Crosby & Jillian have been together since high school. They went to prom together at Crosby’s school – Canisius. Here they stand, 12 years later, in front of “the blue doors” just an hour away from becoming husband and wife.
Jillian & her family got ready in a suite at the Hampton. I was impressed with how close all of their venues were – in fact, the farthest thing away was doing the “first look” at Canisius! They got ready at the Hampton, married at St. Michael’s, visited Pearl Street in between, then had their reception at Shea’s. So easy!
I loved the looks on her friends’ faces as they watched her get ready. One of the girls actually had to sew Jillian into her dress because the clasp at the back of the halter neck was too loose. Good thing she had a needle & thread ready!
After being at the rehearsal, I knew to be ready for a couple tears when Jillian’s dad came in. As he wiped away his tears, he laughed and said, “Put that camera away!” and Jillian said, “No, keep going!” I love these moments.
Crosby’s mom made Jillian’s gorgeous veil.
“When did we become a family of criers?!” said Jillian’s little sister Melissa, through tears.
Once Jillian was ready to go, I drove up to meet Crosby at Canisius and explain how the first look would go. Unfortunately due to the rain it limited us to only the area under the small awning over the entrance, but we made it work!! I loved their smiles – so at ease with being together.
Thankfully it wasn’t raining HARD, and there was a TINY overhang over the recessed doors, and we made the most of it!
This is a recreation of an image of the two of them from their prom – they had the original printed on the back of their wedding programs!
Once we drove to the church, the picture of the rings was a covert operation since Jillian had picked it out secretly and Crosby didn’t know what his ring looked like til she put it on him during the ceremony!
I love it when the groom looks so happy to see his bride coming down the aisle!
Because the rain didn’t let up even a little all day, we made the most of what was available to us and went to Shea’s to get pictures inside & out before the guests arrived for cocktail hour.
Crosby’s brother did his best man duties and called ahead to Pearl Street to ask if it was okay to bring the wedding party over to the second floor bar for a little bit. Everybody went in and played pool, darts, bubble hockey, and arcade games and ate wings & drank beers until it was time to head back to Shea’s! It was awesome.
All of the centerpieces on the tables were flowers grown by Crosby’s parents, many of them from heirloom plants that had been grown by Crosby’s grandfather.
What an absolutely grand way to make an entrance into your wedding reception and follow it up with a first dance!
Crosby’s mom also made the cake – carrot, one of my favorites!
There were plenty of tears during the toasts, but also laughs!
They had Paula’s donuts for after dinner!! I definitely took home a glazed twist – SO DELICIOUS.
Thank you for being such good sports about the rain and having an awesome plan B in Pearl Street. It was so fun getting pictures of you guys playing the games. Have a great honeymoon and enjoy your first trip as a married couple!