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

Jessica & Mike’s Falmouth Engagement Session ~ Falmouth Wedding Photographers

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Jessica & Mike met in high school, working at a local restaurant after school. Mike was a senior and Jess was a junior at a nearby high school. The two became fast friends at work, but didn’t start dating until the following year, when Mike headed to college, and the pair has been inseparable ever since.

Now, ten years later and they are planning their Cape Cod wedding for next summer.

“I think we always knew we were always going to make it to marriage and now we are just happy to start our lives together as husband and wife,” they told us.

We first met Jess & Mike a couple of weeks ago in Falmouth. Jessica had been referred to us by a friend of Katie, one of our brides from last summer. Both Katie and her awesome friend, Brooke (love ya Brooke) work for Jessica’s Uncle. And, it was at his house that we met Jessica & Mike. It is always where they will hold their wedding ceremony next summer. Jess & Mike often come to the Cape and stay with family and thought it would be the perfect setting for their engagement session. We couldn’t agree more.

Mother Nature, however, had other ideas and was not playing as nice as she could have been. It was a rather foggy, humid, windy, day…not the best conditions, but we all had fun together despite.

Here are a few of our favorite moments from our time with this sweet couple and their equally sweet fur babies.

Super cute Gunther and his older sis, Mia. Such handsome doggies! Having rescued our own fur baby nearly two years ago, we hold a very special affection for rescue dogs and their owners.

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Happy faces as we try to get the kids to smile for the camera….

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A walk on their favorite beach and a little lovin….does the heart good.

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Happiness is….moments like these, when you’re with the person and poochies you love most.

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Gunther walks much like our Faithy does…at the very end of his leash. Love it!

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After some fun with the doggies, we put them away for a little alone time with our smitten couple. Are they cute or what?

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Too cute!!

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Love the photo of Jess on the right….I feel like her beautiful smile is really radiating from within!

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Mike is crazy about cars…perhaps as crazy for cars as he is for Jessica. So, he asked us if we’d mind taking a couple of photos with his hot rod. Sure…we can do that. Gotta say the foggy day made for some great car lighting!

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A man, his honey and his sweet ride. Mike’s face says it all….

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Love, and kisses and happy soon-to-be-Missus.

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A fun perspective on our lovely couple…

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Such sweetness..

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Jessica & Mike, it was so awesome meeting you both and your cute pooches. Thank you so much for going outside your comfort zone and doing the session with us, particularly since we know the weather wasn’t what we’d all hoped for. Thank you too for choosing us to document this exciting time in your lives. We’re looking forward to meeting your families and friends and being there to document all of the love & joyful celebration that is sure to surround you at your wedding! Until then, we hope you enjoy these photos as much as we enjoyed spending the afternoon/evening with you both! Big hugs, Christine & Andy xo

Rashah & Evan’s Skaket Beach Wedding ~ Orleans Photographers

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Getting to photograph the super sweet and wonderfully intimate Skaket Beach wedding of Rashah & Evan last month was like coming full circle for Andy & me.

Evan is the brother of Dianna, whose wedding we photographed more than 13 years ago…say what?!!!! Seriously, where did the time go?!  Back then, Andy & I were very green as wedding photographers, still shooting film, with just a few weddings under our belts and Dianna & her now husband, David, took a chance on us with their big fat Greek wedding.

We had so much fun together and captured some wonderful moments, but with them living in Virginia and their wedding having taken place in Boston, over the years we’d just lost touch. So, it was such a happy surprise when we got an email from Rashah, all the way from Singapore, and she mentioned that her fiancé, Evan, was Dianna’s sister.

Evan, Dianna, Rashah, Singapore, Cape Cod wedding…..I’ll admit, it took me a few minutes for things to click and me to make the connection, but I eventually got there and happily Evan & Rashah decided to hire us as their photographers. 

They said, “I do!” surrounded by family & closest friends at Skaket Beach in Orleans, just as the sun reached the edge of the horizon. It was a foggy September evening and the air was thick with love…just how we like it!

Here’s a few of our favorite moments from our reunion….and their beautiful oceanside wedding.

Beautiful Rashah and her super sexy wedding dress. Hummuna hummuna!

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I had so much fun photographing this lovely woman! We had some extra time before we needed to go meet Evan, so I suggested doing a few boudoir type photos and Rashah was totally up for it. We had such fun and got some amazing photos…sorry, but those are for Evan’s eyes only. (Something to think about for brides who would like a couple of pretty/sexy pics of themselves on their wedding day….budget the time!!!)

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Love these two images….Evan’s face as he sees Rashah in her wedding dress for the first time…such happiness!! And Rashah’s proud-as-a-peacock spin as she shows her husband-to-be her sexy wedding day look. Such fun!

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Beautiful, happy, lovely people….really enjoyed spending the day with these two!!

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We left the Ocean Edge Resort, where Rashah & Evan were staying and headed to Crosby Landing Beach to meet family & friends for some photos. But, first a little one-on-one time with our happy couple, who waves to family as they arrive…

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During family portraits, flower girls extraordinaire, Olivia and Marina, pose for a quick photo with the blushing bride. Olivia is Dianna’s youngest daughter and Marina is the youngest daughter of Evan’s other sister, Melaina. Love the candid capture of Evan helping Rashah across a rising tidal pool.

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After family photos, we headed to Skaket Beach for the ceremony, but had to wait for another wedding that was finishing up there, so we took a little detour and went to Nauset Beach for some more alone time with our sweet couple.

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Then off to get married….

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Love this photo of Rashah & Evan enjoying the ride and a glass of bubbly…

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Rashah’s very dear friends, Romel & Donna, escorted her down the beachy aisle. Happy faces all around….

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Even from our flower girls, who seemed completely enamored by their beautiful new auntie. A special shout out to David and gang for moving like a Nascar pit crew to get the beach set up for the wedding before the fog chocked out all the light. You guys rocked!

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Olivia making her way to her beautiful momma and adoring uncle. Good job sunshine!!!

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Like her cousin, Marina took her job of scattering petals very seriously….one step at a time. Precious!!

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And then it was time…..Evan’s face says it all! And Rashah’s….happy, happy, happy!!!

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Surrounded in an intimate semi-circle of family & friends, Evan & Rashah commit their hearts and future to one another, and were met with approving smiles all around!

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Melaina’s middle son, and Oliva’s twin brother, Seve, was the perfect ring bearer.

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Evan’s face says he was very, very happy to be putting a ring on it!!

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And with a kiss, our new Mr. & Mrs. were met with cheers and happy applause….so lovely!

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Hugs and happy smiles. This is love!

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Oh, how the love did shine as the sun’s light was nearly gone…sparkle, glitter and love…oh, my!

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Rashah & Evan….thank you so much for allowing us to not only document your incredible, love-filled, wonderful, happy, abundantly joyful wedding day, but for also setting the stage for a much welcomed reunion with your beautiful family! Dianna & David, it was so great seeing you both again and meeting your sweet boos. You too Melaina & John. And, Dorothy & Athan, so great to see you both looking so well and enjoying the fruits of the amazing family you created! We really loved being a part of this wonderful day and hope these photos serve as wonderful reminders for many happy years to come! Rashah & David, please let us know when you guys come back stateside and let’s all stay better connected this time around!

With big hugs & much love, Christine & Andy