Julia & Drew’s Backyard Beach Wedding ~ Falmouth Photographers

Buckle up, because this post is going to be a good one. Just too many beautiful moments that need sharing. So, grab a drink and get ready to see some serious love, lots of happy celebration and some seriously stormy skies.

This beautiful love story focuses on Julia & Drew, an adorable couple who said, “I do!” last month on the sandy shores of Julia’s grandfather’s oceanfront home in Falmouth. We’d first come in contact with them when we photographed Jacqueline & Mitty’s wedding a few years ago. Jacqueline & Julia are cousins and Julia was one of her bridesmaids.

We were super excited when Julia reached out to us last year to photograph her wedding! We just love keeping it all in the family!

The grandfather’s home in Falmouth is very special and has served as the backdrop for lots of auspicious family occasions, and we’ve happily been invited to document a few of them.

In fact, skip back a few posts here on our blog and you’ll see our most recent family gathering at the property….the wedding of Jacqueline’s younger sister, Christina, to her super sweet beau, Jon.

We’re always looking for new ways to photograph familiar settings, so our challenge was trying to capture Julia & Drew’s special day in a way that reflected them and everything that made their beautiful day unique.

Without sounding overly confident…I think we crushed it!

I’d been feeling nervous all week leading up to the wedding…which sounds funny after 16 years of doing this, but I like to think it just means I still really care. Also, the forecast kept changing all week, going from super sunny (they were planning a beach wedding in the middle of the afternoon, so this wouldn’t have been ideal) to partly cloudy (I was feeling much more optimistic about this) to full on hurricane-like weather (EEEEK!).

But, as is so often the case, the weather gods smiled down on us and provided a picture perfect day. Julia & Drew got their beach wedding. We got just enough time for photos with family and the bridal party before the rain and wild winds blew in. And, the sky put on a performance that left guests spellbound. It was truly a magical day in every way.

There are a lot of photos to come…so without further ado, here’s a look at Julia & Drew’s magical Falmouth backyard beach wedding.

Julia & Drew didn’t want a big bridal party. Instead they choose a maid of honor and best man and that was it. I must admit, I’m partial to these smaller bridal parties. I think they make for a super calm morning of getting ready. The bride and groom really are more the center of attention…as they should be. And, with less people, there’s less potential for things to go wrong.

Julia got ready with her MOH Marisa and fellow besite, Katrina. It was a quiet, calm, lovely time and the fabulous ladies from Artworx made everyone look stunning, and seemed to have a lot of fun doing it.

Checking out the beautiful progress….isn’t she gorgeous!?!

Getting buttoned into her crazy beautiful gown. This dress could be one of my all time faves. Just loved it!! And Julia …man, did she wear it well!!

A toast with her besties and mom, Sarah, and her special Auntie. 

Putting on her shoes and a last minute dab of gloss and we’re ready to go….

Love this moment, when a father sees his daughter for the first time in her wedding gown. You can just feel the pride he feels for her. I imagine him thinking about his own wedding day, seeing his wife in his daughter’s beautiful face. I’m sure he’s also thinking about the day she was born, and now here she is all grown up. I’m sure it’s a bittersweet time for parents…seeing their baby fully leave the nest, where parents are no longer the most important people in their child’s life. And, yet, they must feel so grateful that their son or daughter found someone so wonderful with whom to share their life. There’s just sooooo much wrapped up in this one moment and I……I love it!!

Beautiful Julia.

These in between moments are some of my favorites too….they just speak to the anticipation that is the wedding day….that moment right before you walk out the room to say, “I do!” with besties at your side and your nerves fully in your throat. So awesome.

While Julia was getting ready at her grandfather’s house, Drew got ready at the Sea Crest Resort with his best man and big brother, Garrett, their dad, David, grandfather, Dick, and some other close friends. Just love this moment Andy captured of Drew putting on his tie, as his dad fixes his in the background.

Drew’s grandfather, Dick, looking pretty dapper. 

Chillaxing with friends and a cold one.

LOOOOOOVE these next two moments of Garrett and his dad and Drew looking ridiculously dapper!!

Annnnntiiiiiciiipattttionnn…is making me wait. (Can’t help but hear that 70s song in my head when I look at this photo). 

Loookin’ good, Drew!!! Way to work those chiseled features! GQ called and they want their model back. Seriously dude…didn’t you guys tell us you don’t generally like the way you look in photos? I mean….WHAT??!!

Drew’s super sweet parents, Deborah & David, head down to the ceremony…just looove the looks on their sweet faces as they see their son. Be still my heart!

And these next two…..I can barely stand how Julia & Drew are grinning from ear to ear as they see each other for the first time on their wedding day. Soooo much happiness!! It’s moments like these that I feel so grateful that Andy & I work together and can capture these moments simultaneously. 

All smiles as our beautiful bride makes her way down the aisle on the arm of her sweet dad, John.

The happy hand off…

And one last kiss on the cheek from her proud papa before she is married. Looooove the look on Julia’s face as she soaks in this moment. 

Could Drew look any happier? 

Surrounded by family & friends in a place they love so, pledging their lives to one another….it doesn’t get much better than this.

Love was everywhere…

Julia’s sweet momma, Sarah, beaming with joy for her baby girl and this lifelong love she has found.

Taking it all in…

Drew’s parents enjoy every love-filled second. 

With these rings…

I thee wed…

Hand in hand and with a kiss, we seal these vows. 

Just love the look on Julia’s dad’s face as the newly married couple makes their way down the aisle.

The new Mr. & Mrs.

Our wish for you is that every moment of your married life feels just like these…full of joy and unbridled happiness, laced with romance and a boundless love.

By your side is where I always want to be.

May this always be your happy place, full of the memories of this glorious day. 

Your lips taste of the promise of a happy ever after. 

B . E . A . U . T . I . E . S . 

Julia & Drew, these are the days you’ll remember.

Hand-in-hand + side-by-side = where I always want to be.

Wooo hooooo!

A tender kiss and dramatic skies.

An electric kind of love!! Yes, that’s lightening!

The wind really starting kicking up towards the end of our time with Julia & Drew….this fun moment as Drew’s tie flew into Julia’s face made us all giggle. 

I mean…..does it get more dramatic than this setting?

Leaning in…

Friends and family gathered outside the tent during cocktail hour to watch the rapidly changing sky. We could almost see the sheets of rain off in the distance traveling across the land. 

Having fun in the wind with her besties.

Warm winds and even warmer embraces.

Love was most definitely in the air….awww “shucks.”

Some delicious treats from the fabulous Casual Gourmet

Hanging with her cousins, who were admiring her ring. So cute. (left to right: Leah, Jac, Julia & Christina)

The Sperry tent was beautifully decorated by the uber talented Courtney Iris Barnes of Courtney’s Floral Creations and everything came together under the beautiful care and guidance of Megan & Sara of Elegant Engagements

Even the bees loved it…

A cake covered in garden roses…swoon and sprigs of rosemary for the head table.

Having fun with their first dance.

Soaking in all the love family & friends during the toasts. 

Just love the way Marisa is looking at her best friend as she watches her soak in all the loving words. This is what true friendship looks like. 

John’s toast was full of pride for his baby girl….#daddysgirl. 

Andy & I love watching for awesome expressions from guests during the toasts, and this crowd did not disappoint.

Cheers!!

A big hug for big brother.

A perfect sunset to cap off a perfect day…

Taaaa daaa!

Getting down on it…

Heee haw…

More dance floor fun. 

The Sultans of Swing had everyone going crazy on the dance floor. Love these guys!

Get it girl!!!

May your love burn bright as bright as it did on this beautiful day and may it last as long as the stars in the night sky. 

Julia & Drew, thank you both so much for inviting us to share in your beautiful wedding. We loved being there to capture every beautiful moment and we hope these photos serve as happy reminders of your special day for many happy years to come! Big hugs, Christine & Andy

Lauren, Garrison and Family ~ Chatham Family Photographer

Today is my sister’s birthday. And even all these many years later, I can still remember the day my parents brought her home from the hospital. I was outside on our front steps to greet them and my mom let me hold her. I had to sit down first and when they put her in my arms and I looked into her eyes, she felt like a gift for me. My own real, live baby doll.

Perhaps the reason I have this strong memory is because there were photos to support it. Pictures of me, with my curly brown hair in a barrette, my 70s striped red t-shirt and shorts, smiling broadly with baby Kimmy all wrapped in a light cotton cloth, cuddled in my arms, there on our front steps.

Photographs have a way of not only preserving our memories, but giving them life….from those big life moments, where a family grows through marriage or birth, to those seemingly little ones, those in-between moments of happy family togetherness. Getting to preserve these moments for people we adore has become a real labor of love for Andy & me. We hope that each pretty picture we capture will keep memories alive for the families who invite us into their homes and lives, and ask that we document their togetherness.

While our family sessions often include poses/set ups that meet the principals of sound photography…..really, the photos that move us are the ones where we give our subjects room to roam, so that the REAL them shines through. These allow for those priceless moments in between.

A couple of weeks ago, we got together with Lauren & Garrison, one of our wedding couples from 12 years ago. We’ve photographed them and their growing family every few years and sometimes Lauren’s parents and brother join us, and each time, we see some new memories being made for this wonderful family. And always, it is our pleasure to help preserve those memories.

Here’s a look at some of our most recent together time with these wonderful people, including Lauren’s niece, Chaia, and her cousins/Lauren’s sweet babes: Oliver and Julia.

Lauren is great about providing simple, fun activities for the kids to relax and enjoy themselves….and not think so much about being photographed. This year it was hoolah hoops and bubbles. So fun!!

The last time we saw Oliver he was still in diapers. He had no memory of us and upon entering the back yard of Lauren’s dad’s house, announced that he was feeling too nervous to be photographed. So, we just let him play with bubbles, encouraging to see how big he could get them….and not-so-slowly, he came bursting out of his shell, and quickly stole my heart.

Lauren’s lovely mom, Linda, joined us for a family session this year. It was the first time we’d seen her since the wedding and it was such a sweet reunion for us!! Just love this family….and what’s better than a little Meme’ time? Maybe a cousin’s cuddle?

I’m not sure where the idea for doing a super serious photo came from for these munchkins…but watching them try to get here was sooooo fun!!!

And involved a LOT more moments like this next one…..such happy, shining people!! Love these guys!

Sweet Julia is such a love! She is such a happy, joyful little spirit, who was so excited about being photographed….which, of course, is EXACTLY how we photographers like it. So, when she asked, ” Can you take a photo of me with this flower in my hair?” we happily complied. Her smile was so full of excitement and just lights up my heart….as do the smiles of her happy wee family. Love these people!

The gang’s all here….(from left to right) Julia, Lauren, Garrison and Oliver, with Lauren’s mom, Linda, and big brother, Adam, with his sweet baby girl, Chaia. Such good, warm, loving, kind, fun, funny, all around awesome people! Right here are seven solid reasons why we love photographing families.

Adam and his baby girl….Chaia. She is such a sweet, soulful girl. I wanted to put her in my pocket and keep her close. She’s like a warm, loving beam of light.

The look of love…and the bond of an awesome Dad and his baby girl.

After a bit of time at the house with everyone, we took Lauren, Garrison and the kids to a nearby beach for some quality Cape Cod time….where they played and laughed and hunted for hermit crabs.

Family….the cornerstone for every good thing in life.

All of our time with these awesome people has created a bond that runs deep and feels a lot like  F . A . M . I . L . Y .

Hermit crabs and soft shell crabs….checking out the gifts of the sea with momma.

These two peanuts make my heart smile…BIG!

As do these two sweet peanuts….(not much has changed, guys, since we first photographed you two twelve years ago!!)

Growing up sooooo fast. I remember when sweet Julia was just a baby…and here she is looking so grown up, confident, and full of beauty (inside and out) and her baby brother….I could just eat him up!! When Andy & I were getting ready to leave after the session, we were in the driveway saying goodbye and he gave me a great big hug, looked up at me with those big, beautiful eyes and puckered up for a kiss…but then seemed to have a second thought, like, “wait, I only just met her.” Before he could change his mind, I hugged him tight and kissed his sweet cheeks off, seemingly much to the delight of my sweet new friend. Getting to make connections like the ones we’ve made with these awesome little people is a gift I never imagined when Andy & I first decided to start Bello. We don’t have kids of our own, so getting to spend the quality time we do with these awesome families is just so incredibly rewarding and such a huge blessing, for which I am so, so grateful!

Here’s some of those in between moments that I love so….

…where siblings strengthen their bonds and create moments of togetherness….

…that we hope get woven into their collective memories of a life well lived, a charmed childhood and magical summers spent on Cape Cod’s sandy shores.

Lauren & Garrison…..we can’t thank you enough for inviting us back into your family’s fold, sharing with us your time to play and enjoy each other, and allowing us to preserve these precious, fleeting moments of childhood. We adore you both and are crazy about your wonderful kids! Spending time with all of you really does feel like spending time with our extended family. We hope you love these photos as much as we love all of you, and we look forward to the next time we all see each other! With big love & hugs, Christine & Andy xoxo

Katie & Richie’s Wequassett Wedding ~ Cape Cod Photographers

wequassett resort bride & groom

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.

bride getting dressed, monique lhuillier wedding dress

Is she gorgeous or what? Hair by the talented Rob Martelli of Avanti Salon and make up by Karen Colon.

beautiful bride

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.

bride with flower girl

Sweet sisters…..so much beauty inside & out!

bride & bridesmaids, sisters

Meanwhile, in another room at Wequassett, Richie got ready with his buds. Love this quiet moment before the happy chaos begins….

groom getting ready

Putting on their ties…

groomsmen getting ready

Getting a little help pinning on his boutonnière by big brother and best man, Mike, while their handsome papa, Mike looks on.

groom boutonniere

Friends and family arrive for the ceremony….let the love shine bright!

guests arrive to cape cod wedding ceremony

Richie and his bestie get ready to head down the aisle….love these big beautiful smiles! So much happiness at this wedding!

groomsmen

Ready to make his favorite girl his wife, Richie makes his way to the altar…..

groom outdoor wedding

Kerry takes her job as flower girl very seriously….scattering petals and looking very much a princess. So beautiful!

adorable flower girl

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…

here comes the bride

One of my favorite moments of the day…the hand off, where the happiness is just contagious!

father hands off bride

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!!!

emotional wedding ceremony, groom tears up

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.

parents of bride react during wedding

Happy. Happy…and more happy!

wequassett outdoor wedding

With a kiss and a smile…it’s official!

 wedding kiss

Wooo hooo!! Yaaay for love!!!

bride & groom walk down aisle

After the ceremony ends and their bridal party and guests begin to leave, Katie & Richie steal another kiss…so stinkin’ cute!

happy kiss after wedding ceremony

Richie’s parents & grandmother leave the ceremony, with Katie’s Godparents behind. So much joy.

wequassett wedding ceremony

Katie gets a big hug from her momma…

bride & mom hug

Richie & his BIL, Billy, share a big brotherly hug.

groom & brother hug

Celebrating with flower petals….wooo hoooo!

flower girl tosses petals

Kerryn watching as Katie & her bridesmaids get their photo taken….would love to know what was going through her mind in this moment.

flower girl watches bride

The happy couple….

wequassett bride & groom

Another stolen moment….

wequassett wedding bride & groom kiss

These two love so big & so hard. It’s beautiful to behold.

 wequassett wedding

Sunset and big smiles…

bride & groom on wequassett dock

sexy kisses for the new mr. & mrs.

bride & groom on wequassett dock

Beautiful blushing bride & blush bouquets…
wequassett wedding, essentials on main flowers

Heading to cocktail hour….love the train on her gorgeous gown!

wequassett wedding couple walks on lawn

Katie’s dad, Butch having fun with some friends during cocktail hour.

cocktail hour wequassett

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.

wequassett wedding, essentials on main flowers

gold & blush wedding colors

As a picture-perfect late summer day came to a close, the party was just beginning to heat up.

wequassett wedding sunset

Introducing the new Mr. & Mrs…..wooo hoo!

bride & groom enter reception

Their first dance was full of smiles and singing to one another. Love these two!!

wequassett wedding first dance

And, sealed with a kiss.

bride & groom first dance

Lauren & Kristen’s MOH speech (with an impromptu rap) had everyone in stitches! Good job ladies!

sisters' toast wequassett wedding

Katie & Richie’s moms react to the speeches….priceless!

parents react to speeches, wequassett resort

Kaite & Richie react too….hysterical!

bride & groom react to wequassett speeches

Our former bello bride Kerri…love her!

wequassett wedding reception

During their mother/son dance, Richie was all smiles (and a few happy tears). Just the sweetest!!!!

groom & mother dance, wequassett

A perfect day ends with a perfect night!

wequassett wedding reception

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