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January 3, 2020

Grand Street Cafe Wedding | Hey Millers!

Grand Street Cafe is obviously a grand ole cafe, but it’s also a tucked away wedding venue!

When I walked into Grand Street, it was absolutely and undeniably adorable. There was all the room in the world to personalize the venue and vendors could be cleverly tucked away for things like dinner and DJ’ing.

Jenny is probably the most laid back bride I’ve ever met in my life and between her and Zach, the day was incredibly smooth and full of fun.

What traditions did they ditch?

Well, in the best and most amazing move they didn’t have a wedding party. Instead, they just brought all of their closest friends with them on a party bus and we drove to The Nelson to take photos of all the people they loved best. It made for a stress free experience, especially because Jenny is the very opposite of “all eyes on me”. We took a few minutes just to relax and then headed back to the venue.

Plus, I’m here to tell you that if you haven’t ever been to a wedding with pretzels and just a literal vat of cheese, you’re missing out. The whole spread was amazing, the toasts were full of giggles (turns out their best friend took his speech opportunity to tell Jenny’s dad that he ran over their mailbox years and years ago) and everyone on that dance floor knew how to get the hell down with their bad selves.

I went through my 2019 weddings and somehow realized I hadn’t blogged this gem of a day, but feast your eyes! Take these two love birds lead and do whatever you want. Bring your best friends on a bus and just do the damn thing.

What they had to say about me!

Choosing Tay to photograph our wedding was one of the easiest and best decisions we made. Both my husband and I are awkward and uncomfortable with being the center of attention and photographed, obviously a bad position to be in on your wedding day. However, Tay made something typically uncomfortable for us into something fun and easy! The photographs are beautiful and captured a lot of special moments as well as the energy of our dance floor at our reception!!

Vendor list:

DJ Fernando
Yummies by Yoka
Grand Street Cafe

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jenny & zach

Choosing Tay to photograph our wedding was one of the easiest and best decisions we made. Both my husband and I are awkward and uncomfortable with being the center of attention and photographed, obviously a bad position to be in on your wedding day. However, Tay made something typically uncomfortable for us into something fun and easy! The photographs are beautiful and captured a lot of special moments as well as the energy of our dance floor at our reception!!

Tay is simply the best! Her work is STUNNING, and we're so lucky to have found her. We had a blast during our engagement shoot -- Tay instantly makes you feel so comfortable, as if you've known her for years. Our family and friends loved the photos as much as we did. It was important to us that we find an experienced photographer who knows how to photograph people of color and is LGBTQ-friendly. Tay absolutely fits the bill. We're so excited to work with her again at our wedding in April. Also, brides-and-grooms-to-be: Check out her blog for some amazing tips! It has become a touchstone guiding us through this crazy process.

wes & jerome

I’m so glad I trusted Tayanna with my wedding day! She not only exceeded my expectations for what I thought our wedding photos could look like, but she had a beautiful sneak peek for me that night! The sneak peek was enough to make me sob. Then the rest of the photos came only 9 days later! I could go on forever. If you need a photographer that’s fun, energetic and on her game sooooo hard, you need Tayanna Harris. She’s killer!!!

katy & tim