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

Woodneck Beach Family Session ~ Falmouth Portrait Photographers

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Family….it’s something that’s super important to both Andy & me. Some of our favorite moments in life have been time spent with our families, especially since the addition of our nieces and nephews. We don’t have to be doing anything particularly exciting, it’s just in the being together where joy can be found.

I often think of my love of family when we get together with our special Bello families to document them together, chronicling the passage of time, the added inches, new milestones reached and teeth lost. It really is so cool that the work we do means getting to spend quality time with families and capturing for them what we hope will become treasured heirlooms, to be enjoyed by future generations.

Last month, we got together with a family who’s been in our lives for over ten years. The relationship first began with Dan & Michelle, when we photographed them at Woodneck Beach in Falmouth for their engagement session. The following year, we photographed their Boston wedding. And, nearly every year since we photographed their family, back at the beach where it all began. First there was just sweet Mackenzie, then her sister Cammie joined the party and since then Michelle & Dad added two crazy cute boys, Will & most recently Gavin.

Some years Michelle & Dan came on their own. Some years they came with Michelle’s side of the family, and other years it was with Dan’s side. We also photographed the wedding of Michelle’s sister, Holly, last summer here on the Cape.

It really does feel like we become part of the family with families like this…you know that Aunt & Uncle twice removed who you see once a year on the holidays and might or might not remember their names. But, still…it’s nice to watch the love grow & multiply for people we’ve grown to care a great deal about. It’s also pretty cool to know that when the kids are grown and have kids of their own, they’ll look back on the photos we’ve captured for them and remember fondly those silly summer afternoons spent on the beach…together with family.

Here are a few of our favorite moments with these sweet peeps….Mackie & Cammie hamming it up for the camera, while Will enjoys a ride on his daddy’s shoulders.
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Gavin gets some snuggles from his beautiful momma, while Dan tries to wrangle his brood for a group photo. I swear these in between moments are where the good stuff really lives for us photographers.
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Are they stinking cute or what? Love this wonderful wee family!

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Michelle’s sweet brother & sister-in-law, Johnny & Jolaine, with their wee peanuts, Kinsley & Baby John. Such sweet moments for these parents an their kiddos…

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OUr newlyweds, Holly & Paul. Such a perfect pair!

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Sibling love and playing at the beach….doesn’t get much better than this!

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Where the love all began….with these two sweet peeps, Papa John and Momma Susan. Still going strong and having fun all these many years later.

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The ladies…..Can we talk about little Kinsley for a second? She was not really digging having her photo taken for most of the session, but was just loving this particular moment….Hysterical!

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The lads…..
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Gramps & Grams and all their wee ones, with the most spectacular sunset we’ve seen in a while…

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These girls….I could munch their little yummy faces off. Love them!

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Just because….SISTERS….be still my heart.

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Paul & Holly…

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TAAAA DAAAAAA!!! Sans two toddlers….Johnny & Jolaine. I love the suggestion of movement by the clouds….wispy and wonderful.

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Thank you Michelle & Dan, Susan & John, Holly & Paul, Johnny & Jolaine and all your fabulous kiddos for such a fun evening catching up and see the progress a year has made on your wonderful families. Thank you so much for allowing us to keep recording this wonderful moments in your family’s life and for welcoming us back year after year with such genuine warmth and affection. We adore you all and hope these photos serve as happy reminders for many happy years to come!

With big love & hugs, Christine & Andy xoxo

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