We drove the day before, for a few reasons. First, you don't want to get stuck in traffic or have car problems on the day of the wedding. Can you imagine that phone conversation telling the bride you were not going to make it? The second reason is that we like to attend the rehearsal. It is really a good idea to see as much of the wedding ceremony as possible, especially if it's at a place you've never been or a style of ceremony that you've never seen. This way you know what to exspect during the service and can be prepared to be in the right place at the right time to capture those special memories.
The rehearsal went well and we were invited to the evening dinner being held at a terrific place called Shadows. Shadows sits right on the Hudson River with a great view of the George Washington Bridge. This location had a really large venue for groups. There were two sections: one, a restaurant/sports bar and the other, a function hall. Inside the sports bar, we found ourselves looking at the largest tv screen we had ever seen. That night the Red Sox were playing Tampa Bay but the Red Sox eventually won the game. (We couldn't believe we were watching a Red Sox game in the middle of all the New York fans). We had a great meal and were able to meet the members of wedding party and both families of the bride and groom. This is another advantage of attending the rehearsal. Not only do you meet more people but they get used to having you photograph them.
Kathy and Jason hired a driver with a vintage Rolls Royce to transport them during the wedding. When the Rolls arrived, we left Kathy and her dad at the house while we took pictures of Jason and the best man at the church. When we finished, there was time plenty of time to photograph Kathy arriving with her dad.
The father and daughter dance was very special and showcased what Kathy's relationship with her dad is all about. There was much laughing and smiling through most of it but near the end the emotions of the moment took hold of the both of them. This image conveys that emotion quite well.
This wedding had many laughs and funny moments. It was a