Christina & Jon’s Falmouth Wedding ~ Cape Cod Photographers

The Falmouth wedding of Christina & Jon was pretty much a fairytale in every way! Princess Christina & Prince Jon are just the kindest, most lovely, warm, wonderful people one could ever hope to meet…they’re not really royalty, in case that wasn’t obvious, but they do have everything going for them that a Disney prince & princess do…all that AND a bag of chips!

We were lucky enough to be a part of their wedding rehearsal dinner the night before their wedding, so we got to meet a lot of their closest peeps. You can catch a glimpse into those fun festivities HERE.

But, their wedding was definitely the pièce de résistance of the weekend as about 170 friends and family members gathered to celebrate these two special people.

Their beautiful ceremony was held at St. Elizabeth Seton Church in North Falmouth and was led by Deacon Peter Guresh.  Their reception followed at the family’s ocean front home in North Falmouth, under a gorgeous sailcloth tent by Sperry Tent, with crazy beautiful flowers by the ridiculously talented Courtney Iris Barnes of Courtney’s Floral Creations. Catering was provided by the fabulous Olive Chase at The Casual Gourmet, and music by the high-energy, super fun Boston band, Hi-Fi, with all of the details of the weekend coming together seamlessly thanks to the care and creativity of the dynamic duo Megan & Sarah from Elegant Engagements.

Christina’s drop-dead gorgeous Reem Acra dress was definitely fit for a princess.

Just love how their stunning wedding invitations by Elise Cherney of No Regrets in Newtonville were a subtle nod to Christina’s dress.

Getting into her dress with a little help from her beautiful momma, Elissa. Just love her boho chic ponytail by Erik Howard of Will Charles Salon.

Mom getting a good look and clearly liking what she sees! Who could blame her!

Christina’s super sweet dad, Dennis, getting his first glimpse. Just love their reactions!

Bridemaids and cousins, Julia (left) and Leah putting on their finishing touches.

Stunning….

Meanwhile at the Sea Crest Hotel, Jon and his besties get ready for the big day.

Henry puts on his bow tie, as Jon and his other groomsmen get ready. Such a nice group of guys, which is no surprise given how lovely Jon is.

Looking good, Jon!!! You too Max!

What did we ever do to entertain ourselves before smart phones? I have no idea what the guys were watching, but it looks like it was good stuff.

A toast with your best mates…what could be better?

Jon & Christina opted for a first look, which meant meeting back at Christina’s grandfather’s house for photos….loved having all the time we had with these guys before the ceremony & reception began.

With everyone else away for a bit, Jon waits for Christina to make her way to him for their first look. I just love his face and how he’s biting his tongue, no doubt to hold back the happy tears. Such a tender heart!

The look of love….

And an embrace that speaks volumes!! Just love these two!

Oh Jon…..you are the sweetest!

With you by my side….everything is possible.

After a few minutes with our happy couple, we invited family to join us for some photos. Just love this candid moment featuring Jon’s crazy sweet momma, Karen, and dad, Tom.

Fun times with best friends….(PS…If you’re a frequent visitor to our blog…AND have a killer memory…you may recognize Christina’s totally awesome sister & MOH, Jac (right). We photographed her amazeballs wedding four years ago.)

In addition to her sis, Christina’s bridal party included all cousins. For Jon, it was his closest friends and big brother, Brendan, was BM. Such an awesome group!! We had so much fun with these guys!

We had so much fun with these guys!

This next one reminds me of something out of one of those thick coffee table fashion photography books. I just love those in between moments in life…when folks aren’t aware of our cameras and everything just falls into place in such a beautiful, real way! (PS…Keep an eye out for Christina’s cousin, Julia, holding her dress, we photographed her wedding a few weeks after this one and will be highlighting that soon on our blog!)

Quiet moments with our princess and prince.

We’re goinnnnng to the chapellll and we’re gonnnnnaaa get maaaaaarried. Waving by to family as they head to the limo.

And, here we go….

 

Friends arrive at St. Elizabeth Seton for the ceremony…excited to see these two awesome people say, “I do!” Heeeey, Marissa!!

That moment, when you feel all the feels and realize this man you’ve loved forever is about to lead you down the aisle to meet the new, most important man in your life. So much love & gratitude…for showing you what a real man looks like and for loving you without limits. Just the best!!!

Here comes the bride….Jon can barely contain himself, and Christina’s little shoulder scrunch as she feels all eyes on her! AHHHH, these two….just the sweetest!!!

Love the look Elissa gives Dennis after he takes his seat. Proud parents…so sweet!

Sharing words of wisdom, guidance and love, Deacon Guresh speaks to Christina & Jon.

Here we go….the “I do!” part. You think they’re happy?

With this ring….I thee wed.

Wooooooo hoooooo!!!

The new Mr. & Mrs.!!!

Family celebrate with hugs outside the church, including Jon’s dad & brother. So sweet!

Our happy couple boarded a trolley with family & bridal party and off they went, first bidding farewell to guests still outside the church.

Love these quiet moments on the trolley, when couples have a chance to soak in what just happened.

A few quick beach portraits with our newly married Mr. & Mrs.

A perfect summer night + a sailboat + a kiss from your forever person + a day to remember = one hell of a fairytale!

Practicing their first dance moves on the jetty…be still my heart!

Here in your arms is where I always want to be…

Love. Love. Beautiful Love!

Pretty in pink…just love the way the tent came together with all the stunning details.

And touches of gold.

Elissa and friends enjoying cocktail hour.

Friends of C&J gather for a photo.

Cousin Ashley enjoying cocktail hour conversation…so cute!

Their first dance as a married couple…

The reaction from family & friends was one of rousing approval.

Brendan’s toast could be my all time favorite best man toast ever! He crushed it!! It was sweet and sentimental, full of love & pride for his baby brother and it was also brilliant and hysterically funny.

Reacting to loving words directed at her new husband.

I felt for Jac, having to follow Brendan, but she too nailed it and gave her sissie all the feels!

So much love between these two sweet sisters. Just love them and feel so grateful to have shared such special days with them both!!

When you get a killer sunset, you gotta interrupt dinner for a few quick photos. Baaaaam!!!

Dancing with his beautiful momma…can’t you feel the joy?

Guests getting down on it…

Get it Matty….the love was contagious.

Auntie Sarah busting some serious moves…you go girl!

More fun dance floor antics.

A perfect ending to a perfect day!

Thank you to everyone who made this day so special for our happy couple. Heartfelt thanks to Elissa & Dennis, for once again sharing such an important family milestone with us and entrusting us to document these precious family memories!! Christina & Jon….you two are just delightful in every way and we feel so honored to have shared in this amazing day with you both!! Thank you for welcoming us with such open arms and open hearts and reminding us why we love what we do!! We hope these photos bring you as much joy as being a part of your wedding brought us! The rest of the photos will go online very soon…so stay tuned. Until then, we send you both big love & hugs,

Christine & Andy xoxo

Christina & Jon’s Cape Club Rehearsal Dinner ~ Falmouth Photographers

We first met Christina four years ago, when we photographed the super fabulous wedding of her awesome sister, Jacqueline. I remember thinking then that I reeealllly hoped baby sis might one day reach out to us when she found the person she wanted to marry, A) because she’s drop dead gorgeous and the camera loves her,  B) she is possibly the sweetest person on the planet, and C) it would mean getting to spend more time with Jac & Mitty, whom Andy & I adore!

So, we were over the moon excited when Christina did reach out to us last year to say she’d found the man of her dreams…Jon…who, by the way, is a total dream boat and we happened to have their date still open! Wooooooooo hooooooooo!

We finally got together with Christina & Jon just before Memorial Day weekend and, as expected, were instantly smitten with these two lovebirds…they’re just an awesome couple. We already knew Christina was sweet and engaging, kind and soft spoken. And, Jon, as it turns out, is her perfect complement. Like Christina, he is super sweet, warm and engaging. He’s also the kind of person who makes you feel like he’s really interested in what you have to say. They are people you just want to have around because being around them leaves you feeling really good.

When they left, Andy & I looked at each other and said, “This is going to be a fun wedding!”

Like her big sis, Christina’s wedding reception was also at her grandfather’s ocean-front home in Falmouth. It’s a beautiful property and has served as the backdrop for lots of happy family memory making.

We were also invited to document the rehearsal dinner the night before the wedding. We love being asked to do this as it gives us a few hours to get to know those closest to our couples. Happily, we already knew the immediate family and instantly recognized a lot of familiar faces on Christina’s side. And, as expected, Jon’s family was as warm and welcoming as one could ever hope to meet.

The rehearsal dinner was held at The Cape Club in Falmouth. Flooded with afternoon light, it was the perfect setting for these two fireflies.

Here’s a look at some of the highlights from their evening of pre-wedding fun…

Christina’s mom helped pick some of the hydrangea from her garden for the super sweet centerpieces…awesome job Elissa!

Tables set and ready for friends and family to gather round.

Christina & Jon arrived a bit early after their rehearsal, which gave us a few minutes for some photos. Yaay!

Are they adorable or what?

This next photo personifies Christina for me…arms open wide, face fully lit as she greets family arriving for the evening party. And, Jon, in the background, completely enamored with his soon-to-be bride. Just love these two!

Hugs for special cousins…

Heading in for the party….

Like Christina, Jon is an arms-wide-open king of guy. And, the expression on this friend’s face pretty much sums up how anyone who knows Jon feels about him.

Friend and groomsman, Max, chilling out on The Cape Club’s deck as cocktail hour begins.

Big smiles & happy greetings as more friends arrive.

Jon’s parents’ welcome toast was full of love and warm affection for the happy couple. Jon’s mom, Karen, was wearing a beautiful grin all weekend. And, Jon’s dad, Tom, looked proud as punch. Just the sweetest people.

Friends look on during toasts, including groomsman Matt.

Hugs for her sweet cousins, Laura & Julia, after their loving toast. We actually photographed Julia’s wedding a couple of weeks ago and will be sharing some images from that epic event soon too! Just love this big, warm, loving family!

Christina’s cousin, Lauren, shares words of love & appreciation for the happy couple, as Christina’s big sis, Jac, looks on with her hubs, Mitty. More BelloPhoto alum.

What’s not to love about these two??? Nada!

Oh how this one tugs at my heartstrings….just love the warm embrace Christina & cousin, Ashley, share after Ashley’s love-filled toast.

Taking in more love & goodness from Christina’s uncle….

As if the heavens were giving their stamp of approval to these two, their evening was capped with the perfect sunset.

Big kudos to Megan & Sarah of Elegant Engagements for helping to put together a killer weekend! Just love working with these lovely ladies. Thank you too to Wendy & the staff at The Cape Club for just being a total joy to work with and for taking such good care of us! You guys rock! Christina & Jon….what can we say? We just adore you two and feel so honored to have been a part of your incredible wedding weekend!! Thank you both from the bottom of our hearts for welcoming us with such warm, open hearts! And, to your friends and families….you all made the weekend so fun for us. Thank you all for your love & cooperation! Cannot wait to share the wedding photos with you all soon! Stay tuned and big love, C&A xx

Annie & Brian’s Chatham Bars Inn Wedding

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Have you ever met two people and instantly thought…these two are perfect for each other? Well, that’s what ran through my mind the first time we met Annie & Brian, and then again, this spring when we got together with them for their engagement session (totally slacked on that post, but I’ll try and post those photos this winter when we’re a bit less busy).

Like Andy & me, three years separate Annie & Brian, with Annie being the more senior in the couple…also like Andy & me. They are both super smart, super sweet, genuine, kind, warm, thoughtful, sincere, caring people. Their senses of humor mesh, their interests mesh, their families and friends mesh. They’re just really good together and seem to bring out the best in one another.

Annie & Brian first met when Annie was working for McKinsey in NYC. Brian had an appointment for his second interview and one of the people sitting across the table from him was Annie. “I felt like I got the type of she was right away,” he told us. “Anyway, we ended up having to interact a bunch of times throughout the interview process and Annie and I, I thought, had started to become friends.”

If you ask Annie, her story varies slightly….which is also kind of how these two operate, and it’s adorable! According to Annie she was the consultant assigned to “convince Brian to join the firm.” So, the weekly calls were more of an obligation than a personal interest…or so she says. “(As a consultant) we usually call and every week the person has various questions about the company or the work or whatever, but the funny thing about Brian, which I found royally irritating at the time, was that he never had any questions. He just kind of wanted to chat,” Annie said.

Annie is the kind of person who really extends herself to people…she asks questions and engages and if you’ve met her more than once, you might find yourself invited out for a drink. to some thing or another that she’s hosting or going to. That’s how it was with Brian. After he accepted the job at McKinley, she casually, and without ever thinking he’d actually come, invited him to her birthday party. “I was 500% sure he would not come…I was just trying to be nice,” she said. But, he did come, much to the delight of Annie’s friends, who thought it was hysterical that “a college kid” who she’d basically recruited showed up at her birthday party. “This sparks the world’s longest facebook message thread and we see each other a handful of times over the next couple of months,” added Brian.

And, well….the rest is history, as they say. A friendship blossomed and soon they both realized that they liked each other more than just as friends. And, on Memorial Day weekend, these two lovely people, surrounded by 250 friends and family…these two seriously have a lot of really cool friends!….pledged their lives and hearts to one another in one of the sweetest ceremonies we’ve seen. I’ll admit to having welled up more than once….note above photo!

I could go on and on about these two, but I know you come here for the photos, so here they are….

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Annie got ready at the Harwich home she grew up coming to every summer. Sadly, it’s been 10 years since, Annie’s mom passed away, but she and her dad still love coming to the house, which is filled with happy memories and lots of her mom’s touches. I just loved the narrow hallway leading up to Annie’s childhood bedroom. The vintage wallpaper and detailed woodwork added the perfect charm for a photo of her stunning wedding dress.

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Annie’s super sweet dad, Jim, painstakingly made Mickey Mouse shaped blueberry and chocolate chip (Annie’s favorite) pancakes for Annie & her friends amid all the getting ready chaos. It was something he often did for them when they were little and you could just see how proud he was to be making them again on this very special day. Couldn’t you just hug him?

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Annie’s bridesmaids, Zoe & Caitlin getting their dos on thanks to Jackie Norie & her fabulous staff at Wedding Tresses.

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When her hair & make up was done, Annie gave her dad a very special gift….a frame she made using photos of her & him throughout her life, along with a sweet embroidery message of love for him. He’s generally a pretty together guy, but his reaction to this sweet gift was…..priceless!

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Look at his face!!! Love him!

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Annie & her gal pals, including co-MOH, Molly, take a minute to soak in the moment and enjoy some champagne before getting dressed. These girls were soooo much fun to be around!

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When a bride is getting dressed it can be a time of mixed feelings…she’s excited for sure, but sometimes the zipper doesn’t go up with ease, or the nerves start to kick in and you can read it all over their face. But, not Annie….love her!

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Meanwhile, across town at the Chatham Bars Inn, Brian and his besties hang out on the roof deck and enjoy the cool, crisp, perfectly sunny day.

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Some wedding day details and some obligatory ironing by co-BM, Wes.

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Groomsman Steve’s turn at the iron…

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The happy feelings were contagious!

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More happy faces on groomsmen Charlie & Lee as they chat with Brian’s super sweet dad, Kevin. Can we talk about that view?! Oh, and the ceremony took place down on the lawn there behind them, with the crazy fun party continuing behind them in the brand new and stunning Sperry Tent.

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Time to get dressed…

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with a little help from his friends….

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Annie & Brian opted to see each other before their ceremony….to have a “first look” and then meet family & bridal party for some photos, so they could enjoy their cocktail hour (and a half…..love a long cocktail hour! Lots of time for great candids!) We discussed a couple of different options for their first look and Annie & Brian settled on Schoolhouse Ice Cream, which is just down the road from her dad’s house, and turned out to be a super cute backdrop for these two sweeties!

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Yummy…

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Annie & Brian love coming to this place so much that they ordered a ton of their favorite flavors for guests to enjoy at their wedding. But, they couldn’t wait and decided to enjoy a little themselves…pre-wedding. I’ll admit, I didn’t see this coming, but just LOVED that they took that time to really savor the moment (pun intended!)

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These two….couldn’t you just eat them up! (Love this fun perspective through the porch railing that Andy got!)

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…..I couldn’t resist taking advantage of the fun sign. Oh well guys….secret’s out about your little early dessert rendezvous.

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Happiness is….sharing ice cream with your favorite person, at your favorite place on what will likely become one of your favorite days.

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Off to CBI we went for some beachy fun. Poor Annie gets cold reeeeeally easily. And, I’ll admit, it was unseasonably cold on Memorial Day weekend, when they got married. But, Annie is a trooper and all I see is hot….

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Get it girl….

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These two are so naturally easy together….

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,…and so so smitten with one another. It’s wonderful to see.

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Carrying his chilled soon-to-be Mrs. for some extra body heat. And to protect those killer shoes!!

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Mwwwwahhhh!

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One big happy family (Brian’s youngest sister, Megan, Annie’s dad’s partner-Ginger, Jim, Annie, Brian, his dad-Kevin and mom-Jill and big sister-Jamie.

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Flower girls extraordinaire-Avery & Laney and ring bearer and Jr. Bridesmaid: James and Sydney. Stop with the cuteness…I can’t!!

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Annie signing the Ketubah…I don’t know why I love this photo so much…the veil is just so classically AMAZING! It doesn’t hurt that Brian is looking on with such love and pride!! Annie converted prior to the wedding.

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It’s official….the new Mr. & Mrs. seal it with a kiss.

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My favorite part of the ceremony was when Brian made his way down the aisle, flanked by his wonderfully supportive parents. The emotion of the moment just overcame him and I just love EVERYTHING about this next photo. I remember welling up and simultaneously smiling soooo big when I took it! Just look at how Jill & Kevin are looking at him, completely enamored and thrilled that their sweet boy is so happy! It’s what I imagine every parent wants for their child…for them to find a love this big! Just beautiful!

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Annie’s turn…

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Brian continued to struggle to hold it together…

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LOVE this!!!

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Annie…beaming.

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So much love & joy….

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Yellow is Annie’s favorite color….I like to think it’s because it’s such a happy color, and Annie is a happy person!

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Like I said, the happy was contagious!

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With this ring…

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Annie & Brian wrote their own vows, which again had me welling up. These two are so thoughtful and expressive and their vows perfectly reflected that and their love for one another.

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Friends enjoying all the love as it flowed….

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A day and a view to remember….

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This. This is everything.

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Annie exchanges a loving embrace with her Aunt, her mom’s sister. Having not had my mom there for our wedding, I totally get how significant this moment was for both of these women!

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Annie & Brian are different but most definitely equal and it made perfect sense that she & Brian both break a glass at the conclusion of the ceremony. Annie practiced earlier in the day and totally nailed it, but that slippery stage gave her some trouble. Being the person she is, she persisted…much to the delight of everyone…including Jill.

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And with a movie star dip….

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And a tender second kiss….they sealed their love.

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Wooooo hoooo!

 

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The staff at Chatham Bars put on quite a spread during cocktail hour…including a raw bar, freshly picked salad bar, etc.

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Love me some good cocktail hour interactions….

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Finding their seat….

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Hellooooooo huge tent…love the cool farmers’ tables and chairs by True North Rentals.

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Everything was stunning, including flowers by Patrice Milley.

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Brian and friends share in a wedding day toast….we’ll go anywhere for a great shot…including lying on the floor.

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Just love these sweet candid moments, hello beautiful Julia.

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Brian & Annie know how to make an entrance….

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And have some fun during their first dance as husband and wife….

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Like no one else is in the room….

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After their first dance, Annie & Brian opened the floor to everyone and I just love how Jim & Annie totally cut loose! Get it Jim!!

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Is the music too loud??? LOL! Bless his little cotton socks!

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Another super cool detail, which I imagine couldn’t be easy to pull off for 250 people, was having dinner served family style. So cool! As I was wondering around outside the tent, I noticed Jim, taking a moment alone to practice his speech. I live for moments like this!!!! So much story in one photo…just love that!!!

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Annie & Brian react to Jim’s thoughtful words about his baby girl and his new son-in-law.

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Brian’s family toasts the happy couple.

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Co-best man, Jordan, infused his speech with some stuff that perhaps Brian may have wished he left out, but which was received with roaring laughter.

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Brian loves those closest to him with his heart wide open and it’s beautiful to see.

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Daddy’s little girl is all grown up….

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Brian and his mom had some fun with their dance. You go Jill!

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Elan Artists Soundhouse rocked the tent all night long!

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Annie & Brian got on stage for a bit….

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Before the reception came to a close.

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But, the party continued into the early morning hours, with a chic, NYC club inspired after party…..

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DJ Dakeya Christmas of Murray Hill Talent rocked it out….

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And all was right with the world…if only for a moment in time.

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Big thanks to Jamie Bohlin of Cape Cod Celebrations for three incredible day of finely tuned perfection! Thanks too to Kate Mann and the entire staff at Chatham Bars Inn. But, our biggest thanks go out to Annie & Brian, and their families for sharing such an incredible weekend with us!! Your love is inspiring and uplifting and we absolutely loved every minute of it! You two are evidence that you get back what you give in this world. The friends you’ve made and relationships you’ve fostered are proof positive that you two put a lot of love & goodness out into the world! We hope that it follows you throughout your long & happy life together!! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you for inviting us in to the fold! With big love & hugs, Christine & Andy xoxo (PS…when are we going out for drinks?! wink wink! No seriously…when?! )