Elizabeth & Julia Get Wed

Hillsdale, New York.

When the reverend Winnie Varghese of St. Marks Episcopal Church In-The-Bowery took her place at the beginning of the ceremony, there was still some sunshine peaking through white clouds turning grey in the sky. She explained that in Hebrew and Greek the word spirit means “breath” or “wind.” In religious tradition the Holy Spirit is often depicted as the wind. It comes to us with no shape or form. It’s source is mysterious. It is the air that is needed for life itself, and it’s presence is known by it’s effects.

“I believe,” Winnie said, “We are about to hear from the Holy Spirit.”

Almost immediately the sky went dark. The tarps that had been temporarily put up in the large open entries of the barn began to rustle and shake.

Elizabeth and Julia were originally to be married on a hilltop overlooking fields of yellow and green. Plans changed. News hit that tropical storm Leslie would be passing through at precisely the same time Elizabeth and Julia would be taking their vows, so that afternoon they had quickly commandeered a nearby barn as the new ceremony site.

The rain, thunder, and wind followed reverend Winnie’s words so quickly that by the time their vows were being said, only Winnie, Elizabeth, and Julia could hear them above the noise. And then, as fast as it arrived, it was gone. Even the showers lightened for a moment just before sunset so we could take a few portraits outside.

I don’t believe there was a single witness to that ceremony, that entire day really, who’s soul wasn’t touched.


*This wedding is also featured on A Practical Wedding.

Soundtrack: A Million Years by Alexander (iTunes)

 Elizabeth & Julia. Hillsdale, NY.

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Photographer: Jonas Seaman

Second Shooter: Mary Ellen Williamson

Elizabeth’s Dress: BHLDN

Elizabeth’s Ring: Linhardt Design

Julia’s Suit: Zara

Venue: Roeliff Jansen Park

Officiant: Winnie Varghese of St. Mark’s in the Bowery Episcopal Church (New York, NY)

Caterer: Carlucci Simons Catering

Cakes: Made by Carlucci Simons Catering using family recipes from Elizabeth and Julia’s great-grandmothers

Floral: Marilyn Cederoth of Cedar Farm

Ceremony musicians: The Marty Jimmons Bluegrass Band

DJ: Giovanni di Mola a.k.a. DJ Gio’

Custom Printing: Antiquaria Designs

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  • DUDE. These are insane. This might be my favorite album of yours ever. You captured SO much in so many ways, it’s really quite magnificent. What a lucky couple! ;)

  • Youre work is consistently amazing!!! I never ever tire of any of it :)

  • So beautiful and so intimate.

  • evanoah

    Absolutely gorgeous from beginning to end!

  • what a fabulous story. So beautifully captured.

  • Jim Riopelle

    Emotions as well as people and places captured with superb skill and timing. Thank you for sharing.

  • Amy Benedetti

    Just incredible. I wish I wasn’t across the world for this one. It looks like it was the perfect day. Much love to you both!

  • Dan Baird

    One of the best weddings I’ve ever attended. The Holy Spirit Thunderstorm was a true annointment I shall always remember. Once again congratulations.

  • Odile Brévalle

    Que de belles photos ! Magnifiques !
    J’aurai tant aimé être parmi vous…
    Mais il y aura d’autres occasions…
    Je vous embrasse toutes les 2

  • WOW. Love the corrections so much, your black and whites are delicious! Wonderful creativeness all the way around. I am so proud :)

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  • Joan Bruchas

    Thank you for sharing!


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