{ 19 Aug 07 }

And thank you for visiting! Bellophoto is a photography & design studio based in Mashpee, MA, here on beautiful Cape Cod, but we love to travel and are available for wedding destinations worldwide.

We started our blog to share with you our latest work, highlighting our fabulous bello couples, families and other special projects, but this blog has quickly become a labor of love and a place where our hearts are exposed for the world to see. We hope the stories we share here will inspire you as much as the moments we capture. So browse through the posts, check the archives, leave comments and spread the love. We’d look forward to hearing from you!

With big love & hugs,
Chris & Andy xoxo

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Lauren & Andrew met more than 4 years ago at a party in New York. The connection they made that night in the West Village naturally led to  friendship, which over a bit of time blossomed into romance. A few weeks ago, that love led them straight down the aisle at Holy Trinity Church in Harwich. And, the party that followed the “I dos!” at the beautiful Wequassett Resort in Chatham was definitely one for the memory books.

The day started at the Chatham Bars Inn, where Lauren & Andrew were getting ready with their besties. We all gathered at the Wequassett for their first look. Andy & I are loving how many couples are wanting to do the first look and get all of their family/bridal party photos done before the ceremony, so they can really enjoy their cocktail hour.

The weather was picture perfect….the kind of summer day one dreams of when planning a Cape Cod summer wedding. We have seriously had THE  BEST weather this summer. Our calendar was fully booked for August, with weddings & rehearsal dinners every weekend, plus a few family sessions thrown in for good measure, and we were worried. August is typically pretty steamy, muggy, and HOT, but this August was perfect! I can’t remember having such a glorious, mild summer.

Although the weather was lovely, what really made the day special was the connection Lauren & Andrew have with one another and with their families & friends. Here’s a quick peek at their wedding…

Katrina Hess did Lauren’s make up….can we talk about her crazy beautiful eyes for a second?? Stunning!!! Stacey Khuen did her beautiful hair. And, her gorgeous Elizabeth Fillmore dress completed the vision of loveliness! Lauren works in the fashion industry and her wedding dress was Vogue fabulous!

Hellooooo beautiful…

Lauren & her lovely ladies, including baby sis, Kaitlin (left) and besties Kacey & Jessica. Her stunning bouquet was courtesy of Sayles Livingston Flowers in RI.

I loved watching Lauren reapply her lipstick in the limo on the way to the church and couldn’t resist stealing this classic moment…pout-a-licious perfection!

A little Pappy Van Winkle’s bourbon toast to kick of the day with Andrew and his fellas.

Love the way the chandelier was reflecting in the wall mirror in this candid moment.

Andrew works on his bow tie.

The groomsmen, including Andrew’s twin, John (on Andrew’s left side), and Lauren’s older brother, Ryan (far right, next to John).

That first look moment and the happy anticipation….LOVE it!

Yaaaay…we’re about to get married.

Happy, beautiful, soon-to-be married….

Let’s go say, “I do!”….

This could be one of my favorite recent photos. Normally, the stained glass windows at Holy Trinity can be challenging to deal with, as they cast some crazy colors on everything during the ceremony. But, in this quiet moment, as Lauren gets some help adjusting her veil before heading down the aisle, the window created the most glorious light and color cast….as if the angels in heaven were shining down blessing the moment. LOOOVEEEE it!

Here we go…..Lauren gets ushered by her proud papa, Kirk, as guests look on with happy, love-filled faces. Be still my heart!

And, here, is where the next happy chapter begins…

With this ring, I happily thee wed.

And, with a kiss, the promise is sealed.

Stealing one more for good measure, in the limo back to Wequassett…let the party begin!

But, first a little alone time with our new Mr. & Mrs.

And, they’re super sweet bridal party! Loooved the colors cast by the setting sun, and the barely visible rising moon!

Although he didn’t want to join us for the group photo, we were able to capture this sweet candid moment with Lauren & Andrew’s adorable ring bearer, Joseph, and his happy-to-smile-for-the-camera big sister, Isabela. Hello cuties!!

A quick stroll with our happy couple.

The sun had set, but the light was still delicious for a couple of quick portraits on the Wequassett’s dock.

As the band, Kahootz prepares to rock the house…

Some reception details…

Cocktail hour and the setting sun…

The evening ended with a serenade of rose petals tossed at our happy couple…

Lauren & Andrew, thank you and your families so much for including us in your incredible wedding day. We have loved getting to know you both this past year and it was truly an honor to be there with you as you start this next happy chapter together. We hope you enjoy this little sneak peek and that these photos (and the MANY others soon to follow) serve as happy reminder for many, MANY happy years yet to come! Big love & hugs, Chris & Andy xoxo

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Janet Orr : Christine and Andy, The photos are absolutely gorgeous! Can't wait to see the rest of the porfolio! All the best, Aunt Janet
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A couple of weeks ago we got together with the B & C families for some photos of their kids on the beach. Jen, one of the moms, had reached out to us about photographing her 3 kids and her brother’s 2 kids as a gift for their father’s birthday. We had a blast with everyone and enjoyed watching the siblings & cousins playing and having fun together. And, we hope Grandpa enjoys what we’ve captured for the family as much as we enjoyed capturing it!

Normally, we like to talk about the couples & families we photograph, but these guys preferred not to have their kids names shared online, which we understand. So, we’re just going to let the photos do the talking….

The B & C kiddos…

These playful guys are cousins and best friends.

The girls’ turn…the two youngest are sisters, and the oldest is their very sweet and attentive cousin! They are all just lovely!

If you’ve ever tried to photograph a group of kids, ages 9 to nearly 2, you know it’s no easy feat. The littlest one wanted nothing to do with standing still and smiling for the camera, so a little goofing/jumping around by my fabulous, talented, kid-loving hubby, and a little reverse psychology usually does the trick. Hello our little balls of sunshine….

This one was just taken just before we told them they could jump….psychology…so glad I took a few courses in college. :)

Best buds on a hunt for some seaside creatures….

Brothers & sisters…just precious. They may not have totally appreciated the moment at the time, but when they’re grown they will love these photos, and will hopefully have fond memories of playing together at the beach…while some strange photographers chased them around acting completely silly.

The C family…..such a sweet family!!

And, the Bs….so much love!

The C kids horsing around. Our little peanut was definitely enjoying piggy back with her big brother!

Some more silliness as the sun sets on our time together…

Pig pile pyramids and rough housing with your favorite peeps = a day to remember.

Peek-a-boo, I see you!

Thank you Jen & family for reaching out and sharing your time and yourselves with us. We loved getting to know your little boos and hope your dad enjoys his birthday pressie! We’ll have more to share soon, so stay tuned. Until then, big love & hugs, Chris & Andy  xoxo

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Anonymous : What beautiful photos of such beautiful families! Love the way you captured their personalities. They will treasure these forever! Amazing Job as always C&A!

Kendall & Ray found us through Cara, one of our brides from last summer and Kendall’s former co-worker back when they both lived & worked in DC. Although it took a while for us to meet, Kendall & I chatted on the phone several times, and each time she had me laughing and growing more excited about being a part of her & Ray’s wedding. And, when we did finally meet…they were as fun & sweet as we knew they would be!

Although a self-described, “anti-bride”….still not entirely sure what that means, Kendall was absolutely stunning on her wedding day…the kind of vision in white that little girls dream of one day being. And, she & Ray were beaming the ENTIRE day. Their smiles were infectious and completely unaffected by the rain that seemed intent on making an appearance for most of their day.

We often say that although the rain makes doing photos outside not always desirable, it does seem to have a positive effect on the overall feel of the day.  I’m not sure if folks feel like they need to rally for their friends because of the rain or if the couples who get rain are just super fun, positive people, who understand that life can be messy and unexpected things happen, and, rather than wallow, they choose to embrace it, dance in puddles and know that without rain there would be no rainbows.

That is exactly the kind of people Kendall & Ray are and their wedding was the perfect reflection of that and how they love life and the people closest to them with their hearts wide open……which is the surest way to our hearts.

I have heard that there are more than a few people excited to see this one, so, without further ado…here’s a sneak peek at the wonderful Wianno Club wedding of Kendall & Ray….

Kendall and her girls got ready at the quaint Captain David Kelley House. The owners were nice enough to the let girls take over the front porch for hair & make up with the lovely Erin Kennedy of Artworx Hair Design and Kimberly Richard. The porch was also a great place for photographing some of their wedding day details, like Kendall’s stunning Hayley Paige wedding gown and her gorgeous wedding rings, including her grandmother’s diamond & sapphire wedding band.

I love these relaxed moments of getting ready. Kendall is all smiles as she chats with her super sweet mom, Shelley, and her best gal pals.

It was an unseasonably chilly August day…perhaps made so by the rain, so the girls tried to get warm with some coffee. I don’t know why I enjoy this shot, but it just makes me feel like cuddling up with a cuppa and a good book.

Getting dress, and some help tying her bow from her fabulous Grandma, whom I absolutely loved!! I want to be just like her when I’m 80.

Catching a private moment with Kendall and her mom as they prepare to head to the church…

Ducking the rain & wet ground, Kendall makes her way to the trolly….love this girl and her beautiful, smiling face!!

Meanwhile, Ray & his brother Greg get dressed…

Suspenders locked & loaded and shoelaces tied and we’re ready to go…

Ray’s very sweet & loving momma, Deb, helps the guys with their boutineers.

The fellas…

Kendall was all smiles and raring to marry her best friend. Love this moment captured by Andy just outside the church! It’s so fun to edit and see sweet moments like this captured by my talented hubs!

Have I mentioned how much I LOOOVE it when our grooms get emotional upon seeing their bride? Soooo much! Can we talk about Ray’s sweet face for a second??? {swoon}

Here comes the bride…

As serious as the commitment of marriage is and should be…moments like this are also part of it….my favorite part of it!

More happy faces, followed by some sweet kisses.

They did it!!! The new Mr. & Mrs.!!!

We got a very brief break in the rain to take a few photos just before the light was completely gone….wooo hoooo!

Hello lovelies…

Time to party!! Love the expression on the face of Kendall’s sweet sister, Molly!

The lovely ladies…

Laughing and having fun was pretty much the theme of the day for this wonderful group. Just delightful!

A quite sisterly moment….

Some reception details…

Ta da….

Their first dance was as wonderful as every other part of their magical day…surrounded by their swaying bridal party, Kendall & Ray couldn’t stop smiling!

Love. Love. Oh, glorious Love!

Locked by arms, their friends serenaded K&R with a little swaying back & forth, which clearly delighted all involved….and those watching.

A big momma bear hug.

More love & goodness…

Now, time to boogie…on down!

Ray & several of his groomsmen played football for Harvard and had a tradition of dancing in a circle to Dancin’ in the Moonlight. This version was special, as Kendall was put in the middle of the circle of love.

You go girl!

Happy. Happy. Happy!

Ray & Kendall join the band for a little sing-along.

Kendall & Ray thank you so much for including us in your AMAZING wedding and for welcoming us with open arms & open hearts! We loved watching you two together and with your family & friends. So much love and such joyful celebration!! We hope these photos serve as happy reminders of your incredible day for many happy years to come. More to follow soon!! And a special shout out to sweet Cara for sending you our way. There is no greater compliment than when our fabulous couples refer us to their friends and spread the bello love!! We love extending our bello family in this way! So thank you!! With big love & hugs, Christine  & Andy xoxo


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A couple of weeks ago, we had the pleasure of reuniting with one of our bello families, whom we hadn’t seen in five years. Nora had reached out to us in the spring and said that she & her husband, Jonny, who live in England with their now three kids (they only had one when we saw them last), would be returning to the Cape in July/August, to visit with Nora’s family and were we available to do another family session at the beach. Ummmmm, let me think about that. YES!!!

We just love when we get to see our special families again, and Nora’s family is REALLY wonderful. They are warm, kind, sweet, funny, salt-of-the-Earth people and we loved getting to spend some time with them again.

In addition to Nora & Johnny and their three crazy cute kids, Jack, Madison & Will, we also got to see Nora’s lovely sister, Karen, and her wonderful kids, Nicole & James, who are the kind of kids who make me want to have kids….if they could be just like them! They are so sweet with their mom and each other, and really anyone they meet. I wanted to put them all in my pocket and take them home with me.

We also got to see Nora’s wonderful parents Cheryl and Garry again, and learned that Garry is really quite an impressive fine art/landscape photographer. Digital has totally changed photography and today everyone fancies themselves a photographer. But, Garry, he’s no joke. An architect by trade, his creative mind is truly a beautiful thing and the work he shared blew my socks off (reminds me of someone else I know…Terri!). I totally want to go to his next show when he has one…..really impressive. I’ll be sure to share the info when I get it for any other photography buff out there!

Nora’s older brother, Greg, was also back from Colorado for some family fun, this time with his beautiful new bride, Thahn. These two are soooo cute together! We’re so happy for them both! We also got to say hello to some other family members we’d met before, but who weren’t participating in this year’s session.

Without further ado…here’s a look at our time with this wonderful family!

Karen’s relationship with her children is so inspiring. There is obvious love, respect and adoration for one another that seems to transcend the often challenging relationships kids & their parents sometimes have. Similarly, Nicole & James are soooo cute together. We had done a photo of them years ago, holding hands along the shore and they asked us this time if they could do something similar. We, of course, said, YES! And, I nearly added, “Only if I can give you both a big, fat kiss when we’re done!” I mean what 15/10 year olds do you know would want to do this? These two are sweeter than sugar! Just love them!

Are they a cute family or what??????

Sweet Jack was just a babe when we saw him last. Now, he is a delightful six year old, who loves collecting shells, showing off his killer karate moves and spending time with family. Honestly, I could eat him up. After the photos were done, and we were back at the house saying goodbye, he pulled me aside and asked if he could show me something alone. He instructed me to sit and then did a series of karate moves, ending with a spin on the floor and giving me a great big hug. I nearly cried….Swoooon! The Queen of this lovely bunch is Cheryl, who clearly has done a stellar job of raising some pretty wonderful children, who are now busy raising pretty wonderful children of their own, one by one making the world a brighter place. Thank you Cheryl and Garry!!!!! And Happy Anniversary!!! You two are an inspiration!!

Jonny, Nora, Maddie, Jack & Will. Love these guys!!

Hi happy gang….

When we got back to the house they’d rented, Nora wanted to show me a photo in one of the UK magazines of Prince William’s son wearing the same outfit Nora had purchased for Will especially for the photo session with us. Adorable! We thought it might be fun to do a little ‘Who Wore It Best’ like they so often do in the tabloids.  What do you think? Prince George or Sir Will? My vote easily goes to wee Will. (Prince George photo by James Whatling Pool/Getty Images)

Sweet Will getting some serious lovin’ from his attentive older siblings.

Madison & Jack….LOOOOVE!

Our newlyweds, Greg & Thahn…..happy, in love & just the sweetest!

Sometimes the kids in our sessions are really intrigued by what we do, and more specifically our cameras. So, we often let them take a peek behind the lens. Jack was really into it, especially when I told him that his composition in the photo he took (on the right) was awesome, and followed the rule of thirds, which I explained to him is when you divide your scene into thirds both vertically & horizontally and then place your subject in one of the corner points. He seemed really chuffed with himself and he should have been. How great is that photo he took of his gorgeous momma and baby brother? (OK, I admit to adjusting the settings before handing him the camera, but still…he totally connected with his subjects and that is always a key ingredient in an awesome photo!)

Of course, Maddie wanted a turn too, so I placed the settings where they needed to be, showed her where to look and which button to press and off she went. I must admit, letting the kids play with the camera is as much about keeping them excited & into what we’re doing as it is about giving me a chance for some snuggle time…

My turn for a close up of Will…..those eyes!!! And, those cheecks! Too much!

A little one on one time with James & Nicole. Anyone who doesn’t believe the eyes are the window to the soul hasn’t really looked at another person.

When we last photographed Nicole, she was the same age James is now. Our little girl is all grown up….and absolutely stunning…inside as much as so obviously out!

Greg & Thahn enjoying a little alone time while we were focused on the kids. And they thought we weren’t paying attention…HA!

Heading a little closer to the water for some more fun…way to help out Maddie!

Will was a bit tired & hungry so Johnny distracted him with some fun, which he loved. Although it was getting past his bedtime and I’m not sure Will knew whether to laugh or cry. Precious!

I can’t remember whose idea it was to jump, but I LOVE it!

Maddie was totally getting into it, and enjoying watching how high everyone could get. Love this perspective of her.

Momma’s love….there is nothing that compares.

Siblings….built in besties.

Run little boos, run! Can we talk about Maddie’s face for a second????

Maddie so enjoyed the running, she decided to strip down for less wind resistance and off she went…..she literally kept running….all the way to the end of the beach.

Which caused this reaction from her family…..

An exhausted little bird gets a helping hand from her adoring big brother. And, with the sun set, we call it a night.

Nora & Jonny, thank you soooo much for including us in your Cape Cod vacation, for sharing your crazy awesome family with us and for reminding us why we love what we do. There are many long hours spent in front of the computer, editing, retouching, blogging, doing the books, emails, paper work, etc. etc. ….stuff that sometimes makes us wonder why we wanted to start our own business. But, it is these moments, with wonderful, open, kind, fun, funny, warm, fabulous families like yours that make all of the hard work worth it!

We hope you all enjoyed yourselves as much as we did and that we not only captured for you some wonderful moments in this fleeting life, but, perhaps, we also helped create some lasting memories for you & your family. We love you guys and can’t wait to see you all again!!! It’s still surprising to me that it’s been 5 years, for as soon as we walked in the door, it felt like we were walking in to see old friends! Thank you for that! Thank you too for letting me feed Will when I arrived….not that you really had a choice. :)   What can I say, I love me some good baby time.  Thank you Garry for opening up and sharing your gorgeous photos with me. I LOVED seeing them and told Andy all about it on the drive home. We totally want a head up for your next show!

Till the next time, big love & hugs to you all!

Christine & Andy xoxo

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I’ve said it before, but we really are so lucky to have such amazingly supportive couples and families who continually remind us why we love what we do. And, Kaitlin & Adam are no exception. We first photographed them during their engagement session in 2006, the summer before they would say, “I do!” That session took place at Dowses Beach, and we thought it was the perfect place to photograph them again, this time with their crazy sweet little boys, Miles & Bennett.

Although we hadn’t seen Kaitlin & Adam in several years, we had kept in touch via email and facebook and last year we got to photograph Adam’s brother, Matt, and his wife, Katherine, and their sweet new baby girl. Click HERE for a look.

It’s so flattering and humbling when our wedding couples and their families come back to us to document the next happy milestones in their lives. It really is THE best endorsement that lets us know we’re doing something right.

So, without further ado…here’s a look at our time together again with Kaitlin & Adam and their delicious little monkey men.

Before they came to meet us, Kaitlin & Adam took their kids on a Hyannis Pirate Tour, which was a HUGE hit, particularly with Miles, who wanted to carry his sword for the entire session. Shiver me timbers! I spy a photographer in yonder bushes.

Searching for shells and sand-stepping with mommy…

Loooove the expressions on Kaitlin & Adam’s gorgeous faces as they watch Miles make their way to them. Such pride & love. {swoon}

Adam & Bennett wave to a passing boat. I mean, come on with the cuteness overload!

A little pirate dual with Daddy…..all kinds of awesome!

Playing with mommy….oh, the joy!

Fearless Bennett checks out a crab….seemed appropriate considering his crazy cute crab jumper.

Our happy little gang of pirates…sans swords.

I was able to get a little alone time with Miles (which was so fun…such a sweet little guy), but all that pirate fun and running around on the beach has left our little guy tuckered out. Nothing like a hug from mom to recharge the batteries.

A little alone with with sweet Bennett and some peek-a-boo on the fishing pier.

Those eyelashes….just too much!

One last family portrait before we say goodnight.

Our sweet little pirate is completely tuckered out….

So, we end our time together where it all began for our relationship with Kaitlin & Adam…..7  years and still going strong! Love these two lovebirds!

Kaitlin & Adam, thank you so very much for sharing your sweet boys with us and for allowing us to document the four of you together, enjoying each other and Dowses Beach. It feels like just yesterday when we were there, watching you commit your hearts & lives to each other, and getting to see those hearts, walking around in the form of your sweet boys was so much fun, and such a pleasure. We adore you guys and hope to get to spend more time together again soon. Until then, we hope you enjoy these photos (and the others soon to follow) as much as we enjoyed our afternoon with all of you! With big love & hugs, Christine & Andy xoxo

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