Denise and Ryan are married!! And what an absolutely beautiful wedding day they had! (Completely in keeping with their oh-so-romantic engagement portraits last fall!) These lovebirds met and started dating while they were undergrads at The College of New Jersey, so they chose to have their ceremony on the TCNJ campus, officiated by the director of their college Christian fellowship -- and the entire day was filled with such meaningful touches, honoring their family, their friends, and their faith, as they looked ahead to their future together. Every piece was imbued with so much meaning, and it was such a joy to be a part of it all!
We started the morning bright and early over at the bride's house, where she was getting ready with her roommates. Denise was glowing the entire morning! In the midst of the flurry of hair and makeup and flower deliveries and squeezing in a quick lunch and all the girls helping her get into her gown, Denise radiated joy and calm and such a sweetly eager anticipation. Meanwhile, Ryan and his guys were over at the ceremony venue, TCNJ's Spiritual Center. The guys and the girls finished their preparations by spending some time praying over the groom and bride separately, in a beautiful act of supporting the happy couple and their marriage.
Denise and Ryan didn't want to see each other until the ceremony. Instead, they set up a really sweet time of sharing gifts with each other around the corner of a doorway. :) Denise read Ryan excerpts from her journal from the entire course of their relationship, and Ryan sang Denise a song he had written for her for this day. And not a dry eye was in the hidden little hallway where they stole these moments before the ceremony.
Then it was time for the ceremony! Denise and Ryan asked so many dear friends to take part in the ceremony, and included a time of serving communion to the entire gathering of guests. It was beautiful to see how intentional they were in including their family and friends in this celebration of their union. And oh man, so many sweet tear-jerker moments!!
After the ceremony, we carved out some time to do some family and bridal party formal portraits, both inside and outside of the Spiritual Center. I had so much fun with all of these groupings, because of the sheer joy and love and fun evident in all of them!
Then it was off to the wedding reception! Dinner, toasts, dancing, and so much fun at the beautiful Mountain View Golf Course in Ewing.
Congratulations again, Denise and Ryan!! Praying for God's richest blessings on you in your marriage!
So many wonderful folks helped to make Denise and Ryan's wedding day such a beautiful success!
Ceremony venue: The College of New Jersey Spiritual Center
Reception venue: Mountain View Golf Course
Wedding coordinator: Sylvia Kocses
Hair and makeup: Brenna Rubino
DJ: Dave Hoeffel, DJ Sound Choice
Florist: Barbara Henderson, Pennington Market
Cake: Main Street Bakery and Cafe