Matt and Bridget’s Windrift wedding in Avalon, New Jersey was one of the best times I’ve had at a wedding. To give an example of why, when Matt & Bridget picked May 5th, 2018 for their wedding date they had to get permission from Bridget’s parents. They needed the ok because it was Kentucky Derby day! In Bridget’s household Derby day means a wild derby party complete with over the top derby hats. The Windrift ended up being the venue of choice for the wedding because they were all about catering to an epic derby party on top of the wedding day! Below are the highlights from their amazing day at The Windrift.
My favorite photo from Matt & Bridget’s Windrift Wedding
To be honest, there aren’t a lot of quite moments that couples get to have together on their wedding day. During the time I spend getting to know my couples and what really matters to them about the wedding day. We will have a conversation about what you are, and aren’t, ok with me being around for. Including how much access you’re willing to give me to those truly precious quite moments. During Matt & Bridget’s Windrift wedding we had gotten along so well leading up to the wedding day that they were happy to give me access to all of those moments. Which led to my favorite photograph from the Windrift that day which is the main photo above.
After the ceremony we stopped of for portraits at Avalon Bay Park Marina. The bridal party did some champagne toasts and then we headed off to the Windrift. By the time we made it to the Windrift Matt and Bridget had been through getting ready, a beautiful ceremony at St. Paul’s in Stone Harbor, Family Formals, and portraits. That’s a lot of to do’s on any day. Then, when we made it to the Windrift, there was a random bag already in the room they checked in to!? The Windrift being as awesome as they are, promptly upgraded Matt & Bridget to make up for the mix up. By the time we got to the new, and final room though Matt & Bridget couldn’t wait for the 10 minutes of R&R they had left before the cocktail hour.
They walked into the room and Bridget immediately kicked off her heels. They both fell into the couch and threw their feet up and shared a “we did it!” smile with each other. And I took a photo. It is my favorite photo for a few reason. It shows Matt & Bridget being Matt & Bridget. During our talks leading up to the day I had come to discover that Matt was quite the fashion connoisseur as well. So this photo shows that off in a very subtle way that also compliments the fact Bridget couldn’t wait to get out of her heels. Lastly, is a purely photographer reason, the light! Oh that light that was coming in through their window. It gave the photo that perfect touch it needed to really show off the moment.
Their were dozens of other moments and photos that were deserving of being favorites from their Windrift wedding day. Bridget’s Dad and his bowtie struggles, the epic Kentucky Derby race, or the numerous champagne celebrations, Bridget’s mom and the parody song she wrote and performed as a surprise, and of course, Bridget’s pure joy when she finally got to put on her wedding dress. In the end, this photo just stuck with me. I loved it when I took it, I loved it when I edited it, and I love it now! It’s a photograph that perfectly represents how amazing, and needed, those quite moments are for the couple throughout their wedding day.
I hope you enjoy all the photos from Matt & Bridget’s Windrift wedding!!!