Katherine and James' Cape Cod Wedding || Sandwich, MA

It was a muggy morning in the beginning of June when I was heading to my first Cape wedding of the season. I will say I’m definitely a bit biased towards Cape weddings because I personally just love being there. No matter where you go on the Cape it’s usually beautiful. When I first got there, I met Katherine for the first time in-person while she was getting her makeup done. The first thing you feel with Katherine is a genuine warmth and kindness. She kept making sure all of her friends were having fun and kept playing with the adorable dogs that were keeping everyone company that morning. A few of my favorite photos from the day are definitely the photos with her and the dogs.

From getting ready we went to the venue, Heritage Gardens and Museum, to do Katherine and James’ first look. By the way, this venue is absolutely stunning. Just beautiful greenery and flowers everyone. I think everywhere we went that day was just seriously stunning. For their first look we had to hide Katherine away in the woods, and then got James in place. When they saw each other for the first time that day, I have never seen a bigger smile than that on James’ face. He was absolutely ecstatic to see Katherine in her wedding dress and the two of them just shared sweet moments together.

Their first look ended by hearing some screams from a golf cart nearby and seeing their bridal party heading over to this carousel on the venue’s property. By far one of the cooler things I’ve seen on a wedding day. This entertaining bridal party had so much fun on the carousel and then again during the photos outside.

When we were heading over to the ceremony site, I was completely in awe of the ceremony site. It was in a beautiful open field with this metal sculptural fountain behind them. They started their ceremony with audio from the movie “The Princess Bride,” you know the one, the one about marriage that was completely apt for their wedding day. The whole ceremony was so personal and true to them. Katherine’s aunt, started reading an advice for marriage quote and then several friends and family stood up from their seats to each read a piece of advice. One of my favorite parts was when the two of them read their own personal vows. I feel like this ceremony really was a peek into who these two are, and their beautiful relationship. After a kiss and huge cheers from the audience, we quickly grabbed family portraits before it started to rain.

Their cocktail hour was filled with drinks, lawn games, photos in the classic cars (located in the auto museum at the venue) and fun. Their bridal party had an awesome entrance and then everyone was treated to some absolutely beautiful speeches by the Best Man (James’ older brother) and Maid of Honor. I will say that the Best Man speech really got me, he was so emotional talking about how much his brother means to him and how much he loves the two of them. It was definitely one of the best speeches I’ve heard from a Best Man.

After the dinner came the dancing, and because they practiced in front of me during sunset photos, I knew that Katherine and James’ first dance was going to be absolutely amazing. These two choreographed a dance and absolutely killed it, everyone was screaming with excitement. To top it off, Katherine and her dad also did a special dance to a mix of songs. That kicked off the dancing for the evening and then everyone danced the night away. It was such a fun, perfect wedding to kick off all of my June weddings. These two are such seriously kind and sweet souls, and I am so happy to have been a part of their wedding day. Congratulations again you two!

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Vendors: 

Venue: Heritage Museum and Gardens || heritagemuseumsandgardens.org

Videographer: Mobile Video and Photography || www.mobilevideoandphotography.com

Cupcakes: Washashore Bakery || 508-419-6835 || www.washashorebakery.com || washashorebakery@gmail.com

Florist: Flowers by Anna || 508-566-3245 || www.flowersoncapecod.com || Anna@flowersoncapecod.com

Caterer: The Casual Gourmet || (508) 775-4946 || www.thecasualgourmet.com || lisa@thecasualgourmet.com

Make-up artist: Anny || 508-367-0452.

Hair stylist: Amanda DaSilva || 508-360-3953 || a.dasilva963@gmail.com

DJ: Jeff Fowler || 508-586-7007 || j1fw@aol.com

Wedding Dress: RK Bridal, New York, NY. || www.rkbridal.com

Veil, Accessories, Alterations: Techys Tailoring, Alexandria, VA.

Tropical Styled Shoot

A few weeks ago, I participated in a styled shoot with a host of amazing vendors. It was a tropical paradise in the midst of New England. 

Vendors:

Venue: Lake Pearl Wrentham || http://www.lakepearl.com/

Planner / Design: Jenny Wedding Boston Events || https://www.weddings-boston.com

Florals / Design: Millie Whitemoss & Twigs || http://www.whitemossandtwigs.com

Dresses: BHLDN (Bridal Gown) || https://www.bhldn.com/

Show Me Your MuMu || https://www.showmeyourmumu.com

Hair and Makeup: Verde Weddings || http://www.verdesalon.org/

Cake: Nancy's Bakery || http://www.nancysbakery.net/

Invites: Pretty Ink Press // Heather Ashley || https://www.prettyinkpress.com/

Calligraphy Leaves: Simply done… || http://www.simplydone4u.com/

Models: Brian Loud // Groom, Katie Dye // Bride, Caroline // Bridesmaid, Megan // Bridesmaid || www.maggieagency.com/

Ring Box: The Ritzy Box || https://www.theritzybox.com/

Extras: Plates & Glasses: Pier 1 ||  https://www.pier1.com/

Grooms Tie: Get Knots || www.getknots.com

Poppies from Cross Street Flower Farm || www.crossstreetflowerfarm.com

Flowers from DV Flora || www.dvflora.com

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Rachelle and Dave's South End Engagement Session || Boston, MA

I met Rachelle through a referral from another photographer. Rachelle and Dave were heading to an event that evening, and since they were all dressed up, they wanted some engagement images of the two of them. It’s always a good idea to capture images on special occasions and I’m so glad I could do this for the two of them.

They live in the South End, so we started off right near their place and walked around the streets in their area, including those beautiful cobblestone streets. These two were such good sports considering we had a bit of drizzle during our session.

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Jennifer and Dave's Andover Country Club Wedding || Andover, MA

I met Jennifer and Dave about a year before their wedding, they were so bubbly and excited for their future and the best part is that nothing changed between then and their wedding day. The start of their wedding day was a little cloudy but shortly before arriving to photograph the getting ready portion of their day,

Jennifer was surrounded with friends and family to start the wedding day, and it was the same with Dave. One of the sweetest moments of the day was when Jennifer saw her dad for the first time that day. Sharing such a sweet moment just the two of them, which would be even trumped by a later moment.

The church was filled with all of their friends and family excited to celebrate the two of them, it was a lovely ceremony and filled with a little laughter as well. During the vows Jennifer said something along of the lines of “I promise to Facebook,” which made everyone in the church crack up. After these two were officially married, they both pumped up their arms in excitement.

The fun didn’t stop there, the start of their reception brought in unique and joyful moments such as their first dance being to a remix of Ed Sheeran’s “Perfect” that had some latin music remixed in. Her and her dad killed it on their dance together, and I totally think her dad wins for the best dancing father in a father/daughter dance. One of my favorite moments of the day was how happy her father was hugging her after that dance, and all the while Dave looking on so happy.

The speeches were also amazing, with Dave’s best man talked  about the day the two became friends. In his speech he told everyone how Dave sent him a note saying that he wanted to be friends and listing his other friends as references. Jennifer’s friends also killed it reminiscing about their friendship and when Jennifer and Dave started dating.

Jennifer and Dave’s family and friends rocked the dance floor all night. It didn’t matter what song was on, everyone was up and dancing all night, creating the perfect atmosphere for a celebration of their marriage. It was a perfect first wedding of the season for me, and I couldn’t have asked for a better couple to start off my 2018 with. Congratulations again Jennifer and Dave, you two are so perfect for each other!!

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|| Vendors ||

Ceremony Site: St. Michael's Parish 

Venue: Andover Country Club || www.andovercountryclub.com

Event Coordinator: Charlotte Hillery

Hair and Makeup: Hair & Make-Up by Gina & Company || ginamellone.com

DJ: DJ Randell || djnelski@aol.com || 

Second Photographer: Lorna Stell || www.lornastell.com

Wedding Dress: Cristina's Bridal || www.cristinasbridal.com

Tux: Classic Tuxedo || http://classictuxedo.com/

 

Shawna and Kevin's Fenway Engagement Session || Boston, MA

I met Shawna and Kevin on one of the nicest days at the end of March, this was after all of those random snow storms that had me questioning living in New England through the winters.

These two asked to do their engagement session in an area that meant a lot to them. For this area was the official/unofficial start of their relationship. Cask and Flagon was where they spent time together before officially starting their relationship and Fenway was also the start of that as well.

I loved the story of their “first” date. Shawna bought tickets to a Red Sox game, and it turned out that they arrived the wrong day for the game. Luckily they got in to standing room, and Kevin said that was their first date, but Shawna thought they were just friends at that point. A few more times hanging out together and their relationship blossomed (officially or unofficially). Either way it was the start of something amazing, and their relationship grew from there.

These two are so comfortable to be around, you can tell they have a solid foundation to their relationship and have so much laughter and love involved in it. While these two are New Yorkers right now, they will be heading back to the area in the few months leading up to their wedding in the fall. Hopefully leading to the attendance of many more Red Sox games in their future. I cannot wait for their wedding in October, it will be such a special and fun day :)

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Christina and JP's Bay Farm Conservation Engagement Session || Duxbury, MA

Christina and JP got up early on a late October morning to meet me at Bay Farm Conservation in Duxbury, MA. This was my first time coming to this location (which by the way was completely beautiful), and my first time meeting the two of them. Christina and I had just been communicating over email prior to this, so I was so glad to finally put a face with a name. These two were so sweet, and so easy-going. They made this such a fun, and easy session. This was by far one of the most unique engagement sessions. I told Christina that I loved having pets involved in the sessions, and they also included one of their chickens. So we had their dog Inde and one of their chickens along for the engagement session, it was so much fun and made the session so memorable. I cannot wait to work with these two to capture their wedding in July, I know it will be another memorable and beautiful day :) 

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Constance and Steven's Stepping Stone Ranch Wedding || West Greenwich, RI

Constance and Steven were my second couple that were planning their wedding from afar (Jen and Buzz were the first couple). These two are from California, and did an awesome job planning their wedding in Rhode Island. 

When I arrived at Stepping Stone Ranch on their wedding day, there was a sea of fog everywhere. It made the entire area look a bit spooky and mysterious. While the guys were getting ready and people were arriving luckily the fog lifted a bit and we had a break by the time the ceremony rolled around. When Constance and the bridesmaids arrived, they got out and then Constance changed up her ride. The ground was kind of wet and muddy, so Constance had the idea of pulling up to the aisle in a white convertible. By the way, this was one of the coolest entrances I have seen to date. 

After her amazing entrance, Constance's cousin Julian officiated their ceremony. This is something I really love, when the officiant knows the couple really well. He talked about their relationship, and the first time he met Steven. These two then shared their personal vows, which included the story of their first date in which Constance was running late but Steven just knew she was worth the wait. Their first date story was so charming and you can just see how these two balance each other out, each one of them are a great complement to the other. 

After the ceremony, these two left in their white convertible and it looked just like a fairy tale. We did a few portraits of just the two of them before heading back to the others. They just looked so happy and full of love. 

One of my favorite parts of their wedding day was after their entrance to the reception, when they did their first dance. They did their first dance to the song, "Perfect Day" by Lou Reed. I loved this because this song is a meaningful song to my boyfriend and I as well (he put this on a cd he made me at the start of our relationship). So seeing this song used as a first dance song, made me tear up a bit because it is such a beautiful song (that means a lot to me as well). 

The speeches by the Best Man, Blake, and Maid of Honor, Wendy, showed just how well these two friends know this couple, and just how much appreciation they have for their relationship. It was incredibly sweet. After the speeches, there was a break for dinner, in which we snuck Constance and Steven out for a few sunset photos. 

After dinner was when the real party started, this group had so much fun on the dance floor. This group didn't have to be asked twice to get on the dance floor. Everyone was up and having fun. 

To end the night, we did a sparkler exit. This was a bit of a challenge because we had to do this on the road, so every time a car came, we had to all move. After 10 minutes of this, we finally got a break and could do the sparklers, a perfect fairy tale ending to this beautiful couple's amazing wedding day. Congratulations again Constance and Steven, I know you two will have so much fun and joy in your marriage :) 

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Vendors: 

Venue: Stepping Stone Ranch || West Greenwich, RI || http://www.steppingstoneranch.com/

Coordinator/DJ: A-ROK Entertainment || http://www.djarok.com/ || arokent@hotmail.com

 

Jen and Buzz's Liberty Hotel Wedding || Boston, MA

The first time that I talked to Jen, I instantly bonded with her. It was one of those conversations that just flowed without pause, and I immediately wanted to book her as a client (because frankly it felt like talking to a friend). When the day came that I finally met Jen and Buzz (whose real name is Kevin, but everyone calls him Buzz) in-person, it was like being around two friends I haven't seen in a while. Jen and Buzz are so sweet and warm, you cannot help but like them right away. 

A few days later, I arrived at The Liberty Hotel on a very windy day to capture their wedding day for them. I arrived where Jen was getting ready with the bridesmaids (who were her sister and Buzz's sister) and the mothers. Everyone was so nice to me right away, basically welcoming me in as if they knew me. Shortly after when Jen was ready, we went down one level in The Liberty Hotel to do Jen and Buzz's first look. Little did we know, Jen's dad was also down there and we got to do a little father-daughter first look as well right before Jen and Buzz's first look. Jen and Buzz were so overjoyed seeing each other for the first time in their wedding attire. The grins on their faces were so big, and they just kept laughing and beaming. It was the cutest moment ever. 

From there I headed down to the ceremony site (but not without a quick photo of the bridal party walking through the lobby). The sky looked a bit threatening, but there was no rain and the wind dwindled down during their ceremony. The ceremony was full of so many sweet moments, and I particularly loved their vows to each other. It was so personal and made everyone there both laugh and shed a couple of tears. Once the two said I do and kissed, they again were grinning from ear to ear and just beaming with joy and love.

The Liberty Hotel had champagne for them waiting and we headed out to take a few photos of just the two of them. These two had so much fun, and kept joking about taking dramatic photos with their champagne and the wooden doors. We even got a few "American Horror Story" style dramatic photos in front of the entrance to The Liberty Hotel. 

After their couple portraits, and a bunch of family portraits (which were so sweet) the reception began with some fun dancing in by all of the parents and siblings, which then lead into Jen and Buzz's first dance. These two then welcomed all couples on to the dance floor and then there was a break for dinner. Shortly after that speeches were given by Jen's dad, Buzz's mom and step-father, and Buzz's sister. There were so many sweet stories shared, including how Buzz's mom actually knew Jen before Buzz did, as her teacher. Their families were so sweet and including, I felt like an extension of their family and it was so lovely. After speeches and cake cutting, the fun dancing part started. It was Buzz and his mom who ushered in the dancing by cutting quite a mean rug themselves, which got everyone else on the dance floor. It was one of those weddings that made me so very glad that this is what I get to do. I was able to capture so many lovely relationships in their lives, and it just made my heart soar. Jen and Buzz, congratulations again, I know you two will have all the happiness in the world. 

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Vendors: 

DJ: Peter Hallisey w/ Sound Choice Events || contact@bostonsoundchoice.com || 617-909-4700

Harpist: Molly McCaffrey || mollymccaffrey@gmail.com || 401-207-7494 || www.mollymccaffreyharp.com

Cake: Rachael Lang of Cardinal Dessert Co. || http://cardinaldessert.com/

Wedding Dress: BHLDN || http://www.bhldn.com/product/annabelle-dress-ivory

Topper: BHLDN || http://www.bhldn.com/product/itala-topper

Headpiece: BHLDN || http://www.bhldn.com/bride-veils-headpieces-halos-headbands/rosales-halo/productoptionids/d6588c0c-04f9-46b0-b5da-0086a7a09584

Earrings: BHLDN || http://www.bhldn.com/shoes-accessories-jewelry-earrings/maria-opal-earrings/productoptionids/d6588c0c-04f9-46b0-b5da-0086a7a09584

Megan and Karl's Glen Magna Farms Wedding || Danvers, MA

I met Megan and Karl through a bride from 2016, Leanne, who was in grad school with Megan. Megan and Karl are one of the sweetest couples you will ever meet. I was lucky enough to capture their engagement session back in April of this year, and got to know them during that and leading up to their wedding day. I was a little bit worried because the morning of their wedding day there were a lot of storms in the area. It kept raining while I was with the ladies getting ready at the salon but luckily the rain broke upon arriving to Glen Magna Farms. 

Glen Magna Farms is one of the most beautiful venues I have been to, there are gardens everywhere and the perfect place for a lovely and kind couple like Megan and Karl to get married. With the weather clearing, we knew we would be able to get a first look out by the gardens. Karl had such an awesome reaction to seeing Megan for the first time in her wedding dress, I just love how giddy and excited they were to see each other. It was such a perfect first look. These two were troopers, and still wanted to walk all around the grounds for their first look even though the ground was a little wet. 

Once the ceremony started, I knew I was in for a treat. The justice of the peace was amazing, she was candid and making everyone laugh throughout the entire ceremony. There were so many moments where the bridesmaids, Megan and Karl, and all of the friends and family members were laughing so hard. 

Once the reception got started we were treated to some funny and heartfelt speeches by Megan's dad, Karl's best man (and also his cousin) Calvin, and Megan's matron of honor Frances (a best friend that Megan has known all of her life). I loved hearing these speeches because it's so telling of how loved Megan and Karl are, and how important these relationships are. After everyone sat down for the meal, the real party got started. Their band Booty Vortex rocked the house with their funk covers. One of the most fun bands I've witnessed at a wedding to date. They had everyone on the dance floor to songs like "Brick House." It was such a fun ending to such a wonderful day. Megan and Karl are two of the nicest, kindest people you will ever meet, and I wish them nothing but happiness in the coming years together. Congratulations again Megan and Karl!! Thank you so very much for letting me capture your wedding day! 

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Vendors

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Glen Magna Farms in Danvers, MA || http://www.glenmagnafarms.org/

Caterer: Fireside Catering || https://www.firesidecatering.com/

Tent: The Event Company || http://rentent.com/

Entertainment: Booty Vortex || https://www.facebook.com/BootyVortex/

Transportation: McGinn Bus Company and Ludwig Limo

Flowers: Platinum Posies || www.platinumposies.com

Printing: New Milford Printing || (860) 354-0118

Second Photographer: Erica Pezente || https://ericapezente.com/

Salon: Radiance Salon || http://www.radiancelifestylesalonandspa.com/

Dress: Madeleine's Daughter Bridal || https://madeleinesdaughter.com/

Suit: Brooks Brothers || http://www.brooksbrothers.com/

Megan and Dan's Castle Island Engagement Session || Boston, MA

I met Megan and Dan on a chilly, windy late September morning on Castle Island. This is definitely a favorite place of mine in the Boston area and it's truly a beautiful place for an engagement session.

One of the things I really love is when my couples get their fur babies involved in the session, because frankly your pets really are a part of your family so why shouldn't they be included in your session. So Megan and Dan brought along their dog Desmond, a yorkie and maltese mix, and the cutest dog. One of the things I loved learning is that Dan's brother owns Desmond's brother, whose name is Charlie. For any of you "Lost" fans out there this should make you happy, for those who didn't watch "Lost" Desmond and Charlie were two characters on the show that have a big story line together. 

Megan and Dan were so easy to capture lovely images of, they were so sweet with each other. All I had to say to them was to cuddle up and they looked adorable. You can instantly tell how at ease they are with each other,  and how kind they are to each other. That extends to their dog Desmond as well. These two are the kind of people that you meet and instantly feel welcome, and I am just so excited to be working with them to capture their wedding day in August of next year. I'm sure Desmond is just as excited about their wedding day coming up :)  

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Moriah and Gregory's Wells Ogunquit Historical Society and Old Marsh Country Club Wedding || Wells, ME

On a beautiful day in September, I went up to Maine to photography a beautiful wedding. Moriah and Gregory's wedding was actually my first Maine wedding and I hope to be able to photograph another one in Maine again soon. Upon arriving to Gregory's sister Ashley's house, I was instantly at ease. Moriah, Ashley and her friend (also a bridesmaid) Tessa made me feel welcome right away. These three just had such a bond, each helping each other get ready putting on jewelry and fixing hair.

From there we headed out to the ceremony site at the Wells Ogunquit Historical Society, a stunning venue for a wedding. It was a photographers dream for an indoor ceremony venue (white walls and ceiling, and tons of natural light). There was a really sweet moment when Moriah and her bridesmaids arrived and they all saw Zachary, Moriah's son, for the first time. Zachary, who by the way totally stole the show a few times that day, walked his mother Moriah down the aisle and ran into Gregory's arms at the end. The ceremony was filed with laughter and sweet moments, and ended with Moriah and Gregory beaming with happiness. 

From there we went to their reception venue at Old Marsh Country Club and had the most gorgeous golden hour light. I kid you not, the best light for family portraits and couples portraits of Moriah and Gregory. Shortly after portraits we heard some lovely and heartfelt speeches by Gregory's sister Ashley, his friend Adam, and Moriah's friend Tessa. Stealing the spotlight though, was Zachary who was giving a little speech and then wanted to hold on to the mike and kept talking, which made everyone there crack up. He had everyone laughing so hard, and clearly he is a born entertainer. There were so many sweet moments during this wedding, I feel like I couldn't keep track from Gregory and his sister dancing with their grandparents, to Zachary and Moriah's dance, to Gregory and Moriah sharing so many love filled glances and kisses. The whole day was just so very beautiful. I have no doubt that Moriah, Gregory, and Zachary will be a happy family because they were already there even before it was official. Congratulations again Moriah and Gregory (and Zachary), I wish you a lifetime of happiness and fun! 

 

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Vendors

Coordinator: Chantel Williamson || (580) 699-9031 || Chantel.williamson03@gmail.com

DJ/lighting: Kevin Way || 207-807-5292 || http://www.eventective.com/marketplace/listing/site/559273

Cake: Beach Pea Baking Co. || (207) 439-3555 || www.beachpeabaking.com

Photo Booth: Boko || (207) 632-3221 || www.bokobooth.com

Hair and makeup: Kelly McLin || (603) 692-7002

Jennifer and Dave's Esplanade Engagement Session || Boston, MA

I met Jennifer and Dave on a warm, and extremely windy day in early September. Despite the wind, we got lucky with the gorgeous golden hour light. The Esplanade was a perfect place for Jennifer and Dave's engagement session.

We were able to capture photos with some of the Boston skyline, the Charles River, and the nature of the Esplanade. These two are adorable, and clearly love each other so much. They are definitely each other's yin and yang, fitting together so well as a couple. We spent our time walking to a few different areas, starting off near the Community Boating building and then heading over across some of the little bridges on the Esplanade. These two were so ready for anything, including dancing on the docks near the river.

It makes me feel so warm and fuzzy just thinking of the lovely September engagement session, even though it's currently pretty cold in Boston. I think I'll just be here re-living this engagement session until it's warm again. I'm so so excited for your wedding in April Jennifer and Dave, cannot wait to capture more of your love story!! 

 

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Jen and Sean's Oceancliff Wedding || Newport, RI

I had been talking with Jen and Sean for a while before their wedding day, and I could sense how sweet and lovely these two were. Their wedding day had the most beautiful blue skies, which allowed all of their guests to enjoy the gorgeous scenery at Oceancliff. Once we arrived at Oceancliff, I took a few photos of Sean and his friend and then we waited for Jen to arrive. These two were having their first look at Oceancliff, and I will never forget how excited Sean was to see Jen in her wedding dress looking radiant. The two of them were positively beaming seeing each other for the first time on their wedding day, It was one of the sweetest moments I have ever witnessed.

Shortly after, we prepared ourselves at their wedding ceremony site. It had a beautiful view of the bridge and the choppy blue water below. Their ring bearer and flower girl were probably some of the cutest I have ever seen, and performed their tasks to perfection. During the ceremony, Sean had people laughing and then Jen had people wiping tears from their eyes as they read aloud their vows. Their vows were so personal and touching, so lovely and thoughtful, that I started tearing up a bit alongside those in the crowd. 

Jen and Sean started out their wedding reception in the most amazing way. They started their first dance in the most elegant fashion ever, these two danced what looked like to me to be a waltz (those who know dancing better can correct me if I'm wrong). I was just completely amazed at how unbelievable these two were.  Shortly after, they had some really heartfelt speeches given by two of their friends. There was a lot of laughing, taking of group photos, and then their guests departed as I left with Jen and Sean to take photos along the rocky shores in Newport. I think this was one of the most special parts of the day, where Jen and Sean were just by themselves (with me taking some photos) walking alongside the water on the gray, rocky shore of Newport. 

I am so happy to have met these two and captured their beautiful wedding day, and I hope their second wedding ceremony in China is equally as beautiful. 

 

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