Michelle & Marvin’s Cape Cod Elopement ~ Yarmouth Port Photographers

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Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines a wedding as a ceremony at which two people are married to each other; an act, process, or instance of joining in close association. I love that notion of closeness. And, Michelle & Marvin epitomize that.

We met Michelle & Marvin a few weeks ago, when they travelled to Cape Cod from Georgia & South Caroline respectively to pledge their hearts and lives to one another in an intimate elopement at the picturesque Inn on Cape Cod in downtown Yarmouth Port.

Marvin had first reached out to us a few weeks prior and there was something in his warm voice that told me his wedding would be special, and that bearing witness to it would be an honor & a privilege we shouldn’t miss. Happily, he & Michelle decided they wanted us there with them, documenting their beautiful love and boy, are we glad they did.

Michelle was dressed in a beautiful lacy mauve dress and Marvin in a super sharp grey suit with matching mauve bow tie. Their faces were beaming with love & excitement when they saw each other before they took their vows….

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So much happiness and such beautiful smiles that seemed to shine through the beauty that lies within.

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Mike & Helen Cassels, owners & hosts at The Inn on Cape Cod, were kind enough to let Michelle & Marvin, who were staying at the inn, get married on the porch of the grand estate. The stunning Inn was built in 1820 as a private home for Boston businessman, Joshua Sears, a direct descendant of Richard Sears, a pilgrim, who came to the US on the “Leyden” in 1630. It has a sort of southern charm to it that seemed a befitting setting for these southern sweethearts to say, “I do!”

And with a kiss….two lives merge and a new family is born.

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Their faces after they were announced Mr. & Mrs…..just delightful!!! And, such a warm embrace….LOVE!

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Host Helen and some adorable guests visiting from China who were also staying at the Inn joined us as happy witnesses to the sweet nuptials.

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After the formalities, we took our newlyweds off for some photos and some alone time to absorb the commitment they just made to one another. So much love & sweetness between these two lovely people…

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And such beautiful smiles that speak of the joy they share for life and for enjoying each other.

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What says late summer better than sitting on a porch swing with your sweetie? Just love these next few moments with these two lovely people..

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Happy, Happy…

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And more happy!!!!

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Michelle was absolutely beaming…and Marvin, so totally smitten.

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Marvin asked if he could pick Michelle up for a photo….ummmm, Yes!! So much fun…and so stinkin’ cute!

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Not only are these two incredibly sweet, gentle, kind-hearted, warm people, they also carry themselves with such an elegant grace that made this photographer giddy!!! I could seriously have photographed these two all day long!!!

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Kisses for his new Mrs…..

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With a rich history, the Inn is peppered with some really old trees, and we just couldn’t resist the backdrop this 300-year old eastern cottonwood provided our two sweethearts.

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Love these two and the way they are with each other…just so much sweetness!

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Heading off into the setting sun….as every good love story should begin!!

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Michelle & Marvin, thank you so very much for inviting us to share in such a special and intimate time in your lives. You had us at, “Hello!” and our warm feelings toward you both only grew upon meeting you and being there with you to watch as you wed one another. Our hope is that these photos serve as joyful reminders of your beautiful wedding for many happy years to come. We hope too that you might share them with family & friends so they can feel like they were there, and see, as we did, just how happy you two are together and what a perfect match you make!  Thank you so much for opening your hearts to us and sharing your beautiful relationship with us in such a warm and welcoming way. Should you ever make your way back to our sandy shores, we hope you let us know so we can see your beautiful faces again! Big love & hugs, Christine & Andy xx

Katie & Richie’s Wequassett Wedding ~ Cape Cod Photographers

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Katie & Richie met six years ago, while they were both in college and visiting the Cape with friends.  “I was having ice cream with my best friend Jenna in the Mashpee Commons, when we ran into Jenna’s friend Kayla, and her friend Richie,” Katie told us. “I remember talking to them both and saying to Jenna….’Wow, who is that Richie guy? He is so cute!'”

It wasn’t until a few years later that they met again, while bowling with the same group of friends…and like any good love story….sparks flew.

“It’s funny how the universe has its way of bringing people into your life when you least expect it. I can honestly say that after a few dates with Rich, I felt as though I had known him for my whole life,” Katie said.

Last month, Katie & Richie committed their lives & hearts to one another, surrounded by family & friends at the beautiful seaside Wequassett Resort in Harwich.

Their wedding was the stuff from which fairytales are made…and for us it was also a sort of homecoming. Last summer, we had the pleasure of photographing the equally amazing wedding of Richie’s big sister, Kerri. You can read more about Kerri & her sweet hubs Billy HERE.

We really hit it off with Richie’s family right away and fell just as hard for Katie’s super sweet, incredibly loving, warm, and wonderful family. Seeing these two incredible families merge was such a treat.

There were so many incredible, love-filled moments that peppered their day, it was reeeealllly hard to pick just a handful to highlight here. As I write this post, I keep feeling like there’s so much more to share. But, we don’t want to make Katie, Richie & their families wait any longer, so here’s just a few of our favorite moments from the day….

Katie sliding into her crazy beautiful Monique Lhuillier gown, with help from her lovely sisters, Lauren & Kristen.

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Is she gorgeous or what? Hair by the talented Rob Martelli of Avanti Salon and make up by Karen Colon.

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Katie’s cousin’s daughter, Kerryn, was the cutest flower girl ever! Just love this adorable moment shared by these sweet ladies. Kerryn was a little too shy to give a kiss, but so happy to be having her photo taken with her beautiful cousin.

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Sweet sisters…..so much beauty inside & out!

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Meanwhile, in another room at Wequassett, Richie got ready with his buds. Love this quiet moment before the happy chaos begins….

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Putting on their ties…

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Getting a little help pinning on his boutonnière by big brother and best man, Mike, while their handsome papa, Mike looks on.

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Friends and family arrive for the ceremony….let the love shine bright!

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Richie and his bestie get ready to head down the aisle….love these big beautiful smiles! So much happiness at this wedding!

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Ready to make his favorite girl his wife, Richie makes his way to the altar…..

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Kerry takes her job as flower girl very seriously….scattering petals and looking very much a princess. So beautiful!

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And here comes the bride….beautiful, happy, wonderful Katie on the arm of her big softie of a dad, Butch. Their faces say it all…

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One of my favorite moments of the day…the hand off, where the happiness is just contagious!

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Richie is such a sweet pea, and so obviously smitten with Katie. Just look at the way he’s looking at her. Be still my heart! And, Katie, obviously feels the same about her man….just beaming as she watches him during their vows. LOVE!!!

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I can only imagine how amazing this moment feels as a parent, when you watch your baby, all grown up, commit their life and heart to someone you just know is going to love her like you do. Katie’s parents, Sue & Butch, certainly seem to approve of this union and the looks on their beautiful faces make my heart smile….BIG.

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Happy. Happy…and more happy!

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With a kiss and a smile…it’s official!

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Wooo hooo!! Yaaay for love!!!

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After the ceremony ends and their bridal party and guests begin to leave, Katie & Richie steal another kiss…so stinkin’ cute!

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Richie’s parents & grandmother leave the ceremony, with Katie’s Godparents behind. So much joy.

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Katie gets a big hug from her momma…

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Richie & his BIL, Billy, share a big brotherly hug.

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Celebrating with flower petals….wooo hoooo!

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Kerryn watching as Katie & her bridesmaids get their photo taken….would love to know what was going through her mind in this moment.

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The happy couple….

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Another stolen moment….

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These two love so big & so hard. It’s beautiful to behold.

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Sunset and big smiles…

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sexy kisses for the new mr. & mrs.

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Beautiful blushing bride & blush bouquets…
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Heading to cocktail hour….love the train on her gorgeous gown!

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Katie’s dad, Butch having fun with some friends during cocktail hour.

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Katie’s mom, Sue, is co-owner of Essentials on Main, a new boutique in Easton. Her partner, Sheryl Hoey, runs Floral Effects at Essentials on Main, and was responsible for all the gorgeous flowers at the wedding. Both Sue & Sheryl together with Katie, put together a stunning decor for the day, with gold and blush touches everywhere. So pretty.

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As a picture-perfect late summer day came to a close, the party was just beginning to heat up.

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Introducing the new Mr. & Mrs…..wooo hoo!

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Their first dance was full of smiles and singing to one another. Love these two!!

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And, sealed with a kiss.

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Lauren & Kristen’s MOH speech (with an impromptu rap) had everyone in stitches! Good job ladies!

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Katie & Richie’s moms react to the speeches….priceless!

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Kaite & Richie react too….hysterical!

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Our former bello bride Kerri…love her!

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During their mother/son dance, Richie was all smiles (and a few happy tears). Just the sweetest!!!!

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A perfect day ends with a perfect night!

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Katie & Richie….thank you both so much for including us in your incredible wedding day!! We have loved getting to know you both over the past year and feel so honored to have been part of such a special time in your lives and the lives of your incredible families! You two are so blessed to have so much love in your lives and we hope these beautiful moments reflect that! Cannot wait to share the rest with you very soon! Until then, we hope you love these photos as much as we loved being there to capture them! Big love & hugs, Christine & Andy xo

Jackie & Chris’s Wychmere Harbor Club wedding ~ Harwich Port photographers

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Jackie & Chris’s wedding day was Cape Cod perfection at it’s best….quintessential beach wedding goodness, right from the rainy, cloudy start to the spectacularly sunny finish. With Wychmere Harbor Club’s sandy beach paths and their sailboat entrance, it’s what one dreams their wedding will be when deciding you want to say, “I do!” on these beautiful shores of the Cape.

We’ve known Jackie for many years now, since first meeting her when she was MOH at the wedding of her big sis, Jenn. We loved her then and had always hoped we might be there to document her wedding day…when the time was right. Well, the time was right…and everything could not have gone better!

We first had the pleasure of meeting Chris last summer, when we photographed him and Jackie for their crazy beautiful love session in Sandwich. Click HERE for a look.

Chris is a quiet, kind, warm, and clearly smitten with Jackie. They are really such a sweet couple. We loved spending time with them and had so much fun at their e-session, which was also classic Cape Cod goodness. Jackie’s dress for the e-session was awesome!!! I literally gasped when I saw her, knowing it would catch the wind and just be so beachy beautiful. But, man, did she turn up the heat for her wedding, with her amazing mermaid style Amsale gown that hugged in all the right places. Chris’s classic grey JCrew suit was the perfect compliment! Truly, all of the details they selected were beautiful and came together perfectly thanks to the flawless execution of planner, Allison Liset and her team at Elegant Engagements.

Here’s Jackie & Chris’s invitations by Kleinfeld Paper….. elegant and understated, with the perfect pop of gold! And, just love the image they chose from our e-session for their Save the Date card. Perfect!

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Getting a little help from her beautiful besties, and looking so totally stunning, with hair & make up by the talented duo…Stacey Keuhn and Andrea Kooharian-Simpson. Love the girls’ beautiful blush gowns by WToo.

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Isn’t she lovely!!!

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Getting a little veil help from her beautiful momma, Maria.

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Jenn’s sweet pooch, Winston, did not know what to make of all the hooplah, so he hung out under the table…this face!!! LOVE!

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And across town, Chris & his fellas make their way to Holy Trinity Church in West Harwich.

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Posing for a quick selfie before the ceremony begins. So fun!

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Here comes the bride! I just love this candid capture by my talented hubby. You can feel the excitement and anticipation Jackie is feeling! This moment….so awesome!

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Jackie’s adorable niece, Mabel, checks out the church’s iconic stained glass in a quiet side room, while Jackie & Chris happily exchange their vows.

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Love that Jackie took a moment to turn around and see the faces of family & friends, shining love & light on her and Chris. It is these moments that become treasured memories!!! LOVE!

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A beautiful moment of silence to reflect and send blessing of love & long life to Jackie & Chris.

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The look of love…speaks more than words ever could.

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And with a kiss…a new Mr. & Mrs. is made!

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Woooo hoooo!! Love this candid capture as big sis/MOH Jenn and best man Kevin follow Jackie & Chris out of the church.

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Into the Rolls Royce and away they go….embarking on a new and exciting chapter in their lives. But, first…time to party!!

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Friends pose for a quick selfie outside the church. Gotta say, I love the selfie trend.

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With a short gap between their ceremony & reception, Jackie, Chris and their family/bridal party arrive at Wychmere to do some photos before guests join the fun.

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Time for family photos….and a little golden bling.

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FAMILY….is there anything better?!!!

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The bridal party…ready to party!

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We stole Jackie & Chris for a little alone time by the beach, but Jackie decided she wanted to steal a little kiss first and blocked us. So cute!!!!

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Peek-a-boo, we see you!

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Hello lovelies!!! Beachy perfection!!!! Love love love beach weddings!!!

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Add in a sailboat and a super sexy couple…and I’m in heaven! Love that I got to share this quiet moment with them as they sailed into cocktail hour.

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Love how Chris’s sunnies match the sail covers.

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Taaaaa daaaaaa…I mean, come on!!! What’s not to love about Cape Cod weddings?!!!

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Meanwhile, back at the dock, Chris’s niece, Kayla, waits with her Papa Joe for Uncle Chris & Auntie Jackie to arrive. When Andy & I started Bello 14 years ago, we decided early on that we wanted to photograph weddings together, so we could really tell a more complete story of our couples’ wedding day. It’s been one thing that’s really made us stand out and our work shine and we’re so happy to see more studios offering two shooters.

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Greeted by waves and warm smiles from their adoring family & friends, Jackie & Chris make it to the dock…thumbs up!

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Waving to the crowd as they approach the dock. One of the great things about Wychmere is the dock and the balcony above that allows us to get a group shot of everyone for our couples. We just love that!! And, we hope they do too!

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Jackie’s crazy-cute nephew, Braedon, makes a mad dash for the dock. Love him!

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Some more beautiful details from their spectacular day, including flowers by Lilacs.

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I’m not a fan of the expression sisters before misters…but I do love the way women love & support each other. These friendships we forge with one another are like no others. Our gal pals get us, are there for us, inspire and cheer each other on. And, this photo sums that up for me. I just love it! And, loved hanging with these beautiful, wonderful, totally awesome women!!!

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Oh Jackie….you are a vision! Like a perfect flower!

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We did it….we’re married. I’m yours and your mine…forever!

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Jackie & Chris make a happy entrance as their guests gather on the dance floor. Can’t you feel the celebration?!

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Their first dance….showered in love & happy goodness. A moment to remember forever!

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It’s as if everyone in the room disappeared for them in this moment….LOVE!!!!!

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Uncle Chris gets dissed by cheeky little Kayla…priceless!!!

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Kevin was admittedly nervous about giving his best man speech, but he totally nailed it!!!! And, this photo….his face….I nailed it too! 🙂 Can I say that?! But, seriously……it’s good, right?!

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While dinner was still going on, and the sun has settled below the horizon, we stole Jackie & Chris away for a few minutes…one more cherry on the top of an already cherry-rific cake. I had seen this field of Queen Anne’s Lace earlier in the day and knew it would be an amazing spot for photos. It was a small grassy area that didn’t look like much…but TAAAA DAAAA! I just love when I find spots that others might look right past and find a way to make them extraordinary. I try to challenge myself with this every time I shoot and it makes me so happy that I can still do it…14 years later!

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Completely unprompted, Sir Christopher kisses his beautiful bride’s hand and at once, my heart melted! Swoon!

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Back to the party they go….even the in between moments with these two made for stunners like this.

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Chris gets down on it as Beantown rocks the house.

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Jackie schools her friend Jordan in classic Madonna. Get it girl!!!

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That same friend Jordan busting out some serious singing moves of his own…much to the delight of everyone, including the band!

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A little wedding hustle….so fun!!

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What an amazing time we had at this wedding! Jackie & Chris, thank you so very much for being so warm and wonderful…for sharing such a special time in your lives with us and for giving us so much love & goodness to capture! Thanks too to Maria & Charlie for inviting us to document another wedding for your amazing family! You guys are wonderful and we adore you and our time together! Joe & Lee….it was so wonderful meeting you both and getting to know your wonderful sons. A special shout out to the bridal party…who rocked it and made our job so fun!! Special thanks too to Wychmere’s Karen Rood and staff for making our job not feel like work! To all the amazing vendors who remind us why we are lucky to do what we do in this beautiful place we call home!! Jackie & Chris, we hope you enjoy this sneak peek…honestly, it was sooooo hard choosing just a few photos to share while your proof book is getting printed! I feel like we left so many amazing ones out! Cannot wait for you to see them all!! Honestly….the best is yet to come!! Love you guys! Christine & Andy xoxo

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