From the moment I met these two love birds it was obvious they were crazy about each other, and their wedding at the Albany Country Club did not disappoint, I have the photos to prove it. You could see it each time they looked at each other, and each time their hands touched. While I had the opportunity to shoot their engagement photos some months before their wedding and had already learned that Roland was a romantic at heart, I was not prepared to witness how much these two really craved each other. Courtney melted every time Roland looked at her, and Roland could not look at her without a smile in his face. Their wedding can quickly be described as sweet and elegant. However, it was much more than that. It was a testament of how much two people can love each other and that real pure love still exists. Here are some of our favorite photos from Courtney and Roland summer outdoor wedding at Albany Country Club.
The bride and her squad got ready at the couple’s home in Albany. The original plan only included time for “a quick picture” of the bridesmaids in their robes, but I am so happy we ditched that plan and the bride was able to spend some good time with her bridesmaids. Not every bride has time to sit and relax with her squad before her wedding, which was amazing, and the result of some good planning. 😉 If you have been in a wedding lately, you know the importance of Mimosas. Bouquet? Nah, you can go without it nowadays. Mimosas? Do-or-die.
Meanwhile, at the Albany Country Club:
Wedding day advice? Surround yourself with people that really love you and care for you. If I were to get married again, I would ask J
Once Courtney was ready, she had a first look with her dad. I lie if I say I was the only one tearing up.
First Look at Albany Country Club
First looks always require a few logistics: Hide groom so bride can get out of car > Bring bride in so she can add her final details, and hide her from groom > Bring groom out to first look location > Turn groom away from bride walkway > Bring bride out > let bride and groom do their thing.
And off to meet everyone else for family formals.
For Courtney and Roland being able to spend time with their friends at the cocktail hour was important, so they asked close family members and bridal party to come earlier and we did their pictures before the ceremony.
I keep telling this over and over, children make picture time better.
So much better. As a cute note: after looking at these pictures, little one over here asked to have real shoes next time, no crocs shenanigans.
And all the in betweens:
The cutest flower girl made sure there were flowers all across the bride’s path. Watching Courtney’s dad, walking her little girl down the aisle, and giving her away to the man of her dreams was very endearing.
Their outdoor ceremony at the patio of the Albany Country Club was beautiful. It was filled with kisses, lots of kisses.
Before attending their cocktail hour, Courtney and Roland had some minutes to relax, refresh, and bustle the dress, which is normally an “all hands on deck” type of event.
Bride and groom practicing their first dance one more time.
Some of their beautiful wedding details, and
Here come the newly weds and all the first dances:
Tommy, the bridesman made sure everyone made it to the dance floor. We saw you Tommy, thank you!
As sunset was almost gone, Courtney and Roland escaped the crowds and took advantage of the beautiful sunset for one last set of outdoor pictures.
The wonderful day concluded just as it started, filled with love, laughter, and wonderful people singing speeches.