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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!

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Chris & Andy xoxo

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Our last wedding of the season could not have ended on a sweeter note than with the beautiful Heritage Gardens wedding of Kira & Adam. We first met these two lovelies back in July, when we photographed their e-session at Kira’s dad’s home in Centerville. We knew from our first chat via Skype that we would have fun with these two and they didn’t disappoint.

The fun and love was only amplified at their wedding last month. It was one of those idyllic fall days in October, when the air is cool, but not cold, the sky blue and friends & family were ready to celebrate! Their ceremony was held on the Flume Garden lawn, with the waterfall behind them, and birds still singing in the trees. It was perfection!

Surprisingly, this was our first time photographing a wedding at Heritage Museum & Gardens, but we sure hope it’s not our last….what an absolutely spectacular setting!!

Following the ceremony, guests walked up the path to a (heated) tented reception, just outside the Heald Center. And guests danced and delighted in the love & joyful celebration until late in the night.

The day started at the quaint Dan’l Webster Inn, where Kira & Adam each got ready separately. Dressed in a personalized robe, Kira gets the finishing touches on her make up by the talented folks at Beauty Muse Bridal. Hair by Cheryl Zercoe-Webb of Salon One in Wellesley.

Looking stunning in her Aire Barcelona gown and adorable custom-designed and initialed wedding flats by New Balance, where Kira works. Loooove that personalized touch!

Getting a little help with her veil and checking out the finished look….isn’t she lovely!

Beautiful Kira…

Lacey details and off to see her soon-to-be husband.

Love this next one as Kira spies herself in the car mirror as she gets ready to head to Heritage Gardens.

And, in another room at the Dan’l Webster, Adam finishes dressing and gets ready to meet his bride.

A little help from his sweet Dad, Allan…

And, he waits…..

For that first look….awww, love his open-mouthed expression of approval and appreciation! So cute!

Oh, the happy faces of love, how they do make my heart smile!

More happy….

Give your hearts, but not into each other’s keeping. For only the  hand of Life can contain your hearts. And stand together, yet not too near together.  For the pillars of the temple stand apart, And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other’s shadow. ~ The Prophet

The light and intimacy of this particular garden was the perfect backdrop for portraits of these two…

Just so lovely….

Adam is such a tender gentleman with Kira. Loved how he grabbed her hand as they walked to join family.

And, after signing the Ketubah, they joined guests gathered for the ceremony on the Flume lawn. Oh how happy are these lovely faces. Adam flanked by his beautiful momma, Karen and dad, Allan.

I just love outdoor ceremonies. Guests always look so happy…..

Kira & Adam’s AHHH-DORABLE ring bearer, Collin, and flower girls (left to right) Emily, Talia, Madison & Zoe….all taking their jobs quite seriously. Too much cuteness!

More happy guest faces….as they watch Kira make her way to Adam…

Kira, flanked by her beautiful momma & proud papa, Nancy & Ron.

I love when couples take a moment during the ceremony to look out at their family & friends and take in all of the love being directed at them. So beautiful…

With this ring, I thee wed.

Zoe decided mid ceremony that there weren’t quite enough petals scattered…much to everyone’s delight!

Another reason I love outdoor ceremonies so much is that they often inspire this…..

Kira’s smile is infectious and beautiful. Love her.

And with a kiss, it’s official….our new missus & mister!

Greeted with a standing ovation. Wooo hooo!

Loooove Adam’s expression and Kira’s reaction to him!!! Just love!!!

We did it!!!!

More happy…

Some pretty details, including flowers by Fancy Flowers and tent by Undercover Tent, with catering by the always fabulous Casual Gourmet.

The Horah is one of my favorite wedding traditions….so much fun and love and good times!

Reacting to toasts….

Cutting of the Ben & Jerry’s ice cream cake, courtesy of the Casual Gourmet…holy deliciousness! And, the first dance.

Talia absolutely stole me heart…what a precious little girl. She was so attentive to her family, especially her great grandma, who she is dancing with here. Watching the way she looked at her and gave her such undivided attention just melted my heart and made me miss my own Grandma & Grandpa. This really is a special little girl! Love her!

Dancing with their flower girls….now, no pressure or anything meant here, but Kira & Adam would make amazing parents if that was something they wanted in their lives. These two are just so wonderful together and obviously have a lot of love to give. {Swooon!}

Sparkle-licious ending to a perfect day!

Kira & Adam, thank you so much for choosing to share this incredible day of love & celebration with us!! We hope you enjoy this sneak peek as much as we enjoyed being there to document all of that goodness!! You two are wonderful and we are so happy to have met you both and got to share in this chapter in your lives. We cannot wait for you to see the rest of the photos and look forward to seeing where life takes you both next!

Until then, big love & hugs, Chris & Andy xoxo

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Nicole & David said “I do!” with their closest friends & family gathered around, as the sun shone brightly and warm autumn waves lapped at the pristine shore behind them.

Late September is my favorite time of year here on the Cape. The bulk of visitors have gone home, the beaches are still busy, but it’s mostly locals coming out of their summer cocoons to enjoy a sunset dinner or a walk with their dogs. The air is cooler, but the sun still warms the skin. It is as if we get this beautiful place we call home back to ourselves….I know that sounds selfish, but I wish September would last forever.

Nicole & David’s wedding was the perfecting ending to my favorite month. Falmouth is home to this sweet couple, while they finish building their new home in CT. Nicole is a professional organizer at B.Organized and you could feel touches of her amazing organization skills all over the wedding. She is also an actress and model, and no stranger to the camera. And, the camera loves her….so do we! You can see more of her and David in their bello love session earlier this year…HERE.

Their wedding was so relaxed and so fun to photograph and we cannot wait to share a look at their day with you, so without further ado….

Sea inspired invitations….so cute!

Nicole’s stunning wedding day look courtesy of Stacey Kuehn (hair) and Andrea Kooharian (make up)

David gets a little help from his brother Bruce on the porch of the Beach Breeze Inn, just before seeing his soon-to-be bride.

I love when couples choose to get  ready together…there’s something very sweet, intimate and endearing about it to me. And, I love getting to be there to document it! David helps cut the hanger straps from Nicole’s dress and she helps with the new cuff links she bought him.

David opens the Tiffany cufflinks from his beautiful betrothed.

A few moments for a quick portrait before gathering with family for photos.

Heading to the beach….such joy!

And, beautiful anticipation….

Beaming, beautiful, breathlessly following love….

In your eyes, I see my future, my love….my forever….

LOVE the colorful parasols Nicole & David got for their guests.

Gathered in love & celebration….the prettiest place to make promises.

With this ring, I thee wed.

Ceremonies don’t always hold the attention of little boys….and thank goodness for that! LOOOVE!

The light was as bright as their shining love! Family & friends stood as witness, holding up the chuppah in a show of love & support.

Shiny, happy people Meet me in the crowd, People people, Throw your love around, Love me love me ~ REM

As a symbol of the new life they are creating in their union, David & Nicole asked guests to release butterflies.

Fly sweet monarch, fly into the clear blue sky.

And so their new life as husband and wife begins….

With a kiss and a snuggle….you are mine and I am yours.

We did it…..woooo hooo! (I remember this feeling from my own wedding. It was such a happy moment! And you can see the happy written all over their beautiful faces! Just love it!)

Letting one last butterfly fly free…..

Some snuggles from her adorable flower girls, Daniela & Jessica….such sweet peas!

As guests head across the street to the Inn, David & Nicole take a few moments on the beach to soak in the joy of the moment.

Happy. Happy. Happy…..

Sweet kisses…

Side by side, and in your arms, is where I forever want to be.

This next photos makes my heart smile so big. Just love the happiness written all over Nicole’s gorgeous face!

Now back to the party for some merry making…

Such a perfect setting for an intimate affair, with a Sperry Tent, rentals from Be Our Guest and flowers by Courtney’s Floral Creations.

Love all of the colorful, beach inspired decorations and long, family style tables!

Nicole’s friends helped make and set up the beachy favors and decor.


A quick change to something more casual and our happy couple makes their entrance to the party….wooo hooo!

Eat Your Heart Out Catering provided Peruvian inspired ceviche in honor of Nicole’s family roots. Almost as delicious as all the love in the air this beautiful day!

Thumbs up for love…

Corn hole fun…

Some beach breeze lovin….

These two are so adorable together!

Hummuna, hummuna…

David’s children, Marc & Sandra, gave such a warm, loving toast to their dad and Nicole. It was playful and sincere and perfectly befitting their lovely dad & his new wife.

Reacting to the toasts….

For their first dance, it felt as if no one else was in the tent….so lovely.

Love the chunky sparkle that is Nicole’s signature look, as is that gorgeous smile of hers!

Friends & family were treated to an ice cream sundae bar courtesy of Smitty’s of Falmouth.

Love David’s expression as he’s dragged in to lead a conga line.

I don’t know why more couples don’t have day weddings….they provide more time to take in all that makes Cape Cod such an amazing place.


Big thanks to Walt, Don & Joyce at the Beach Breeze Inn for welcoming the wedding….we loved working there and would happily come back again, if you guys decide to do more weddings. :) Thanks too to Steve & Liz of McVie Productions for helping coordinate things to run smoothly, and to all of the fabulous vendors for helping make for a perfect day for Nicole & David. We’d also like to extend a heart-felt thank you and big shout out to our friend & fellow photographer Amy Rader for referring Nicole to us! Big love!! And, the biggest thanks goes to Nicole & David….thank you both so very much for entrusting us with documenting your amazing wedding!! We have loved getting to know you both over the past year and look forward to seeing where the future takes you!! Until then, we hope these photos serve as happy reminders of this love-filled time in your lives and that years from now you might look at them and feel all of the joy & celebration as if it was the day itself! We cannot wait to share the entire collection with you and put together an album that highlights all of the love & goodness!! Until then….sending big thanks & love, C&A xoxo

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Lauren & Dustin have the kind of love that inspires those around them to love bigger & sweeter…..and to sing at the top of their lungs while they’re doing it.

Andy & I have been fortunate enough to bear witness to hundreds of weddings, and we’ve seen love come in all shapes and sizes. But, in all these years of documenting weddings, I cannot recall another wedding where 250 of the couple’s friends & family gathered around, arm in arm, swaying, singing and delighting as two people they love danced their first dance as husband and wife.

Don’t get me wrong, we’ve seen a lot of good first dances, and some really stand out, even 14 years later. But, Lauren & Dustin’s first dance nearly had me so lost in the moment and so mesmerized that I wanted to put down my camera and just soak it all in….sponge up all that love & goodness, because being in that room, in that moment, you could actually feel the love. And, at the end of a long, busy summer season, it was just the elixir my tender heart needed.

I had been enjoying myself all day, but that first dance….it was just the coolest! Lauren & Dustin swayed and spun and loved up on each other dancing to Old Crow Medicine Show’s version of the Dylan classic, Wagon Wheel, which I have always thought was cool, but from now on, every time I hear that song, I’ll think of them, which makes it even cooler! (Play it in the background HERE as you look at these images and you might just feel the love too.)

Lauren & Dustin got married last month at St. Elizabeth Seton Church in Falmouth. It was a glorious September day….warm, dry, sunny Cape Cod perfection. The getting ready process started in the morning, with Lauren at her parents’ Falmouth home. Dustin and his family were across the street at a neighbor’s home. Closeness was definitely at the core of this day of love & celebration and we are super excited to share this little sneak peek of Lauren & Dustin’s fabulous wedding. So without further ado…..

Lauren gets the finishing touches on her beautiful ocean blue eyes. Meanwhile her & Dustin’s beloved poochie, MeadowMae gets her wedding day bow.

Lauren’s crazy beautiful Lee Ann Belter gown, which came with this stunning lace jacket she wore for the ceremony. The neckline was stunning!

Lauren takes a quick look at herself before she heads downstairs to show her gal pals…

Lovely Lauren gets a warm reception from her beautiful besties….These girls were so fun and so warm & supportive. Love that kind of girl power!

Dapper Dustin….love the navy suit and hip bow tie!

Dustin’s mate and co-best man Keith gets a little help with his bow tie, while cousin and groomsman, Rickey, prepares to tape a GoPro to a liquor bottle…it’s time to party!

Reading a card from his soon-to-be missus and opening some pretty amazing cuff links Lauren got for him. Love his expression as he reads the card.

Lauren is absolutely glowing as she and her sweet Papa, Jack, make their way to St. Elizabeth Seton Church.

Loooove Dustin’s expression as he watches the love of his life make her way down the aisle…..Lauren and her dad look pretty happy too. Sighhhhhh!

Watching your children grow and make their own life must be one of the most heartwarming and simultaneously heart-wrenching things for a parent. You could almost feel the flutter of emotions Jack was experiencing in this moment. Just so beautiful.

So happy to be standing next to each other, surrounded by so much love & support.

Pledging hearts, exchanging vows, looking deep and with much love…..

With this ring, I thee wed.

Love Keith’s sweet, approving look as Lauren & Dustin seal it with a kiss.

Happy girl….

How Lauren & Dustin walked up the aisle together says so much about them and their wonderful love for each other. Close. Close. Close. Just adore these two!

After Lauren & Dustin’s happy “I dos!” they wanted to quickly stop at their favorite beach, back by Lauren’s parents’ home…

So they could also include sweet Meadow in some of the love & celebration. Such a cute family pic! I spy this year’s holiday card.

After a quick stop, we headed to the stunning Oyster Harbors Club in Osterville for some family & bridal party photos before guests began arriving for cocktail hour. Gotta say…..we just looooove when we have a gap of time like this to do photos and still cover the entire cocktail hour!!


You get yours girl….

These peeps were so much fun to be around and such a delight to photograph. Wish we could do it again!

The lovely ladies….such beauties!! Inside & out! xx

Champagne + oodles of love + a picture perfect setting = THIS

Some of the gorgeous details that peppered Lauren & Dustin’s day, including stunning white & green floral arrangements by Lilac Florals.

A familiar face to Team Bello, Tyler, the brother of one of our past grooms, Justin, enjoys himself during cocktail hour. It was so great to see Justin & Stefania and Justin’s family again!! We hadn’t seen them since their wedding six years ago. Also love these cool party favors, who doesn’t love a cute wine stopper?


One of my favorite parts of a wedding is watching couples together…Rickey and his gorgeous girlfriend were having too much fun together all day. Lauren & Dustin’s cake was super cool. They had collected, bleached and dried out the oyster shells especially to decorate their cake. They were so cool I actually thought they were white chocolate. Glad I didn’t try and steal a bite. (wink wink)

Love how I captured the bean bag perfectly in air with Lauren & Dustin’s initials & wedding date. Totally didn’t plan this, but couldn’t have asked for better positioning!!

The happy was contagious….and delightful to document.

What ever did we do before our phones were also cameras???

Easy, breezy, beautiful…..

Everyone say, “Cheese!”

Sneaking a kiss during the group photo…

I love a late summer wedding, the sun sets a little earlier, it’s still warm and everyone wants to be outside. As cocktail hour winded to a close on the back lawn, overlooking the water, the sun set, blanketing the day in a warm orange embrace that seemed perfectly befitting Lauren & Dustin.

Like I said earlier….Lauren & Dustin’s first dance was so special, with everyone gathered around, singing along and cheering them on. So much love it was palpable.

Toasting to love…

Big hugs from bestie Katie, whose toast was warm, sweet, funny….perfect.

As was the roast, I mean toast, from Dustin’s besties Keith & Dana. These guys are the kind of best friends everyone wishes they had.

They even cracked each other up…..LOVE!

Smiles all around…

More happy….

After speeches were done, the happy moved to the dance floor, where everyone got their party on….

Sweet Caitlin and her lovely mister get serenaded by the band’s sax player.

This next photo was soooooo fun to capture. I believe the young man in the wheelchair is Lauren’s cousin, and Andy & I watched him absolutely light up the place when his dad wheeled him out onto the dance floor so he could get his boogie on. I remember we had a moment like this at my sister’s wedding, when my aunt wheeled out the mom of my new brother-in-law, who was battling pretty severe MS. My brother-in-law’s mom loved being included and the loving attention lavished on her. My sister and her hubby danced around her and the joy was infectious. It was exactly the same at this wedding and it was so wonderful to watch and (passively) participate in!!!

Lauren’s adorable brother, Bill, gets his boogie on with bridesmaid Jennifer.

A little old school invisible jump rope…..woooo hooo!

One of my favorite songs at a wedding is Shout! People go nuts for it….and Lauren & Dustin were no exception….how low can you go??? Love this moment as one of the band’s singers sings right to Dustin & Lauren, with family & friends gathered in close.

Thank you Lauren & Dustin soooo very much for including us in your incredible wedding. You two….the way you love each other and those closest to you is so beautiful and we hope these photos reflect all that love & beauty! We hope too that you enjoy this little sneak peek as we wait to get your proof book back from the printer. Cannot wait to share it with you and all of the love & goodness that was your wedding day!! Thank you again for everything!! With big love & hugs, Chris & Andy xoxo

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Like so many of our couples of late, Jackie & Chris came to us through a family connection….and we just love it when that happens, because it means a level of trust and comfort has already been formed. And, trust & comfort are two key ingredients necessary to end up with great photographs.

Although it was the first time Andy & I photographed Chris, Jackie first found herself in front of our cameras eight years ago, when we photographed the Wequassett wedding of her big sister, Jenn, to her now hubby, Pete.

We loved photographing Jackie and her family then and had hoped that when the day came that she found the person with whom she wanted to spend the rest of her life that she might want us to photograph her special day too. So we were super excited when she called us earlier this summer to announce that she was engaged and could we photograph her & Chris’s wedding.

Ummmmm……Yes, please!

We got together a few weeks ago in Sandwich for Jackie & Chris’s love session. The autumn light and warm breezes made for the perfect setting for this sweet duo. Jackie’s AHHHH-DORABLE flowing dress didn’t hurt either. So simple, sexy and perfectly beachy…just like these two….

Watching, or more aptly stated….listening to these two during their first few moments in front of the camera was too cute for words. Jackie has the most adorable giggle and because everyone feels a little nervous those first few moments in front of the camera, her giggles were coming out big time, which was great for getting big beautify smiley photos, but it also made me giggle right alongside her!

Jackie & Chris met when they were still in college. Jackie, then senior at Syracuse University, had planned a trip to Vegas with her best friend, Abby. Abby happened to work with Chris, then in his second year of grad school also at SU, and while talking one day at work, they realized they were both planning to be in Vegas with their besties at the same time. As if the love Gods were orchestrating bigger things to come, the coworkers arranged to meet with with their friends at one of the hotels on the strip.

“I thought Chris hated me because he didn’t speak for the first 30 minutes,” Jackie told us, although Chris said he doesn’t remember not speaking. Although we’ve only met a few times, I get the feeling Chris is a lot like Andy and tends to take a back seat when in the company of more loquacious peeps like Jackie & me.

After dinner, the foursome ended up at a club dancing when another random Syracuse student saw them “awkwardly shuffle dancing” and trying to chat and said, “I feel the vibes, you guys should dance, and shoved us together.” “We’ve been together ever since,” Jackie said.

Once back at school, the decided to date for the rest of the school year, thinking they’d eventually part ways after Jackie graduated, but when the heart know…it knows. So, they did the long distance thing for a year and eventually moved to New Jersey together, before eventually settling in the real Big Apple….a sort of come full circle beginning.

Now, this sweet pair is planning their Wychmere Harbor Club wedding for next summer, and we cannot wait to be there to witness all the love & goodness.

Kisses and sunset and beach for as far as the eye can see….LOVE!

Sweet kisses and tender touches that speak to a forever kind of love….ahhhhh!


Just love the way these two are together…so easy, breezy, lovely!

Tip toes and a stony shoreline =

LOVE the in between moments…..just heavenly!

Wherever you go, I will follow, side by side and hand in hand!

Love the dichotomy of these next two….hysterically laughing and completely in the moment…These two are soooooo fun to photograph!!

The sunset was spectacular….as is Jackie’s killer dress and beautiful flowing locks!


Another in between moment with some seriously delicious sun flare….love!!

This photo screams romance to me…..yummy!

I LOOOVE when couples are so into the session that they ask about doing certain photos. This next one on the left was totally inspired by Jackie, who wanted to take advantage of the sunflare. I’m so happy she suggested it because it’s become one of my faves of the day! What’s so cool about photography is how changing your perspective can change everything. So, while the photo on the left was shooting into the sun, the photo on the right was shooting with the sun at our backs. Notice how different the light and color are. Both are equally pretty, but totally different. LOVE that!

And as the sun sets, we bask in the last of its deliciously warm autumn light…..

It’s a wrap…..

Jackie & Chris, thank you both sooooo much for entrusting us with documenting this special time in your lives!! We are so thrilled to be a part of another D. family wedding, Jackie and cannot wait to see everyone again!!! For now, we hope these photos captured your love in a way that makes you as excited for your wedding as we are!! You two are adorable together and we can’t wait to be there with you to watch you and your friends play, laugh, chat & “awkwardly shuffle dance” as you make memories that will last a lifetime!!

With big love & hugs, Christine & Andy xoxo


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Keri & Jim’s wedding was something Andy & I had been looking forward to for nearly two years! Even though we get to witness a lot of “I dos,” it’s not often that we’re also there for the, “Yes!” that inevitably leads a couple to the aisle. But, we were there for Keri’s, “Yes!” and that made also being there for her and Jim’s “I dos!” that much more special!!!

Back in the fall of 2013, a very sweet Jim had reached out to us because he was planning a romantic weekend on the Cape with his girlfriend, Keri, and he was going to pop the question and ask her to marry him. It doesn’t get much more romantic than that!! He reached out to us because he thought it would be nice to have that moment captured in photographs. Having never photographed an actual proposal before, we were super excited for the opportunity to be in on such an intimate moment.

Jim & I spoke over the phone and in emails for several weeks, planning how it would all go down. And, as if the love Gods were shining down on us all, Jim got an unseasonably warm November day to sweep his girl off her feet. As expected, Keri said, “Yes!” and so began the wedding planning. You can read more about them and their proposal HERE and also check out their super sweet spring love session HERE.

Andy & I have grown quite fond of Keri & Jim over these many months. They are two of the sweetest, kindest, most sincerely loving, happy, wonderful, fun people and we just knew their wedding would be full of the kind of love & goodness that makes getting great photos a cinch….and even better….makes us LOVE what we do!

The wedding itself took place at the stunning University of Connecticut’s Branford House, located at the seaside Avery Point in Groton. Originally built in 1903 by wealthy railroad magnate Morton Freeman Plant, the 31-room Tudor style granite mansion was designed by his wife, Nellie, and named after the town where he was born. Eventually, the mansion was sold and ended up in the hands of the State of Connecticut. It became the property of the US Coast Guard for a time, and then was turned over to the University of Connecticut as a branch campus.

With a unique history, the Branford House is a truly stunning backdrop for a wedding, and it was super fun for us to be somewhere new!

We arrived in Groton the day before the wedding to check out the area and find our spots for pictures…..and there were LOTS of great spots!! We then popped in on their welcome party later that night, to meet their families. Everyone was super welcoming, which made us even more excited for the big day.

The morning of the wedding, I met Keri & the girls at the Red Door Spa, in the Mystic Marriott, where Keri, Jim, their wedding party and nearly all of their wedding guests were staying. Loved that!

In this first photo, Keri is getting her wedding day make up applied, while her super sweet and doting MOH, Kate, looks on.

After hair & make up were done, the girls all headed to the Branford House to get dressed. With all of its stunning woodwork & detailed architecture, the Branford House was a picture perfect back drop for getting ready! Such a treat! But, the best part was that Keri was smiling the entire time. Sometimes brides get so caught in the moment of getting dressed that they pull really funny/serious faces. I’m often having to say, “happy thoughts” or “happy faces” to remind them to relax. But, with Keri, it was all smiles….all day!  See what I mean as Keri gets tied into her dress by Kate & another bestie, Justine…

I love the look on Keri’s lovely momma’s face as she watches her baby girl get dressed. Momma Jeannine and Justine help put the finishing ties to the dress, and she’s soon ready to go.

Love her girlfriends’ reactions….Sweet Jolene got a bit emotional. Awwwwww!!

Our gorgeous gals: Tara, Justine, Jessica (Jim’s cousin), Keri, Kate, Jolene & Jessica (Keri’s cousin). Pretty ladies + pretty light + pretty room = pretty easy job for me.

The arched doorways and stunning fireplace mantle made for a perfect frame for our lovely bride. Isn’t she ga ga gorgeous?!!

Meanwhile, back at the hotel, Jim gets a little help with his cufflinks from his best man, Brian, as the rest of the guys get ready too.

Love the nautical inspired bowties from Vineyard Vines….almost as much as this candid moment Andy captured as Frank (who’s married to Jim’s cousin, Jess) takes a selfie with Jim’s lovely momma, Gail.

Our handsome groom. I love this photo Andy captured of Jim….he looks so seriously serene, and this may have been the only time all day he wasn’t smiling the biggest smile I’ve ever seen. Watching Jim make his way to the ceremony was particularly sweet. He was BEAMING….like a kid on Christmas morning who got everything on his wish list!

The lovely guys: Joe, Jason, Frank, Jim, Brian, Jason (Keri’s big brother) and Scott. Such warm, fun, funny guys! Love them!

Jim is an only child and the apple of his momma’s eye. Watching her relish how happy her son was on this very special day was such a treat. Jim’s proud papa, Richard, was also a love! Truly, such an awesome group to not only work with, but get to know and welcome to our bello family!

Keri makes her way to her soon-to-be hubby, flanked by her mom & dad, Jeannine & Peter. Is she beaming or what???!!!

As was her main squeeze…..if this isn’t the look of love, I don’t know what is!

More happy…..

As perfect as their proposal day and engagement day were, their wedding day could not be topped….perfection in every way!

Father Shawn Smith infused a lot of humor into Keri & Jim’s ceremony, which seemed perfectly befitting this fun couple!

Happy friends & family look on, showing their love & support with more happy smiles…

Audrey (Jess’s & Frank’s baby girl) listens sleepily during the ceremony…..what a little cherub, eh?!!!

With this ring….

Gail & Jeannine fight the wind on the point to light the unity candle. It made for some giggling by everyone. Love that!!

And with that….our new mister & missus are married. Happy. Happy. Happy!! Now off for some photos….

After the family portraits on the lawn, we took the bridal party to the front of the House to take advantage of the shade and cool building facade. This next shot makes me laugh because it was taken right after Andy got pooped on by a very angry seagull. There were several birds circling above us as we were photographing the bridal party. They were squawking and seemed irritated we were there. One let us know exactly how he felt. Ironically, I heard the splash as a portion of the sizable deposit hit the floor, right next to me, and I thought to myself, “Phew….that was close.” I looked up and the bridal party had this reaction as they realized the bird got Andy, who took it like a trooper and laughed it off. We got a picture of him too, but will save that one for Jim & Keri. Love the reactions of everyone…this was such a fun group! Totally worth getting pooped on. (Easy for me to say.) Happily, Andy was able to clean up and no one was the wiser…plus, it makes for a great story for Keri, Jim and their friends.

And then there were two….two very happy people.

Love these two together so much!!!

A little stroll to the lighthouse at sunset…..ahhhhhh!

A couple who laughs together stays together….

Jim gives us the thumbs up….she said Yes! AND I do! Woooo hooo!!

Love, smiles and delicious kisses…..This is love!

Such joy…and a backdrop that rivals any of the Newport Mansions. Could be my new favorite place to photograph!

The gorgeous Sperry Tent and beautiful cake by Coastal Gourmet Caterers.

Love the besties’ selfie introduction (and obviously so do J&K)….you guys rock!!

The new Mr. & Mrs……let’s get this party started!

In your arms….it’s where I always want to be….

Warm embraces as the setting sun streams into the tent. Just beautiful!

Love this sweet gal….way to rock the toast Katie!!

Jim & Keri reacting to all the love directed their way…eat it up guys! Eat up all that glorious love!

Sunset…..Mmmmmmm good!

Gail gets all emotional dancing with her sweet boy, as a tear runs down her beautiful face. So lovely!!!

Meanwhile Keri & her crazy dad get down on it….you go you two!!! Me & my dad went nuts to Shout at my & Andy’s wedding. I’ll never forget Dad turning to me while we’re on our backs on the floor and saying, “You make me wild, Chrissy!” It is in these moments of connection that our strongest memories are formed. Blessed are we who let love rule!!

And, who also play with cake…..deeeeelicious!

Get it guys…get it!!

Life is to be lived large and celebrated with great passion….today and always.

Dance like no one is watching….and smile with your whole heart.

For when the night comes our dreams shall be made of this….

Jim & Keri….I wish words could do justice to how much we appreciate you both, your families & friends and how warmly you all welcomed us into your lives and into this amazing day of love & celebration!! Your wedding was the stuff from which fairy tales are made. And, your love is both inspiring and contagious!! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!! For sharing your beautiful hearts and this beautiful day with us!! We feel so grateful to have been able to be there to document all of the love & goodness that sprang from a Yes that warm November day and led us all to this. You will forever hold a special place in our hearts as we hope these photos hold a special place in yours!! We adore you and feel so happy you found your way into our life!! More to come soon!! Big love & hugs, Chris & Andy xoxox


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Jim : WOW!!! I'm sitting here at my desk feeling completely blown away... All the feelings, love, and happiness of that day is flooding back seeing these AMAZING images and words!! We can't wait to see the rest! Chris and Andy... you are incredible!! From the moment we first talked in November of 2013 up to our "I Do's," Keri and I have had great friends to capture the most important moments of our lives! From the bottom of my heart THANK YOU so much for capturing our special day in such brilliant detail!! - Jim
Lucinda Graham : All I can say is WOW!! Wonderful, wonderful pictures. You surely captured the moments. Cindy
Gail Mineo : AMAZING--words cannot describe all the beautiful pictures you captured!!! Thank you, thank you!!!! A very happy Mother of the Groom