Sarah & Brett’s Chatham Bars Inn Wedding ~ Cape Cod Photographers

Sarah and Brett’s Chatham Bars Inn wedding last month was fall fabulous. The forecast had looked pretty dire in the days leading up to the big even, with rain coming down pretty heavy in the morning. But, as if Mother Nature herself had a stake in making sure everything worked out, the clouds dried out and Sarah & Brett ended up with a gorgeous, fall day…a tad windy, okay really windy….but it only served to carry this sweet couple’s beautiful love up into the heavens.

I met up with Sarah and her eleven best girlfriends at her parent’s home in Harwich Port, where the hair & make up and getting ready process was well underway, with everyone having a super fun morning. Chana Moung and her assistants did a fabulous job of giving all the girls stunning wedding day looks. Here Sarah gets her finishing touches.

And checks her gorgeous self out.

Before getting dressed, we jumped outside for a quick photo, where the girls  had to hold tight to their robes, which made for lots of happy giggling faces. Love it!

Bridesmaid Ellen peeks in just before Sarah gets into her dress. Just love this candid moment as the gal pals share a giggle.

Getting into her STUNNING Romona Keveza gown with the help of her super sweet momma, Sandra and her best friend, Laura.

Just love how Sarah’s grandma looks on and takes in the gorgeousness of her granddaughter.

All buttoned in, Sarah gets a big hug from her bestie. Adorable!

That moment…when it hits you…it’s real and today is the day! LOVE IT!

My favorite part of Sarah’s stunning dress was the gorgeous handmade lace, off-the-shoulder jacket that was just insanely gorgeous!

A little last minute lip gloss and we’re off…

Love the reactions of her besties as they see Sarah coming down the stairs…

Taking some fun selfies on the trolley. When they weren’t snapping photos they were singing. Really enjoyed these super sweet, super fun ladies!

Across town, Brett got ready with his best mates. Love these few details of the day.

Impressively tying his bow tie for the day, Brett gets ready.

….with a little help from his friends, who clearly have a fun size. BAZOOKA!!!

Friends don’t let friends tie their own bow tie.

Enjoying a pre ceremony cocktail on the balcony.

With his jacket on, this handsome groom is ready to go…

Looking good, Brett!

Look out Sarah, he’s coming for you.

Looking very excited to marry her beau, Sarah enters Holy Redeemer Church in Chatham.

And on the arm of her proud Papa, Charles, heads down to meet her groom….who looks very happy to see his bride.

All smiles, all around.

By your side is where I always want to be.

Everything about this day and this couple was beautiful.

Taking in the warm words, prayers and marriage blessings of Father Sullivan.

The look of love….here we are, committing our lives and hearts to one another before family & friends and God. It doesn’t get much better.

With this ring, I thee wed.

Can we talk about her train and ridiculously beautiful lace veil. I’m obsessed!

That feeling of…..We did it!!! Wooo hooo!

Oh the beautiful joy written all over the beautiful faces of these two beautiful, lovely people.

Overcome by love & happiness…..Sarah & Brett steal a quick kiss.

And with a glass of champagne in hand, they’re now ready to paaaahhhhhteeeee!

But, first we steal them to head down to the beach for a few quick photos. We really like doing this, even if we do all of the family & bridal party photos before the ceremony because it gives our couple a chance to take in the significance of the day and have a few minutes to just BE…together, enjoying each other and soak in all the emotion of the day.

Being November, the sun was setting a bit earlier in the day, and casting the most gorgeous warm hues, which only served to compliment the warm smiles on these two lovely faces.

In your eyes I see my future…

These two….can you stand it?

Oh the joy…be still my heart!

And, with that, we headed back to the party.

What a view….what a day!

The Stars Restaurant was elegantly decorated with neutral tones…letting the stunning view be the main attraction.

White flowers are my favorites for weddings…it just doesn’t get much more elegant to me. Love the traditional Italian favors too: Five Chocolate Covered Almonds signifying five blessings for the happy couple.

More gorgeous details, including more flowers by Lilacs Florals.

Guests enjoying cocktail hour on the veranda.

Welcoming the new Mr. & Mrs. to their first dance…

Having fun and busting some serious moves.

…which delighted their guests.

Brett’s best man, Tom, nailed his speech.

Reactions from Sarah & Brett.

Sarah’s parents enjoying the toasts…

There were even a few happy tears when Laura talked about her lifelong friendship with Sarah. Just love Sarah’s face as she takes in all the love.

Toasting….to Sarah & Brett…..may you enjoy a long and happy life together, surrounded by family & friends.

Getting their dinner on. Just loved the super long head table…real family style. So fun!

Cutting their cake and enjoying a slice.

Dancing with dad…

Brett dancing with his beautiful mom, Patty.

These two were so cute, singing to each other as they danced. Love!

Sarah’s parents soaking in all the love and happy celebration!

I have no doubt Andy will be this Uncle when our nieces & nephews one day get married. So fun!!

Sarah’s super sweet baby bro, Chris, busting some sweet moves on the dance floor.

Candid moments are my favorite…as family & friends just bask in the love and take their own happy snapshots. So fun!

Sarah’s very pregnant bridesmaid and bestie, Jordy, gets some baby loving from her friends on the dance floor. Even baby was busting some moves.

Fun. Fun. Fun.

And more fun.

A dance floor fun of friends and family, and yet, it’s like no one else is in the room. Just love these two smitten kittens!

Sarah & Brett….thank you both so much for choosing us to document this very special day. We had so much fun with you both at your Boston engagement session and knew your wedding wouldn’t disappoint! Your family & friends are wonderful and we hope these photos reflect all the beautiful love you share with each other and with those lucky enough to be in your inner circle. We look forward to seeing where life takes you both and hope this is just the beginning of a long and beautiful love story for you both! With big hugs and warmest wishes,

Christine & Andy xx

 

Sarah & Brett’s Back Bay Engagement Session ~ Boston Wedding Photographers

We are sooooo very lucky to have so many of our couples come to us through happy family or friends, who we’ve worked with for their wedding or special event. Such was the case with super sweeties, Sarah & Brett. Sarah is friends with one of our brides from a few years ago, Kate, who recommended us. Without even meeting us, Sarah & Brett hired us to document their wedding, which always feels really good and is just the hugest compliment.

It’s like they trust us, without even needing to look us in the eyes and see for themselves who we are and what we’re about. Knowing couples like Sarah & Brett put such faith in us right away always makes us want to work extra hard for them….perhaps to prove ourselves or perhaps just out of an enormous appreciation for their blind faith.

We had spoken on the phone prior to them hiring us, but we didn’t actually get to meet Sarah & Brett until their engagement session two weekends ago. With their wedding planned for here on the Cape in just a few weeks, they thought it would be fun to do their engagement session in the city, around their neighborhood, where they live. And, we agreed.

So, we met at their apartment in the Back Bay and had a lovely afternoon of giggling and getting to know one another. As we expected, Sarah & Brett are super sweet, easy going and clearly smitten with one another. They met about a year and a half ago, as many of our couples do, on an online dating site. Brett was actually the first guy Sarah had met through the site. And, after their date….she never needed to go back to the site. They both knew…this one was a keeper. And nine months later, Brett proposed on stunning Seven Mile Beach in the Cayman Islands…man, I wish we’d been there to document that!

Happily, we will be along for this next exciting milestone, as this sweet pair says, “I do!” at the gorgeous Chatham Bars Inn Resort, here on Cape Cod. We can’t wait to be a part of all of the love & celebration yet to come. For now, here’s a look at our happy love birds.

We began their session on the steps of their Back Bay apartment, which is quintessential Boston at its best. Wrought iron, classic brownstone and two young, smitten lovers….what more do you need?

We took a little walk with Sarah & Brett to explore some of the places they frequent. 

Including the Public Garden, where weeping willows and cheeky grins make for great photo fodder.

You + Me = Will-oways be together. That doesn’t really work, but you get my drift.

In your eyes I see our future and in your arms I know it will be bright. 

Sometimes just looking into each other’s eyes and being in the moment is all you need…

Don’t know why I love this next one so much….they both just look so good, so cool. Plus, what’s not to love about the iconic Public Garden Bridge. 

Hey hot stuff….

Sometimes when we’re walking around with our couples, Andy or I will see something that’s not really anything, but you just know it’s going to make for some cool photos….such was the case with this super long bench. So, we asked Sarah & Brett to snuggle up and then just pretend we weren’t there….which, with two of us, isn’t always easy to do.

But, these two are so comfortable together, they made it look easy. 

Hey Brett…look over here for a second. And, BAM! You guys are adorable!! 

Then over to the Public Library, where Brett has been spending a fair bit of time lately, studying for the GMAT exam. You got this, Brett!

The look of love. 

Laughing together…those big, belly laughs…it’s just the best! 

Tender moments….ahhhhhh. 

Sarah & Brett, thank you so much for choosing us to document this exciting and super special time in your lives with us! We can’t wait to be there with you when you say, “I do!” to meet your family & friends and not only document all the love & goodness surrounding you, but to share in the spirit of the day. We hope you love these photos…and the rest still to come…as much as we loved spending the afternoon with you both!! And, a special shout out to Kate & Hugh for singing BelloPhoto praises. Hope to see you both at the wedding!! Big hugs to all, Christine & Andy xo

Julia & Drew’s Backyard Beach Wedding ~ Falmouth Photographers

Buckle up, because this post is going to be a good one. Just too many beautiful moments that need sharing. So, grab a drink and get ready to see some serious love, lots of happy celebration and some seriously stormy skies.

This beautiful love story focuses on Julia & Drew, an adorable couple who said, “I do!” last month on the sandy shores of Julia’s grandfather’s oceanfront home in Falmouth. We’d first come in contact with them when we photographed Jacqueline & Mitty’s wedding a few years ago. Jacqueline & Julia are cousins and Julia was one of her bridesmaids.

We were super excited when Julia reached out to us last year to photograph her wedding! We just love keeping it all in the family!

The grandfather’s home in Falmouth is very special and has served as the backdrop for lots of auspicious family occasions, and we’ve happily been invited to document a few of them.

In fact, skip back a few posts here on our blog and you’ll see our most recent family gathering at the property….the wedding of Jacqueline’s younger sister, Christina, to her super sweet beau, Jon.

We’re always looking for new ways to photograph familiar settings, so our challenge was trying to capture Julia & Drew’s special day in a way that reflected them and everything that made their beautiful day unique.

Without sounding overly confident…I think we crushed it!

I’d been feeling nervous all week leading up to the wedding…which sounds funny after 16 years of doing this, but I like to think it just means I still really care. Also, the forecast kept changing all week, going from super sunny (they were planning a beach wedding in the middle of the afternoon, so this wouldn’t have been ideal) to partly cloudy (I was feeling much more optimistic about this) to full on hurricane-like weather (EEEEK!).

But, as is so often the case, the weather gods smiled down on us and provided a picture perfect day. Julia & Drew got their beach wedding. We got just enough time for photos with family and the bridal party before the rain and wild winds blew in. And, the sky put on a performance that left guests spellbound. It was truly a magical day in every way.

There are a lot of photos to come…so without further ado, here’s a look at Julia & Drew’s magical Falmouth backyard beach wedding.

Julia & Drew didn’t want a big bridal party. Instead they choose a maid of honor and best man and that was it. I must admit, I’m partial to these smaller bridal parties. I think they make for a super calm morning of getting ready. The bride and groom really are more the center of attention…as they should be. And, with less people, there’s less potential for things to go wrong.

Julia got ready with her MOH Marisa and fellow besite, Katrina. It was a quiet, calm, lovely time and the fabulous ladies from Artworx made everyone look stunning, and seemed to have a lot of fun doing it.

Checking out the beautiful progress….isn’t she gorgeous!?!

Getting buttoned into her crazy beautiful gown. This dress could be one of my all time faves. Just loved it!! And Julia …man, did she wear it well!!

A toast with her besties and mom, Sarah, and her special Auntie. 

Putting on her shoes and a last minute dab of gloss and we’re ready to go….

Love this moment, when a father sees his daughter for the first time in her wedding gown. You can just feel the pride he feels for her. I imagine him thinking about his own wedding day, seeing his wife in his daughter’s beautiful face. I’m sure he’s also thinking about the day she was born, and now here she is all grown up. I’m sure it’s a bittersweet time for parents…seeing their baby fully leave the nest, where parents are no longer the most important people in their child’s life. And, yet, they must feel so grateful that their son or daughter found someone so wonderful with whom to share their life. There’s just sooooo much wrapped up in this one moment and I……I love it!!

Beautiful Julia.

These in between moments are some of my favorites too….they just speak to the anticipation that is the wedding day….that moment right before you walk out the room to say, “I do!” with besties at your side and your nerves fully in your throat. So awesome.

While Julia was getting ready at her grandfather’s house, Drew got ready at the Sea Crest Resort with his best man and big brother, Garrett, their dad, David, grandfather, Dick, and some other close friends. Just love this moment Andy captured of Drew putting on his tie, as his dad fixes his in the background.

Drew’s grandfather, Dick, looking pretty dapper. 

Chillaxing with friends and a cold one.

LOOOOOOVE these next two moments of Garrett and his dad and Drew looking ridiculously dapper!!

Annnnntiiiiiciiipattttionnn…is making me wait. (Can’t help but hear that 70s song in my head when I look at this photo). 

Loookin’ good, Drew!!! Way to work those chiseled features! GQ called and they want their model back. Seriously dude…didn’t you guys tell us you don’t generally like the way you look in photos? I mean….WHAT??!!

Drew’s super sweet parents, Deborah & David, head down to the ceremony…just looove the looks on their sweet faces as they see their son. Be still my heart!

And these next two…..I can barely stand how Julia & Drew are grinning from ear to ear as they see each other for the first time on their wedding day. Soooo much happiness!! It’s moments like these that I feel so grateful that Andy & I work together and can capture these moments simultaneously. 

All smiles as our beautiful bride makes her way down the aisle on the arm of her sweet dad, John.

The happy hand off…

And one last kiss on the cheek from her proud papa before she is married. Looooove the look on Julia’s face as she soaks in this moment. 

Could Drew look any happier? 

Surrounded by family & friends in a place they love so, pledging their lives to one another….it doesn’t get much better than this.

Love was everywhere…

Julia’s sweet momma, Sarah, beaming with joy for her baby girl and this lifelong love she has found.

Taking it all in…

Drew’s parents enjoy every love-filled second. 

With these rings…

I thee wed…

Hand in hand and with a kiss, we seal these vows. 

Just love the look on Julia’s dad’s face as the newly married couple makes their way down the aisle.

The new Mr. & Mrs.

Our wish for you is that every moment of your married life feels just like these…full of joy and unbridled happiness, laced with romance and a boundless love.

By your side is where I always want to be.

May this always be your happy place, full of the memories of this glorious day. 

Your lips taste of the promise of a happy ever after. 

B . E . A . U . T . I . E . S . 

Julia & Drew, these are the days you’ll remember.

Hand-in-hand + side-by-side = where I always want to be.

Wooo hooooo!

A tender kiss and dramatic skies.

An electric kind of love!! Yes, that’s lightening!

The wind really starting kicking up towards the end of our time with Julia & Drew….this fun moment as Drew’s tie flew into Julia’s face made us all giggle. 

I mean…..does it get more dramatic than this setting?

Leaning in…

Friends and family gathered outside the tent during cocktail hour to watch the rapidly changing sky. We could almost see the sheets of rain off in the distance traveling across the land. 

Having fun in the wind with her besties.

Warm winds and even warmer embraces.

Love was most definitely in the air….awww “shucks.”

Some delicious treats from the fabulous Casual Gourmet

Hanging with her cousins, who were admiring her ring. So cute. (left to right: Leah, Jac, Julia & Christina)

The Sperry tent was beautifully decorated by the uber talented Courtney Iris Barnes of Courtney’s Floral Creations and everything came together under the beautiful care and guidance of Megan & Sara of Elegant Engagements

Even the bees loved it…

A cake covered in garden roses…swoon and sprigs of rosemary for the head table.

Having fun with their first dance.

Soaking in all the love family & friends during the toasts. 

Just love the way Marisa is looking at her best friend as she watches her soak in all the loving words. This is what true friendship looks like. 

John’s toast was full of pride for his baby girl….#daddysgirl. 

Andy & I love watching for awesome expressions from guests during the toasts, and this crowd did not disappoint.

Cheers!!

A big hug for big brother.

A perfect sunset to cap off a perfect day…

Taaaa daaa!

Getting down on it…

Heee haw…

More dance floor fun. 

The Sultans of Swing had everyone going crazy on the dance floor. Love these guys!

Get it girl!!!

May your love burn bright as bright as it did on this beautiful day and may it last as long as the stars in the night sky. 

Julia & Drew, thank you both so much for inviting us to share in your beautiful wedding. We loved being there to capture every beautiful moment and we hope these photos serve as happy reminders of your special day for many happy years to come! Big hugs, Christine & Andy