Michelle and John's Wedding || Oceanview of Nahant || Nahant, MA

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!

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Vendors:

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

Jackie and Kevin's Wedding || Eastern Point Yacht Club || Gloucester, MA

Jackie and Kevin’s wedding celebration started a few days earlier on Thursday evening, when I helped capture their welcome party for family and friends traveling from further away. Both Jackie and Kevin have international relatives that flew in for the celebration which made it even more special. The morning of their wedding brought beautiful weather, perhaps the best fall day you could ask for. When I arrived at Eastern Point Yacht Club, Jackie and her bridesmaids were having fun already in their adorable matching robes. I started with all of the details in the most beautifully sun drenched room. After capturing all of the little details, I captured some fun group photos of the ladies outside on the deck and then Jackie started to get into her wedding dress. Jackie had her mom and her maid of honor helping her into her dress, and each took a turn in helping to button all of the buttons she had up the back of the dress. Jackie was seriously beaming from this moment on. One of the most special moments was when Jackie after stepping into the dress with all of her jewelry on, went out to show her bridesmaids and her mom. There were more than a few happy tears in that moment, it was so sweet seeing how excited each one of her friends and her mom were for her.

From here, I grabbed Kevin and we got in position for the first look. Jackie and Kevin were so sweet together seeing each other for the first time that day. They were both filled with smiles and joy. This carried over to the bridal party photos we took with the rest of their crew, and my second photographer even headed out on a boat with the guys. Definitely some of the most unique bridal party portraits. We captured some beautiful family portraits before the ceremony (another perk of doing a first look is having time to do all of these portraits before the ceremony), and then hid the bride and groom away for the big moment.

The ceremony was filled with lots of laughs, lots of mentions of rats in old apartments, and lots of sweet moments between Jackie and Kevin. Their officiant, Matt Sachs, did an awesome job, and had everyone captivated. After officially being announced, these two were absolutely ecstatic. One of my favorite photos from their wedding day is from right after they were officially married, the two of them are just grinning from ear to ear.

After sneaking Jackie and Kevin out for some sunset photos, they called an end to cocktail hour with the help of a tiny canon. It was so loud, something you would never know just looking at it. With that, their beautiful reception started and their bridal party danced their way into the tent. The reception started with their first dance, and Jackie and Kevin spun their dance away delighting everyone. These two were so sweet and had such a beautiful first dance. This was followed by a speech by Jackie’s dad who had everyone in stitches, and also recognized how much work Jackie’s mom Anne put into the wedding day as well. After a brief break for salads, we then were treated to two of the most sincere and lovely speeches by Jackie’s MOH, Julie, and Kevin’s best man (and brother), Bryan. Both had so many sweet stories of how close they are to the two of them. I definitely think they both win for some of the most beautiful and touching speeches I’ve heard to date.

Later on, Jackie and her dad shared their father/daughter dance, and Kevin and his mom shared a dance as well. This kicked off the awesome dancing portion of the night. This group had no problem getting up and having fun to every song. Such a fun group and a wonderful end to the night. Congratulations again Jackie and Kevin, I know you two will have many travels and adventures to come!

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|| Vendors ||


Venue: Eastern Point Yacht Club || https://epyc.net/
Second Photographer: Mary St. Pierre
Event Planner: Chancey Charm || www.chanceycharmweddings.com
String Trio: Occasional Brass & Strings || www.occasionalbrass.com
Videographer: Films by Andy || www.filmsbyandy.com
Cake: Mayflour Confections || www.mayflourconfections.com
Tent and Rentals: The Event Co. - New England || https://rentent.com/
Florals: Garden Designs by Kristen || www.gardendesignsbykristen.com
Hair and Makeup: Luxebar / Mane & Mani || www.maneandmani.com

Stacey and Travis' Wedding || Kirkbrae Country Club || Lincoln, RI

Stacey and Travis’ wedding day was filled with love and tons of family traditions. Their day started with Stacey’s family and friends helping her get ready with the most beautiful set up. There were balloons and decor celebrating their wedding day and getting her excited for all that was to come.

One of the first things that happened that day was the exchanging of gifts. Stacey opened a few gifts from Travis, including a garter that had a Lily Pulitzer look to it. Travis opened a few gifts from Stacey including a few items celebrating their wedding date.

Perhaps the absolute cutest thing I saw that day was that Stacey and Travis exchanged notes back and forth from their different hotel rooms. These two were just so excited to see each other and be around each other in any way they could that day. This led to the most interesting first look that I have done so far. Stacey really wanted to see Travis before she walked down the aisle to calm her nerves but Travis really wanted that moment. So we had Travis blindfolded so that Stacey could see him but he wouldn’t see her before she walked down the aisle.

Stacey and Travis had a traditional catholic mass, and then after the recessional, they celebrated another family tradition. These two started their married life together by cutting a ribbon right outside the church to officially walk into their new married life together.

After the ceremony we grabbed some bridal party portraits in a local park and then headed over to start another special family tradition. Stacey and Travis stopped to take a photo at the exact same tree where her mom and dad took a photo on their wedding day. From there we went over to the reception site, Kirkbrae Country Club, for more photos and to start off their cocktail hour. This group of family and friends were having so much fun by the time we got there, and after a few quick photos on the golf course with Stacey and Travis, they joined the fun.

The intros were amazing and then Stacey and Travis started their first dance, which by the way was another favorite moment of mine. These two were adorable, and then the song changed into her parents’ wedding song and they shared the dance with the two of them. This is definitely what I loved about Stacey and Travis’ wedding day, incorporating so many different family traditions that made it into such a special day.

There were then some amazing speeches by the MOHs and Best Men, and then the fun dancing started off after dinner. Immediately the kids at the wedding started it off and then everyone else got onto the dance floor, kicking off Stacey and Travis’ marriage with an awesome celebration.

Congratulations again Stacey and Travis, it was such a fun and beautiful day!!

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||Vendors||
Venue: Kirkbrae Country Club || www.kirkbrae.com
Second Photographer: Lorna Stell Photo || www.lornastell.com
Hair and Makeup: Bianca Nastari Hair & Makeup Designs || www.biancanastaridesigns.com
DJ: Christopher Gazelle Arsenault
Cake: Something Different Cake Couture || www.cakescouture.net
Florals: Rose by Sharon