Naugles Barn Wedding Photos (Hallockville Museum Farm) – New York City Wedding Photographer Josh Wong Photography
Hallockville Museum Farm (Naugles Barn), Riverhead, NY
A few weeks ago, I had the great pleasure of shooting Christine and Dan’s wedding in Eastern Long Island. It was at the historic Naugles Barn, built in 1938 on the Hallockville Museum Farm in Riverhead, New York. For those wine lovers out there, Riverhead, New York marks the beginning of Long Island’s Wine country. I met Christine when she was the maid of honor of one of my brides, Crystal, who was married last year in Massapequa, NY at the Riviera. I can’t think of a better way to start off the Fall wedding season than to shoot in a barn, which was a first for me. If you know Christine and Dan you would know how perfect this rustic setting is for them. Their wedding was a mix of casual chic with modern elegance. Christine wore a gorgeous strapless ball gown with layers of white tulle and a black Swarovski beaded belt from the Spring 2010 Romona Keveza couture line at Kleinfeld’s which she paired with a very sexy pair of black satin pumps. Her bridesmaids wore strapless shadow gray cocktail length dresses from Lula Kate’s bridesmaid collection and hot pink satin stilettos that were 4 inches high. Crystal was Christine’s matron of honor, even lending “Bean” (which she affectionately calls her), the stunning cubic zirconia bracelet that she wore on her wedding day. We couldn’t have asked for a better fall wedding day, the sun was out and it was a delicious 70-80 degrees.
One of Christine and Dan’s close friends, Damon officiated the wedding. The wedding ceremony and vows that he wrote for them were quite beautiful and incredibly moving. My hats off to you Damon, you did an awesome job sir!
The following is from Damon’s notes from the wedding, which he was kind enough to share with me. (Prior to authoring his wedding speech, Damon sent Dan and Christine each a questionnaire.)
A little background for those of you that do not know the couple, Damon is the fiancé of Tara, one of Christine’s bridesmaids who introduced Dan to Christine.
When Dan met Christine, he described her as “short, brown wavy hair and cute as heck”, while Christine described Dan as, “the skinniest guy ever”. As their first date continued, Christine remembers Dan talking about his nieces and nephews a lot, even going so far as to show her pictures. She recalls thinking he was really a sweet, kind, and genuine person.
Dan, on the other hand, could not tell if Christine liked him. And even called Tara immediately after, “To see if Christine was into him.”
Just so you know Dan, “She was in to you.”
Damon asked Dan and Christine to describe what they feel when they think about each other…
“For Dan the answer was trust, he trusts Christine completely. For Christine, when she thinks of Dan, she gets “a euphoric tingly feeling.”
It’s so beautiful in its simplicity. To be so loved and so happy, you feel it in your soul, and then to let your guard down to trust another completely.”
Damon also asked, “If you could each fulfill one wish for the other, what would it be?”
“Christine, Dan wants to give you everything you ever wanted.
Dan, Christine wants you to have a happy and fulfilled life. And to encourage you in everything you do. She is your biggest fan.
Dan, you are everything she ever wanted.
And Christine, Dan’s life is happy and fulfilled as long as you are in it.”
I think I have the best job in the world, I am privileged to be there to witness one of the most amazing and meaningful days in two people’s lives. Thanks Dan and Christine for the unforgettable memories! Congratulations to you both!
Event Planner: Paladin Events (If you are looking for a great event planner, Maria and her team are top-notch.)
BTW… If you’ve missed Christine and Dan’s amazing engagement session in the Meat Packing District, see it here: