The Bourne Mansion: Oakdale, NY: Kara & Evan's Wedding

Job interviews can be stressful, nerve wracking. But Kara was prepared as she walked into the interview. Of course, she didn't know then that this interview would change her life forever. Evan was on the interviewing panel, and Kara, with her wit, intelligence, and luminous personality, scored the position.

It wasn’t long after she started the job that Evan and Kara found themselves socializing outside of work. Soon, everything had changed. The beginning of their relationship was so natural, in fact, that neither can agree on the location of their first official date. In Kara’s mind, it was Candle 79, while Evan recalls a Valentine’s date at an Italian restaurant. Before they knew it, everything had fallen into place, and it was with this ease that they realized they were meant for each other.

That same ease carried Kara and Evan through their entire wedding day. Kara even surprised herself with her zen-like sense of calm on their wedding morning. Perhaps it was because she knew that everything was exactly as it should be, that there was no question that rest of this day would be among the best of her life.

The ceremony looked out on vast green lawns and the water beyond, and we were all bathed in a perfect golden light that seemed to land on Kara and Evan just as they spoke their vows.

It became especially clear during the reception in the Bourne Mansion’s grand and romantic ballroom that not only were Kara and Evan born ready to tear up the dance floor, but also that they were not the only ones radiating joy that day. Both families shared how easily Kara melded into Evan’s family, and Evan into Kara’s. Kara’s sister spoke of the special influence Kara has had on her life, being someone to look up to, someone to talk to at multiple points in the day, someone who would worry about her. Evan’s brother spoke of his own family, and how he was so glad that his oldest daughter now has a little sister, so that they can be best friends-just like the friendship that he shares with Evan.

Kara and Evan will undoubtedly bring the love of their families with them as they start their new life together, and share so many more firsts, each one seamlessly blending into the next.

Bridal Gown: Demetrios  |  Bridesmaids Dresses: Amsale  |  Bridal Salon: Hollywood Bridal in Kenilworth, NJ  |  Shoes: Stella McCartney  |  Hair & Makeup: The House of Makeup  |  Venue: The Bourne Mansion in Oakdale, NY  |  Caterer: Lessings  |  Cake: Ester's Treats  |  Band: Faze 4