Lovin’ at the lighthouse…

Just when we thought all of our engagement sessions were done for the season, we had one more spunky couple who wanted to brave last weekend’s chilly fall temperatures for some photos down at Lighthouse Beach in Chatham. It was definitely chilly, but the afternoon light was gorgeous and so were Kristyn & Patrick, who are getting married next summer at the Wequassett Inn in Chatham. They hired us as their photographers without having met us, so our first introduction was prior to our session. We met them at Kristyn’s folks house, not far from the beach.

If you look up the word FUN in the dictionary, you’ll find photos of Kristyn & Patrick. They are the kind of people who you just want to have around you. We instantly clicked with them and are so excited that they took a leap of faith and booked us sight unseen. We have no doubts that their wedding is going to be a total blast and we’re really looking forward to getting to know them both better over the coming year!

Although we were a little nervous about whether the session would be a success given how chilly it was, we couldn’t be happier with how things turned out. Of course, it helps that Kristyn & Patrick are totally adorable….check them out!

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Seriously….is it legal to be that drop-dead gorgeous?

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Peek-a-boo, I see you!

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Kristyn loved this Danger sign, so we asked them to have a smooch and used them to frame the shot…cool, right?

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Just to the left of the sign is the Chatham Lighthouse. Love this composition too.

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The late afternoon sun hit the beach fences lining the dunes and created some dramatic shadows…I love this shot! i think it’s the contentment I see in Kristyn’s eyes. What a world it would be if every moment, in every part of the world, felt like this one…

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One of the great things about visiting the beach this time of year is that there generally aren’t many people around, so it’s easy to make fresh tracks in the sand. So fun!

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Seeexxxxy…

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The beach grass is quickly losing it’s color, but it’s still so beautiful to me.

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Long fall shadows blanket the untouched sand, giving the appearance of snow, don’t you think?

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I love the light in this shot and the expansiveness of the beach. We live in such a beautiful corner of the world!

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I don’t know why I enjoy cutting people’s heads off so much, but I just love the effect. It’s so rock star to me!

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After a long chilly session, Kristyn gets a lift from Patrick. The crazy woman took off her shoes. Madness!

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A great big thank you to Kristyn & Pat for being such troopers and for being SOO much fun to be around. You guys were a joy to photograph and we can’t wait till August to be there with you when you say, “I do!” Thank you so much for allowing us to be a part of such a special time in your lives. It is truly an honor! And thank you too Diane & Dick for welcoming us into your home, and especially to you Diane for seeking us out! I think we’re going to have a wonderful time getting to know each other over the coming year! With hugs and warmest wishes, Christine & Andy

Backyard love fest…

Sarah & Parke’s wedding was something the Great Gatsby would have enjoyed. It was elegant and understated, but the guests were clearly there to have a good time. And at the center of it all was the coming together of two people clearly meant for one another.

We had the pleasure of being there with Sarah & Parke when the said, “I do,” last month at St. Peter’s Church in Osterville. The reception followed at Sarah’s family’s beach front home also in Osterville. The ever-professional Undercover Tent erected a tent on the private tennis court for guests to enjoy the culinary delights of Cape Cod’s premier caterer, Olive Chase of Casual Gourmet. Meredith Fancy of Fancy Flowers put together a beautiful display of fall arrangements and the band Rare Form rocked the house until late into the night.

Thank you to all of the other vendors for helping to make our job so easy. But, most especially a big BIG thank you goes out to Sarah & Parke, and both of their families, for allowing us to be there with them on such an auspicious occasion! The love and friendship you have shown us means more to us than you can know! Big hugs to you all! xoxox C & A

Sarah looking stunning in her gorgeous gown from Kleinfeld’s in New York.

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A moment with flowergirls Isabella & Julia.

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Parke puts on his tie while his brother, Taylor, looks on.

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Check out those baby blues….lookin’ good Parke!

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Sneaking in the back of the church for their big entrance, Sarah and her bridesmaids prepare to walk down the aisle.

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It’s subtle exchanges like this that are the moments we live for… (Don’t you just love the way Sarah is looking so lovingly at Parke? It’s as if there is no one else in the world at that moment. LOVE IT!!)

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We did it!! Sarah and Parke face their friends and family after being pronounced hubby & wife, then take a moment for a quick kiss before leaving the church in style in Parke’s dad’s MG.

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Picture perfect…

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The guys…

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And girls…

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Some guests enjoy the view down on the family’s private beach.

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Tennis anyone? Okay, maybe not now. You’d never know it was a tennis court would you?

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Thank you again Sarah & Park for opening your hearts to us. We feel truly honored to have been a part of such a memorable time in your lives! You guys are the best!! xo

Cranberries, Cranberries, Cranberries

Living on Cape Cod it’s hard not to be near a cranberry bog. We are fortunate enough to have one at the end of our street. The bog near us is actually a working bog, operated by Brian Handy, who grows some 180 acres of cranberries in the towns of Falmouth and Bourne that he sells to Oceanspray. Every fall, we see the delicious berries ripen to a glowing red. Cranberry juice just happens to be one of my favorite drinks so it’s pretty cool to know that the juice I like so much may have come from right down the road. Even cooler is being able to watch how the berries are harvested before they end up as juice in our fridge.

Every October, like clockwork, we notice a more prominent redness to the bogs. A few days later, the workers are out there gathering their harvest and we think to ourselves, “We should photograph this.” But, it happens so fast and life is so busy, we inevitably miss it saying, “Next year!” Well, this year, we finally made it out there and spent a couple of hours documenting the process. The guys we spoke with at the bog said this year’s harvest was less abundant than in years past thanks to the dry weather we had in August and September.

The method of collecting the cranberries has changed quite a bit over the years. The days when workers had to hand pick the cranberries from the vine on their hands and knees are gone! Today, only a few workers using large machinery are able to harvest several hundred square feet of bogs in a fraction of the time. These changes have led to some unrest in the town and as a result this bog may not harvest cranberries next year, which made us feel ever better about finally getting out there.

We hope you enjoy the show as much as we did!  Happy Thanksgiving!