What’s better than a long holiday weekend you ask? How about a long holiday weekend celebrating the marriage of two fantastic people completely surrounded by nothing but family, friends, and good vibes? Oh yeah! I did that. This wasn’t just any old holiday weekend though, it just so happened to be Memorial Day Weekend. For those of you who may be reading this without any knowledge of Catherine and Jake, aka the bride and groom, both actively serve in the U.S. Coast Guard. Needless to say, Memorial Day Weekend is kind of a big deal.
The day started off with a lot of uncertainty, specifically regarding the weather. Fear of the notoriously unpredictable spring rain storms were looming, but as no surprise to anyone, the heat and intense humidity came in and stole the show…not away from Catherine and Jake, though. That was impossible. At the Gallagher family residence, the girls (yes, all SEVEN Gallagher sisters) were getting glammed up and having a grand old time playing tunes, sharing laughs, and playing around with the most adorable little crew, consistent of: Mary Grace, Claire, Ryan, and the newest addition, baby Erin (scroll for cuteness below). The guys, on the other hand, were having a little hotel pre-party of their own filled with plenty of pizza and beer to keep everyone at ease.
The ceremony was held at St. John Neumann Church, in Bryn Mawr, and it had all of the quaint charm you would want at a Church wedding. Aside from the moment Jake and Catherine said, “I do”, I have to say that the runner-up for best moments was when Colleen sang Ave Maria and moved everyone in the Church to tears. I got chills then and am even starting to get emotional reflecting on it now. Truly unforgettable.
The real party started when all of the guests and bridal party arrived at Downingtown Country Club. This venue is notorious for hosting some great weddings, and the Gallagher-Vickers Wedding was no exception. You always know it’s going to be a great time when guests get up and start dancing on their own. That’s how it was THE ENTIRE TIME – hardly anyone sat down. There was such an influx of love and excitement throughout the entire day, but the reception at DCC, quite literally took the cake. You could just feel the energy radiating from everyone throughout the entire evening.
Catherine and Jake, you two are very deserving of such a perfect day. Sela and I were so honored to be able to spend the entire day capturing the love between you, your family, and your friends. Your good vibes are infectious, and your selflessness for serving our country is something that no words could ever do justice. THANK YOU for letting us be a part of your day! We look forward to your upcoming adventures in Cape May this summer. Endless Congratulations!
Also, I want to give a special shoutout to my very special 2nd shooter, Sela, who is an absolutely fantastic shooting partner and an even better sister (keeping the family theme for the wedding).