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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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Andy & I are in the business of love.

That sounds so sweet….so virtuous, so easy, perhaps even glamorous, doesn’t it? But there are times when it doesn’t feel that way….at all!

I say this having spent every day this week in either my pjs or yoga pants & some stained t-shirt or another, hair in a messy bun…teeth perhaps brushed/perhaps not, glued to my computer, editing thousands of photos…one-at-a-freaking-time.

Seriously, this week I reached the pinnacle of personal neglect. I’ve completely dropped the ball on any kind of household chores, haven’t picked up the phone to call friends or family in ages. Don’t even get me started on the complete lack of exercise…I think my butt has actually flattened (more) from the the 11- hour days of sitting, staring at the computer. And, we’ve been forced to eat (often while in front of our computers) some form of pasta nearly every meal because neither of us has made it to the supermarket. It’s bad.

But, this is what we do…in the name of love.

And, we do it because it’s important, because we don’t know how to do it any other way, and…because we love our work. We love the people we work with and we love that our work matters to them, that in some teeny-tiny way, we’re leaving what we hope is a positive mark on the world, one love-filled wedding at a time.

Weeks like this one test that love…for sure. But, then a card comes in the mail….two, in fact….each so full of love & gratitude, so genuine, so kind and caring….and all that hard work is affirmed worthwhile. So, we wipe the pasta sauce from our faces and sit up a little taller in our computer chairs, editing with new vigor, sweetly reminded that we wedding photographers are soldiers…. in this business of love.

I don’t say any of this looking for praise or recognition, it’s just where my head is at after a particularly busy week of editing, and after many similarly busy ones, as I glance to the beautiful card we got from Christine & Stephen, trying to think of what to say that will live up to how amazing these two people are and how full of love their wedding was…and falling short. All that pasta has made my brain soft.

Sooooo, I’m going to cop out, and let the photos do the talking. But, know this….these two are two of the sweetest. Their wedding last month at the beautiful Wequassett Resort was spectacular….the weather was perfect, the couple looked perfect, their friends and family were so warm & welcoming and TOTALLY up for a good time. The stars aligned and the magic moments appeared before our cameras, begging to be documented. It was like hunting fish in a barrel. The love was on fire.

Before I say something more embarrassing….here are the lovely Christine & Stephen on their most magnificent wedding day…But first some of the lovely details that decorated their day, including Christine’s crazy beautiful Caroline Castigliano wedding gown and her pretty in pink flowers by Meredith Fancy.

Mirror, mirror on the wall….who’s the fairest of them all?….CHRISTINEEEEEE! With her stunning wedding day look by Jen Needre at Bellezza Salon in Falmouth.

Meanwhile, across the resort, Christine’s handsome groom, Stephen, gets ready with his besties.

Christine’s MOHs, Abby & Johanna lend a helping hand.

All buttoned up….

Necklace, earrings and beautiful crystal beaded belt, and away we go….

Soooo GQ!! I love this action shot Andy likes to do from time to time….love the movement and the suggestion of being surrounded by the support of friends.

Christine’s crazy sweet dad, Dick, nearly fell to pieces when he saw his baby girl all done up. Just delightful!!!

Stephen was pretty smitten at the site of his soon-to-be wife as well. It’s funny, we often have couples question the first look….some are concerned that they won’t have that “moment” when the groom see’s his bride for the first time coming down the aisle, but even having a first look, and spending over an hour doing family photos, Stephen was still wiping tears when Christine came down the aisle. This way you get TWO moments. LOOOVE!

Dreamyyyyy….

What I love so much about this two is the way they balance and compliment each other. And even in the seemingly quietest moments, they still make each other laugh. {Swoooooooon!}

The look of love…..

The gang’s all here…

Christine & Stephen expressed more than once when we first met that they were really nervous about being photographed because they both look “really awkward in photos.” I can’t tell you how many people say this to us….and then get in front of our cameras and look like THIS. I mean seriously??!!

Christine is particularly hard on herself (like another Christine we might know), but when I look at her I see a Hollywood starlet. Seriously Christine, you are stunning…in every way!!

Hey lovelies…..Happy, happy, and…..

More happy….

Moments before the big moment…love how serious Stephen looks.

Guests excitedly await the start of the ceremony.

Christine’s crazy sweet and drop dead gorgeous momma, Linda, with Christine’s equally sweet and dapper younger brother, Brian, make their way down the aisle looking very happy. Have I mentioned how much I love happy?? Loooove!

Oh, Christine….that expression….just precious! See guys…doesn’t matter if you have a first look or not…if you’re an emotional person, the emotion will still be there. Promise!

This next photos of Stephen smiling at Christine as she stands with her dad was taken after Stephen had a few seconds to compose himself and wipe away his tears. He was making funny faces trying to hold it together, so we thought we’d be kind and share this one instead.

Christine’s own happy tears pool in eyes filled with such love. Be still my heart….

A carpet of petals and a smile full of heart….

As if the kiss at the altar wasn’t enough, these two happy souls had to stop midway down the aisle for one more!! Yaaaay for love!!!

After the ceremony, we took our happy couple off for a couple of moments alone, to soak in what had just happened. And, it is in these moments that I find myself smiling most broadly.

The romance and tenderness is almost too much…

Just beautiful…..can I say that? I can, right?…I mean the photo is lovely, but they are making it so.

I call this one….smokin’ hot! heee heeee

Love the classic elegance of these flowers by Fancy Flowers.

Special seats for special peeps…

Christine really thought of every single detail, including a special wedding hashtag, which we happily used. Meanwhile, guests enjoy cocktail hour and Wequassett’s stunning view.

Cocktail hour candids are my favorite….people having fun and enjoying connecting.

Ending their first dance with a delightful dip.

Reacting to speeches…

Love this next stolen moment…it’s as if they are the only people in the room.

Christine & Stephen have some FUN friends, and so why not a fun perspective on their big group dance?

Dick was delighting in this moment….and so was I!

Get down on it….

The end of the night….the beginning of a new life.

Big thanks to Christine & Stephen and their wonderful families & friends. You two are blessed to be surrounded by such love and support. We feel so grateful to have met those most special to you and to have spent such a meaningful weekend with all of you! We adore each of you as individuals, and love seeing you together as a couple! Thank you for your really sweet card this week and the incredibly generous gift certificate…you didn’t have to do that!! But, we hope you’ll come down and see us and put it to good use with us. :) Thank you guys for everything and for reminding us why we are so lucky to be in this business of love! With big love & hugs, Chris & Andy xoxo

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Linda Salmon : Words can't express how beautiful these pictures are! Thank you so much for capturing all the emotion and love felt during that special day. XO, Linda

Andy & I were very fortunate to get to go to a bunch of rehearsal dinners for our couples this year. The rehearsal dinners are a wonderful opportunity for us to get to meet family members and friends who’ll be participating in the wedding. And, they’re also generally pretty relaxed and always fun to photograph.

Christine & Stephen’s rehearsal dinner was no exception. Theirs took place on a beautiful end-of-summer afternoon here on Cape Cod, at Wequassett’s oceanside Outer Bar & Grille.  Here are some details and happy moments from Christine & Stephen’s soiree.

Poolside by the Outer Bar & Grille…Oh, how I love Cape Cod after Labor Day!!!!

Another view…

Peaceful, perfect…Pleasant Bay.

Christine is one of the most thoughtful people I’ve ever met…so it was no surprise that she had created these super cute gift baskets for her guests. Props to her equally sweet Dad, Dick, for tying all of the bows to Christine’s exacting standards. Christine & I are like two peas in a pod. Anything we do must be as close to perfect as possible, which can sometimes be a maddening quality for us, but if you ask Andy, he’d probably tell you even more so for those who love us.

Nautical perfection….

White roses, Freesia and Lisianthus coupled with classic blue hydrangeas are a Cape Cod floral dream.

Our happy couple…say hello to Christine & Stephen!

Love these two!

Happy guests arrive ready to celebrate Christine & Stephen and two small, but powerful words….”I do!”

As soon as I saw her across the room, I knew this beautiful woman had to be Stephen’s sister, Karen, and I was right. Man, they make them cute in that family!

Christine & Stephen’s friends were as sweet and fun as they come….and super tight, which is always so lovely to see. Stephen’s good mate and groomsman extraordinaire, Tanmay, (left) had Andy & me in stitches all weekend. Love the photobooth photo of you & Andy, Tanmay. Wish I’d been there for that one!

A perfect blue September sky…

In true Swiss fashion, Stephen’s dad, Dieter, kept his speech short & sweet, just like him (the sweet part…not the short part).

Guests enjoying dinner….

The day after the wedding was Stephen’s birthday and Christine surprised him with a cake made with chocolate and nutella buttercream…made with love & care by her very talented friend and co-MOH Abby. Way to rock it Abby!! Happy Birthday Stephen!! xo

We’ll have some more lovin’ from Christine & Stephen’s wedding to come very soon. For now, big, heart-felt thanks to Christine & Stephen for sharing such a special time in your lives with us and for immediately making us feel like part of the family! Right from our first meeting, before your “smushy session” (which by the way was so freaking fun!!), you two and your parents made us feel so comfortable and welcome! It certainly didn’t feel like it was our first time meeting. I have found a kindred spirit in you, Christine, and something about you just makes me want to hug you and keep you close. Thank you both so much for really being so kind and generous with us…in every way…in sharing yourselves with us and making us feel very special! We adore you both and hope these photos, and those still to come, make you as happy as you make all of those around you!! Big love & hugs, Chris & Andy xoxo

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Sheri & Steve’s morning wedding at the Wequassett Resort in Harwich a few weeks ago was dreamy. Not only were Sheri & Steve over-the-moon happy, the kind of happy that makes anyone in the near vicinity feel giddy by association, like their family & friends, who were clearly enjoying themselves and relishing Sheri & Steve’s happiness, but theirs was the kind of wedding that was a total blast to photograph.

Although most of our weddings are generally evening soirees, Andy & I have become BIG fans of day weddings….especially if it’s an overcast day (I know brides don’t want to hear this, but truly…overcast days are THE best for photographing with natural light!)

And, with a day wedding, there’s a casualness that is at once relaxing, intimate and fun in a chilled out, easy way. Plus, when you’re fortunate enough to have a view like Wequassett it’s so nice to get to enjoy it for the entire party.

The day started off cloudy, and it seemed it might rain, but instead….as if the love Gods were shining down on these two smitten souls, we got the most perfect overcast skies that just illuminated everything and made getting great photos a breeze! Haaaaaallelujah…Hallelujah, Hallelujah, H.A.L.L.E.L.U.J.A.H!!

Although weather certainly helps when it comes to providing a good backdrop for a fun party, we like to think it’s the couples themselves who really set the tone for the day and Sheri & Steve had the party happy meter set to super high.

Sheri, who is one of the sweetest, most caring, kind, lovely people was absolutely radiating joy all day, and that shone through in the most beautiful way….and it was made even more special knowing that she & Steve found each other later in life.

“Even when I felt discouraged being single and felt alone, I always knew that I would find my best friend and life partner one day,” Sheri told us. “Even though we say we wished we met earlier in our lives, in my heart I know we met at a the time that was intended for us to meet. I am right where I’m supposed to be, with my Mr. Right.”

Honestly, these two are so freaking cute together….and photographing them and their amazing, overflowing-with-love wedding was fun, inspiring, an absolute honor and privilege all rolled into one. We photographed a lot more than we typically do for a day wedding, but I think that’s because Sheri & Steve gave us a lot of time for photos and there were just so many amazing moments our shutters were flapping on overdrive.

Here’s just a sneak peek of some of our favorite moments from their wonderful wedding…

Sheri’s stunning Casablanca wedding gown, super cute Badgley Mischka shoes and bling-a-licious wedding day jewelery.

Love how Sheri’s perfume had a ribbon that matched their invites perfectly. PS…I’m obsessed with Sheri’s engagement ring setting & wedding band. You go Steve!

Beautiful, lovely Sheri in all her bridal perfection…

A few final adjustments…..and, we’re off.

Heading out to see her Mr. Right…

Sheri’s parents are crazy sweet, and here, her mom, Mickey, comforts her dad, Errol, who got a bit emotional at the sight of his baby girl ready to marry her best friend. I love watching parents in these moments, knowing that as a parent all you ever want for you kids is for them to be happy. And, on this special day, that’s exactly what Micky & Errol got. Yaaaay for love and lots of happy!!!

Earlier in the morning, Errol was hanging out the groomsmen, including Trevor, Sheri’s neice and Errol’s grandson, who was checking out his grandpa’s Vineyard Vine tie. Love this candid moment and the crazy awesome light.

Sweet Steve showing off and then putting on his crab themed Vineyard Vine tie.

Trevor and his dad, Jeffrey (Sheri’s brother), put on their ties…love this moment shared between father & son.

Can we talk about Steve’s face, filled with excited anticipation, as Sheri makes her way to him for their first look? LOOOVE!!

I cannot begin to tell you how excited I was when I first saw these images captured by Andy as Steve reacts at seeing Sheri for the first time. This is how every woman wants the person she’s about to marry to react upon seeing her for the first time…especially if these reactions are followed by happy tears. Just love this soooooo much!!

And so did Sheri!!!!

Happiness is THIS….

These two are so crazy cute together, they make my heart purr!

Sweet kisses + true love + a perfect setting = Time to say, “I do!”

Lovers who laugh together stay together…

Sheri wore this beautiful smile, full of love & gratitude all day long!! She truly was a vision! And, her sweet gal pals were so wonderful and attentive. Andy & I had so much fun with this fabulous group of people!!

Hey girls…looking gorg in your Jenny Yoo coral dresses and crazy beautiful flowers by Courtney Dunbury of Courtney’s Floral Creations.

Sheri & her beautiful momma, Mickey.

A toast….to the bride. Cheers!

Trevor hands out programs, while guests take in the view and enjoy a cold glass of lemonade. The wedding was on one of the hottest days in September.

More happy as guests wait for the ceremony to begin…

And off go the girls….

Here comes the bride…..think she’s happy? Ummmmm, yup!

Love this moment as Sheri’s dad gives Steve a big hug. So freaking cute!

I’m thinking maybe Errol didn’t want to let his baby girl go….

The look of love….

Taking it all in…

Sheri’s cousin, Danny, performed a beautiful version of Rascal Flatts Bless the Broken Road, which was sweetly moving and had Sheri happily singing along and snuggling in with her man. It was so fun to watch.

Sing it….

And with that, two hearts commit themselves to one another….

Woooo hoooo….

Sealed with a kiss….and a tender touch. Swoon!

Our happy couple….

Every long lost dream led me to where you are…..

This much I know is true…..that God blessed the broken road that led me straight to you.

They way they look at each other is so full of love & goodness….just love it! And, I also love the way Sheri’s hair came out, thanks to Leann Szestakow of 129 on Main Salon in CT.

Beautiful inside & out!

Canopied kisses….

Taaaaa daaaaaa….I mean seriously, is she a vision or what?

Love the color scheme….

The new Mr. & Mrs. welcomed in to the Pavilion for their first dance.

I’m crazy about this next first dance stolen moment…..it’s just soooo them!!!

This was the first time we’d seen a reception in Wequassett’s new Pavilion and it was fabulous, especially for a day wedding, when guests happily mingled inside and out for the reception. Hi guys!

Enjoying the last bit of summer on Cape Cod…

Dancing with her proud papa!

Guests boogie on down for the hora….

Up, up and away she goes!

Steve’s turn…

The desserts were off the hook….not that we tried any, but the artistry was phenomenal. They also had an ice cream bar and cake by Montilios.

Having fun with friends….

Sneaking away for a few more pics on the back porch…one of my favorite spots at Wequassett.

Cheek to cheek and heart to heart……precious.

Giggles & drinks and what a view, oh my.

At the prompting of the DJ, Steve sang along to Frankie Valle’s “Sherry Baby,” serenading his sweet Sheri, much to the delight of everyone in attendance.

Especially Errol…..love this!

Sheri & Steve, thank you so very much for entrusting us with documenting such a special day in your lives. We absolutely LOVED being a part of your wedding, getting to meet your family and friends and seeing you two begin this next happy chapter of your lives together. You two are prefect together and we hope these photos are the perfect reflection of your perfect day!! Can’t wait to share the rest with you very soon! Until then, big love & thanks, Chris & Andy xoxo

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aunty eud&unclehar : the most beautiful day the most beautiful bride the most beautiful pictures which as beautiful as the px. are still couldn't be as beautiful as the day but they couldn't come any closer..loved the comments and the px.
Christine : Love this post! The first look is amazing!! One of the best I've ever seen. Congratulations to the happy couple!

Lauren & Sean met while playing basketball in college, and their friendship and affection for one another quickly led to a relationship that is a slam dunk! Seriously….these two are perfect for each other and their wedding, held a few weeks ago at the beautiful Willowbend Country Club in Mashpee, here on Cape Cod, was the perfect mix of romance and serious fun!

We live just down the road from Willowbend and LOOOVE it here. We hadn’t been back to photograph a wedding in a few years, but were quickly reminded why we love working here…just so many awesome spots for photos! And, I must admit, after nearly 12 hours on our feet it was a huge bonus to be home in less than 10 minutes.

We first met Lauren & Sean last winter, and instantly hit it off with them. They are super sweet, very private people who keep their inner circle tight. And, if you’re lucky enough to be in that circle you are showered with a warm love that is beautiful to behold.

Getting to bear witness as they pledged their lives & hearts to one another was truly an honor and a privilege! Their ceremony was led by Lauren’s very sweet Uncle Ted, who did a FABULOUS job making it personal, sweet, and full of heart all wrapped in one. Watching Lauren & Sean stare into each other’s eyes with such devotion and love, while parents, family & friends looked on with big smiles & happy tears was so beautiful and reinforced how much I LOVE weddings! When the love is so big you can see it, it’s hard to not get swept up in it. And, we certainly did that with Lauren & Sean.

Here’s a look at some of the special moments of love & celebration that peppered their picture perfect Cape Cod wedding day…

Lauren’s lovely momma, Pam, helps her baby girl get into her gorgeous wedding gown, while her bestie Kellie helps out.

Sean helps Lauren’s brother, Peter, with his Cape Cod cufflinks…

Lauren puts on her earrings and then heads down the stairs, ready to see her sweet mister for their first look. Isn’t she so beautiful…..and so totally elegant?!

Love this cool photo Andy captured of Sean while he & his besties were getting ready at Willowbend. Such a cool perspective!

Lauren and her gal pals!! Such fun girls!!!! I loved spending the morning with them!

Sean and his handsome fellas, including his brother, Ryan (second from right).

The girls enjoy a little bubbly on the way to Willowbend. Such beautiful, happy, lovely ladies!

Lauren’s dad, Milt, is a TOTAL softie….love him! And I just love this sweet moment of him trying to hold it together as his baby girl gets ready to go see her soon-to-be hubby for their first look moment. LOOOOOVE!!!

Think Sean is excited about this??? Ummmm…yup!

Checking out his soon-to-be wife’s gorgeous gown! Love the way these two look at each other!!!

You + Me = FOREVER

A Willowbend wedding wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the barn. Love this perspective….it doesn’t get more Americana than this!

Hi cuties….

Lauren & Sean’s families are as sweet as they are….and when we asked our couple to kiss during the family photos….seems their folks wanted in on that action too! This next one highlights Sean’s super sweet mom & dad, Stephanie & Tom. Something tells me this scene might be replayed in several years when Sean & Lauren gather for their children’s wedding. So sweet!!!

Beautiful Lauren!!! And, her beautiful bouquet by the uber talented Courtney Dunbury of Courtney’s Floral Creations.

Some family members take a quick selfie before the ceremony begins….so cute!

Here comes the bride…..

LOOOVE Sean’s expression as he watched Lauren & her dad make their way to him…..this is what love looks like!

And so is this….

We are gathered here….

I have an odd obsession with grandfathers. My own Grandpa, who sadly passed away a few years ago at the ripe ole’ age of 101…just a couple months shy of his 102 birthday, was one of my favorite people in the world. I miss him every day and love the happy reminders of him when I see moments like this as Lauren’s beautiful grandfather & grandmother watch on during a particular tender part of their ceremony. PS…Lauren’s dad was welling up too…..be still my heart!

Another family member shares a beautiful reading during the ceremony as Lauren & Sean look on…

In your eyes, I see a world of possibilities….and in your hands I know my heart is safe! {SWOON}

With this ring….I thee wed.

And with a kiss…it’s official!!! Meet the new Mr. & Mrs….. woooo hooo!!

You think they’re happy to be married?

I think it’s safe to say….YUP!

Family & friends enjoying cocktail hour…and the view!

Love these candid moments where folks don’t know where there and we just capture real, happy moments.

Diggin’ in to some Cape Cod culinary delights. And, I’m digging that super cute hat!

Understated elegance courtesy with flowers by Courtney’s Floral Creations…lovely!

And a super sweet cake by Monilio’s Bakery.

These ADORABLE place cards were made by Lauren. She’s started a new company, Jackson Whales that sells hand-crafted, decorate whales made out of exotic wood. They’re super cool and were a big hit with guests!

Their first dance was as adorable as they are….

Reacting to toasts/speeches by their besties….

A dance with Grandpa…be still my grandpa-lovin’ heart!!! Is he freaking adorable or what??

Friends bust a move with Lauren’s dad.

More fun on the dance floor…

You go with your sexy self…

OBSESSED!!! I want this to be me & Andy so bad it hurts!!!

Sean’s Nana, brother and some other family members getting their goofy on in the photobooth. LOVE this!!!!

Our talented bride also made these super cute chocolate ball favors for their guests…so Cape Cod chic!

I LOVE this next photo so much because I wish I had one just like it from my own wedding. Me & my dad also got a little crazy at my & Andy’s wedding when Shout came on. Like Lauren & her Dad, we were also on our backs. I’ll never forget my dad turning to me during the song and saying, “Chrissy, you make me crazy!” This one is for all the Daddy’s girls out there who learned how to love a good man by THE best example!!!

As if carving wooden whales, making favors and throwing down a mean jump shot with the best of them wasn’t talented enough, Lauren WOWED everyone with a little Donna Summer duet with Dwight, lead singer of The Marsels. They sang Last Dance, which was completely unrehearsed and off the charts AHHH-MAZING!!! Lauren is a private, seemingly quite person, but she was all star on that stage singing her precious little heart out and I loved every second of it!!! As you can tell…so did Dwight!!!

Lauren & Sean, thank you both so very much for entrusting us with such an intimate, private, incredibly special time in your lives. Your wedding truly was amazing and we loved being there to witness all of the love & celebration!!! We hope you both enjoy this little sneak peek and can’t wait to share the entire collection of photos with you, so you can relive your fabulous day, this time through our eyes!! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU…for everything!!! With big love & hugs, Christine & Andy xoxo

 

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I’ll never forget Amy & Todd’s wedding. It was early October 2005, our third year shooting weddings, and we were still pretty green. It was one of those freakishly hot days…so hot that I could feel the sweat dripping down my back while crouched in the front of the church, searching for the best angle, while staying as unobtrusive as possible.

But, it wasn’t the heat, or the early nerves that made Amy & Todd’s wedding so memorable.  It’s how happy they were, how much fun they were having on the dance floor with their friends, who, by the way, were amazing and so warm & welcoming to us! I’ll never forget the look on Todd’s mom’s face just before the ceremony or the way Amy’s dad held her tight during their special dance. I’ll never forget staring that kind of love in the face and knowing it would last.

It was in all ways….a perfect day!

Right from our first meeting with Amy  & Todd, we knew we wanted to be in their lives long after their “I dos!” had been said. Happily, the friendship we felt when we first met these two smart, funny, creative,  kind, super cool people has, like their marriage….stood the test of time. We’ve seen them a few times over the years, meeting their crazy cute little boos, Max, Shea & the newest addition…Griffin.

Sadly, like with all of our friends, we don’t get together as often as we’d like. During the summer, when most people have a little extra free time for family & friends, we are at our busiest. But, we finally got together for dinner a couple of months ago and nailed down a date to get these two sweeties and their mini-mes in front of our cameras for a little bello family time.

We met up at one of our favorite spots in Falmouth and had a blast! Perhaps too much fun! It’s so rare we get to see the kids, all we…and they…wanted to do was play. But, we were able to hold them down for a couple of quick seconds…just enough time to snap some fun pics of this lovely family thoroughly enjoying each other!

Say hello to one of our very special families….Todd, Amy, Max, Shea & Griffin. Are they cute or what???

They all have these crazy beautiful blue/greenish eyes that you can easily get lost in. Max is a happy, adventurous, wild little boo who loves Pokemon and could have spent the entire session comparing collections with my big man-child. And, Shea is as smart, fearless and kind-hearted as she is so obviously beautiful. I love this photo of her…she looks like some wild jungle princess.

Oh these eyes……sweet baby Griffin hasn’t known us for as long as his big brother and sister, so wasn’t quite sure what to make of me sticking my big camera in his face…thus the expression. But, he still seemed to be enjoying himself, right along with his siblings.

Of course, nothing beats snuggling with momma!! Love the very natural moment on the left…Shea & Max would have kept climbing these rocks all day if we’d let them.

Because my husband is a big man-child himself, he really has a special way of connecting with kids that makes me fall deeper in love with him every time I witness it. Look at the expression he’s getting from Griff and his beautiful momma!! Just delightful!!!

As a fellow Daddy’s girl, I can totally relate to what sweet snuggly Shea is feeling in this moment and it makes my heart SWOON big!!

Love the dichotomy of these two moments…Griff running wild, and Max just chillin, looking ever the impish little boo that he is.

Mommas and their baby girls….a love like no other!! Be still my momma lovin’ heart!

Max no doubt talking about Pokemon…thus the big toothless grin. And, Griff not minding one little bit being sat on by his big idol of a brother! That wave….can we talk about that for a second??? Seriously?!!

Amy and her babes having a little chat…I think they were also playing patty-cake, but I’m not entirely sure. Either way, I just love the perspective and those EYES!!!

Lovely Shea….enjoying the little one-on-one focused attention from her new friends. Be still my heart!

Love is feeling the sand between your toes and knowing how very much you are loved! This is L.O.V.E.

And so is this!!! My sister has a little boy about the same age as Max and I know how precious these moments are for my sister…for before too long, sweet Max will feel too big to snuggle and smooch his momma. Sniff, sniff.

Max was pretty much done with us at this point…thus the grumpy face. But, I also think he was enjoying making us work for it…and making Andy jump around like a crazy person to get a laugh. As I’ve said before….we’ll do anything for a great photo!!

And, with a cheeky tilt of the head and some more big smiles….it’s a wrap!

Amy & Todd….thank you so much for your continued friendship, for sharing your sweet boos with us, for your patience when we drop off the radar for months…and sometimes years at a time. We love you guys and love spending time with you both and your really AMAZING children!! It’s no wonder they are as cool as they are….they’ve got you guys guiding their way. Thank you for trusting us so many years ago, and putting your trust in us once again! Hope to see you all again real soon!! Until then, we hope these photos serve as happy reminders of this fleeting time in life…big love & hugs to the whole gang!!! C&A xoxoxo

 

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Amy : AMAZING! Thank you so much - we knew they would be worth the wait, and they so are!!!! Love. Thank you. xo
Karen S. : I have to tell you how amazing your work is. I was so impressed with the wedding photos in 2005 this surpasses all I could imagine. This is my daughter, her husband and my grandchildren. You have caught the essence of their life. It has brought Dan and I to tears of joy, we cannot stop smiling. You have an amazing gift and we will cherish it forever.
Maureen D. : Great photography - one picture is better than the one before. I do know you had great subjects but still you guys really captured Todd,Amy and the children in all their glory. Beautiful work.