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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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One of the gifts of our profession is that we get to see love manifest in a lot of different ways. Every now and then, (though it seems to be happening a lot lately) a very special brand of love crosses our path. Even before spending any significant time together, we get a sense of just how special their love is when our couple sends us back our Getting To Know You questionnaire and the two page form is now transformed to six pages filled with lots of wonderful sharing about why, what and how they love each other.

It’s as if they just can’t hold back how much they love each other and the opportunity to share that becomes another celebration of their love.

Such was the case with Jenn & Jordan. Right from the first question, Jenn & Jordan let the flood gates open and shared with us (often using all caps :) ) how they met and how love quickly took hold.

In the summer of 2012, Jennifer was asked to come back home to Cape Cod, to work at Cape Cod Hospital as an ultrasound sonogropher. Jordan was also working there as a radiologists’ assistant. Friends and coworkers had been telling Jennifer and Jordan about the other, though they didn’t meet until they were finally scheduled to do a procedure together.

As soon as Jordan walked in the room and he locked eyes with Jenn, there was instant chemistry and both began to blush. Jordan began talking with their patient as Jenn performed the ultrasound.

“He was very professional, although appeared nervous,” Jenn told us, and she wondered, ‘Is he always like this?’

A nurse in the room later told Jenn that she had never seen Jordan so flustered and thought he might have a crush. She also explained that unfortunately Jordan had just accepted a new job in Connecticut and today was his last day on the Cape.

At the end of the day, Mary Ellen, one of the nurses that both Jordan and Jenn loved and trusted, told them that everyone from work was meeting up after their shift for drinks and they should both join them. As it turned out, “everyone” meant just Jenn & Jordan. Although it was a bit awkward to start, the seed of love had definitely been planted and the two arranged to meet again for a proper date.

Jordan made plans to drive from Connecticut to take Jenn out to dinner on the Cape. Right before they were supposed to meet, Jordan called Jenn to say he was sorry, but he was going to be a little late and could they meet in an hour.

“I thought, Great, he’s late on the first date…not a good sign. Red Flag,” Jenn told us. But, when Jordan arrived, he had a bandage on his head and explained that he had been in a ‘small car accident.’ It was no big deal, he said, but that’s why he was late.

“I felt so bad that I was just judging him on his tardiness, when the poor guy got into a car accident,” Jenn told us.

After dinner, as they were walking outside to their cars, Jenn noticed Jordan’s front windshield was blown out on the driver’s side.

“Jordan failed to tell me he WENT THROUGH THE WINDSHIELD, spoke to the police, denied medical attention, bandaged himself up and then drove to the restaurant with his windshield in pieces and blown out where his head went through,” Jenn said. “I couldn’t believe he would go through all of that just to take me out on a date.”

“I knew this guy was either A) just plain crazy or B) cray about me,” she said. “Luckily, it was option number two. I’m a lucky girl!”

Jordan told us that for him, it was love at first sight. “Meeting Jenn at the hospital on my last day was the best day of my work life. Jenn thought we were just going to be a summer fling, but I knew that we were meant to be way more than that,” he said.

Jordan drove back to Cape Cod every weekend after that first date, just to take her out to dinner and spend a few hours together. “The way Jenn was always up front and never played a game made me fall even more in love,” he said. “When I stared my new job working the overnights in Connecticut, Jennifer was so worried about me. It was a hard transition and Jennifer made it an easy shift. Just hearing her voice on the phone before I went into work and before I went to sleep made everything okay. She is my everything.”

We got together with these two love birds, back on the Cape where it all started. We met at the Knob in Falmouth, where Jenn & Jordan used to enjoy taking walks together, or picnic. Getting to be around love like this…the kind you can feel radiating off of them….is so wonderful for Andy & me. We first met twenty years ago…it feels crazy saying that because I swear it feels like just yesterday, and yet also like a lifetime ago. But, getting to be around people like Jordan & Jenn, who love so big and with their hearts wide open really does help remind us of what’s important in life and love, which, if you’re not careful, can be easy to forget when you’re with the same person for so long.

When we asked Jenn & Jordan what they love most about each other, their answers were much the same. Jenn: “I love how big Jordan’s heart is. He would do anything for anyone he knows, even if they were just an acquaintance. It’s just the type of person he is. Jordan is my safe…I know that sounds crazy, but he’s the only person in the world that I know will have my back no matter what. He’s my rock.” Jordan: “I love how much Jennifer loves and cares for others. She’s my everything.” And you can see this connection just in the way they are together. It’s so lovely!

You’ve got me. And, I’ve got you…

And, even being nervous about being photographed, you could see the way they rely on each other, lean on each other, and hold tightly to that special thing that just makes them work! And, the cute way they giggle together is pretty darned awesome too!

Lots of smiles and giggles and big beautiful LOVE!

Sunset at a special picnic spot. Here in the arms of the one you love. This is as good as it gets!!!

Heavenly…

The look of love!!

Warm light, blowing tall beach grass and dreamy embraces. Yes! Yes! And Yes!

Love this moment…just before lips meet. Can’t you just feel the love and anticipation of a simple moment, but one packed with meaning!?!

Happy girl. Smitten boy. The real thing!

Toe to toe and by your side, this is where I always want to be.

Love their expressions in this next out! Just LOVE!!!

Love the way these two are together…so much happiness and the laughter flows as easily as the champagne!

The perfect picnic spot….in fact, this is exactly where Andy asked me to marry him. So, getting to be here with these two…on this spot, which was as special for them as it was for us, was such a treat!! Love these two!

In your eyes…I see myself, my future, my everything.

Da bling…

I’m pretty sure Pharrell wrote, “Happy” with moments like this in mind!!! I hear it in my head when I look at their faces!! Just wonderful!!

Cute, cute, and more cute!!!

This wasn’t THE rowboat, but two years after that meeting in the hospital, Jordan took Jenn away for a weekend in Mystic, Connecticut to celebrate two years together and suggested they rent a rowboat. It was there on the water, just the two of them that Jordan asked Jenn to marry him. She, of course, said, “Yes!” and as he rowed back to the dock, Jennifer & Jordan’s families were there waiting for them to celebrate the night together.

Jenn  & Jordan will take that yes and turn it into a couple of “I dos!!” later this summer in Chatham and we cannot wait!!!!

The sun may be setting in this next photo, but it’s just rising on their love story and we are so excited to get to be a part of documenting this most auspicious chapter!!!

Jenn & Jordan, thank you so very much for such a wonderful afternoon/evening and for entrusting us with capturing who you both are and the beautiful love you share!! We are so excited to meet your families & friends and get to be there with you when you commit your hearts and lives to one another!!! We just know it’s going to be an amazing day of love & joyful celebration!!! Until then, we hope you enjoy this little sneak peek of how we see you two and your inspiring love!! More to follow soon!! Big love & hugs, Chris & Andy xoxo

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Cheryl Falletti : Jenn and Jordan, I'm so happy for u both! Jenn , u are such a special person! I knew that the minute I met you! Jordan, you are a very lucky guy and Jenn, by the look in your eyes, I can c u are a very lucky girl!! Much happiness to u both! Love, Cheryl

Our first wedding of the 2015 season could not have begun with a sweeter couple than Hollis & Adam. Although they went to high school together (Adam a senior; Hollis a freshman), it wasn’t until years later when a mutual friend suggested Hollis, a sophomore in college, meet Adam.

Their connection began over Instant Messenger, “when that was still a big thing,” Hollis told us. “I think the first conversation was over three hours long, and it was a little freaky how much we had in common.”

They didn’t meet in person until a few months later, when Adam went to Holli’s New Year’s Eve party. And, the two have been inseparable ever since.

“I’m not sure if I can remember the exact time I knew Adam was the one. We just grew into such a strong relationship and I cannot picture a day without him,” Hollis said.

“I knew right away, on that New Year’s Eve, that Hollis was going to be part of my life,” Adam told us. “I just loved everything about her, but she needed a little more convincing. I eventually won her heart and we have been beyond happy ever since.”

That happiness spilled over into a full blown love fest when Hollis & Adam said, “I do!” three weeks ago at St. Christopher’s Church in Chatham, with a super fun reception following at the gorgeous oceanside resort, Chatham Bars Inn.

We first met Hollis a few years ago, at the wedding of her equally lovely cousin, Kim. Hollis was a bridesmaid and like Hollis, Kim’s wedding to her super sweet hubby, Jamie, was also our first of the season the year they got married. Click HERE for a look.

The first wedding of the year is always a special one for us, because we don’t tend to break out our cameras a whole lot during the winter. The winter is generally spend doing a lot of album designing and production, and if time allows working on behind the scenes marketing/business stuff there just isn’t time to do during the summer….basically a whole lot of time spent in front of the computer. Not my favorite thing to do!!!

So, getting to flex those creative muscles again and be a part of such a special celebration for a couple and their families is like taking in a big deep breath of fresh air after too many months indoors.

And, when our first wedding gets to be with wonderful people with whom we share a bit of history…well, the air goes in that much sweeter. When the details and people are as lovely and beautiful as these…it almost doesn’t feel like work.

Hollis gets a little help getting into her crazy beautiful Ramona Kaveza gown from her sweet cuz, Kimmie. Just stunning!

Across the resort, Adam gets ready with his besties, including his Best Man, Matt.

Cufflinks and whisky and best mates….booo-ya!

Hollis’s proud papa, Jim, gets a first look at his little girl, all grown up.

Best men, best friends….best moments on the best of days.

Beautiful, stunning….lovely Hollis. Can we talk about her gorgeous red hair for a second?! Love it!!

The men….

The ladies….

And, Hollis with flower girl extra-adorable, Lily. Lily is Kim & Jamie’s crazy cute daughter. I wanted to munch those cheeks all day long!!

A little bubbly on the way to the church.

Hang on to your hats, cuteness overload coming right up…

Love these in between moments, right before a couple commits their lives to one another. So much nervous, excited anticipation. And, I imagine the moment is surreal for Jim, who likely feels like it was just yesterday that he welcomed his baby girl into the world. Now, he leads her off to start a new chapter in her life. Just so wonderful and so much love!!

And, here we go…..

Adam could barely breath watching Hollis come down the aisle to him. Oh, how we live for these moments of love.

The look of love. It’s undeniable.

There’s something about that moment AFTER the kiss that makes my heart smile. The look exchanged says it all….”we did it. i’m yours and your mine.” Happiness all around!

Pharrell wrote Happy for moments like this….

b.e.a.u.t.i.f.u.l!!

Waving to family & friends and they’re off….let’s get this party started!

But, first….a few moments alone to soak it all in. Are they too stinkin’ cute or what?

you + me = we

{swoon}

Love this next one…..these two are so easy, breezy, beautiful.

hi cuties…

Hold me tight, and here I’ll always stay.

The Chatham Bars Inn is one of the most beautiful spots on Cape Cod, and Hollis & Adam’s choices for flowers & colors were perfection.

Springtime perfection courtesy of Lilac Florals.

More lovely details…

First dance tenderness.

Chink Chink….we did it!

Matt’s playful speech was full of heart and humor, filling the room with laughter, smiles and delightful reactions from Hollis & Adam.

Real moments like these, where you can feel the love, are just so special to get to witness and record.

Hollis’ MOH and baby sis, Kelsey, gave THE sweetest speech that had her, her sister, and several people in the room (not admitting anything!!) in tears. Watching Adam comfort his bride made it even more emotional! Can we talk about that look and the tender touch?!! Too much!!!

Love this moment too, of sisters coming together, as their beautiful momma, Betsey, looks on…beaming with pride and love for her girls!! Love. Love. Love!!!

Taking in the stunning view.

Parent dances never disappoint….so much love & pride and smiles that go on for miles.

There were some serious moves being bust out on the dance floor. This group really knew how to have some fun. Love this perspective as our bride turned bridesmaid/new momma breaks it down! You should have seen the moves her hubby, Jamie, was cranking out. Michael Jackson didn’t have nothin’ on you, Jamie!!

We could not have asked for a more perfect way to kick off our wedding season. Hollis & Adam, thank you both so very much for entrusting us with documenting all of the love & joyful celebration. You two are wonderful people and a stellar couple and getting to be a part of this new chapter in your lives was an honor and a privilege and we hope these photos show you all the love we could feel swirling around you that amazing day!! Love you guys, love your warm, wonderful families & friends and loved your wedding!! Thank you for sharing with us in such an open, honest way!! Big kisses, Christine & Andy xoxoxo  PS…glad there was no sewing involved this time around! ;) xx


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Hollis : This was the BEST thing to wake up to this morning!!Absolutely amazing pictures, I LOVE them! Hands down Cape Cod's best photographers :)
Betsy Romanelli : Christine and Andy, Endless thanks and appreciation for capturing these beautiful memories!You two are very special people to us. Your professionalism combined with humor,calmness and kindness is truly unique and will always be remembered.xoxo P.S. Your even more special because you rescued and gave love to an adorable and very lucky pup! Way to go!
Julie Horan : Perfection....that's all! But what else would you expect from Christine and Andy ....best photographers ...absolutely! .... But more than that...best people...capturing every special moment and making all the moments special! Complete perfection.

Our last wedding of the season could not have ended on a happier note than it did getting to be a part of Kelly & Bryan’s wonderful, love-filled celebration at the beautiful Black Rock Country Club in Hingham.

We had been looking forward to seeing Kelly & Bryan  say, “I do!” for quite a while, since we first met them at the wedding of Kelly’s very sweet cousin, Cara. We photographed Cara & Brendan’s Martha’s Vineyard wedding last year and fell head over heels for the whole family! And, when Kelly & Bryan told us they were engaged, we just knew we were in for another sweet treat with this pair, whose love & affection for one another runs deep and is easy to see!

All of this was confirmed when we photographed their engagement session earlier this summer in Sandwich.

But, the love could not have burned brighter than it did at their wedding a few weeks ago (okay, it’s been several weeks now….thank you K&B for your patience as we fell a bit behind this year….you guys rock!!).  It truly was a spectacular day and everyone (including me & Andy) had a fabulous time.

So….without further ado…..here’s a few of our favorite moments & details from Kelly & Bryan’s day of love!

LOOOOOVE Kel’s crazy cute and sparkle-liciously fabulous Kate Spade shoes. And, love her & Bryan’s beautiful commitment jewelery.

Kelly had these super sweet oxford shirts made for her and her girls to lounge in the morning of the wedding. Her shirt had a particularly cute touch! Love it!! And, love her BEAUTIFUL invites by Bella Figura. Letterpress & stylish calligraphy makes me swoon!

Our beautiful bride Kelly, gets a helping hand getting into her stunning gown from her crazy sweet momma, Dawn (love her!!) and one of her besties, her sister-in-law and MOH, Kristin. Isn’t Kelly gorgeous? And, that smile….lights up every room she enters!

Meanwhile, our handsome groom, Bryan, awaits the arrival of his soon-to-be Mrs.

Getting a look…..love this moment as brides see themselves all put together for the first time. You know how suddenly it hits you?….”This is really happening!” It’s so exciting and joyful and a little nerve-wracking in the best kind of way! (PS…love the look on Kel’s friend Nicole’s face as she catches a glimpse of her bestie….so sweet!)

Bryan and his brothers, P.J. and Andrew. Such sweet guys!

Bryan excitedly awaits seeing Kelly for the first time. Here she comes….

Loooooove Kelly’s expression as she locks eyes with Bryan for the first time. Happy tears….is there anything better? Maybe just the passionate embrace & love-filled kiss that follows!

Are they ready for this? Ummmmm…I’d say without a doubt, yes!

Love these two together….just so wonderful. Such love & devotion, and a kindness that is at once inspiring and simply beautiful to behold.

Kelly smiles with her entire being….especially when her gaze is cast on Bryan. And, seeing it happen is wonderfully infectious!

Kisses & cuddles and moments like this….just wonderful.

The look of love…..this is IT!

Stunning! And, so is Kelly’s beautiful bouquet by Jen Cahill at The Tangled Web.

To the rock that made Black Rock famous, for a few quite moments alone before the ceremony….

Hello beauties…

Dawn and Kelly’s brother, Billy, make their way to the ceremony….just love this sweet moment/exchange between mother & son on their daughter/sister’s big day! Sweetness overload!

Here comes our gorgeous bride and her proud papa, Bill. Nerves, excitement and love all rolled into one fleeting moment.

Love is this……when you look into the eyes of the person who holds your heart in their gentle embrace and you just know, beyond any doubt, that THIS is where you and your heart are meant to be….forever!

Watching Kelly  & Bryan recite their vows was so moving. I felt much as sweet Cara (center) did.

And with a kiss, a promise of love is forever sealed.

And, suddenly…..breath returns with joyful exhalation.

They did it!!! Wooooo hoooo! Now, let’s get this party started!

Lovin’ the sheer drapery & new chandelier. That wasn’t there the last time we were at Black Rock. It gave such an airy sophistication to the room and helped with bouncing flash (photographers will appreciate this). Also loved the gold chiavari chairs and beautiful floral arrangements by Tangled Web….stunning!

The cake by Veronica’s Sweetcakes in Marshfield was  perfection.

Kelly’s cousin, Joey, has a playful exchange with a guest on the lawn below cocktail hour. I don’t know why I like this photo so much, but I do. I just love photos that capture people unprompted and in moments unrehearsed.

Bryan chats with friends during cocktail hour.

Kelly’s niece, Emma, had everyone at the wedding wrapped around her precious little finger…including her cousin, Davin, who is quite the charmer himself! Meanwhile, wedding guests enjoy cocktail and good conversation.

These girls were having so much fun all day/night. Loved watching and photographing them.

Our happy couple during their first dance….smiles so big they lit up the room!

Kelly is one of the kindest, most loving, sincere, sweet, generous, delightful people and watching her as she listened to her sweet Dad sing her and Bryan’s praises was precious in every way!!! And, can we talk about Bryan’s sweet, humble face as he takes in the moment. LOVE these two!!

MOH Kristin also gave a moving speech that raised glasses high!

Daddy’s dance…one of my favorite moments of every wedding!

Raisin’ the roof….you go ladies!

Killin’ it, Kel!!!

I really wish Andy & I got invited to more weddings as guests because dancin’ with my honey is one of my favorite things to do…watching other honeys get down on it ain’t so bad either!

Who can guess what song was specially requested for this VERY HAPPY flower girl? I’ll give you a  hint…..Emma really ‘Let It Go’ big for this one!!! Much to the delight of EVERYONE in the room!

A perfect ending to a perfect day….and the beginning of a beautiful new chapter for two extraordinary people! Andy & I were soooo happy to have been a part of it!!

We’d like to extend a heart-felt thank you to Kim C. and all of the fabulous staff at the Black Rock Country Club for being so accommodating and generally wonderful to work with. Thank you too to Bill & Dawn for entrusting us with documenting your daughter’s special day, but most especially for just being the wonderful, warm, welcoming, fabulous people you are! We loved getting to share another happy milestone with your amazing family. And, thank you too to Bryan’s wonderful parents, Lauren, Paul & Greg, for also being so great to us! You all are very lucky to have so much love in your lives!! A special shout out too, to our sweet Cara for being such a huge Bello cheerleader!! Honestly, wish we could put you, Bren & Coops in our pockets and carry you around everywhere with us! But, the biggest thanks go to Kelly & Bryan for opening your hearts to us in such a beautiful way, for sharing one of the most significant and intimate days in your lives with us in such an honest way! We love you both as individuals and together….well, ain’t nothing going to stop you two!! Thank you for inspiring us with your boundless love for each other, for life and for those closest to you! We hope these photos serve as beautiful reminders of that love and of the wonderful memories made this beautiful day! With big love & hugs, Christine & Andy xoxoxo

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Cara : Perfection!! :) Kel, you are STUNNING! And the way you and Bryan look at one another says it all! Chris & Andy, thanks for perfectly capturing such a happy day!! xoxo

I am the first one to admit that I am waaaay happier behind a camera than in front of one. Without realizing it, I make funny faces when I know someone is taking my picture. And, the harder I try to look un-phased by the uncomfortable attention, the crazier I look.

We hear the same story from a lot of our couples…though I like to think that after a session with us, they quickly change their minds about how they look in photos.

Every now and then, however, we get a couple that loves to be in front of the camera (or at least one member of the team does). And, I have to say, these couples are reeeaaallly fun to photograph. Don’t get me wrong….I love a good challenge and relish proving our shy, “I’m -so-awkward-in-front-of-the-camera,” couples wrong. But, when someone enjoys being photographed, when they can easily cut loose and have fun being playful and interacting with their bit-o-stuff, all while knowing their are two cameras chasing them, well, it’s like the day after Halloween for me. You know, when you’re still high from the previous night’s sugar buzz, and yet have amassed enough candy to feed your addiction for weeks. Love that!

Randi & Mike are that kind of couple! Soooo ridiculously sweet and crazy fun to photograph. It doesn’t hurt that Randi has done some modeling and is a big goof, who loves hamming it up for the camera. And, Mike….he’s so smitten with his soon-to-be missus that he’d do anything for her and is happy to be at her side, no matter what they’re doing.

We got together with these two lovelies a few weeks ago in Randi’s hometown of Wellesley. We’ve known Randi for several years, having photographed the weddings of both her brother & sister. See a sneak peek of Ryan & Anette’s wedding HERE, and Leigh & Zach’s wedding HERE.

We’ve also photographed the whole family every year since first meeting them back in 2008. We just love this family and have loved watching it grow every year, with the addition of a new son- or daughter-in-law, babies and even puppies. They are firmly fixed members of our bello family and getting to bear witness to another wedding is such an honor and a privilege and we just know that Randi & Mike’s day will be overflowing with love & joyful celebration.

We seriously have the best job! It’s hard work for sure, but getting to be a meaningful part of telling a family’s story is so incredibly rewarding, especially with a family as wonderful as this!

Randi & Mike live in NYC, but came home for the weekend and we met up with them on a perfect fall afternoon. Most of the family was in town for the holiday, and it was great reconnecting. Have I mentioned how much we adore this family or how fun this wedding is going to be? Seriously, too excited!!!!

Anyway, here’s a look at our fun, flirty, fabulously fall session with super cuties, Randi & Mike!

Mike, Randi and their sweet pooch, Jack! Love these guys!!!

Randi & Mike got engaged this summer at Castle Hill in Newport. They will say, “I do!” next summer at the Wequassett Resort in Chatham, where they will have their ceremony & reception, and where we first met this beautiful family. Yaaay for coming full circle!

Laughter like this makes my heart purr!

As do snuggles like this….Think Mike is happy? Ummmm, yup!!!

The way these two love each other and just are together is beautiful to behold! Sooooo fun to photograph!

Love is…..taking time out of our busy lives to stop & just be….together!

When Randi smiles really big she gets the most adorable dimple on her upper cheek. I just love it….and her!

I’m obsessed with Randi’s crazy cute outfit and her legs that go on for days! You sexy thang!

Andy has a way of finding these unique perspectives…looking through fences or walls and creating such a cool natural vignette. Love it.

We asked Randi & Mike to grab a pile of leaves and have some fun by throwing them up in the air over themselves…..I’m not sure who had more fun, them or us watching them!

Chillaxing ever so stylishly…

LOOOVE this next one. It’s so them!!! Randi being playful, silly and annoying in the most delightful way, while Mike let’s her. Love. Love. Love!!! And, the color!!!!! I love fall so much!!

Sexy smooches….

One more stop down the street to one of our favorite little spots, where these two turned the playful dial to Super High!

This next one takes my breath away…love the motion of the people in the background, Mike’s content gaze and the way Randi’s hair blows in the wind. Easy, breezy, beautiful!

Yes! Yes! Yes!!!!

Sealed with a kiss…

“He likes it. He likes it. Hey, Mikey!” Most of you probably aren’t old enough to get that reference, but it made me chuckle, almost as much as Mike’s passionate kiss gave Randi the giggles in the next one.

You + Me = everything I need!

I love looking for interesting angles in a scene, but nobody does it better than Andy. Just love this perspective he got on the left, of the arched lamps highlighting our cuties. I often see Andy climbing this or that, lying on the ground or hunkered down behind something and I wonder, “What is he going for?”…and then I edit the photos and go, “Ahhhhhhh!” He’s so amazing!

You’ve heard me say it a million times, but there truly is no better place than in the arms of the one you love!!!!

Big thanks to Terri for finding us so many years ago and welcoming us into the family fold with such loving arms. Thank you & Alan for including us in all of your important family milestones, for showing us such unwaivering support over the years and for just being the incredible warm, wonderful, fabulous people you all are!! We love you guys and can’t wait to be a part of another family wedding!!! Randi & Mike, thank you both for making the trek up from the big city to spend the afternoon with us. Thank you for being sooooo much fun to photograph, for opening up and letting us in and showing us how beautiful your love truly is!!! We adore you guys and cannot wait to get your beautiful faces back in front of our cameras this coming summer!!! Until then, we hope these photos serve as happy reminders of this exciting time in your lives and make you look forward to our time together again, as we do!! Big love & hugs, Christine & Andy xoxoxoxo

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Terri : You did it again you two extraordinary photographers! Randi & Mike's e-session is SENSATIONAL. I have so many favorites but top of the list are the photo with Jack, the one of them throwing the leaves, the two of them lying in the pile of leaves and the B&W photo. I couldn't be more thrilled as I know Randi and Mike will be when they see them. BRAVO. We love you two crazy and talented people! T.
Randi : You guys really are the best.. The way you captured Ryan & Anette, Leigh & Zach, and now Mike & Me is so amazing.. we all have such different and unique and GORGEOUS photos. I absolutely love these and could not be happier :) I never realized that I had an 'upper check dimple' until you wrote that.. and you are so right! I get the dimples when I am over-the-top-through-the-roof happy and, fortunately for me, I found the guy that brings them out. Mike makes me laugh and smile more than anyone else. Those dimples are on full display. Thank you Bello for the outstanding e-session and we look forward to next time when we finally get to seal the deal. xxoo!!
Shari Finsilver : Wow! Another stunning photo session. You guys are amazing. Yep, you definitely captured Randi & Mike ... & so beautifully. I just can't wait until the wedding. We'll have a ball. And wait until you see how much the grandkids have grown. Looking forward to seeing you in May! ... Auntie Shari
Mike : It has been an absolute pleasure working with you two exceptionally talented photographers, and I could not be happier with these pictures. I really had a great time taking the pictures in the heart of the Boston fall season, and the pictures in the leaves are my favorite. Thanks again, and look forward to the big weekend next May.
Bella : Thanks so much for these memorable pictures of my mom and my future daughter in law. I was brought to tears and could not be happier with these amazing pictures. I look forward to meeting you in person in next May, and snapping many, many more pictures.

Emily & Eric are passionate, busy teachers living and working at the Olney Friends School, a private Quaker boarding school located in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in Barnesville, Ohio.

With 350 acres, including a working farm, complete with goats, chickens, cattle and vegetable gardens, the school’s curriculum incorporates the area’s natural resources, allowing students to participate in various activities that help maintain the property, while providing experience-based science & math skills.

Andy & I put on our destination wedding photographers hats a few weeks ago and traveled to Ohio to see Emily & Eric for their engagement session. We were so impressed with the school, the students & staff we met, and the commitment our lovebirds have for their young charges and the beautiful place they now call home.

Living and working at the school, Emily & Eric are as dedicated as two people can be to education, their students, and the life they’ve created for themselves. Finding time to break away and come back home for some face time with us proved challenging, so we were happy to head out there to see them.

It was the first time Andy or I had ever spent any real time in Ohio and we loved it! It’s a beautiful area of the country, and getting to see Emily & Eric in their element gave us a deeper view into who they are and that which makes them tick, causing us to fall a little further in love.

Although it was the first time meeting Eric for us, we’ve known Emily for a few years now. We first met her back in 2008,  when we photographed the wedding of her sister, Pam, and her now husband, Erik.

Like Pam & Erik, Emily & Eric will also have their wedding ceremony & reception in the backyard of the girls’ family home in Sandwich, here on beautiful Cape Cod. Backyard weddings are our favorite kind! When you take such a meaningful ceremony and have it in a place that holds great meaning, surrounded by the people you love most…well, it’s just a winning combination that can’t be beat!

We met up with Emily & Eric after flying into Pittsburgh earlier that day. We spent a couple of hours touring the city, which we’d never been to and which we really quite enjoyed (When we get some free time, we’ll share a few photos of the City of Bridges here on the blog).  We then drove a couple of hours West to Barnesville, which is a pretty, small, rural town with a population of about 4300.

After settling in to the guest house on the campus, we headed out to dinner with our hosts and had a blast. The next morning, we scouted out the campus, looking for some sweet spots for photos….honestly, there was so much inspiration it was hard to pick just a few, but later that day, we spent a few hours playing and documenting Emily & Eric in the place they love.The results…..well, we hope they speak for themselves. Here’s a look at our super fun time with Emily & Eric…

Love in a goat barn….baaaaaaaa! (Sarah the goat was exceptionally interested in what we were doing. She’s such a sweetie.)

Hay piles + goats + a rustic barn and a crazy cute couple bathed in beautiful light = Heaven!

Sarah leading the tribe to check out what we’re up to…..

Hanging out on hay bails…

Looking good, y’all!

Gotta love a vintage old tractor.

The look of love…

A little roll in the hay…hey now!

Love this sweet exchange between Emily and one of the goats. So lovely.

Playfully perfect….

One of the two cows living on the campus. There are dozens more on a different plot of land not far from the campus, also owned by the school. But this young guy will likely be dinner down the road. I think his name was beef tips.

Maybe it’s because we don’t see many around the Cape, but I love me a big red barn…..add in some free roaming chickens and a cuddling couple, with fall’s changing leaves framing everything perfect….just awesome!

Cock-a-doodle-doo!

I’m not sure what kind of chickens these were…I know they were kept for their egg production, but they were super cute & curious, following us around everywhere.

Even for this quiet moment of cuddling, a couple of chickens hopped up on the hay bail to see what was going on.

Totally adorable…

This little guy got pretty friendly, even giving a peck at our happy couple.

Happy. Happy. Happy…

This is what love feels like…

Sweet, pretty, lovely Emily.

Emily is tiny in stature, though her big personality fits Eric’s perfectly.

Love this tender moment….

Sitting on a pile of logs…..why not!

Love that moment just before the kiss….precious!

These two are so perfectly suited to one another. Love these two!

They each have a witty sense of humor and know how to make each other laugh. Just love that!

Chilling out on the very cool suspension bridge on the campus. We were waiting for the sun to go behind the clouds, but I have to say….Eric didn’t seem to be in a rush to move.

I loooooooove me some tall grass mixed with wildflowers. A playful couple frolicking through? Yeah, I might have squealed.

Fall is my favorite season….the color, the freshness in the air, and the desire to cuddle is irresistible.

Moving on….love the natural expressions!

Collegiate color…

The look of love….ahhhhhh!

Love Emily’s expression in the photo on the right. Although these two were a little concerned about PDA…just in case their students caught wind of what was going on…we were able to find spots away from the kids and our lovebirds let their love shine!

And, sometimes….well, let’s be honest, PDA in front of two people pointing cameras at you can make you feel a little silly. Happily, these two make silly look good!

Heading back to the homestead…..this is the guest cottage and also where Emily & Eric have their apartment.

What’s better than snuggling on a porch swing with your sweetie? Not a lot!

Andy & I had soooo much fun on our visit to Ohio! Emily & Eric, thank you both so much for making us feel so welcome! Thank you for sharing yourselves with us and showing us around your school and your home! We loved sharing meals together and playing games is always a fave for us…even if you did kick our butts, Em! :) We hope you enjoy these photos, that they are a true reflection of who you both are, your beautiful relationship and this exciting time in your lives…both in your roles at the school, and also as you plan what will no doubt be an AMAZING wedding! We cannot wait to be there with you, your family & friends as you say, “I do!” and begin the next happy chapter in your lives! Until then, sending big love & hugs, Christine & Andy xoxo

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Emily : These are amazing! I was so nervous (as you know) as I don't think of myself as good in front of the camera. As I told you, I'm too much of a goofball! But these pictures are so sweet and do a wonderful job of capturing our relationship, silliness and all. We also had such a great time hanging out with both of you. Thank you times a million!
Andy & Chris : Sweet Emily, You are so very welcome!! I know you were nervous, but you guys were so great in front of our cameras. The way you care for and support each other is wonderful to be around. And, you, my sweet, are simply beautiful, inside and so obviously out. I like to think all of the wonderful sides of you both came shining through in these moments together. Thank you for sharing yourselves with us so completely! Loved every moment of our time together and can't wait to do it again on the Cape this coming summer! xoxoxo