Abbie Holmes Estate Wedding | Rainy South Jersey Wedding | Brianna and Ken
Abbie Holmes Estate Wedding. Brianna and Ken could not wait to get married at this beautiful Cape May wedding venue. Abbie Holmes Estate is a historic old home with rustic, romantic charm and many Victorian details. This venue is a photographer’s dream and a dreamy location for a wedding. Thankfully the inside décor was perfect because we were in the middle of a hurricane. Wind-blown, heavy rain was the weather of the day. Not ideal, but it was a perfect wedding day for these two.
Brianna and Ken wanted a traditional wedding with a few military touches; they saved the first look for when Brianna walked down the aisle with her dad. Due to the rainy weather, their plans to get married in the outdoor ceremony space had to change. The indoor option was pretty and created the magical vibe Brianna was looking for.
Shortly after meeting, they both knew they had found someone special
Shortly after, these two met, realizing how much they had in common; they both knew they had found someone special. When Ken met Brianna’s parents, she thought her mom had scared him away, but there was no way Ken was not going to keep seeing Brianna. Ken knew with all his heart and soul that they both wanted this. They answered questions from a book about getting to know each other better, which made their love more robust, and they promised to keep working at it every day. Knowing they had found their forever partner, they booked the venue even though they were not officially engaged. Ken bought a ring that same day and waited for the perfect time to propose.
Batsto Engagement Session
I first met Brianna and Ken at their engagement session. I was excited to meet them after our phone conversation about their wedding plans. Brianna wore the sweetest white dress and cowboy boots. They were a little nervous at the beginning of the session but ended up being rock star models. I love Batsto for engagement sessions because it offers various photo spots. My favorite was the tall grass coming into the park. They looked excellent, cuddling in the middle of the grassy field. During the session, we had time to chat about wedding plans, and I left excited to capture this sweet couple’s wedding day.
Abbie Holmes Estate Wedding
This venue has a romantic warmth and almost takes you back in time. I loved all the Victorian details and decorating, including fresh flower arrangements. Brianna and Ken’s accent color was a dusty blue, which complimented Ken’s dress uniform. The bride’s wedding bouquet was made up of white roses and blue hydrangeas. Blue is Brianna’s favorite color, and white roses are her favorite flower. It was perfect for her.
Her gown, a beautiful A-line champagne color with lots of lace details, was gorgeous and fit beautifully with her venue. It looked stunning on her and went well with Ken’s military dress blues. I started by photographing her dress and all the pretty details shortly after arriving at the venue. We had to move some furniture around to find a perfect getting-ready location, but it was worth it because of the natural light from the windows. And instead of having a first look, the two had a first touch and prayed together before the ceremony.
They had a beautiful ceremony sealed with a kiss and lots of happy tears. After the ceremony, they had a military arch of sabers. The tradition of the bride and groom walking through the arch of sabers ensures the couple’s safe passage into their new life together and welcomes the new spouse to military life. After the ceremony, the two of them stepped away for some alone time. I loved capturing those moments for them.
Brianna and Ken embraced the weather and didn’t mind standing in the rain for some photos. I am so happy they did because those images are some of my favorites of the day. Their reception was a fun party with lots of speeches, happy tears, and crazy dancing. We even did a sparkler exit in the rain! It was a beautiful day celebrating this sweet couple.
Advice for future couples
After my couples have returned from their honeymoon and had a chance to soak everything in, I like to ask them for wedding planning advice for future couples. Here is their advice: Enjoy everything, from the smallest detail to the most significant stressor. It’s worth it, and no matter if it rains or your wedding cake is destroyed in an unforeseen car accident, everything will be perfect for you and your significant other.
Brianna and Ken, may you have a lifetime of love, laughter, and happiness. It was lovely getting to know you two, and I enjoyed capturing your wedding day moments.