Jessica & Mike’s Falmouth Beach Wedding

We first met Jessica & Mike last October, when we photographed them for their engagement session. We met them at Jessica’s Uncle Dave’s beach front home in Falmouth. They wanted to show us where their ceremony would take place and it’s a spot where they spend a lot of time and love being, so it made perfect sense.

Like so many of our couples, Jessica & Mike said they were super nervous about being photographed, but as is so often the case, they handled it like champs and we all had a lot of fun!  Ironically, the weather for their engagement session was much like that of their wedding…overcast, misty and with the occasional spitting rain. Also, like their engagement session, the weather did nothing to dampen spirits or hinder the fun!! Nope…not even a little!!

We had a great time documenting all of the love & celebration for them. And, it was so nice to see some familiar, smiling faces. Also like many of our couples, Jessica & Mike found us through family & friends. Jessica’s Uncle Dave was at last summer’s Wequassett wedding of Katie & Richie’s. Dave, along with, Brooke, his rock star assistant, liked our photos so much, he decided to hire us to document his niece’s special day. Katie’s super sweet momma, Sue, also put in a good word for us….love you Sue!

As I’ve said many times before…what Andy & I love most about this work is the people and the lasting connections we’re fortunate enough to make. It’s all about the love for us! Anyway, I know you come here for the photos, so without further ado…here’s a look at some of our favorite moments from Jessica & Mike’s fabulous Falmouth wedding!

Lovely Jessica getting dressed and ready with a little help from her sweet momma, Susan.

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Mike and ring bearer extraordinaire, Patrick, getting ready for the big day.

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Mike in his beloved Firebird…at least that’s what I think it is…I do not pretend to know anything about cars.

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That moment…when you turn and see your beloved for the first time on the day you plan to commit your lives to one another. Can’t you just feel the anticipation and excitement? Love it!!!

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The look of love….

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Both Jessica & Mike got ready at Jessica’s super sweet Uncle David’s house, which is across the street from the beach where the happy couple exchanged vows. Thankfully, the rain held off for the ceremony.

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All smiles from the guys as we headed down to the beach for some photos…

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These guys were such troopers! No sooner did we get on the beach than the rain began spitting on us. That didn’t keep everyone from having some fun! You guys rock!!

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Just loved the invitations by Tag Design that Jessica & Mike picked out. Champagne, diamonds. and smiles…it’s time for a party!

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Here comes the bride, on the arm of her big brother, Dan, who seemed to be taking his job very seriously.

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Just love this next one of Susan, being supported by her sweet brother, Uncle David, and sister-in-law, Karen, as Jessica makes her way down the aisle. Such a tender moment!!

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Time to say, “I do!” with the ceremony led by Mike’s brother and best-man, Corey.

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Such a sweet perspective as twin flower girls, Ava-Ruth & Addison watch the ceremony.

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A beautiful setting for a beautiful love story.

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Mike is absolutely smitten with Jessica….and it shows all over his handsome face.

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Hip Hip Hooray for the new Mr. & Mrs.

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A big smooch from Uncle Dave.

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Whizzing away to the roar of both the engine and cheers from family & friends.

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We took a few moments before the party began for some photos by the Falmouth Marina. Such a picturesque setting.

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In your eyes I see my past, my present…my future.

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With a kiss and a smile…let’s bask in the moment a while.

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A kiss for the blushing bride.

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Some of the gorgeous reception details, including flowers by Sheryl Hoey at Floral Effects, Essentials on Main. Sheryl also did the flowers at Katie & Richie’s wedding. Click HERE for a peek. Sheryl does gorgeous work!!

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Jessica & Mike’s first dance song is one of our faves…Better Together by Jack Johnson. They highlighted that and their feelings about one another on their wedding cake. Just too sweet!!

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Jessica & Mike had a little surprise for their family & friends. As HUUUUUGE Patriots fans, Mike decided to don the shirt of his favorite quarterback as they were being introduced for their first dance. It was under his jacket and they didn’t want anyone to see before being introduced. Just love how they’re looking at each other as they’re waiting for DJ Fredo of Nelson Cruz Entertainment to call their names. So cute!

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The unveiling….which was well received by friends, family and his very happy bride.  Go Pats!

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Woooo hoooo…

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Better together…

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Love this perspective as Susan and a friend celebrate after Jessica shares a special dance with her Uncle Dave.

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Having fun on the dancefloor…

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Get it girl….

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Mike also requested the Electric Slide for his Uncle Jim, who made no haste to get down on it!

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Despite the spitting rain, Jess & Mike were open to ending their amazing Flying Bridge reception with a dramatic shot of the marina from the restaurant’s back steps. And, it’s a wrap!

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Big thanks to Brie & Tyler at the Flying Bridge for making the night go off without a hitch. Special thanks to Sue Vatalaro, Brooke Berman and Dave Howe for making it so that we could be a part of this incredible day and night! But, most especially….thank you Jessica & Mike, your warm and welcoming families & friends! Thank you for entrusting us with documenting such a special and love-filled time in your lives! We loved every minute of your incredible wedding and hope these and the other photos soon to follow serve as happy reminders for many, many years to come!

Big love & hugs, Christine & Andy

Kaley & John’s Wequassett Wedding

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Day weddings…can we talk for a second about just how much I love them!! I love them a LOT!! Particularly when they take place at a setting as stunning as the Cape’s only five start resort — The Wequassett Resort & Golf Club in Harwich. We work at Wequassett a lot, but most of our weddings there are evening weddings, with a 6PM ceremony start time, which really only leaves 2-3 hours to enjoy the view.

I think most people who choose to get married here on Cape Cod do so because of the beauty of the place….the sparkling deep blue water, sandy shores, the cedar shingles and chic elegance that only this part of the world offers. Getting married in the evening is awesome, don’t get me wrong, but once the sun sets, you could be anywhere. But, when you’re ceremony is at 10AM, the entire day and the beauty of the place can be enjoyed languidly.

And, from a photographer’s standpoint, we just love starting and finishing early. It’s like we get two days in one. Even 15 years later, I still get the wedding day jitters (which is how I think it should be…the day I stop feeling nervous is the day I probably shouldn’t be doing this anymore), so starting early works for me…let’s me harness that energy right away and lets the creativity sparks fly.

But, what I really love most about day weddings is how relaxed everyone we’re photographing seems to be. I know a lot of couples worry that folks won’t dance or it won’t seem “fun enough.” I had the same misguided thoughts when Andy & I opted for an evening wedding. But, having now seen lots of different kinds of weddings, starting and ending at different times, I’m a HUGE fan of the day wedding when it’s being held at a place known for its views. It’s like a cocktail hour that lasts all day long.

Kaley & John’s day wedding was the perfect example of what makes day weddings so awesome!! They were blessed with a picture perfect summer day…sunny but not too hot. Getting ready started super early, but who can sleep anyway the day before one of the biggest commitments a person can ever make? And, they had an after party later that night, so they still go their late night dancing and debauchery.

We first met up with them just after 7AM…a pretty early start time for us, but again, we’re up then anyway and I preferred putting my nervous energy right to good use. While Kaley and her bridesmaids were finishing up with hair & make up in the Cape Villa suites, I headed to her room to capture some wedding details. Just love the early morning light as it fell upon Kaley’s sparklicious Jimmy Choos and her crazy beautiful two-piece wedding dress. In all the hundreds of weddings we’ve photographed, I have yet to see a dress I didn’t love, but this one definitely ranks among my favorites. It looked super light and comfortable and on Kaley, it was angelic! It was like it was made just for her!

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This dress….this stunning woman. I just can’t!

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Haley putting on her earrings, with her gorgeous momma-Dianne, Nana-Della, and best gal pals in the background.

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Toasting things to come….

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John getting some internet help on tying his tie…Windsor knot??

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John and his friends looking good.

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Off she goes to meet John for their first look moment and some photos with the bridal party. Does she look angelic here or what?!

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Love the anticipation on Kaley’s beautiful face. Are they a stunning couple or what!?!

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That moment…when you first see each other on your wedding day.

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These two really got lost in the moment, and hiding in the bushes, letting them have their moment…I admit to smiling from ear to ear as they did!

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Because this is how they were together…just lost in the moment! So, so beautiful!

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And when photos were done, it was time to head to the church….

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Waiting for the ceremony to begin, Kaley and her dad, Barry, share a moment that makes this daddy’s girl’s heart sing.

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Peeking out as her girls head down the aisle….just love the expressions!

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Taking in the words and heart-felt sentiment shared with Father John during Kaley & John’s ceremony at Our Lady of the Cape.

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John had a little trouble getting the ring to go on, much to the delight of his nephew and Father John.

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They did it….

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Love this moment as John & Kaley leave the church and head out into their new future, as husband & wife.

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Back to Wequassett with their friends….

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Off to the dock for a coupe of quick photos…

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hello movie stars….

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Kaley & John had their reception in the pavilion, which is such a pretty setting for a luncheon…overlooking the water and meticulously groomed grounds.

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Friends enjoying cocktail hour…

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Hey Megan!! Shout out to my girl!

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Love this photo of Kaley’s mom, Dianne, with her mom, Della. Such sweet women in this family!

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See what I mean about day weddings….like a garden party. Just love it!

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John and his lovely momma, Joan. And his sweet dad, John with his wife, Marilyn. Are they adorable or what?!

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Laughter, friendship and beautiful reflections.

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Cocktails and conversation.

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Making an entrance to the reception….

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And enjoying their first dance as husband and wife.

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Listening as John’s best men Andrew & Jason share words of love and congratulation…

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Saying thank you with a warm embrace…

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Kaley reacts to some childhood stories from her long-time friend and MOH, Megan, during her funny, heart-felt toast. Everyone needs a friendship like this!

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Catching up with friends.

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Just love John’s face as he watches Kaley dance with her sweet dad, Barry.

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And, Joan’s face as she finishes her dance with her son. I imagine these moments are so special for parents…knowing their children have found someone who makes them happy. I just love getting to see these exchanges of love and pride. So special!

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Having fun on the dance floor….

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Just love John’s sister’s proud momma reaction as she watches her son enjoy himself on the dance floor. (PS…these two have the same laugh! Love it!!)

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Taking a break from all the fun.

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Looking like a movie star, Kaley and John are led to the dock for their sail away.

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Just love this next one…

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And they’re off…

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Much to the delight of their family & friends.

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With a wave and a smile, a new happy chapter begins for two lovely people.

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Thank you Kaley & John for allowing us to document this special time in your lives. We had such a fun day with you both, with your wonderful friends and families! It was truly a pleasure!! And, we hope you find that these photos reflect not only the beautiful love you have for one another and for those closest to you, but also how much we enjoyed our time with you all on that perfect summer day! More love and goodness to come soon in your proofs, which should be online very soon! Can’t wait for you to see them all! With big love & hugs, Christine & Andy

Annie & Brian’s Chatham Bars Inn Wedding

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Have you ever met two people and instantly thought…these two are perfect for each other? Well, that’s what ran through my mind the first time we met Annie & Brian, and then again, this spring when we got together with them for their engagement session (totally slacked on that post, but I’ll try and post those photos this winter when we’re a bit less busy).

Like Andy & me, three years separate Annie & Brian, with Annie being the more senior in the couple…also like Andy & me. They are both super smart, super sweet, genuine, kind, warm, thoughtful, sincere, caring people. Their senses of humor mesh, their interests mesh, their families and friends mesh. They’re just really good together and seem to bring out the best in one another.

Annie & Brian first met when Annie was working for McKinsey in NYC. Brian had an appointment for his second interview and one of the people sitting across the table from him was Annie. “I felt like I got the type of she was right away,” he told us. “Anyway, we ended up having to interact a bunch of times throughout the interview process and Annie and I, I thought, had started to become friends.”

If you ask Annie, her story varies slightly….which is also kind of how these two operate, and it’s adorable! According to Annie she was the consultant assigned to “convince Brian to join the firm.” So, the weekly calls were more of an obligation than a personal interest…or so she says. “(As a consultant) we usually call and every week the person has various questions about the company or the work or whatever, but the funny thing about Brian, which I found royally irritating at the time, was that he never had any questions. He just kind of wanted to chat,” Annie said.

Annie is the kind of person who really extends herself to people…she asks questions and engages and if you’ve met her more than once, you might find yourself invited out for a drink. to some thing or another that she’s hosting or going to. That’s how it was with Brian. After he accepted the job at McKinley, she casually, and without ever thinking he’d actually come, invited him to her birthday party. “I was 500% sure he would not come…I was just trying to be nice,” she said. But, he did come, much to the delight of Annie’s friends, who thought it was hysterical that “a college kid” who she’d basically recruited showed up at her birthday party. “This sparks the world’s longest facebook message thread and we see each other a handful of times over the next couple of months,” added Brian.

And, well….the rest is history, as they say. A friendship blossomed and soon they both realized that they liked each other more than just as friends. And, on Memorial Day weekend, these two lovely people, surrounded by 250 friends and family…these two seriously have a lot of really cool friends!….pledged their lives and hearts to one another in one of the sweetest ceremonies we’ve seen. I’ll admit to having welled up more than once….note above photo!

I could go on and on about these two, but I know you come here for the photos, so here they are….

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Annie got ready at the Harwich home she grew up coming to every summer. Sadly, it’s been 10 years since, Annie’s mom passed away, but she and her dad still love coming to the house, which is filled with happy memories and lots of her mom’s touches. I just loved the narrow hallway leading up to Annie’s childhood bedroom. The vintage wallpaper and detailed woodwork added the perfect charm for a photo of her stunning wedding dress.

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Annie’s super sweet dad, Jim, painstakingly made Mickey Mouse shaped blueberry and chocolate chip (Annie’s favorite) pancakes for Annie & her friends amid all the getting ready chaos. It was something he often did for them when they were little and you could just see how proud he was to be making them again on this very special day. Couldn’t you just hug him?

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Annie’s bridesmaids, Zoe & Caitlin getting their dos on thanks to Jackie Norie & her fabulous staff at Wedding Tresses.

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When her hair & make up was done, Annie gave her dad a very special gift….a frame she made using photos of her & him throughout her life, along with a sweet embroidery message of love for him. He’s generally a pretty together guy, but his reaction to this sweet gift was…..priceless!

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Look at his face!!! Love him!

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Annie & her gal pals, including co-MOH, Molly, take a minute to soak in the moment and enjoy some champagne before getting dressed. These girls were soooo much fun to be around!

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When a bride is getting dressed it can be a time of mixed feelings…she’s excited for sure, but sometimes the zipper doesn’t go up with ease, or the nerves start to kick in and you can read it all over their face. But, not Annie….love her!

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Meanwhile, across town at the Chatham Bars Inn, Brian and his besties hang out on the roof deck and enjoy the cool, crisp, perfectly sunny day.

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Some wedding day details and some obligatory ironing by co-BM, Wes.

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Groomsman Steve’s turn at the iron…

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The happy feelings were contagious!

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More happy faces on groomsmen Charlie & Lee as they chat with Brian’s super sweet dad, Kevin. Can we talk about that view?! Oh, and the ceremony took place down on the lawn there behind them, with the crazy fun party continuing behind them in the brand new and stunning Sperry Tent.

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Time to get dressed…

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with a little help from his friends….

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Annie & Brian opted to see each other before their ceremony….to have a “first look” and then meet family & bridal party for some photos, so they could enjoy their cocktail hour (and a half…..love a long cocktail hour! Lots of time for great candids!) We discussed a couple of different options for their first look and Annie & Brian settled on Schoolhouse Ice Cream, which is just down the road from her dad’s house, and turned out to be a super cute backdrop for these two sweeties!

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Yummy…

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Annie & Brian love coming to this place so much that they ordered a ton of their favorite flavors for guests to enjoy at their wedding. But, they couldn’t wait and decided to enjoy a little themselves…pre-wedding. I’ll admit, I didn’t see this coming, but just LOVED that they took that time to really savor the moment (pun intended!)

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These two….couldn’t you just eat them up! (Love this fun perspective through the porch railing that Andy got!)

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…..I couldn’t resist taking advantage of the fun sign. Oh well guys….secret’s out about your little early dessert rendezvous.

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Happiness is….sharing ice cream with your favorite person, at your favorite place on what will likely become one of your favorite days.

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Off to CBI we went for some beachy fun. Poor Annie gets cold reeeeeally easily. And, I’ll admit, it was unseasonably cold on Memorial Day weekend, when they got married. But, Annie is a trooper and all I see is hot….

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Get it girl….

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These two are so naturally easy together….

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,…and so so smitten with one another. It’s wonderful to see.

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Carrying his chilled soon-to-be Mrs. for some extra body heat. And to protect those killer shoes!!

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Mwwwwahhhh!

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One big happy family (Brian’s youngest sister, Megan, Annie’s dad’s partner-Ginger, Jim, Annie, Brian, his dad-Kevin and mom-Jill and big sister-Jamie.

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Flower girls extraordinaire-Avery & Laney and ring bearer and Jr. Bridesmaid: James and Sydney. Stop with the cuteness…I can’t!!

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Annie signing the Ketubah…I don’t know why I love this photo so much…the veil is just so classically AMAZING! It doesn’t hurt that Brian is looking on with such love and pride!! Annie converted prior to the wedding.

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It’s official….the new Mr. & Mrs. seal it with a kiss.

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My favorite part of the ceremony was when Brian made his way down the aisle, flanked by his wonderfully supportive parents. The emotion of the moment just overcame him and I just love EVERYTHING about this next photo. I remember welling up and simultaneously smiling soooo big when I took it! Just look at how Jill & Kevin are looking at him, completely enamored and thrilled that their sweet boy is so happy! It’s what I imagine every parent wants for their child…for them to find a love this big! Just beautiful!

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Annie’s turn…

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Brian continued to struggle to hold it together…

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LOVE this!!!

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Annie…beaming.

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So much love & joy….

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Yellow is Annie’s favorite color….I like to think it’s because it’s such a happy color, and Annie is a happy person!

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Like I said, the happy was contagious!

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With this ring…

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Annie & Brian wrote their own vows, which again had me welling up. These two are so thoughtful and expressive and their vows perfectly reflected that and their love for one another.

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Friends enjoying all the love as it flowed….

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A day and a view to remember….

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This. This is everything.

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Annie exchanges a loving embrace with her Aunt, her mom’s sister. Having not had my mom there for our wedding, I totally get how significant this moment was for both of these women!

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Annie & Brian are different but most definitely equal and it made perfect sense that she & Brian both break a glass at the conclusion of the ceremony. Annie practiced earlier in the day and totally nailed it, but that slippery stage gave her some trouble. Being the person she is, she persisted…much to the delight of everyone…including Jill.

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And with a movie star dip….

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And a tender second kiss….they sealed their love.

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Wooooo hoooo!

 

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The staff at Chatham Bars put on quite a spread during cocktail hour…including a raw bar, freshly picked salad bar, etc.

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Love me some good cocktail hour interactions….

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Finding their seat….

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Hellooooooo huge tent…love the cool farmers’ tables and chairs by True North Rentals.

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Everything was stunning, including flowers by Patrice Milley.

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Brian and friends share in a wedding day toast….we’ll go anywhere for a great shot…including lying on the floor.

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Just love these sweet candid moments, hello beautiful Julia.

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Brian & Annie know how to make an entrance….

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And have some fun during their first dance as husband and wife….

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Like no one else is in the room….

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After their first dance, Annie & Brian opened the floor to everyone and I just love how Jim & Annie totally cut loose! Get it Jim!!

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Is the music too loud??? LOL! Bless his little cotton socks!

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Another super cool detail, which I imagine couldn’t be easy to pull off for 250 people, was having dinner served family style. So cool! As I was wondering around outside the tent, I noticed Jim, taking a moment alone to practice his speech. I live for moments like this!!!! So much story in one photo…just love that!!!

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Annie & Brian react to Jim’s thoughtful words about his baby girl and his new son-in-law.

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Brian’s family toasts the happy couple.

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Co-best man, Jordan, infused his speech with some stuff that perhaps Brian may have wished he left out, but which was received with roaring laughter.

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Brian loves those closest to him with his heart wide open and it’s beautiful to see.

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Daddy’s little girl is all grown up….

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Brian and his mom had some fun with their dance. You go Jill!

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Elan Artists Soundhouse rocked the tent all night long!

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Annie & Brian got on stage for a bit….

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Before the reception came to a close.

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But, the party continued into the early morning hours, with a chic, NYC club inspired after party…..

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DJ Dakeya Christmas of Murray Hill Talent rocked it out….

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And all was right with the world…if only for a moment in time.

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Big thanks to Jamie Bohlin of Cape Cod Celebrations for three incredible day of finely tuned perfection! Thanks too to Kate Mann and the entire staff at Chatham Bars Inn. But, our biggest thanks go out to Annie & Brian, and their families for sharing such an incredible weekend with us!! Your love is inspiring and uplifting and we absolutely loved every minute of it! You two are evidence that you get back what you give in this world. The friends you’ve made and relationships you’ve fostered are proof positive that you two put a lot of love & goodness out into the world! We hope that it follows you throughout your long & happy life together!! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you for inviting us in to the fold! With big love & hugs, Christine & Andy xoxo (PS…when are we going out for drinks?! wink wink! No seriously…when?! )

 

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