October 9, 2017

New Jersey Wedding Photographer | Family’s Private Farm | Kate + Dakota

Wedding

Kate and Dakota had the rustic wedding people dream about when they think of having it in their own backyard.  Mixed with the perfect weather, it was both beautiful and comfortably familiar.  Everything happened at her family’s farmhouse in Tabernacle, New Jersey.

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Kate and the ladies got ready upstairs.  They wore matching robes as they primped.

bride and bridesmaids in floral robes with dog on wedding day

The wedding day garb was almost as comfortable – the bride and every bridesmaid wore cowboy boots.

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The groom and groomsmen weren’t quite as lucky though they did get to hang out longer and spent some time admiring Dakota’s Triumph motorcycle that he customized himself.

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Their dog, Chevy, looked marvelous in his own groomsman suit.  Kate says that he’s completely happy to be dressed up.  On this day he wore a child’s size suit, shirt, and tie.  Yeah, he pretty much stole the show.

dapper dog in wedding day suit bride rests with dog before ceremony

Can we talk about how laid back this bride is?  Please see Article 1, below, in which she is literally climbing into a pig sty in her wedding dress before her wedding ceremony.  She happily hopped in to give Pork Chop a quick pat and an apple before roaming the grounds and checking in on some chickens too.

bride climbing into pigsty on wedding day at the farm

Kate wasn’t interested in big, fancy bouquets.  She wanted flowers that looked like they were just picked that morning from wildflowers.

bridesmaids in periwinkle blue and cowboy boots at farm wedding

Kate honored her mother with the role of matron of honor.

brides mother is matron of honor

When it came time for the ceremony, Kate’s father walked her through the outdoor doorway he created and down past their guests to a waiting Dakota in front of massive trees.  They had cleared this space for the event and it looked lovely.

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After the ceremony, Kate and Dakota walked back through their doors to curtains of bubbles from their guests before heading out with me for some pictures.

bride and groom leave to a bubble exit

Of course we had to make use of Chevy and the motorcycle!

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The reception was held under a big sailcloth tent and they entered after their wedding party to dance to Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat singing “Lucky.”

bride and groom first dance at backyard wedding bride and groom laughing during first dance in tent

As expected, the dance floor was jam packed all night long.

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Dakota had a groom’s cake with his racing number.

mountain bike grooms cake

The bouquet and garter toss were quite eventful too!

bride throws bouquet to excited single ladies at wedding groom removing the garter from brides leg putting the garter on the girl who caught the bouquet

It was such a special day.  It was all laughter, friends, and family in total celebration mode.

bride and groom kiss under outside wedding doors

You make it easier when life gets hard
I’m lucky I’m in love with my best friend
Lucky to have been where I have been
Lucky to be coming home again
~ Jason Mraz & Colbie Caillat, “Lucky”

Wedding Ceremony: bride’s family’s private farm, Tabernacle, NJ
Wedding Reception: bride’s family’s private farm, Tabernacle, NJ
Engagement Session: Old City, Philadelphia
Wedding Photographer: Lindsay Docherty Photography
Hair Stylist: Jeana of Soffiato Via
Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero
Wedding Gown Shop: Kay Bridal
Wedding Boots: Tony Lama
Music: Philly Event Group, DJ Bob
Caterer: Just Between Friends Catering
Wedding Cake: Sweet Eats Bakery
Invitations: Amanda Machulsky
Wedding Rings: Rosenberg Diamond Co.
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