On May 21st, 2016, my cousin Andrew married Briana in his parents’ backyard in Greenport, NY. It was a wonderful wedding – the weather, though overcast, was pleasant, and it rained only briefly during dinner when we were all under the tent. Though I didn’t know many of the people there, the obvious love and happiness Andrew and Briana shared made it easy to laugh and cry with everyone through the afternoon and evening.
Greenport, NY is a charming New England town up on the tip of Long Island. We arrived a day before the wedding and stayed in a beautiful old inn just up the street from downtown, which featured a myriad amount of little shops and restaurants (I was especially excited to be able to eat Mexican food again!) Scattered around Greenport were several wineries, and I went to my first wine tasting! Out of the reds and whites we tried (I’m no wine connoisseur, so I can’t for the life of me remember what was what), I discovered that I liked the port the best.
On the day of the wedding we started the morning with tea and coffee at a wonderful salon called Special Effects. The food and drinks were perfect, and there were beautiful tea sets everywhere.
Briana and her bridesmaids got their hair done here, then returned to a home just a few houses down the street from my aunt and uncle’s house, where the wedding would be held, to do makeup and get dressed.
I was lucky enough to be able to take photographs for the wedding, and I was so happy to spend time with these kind, funny, awesome people! After shooting this wedding and my friend’s wedding a couple weeks later (I’ll post those photos in a few days!), I almost want to be a wedding photographer – but for me, taking photographs for friends and family is what makes it so enjoyable. I smiled a lot working on these photographs when I returned to Japan, and every time I opened them up on my computer it felt like I was there again.
If I ever win the lottery, I’m moving to Greenport. If you look closely at that last picture, you can see a vineyard, right behind the backyard.
I cried and laughed so much during the ceremony. And then I cried and laughed some more during the speeches at dinner.
The coolest thing that happened to me that evening was talking with Andrew during dinner. I saw my cousins a lot when I was little (our grandparents live in Kansas, so they came to visit), but in more recent years I’ve hardly seen them. Sitting with Andrew, we were just talking, and he suddenly said, “Do you remember being at Grandma and Grandpa’s house watching Fievel Goes West and the Land Before Time?” And I was like “YES I DO!” And I got a warm fuzzy feeling, because I’m an only child, and to have a shared memory like this is something I’ve never experienced. In that moment I thought, this must be what it’s like to have a sibling!
I’m so lucky to have such a wonderful family, and I’m so happy that Briana is now a part of it! Here’s to many years of happy marriage; I love you two. Cheers to the Greers!
Also, here’s Andrew and their darling puppy, Nero: