Everyone loves a good fairytale. From the time we’re babes, our parents read us stories of princes and princesses, of castles and chariots, and enchanted places where happy endings are the only kind.
We grow up and realize these are just stories, but still, our fascination with enchantment remains, and is most clearly evident when it comes to weddings. From the proposal to the last dance, we grow up fantasizing about what our wedding will look like, drawing inspiration from Disney, the Royal Family and everything in between.
Speaking of the Royal Family, did you know that an estimated 34 million people tuned in to watch Prince William marry Kate Middleton….thirty-four million people!! All hoping for a glance at a fairytale come to life.
The elegance, grandeur, the beauty, pomp and circumstance….but especially the undeniable love. It’s all there at a wedding, and if you’re like me and love weddings, you can’t help but feel like a giddy kid when you’ve got a front row seat to all that goodness.
I found myself reminded of princes and princesses at the Newport wedding of Brooke & Will, held earlier this month at St. George’s Chapel and an exclusive private yacht club (they asked not to be named). The details, the seaside setting with a castle on a hill, Brooke in her crazy beautiful Oscar de la Renta gown, the chapel with aisle facing seats, all provided the most amazing fodder for a wedding that seemed born from fairytale pages.
If you’d like to read more about Brooke & Will, click HERE for a look at their super sweet love session held earlier this summer here on Cape Cod. But, we’re going to jump right in to the love & goodness that reigned supreme on this beautiful summer day when princess Brooke married her own prince William.
Allison Barbara and her talented beauty stylists gave Brooke and her gal pals their gorgeous wedding day look. Flawless!
Brooke’s friends were so relaxed and fun during the getting ready portion of the day. Just love this photo of Ali….her smile lights a room.
Love the sexy lines as beautiful Beth puts on her strappy sandals. Meanwhile, Brooke gives Ashley a hand with her dress. I just love the energy and happy chaos that often accompanies the start of this exciting day!
Brooke’s wedding gown literally took my breath away. A stunning, definitely fit for a princess, Oscar de la Renta lace masterpiece, the dress featured a gorgeous lace jacket worn under the strapless dress, which Brooke later removed after the church services. This dress…..I am in love!! Brooke got help getting into it by the fabulous Stephanie Grimm at Couture Parties, who along with her staff were amazingly attentive and helped ensure everything went off without a hitch!! These ladies were fabulous!!!
Brooke gets buttoned in by Paige, who we met last summer, when she served as bridesmaid for another bello bride, recently turned happy momma, Kate. Brooke & Will were actually at that Woods Hole wedding too, which is how they found us….just love when that happens!! Just as I love the elegant beauty Brooke exudes so naturally. The photo on the left is one of my faves of the day.
Brooke gets her natural beauty from her gorgeous momma, Susan. Love her reaction to seeing Brooke in her dress & getting topped with the finishing touches…the veil.
The girls check out photos of their stunning friend, who is now ready to say, “I do!”
And off she goes….I mean, if this isn’t a fairytale moment and a fairytale ring….I don’t know what is! Invitations by Arlene Cronk.
Andy & I are always looking for unique perspectives and angles to document classic wedding moments. Love this fun vantage point looking through the railings as Brooke heads outside….
The lovely ladies and the beautiful flowers by the uber talented Sayles Livingston.
Love this next photo. As we were taking pictures outside the yacht club, a group of little girls saw Brooke and were instantly entranced as if seeing a real life princess. They lay on the grass and watched in wonder. Just precious!
Brooke with her lovely parents, Susan and Alan. Just love their expressions as they gaze at their baby girl all grown up.
Across town, Will and his mates get ready at the elegant oceanside hotel 41 North. Will puts on his watch, while his brother and best man, James helps groomsman Justin put on his bowtie.
Lovely smiley Carlos….
Love this candid portrait Andy captured of Brooke’s sweet brother, Trip, who was also a groomsman in Kate & Hugh’s Woods Hole wedding.
Will getting a little help from his friends…
Another great candid moment with our bride’s & groom’s brothers. These natural moments are our faves!!!!
James & Trip and some fabulous window light.
The guys…so dapper.
As guests start arriving at St. George’s Chapel, where Brooke used to sing in the choir as a student at St. George’s School, Will waits nervously.
More candid photos as guests arrive….dressed to the nines for the black tie affair.
Father John Rick III married Brooke’s parents thirty-six years ago and as a sign of good luck, prosperity, peace, harmony & purity, this beautiful dragonfly also showed up to bless the couple’s special day.
The girls arrive…ready to be a part of this celebration of love & commitment.
Brooke & her dad just moments before they head down the aisle…..
Here comes the bride…in all her princess-like glory. Can we talk about this chapel for a second????
Former Miss America and actress/singer Susan Powell, who is a dear friend of Brooke’s family, sang a beautiful rendition of Ava Maria during the ceremony. Love the sweet look of love Brooke & Will exchange during the song.
And, the new Mr. & Mrs. depart the chapel, surrounded by approving applause from friends & family.
Some family photo time with both families….such a sweet group.
And a quiet moment with our happy couple….
Sweetness surrounded by beautiful architecture = photographer love.
The look of love….
I mean if this next one doesn’t scream happy Disney princess I just don’t know…..
The wind picked up as they headed to the limo for a ride to the yacht club. Love it!
Quiet moments + sweet kisses = Thank you!!!
Back at the yacht club, Brooke made a quick change, to remove her jacket and veil. Love the elegance of the way she moves…simple, candid, seemingly nothing moments become a gorgeous portrait with her. And, love this quick pic of Will as he waits patiently.
And off to the party they go….
The Newport Tent situated by the water’s edge was a dreamy seaside setting, with towering trees wrapped in fairy lights and six tier cake by Confectionary Designs
Beautifu dahlia details….
Love a family style head table and a clean white & green flowerscape!
Guests enjoying the sunset cocktail hour….
Happy, smiling faces…
And, as the sun rests snuggly beyond the horizon, the tent lights go up and the party begins.
Starting with a happy, playful first dance with our new mister and missus.
Will’s brother, James gave a heart-felt toast, that ended with him presenting the “perfect couple” with “Barbie” dolls, he’d had made in the couple’s image, right down to Brooke’s same dress. It was pretty impressive.
Reacting to all of the love & adoration being directed their way…
And, when dinner was over and it was time to dance, the party really kicked into high gear with the AAAAHHH-MAZING Simply Irresistible leading the way. We’ve seen a lot of bands and these guys were the real deal. It was literally like being at a high energy concert. People were having the time of their lives…and I may have been boogying on down while snapping away. These guys (who came up from Atlanta) were sooooooo good!
Lovers sway to the music….
Ashley, Lindsay & Katie were loving the music….
So was Will…you go, boy!
And when the music stopped and the party was over, Will & Brooke (who’d changed into a sexy Monique Lhuillier dress for the after party) head to the dock for a boat departure, serenaded by sparklers.
With champagne in hand, our happy couple sails off into the proverbial sunset, bringing an end to this chapter in the fairytale.
Brooke & Will, thank you both so much for entrusting us to document such a special time in your lives. You two are so wonderful together and getting to be there for your wedding weekend was not only a privilege, but also super fun!! We hope as you look at these few photos that you feel all of the love & joyful celebration that surrounded you, and that they serve as happy reminders for many, many years to come!!! We hope to have the rest of the photos online very soon and cannot wait for you to see everything…so much love & goodness!! Thank you, too, to your wonderful families & friends who were so warm & welcoming…and it was fun to see some familiar faces again! A special shout out to Kate, Hugh, Nancy & Craig for being the catalyst to bring us to this fabulous celebration!!! You guys rock!! With big love & hugs, Christine & Andy xo