I had been so excited for Maggie and Alex’s wedding since we did their engagement session in the fall. These two are just so much fun and the absolute sweetest people ever. After I drove up to Bedford, New Hampshire that morning I was so excited to see there was a fresh layer of snow on the ground. Something I knew that Maggie had been hoping for to add a special something for photos. I started with details up in Maggie’s hotel suite, and then all the ladies came up after getting their hair and make up done at the Luxe Salon. These ladies were so cheerful and relaxed, it was such an easy and awesome start to the day. Maggie read a letter from Alex that made her tear up, and then read a bit out loud for her ladies. Everyone was just saying how sweet it was, and it started the day off showing what a beautiful connection Maggie and Alex have. I had my second photographer Lorna Stell hanging with the guys and capturing that fun. After capturing a few group photos of the ladies in the suite, it was time for Maggie to get into her gorgeous wedding dress. Maggie looked like a model in her dress, and with that fur shawl, she was a stunning winter bride.
Once she was ready, Maggie and I walked over to where she and Alex were doing their first look. On the way she kept getting greeted by family and friends who were absolutely thrilled to see her. Everyone kept saying how beautiful she looked, giving her hugs and high fives. We had Maggie wait behind the building while we got Alex into place, and then one of my favorite moments of the day happened. When Maggie and Alex saw each other for the first time that day, they were both crying and grinning from ear to ear. These two were so happy to be in each other’s presence that day.
After taking couple’s portraits of just the two of them, to which both of them were amazing to be walking around in the snow for photos, we grabbed the rest of the wedding party. The wedding party all had a good laugh over something that Maggie and Alex told me to bring up, and then we grabbed photos of just the ladies and the guys. This was such a fun group, and everyone was giggling the whole time.
With family portraits, we made sure to do them close to the entry way so that people could run in and out (it was January in New Hampshire after all). This group was so efficient that we finished all the portraits early, so that the group could have some downtime before the ceremony.
The ceremony was beautiful, with Alex crying when he saw Maggie walking down the aisle and Maggie crying as her dad walked her down the aisle. There were lots of laughs during the ceremony, and then tons of cheers and excitement when these two awesome people tied the knot.
The reception started with lots of big family portraits, and then came Maggie and Alex’s introduction, which was greeted with booming applause and cheers. These two shared a sweet first dance to “Your Song” which by the way is a favorite song of mine. After their first dance we had some amazing speeches by their family and friends. It started with Maggie’s dad, who gave such a touching speech about Maggie growing up until now, and had everyone crying. Next, Alex's siblings Ravi and Carly gave a speech that both cracked a few jokes and also honored the memory of their sibling who passed away. Maggie’s cousins shared a speech with memories of Maggie which made everyone laugh a lot, and then finally sang to her the song “Maggie May.” The last speech of the night was by Alex’s best man, his longtime friend Ricky. He had everyone cracking up, and then also made quite a controversial comment in the room of agreeing with Alex that Tom Brady was the best quarterback of all time. The Philadelphia contingent of the wedding guests was not happy about that, but personally it made me laugh (since I’m both from Philly and am a Patriots fan).
The dancing kicked off with Maggie and her dad dancing absolutely beautifully and having such a lovely moment just the two of them. After that Alex and his mom danced to “Home” by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. It was a dedication to his brother that passed because that was his favorite song. These two did a whole choreographed dance to it, and even now when I hear that song it makes me smile thinking about this sweet moment with Alex and his mom. This is what kicked off the dancing for the night, and the whole floor filled up immediately. This was a group that absolutely loved dancing, and had so much fun with it. The last photos captured that night were when I sneaked Maggie and Alex out for a few last photos underneath the twinkle lights outside. These two were just so sweet, and I loved that this was the last group of images from the night, just the two of them enjoying being together. Congratulations again Maggie and Alex, thank you so much for being the best first wedding of 2019 that I could have asked for!!
Venue: Bedford Village Inn || https://www.bedfordvillageinn.com/
Church: Bedford Presbyterian Church || https://bedfordpresbyterian.org/
Second photographer: Lorna Stell || https://www.lornastell.com/
Hair and Makeup: Luxe Salon || https://www.bedfordvillageinn.com/luxe/
Florals: Celeste’s Flower Barn || https://www.celesteflowerbarn.com/
Band: Clockwork Band Boston || http://clockworkboston.com/
Wedding Dress: BHDLN || https://www.bhldn.com/
Bridesmaid Dresses: Lulu’s || https://www.lulus.com/bridal
Suits: Suit Supply || https://us.suitsupply.com/en_US/home