Harvest & Justin’s Wequassett Fall Wedding ~ Cape Cod Photographers

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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?!

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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!

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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.

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Some of the thoughtful details, including super cute favors for family & friends.

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Love this moment Andy captured of Justin & Jon getting dressed.

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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!

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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.

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Sweet Kane…I’m a sucker for a good puppy and a cute couple!

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Getting walked down the aisle by her super sweet Dad, Lynn, Harvest makes her way to “I do!” with all smiles!

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Shiny happy people holding hands…(a lyric from an old REM song in case you’re wondering what the heck I”m talking about!)

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We’re doing it….

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So much love, joy and full hearts!

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Sweet sissie, Joni, looks on with happiness for her baby sister and the love she’s found.

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With a kiss and a smile…

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Our new Mr. and Mrs.

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A toast and a kiss to Happily Ever After!

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Biting his lip again….sweet, smitten Justin gives his new bride a tender stroke. Swoon!

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Taking it all in…in style!

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A couple of quick portraits of our lovely bride & groom. These two are too cool!

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Harvest is so adorable…this is so her!

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Off to the party with family & friends at the Outer Bar & Grille…plus some thoughtful details.

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Warm greetings from family & friends…

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So much happy…

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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.

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Harvest and her besties take a break from the fun for a little one-on-one by the pool.

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For a second I thought maybe it was Justin’s parents’ wedding…they were so cute together all day. So much love!

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A perfect ending to a perfect day!

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Harvest & Justin put together some really thoughtful favors for their family & friends, including this cute carved wood coaster.

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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

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