[Wedding] Katie & Jason – Ram’s Head Inn on Shelter Island, NY

Ram's Head Inn on Shelter Island. Captured by Northern NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.

We can’t begin to tell you how excited we are to finally be able to share Katie and Jason’s awesome wedding at the Ram’s Head Inn on Shelter Island. Firstly, we love coming into Long Island. It’s a nice escape from the all busy-ness of suburban life (and a predominantly urban work-environment!). Secondly, we just love this family to bits and pieces. I remember meeting Katie and her extended family on our FIRST meeting in a Williamsburg tea house not that long ago. We talked about Katie and Jason’s wedding plans as they perused my portfolio in great detail. As we mentioned in a previous post, we knew it wasn’t going to be easy to plan a wedding from so far away; we already understood how crucial it was for Katie and her family to ask all the right questions and to meet all the right people while she was in town sporadically over the following months. You could imagine our relief when we found the all-time-favorite-kind-of email in my inbox just a few short hours later, the one where the couples (and family!) had reached a consensus that we’d be a perfect match for their wedding day! Invitations for Katie and Jason's wedding day at Ram's Head Inn on Shelter Island, NY. Captured by Northern NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.

 A summer wedding at a Long Island Bed & Breakfast? Count us in!

Guests relax on the beach on the morning of Katie and Jason's wedding day on Shelter Island, NY. Captured by Northern NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.

One of the perks of Ram’s Head Inn are its calm beaches by the bay. Family friendly? Check! Soaking in some morning rays before the wedding ceremony? Check! Sand in the photographer’s shoes? Check 100 x’s!

Father of bride prepares signs for Katie and Jason's wedding day at Ram's Head Inn on Shelter Island, NY. Captured by Northern NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Notes with rings from the groom on Katie and Jason's wedding day at Ram's Head Inn on Shelter Island. Captured by Northern NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. Groom preps for his wedding day at the Ram's Head Inn on Shelter Island, NY. Captured by Northern NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.

We were given an honorable mention during speeches, with a query regarding all seemingly random things we were documenting that morning. My future son-in-law is lending me his cufflinks…what’s so significant about that? The answer was quite simple: we were there to document every detail of the entire day, which not only included portraits of the couple, but also the love of family and friends that surrounded them on this momentous occasion. Pictures of flowers, dresses and first dances were all nice and dandy, but when it came down to it, it was the whole act of two families coming together which made this day special.

Bride gets her make-up done on her wedding day at Ram's Head Inn on Shelter Island. Captured by Northern NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Flowers for Katie and Jason's wedding day at Ram's Head Inn on Shelter Island, NY. Captured by Northern NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. Guests wear sandals for Katie and Jason's wedding day at Ram's Head Inn on Shelter Island, NY. Captured by Northern NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.

I probably could’ve gotten away with wearing a pair of pink flip-flops, but that would’ve made it double tough for me to chase everyone around :).

Bridal portraits on her wedding day on Shelter Island. Captured by Northern NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.

Groom preps for his wedding day at Ram's Head Inn on Shelter Island, NY. Captured by Northern NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. Groom preps for his wedding day at Ram's Head Inn on Shelter Island, NY. Captured by Northern NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.

Some of my favorite groom prep shots :).

 Groom with his father and brother on his wedding day at Ram's Head Inn on Shelter Island, NY. Captured by Northern NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.

Groom sheds tears during his wedding on Shelter Island. Captured by Northern NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.

Someone’s always cutting onions when I’m shooting a wedding ceremony. Not sure what the deal is :).

Bridesmaid smiles during a wedding ceremony on Shelter Island. Captured by Northern NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.

Bride and groom make their grand exit after their wedding ceremony on Shelter Island. Captured by Northern NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.

Bride and groom share a kiss outside the chapel on their wedding day on Shelter Island, NY. Captured by Northern NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.

Luggage tag table place cards for Katie and Jason's wedding day on Shelter Island, NY. Captured by Northern NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.

Hands down, one of the coolest table-seating systems I’ve ever documented.

Sparklers for the guest of Katie and Jason's wedding day on Shelter Island, NY. Captured by Northern NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.

That’s some serious Cost-Co quantity of sparklers we got there! Surprisingly, all were gone in a matter of 30 minutes!

Brother in law of the bride teaches young boy how to use a camera on her wedding day on Shelter Island, NY. Captured by Northern NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.

This…brings a tear to my eye :).

Group photo on Katie and Jason's wedding day on Shelter Island, NY. Captured by Northern NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.Father of the bride makes a speech on Katie and Jason's wedding day on Shelter Island, NY. Captured by Northern NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.Brother of the groom makes a speech on Katie and Jason's wedding day on Shelter Island, NY. Captured by Northern NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.Bridesmaids make a speech on Katie and Jason's wedding day on Shelter Island, NY. Captured by Northern NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.

Katie and Jason laugh during speeches during their wedding reception at Ram's Head Inn on Shelter Island, NY. Captured by Northern NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.

I’m going to nominate this photo for “Best of Laughing-During-Speeches” for my 2012 Ben Lau Photography awards :). The fact that we actually have enough for a contest means we’re totally booking the right kind of clients!

First dance between bride and groom on their wedding day on Shelter Island, NY. Captured by Northern NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.Father and daughter dance on Katie and Jason's wedding day on Shelter Island, NY. Captured by Northern NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.Mother and son dance on Katie and Jason's wedding day on Shelter Island, NY. Captured by Northern NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.Guests dance during Katie and Jason's wedding reception at Ram's Head Inn on Shelter Island, NY. Captured by Northern NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.Guests dance during Katie and Jason's wedding reception at Ram's Head Inn on Shelter Island, NY. Captured by Northern NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.Guests dance during Katie and Jason's wedding reception at Ram's Head Inn on Shelter Island, NY. Captured by Northern NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.Guests dance during Katie and Jason's wedding reception at Ram's Head Inn on Shelter Island, NY. Captured by Northern NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.Guests dance during Katie and Jason's wedding reception at Ram's Head Inn on Shelter Island, NY. Captured by Northern NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.Guests dance during Katie and Jason's wedding reception at Ram's Head Inn on Shelter Island, NY. Captured by Northern NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.Guests dance during Katie and Jason's wedding reception at Ram's Head Inn on Shelter Island, NY. Captured by Northern NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.Guests dance during Katie and Jason's wedding reception at Ram's Head Inn on Shelter Island, NY. Captured by Northern NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.Katie and Jason poses for a photo with Ben Lau during their wedding reception at Ram's Head Inn on Shelter Island, NY. Captured by Northern NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.

You can’t begin to imagine how hard it was to do this shot with 10 lbs of camera and no live-view :).

This celebration wouldn’t have been possible without the help of these wonderful people.

Ceremony : : Union Chapel on the Grove
Reception : : Ram’s Head Inn
Gown : : Cymbeline, Paris
Jewelry : : Diamond Shop in Antwerp, Belgium
Hair : : Vera Barron
Make Up : : Vera Barron
Grooms Attire : : Austin Reed, London
DJ/Entertainment : : DJ Andy Entertainment
Photo Booth : : DIY
Catering : : Ram’s Head Inn
Cake : : Ram’s Head Inn
Floral : : Kimjon Designs
Favors : : DIY – Mother of Bride
Stationery : : Village Invites, NYC
Secondary Photography : : MJ Park

Bride and groom portraits at Ram's Head Inn on Shelter Island, NY. Captured by Northern NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.

Congratulations to the both of you, Katie and Jason. We were so incredibly honored to capture your beautiful day, and we wish you two many, many years of happiness!

As for us here at Ben Lau Photography, we don’t even know what day of the week it is, much less our own names. Wedding season + two kids in the house = House full of zombies (though Karis lets me occasionally sleep in on Mondays!)

We’ve got a whole lot more in store for you. Stay tuned for more!

Much love,

Ben & Karis

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