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

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

Maria and Kevin's Wedding || Stow, MA

Leading up to Maria and Kevin’s wedding we weren’t sure if the weather was going to cooperate or not, it was raining off and on all morning. So we really had no idea what the weather had in store for us. I came in to Maria’s family’s home to all of her bridesmaids and family so excited for the day. There was a ton of laughter and make up being done. After grabbing detail photos of her gorgeous shoes, I moved on to the her veil. This veil is incredibly special, as it is the veil that all of the women in her family wear. As you can see in the images below, this veil has the wedding date of each woman who has worn it sewn in a different color (one of the their wedding colors as well). This was such a beautiful heirloom that I had to grab several images of this. After a flurry of activity and a lot of laughter with her sisters getting Maria into her dress, we left for the church (which was right down the road).

Although it was a bit warm in the church that day, the ceremony was lovely and finished with Maria and Kevin grinning from ear to ear. You can see how happy they were immediately upon getting married and in the few quick photos we got right outside of the church. From there we headed over to the Wayside Inn Grist Mill, and though we weren’t expecting it, the sun actually came out. So we were able to grab some fun photos with their big bridal party around this beautiful area. After we finished with the bridal party we did some couple portraits of these two, and I just loved how Kevin kept making Maria laugh during portraits, it was so true to their relationship and show how at ease they are around each other.

When we got to their wedding reception venue, the sun was still out and we were able to get some sweet photos with their family and shortly after getting inside, it started down-pouring. We could not have planned it better if we tried. After intros, Maria and Kevin had a sweet first dance complete with tons of dramatics dips and twirls. We then were treated to a sweet and funny speech by Maria’s sisters and then one of the funniest best man speeches. Kevin’s best man, Adam, had given Maria and Kevin a questionnaire to fill out before the wedding day and each did not know what the other had written down. It was so hilarious to see how varied their answers were. The best one was a description of their best case scenario for traveling, in which Maria’s answer was a lot of planning and getting to the airport early, and Kevin’s answer was in packing the morning of and getting to the airport right before the flight. Though these two had different answers, his best man had the best way of wrapping up the speech by saying these two compromise better than anyone he knows and that’s how they work so well as a couple.

After these beautiful speeches, we got lucky and the downpour let up a little bit and we were able to get outside for a few sunset portraits, and in the best turn of weather we actually had a rainbow come out during their sunset portraits. I feel like it was such a sign for the day, a beautiful symbol for this beautiful and happy couple. Congratulations again Maria and Kevin, I absolutely loved working with you two!!

|| Vendors ||

Venue: Wedgewood Pines Country Club || www.wedgewoodpines.com

Church: The Church of St. Isidores || www.stisidorestow.org

Second Photographer: Elise Dolen || http://about-time-photography.com/

Florals: Katydid Florals || http://www.katydidflowers.com/

Suits: Men’s Warehouse || www.menswearhouse.com

Wedding Dress: Blush by Hayley Paige || https://www.jlmcouture.com/Blush-Hayley-Paige

Bridesmaid’s Dresses: David’s Bridal || https://www.davidsbridal.com/

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