Newborn Session with Baby D ~ Connecticut Photographer

Our story with Jim & Keri began almost five years ago to the day. Jim had reached out with the loveliest email, asking  whether we would be available to photograph him asking his then girlfriend, Keri, to marry him, while they were visiting their favorite place…Cape Cod the week before Thanksgiving. Despite our 11+ years of photographing hundreds of weddings and countless engagement sessions, we hadn’t before then documented a real life pop-the-question, proposal.

Needless to say, we jumped at the chance, and with each new conversation with Jim, I became more smitten. He really is one of the sweetest guys on the planet. And, the way he loves Keri…well, let’s just say, she is one lucky gal!! Jim & I spoke several times, planning out all the details to his exacting and romantic standards. We had a lot of fun and when the day came, it was everything I knew it would be for him and more! Keri, of course, said “Yes!” and so their love story embarked on a new and happy chapter.

Keri & Jim live in Connecticut, so we figured the wedding would be there…still, we held our collective breath that they might want us to be a part of that too. And, happily, they did. We got together again with them the following May, for their engagement session, which was again held here on the Cape. Then, in September of 2015, they said, “I do!” surrounded by family & friends at the stunning Branford House in Mystic Connecticut.

We were there for all of it, every happy, love-filled minute.

When they announced they were pregnant earlier this year, Jim reached out again about having me take some newborn photos. I can’t really express how happy this question makes me. For starters, Andy & I don’t have any kids of our own, but we LOVE them!! And babies make me go all gooey inside. I feel my maternal instincts go into overdrive. The smell of them makes my hormones go wacky and I feel a kind of regret I don’t like to feel, but that’s hard to escape in their presence. Mostly, though…there’s just lots of love. A calm, beautiful, this-is-what-it’s-all-about kind of love.

Getting asked to document the earliest days in the new life one of our wedding couples has created also brings me such a sense of gratitude…..that wonderful couples like Keri & Jim want to keep us in their lives and want US to be the ones documenting the person most special to them in the whole world. Well, there really is no better endorsement, no greater gesture of love & trust and it reminds me why I got into photography in the first place.

It’s all about relationships for me….building them, witnessing them, documenting them and nurturing them. And, I feel so blessed to still be doing so 16 years later.

Jim & Keri have been wickedly patient waiting for these photos, which took longer to get to than I either care to admit or than was promised, so I think it’s time to stop blathering on and just get to the good stuff. Without further ado….I present to you Day 9 in the life of sweet Baby D, starting with a sweet corner in the nursery and a portrait of Jim & Keri’s first baby (furbaby), Brewster.

Waking up from a nap to greet me….eyes full of wonder and a head of hair like you read about! Hello sunshine!

The whole family gathers as it’s time for a feeding. Love these in between moments!

Food coma setting in and our happy new mom & dad transfixed by their wee little man.

It’s amazing to me how quickly babies grow and change. Perhaps it’s easy for me to say that, from the comfort of never having experienced the sleep depravation of parenthood, but still….one minute their these wee little love nuggets who do nothing but eat, poop and sleep….and cry when one of those needs isn’t being tended to to their liking. And, then the next minute they’re smiling and crawling and babbling in a way they only understand, looking like a completely different person. It’s just the coolest.

Love the way Jim is looking at Keri in this next one…not sure who he’s more smitten with…his wife or his new son! Just as it should be!

Perfection….from the swollen baby eyes and little back wrinkles to the perfect baby skin…Just heavenly!

I mean….is there anything better than a sleeping little nugget of love? I think not!

Just so yummy!

Sleep my beauty….sleep.

Kisses from momma….Mmmmm good!

A little quiet time with Dadda, in his favorite chair. Heaven lives here.

So much has changed since we met these two lovely people, they got married, built a new house and had a baby. But, their love remains the same. So happy for these two!

Love is this….having a best friend and partner and multiplying that love to infinity and beyond with a new baby. Just the bestest!!!

These sweet little feet will carry you as long & far as you dare to dream! May they also dance and leap and feel the joy of sand between your toes until they are old and wrinkled, with lines as deep as those you carved in my heart! Go forth with love, Baby D! Go forth with love!

These next two crack me up!! In the one on the left it looks like Baby D is covering his private parts and looking none too pleased I’m photographing him in this way. And, in the next, it’s like he’s laughing and telling me, “Just kidding….we’re pals, you can photograph me.”

Brewster is looking a little put off by the loss of attention he’s been getting since his baby brother joined the party. But, don’t worry little guy…there’s plenty of love to go around!

There’s no better place in the world, then in the arms of the ones you love….snuggled on a super cozy couch.

Our new happy family! Welcome to the world Baby D! So glad you’re here!!

Night night sweet pea!

Jim & Keri….how to properly thank you both for sharing this incredibly special time with me!?! Just no words, really. Andy’s a bit jealous he didn’t get to meet Baby D, but we’re hoping to see you all on Cape Cod next summer, when I suspect much will have changed for your little love nugget! Thank you so much for welcoming me into your beautiful home, for sharing your beautiful son with me and for entrusting me to document his first days of life. It means the world to me…as do both of you! With so much love & hugs, Chris & Andy xo

Christina & Jon’s Falmouth Wedding ~ Cape Cod Photographers

The Falmouth wedding of Christina & Jon was pretty much a fairytale in every way! Princess Christina & Prince Jon are just the kindest, most lovely, warm, wonderful people one could ever hope to meet…they’re not really royalty, in case that wasn’t obvious, but they do have everything going for them that a Disney prince & princess do…all that AND a bag of chips!

We were lucky enough to be a part of their wedding rehearsal dinner the night before their wedding, so we got to meet a lot of their closest peeps. You can catch a glimpse into those fun festivities HERE.

But, their wedding was definitely the pièce de résistance of the weekend as about 170 friends and family members gathered to celebrate these two special people.

Their beautiful ceremony was held at St. Elizabeth Seton Church in North Falmouth and was led by Deacon Peter Guresh.  Their reception followed at the family’s ocean front home in North Falmouth, under a gorgeous sailcloth tent by Sperry Tent, with crazy beautiful flowers by the ridiculously talented Courtney Iris Barnes of Courtney’s Floral Creations. Catering was provided by the fabulous Olive Chase at The Casual Gourmet, and music by the high-energy, super fun Boston band, Hi-Fi, with all of the details of the weekend coming together seamlessly thanks to the care and creativity of the dynamic duo Megan & Sarah from Elegant Engagements.

Christina’s drop-dead gorgeous Reem Acra dress was definitely fit for a princess.

Just love how their stunning wedding invitations by Elise Cherney of No Regrets in Newtonville were a subtle nod to Christina’s dress.

Getting into her dress with a little help from her beautiful momma, Elissa. Just love her boho chic ponytail by Erik Howard of Will Charles Salon.

Mom getting a good look and clearly liking what she sees! Who could blame her!

Christina’s super sweet dad, Dennis, getting his first glimpse. Just love their reactions!

Bridemaids and cousins, Julia (left) and Leah putting on their finishing touches.

Stunning….

Meanwhile at the Sea Crest Hotel, Jon and his besties get ready for the big day.

Henry puts on his bow tie, as Jon and his other groomsmen get ready. Such a nice group of guys, which is no surprise given how lovely Jon is.

Looking good, Jon!!! You too Max!

What did we ever do to entertain ourselves before smart phones? I have no idea what the guys were watching, but it looks like it was good stuff.

A toast with your best mates…what could be better?

Jon & Christina opted for a first look, which meant meeting back at Christina’s grandfather’s house for photos….loved having all the time we had with these guys before the ceremony & reception began.

With everyone else away for a bit, Jon waits for Christina to make her way to him for their first look. I just love his face and how he’s biting his tongue, no doubt to hold back the happy tears. Such a tender heart!

The look of love….

And an embrace that speaks volumes!! Just love these two!

Oh Jon…..you are the sweetest!

With you by my side….everything is possible.

After a few minutes with our happy couple, we invited family to join us for some photos. Just love this candid moment featuring Jon’s crazy sweet momma, Karen, and dad, Tom.

Fun times with best friends….(PS…If you’re a frequent visitor to our blog…AND have a killer memory…you may recognize Christina’s totally awesome sister & MOH, Jac (right). We photographed her amazeballs wedding four years ago.)

In addition to her sis, Christina’s bridal party included all cousins. For Jon, it was his closest friends and big brother, Brendan, was BM. Such an awesome group!! We had so much fun with these guys!

We had so much fun with these guys!

This next one reminds me of something out of one of those thick coffee table fashion photography books. I just love those in between moments in life…when folks aren’t aware of our cameras and everything just falls into place in such a beautiful, real way! (PS…Keep an eye out for Christina’s cousin, Julia, holding her dress, we photographed her wedding a few weeks after this one and will be highlighting that soon on our blog!)

Quiet moments with our princess and prince.

We’re goinnnnng to the chapellll and we’re gonnnnnaaa get maaaaaarried. Waving by to family as they head to the limo.

And, here we go….

 

Friends arrive at St. Elizabeth Seton for the ceremony…excited to see these two awesome people say, “I do!” Heeeey, Marissa!!

That moment, when you feel all the feels and realize this man you’ve loved forever is about to lead you down the aisle to meet the new, most important man in your life. So much love & gratitude…for showing you what a real man looks like and for loving you without limits. Just the best!!!

Here comes the bride….Jon can barely contain himself, and Christina’s little shoulder scrunch as she feels all eyes on her! AHHHH, these two….just the sweetest!!!

Love the look Elissa gives Dennis after he takes his seat. Proud parents…so sweet!

Sharing words of wisdom, guidance and love, Deacon Guresh speaks to Christina & Jon.

Here we go….the “I do!” part. You think they’re happy?

With this ring….I thee wed.

Wooooooo hoooooo!!!

The new Mr. & Mrs.!!!

Family celebrate with hugs outside the church, including Jon’s dad & brother. So sweet!

Our happy couple boarded a trolley with family & bridal party and off they went, first bidding farewell to guests still outside the church.

Love these quiet moments on the trolley, when couples have a chance to soak in what just happened.

A few quick beach portraits with our newly married Mr. & Mrs.

A perfect summer night + a sailboat + a kiss from your forever person + a day to remember = one hell of a fairytale!

Practicing their first dance moves on the jetty…be still my heart!

Here in your arms is where I always want to be…

Love. Love. Beautiful Love!

Pretty in pink…just love the way the tent came together with all the stunning details.

And touches of gold.

Elissa and friends enjoying cocktail hour.

Friends of C&J gather for a photo.

Cousin Ashley enjoying cocktail hour conversation…so cute!

Their first dance as a married couple…

The reaction from family & friends was one of rousing approval.

Brendan’s toast could be my all time favorite best man toast ever! He crushed it!! It was sweet and sentimental, full of love & pride for his baby brother and it was also brilliant and hysterically funny.

Reacting to loving words directed at her new husband.

I felt for Jac, having to follow Brendan, but she too nailed it and gave her sissie all the feels!

So much love between these two sweet sisters. Just love them and feel so grateful to have shared such special days with them both!!

When you get a killer sunset, you gotta interrupt dinner for a few quick photos. Baaaaam!!!

Dancing with his beautiful momma…can’t you feel the joy?

Guests getting down on it…

Get it Matty….the love was contagious.

Auntie Sarah busting some serious moves…you go girl!

More fun dance floor antics.

A perfect ending to a perfect day!

Thank you to everyone who made this day so special for our happy couple. Heartfelt thanks to Elissa & Dennis, for once again sharing such an important family milestone with us and entrusting us to document these precious family memories!! Christina & Jon….you two are just delightful in every way and we feel so honored to have shared in this amazing day with you both!! Thank you for welcoming us with such open arms and open hearts and reminding us why we love what we do!! We hope these photos bring you as much joy as being a part of your wedding brought us! The rest of the photos will go online very soon…so stay tuned. Until then, we send you both big love & hugs,

Christine & Andy xoxo

Christina & Jon’s Cape Club Rehearsal Dinner ~ Falmouth Photographers

We first met Christina four years ago, when we photographed the super fabulous wedding of her awesome sister, Jacqueline. I remember thinking then that I reeealllly hoped baby sis might one day reach out to us when she found the person she wanted to marry, A) because she’s drop dead gorgeous and the camera loves her,  B) she is possibly the sweetest person on the planet, and C) it would mean getting to spend more time with Jac & Mitty, whom Andy & I adore!

So, we were over the moon excited when Christina did reach out to us last year to say she’d found the man of her dreams…Jon…who, by the way, is a total dream boat and we happened to have their date still open! Wooooooooo hooooooooo!

We finally got together with Christina & Jon just before Memorial Day weekend and, as expected, were instantly smitten with these two lovebirds…they’re just an awesome couple. We already knew Christina was sweet and engaging, kind and soft spoken. And, Jon, as it turns out, is her perfect complement. Like Christina, he is super sweet, warm and engaging. He’s also the kind of person who makes you feel like he’s really interested in what you have to say. They are people you just want to have around because being around them leaves you feeling really good.

When they left, Andy & I looked at each other and said, “This is going to be a fun wedding!”

Like her big sis, Christina’s wedding reception was also at her grandfather’s ocean-front home in Falmouth. It’s a beautiful property and has served as the backdrop for lots of happy family memory making.

We were also invited to document the rehearsal dinner the night before the wedding. We love being asked to do this as it gives us a few hours to get to know those closest to our couples. Happily, we already knew the immediate family and instantly recognized a lot of familiar faces on Christina’s side. And, as expected, Jon’s family was as warm and welcoming as one could ever hope to meet.

The rehearsal dinner was held at The Cape Club in Falmouth. Flooded with afternoon light, it was the perfect setting for these two fireflies.

Here’s a look at some of the highlights from their evening of pre-wedding fun…

Christina’s mom helped pick some of the hydrangea from her garden for the super sweet centerpieces…awesome job Elissa!

Tables set and ready for friends and family to gather round.

Christina & Jon arrived a bit early after their rehearsal, which gave us a few minutes for some photos. Yaay!

Are they adorable or what?

This next photo personifies Christina for me…arms open wide, face fully lit as she greets family arriving for the evening party. And, Jon, in the background, completely enamored with his soon-to-be bride. Just love these two!

Hugs for special cousins…

Heading in for the party….

Like Christina, Jon is an arms-wide-open king of guy. And, the expression on this friend’s face pretty much sums up how anyone who knows Jon feels about him.

Friend and groomsman, Max, chilling out on The Cape Club’s deck as cocktail hour begins.

Big smiles & happy greetings as more friends arrive.

Jon’s parents’ welcome toast was full of love and warm affection for the happy couple. Jon’s mom, Karen, was wearing a beautiful grin all weekend. And, Jon’s dad, Tom, looked proud as punch. Just the sweetest people.

Friends look on during toasts, including groomsman Matt.

Hugs for her sweet cousins, Laura & Julia, after their loving toast. We actually photographed Julia’s wedding a couple of weeks ago and will be sharing some images from that epic event soon too! Just love this big, warm, loving family!

Christina’s cousin, Lauren, shares words of love & appreciation for the happy couple, as Christina’s big sis, Jac, looks on with her hubs, Mitty. More BelloPhoto alum.

What’s not to love about these two??? Nada!

Oh how this one tugs at my heartstrings….just love the warm embrace Christina & cousin, Ashley, share after Ashley’s love-filled toast.

Taking in more love & goodness from Christina’s uncle….

As if the heavens were giving their stamp of approval to these two, their evening was capped with the perfect sunset.

Big kudos to Megan & Sarah of Elegant Engagements for helping to put together a killer weekend! Just love working with these lovely ladies. Thank you too to Wendy & the staff at The Cape Club for just being a total joy to work with and for taking such good care of us! You guys rock! Christina & Jon….what can we say? We just adore you two and feel so honored to have been a part of your incredible wedding weekend!! Thank you both from the bottom of our hearts for welcoming us with such warm, open hearts! And, to your friends and families….you all made the weekend so fun for us. Thank you all for your love & cooperation! Cannot wait to share the wedding photos with you all soon! Stay tuned and big love, C&A xx