If you’re a regular visitor to this blog, you might remember Emily & Eric from our super fun Ohio engagement session with them back in October. And, if didn’t see it, you’ll want to check it out HERE! It was one for the memory books, complete with an adorable and obviously smitten couple, chickens, cows, classic red barns, and flowing fields of wildflowers….all that good Americana awesomeness.
Emily & Eric are busy teachers/administrators at a private boarding school in Barnsville, OH…population 4200, give or take a few…and had a hard time stealing away from work. So, they asked us to come to them for their Bello love session. Being huge fans of getting to work in new places, we happily said, “Yes!” And, are so glad we did, as it was a total blast, setting the tone for a wonderful relationship with these two sweethearts.
Their wedding, held a few weeks ago in the backyard of Emily’s parents’ Sandwich home ~ Toad Acres, was equally as amazing….no…better!! It was a picture perfect Cape Cod day ~ sunny and warm, but not too hot and very little humidity. We, their family and friends and our happy couple could not have asked for better.
Aided by the fabulous Allison Liset, and her wonderful team at Elegant Engagements, Emily & Eric made some wonderful (And, dare I say, super fun to photograph) choices for their wedding, including Emily’s A.D.O.R.A.B.L.E. Anthropologie tea-length BHLDN wedding dress. We don’t see many short dresses and I say, “Why? Why? Why?” They’re so fun, chic and perfect for a backyard soiree! I just loved it!! And it suited Emily to a T!
They also had some really cool details, like vintage inspired cast iron chairs at long family style wooden tables, topped with lace runners and beautiful seasonal flowers by Lilac Florals, under one of Sperry Tents‘ classic sailcloth & wood post tents dotted with stringed cafe lights. And, when Emily said she wanted a jazzy, non-traditional band, we immediately suggested Carte Blanche, which truly was the perfect compliment to them and the vibe they were creating.
It really was a perfect day in every way, right from getting ready with the guys at the house and the girls at the Dan’l Webster Inn in downtown Sandwich.
It was actually a bit of deja vu for us as we’d photographed the wedding of Emily’s super sweet sis, Pam, seven years ago. Pam also married an Erik, Erik with a K, and they also had their wedding at their family’s home, with many of the same dream team vendors. Emily even got ready in the same suite as Pam. And, Jackie from Wedding Tresses did her hair & make up, like her big sis.
Below, Emily gets the finishing touches on her stunning wedding day look. Can we talk about those beautiful eyes and porcelain skin? Stunning!!!
Eric gets a little help from Emily’s brother, Sam, and soon-to-be brother-in-law Erik.
Emily is a vision in her beautiful dress and Stewart Weitzman shoes. The pearl necklace she borrowed from her mom, who only wore it once at her wedding. It was the perfect accessory!!!
Eric’s mate, Alex, happily gets ready, along with Erik.
Emily surrounded by her super sweet gal pals: (left to right) Katie, Maisy, Liz (Eric’s sis), Sarah and Pam (Emily’s sis and former Bello bride).
Eric & his mates: (left to right) Alex, Sam, Alex, Erik & Musa. Love the real smiles!!
Eric looks so serene waiting for a first glance at his beautiful bride….
Happy. Happy. Glorious happy!
Love the elegant, yet wild look to Emily’s bouquet. And, these two…..could they be any cuter!?! I think not!
Sweetness personified in these two!! And, an we talk about the Great Gatsby like setting….looooove it!!
Beautiful, radiant, brilliant, wonderful Emily…
A perfect match + the perfect day + a picture perfect tree swing = a wedding dream!
Emily’s parents’ home is right on a pond and the setting was spectacular for their special day. How could these two not smile???
As did their friends arriving for the start of the ceremony…
Alex greets guests as they arrive. Love the smile!
More smiles….all day long!
Candid photos of guests arriving to support their friends are some of my faves of the wedding day….you can just feel the love & joyful celebration brewing.
Musa & Katie walk down the aisle while members of Carte Blanche provide the soundtrack. So much happiness…
This next one is one of my faves from the day. As Emily & her crazy sweet parents, Wendy & John, headed out of the house to make their way down the aisle, they stopped briefly and shared this moment and a few words. I would love to know what they were saying, but if their expressions are any indication, I’d say there were lots of love in those words. Just beautiful!!
Here comes the bride…..love these moments too. In Eric’s expression, as he & Emily lock eyes, I can feel the hope, promise, and true love that weddings carry….just the best!
John moved by the moment…..LOOOOOOVE his proud papa expression!! And, Wendy’s too! Love these guys!
“I do!” “I will!” Always & forever….
Toe to toe and hand in hand, I pledge my heart to thee….
The look of love and the kiss that says forever…
We did it…..wooooo hoooo!
Hugs of happiness….
Kisses & cuddles and a blanket of wisteria, oh my!
Love these two together…..
Eric’s family toasts Emily with the happy couple’s signature 1691 whiskey, ginger lemon cocktail in vintage ball glass jars. So cute!
Emily’s cousin looks for his name on the adorable clothesline place card holder.
Toasting with oysters, Cape Cod style…..Yeaaah!
More beautiful, happy faces. Like the photos of guests arriving, candid photos during cocktail hour, particularly at outdoor weddings, are just the best!! Love when our couples opt for the first look to do all of their family photos before the ceremony. It leaves lots of time for capturing happy moments like these…
And these….Sarah & Katie with their super sweet fellas.
John enjoying himself….so fun!!
Picture perfect details….
And sweet sounds from the band…
Tender moments of love during first dances as Mr. & Mrs…..ahhhhhhh!!!!
Life…it’s all about love and perspective!
Toasting the happy couple….such wonderful toasts at this wedding!
A big hug from mom! Be still my momma-lovin’ heart!
If every day could be just like this….the stuff from which dreams are made.
Getting silly with the cake cutting…
Sharing a sweet moment and dance with dad. I see this and in my head plays the song, “These are the days you’ll remember,” by 10,000 Maniacs.
Get it, girl….
Sarah & her boyfriend, Ben, performed a very sweet serenade for Emily & Eric. It was lovely, just like these two.
Emily & Eric taking in all the love & tenderness….
What more perfect way to cap off a perfect evening than with fireworks over the pond? Razzle, dazzle, delightful!!
And, before we end this post, we wanted to share just a little sneak peek from Emily & Eric’s rehearsal dinner the night before at the Dan’l Webster Inn. What a wonderful night of toasts and sharing and general loveliness!
Thank you Wendy & John for once again including us in another incredible family day of love & celebration!!! You two are so blessed to have such an incredible family!! We love you guys!!! Denise & Jim, thank you both for inviting us to share in the rehearsal dinner pre-wedding celebration extraordinaire and for welcoming us with such open arms & open hearts!! Emily & Eric….how do we begin to thank you for everything? You two were such wonderful hosts in Ohio and have made us feel like an important part of your wedding. We’ve truly loved every minute we’ve spent with you both and look forward with great excitement and expectation to the wonderful journey that lies ahead of you both!!! May your always be surrounded by such love & support! May your love light the sky like fireworks and may you always remember this incredible weekend and all of these love-filled moments when times get tough and the challenges that life and marriage can bring feel too much to carry. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for sharing this time, these days, and your beautiful love with us and for letting us preserve these memories for you and for future generations to enjoy!
With big love & deepest gratitude, Christine & Andy xoxo