Lake Champlain Wedding: Stephanie and Kevin

Before the wedding day, the last time I saw the bride was when she was 6 years old. I admit that when I saw her, part of me thought “Wait … what right do you have to be gorgeous? You’re supposed to be six!”

You see, this was more than a wedding, it was a homecoming. I have known Stephanie’s family all of my life. When I arrived in the morning, her grandmother hugged me for about three minutes straight. Her mother, who planned so many of the amazing, home-spun details, had made sure that they would only have the wedding on a day I was available. And the kid from Plattsburgh, who had so long laid dormant, came back in full-force. The kid in me was far more star-struck by the local weatherman being a guest than by a wedding I shot where Wolf Blitzer got down on the dance floor. Because, you know, he’s on TV, and kids from Plattsburgh don’t know anyone on TV.

It was everything a wedding should be, and things that I didn’t even know a wedding should be. You want to see bonding between a bride’s father and his new son-in-law? Well, it helps that the groom is a guitar hero, and brought his band a long so Dad could join him on drums for a 10-minute jam session. Hula hoops, cotton candy, gorgeous Lake Champlain sunsets, and Chinese sky lanterns? Got ’em. And an environment of fun and love in every corner? Got it.

Congratulations to friends old and new.

Ryan Chan - Those sky lanterns are so awesome!

Stephie - Love the lanterns! And great landscapes to show the surroundings of the beautiful wedding. :)

Tall - Awesome as per the usual! Love your use of blues with lighting and working that sky to compliment their colors.

Dennis Pike - ridiculously awesome, Ryan. I especially love the one of the bride holding the lantern. Very out of the box light source.

Jared Tseng - Such amazing moments captured! I love the back story too — it makes it all the more special!

Amber Hughes - Fantastic photos Ryan – I especially like the dancefloor shots and the skylaterns!

Laurie Peacock - Killer night shots! LOVE!!!!!

Cassie - Lanterns!!!! Wow so many great shots. Ryan you are so amazing with night shots! You really have a gift for lighting!

alexis sweet - wow… those bridal portraits are especially beautiful. love the lantern idea too!

ALMA - Your work is awesome!

Shell Bailey - Fire lanterns! I am jealous. You captured so many great moments here… My favorite shot is the portrait in the trees, though. That needs to be framed and huge.

Amanda Basteen - How beautiful! So jealous about the lanterns, I would LOVE for someone to do that at one of my weddings.

Rima - Great shots Ryan love the night time shots especially

Max - These are amazing, so much emotion.

Heather - These are great. I love the lanterns. My past two brides did this. SO CUTE!

Anton Chia - The portraits in the trees are epic art and I totally love those lanterns!

Steve Koo - Gorgeous, Ryan. Everything about the sequence with the lanterns at night is amazing.

Alan Langley - The master of balancing light – the lantern shots are fantastic. As always you nail the emotion, I look through with a tear in my eye and a lump in my throat.

Paul Fuller - Fantastic set, love the lantern shots at the end

Teresa K - Fantastic story and inspiring images…I love coming here!!

Kyle - The night time shots are totally awesome. Not I want to shoot a wedding with crazy lantern things!

Louisa Coulthurst - Love the photo with the bride and the bridesmaids in the shade – fantastic!

Kat Forsyth - Kickass portraits, Ryan!

Sara - Sky lanterns! So beautiful, amazing photos as usual.

coler - Brides eye through the ladies glasses (maybe the mother?) – ace. Intense post.