I love when the seasons change. There is joy to be found in those moment of in-between…where letting go and moving on meet.
Even though they come year after year with steadfast predictability, each season brings something new…some exciting thing to look forward to. We trade our swimsuits and flip-flops for flannel and boots. Later, we put away our shovels as daffodils make their way through the thawing soil. Each season is met with great anticipation, though sometimes mingled with quiet surrender.
Weddings are a bit like that, I think. We pledge to make room for another, one who will walk beside us on the journey of life. There is a sense of unknowing…what will this new season of life bring? And, at times, it can be scary…particularly for those of us who didn’t have a good marriage modeled for us by our parents.
And, yet, we go forth blissfully into the unknown, sure in our feelings of love and trust. For this person we have chosen to walk alongside is making a commitment to be there, to show up for the good and the bad – today, tomorrow and always. That’s pretty huge!
Just as each season is unique….so too is each wedding. And, it is truly a privilege to get to bear witness to this merging of lives and hearts.
Just as summer was giving way to fall, friends & family gathered as Harvest and Justin stood on a grassy knoll overlooking Pleasant Bay at the picturesque Wequassett Resort, ready to merge their lives in marriage.
A year earlier, we had received a very sweet e-mail from Harvest inquiring about our availability. She & Justin live in Kansas City, Missouri, so a meeting…at least initially…wasn’t possible. We chatted a few times via e-mail, and then over the phone, and I was instantly smitten. Harvest is warm, open, kind, and super thoughtful. So thoughtful that she & Justin choose to have their wedding in New England mainly to accommodate their aging grandparents. Of course, it didn’t hurt that Cape Cod and Wequassett are gorgeous places, but it was really about making it easy for their grandparents to be there. LOVE THAT!
Harvest was really upfront about us being a bit more expensive than they could really afford, but when they decided to hire us she told us, ” I have always said there are two things I want for my wedding (besides Justin, of course!) a kick-ass dress and an amazing photographer….Check 1 of 2 off the list.”
I mean…how do you not fall in love with her?! Needless to say, we were super excited to be a part of their wedding and when we finally got to meet them…and their dog, Kane, this spring it was official….we were going to make sure this wedding was one we were going to document with lots of heart!
So, without further ado….here’s a little look at the wonderful wedding of two pretty amazing people.
Harvest is a very colorful person…she is fun and funny, kind and quirky. She is happy in the way that color is and it’s hard not to feel similarly so when you’re around her. Her beautiful flowers echoed all of that perfectly. And, how about those shoes?!
Even in her getting ready dress, Harvest was already glowing…thanks to help from dear friends, who traveled to be part of their day, and even helped do Harvest’s hair. Girlfriends are the bomb diggity!
Harvest & Justin didn’t opt for a bridal party. Instead, Harvest had her sister as her MOH and Justin had his dad as his BM. Justin & Jon are pretty chilled out guys, as is Justin’s very sweet dog and sidekick, Kane, who is never far from his side. It made for a very relaxing time getting ready.
Some of the thoughtful details, including super cute favors for family & friends.
Love this moment Andy captured of Justin & Jon getting dressed.
That moment…when you see your person for the first time on the day you say, “I do!!” Justin bites his lip when he is excited or nervous…so stinkin’ cute!
We love when couples want a first look…it gives them some time to absorb what’s about to happen and enjoy a little alone time together.
Sweet Kane…I’m a sucker for a good puppy and a cute couple!
Getting walked down the aisle by her super sweet Dad, Lynn, Harvest makes her way to “I do!” with all smiles!
Shiny happy people holding hands…(a lyric from an old REM song in case you’re wondering what the heck I”m talking about!)
We’re doing it….
So much love, joy and full hearts!
Sweet sissie, Joni, looks on with happiness for her baby sister and the love she’s found.
With a kiss and a smile…
Our new Mr. and Mrs.
A toast and a kiss to Happily Ever After!
Biting his lip again….sweet, smitten Justin gives his new bride a tender stroke. Swoon!
Taking it all in…in style!
A couple of quick portraits of our lovely bride & groom. These two are too cool!
Harvest is so adorable…this is so her!
Off to the party with family & friends at the Outer Bar & Grille…plus some thoughtful details.
Warm greetings from family & friends…
So much happy…
Harvest & Justin opted to do away with the formality of a cocktail hour and instead had a buffet for guests to enjoy dinner at their own pace. Harvest’s super cute parents, Lynn & Patricia, decided to start with a little dancing.
Harvest and her besties take a break from the fun for a little one-on-one by the pool.
For a second I thought maybe it was Justin’s parents’ wedding…they were so cute together all day. So much love!
A perfect ending to a perfect day!
Harvest & Justin put together some really thoughtful favors for their family & friends, including this cute carved wood coaster.
Big thanks to Megan Sugg and the wonderful staff at Wequassett Resort for putting together a fabulous and most memorable day for these two wonderful people. Harvest & Justin…thank you sooooo much for welcoming us with such open arms and open hearts! We loved being a part of your wedding and hope that even though you two live half way across the country, that you keep us close and let us know where this next season of life takes you! With big love & hugs, Christine & Andy xo