A surprise beach proposal ~ Cape Cod Wedding Photographers

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Gianluca & Amy met six years ago, through a mutual friend who knew them both and thought they’d click….boy, was that friend right! “We’ve been at each other’s hip every since,” Gianluca told us.

The couple recently bought a house together and have been talking marriage. But Gianluca knew that when he asked Amy to marry him, he wanted to do something special and he wanted to document the proposal, “paparazzi style.”

After doing some research, he stumbled across our blog, and a post we’d done on a beach proposal we’d documented for Jim & Keri a couple of years ago in Chatham. He liked our couple’s story and reached out to us about doing the same for him and Amy. Having had soooooo much fun with Jim & Keri, we jumped at the chance and began plotting with Gianluca.

His parents have a home in Buzzards Bay, so he & Amy come to the Cape often during the summer and Gianluca thought that getting down on one knee, overlooking the ocean might make for a memorable experience for his sweetheart. We offered up some picturesque spots in the area and he loved the idea of Nobska Light, since both he & Amy love lighthouses. A date & time was set and we chatted several times to make sure everything went perfectly.

When the day finally came, we were nervous for them both….it was a super hot, steamy day, and thundershowers were threatening. But, the plan stayed on track and everything went off without a hitch.

That moment…when you realize the person you love most in the world loves you too, and wants to spend their life with you. Just. The. Best!

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It was hard to tell who was happier in that moment…Amy or Gianluca. So much love & sweetness!!!

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Poor Amy was a little overwhelmed when she realized Andy & I were there to document the proposal and then do a little photo session with them afterwards. Gianluca was loving that his plan was met with such happy surprise.

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A little bubbly to celebrate and take in the magnitude of the moment. Just love their expressions on the right, as they watch the cork…their their hope & aspirations for their future….fly high.

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We left our happy pair to sit for a moment and take it all in. I found myself giggling, oohing & ahhing from the bushes, as I watched Amy get overwhelmed. Isn’t love beautiful?!!!!

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Gianluca had told Amy he’d made reservations at a night restaurant in Falmouth. On the way, he suggested they stop at the lighthouse, since they were a little early. And, Amy was completely surprised. Well done, Gianluca!!! Well done!

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love & bling…..check out that ring!

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Hey cuties….

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And with a final kiss, we let these two get out of the humid heat and go enjoy their dinner…

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Gianluca, thank you sooooooo much for choosing us to document this exciting, love-filled time in your and Amy’s life. We loved being with you both as you embarking on this exciting, new chapter and watching the surprise be received as it was, was such an honor and a privilege!! We have no doubt that you two are in for a long, happy life together and we wish you both the absolute best of everything. And, we’re keeping our fingers crossed that we might get to be there when the “Yes!” turns into “I do!” No pressure, just sayin! ūüôā Big hugs and lots of love to you both! Christine & Andy xx

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! ūüôā 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

Cold Storage Beach Family Session ~ Dennis Photographers

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Photographing young families is not easy! Just ask any parent and they’ll tell you it’s nearly impossible to get a good photo of their kids.

Trying to get really young kids to look at the camera, to smile a real smile and show you their true personality….particularly when you’re trying to get more than one to do it at the same time is no joke. It’s hard. But, it’s also ridiculously fulfilling and wonderfully soul-feeding. When those families also happen to be former brides & grooms turned mom & dad…well, it’s even sweeter!

Andy & I started out as wedding photographers. All we shot was weddings, having been inspired by the terrible photos that were taken at our wedding. After that, we decided we wanted to document weddings organically and capture photographs that were filled with real emotion….which was what we had wished for ourselves. And it’s been incredibly rewarding to to that for hundreds of couples over these past 14 years!

But in the past several years, our reach has extended to families…mostly because we couldn’t say no to all of the fabulous couples who came back to us after starting the next happy chapter in their lives.

We still photograph weddings, though not as many as we did when we first started. But photographing families has become a passion for us, equally as fueled by love as our wedding work. Like our weddings, our hope is to do something different….to photograph real life in a real life kind of way, with love & creativity and inspiring real emotional responses to the pictures we produce.

Two weeks ago, we were happily reunited with Danielle & Adam….one of our wedding couples from 4 years ago. Their wedding was perfect in every way and I found myself particularly bonded to Dani because we had both suffered the devastating loss of a parent before our weddings. Plus, she’s just ridiculously sweet, warm, kind, loving and all around awesome! You can check out Dani & Adam’s wedding HERE.

A lot had changed since we saw them last, namely they added two new wonderful members to their wee family…..who we will affectionately refer to as Mr. L and Ms. R, who are as cute as they come!!! We had so much fun getting to know these super sweet little people.¬† Say hello……

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I mean come on….can we talk about Mr. L’s crazy cute smile as he leads his adoring sissie down the path? And, Ms. R’s delicious baby thighs….it’s all I could do to keep from munching!

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The photo of Mr. L on the left makes my heart smile….it just feels so sweet, so him, so full of the magic that is childhood. And, lovely baby R and her soulful eyes…..don’t stare too long, you’ll get lost in there!

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Taking a moment to turn the focus toward each other for a second….Mr. L, however, prefers the focus on him and he’s hard to resist!

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Happiness is….FAMILY.

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Low tide at Cold Storage Beach in Dennis provided the perfect backdrop for a family sunset stroll.

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Joyce, Dani’s mom and these lucky kids’ nana gets some good lovin’ from her babies.

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Flying high…..oh, to be a kid again!

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I don’t know what makes my heart squeal more…the look Ms. R is giving her Daddy or the one she’s giving the camera? Sweet little cheeky monkey!

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Higher Daddy…higher!!! Now, do it again!

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If only they would stay little forever….it’s what every parent thinks at some point. And, it’s hard not to think it myself when I saw this beautiful moment as captured by my ridiculously talented husband! Be still my baby-loving heart!!!!

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Meanwhile, I captured this silly exchange…..love these two boos!

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And, off into the sunset they go….honestly, I could barely contain myself as I watched them waddle off into the distance…Ms. R chasing after her big brother….neither certain of where they were going, just happy for the attention.

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Mr. L found a seagull feather and decided it needed a castle….

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Playing with mommy….this girl loves to fly high!

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It was a cloudy, humid day that….like our time with this wonderful family….came to a glorious end. Taaaa Daaaaaa…..

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Wait…don’t go you guys…I’m not done playing! Well, okay….maybe just one more of this delightful little man!

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Danielle, Adam & Joyce…thank you sooooo much for sharing yourselves and your beautiful family with us!! It was so great reconnecting. We only wish we had more time together, so we could have put down our cameras and just hung out!! Perhaps another time when you’re back visiting!! Until then, we hope you enjoy these precious moments and that they help preserve this wonderful time in your lives! Kids grow & change so fast…too fast!! Hope to see you all again soon!! With much love & big hugs, Christine & Andy xoxo