Lucia + Bennett | The Grandview

I first met Lucia + Bennett at Minnewaska State Park for their engagement photos last fall.
Although they now live hours away, they choose this location because it was where Bennett had proposed to Lucia and of course, I was happy to shoot there simply because it is one of the prettiest places in the Hudson Valley!
While we trekked around the lake in the cold fall temperatures, I got to know these two a little bit more. I learned about their budding careers in the medical field, their future wedding plans, their shared interest in running (me too!) and that Lucia and I had even gone to the same college. I saw how caring their demeanors were towards each other and I got to see their playful, fun sides as well, needless to say it didn’t take long to see how deeply in love these two were.

Lucia + Bennett got married at The Grandview on a Saturday morning in May with clear blue skies and the sun shining brightly down upon them. They choose not to do a first look, and Bennett was absolutely in awe of his bride as she walked down the aisle. Now, I know that Lucia looked completely stunning, but truthfully, I think Bennett is always in awe of Lucy no matter what. It’s like whenever they look at each other their eyes turn into heart faced emoji’s just bursting with emotion! Everyone present could not only sense their love, but it was also so easy to see how much respect and adoration they hold for each other as well.

Their style was sophisticated and polished; from Lucia’s modern Stella York sheath style gown, to Bennett’s crisp tuxedo. Their florals were clean and classic whites and succulents with pops of springtime lavenders and blushes. Their first dance was also choreographed perfectly; it began as a classic ballroom and broke into a fun salsa at the end which really set the tone for the party to come!
Often times morning weddings tend to be more low key, but not in this case! The dance floor was completely packed the entire time and their friends and family were all having a blast. As an “outsider" of their wedding guests, one aspect that really caught my eye about Lucia + Bennett’s wedding day was their families. I loved that it seemed that everyone in the room took turns dancing with the bride and groom and you truly felt that their marriage was not just a joining of two individuals, but a joining of two families as well!

Photographer: Cassondre Mae Photography, Warwick, NY
Venue: The Grandview, Poughkeepsie, NY
Florist: Hudson Valley Floral
Hair + Makeup: Jenn Martin Spa, Rhineback, NY
Dress Shop: Blush Bridal Boutique, Kingston, NY
Dress Designer: Stella York
Entertainment: DJ Bri Swatek, Wappingers Falls, NY