The first time I met Leanne and Ben, I became instantly thrilled about being the one to capture their wedding day. I had been communicating with Leanne via email for a few weeks, and already through email I could tell what a warm, and caring person she was. Upon meeting Leanne and Ben at Fuel America coffee shop, I could tell these two were my ideal clients. They are some of the sweetest people you will ever meet, and hearing how they met and how long they have been together made me so happy. These two met in middle school, were friends for that whole time and then started dating their junior year of high school. Literally one of the rarest stories you will hear now is high school sweethearts who are each others' best friends, but that is who these two are.
Both Ben and Leanne spent some time at Boston College, Ben for undergraduate studies and Leanne for graduate studies. So of course, the fitting place for their ceremony would be the Church of Saint Ignatius of Loyola on Boston College's campus. The day started off with some showers but as if it was timed perfectly, the showers stopped right before their ceremony concluded. As a special gift to Leanne, Ben got a bag pipe player to play outside of the church as guests were arriving.
From there we all headed up to Gloucester, where I was able to get the bridal party over to Good Harbor Beach for photos. These guys were such good sports about photos, and I barely had to coach them on what to do. We got such fun moments captured on the beach and then Leanne, Ben, and I headed over to a private area that they considered one of their favorite places in the world. This place was so special to be for their wedding day, because they said they have spent a lot of time sitting on that bench watching the ocean.
Once back at their reception venue, Castle Manor Inn, the party got started. The speeches given by Leanne's sister Abigail, Ben's friend Kirby Bumpus, Ben's mom Leslie, and Leanne's father Tom were so heartfelt and personal. Leanne's sister Abigail started out the speeches by sharing excerpts from a diary she kept when Ben and Leanne first started dating and Ben's mom Leslie finished with a hilarious story of "Where's Ben," a game she used to play of worrying about where Ben was, that was until she met Leanne and didn't have to worry about Ben's whereabouts anymore. The whole reception was so filled with love, you can see how much every one of Ben and Leanne's friends and family care about them, and that is definitely a result of how caring and wonderful the two of them are. I just wish I could gush for another five blog posts about this wedding because these two and their family and friends were so amazing, and just made me so joyful with how over-the-moon happy they were to be there to celebrate Ben and Leanne. So thank you so so much Leanne and Ben for letting me capture your wedding day, you two are seriously the sweetest and most adorable clients. Best wishes for your future, I know you two will have a long and happy life together with lots of laughs and travel.
Coordinator: Laura Baker at Castle Manor Inn || 978-515-7386
Florals: Wegman's in Chestnut Hill, MA || 617-762-2000
Dress: Karen Willis Holmes || www.karenwillisholmes.com
Ceremony site: Church of Saint Ignatius of Loyola at Boston College || Chestnut Hill, MA
Reception venue: Castle Manor Inn || 141 Essex Avenue Gloucester, MA