In Italy, they say rain on your wedding day is symbolic of fresh beginnings, cleansing, a pure marriage, and also a wet knot that can’t be untied. Many couples fear the rain when it comes to their wedding day, but for photos, it can create a beautiful image. Cortney had her heart set on having her much anticipated
ceremony outside at their lovely venue, Antony and Cleopatra Caterers. Cortney did not want it to rain and did not want to have the ceremony inside. The only day that week it decided to rain was on their wedding day - it started within an hour of the ceremony. However, the outcome was just as great; everyone moved the ceremony inside within a flash and it was absolutely perfect.
The couple first met at Anthony's sister's wedding. They've been together for three years and in late 2020, Anthony proposed. He gathered their four (at the time) girls, played music and hand their youngest daughter hand Cortney the ring box while he stood behind her and asked, "Will you marry us?" Call me a sap, but I absolutely love when the children are included in the proposal planning - whether it be asking their permission or including them in the actual proposal.
Cortney and Anthony opted not to do a first look - they even stayed in separate houses the night before. Cortney said she wouldn't change it for anything - that first look while walking down the aisle to marry each other made it all come together. Despite having to change the plans last minute, it all turned out beautiful.
The bride walked down the aisle in a gorgeous Venus Bridal wedding gown she got from the Bridal Manor in Sewell, NJ. Cortney said the dress was the third dress she tried on and fell in love. It fit her me perfectly in every way! The sweetheart dress features an off-the-shoulder neckline with lace embellishments on the bodice, corset back and a smooth flowing A-line skirt.
The couple chose "Can you feel the love tonight" by Pentatonix their first dance song. This version was so sweet and perfect for a newlywed couple. And if that song didn't make you cry, the dance Anthony shared with his three eldest daughters would have done the trick. I definitely struggled to keep the tears at bay so I could capture the sweet moment.
The rest of the night was a huge, fun party. The bride was out on the dance floor with her daughters, nieces and other family members and friends. The couple stepped outside for a quick nighttime photo in the rain. I wanted to give them a creative image since we were not able to do pictures at sunset in the field behind the venue. And for a throwback? They had a Dippin' Dots station during dessert!
Enough of my rambling, check out the photos below from Cortney and Anthony's wedding!
Photographer: Brittany Harmening Photography
Bridal Boutique: Bridal Manor
Florist: Country Blooms Florist