Rose and Jordi met in September of 2012 just 2 weeks after Jordi moved to the United States from the Netherlands. He was living just 4 blocks away from Rose’s house, and after much persistence from her friends, they finally met up at a bar directly between their houses. The rest is history.
This wedding was particularly fun for us to shoot because the sister of the bride, Rebecca, is a very close friend of ours. It was amazing to spend some time with Rebecca and her kids at an event like this and to see her whole family all together.
I started out with Jordi at the Marriott across from the Lancaster City Visitor Center, while Kim was with Rose getting ready. Rose had her sisters as well as both of her sisters-in-law to be bridesmaids, along with three of her other friends—and Jordi’s two step-sisters were the flower girls along with Rose’s niece. Jordi had asked several of his friends, including his host-brother from when he lived in Kentucky for a year, to be groomsmen, along with Rose’s brother.
While they were getting ready, they had a small gift exchange before we staged a first look between Rose and her father ahead of the ceremony. She and Jordi had decided not to have a first look just the two of them, so we walked across the street to the visitor center after that.
The ceremony was informal but filled with their family and friends as a friend of the family officiated for them and Rose’s sister, Ruth—who also served as the unofficial coordinator for Rose as they put together the big day—did a scripture reading after an opening prayer. Perhaps most amazing was the Lord’s Prayer, which Rose’s father sang during the wine unity. He was absolutely amazing to listen to! We also loved watching Rebecca walk down the aisle with the two little ring bearers, Ryan and James.
That family unity and love was present throughout the entire day. There were so many moments when Rose and Jordi were laughing out loud with each other and their friends and family, smiling like everyone should on their wedding day. Even the flowers were part of that togetherness, with many of them provided by Rose’s father’s hydroponic farm and arranged by her friends and family. Rose loves to garden, and the two of them often go to the park with their dog and Jordi’s son, so the flowers were particularly special to them.
We also loved the fact that, while the wedding was small and intimate, Rose and Jordi made sure that they incorporated elements of both the United States and the Netherlands so that both of their cultures were represented.
The two of them were so fun to photograph once it was time for portraits. Even though it was chilly, they did so well, showcasing a classy, elegant style that carried over not only in the portrait sessions but in the un-posed moments of the wedding. They wanted to get a few outdoor shots, and of course, we were only too happy to oblige.
After the dinner and cake-cutting, all that was left was the dancing, especially, of course, the first dance, which Rose and Jordi shared to Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud.”
Rose & Jordi, thank you so much for letting us be part of your wedding day! We love your family so much and were honored to be included in your celebrations!
DJ – DJ Mast
Catering – Gypsy Kitchen Catering