Kara and Michael’s heartfelt summer wedding was set at the Hayloft Cottage at the Coach House at the Ryland Inn, Whitehouse Station. Their wedding day includes a day enjoyed with their best friends and family by their side, and moments captured showcasing their genuine, heartfelt love for one another, captured at the Coach House at Ryland Inn, Whitehouse Station by Ryland Inn NJ Wedding Photographer, Michelle Behre.
Kara and Michael met through mutual friends just a few years prior to their wedding. Michael is passionate about his family, friends, his adorable dog, Remi, traveling and hunting. Kara is also passionate about traveling, sharing time with her family, friends, her community volunteer travel missions, and she is passionate about soccer!
The Proposal & Engagement
Head over heals in love, Michael proposed in a romantic setting and one of Kara’s favorite places: the ocean. Overlooking the Atlantic, Michael got down at one knee at West Point Light in Seattle, Washington and asked to share the rest of his life with the one he loves most.
Fast-forward to 2019 and this couple reached out to me in regards to photographing their wedding and of course, I said yes! I was absolutely thrilled and honored to photograph a wedding for a dear friend and so thrilled for their next journey in life together. We immediately began planning their engagement session and I knew the absolutely perfect venue that would accent their personalities and upcoming wedding venue for their Save the Date card!
Kara and Michael’s Wedding Day at the Coach House at the Ryland Inn
Their wedding was set at the Coach House at the Ryland Inn on a beautiful July day. Kara and Michael designed a warm, relaxing wedding for their family and friends to rekindle, relax, and enjoy after a difficult year of separation.
From the couple
“We have waited a long time for this moment. I think what excites us the most is finally being able to say we are husband and wife as well as finally being able to have a big celebration with our families.”
The couple’s aesthetic included a romantic, organic, and natural feeling. The couple’s color palette included colors were of navy blue, cornflower blue, white, green, and gold.
Kara and Michael fell in love with the Ryland Inn’s Coach House.
While walking onto the property, they adored the elegant country setting of rolling grass, colorful gardens, and the hall set in a historic, restored barn. The beautiful stonework, cathedral ceilings, and gorgeous lighting truly swept this couple off their feet. They said yes to this venue as soon as they walked into the Coach House.
A few highlights captured include Kara’s beautiful bridals and the couple’s first look.
Bridal prep took place at the hayloft cottage on site just a few steps from the ceremony and reception. Kara stepped into her absolutely breathtaking and detailed Martina Liana of Essense of Australia bridal gown from Seng Couture.
In love with how beautiful the Amelia by Bella Belle Shoes accents the Swarovski Crystal Lace on her bridal gown. Absolutely gorgeous!
Kara is absolutely glowing. Moments prior to seeing the love of her life on their wedding day we photographed a few bridals.
My favorite part of their wedding was their first look. What a heartfelt, genuine first look. Tears shed, a few laughs, and pure wedding bliss.
Moments after the couple’s first look the wedding party portraits were captured.
Gentleman adorned in Jos A. Bank, accessories with their floral bout’ contrasting so beautifully.
Ladies in Morilee with beautiful bridal bouquets by Roberta Gaudioso.
Ladies of the wedding party dressed in soft, cornflower blue gowns by Morilee.
The bouquets contrast so beautifully with their bridesmaids gowns!
Guests arrive as the couple, family, and friends relax in the bridal suite in hiding.
Ceremony site details and decor beautifully decorated for Kara and Michael.
Ceremony site arbor handcrafted and gifted to the couple by Michael’s talented father. Now installed in their backyard.
The couple exchanging an emotional vows. There was not a dry eye in the house!
Signed, sealed, delivered. The couple made their way to cocktail hour. Next, party time!
One of my favorite details of Kara and Michael’s special day was the abundance of candlelight. This added to the romantic ambience of their reception and the Coach Houses’ space is truly absolutely breathtaking.
Every detail is absolutely breathtaking and the light in the space made for a beautiful sunset lit first dance. How romantic!
Michael asked Kara to share a first dance together as husband and wife.
These are just a few of my favorite moments captured of their first dance together as the sun set in the background and with family and friends by their side the entire step of the way.
This couple enjoyed an evening of dancing and entertainment by SCE Music Group’s MC Christian LaGrotteria, a delicious three course meal by Landmark Caterers, and an absolutely scrumptious and creative dessert by La Bon Bakery.
MC Christian closed the evening with Michael’s favorite, Country Roads!
What an honor to watch a great friend, Kara marry the love of her life. To be chosen to capture these moments for life for her, well, that’s priceless! What an honor! I am thrilled for this couple and their future!
Congrats Kara and Michael!
Kara and Michael’s Engagement Session
Check out their romantic Fall Engagement Session hosted at the Waterloo Village by NJ Proposal & Engagement Photographer Michelle Behre!
Photography: Michelle Behre Photography | Ceremony Venue: The Coach House at the Ryland Inn | Reception Venue: The Coach House at the Ryland Inn | Event Planning: The Coach House at the Ryland Inn | Videography: Blue Moon Video Production | Donut Wall: La Bon Bake Shoppes | Hair: Studio DiNapoli | Makeup: House of Luciano | Shoes: Bella Belle Shoes | DJ: SCE Event Group, MC Christian LaGrotteria | Bridal Salon: Seng Couture | Wedding Dress: Martina Liana of Essense of Australia | Groom’s Attire: Jos A. Bank | Bridesmaid Dresses: Morilee | Backdrops: Heirloom Bindery | Invitation Suite: Zola