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{ 19 Aug 07 }

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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Love. Ceremony. Celebration….and, the beauty that can be found in all of those things is pretty much what summarizes the experience of documenting a wedding for us. Although there are common elements in most weddings, each is unique and each carries with it an opportunity to stretch ourselves….to push our creativity and open our hearts to be ready to capture real moments as they happen. Sometimes, I’ll admit, it’s not always easy to do that, but with Tanya & Stu….it was.

Right from our first meeting, we felt a connection to these two warm, generous, wonderful people…an openness and a willingness to share and let us in to see their special kind of love. When we get that, it opens something in us and makes capturing the beauty of love, ceremony & celebration not only easy…but super fun, and also incredibly emotional.

It was really hard to narrow down all of the images we captured to a small collection for this blog. We like to tell our couples’ story here, but theirs is so layered and beautiful, picking just a few doesn’t somehow seem to do justice to Tanya & Stu or their day…but we’re going to try. So, without further ado, here is a sneak peek at Tanya & Stu’s crazy wonderful wedding day…. (for more background on this lovely couple, check out our love session with them last fall HERE)

The wedding took place at Stu’s family’s property in a hidden gem of Wareham that makes this Cape Cod girl want to move across the bridge. Truly, this area of Wareham is so beautiful & peaceful and with everything that makes Cape Cod so special, yet without any of the drawbacks…like traffic, congestion and hordes of people. It was a treat to spend some time here, and what a backdrop to highlight some of the gorgeous details of the day, including Tanya’s stunning Pronovias wedding gown and her stunning bridesmaid bouquets from Flowers by Semia.

Like slippers made for a princess…

Stu’s wedding band was engraved with his & Tanya’s initials and their wedding date….so sweet!

The talented ladies from I Do Wedding Hair New England gave Tanya her beautiful, natural wedding day glow…not that she needed much help. She’s already stunning…inside & so obviously out!

Sweet Stu getting ready…with super cute sailboat socks. Stu is a gifted professional sailor and an award-winning member of the U.S. Olympic team…and still the most humble guy you’ll ever meet! Love him!!

The first look….looove the way these two look at each other.

Beautiful….people & flowers.

A candid moment during the family photos between Beth, Stu’s crazy sweet momma, and Tanya. What I loved so much about these families is the way they embraced each other with such love. Beth kept referring to Tanya as her new daughter and with two sons, you could tell she was happy for the addition…not just for the added girl power, but because she genuinely loves & cares for Tanya. Just so sweet!

Tanya’s adorable parents, Sinh & Mynga. Love these two moments…

Stu & his sweet Dad, John, exchange a candid moment between photos.

Cuddling cuties! Stu & Tanya used golf carts to transport guests to and from the ceremony & reception area. Functional and fun!

Andy & I love finding spots that most people would walk right past and using it as a backdrop. These woods, next to the driveway had light streaming through in the most magical way….

Pretty woods, magic light and a gorgeous couple = homerun!

Love the way these two laugh & play together…just so delicious!

Dreamy…the look of love!

Off to the ceremony….but first we stopped in the middle of the tree lined road for a few more smooches…

A quick kiss and off to one more location before they say, “I do!!”

Stu’s brother’s property is right on the ocean, with a gorgeous stone-lined step path to the water, and this beautiful built-in bench, a perfect perch for our sweeties!

Like a pair of love birds in their nest…

To the dock for some more snuggling!

It was windy & wonderful and beachy perfection.

Sexy legs…

Leading to love…

Stu watches as the ceremony begins and his bride makes her way to him…

Love these faces!! Such gratitude and adoration….just so beautiful!

wild & wonderful

Stu & Tanya’s friend Teddy did a fabulous job officiating…infusing love & humor and pure heart in the ceremony.

Stu & Tanya wrote their own vows…..swoon!

Beth looks on with such love written all over her beautiful face!!!

Tanya holds tightly to Stu as she makes her vows to him. I love this…when couples get their strength/comfort from each other’s touch.

Sealed with a kiss….and forever I am yours and you are mine.

We did it!!!! Woooo hoooo!!

Loved the table settings…with a casual chic vintage feel, lace runners, lead glass votive holders mixed with vintage glass jars and fresh cut flowers.

Loved the personalized thank you notes on the table, with fresh herb twigs.

The cupcake tower by My Sweet Indulgence was ADORABLE!! Unfortunately, we didn’t get to try one, but boy did they look deee-licious!

Guests enjoying themselves during cocktail hour, which took place in a big field, with wooden barrel tables to gather around, and corn hole games to play. So fun!

Tanya & Stu also brought in a shuck truck from Cabin Cover Oysters, which was crazy cool and guests were eating them up!

Cocktails & conversation…

The gang gathers for introductions…love this cute wave by Marissa & Natalie…such sweet gals!

Loved watching Tanya & Stu’s first dance…it was as if no one else in the world existed for them in that moment. Sooo sweet!

Like Tanya, I nearly lost it when her dad gave his toast. It was obvious…he said as much so…that he wasn’t one to express how he felt or how proud he was of Tanya…but he laid it all out there in that speech and it was beautiful. Watching him stand there, vulnerable and exposed, and hear him talk about all of his daughter’s accomplishments and all of her wonderful qualities, knowing that saying so was not something that came easily for him (even though the feelings were obviously always there) was so incredibly touching. I’m pretty sure I wasn’t the only one fighting back tears.

A grateful daughter. A proud dad. A wonderful moment!!!

One of Tanya’s MOHs, Ana Lauren, gets an equally big & appreciative hug following her speech. Love how Stu’s is holding on too….so freaking cute! I’m telling you…the love at this wedding was palpable!

And the fun level was off the hook!!! Love this moment as a friend rips off his tie and breaks it down!!!

Go Ana Lauren. Go, girl!!

Boston-based cover band Flipside didn’t disappoint and had guests tearing it up!!

Including our bride & groom. I have a theory….a couple who dances together stays happy together.

A little love to end a lovely day!!

Andy & I loved working with Jamie Bohlin from Cape Cod Celebrations for this incredible wedding. There were lots of moving parts, and Jamie & her staff did an incredible job of keeping everything moving smoothly forward and looking crazy good! Thanks Jamie for making our job such a pleasure!!! Special thanks too to Beth, Joe, Mynga & Sinh for sharing your lovely children with us and for being such a joy to work with and just generally be around. We loved getting to be a part of this incredible milestone for your families and hope these photos serve as happy reminders for many love-filled years to come! And, finally, to Tanya & Stu…..thank you for welcoming us with such warm, open arms. Thank you for sharing your beautiful love & gentle hearts with us…for showing us the real you that makes you both so special! It’s couples like you who makes us continually fall in love with our work! We can’t wait to share the entire collection of wonderful, love-filled moments with you. Until then, we hope you enjoy this sneak peek. Love you guys! With big love & hugs, Chris & Andy xoxo

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Lucinda Graham : Just beautiful pictures. A day to remember for sure. Lucinda!!
Beth Pfeiffer : So beautiful!
Jack : So well done, not just the photos but the insightful, thoughtful captions. You really captured an incredible celebration.
mynga tran : I love the pics showing Stu waiting for Tanya to come down the aisle- you sure captured the emotions

Andy & I love rehearsal dinners. We loved our own (which was a bit unorthadox and mainly involved putting our family & friends to work and then ordering pizza afterwards…but it was a chance for us to all be together, and that hasn’t really happened again since). We also love attending them as guests…I mean who doesn’t love noshing on some hors d’oeuvres while catching up with friends. And, we also love photographing them.

There is so much that happens on a wedding day. There’s lots of emotional build up and anticipation and the rehearsal dinner can be a more chilled out version of the wedding, where family & friends gather to celebrate the couple and the commitment they’re about to make to one another. There are often touching speeches, tokens of appreciation exchanged and general merry-making.

Andy & I love photographing them because they offer a preview of things to come at the wedding. We get to meet family members we haven’t yet had the pleasure of meeting and it gives them a chance to feel more comfortable with us, and ultimately the more comfortable someone feels with us, the better our photos will be. But, really, what we love most about the rehearsal dinner is watching our couples soak in all the love being showered on them. There are few opportunities in life when everyone you love & care most about in this world comes together in joyful celebration. So, getting to be a part of that…two days in a row, is pretty awesome!

Tanya & Stu’s rehearsal dinner a few weeks ago in Wareham was all this and more. It was relaxed, fun, a beautiful evening, with boiled lobsters, grilled steaks, stunning views and lots of love & smiling faces.

We have a strong affection for Tanya and Stu, who are two of the most in love, kind, caring, warm & wonderful people you could ever hope to meet. We had been looking forward to their wedding weekend with excitement and anticipation, knowing it would be a total love fest. As expected, it was all that and more…kicking off with their chilled out lobster boil backyard rehearsal dinner.

Here are just a few moments from their wonderful evening…

Family members say hello with big hugs…..sigh!

Happy, smiling faces….our faves!

One of Tanya’s Matrons of Honor, Karima, was very pregnant for the wedding, and having seen how exhausting those last couple of weeks can be for our momma friends & family, my heart melted when I noticed this sweet moment as Karima got some love & comfort from her very attentive hubby. I expect the baby has arrived by now? If so, big congrats to the new parents!!!

Smiles….

You know how parents aren’t supposed to say they have favorites among their children, but they generally do? Well, that’s how I feel about Tanya & Stu. We have so many amazing couples we get to know, work with and make part of our bello family, and although we love them all dearly, there are a few who stand out…whose love shines so bright and is so true and beautiful that just getting to be around that kind of example makes you want to be a better person, a more attentive partner. Tanya & Stu are that kind of couple for us. When you see them looking at each other, you just know theirs is the kind of love we all strive for….kind, gentle, pure of heart and full of goodness. I love this next photo because in it I can feel the strength of their love…It was just a quick moment, Stu grabbed Tanya’s hand as they were talking with friends, but I was immediately drawn to the way he took her hand in his…with strength, but also this reverence…like it was the most precious thing he’d ever held. And, that pretty much sums up how these two feel about each other. You just can’t help wanting to be around that kind of love.

More friends, including one of Stu’s besties, Fred…..I think Stu’s friends are the perfect reflection of Stu himself. They are all seriously good men.

Stu’s crazy sweet momma, Beth….one of the nicest women ever!! Just such a warm, kind, loving lady. Love this group so much!

Some of Tanya’s besties, Marissa & Katrina find a quiet spot to practice their speeches for later. They were so adorably nervous, but did an AMAZING job!! Way to knock it out of the park ladies! xx

As welcoming as they are, Tanya & Stu happily included all of their friends & family’s dogs in the celebration. This little guy was hoping we might be stopping by with some food…sorry, love…no luck.

Lobsters & love…pretty awesome combination!

Tanya & Stu with Stu’s proud and very sweet dad, Joe.

As if the heavens were smiling down on this union, Tanya & Stu got the most gorgeous blue sky to cap off their rehearsal dinner party.

Taking a moment to give thanks for all of the love & kind words showered on them throughout the night….

We can’t wait to share with you the main event…it was off the hook beautiful…in every way!! More to come soon! For now, big, big thanks to Tanya & Stu and their families & friends for including us in such a wonderful weekend of love! It truly is people like you who make us love what we do!!! Big hugs, Chris & Andy xoxoxo

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Lauren & Andrew met more than 4 years ago at a party in New York. The connection they made that night in the West Village naturally led to  friendship, which over a bit of time blossomed into romance. A few weeks ago, that love led them straight down the aisle at Holy Trinity Church in Harwich. And, the party that followed the “I dos!” at the beautiful Wequassett Resort in Chatham was definitely one for the memory books.

The day started at the Chatham Bars Inn, where Lauren & Andrew were getting ready with their besties. We all gathered at the Wequassett for their first look. Andy & I are loving how many couples are wanting to do the first look and get all of their family/bridal party photos done before the ceremony, so they can really enjoy their cocktail hour.

The weather was picture perfect….the kind of summer day one dreams of when planning a Cape Cod summer wedding. We have seriously had THE  BEST weather this summer. Our calendar was fully booked for August, with weddings & rehearsal dinners every weekend, plus a few family sessions thrown in for good measure, and we were worried. August is typically pretty steamy, muggy, and HOT, but this August was perfect! I can’t remember having such a glorious, mild summer.

Although the weather was lovely, what really made the day special was the connection Lauren & Andrew have with one another and with their families & friends. Here’s a quick peek at their wedding…

Katrina Hess did Lauren’s make up….can we talk about her crazy beautiful eyes for a second?? Stunning!!! Stacey Khuen did her beautiful hair. And, her gorgeous Elizabeth Fillmore dress completed the vision of loveliness! Lauren works in the fashion industry and her wedding dress was Vogue fabulous!

Hellooooo beautiful…

Lauren & her lovely ladies, including baby sis, Kaitlin (left) and besties Kacey & Jessica. Her stunning bouquet was courtesy of Sayles Livingston Flowers in RI.

I loved watching Lauren reapply her lipstick in the limo on the way to the church and couldn’t resist stealing this classic moment…pout-a-licious perfection!

A little Pappy Van Winkle’s bourbon toast to kick of the day with Andrew and his fellas.

Love the way the chandelier was reflecting in the wall mirror in this candid moment.

Andrew works on his bow tie.

The groomsmen, including Andrew’s twin, John (on Andrew’s left side), and Lauren’s older brother, Ryan (far right, next to John).

That first look moment and the happy anticipation….LOVE it!

Yaaaay…we’re about to get married.

Happy, beautiful, soon-to-be married….

Let’s go say, “I do!”….

This could be one of my favorite recent photos. Normally, the stained glass windows at Holy Trinity can be challenging to deal with, as they cast some crazy colors on everything during the ceremony. But, in this quiet moment, as Lauren gets some help adjusting her veil before heading down the aisle, the window created the most glorious light and color cast….as if the angels in heaven were shining down blessing the moment. LOOOVEEEE it!

Here we go…..Lauren gets ushered by her proud papa, Kirk, as guests look on with happy, love-filled faces. Be still my heart!

And, here, is where the next happy chapter begins…

With this ring, I happily thee wed.

And, with a kiss, the promise is sealed.

Stealing one more for good measure, in the limo back to Wequassett…let the party begin!

But, first a little alone time with our new Mr. & Mrs.

And, they’re super sweet bridal party! Loooved the colors cast by the setting sun, and the barely visible rising moon!

Although he didn’t want to join us for the group photo, we were able to capture this sweet candid moment with Lauren & Andrew’s adorable ring bearer, Joseph, and his happy-to-smile-for-the-camera big sister, Isabela. Hello cuties!!

A quick stroll with our happy couple.

The sun had set, but the light was still delicious for a couple of quick portraits on the Wequassett’s dock.

As the band, Kahootz prepares to rock the house…

Some reception details…

Cocktail hour and the setting sun…

The evening ended with a serenade of rose petals tossed at our happy couple…

Lauren & Andrew, thank you and your families so much for including us in your incredible wedding day. We have loved getting to know you both this past year and it was truly an honor to be there with you as you start this next happy chapter together. We hope you enjoy this little sneak peek and that these photos (and the MANY others soon to follow) serve as happy reminder for many, MANY happy years yet to come! Big love & hugs, Chris & Andy xoxo

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Janet Orr : Christine and Andy, The photos are absolutely gorgeous! Can't wait to see the rest of the porfolio! All the best, Aunt Janet
jac arnold : stunning!! they look like celebrities in the photos!

A couple of weeks ago we got together with the B & C families for some photos of their kids on the beach. Jen, one of the moms, had reached out to us about photographing her 3 kids and her brother’s 2 kids as a gift for their father’s birthday. We had a blast with everyone and enjoyed watching the siblings & cousins playing and having fun together. And, we hope Grandpa enjoys what we’ve captured for the family as much as we enjoyed capturing it!

Normally, we like to talk about the couples & families we photograph, but these guys preferred not to have their kids names shared online, which we understand. So, we’re just going to let the photos do the talking….

The B & C kiddos…

These playful guys are cousins and best friends.

The girls’ turn…the two youngest are sisters, and the oldest is their very sweet and attentive cousin! They are all just lovely!

If you’ve ever tried to photograph a group of kids, ages 9 to nearly 2, you know it’s no easy feat. The littlest one wanted nothing to do with standing still and smiling for the camera, so a little goofing/jumping around by my fabulous, talented, kid-loving hubby, and a little reverse psychology usually does the trick. Hello our little balls of sunshine….

This one was just taken just before we told them they could jump….psychology…so glad I took a few courses in college. :)

Best buds on a hunt for some seaside creatures….

Brothers & sisters…just precious. They may not have totally appreciated the moment at the time, but when they’re grown they will love these photos, and will hopefully have fond memories of playing together at the beach…while some strange photographers chased them around acting completely silly.

The C family…..such a sweet family!!

And, the Bs….so much love!

The C kids horsing around. Our little peanut was definitely enjoying piggy back with her big brother!

Some more silliness as the sun sets on our time together…

Pig pile pyramids and rough housing with your favorite peeps = a day to remember.

Peek-a-boo, I see you!

Thank you Jen & family for reaching out and sharing your time and yourselves with us. We loved getting to know your little boos and hope your dad enjoys his birthday pressie! We’ll have more to share soon, so stay tuned. Until then, big love & hugs, Chris & Andy  xoxo

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Anonymous : What beautiful photos of such beautiful families! Love the way you captured their personalities. They will treasure these forever! Amazing Job as always C&A!

Kendall & Ray found us through Cara, one of our brides from last summer and Kendall’s former co-worker back when they both lived & worked in DC. Although it took a while for us to meet, Kendall & I chatted on the phone several times, and each time she had me laughing and growing more excited about being a part of her & Ray’s wedding. And, when we did finally meet…they were as fun & sweet as we knew they would be!

Although a self-described, “anti-bride”….still not entirely sure what that means, Kendall was absolutely stunning on her wedding day…the kind of vision in white that little girls dream of one day being. And, she & Ray were beaming the ENTIRE day. Their smiles were infectious and completely unaffected by the rain that seemed intent on making an appearance for most of their day.

We often say that although the rain makes doing photos outside not always desirable, it does seem to have a positive effect on the overall feel of the day.  I’m not sure if folks feel like they need to rally for their friends because of the rain or if the couples who get rain are just super fun, positive people, who understand that life can be messy and unexpected things happen, and, rather than wallow, they choose to embrace it, dance in puddles and know that without rain there would be no rainbows.

That is exactly the kind of people Kendall & Ray are and their wedding was the perfect reflection of that and how they love life and the people closest to them with their hearts wide open……which is the surest way to our hearts.

I have heard that there are more than a few people excited to see this one, so, without further ado…here’s a sneak peek at the wonderful Wianno Club wedding of Kendall & Ray….

Kendall and her girls got ready at the quaint Captain David Kelley House. The owners were nice enough to the let girls take over the front porch for hair & make up with the lovely Erin Kennedy of Artworx Hair Design and Kimberly Richard. The porch was also a great place for photographing some of their wedding day details, like Kendall’s stunning Hayley Paige wedding gown and her gorgeous wedding rings, including her grandmother’s diamond & sapphire wedding band.

I love these relaxed moments of getting ready. Kendall is all smiles as she chats with her super sweet mom, Shelley, and her best gal pals.

It was an unseasonably chilly August day…perhaps made so by the rain, so the girls tried to get warm with some coffee. I don’t know why I enjoy this shot, but it just makes me feel like cuddling up with a cuppa and a good book.

Getting dress, and some help tying her bow from her fabulous Grandma, whom I absolutely loved!! I want to be just like her when I’m 80.

Catching a private moment with Kendall and her mom as they prepare to head to the church…

Ducking the rain & wet ground, Kendall makes her way to the trolly….love this girl and her beautiful, smiling face!!

Meanwhile, Ray & his brother Greg get dressed…

Suspenders locked & loaded and shoelaces tied and we’re ready to go…

Ray’s very sweet & loving momma, Deb, helps the guys with their boutineers.

The fellas…

Kendall was all smiles and raring to marry her best friend. Love this moment captured by Andy just outside the church! It’s so fun to edit and see sweet moments like this captured by my talented hubs!

Have I mentioned how much I LOOOVE it when our grooms get emotional upon seeing their bride? Soooo much! Can we talk about Ray’s sweet face for a second??? {swoon}

Here comes the bride…

As serious as the commitment of marriage is and should be…moments like this are also part of it….my favorite part of it!

More happy faces, followed by some sweet kisses.

They did it!!! The new Mr. & Mrs.!!!

We got a very brief break in the rain to take a few photos just before the light was completely gone….wooo hoooo!

Hello lovelies…

Time to party!! Love the expression on the face of Kendall’s sweet sister, Molly!

The lovely ladies…

Laughing and having fun was pretty much the theme of the day for this wonderful group. Just delightful!

A quite sisterly moment….

Some reception details…

Ta da….

Their first dance was as wonderful as every other part of their magical day…surrounded by their swaying bridal party, Kendall & Ray couldn’t stop smiling!

Love. Love. Oh, glorious Love!

Locked by arms, their friends serenaded K&R with a little swaying back & forth, which clearly delighted all involved….and those watching.

A big momma bear hug.

More love & goodness…

Now, time to boogie…on down!

Ray & several of his groomsmen played football for Harvard and had a tradition of dancing in a circle to Dancin’ in the Moonlight. This version was special, as Kendall was put in the middle of the circle of love.

You go girl!

Happy. Happy. Happy!

Ray & Kendall join the band for a little sing-along.

Kendall & Ray thank you so much for including us in your AMAZING wedding and for welcoming us with open arms & open hearts! We loved watching you two together and with your family & friends. So much love and such joyful celebration!! We hope these photos serve as happy reminders of your incredible day for many happy years to come. More to follow soon!! And a special shout out to sweet Cara for sending you our way. There is no greater compliment than when our fabulous couples refer us to their friends and spread the bello love!! We love extending our bello family in this way! So thank you!! With big love & hugs, Christine  & Andy xoxo

 

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