Captured & submitted by Kris Kelley Photography
When we first met Vicky and Sunny for their engagement session last year, we knew their wedding day was going to be special. They have these magnetic personalities that make you want to spend time with them. I love it when we meet a couple and they feel like old friends. Sunny and Vicky definitely felt like a perfect fit with us, and that type of chemistry between the couple and photographers always makes for a stress-free wedding day!
After meeting as students at the University of Delaware, their friendship grew to a beautiful love that they now share with their dog, Shadow. When speaking about their wedding day, they emphasized that what they wanted, besides lots of chocolate, was for their wedding to be fun. And man, was it! Featuring nods to Sunny’s Indian heritage, their wedding was not only gorgeous, but the food was incredible, and the music had everyone dancing till the late night!
Terrain at Styer’s is a gorgeous venue, and even though it was early spring and so many of the plants were dormant, the venue was still covered in amazing textures and colors, fitting for Sunny and Vicky’s intimate wedding. When we arrived at Terrain, we met Vicky and Sunny in the Mushroom House with their siblings and mothers, getting ready with early 90’s jams on the stereo. They wore traditional Indian wedding attire, and Vicky excitedly showed off her beautiful henna. Sunny’s mother carefully pinned a stunning, red dupatta to Vicky’s hair, and exchanged some tender words with her soon-to-be daughter-in-law.
Once she was ready, Vicky had a sweet first look with her father. Mr. Corradina quickly became one of my favorite fathers that we’ve met while capturing weddings. A formidable looking man, he started crying when he saw his eldest daughter in her wedding dress. Throughout the night, he would stand beside me capturing the most important moments on his own phone. His love for his daughter was so touching that I couldn’t help but smile every time he took a picture. As I told him, I wouldn’t dare get in the way of a father taking pictures of his daughter at her wedding.
Vicky and Sunny’s ceremony took place in the Hothouse of the Garden Shed. Sunny’s brother, Steve, performed the ceremony, which included an exchange of the jaimala, a flowered garland necklace. Vicky and Sunny wrote their own sweet vows (I definitely did not cry, okay, maybe I did) and exchanged rings, concluding the ceremony with a kiss.
While their friends and family sipped custom his and hers cocktails, we ran around Terrain capturing Vicky and Sunny’s newlywed portraits. The unseasonably warm weather allowed us to spend ample time wandering the grounds. Terrain even allowed us a few quick moments to take photos in their retail greenhouse space! We ended the portraits under the Indian Cathedral, which felt so magical in the twilight.
An incredibly delicious dinner was served featuring rolls in terra cotta pots (which is one of the cutest things I have ever seen!) and some potato dumplings that were to die for! Vicky and Sunny had their first dance alone before inviting their guests to join them on the dance floor. The desserts were even better than dinner, and they opted for donuts instead of a wedding cake! And instead of cutting a cake, they fed each other a donut! To top it off, Terrain provided S’more supplies and had a beautiful fire going at the pit just outside the shed.
Vicky and Sunny’s wedding was one of the favorites of my career, and I can’t wait to see where their love story takes them next!
Makeup Artist: Daneene Jensen & Associates//Hair Stylist: Daneene Jensen & Associates//Bakery: Duck Donuts//Dress Store: Fashion Queen Bridal//Event Venue:Terrain at Styers//Photographer: Kris Kelley Photography//