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

Aimee, Rick ,Tess & Brooks Family Session ~ Wellesley Photographer

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We’ve always said we didn’t want to just be wedding photographers to our couples…just two more vendors there for one day and then gone from their lives once our job was done. No, we’ve always wanted more! For us, it’s always been about building lasting relationships. We want to get to know our couples in a deep and meaningful way, one that turns into a lasting friendship. And, that’s exactly what’s happened with Aimee & Rick.

Like so many of our wonderful Bello Family members, Aimee & Rick have been in our lives for several years. We first met them when they reached out to us about photographing their Ridge Club wedding here on Cape Cod. Flash forward ten years and we’ve been there with them to document not only their engagement and wedding, but also the arrival of their baby girl, Tess and then again a few years later, after baby brother, Brooks, joined the party. We’ve also photographed Aimee’s sister and her family and the sisters’ parents for a big group family session.

It has been so wonderful to see where life and love have taken Aimee and Rick, to watch their family grow and blossom. And blossom it has!

Here are a few of our favorite moments and photos from our recent trip to Wellesley to hang out with this lovely little tribe.

Just love the faces on these two beauties as Tess gives her baby brother a great big hug! It’s so obvious how totally smitten Brooks is with his big sister….look at his face as he chases her! Love these two!!!

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Our sweet, adorable, happy bello family….so much love!

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Such a good big sister, and such an adoring baby brother. Tess & Brooks, you have our hearts!

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Beautiful, bright, feisty, fabulous…Tess.

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Brooksie is such a trooper…he’s been through more surgeries than anyone of his young age should have to endure. He was born with a cleft pallet, which doctors have been working hard to correct. Still, he remains the happiest, sweetest wee one. Just love him.

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And big sister, Tess, is just as full of life, love and everything wonderful. Aimee & Rick, you sure are doing something right with these two sweet peas!

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I mean come on…

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They really do love each other…it’s the sweetest.

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Oh, the happiness that comes from watching children be fully joyful!! Nothing like it!

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We spend a lot of time on our family sessions…so everyone can feel comfortable enough to really let their guard down. We even build in time for some real play…in this case, a few rounds of Duck, Duck, Goose.

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It is in these moments where life’s sweetest pleasures lie.

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Run sweet, Tess, run!

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When the games are finished our love bugs collapse in a heap of laughter.

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…which provides the perfect setting for a silly family photo.

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Married nine years and still going strong…

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Aimee is such a good mom…having learned from one of the best! I don’t know how she’s endured what she has with Brooks and all his surgeries. I get to see so many amazing moms with their sweet babes, and when they look at each other, you can just feel the connection. There’s nothing quite like the momma & child relationship. Saying that, Tess & Brooks have quite a special relationship too. I just LOOOVE this adorable candid moment Andy caught of them as we were heading to our next photo spot. I just love everything about it…from Brooks’ adorable T-shirt and glasses, to the way he’s trying to impart some bit of wisdom on his confident big sister. Just love it!

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Happy family….

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Why hello little man….what big eyes you have. “The better to see straight into your heart with!” Swooon! This face!! Just yummy!

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Can we talk about these two for a second?

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I mean come on!!! I usually take the kiddos off on their own for a minute and we just chat…about school, upcoming events…how silly Andy is…whatever. And it is in these moments, that I am able to capture photos that I like to think truly reflect the personalities of my subjects. Makes my heart sing every time!

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As do moments like these….

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And these….Mmmmm good!

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And with that, we say goodbye to this wonderful, playful, super sweet family….for now!

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Aimee & Rick….THANK YOU!! For opening your hearts and lives to us once again and for sharing your sweetest boos with us! You guys are very blessed with a lot of love in your life and we’re so happy you continue to share that with us! Until next time….big love & hugs, Christine & Andy xoxo

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