I first met Michelle and John at their engagement session on a warm September day at the beach, the kind of warm day that doesn’t usually occur in September. After talking over the phone it was so nice meeting them in person and getting to know them and their son Ryan who came along for their session. I could tell from this first interaction with them how sweet and loving they were towards each other and towards Ryan.
On their wedding day, it was a beautifully sunny day a bit windy but beautiful. I met Michelle in their hotel and while photographing details I found this beautiful heart-shaped box that said on the inside “Thank you for our unending love, laughter, and support on this day and all the days of my life. -Love, Ryan.” I just about cried reading that because that was so sweet. I loved that this was the common thread for their wedding day, it was the start of their new family dynamic and Ryan was such a big part of that.
After Michelle got on her dress, we headed down to Nahant where John and her would share their first look on the beach. Ryan was almost as excited as John to see Michelle, grinning from ear to ear when she arrived. I just loved how happy the two of them were to see each other, just beaming.
We quickly captured bridal party and then family portraits as the wind kicked up and the temperatures sunk down and then headed over towards their venue, Oceanview of Nahant. The ceremony was held outside, and offered quite a few laughs when the wind would blow a few things around including Michelle’s veil. There was a beautiful part of the ceremony that included Ryan. One of the cutest parts was when Ryan thought they were going to be announced he started grinning and jumping up and down.
I grabbed Michelle and John for a few quick portraits after the ceremony and then everyone went inside to be in the warmth. After a fun cocktail hour, the bridal party danced their way into the reception room. Michelle and John shared a beautiful first dance, which by the way they totally rocked (they are amazing dancers). We were treated to speeches from Michelle’s sister and John’s friend, which were sweet and loving. After the parent dances, which were another beautiful moment of the night, with Michelle sharing her dance with her father and then her father’s partner to the song “Michelle” by The Beatles, and John sharing a wonderful dance with his mom. After that the fun dancing started and the group danced their way to the end of the night. Congratulations again Michelle, John, and Ryan, it was such a beautiful day, and I’m so happy for you and your family!
Venue: Oceanview of Nahant || https://oceanviewofnahant.com/
Second photographer: Lorna Stell || www.lornastell.com
Makeup: Katie McGowan Makeup || www.katiemcgowanmakeup.com
Hair: Vivid Salon || https://vividbeautysalon.com/
Florals: Evan’s Wedding Flowers || https://evansflowers.com/
DJ: 617 Weddings || 617weddings.com
Cake: Frederick’s Pastry || www.pastry.net