Jessica & Mike’s Falmouth Beach Wedding

We first met Jessica & Mike last October, when we photographed them for their engagement session. We met them at Jessica’s Uncle Dave’s beach front home in Falmouth. They wanted to show us where their ceremony would take place and it’s a spot where they spend a lot of time and love being, so it made perfect sense.

Like so many of our couples, Jessica & Mike said they were super nervous about being photographed, but as is so often the case, they handled it like champs and we all had a lot of fun!  Ironically, the weather for their engagement session was much like that of their wedding…overcast, misty and with the occasional spitting rain. Also, like their engagement session, the weather did nothing to dampen spirits or hinder the fun!! Nope…not even a little!!

We had a great time documenting all of the love & celebration for them. And, it was so nice to see some familiar, smiling faces. Also like many of our couples, Jessica & Mike found us through family & friends. Jessica’s Uncle Dave was at last summer’s Wequassett wedding of Katie & Richie’s. Dave, along with, Brooke, his rock star assistant, liked our photos so much, he decided to hire us to document his niece’s special day. Katie’s super sweet momma, Sue, also put in a good word for us….love you Sue!

As I’ve said many times before…what Andy & I love most about this work is the people and the lasting connections we’re fortunate enough to make. It’s all about the love for us! Anyway, I know you come here for the photos, so without further ado…here’s a look at some of our favorite moments from Jessica & Mike’s fabulous Falmouth wedding!

Lovely Jessica getting dressed and ready with a little help from her sweet momma, Susan.

01 bride getting ready

Mike and ring bearer extraordinaire, Patrick, getting ready for the big day.

02 groom getting ready

Mike in his beloved Firebird…at least that’s what I think it is…I do not pretend to know anything about cars.

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That moment…when you turn and see your beloved for the first time on the day you plan to commit your lives to one another. Can’t you just feel the anticipation and excitement? Love it!!!

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The look of love….

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Both Jessica & Mike got ready at Jessica’s super sweet Uncle David’s house, which is across the street from the beach where the happy couple exchanged vows. Thankfully, the rain held off for the ceremony.

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All smiles from the guys as we headed down to the beach for some photos…

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These guys were such troopers! No sooner did we get on the beach than the rain began spitting on us. That didn’t keep everyone from having some fun! You guys rock!!

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Just loved the invitations by Tag Design that Jessica & Mike picked out. Champagne, diamonds. and smiles…it’s time for a party!

04 ring & cocktails

Here comes the bride, on the arm of her big brother, Dan, who seemed to be taking his job very seriously.

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Just love this next one of Susan, being supported by her sweet brother, Uncle David, and sister-in-law, Karen, as Jessica makes her way down the aisle. Such a tender moment!!

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Time to say, “I do!” with the ceremony led by Mike’s brother and best-man, Corey.

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Such a sweet perspective as twin flower girls, Ava-Ruth & Addison watch the ceremony.

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A beautiful setting for a beautiful love story.

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Mike is absolutely smitten with Jessica….and it shows all over his handsome face.

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Hip Hip Hooray for the new Mr. & Mrs.

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A big smooch from Uncle Dave.

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Whizzing away to the roar of both the engine and cheers from family & friends.

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We took a few moments before the party began for some photos by the Falmouth Marina. Such a picturesque setting.

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In your eyes I see my past, my present…my future.

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With a kiss and a smile…let’s bask in the moment a while.

06 wedding couple at marina

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A kiss for the blushing bride.

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Some of the gorgeous reception details, including flowers by Sheryl Hoey at Floral Effects, Essentials on Main. Sheryl also did the flowers at Katie & Richie’s wedding. Click HERE for a peek. Sheryl does gorgeous work!!

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Jessica & Mike’s first dance song is one of our faves…Better Together by Jack Johnson. They highlighted that and their feelings about one another on their wedding cake. Just too sweet!!

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Jessica & Mike had a little surprise for their family & friends. As HUUUUUGE Patriots fans, Mike decided to don the shirt of his favorite quarterback as they were being introduced for their first dance. It was under his jacket and they didn’t want anyone to see before being introduced. Just love how they’re looking at each other as they’re waiting for DJ Fredo of Nelson Cruz Entertainment to call their names. So cute!

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The unveiling….which was well received by friends, family and his very happy bride.  Go Pats!

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Woooo hoooo…

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Better together…

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Love this perspective as Susan and a friend celebrate after Jessica shares a special dance with her Uncle Dave.

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Having fun on the dancefloor…

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Get it girl….

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Mike also requested the Electric Slide for his Uncle Jim, who made no haste to get down on it!

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Despite the spitting rain, Jess & Mike were open to ending their amazing Flying Bridge reception with a dramatic shot of the marina from the restaurant’s back steps. And, it’s a wrap!

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Big thanks to Brie & Tyler at the Flying Bridge for making the night go off without a hitch. Special thanks to Sue Vatalaro, Brooke Berman and Dave Howe for making it so that we could be a part of this incredible day and night! But, most especially….thank you Jessica & Mike, your warm and welcoming families & friends! Thank you for entrusting us with documenting such a special and love-filled time in your lives! We loved every minute of your incredible wedding and hope these and the other photos soon to follow serve as happy reminders for many, many years to come!

Big love & hugs, Christine & Andy

Holly & Paul’s Wychmere Wedding ~ Harwich Port Wedding Photographers

Holly & Paul’s fabulous Wychmere Beach Club wedding took place a few weekends ago, before the crazy heat wave. Instead, theirs was a quintessentially perfect Cape Cod day. Sunny, blue skies, not too hot and drrrryyyyyy, which for this sweaty gal is all I need to make for an amazing day!

Making it even more special was the fact that Holly & Paul are wonderful people and a perfect pairing!! We first met Holly eight plus years ago, at the wedding of her sister, Michelle. And, we’ve had the pleasure of seeing her a few times since for family portraits on the Cape. Paul is a bit of a newcomer to our Bello family, although he & Holly have known each other for quite some time now. You can read more about them and their road to love HERE.

And, we can get right to what folks come here for….the photos!

I am completely in LOVE with Holly’s crazy beautiful Amsale wedding gown. There are few gowns I don’t love, but hers was something I would totally love to wear and am seriously considering getting married again so I can!! The tulle and lace detailing on the front was absolutely stunning and so beautifully feminine. And, on Holly…..it was perfection!!!

Some more room details in the beautiful Wychmere suites…such great rooms to photograph in…loveeee me a white background! And, Holly’s adorable Kate Spade shoes that perfectly complimented the belt on her dress. LOVE!

I mean….come on!!!! Is she gorgeous or what? Her hair by Fisher Experience and dress gave such an Audrey Hepburn vibe to me. And, the gorgeous flowers with blush peonies (in AUGUST no less….WOW!) by the fabulous Lilac Florals were the perfect compliment.

One word…..STUNNING!

Holly’s crazy cute nieces, Mackenzie and Cameron, are regulars in front of our cameras and two of the sweetest little peanuts there ever were. Mackie was seriously busting some killer moves later in the night and having the time of her life late into the night. Such wonderful memories of their Auntie’s special day!

Adorable little flower girls…

Waiting for her dad….

John is one of the nicest guys on the planet and seeing him see his baby girl ready to marry her dream guy was just delightful…

And off to the church she goes, with her gal pals in tow. Such a fun bunch!!

Meanwhile, in another area of the resort, Paul gets ready with his mates…

Including little brother and best man extraordinaire, Tommy.

Mackie & Cammie’s little brother, Will was also in the wedding party…though he seemed more interested in his dad’s phone. Can we talk about the linen suit and the saddle shoes for just a second???? Paired with a matching Vineyard Vines tie…same as the groomsmen were wearing. It’s just too much cuteness.

The guys are ready to go….

Preparing to enter the ceremony at Our Lady of Annunciation in Dennisport. Despite Cammie & Mackie’s best efforts, they cannot convince their cousin, Kinsley, that being a flower girl is really fun..ADORABLE!

Here comes the bride…

The hand off…

Love the storytelling going on in this next one….how Holly is holding onto Paul and her sister, Michelle, and how Paul’s lovely momma, Anne Marie is wiping tears in the background. So much love & pride! Just wonderful!

Sandwiched between her grandparents, Susan & John, Mackie looks on with intense curiosity as her Auntie Holly and soon-to-be Uncle Paul say, “I do!”

The look of love…

More love & happy faces….

And with a kiss, he & she become WE….

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LOVE the happiness written all over their beautiful faces….

The timeless quality of this next lovely moment makes my heart purr.

This is why I love living and working where we do. Viva Cape Cod!!

Happy kisses…

And snuggling beneath the veil….soooo much happy!!!!!

We did it…..we’re married!!! It’s a moment that hits every couple after they say, “I do!” And, it’s one you just never forget.

A field of green beach grass + a bride & groom and their posse = Cape Cod wedding perfection

Holly & Paul sailed into their cocktail hour…talk about a grand entrance. LOOVE it!

And so did their friends & family…

Yeeeeeaaaahhhh!!!

It was a bit windy even in the harbor…..but that just meant they had to hold on tight, which is always a good thing.

Smiles and sailboats and sunny skies, oh my!

Waving to family & friends as they dock….now, let’s get this party started!

It’s been so fascinating for us to see how much things have changed in terms of the way folks photograph at weddings. When we first started you rarely saw a camera, and I suppose that’s still the case today, but now we see LOTS of phones and iPads and while it’s great that people can capture these fun moments, I love seeing people put down their phones and really being present in the moment. Just look at how different the faces are without a phone in front of them.

Blush-a-liciousness.

I think this is my favorite color palette at the moment…so stinking pretty.

Seats for the stars of the day….

Guests enjoying themselves during cocktail hour.  I just love documenting these candid moments.

More happy….

Happily ever hashtaged…

Mr. & Mrs.

Love this moment when a couple is introduced to their reception…so much fun energy, so much love & support. It’s just wonderful!

And right into their first dance…still smiling and basking in the glory of all the love & support.

More love & support, and some playful teasing came during the speeches…first up, MOH Michelle….love her!!!

Bridesmaid Emily giggles during the speeches….so cute!

Tommy’s speech was part loving tribute, part roast, and everyone ate it up….

Though none more so than big brother, Paul!

Ready to get rowdy….friends enjoying themselves on the dance floor.

And bridesmaid Catherine tore it up best with this awe-inspiring split that her friends were definitely digging….

A little Photo Booth fun….

Our newlyweds….ready to start this next happy chapter in their lives together.

Holly & Paul, thank you both so very much for inviting us to share in this wonderful day with you, your families and super sweet friends!! Getting to be there to document all of the beautiful details, the super fun celebration and most especially the inspiring love you both have for each other and those closest to you was such a treat!! We adore you and hope these photos (and the MANY more soon to follow) serve as happy reminders for many, many long, love-filled years to come!!

With big love & hugs, Christine & Andy xoxoxo

PS…We’d also like to give a special shout out to wedding planner extraordinaire Allison Liset and her incredible team (Sheri, Megan & Kim)at Elegant Engagements, who saved the day by running out to Macy’s to buy a suit for Holly’s brother Paul, because his didn’t make it. Don’t ask! You ladies rocked it and kept things running smoothly all day!! Love working with you all! xoxo