fact that I don’t drink, but I saw lots of people enjoying it!
That moment when your officiant poses with you for a picture and spontaneously nails the best “That’s What She Said” I’ve heard in a long time.
I loved their seating chart – they had tables numbered (among other things) 9 3/4, π, and No One Expects the Spanish Inquisition. Signs on each table explained the significance of the number.
Each set of parents gave a toast. Foster’s mom started, mentioning that an important part of a relationship is if one person is down, the other person brings them up. She cried, and handed the mic to Foster’s dad saying “You finish.” He said, “She pulled this crap on me at the last wedding too” to laughs.
Foster & Lara played “the shoe game” – if you haven’t seen this, the bride & groom sit back to back and each hold one of each person’s shoes. They are asked a series of questions where the subjective answer is the bride or the groom, and they answer by holding up the shoe of whichever person they think is the right answer. For example, “Who sleeps in later on the weekends?” or “Who’s the better cook?” or “Who is the bigger baby when they’re sick?” This question was “Who would last longer in a zombie apocalypse?” Both of Foster’s shoes went up. “Why do you think I married him?!” Lara shouted.
Their first dance was to a song I’d never heard before – they really got into it and whirled around the dancefloor. It was fun to watch!
Despite the hot day, the barn was open for a nice cross breeze and there were fans all around the floor so everyone still got down! It was fun to see everyone having such a good time.
THANK YOU for having me out to Ithaca – it was a gorgeous day and you are a fantastic couple. Keep on being great!