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 ~ Mashpee Beach Photographers

It’s hard to believe it’s been seven years since we photographed Aimee & Rick’s Ridge Club wedding. Happily, we’ve kept in touch and have been able to get them back in front of our cameras a few times over the years. One of my favorite sessions was three years ago, when I photographed them as they welcomed their baby girl, Tess, into the world.

I love me some quality baby time, so getting to photograph Tess just a few weeks after she made her way into the world was a real treat! Click HERE for a look.

I remember after our session, Aimee looked forward to the time when they’d have another baby for us to photograph. Baby number two came a little over a year and a half later. Sadly, it was to be some time before we’d get to photograph baby Brooks. He had a rough start to life, having to endure several surgeries to repair a cleft palate.

As difficult as it no doubt was for sweet little Brooks, I’m sure it was absolutely torturous for Aimee, having to watch her sweet boy be wheeled into the operating room more times than any mother should have to.

Happily, Brooks is on the mend, and although he still has more surgeries ahead of him, he is a happy, healthy, sweet, playful, delightful little boy, who is very much adored by his big sister.

We got to finally meet Brooks two weeks ago, when we got together with the whole family while they were vacationing on the Cape. Our gathering took place at The Spit, the same spot where we first photographed Aimee & Rick for their engagement session. It was a lovely full circle moment for us. Here’s a peek at our time together.

All grown up at three, Tess strikes a pose that had us in stitches…which she and her little brother seemed to enjoy. Love these little munchkins.

Brooks plays with his Dada and is all smiles…..big, beautiful, delicious smiles!

Happy, curious little Brooksy.

Andy has a way with kids that has always been something I’ve loved about him. Seeing these photos he captured while playing with Tess just about made my heart explode. Look at how enchanted she is with him….

I don’t know what he said or did to get these reactions (and there were a couple more in the series that were equally as delicious!), but I LOVE it!! And, from the looks of things, so did Tess!

A little beachside stroll with Dad….that look….too much!!!

Playful, lovely, gorgeous Tess….the way children smile lights my heart on fire!

While the kids play, mom & dad take a minute for a little snuggle time. Yaaaay for enduring bello love!

Such a sweet family…..

Be still my heart…..

I often will use reverse psychology on kids….telling them NOT to look at me or my camera when I feel like I’m losing their attention. Well, Tess LOOVED this game, and kept shouting, “IIIIIII’mmmmmm lookin’ at you!!!!” which was cracking us both up and making her baby brother wonder what the heck she was shouting about. The results….adorable! I knew those college psych classes would come in handy eventually.

After all the formal stuff was done, it was time to play in the water…and Brooks was loving it!

While the boys played in the waves, I got the girls in front of the camera for a little one-on-one time. Moms & their daughters…..one of the most complicated, intensely loving and utterly important relationships that ever existed. These photos make me miss mine and envy my sister for the two sweet daughters she has!

And, no better way to finish the evening than with a little skinny dipping. Baby bums are my fave…that and a little peek-a-boo.

And, with that, we said goodnight to this lovely family! Aimee & Rick, thank you so much for letting us be a part of documenting this next happy chapter in your life. We LOOOOVED meeting Brooks and getting to see you and Tess again! Your kids are just delightful and we’re so thrilled that Brooks is doing well and seems completely unphased by everything he’s been through in his short life. We hope these photos help celebrate this milestone for Brooks and for your whole family! He’s a resilient little trooper and we cannot wait to see him continue to blossom in the years to come!! Love you all to pieces and feel so grateful to have you all in our lives! Big hugs, Christine & Andy xoxo

Laura, Quinn, Patrick, Daniel, Thomas & Liam Osterville Family Session ~ Cape Cod Photographers

Laura & her family have been in our lives and in front of our cameras for a while now. We first met this sweet family about 5 years ago, when Laura’s little sister, Meghan married Mike at the beautiful Oyster Harbor Club in Osterville.

We got together a few years later with Laura and Meghan, and the whole family at one of their favorite beaches for a family portrait session. Click HERE for a peek at our time together. We really love when our Bello brides & grooms come back to us after marriage leads to the next happy chapter in their lives….family. Building relationships has always been a priority for us and family….well, family is what it’s all about!

Laura and her husband, Quinn, have four super sweet, crazy cute, playful, fun, funny, rambunctious though delightfully polite boys and we had such fun with them the other week, photographing and playing with them at Dowses Beach. It was a picture perfect summer night and our time together…such fun!

Our happy little clan (from left to right) Thomas, Daniel, Laura, Quinn, Liam and Patrick. Can we talk about sweet Liam and that gorgeous toothless grin?? Love this age!!

Are they cute or what?

Thomas (right) is a total ham, and unlike his twin, has his big boy front teeth and is happy to show them off. As is big brother, Daniel (left).

Happy, smiling, family…..these are the days!!!

Brothers…..so sweet!! I grew up with two sisters and though three girls was a handful….I expect Laura has her hands full with these four sweet peas!

More fabulous toothy and toothless smiles….

As I look at this next photos, I like to imagine what these sweet faces will look like all grown up, still smiling, and still tight as thieves!

Here comes trouble…

Momma Laura and her twins, and Daddy Quinn and his big boy Daniel.

The last time we photographed this family, the boys quickly fell into a pig pile while waiting for photos. Mom liked the pictures we got of that rough housing so much, we decided to try again.

Boys who play together stay together….

Oldest brother, Patrick is as handsome as he is sweet! And, love this sweet pic of Quinn and Liam snuggling.

A quick stolen moment for mom & dad, and some more playful goofing around by Thomas. This photo just screams him to me….silly, adorable, and oh so fun.

Laura & Quinn, thank you so much for reaching out to us again and inviting us back to photograph your beautiful family!! Your boys are just delightful and we loved getting to hang out with you all!! We hope you love these photos as much as we loved our time together!! Until the next time, big love & thanks!! Christine & Andy xoxo (PS…kisses to Meg, Mike and their sweet boys! And some to your mom & dad, and the rest of the gang too! Hope to see everyone again real soon!)