Fabulous Foggy Family Session ~ Coast Guard Beach

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Andy & I were really looking forward to meeting Kate, James and their two gorgeous girls, Isabella & Jacqueline. Kate had heard about us through her cousin Jacqueline…who we met last summer when she & her super sweet hubs, Shaun, had commissioned us to photograph them and their two crazy cute boys, Colin & Rory. Click HERE for a peek at our amazing evening with them.

We all instantly hit it off and had so much fun together, so we were super stoked to get to meet more of this wonderful family. And, well…they didn’t disappoint!

Like cousin Jacqueline, we met with Kate & her family at Coast Guard Beach in Eastham. The weather had been questionable for most of the morning, but things had cleared later in the afternoon, so we headed down Cape feeling hopeful. Just as we drove down the beach road this crazy thick fog rolled in…we could actually see it literally rolling in across the road. It was crazy and I immediately got nervous about what this meant for the photos.

But, as it turned out, the fog added a certain dreaminess to the photos that was, well…perfect for this dreamy family! See for yourself…

We started out at the beach’s boardwalk bridge, which turned out to be a bit too sunny, but we were able to catch this super cute moment with Kate & Isabella, who seemed pretty excited about having two new friends with whom to play. And, baby sis, Jacqueline….well if ever there was a perfect smiley Gerber face, surely hers is it! I could just munch on those cheeks for days!

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See what I mean about dreamy…..as mommy watches her baby girl build a sand castle (of sorts).

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Isabella was pretty much up for anything, including practicing her balancing on a gorgeous piece of driftwood. Mommy wasn’t too shabby either!

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Our sweet, happy, smiley little family! Just love these guys!

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James and Kate take turns giving Jacqueline some much appreciated loving.

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“Hey guys, watch me jump!” Well done sweet boo! Well done!

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“Let’s race, Mommy!”

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Gotcha…

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Eskimo kisses on a warm summer night….yum yum!

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Such a happy girl…

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Grabbing momma’s hair and having fun doing it…

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Kisses and cuddles and oodles of love.

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Dreamy….

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Chasing waves and loving every minute of it…

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Checking out the beach’s treasures…

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Footprints…like the perfectly fleeting visual reminders of where we’ve been and all the possibility that lays ahead.

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These next two photos show how changing your camera’s settings and taking two photos, at more or less exactly the same time, can create very different results.

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For this one, we let in more light and shifted our family slightly to capture the gorgeous green beach grass. Do you have a favorite?

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Are you coming???

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More happy….

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Kate & James explained how their family ritual with the girls is to do a big group hug every night before bed. Isabella was very excited to show us how….adorable!!

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Just adore these sweet peeps.

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More hugs and happy faces…

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So much love!

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Running to momma for a great big hugs….(perspective one)

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(Perspective two) Look at the joy on Isabella’s gorgeous face! I can’t barely stand it!

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First we’d like to thank Jacqueline & Shaun for spreading the Bello love and having your wonderful cousin reach out to us!! It’s the best form of advertising there is for us and we just love getting to keep it in the family! Hope to see you guys, and your sweet boys again soon!! Maybe we can all get together for drinks the next time you’re all on the Cape?!!! Kate & James…thank you both so very much for welcoming us with such open arms and warm hearts! You and your girls are delightful and we had such a nice evening with you all! Hope these photos serve as happy reminders of your time here on beautiful Cape Cod! With much love, Christine & Andy xo

Annie & Brian’s Chatham Bars Inn Welcome Dinner

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It’s not unusual for us to be asked to photograph a couple’s rehearsal dinner. We love when that happens because it means having extra time with our couple, their family and friends. The more time we have with people, the more comfortable they are with us and the more relaxed they end up being when in front of our cameras….which always results in better photos!

So, when Annie & Brian wanted us to not only document their rehearsal dinner, but also the welcome dinner they were planning for everyone the night before, we were super excited. The festivities began Friday night of Memorial Day weekend, at the beautiful Chatham Bars Inn Beach House Grill, where their entire 250+ guest list was invited for a relaxed barbecue/lobster bake, with music, beach games and s’mores by the fire.

We arrived a little early to greet Annie, Brian and their parents. The happy couple wanted to thank their super supportive and incredibly loving parents with some playful gifts. Here Jill, Brian’s super fly momma, shows off her Mother Of the Groom baseball hat in Annie & Brian’s blue & yellow wedding colors.

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Love this tender moment with Annie and her super sweet dad, Jim, before guests begin arriving. Annie’s mom tragically passed away 10+ years ago, and with no siblings, she and her dad are as tight as two can be. Seeing them together in this way warms this daddy girl’s heart!

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Guests begin arriving….all smiles and ready for a full weekend of love & celebration!

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The dinner was like one big long cocktail hour, with a buffet dinner and guests mingling inside and out. Happy was definitely the theme for the evening!

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The Beach House Grill…one of the prettiest spots on the Cape to relax and really soak in everything that makes Cape Cod such a special place.

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The view…..

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The love…

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And warm embraces from dear friends…

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Brian gets a hug from family friend, Tessie, while bridesmaids extraordinaire, Garima & Zoe, ham it up for the camera! And, this was just night one with these wonderful peeps. Loved so much being a part of Annie & Brian’s amazing wedding weekend!

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Co-best man, Wes, and his gal pal…..smiles that are infectiously happy!

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Brian’s gorgeous sister, Jamie, gets a big hug and smooch from their Grandpa!

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More happy smiles from friends happy to be here.

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Good food + good music + good company = a really great night!

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A pretty dessert and an equally pretty view.

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Annie’s cousin’s girls are just delightful. They served as flower girls during for the wedding and were super happy to see the bride-to-be.

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Annie & friends get close for a selfie. I love taking photos of people taking photos.

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More photo taking…and smooching…and just plain enjoying the evening.

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Stay tuned for the Rehearsal Dinner…coming soon. In the meantime, if you like what you see, we hope you share and spread the love…maybe even leave a little in the comments for Annie & Brian!

Thank you Annie & Brian for inviting us to share in this incredible weekend of love! Thank you Jamie Bohlin of Cape Cod Celebrations for helping to make that happen and for just being so stinking good at what you do! As always, we loved working alongside you and your fabulous team! Thank you too to Kate Mann and the rest of the staff at Chatham Bars Inn for a flawless evening of fun!

Big hugs, Christine & Andy xx

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! 🙂 Big hugs and lots of love to you both! Christine & Andy xx