Nicole & David’s Falmouth Engagement Session ~ Cape Cod Wedding Photographers

Like so many busy couples today, Nicole & David met online. Nicole was living in Falmouth, but her work as a model and actress took her to NYC, Boston and beyond. Meanwhile, David called Connecticut home.

After seeing Nicole’s profile online, David reached out and sent her an email, hoping to spark a connection. Luckily, David is a patient man, because it wasn’t until a few months later, when Nicole was house sitting for her aunt in Miami, that she finally replied.

“I decided to go back on the dating website I had been on and off of over the course of a year, and reread some of the emails I had received. One of those was from David,” she told us. Intrigued by the Buddhist saying he quoted in his message, she decided to take a leap of faith and write back.

“I didn’t think he would respond after so long, but he did,” Nicole told us.

The two exchanged a few emails, then began talking on the phone, quickly bonding over their shared love of the book, Le Petit Prince. Early on, I realized he had some depth and could talk about more philosophical things, and soulful things. So, I knew I liked this person. When we finally met, I thought he was so handsome. And the rest….well, it all worked out just perfectly.”

David agreed, saying sparks flew from the very first date. He drove from CT to the Cape for dinner, and it was a dinner they’d never forget. “We both felt, ‘Wow! This person is whom I was expecting to meet. We kissed on our first date and the chemistry was beautiful.”

Today, this sweet, thoughtful, passionate, interesting, creative, loving pair is planning their oceanfront wedding, and we are super excited to get to be a part of the celebration!! (Special thank you & shout out to our dear friend Amy of Amy Rader Photography for sending her friends our way!! Love you Amy and so grateful to you for all your support over the years!!)

Nicole & David will say, “I do!” surrounded by closest friends and family at the quaint Beach Breeze Inn in Falmouth. Andy & I used to live just up the street from the inn and have always wanted to photograph a wedding there. Now, we get to….and even better, we get to do it with two of the nicest peeps!

We got together with Nicole & David a few weeks ago, visiting a couple of their favorite spots on the Cape. We started out at the Knob in Falmouth, which is actually where Andy asked me to marry him….such happy memories! Hope we created some new happy memories there for these two lovelies!

Nicole & David share a love of travel, art, opera, good food, music and driving fast. They also love to make each other laugh….which they seem to do a lot!! Love it!!

More sweet giggles…..

Looooove this shot Andy got of Nicole & David with all the beach grass….so sweet, romantic, playful….perfectly them!

More cuddling & giggling…and reveling in their love. Ahhhhhhh!

The look of love….

Love these next two pics and how happy and playful they both are together…..this is what LOVE looks like. Just wonderful!

By your side I shall forever walk, hand in hand and hearts aligned.

Wherever you lead, I will follow….

Beach boulders as old as time, like solid reminders of love’s endurance, strength and resilience.

Smiling, happy….

These two smile A LOT in each other’s presence, and they both have such beautiful, warm smiles. Just delightful!

We nearly lost David in the water when he attempted to get in these row boats…I think he forgot how tipsy they can be. But, he made it safely & dry. We had a good giggle and in the end, we think it was worth the effort. Hopefully, they do too!!

Down to the Nobska Lighthouse beach for some photos at another favorite spot of theirs. Nicole’s done a lot of modeling, but David looks pretty natural in front of the camera too!!

Happy. Happy. Happy!!

LOOOOVE this next one…such big happy, snuggling faces!! Be still my lovin’ heart!

Another amazing perspective by my crazy talented hubby!! Love the faint glow of the lighthouse in the background!!

Sandy snuggles….

Love the way Nicole is holding on to David in this next one…it’s such a tender touch, filled with care & devotion…and that look, it just screams, “I love you!”

Thought I’d try something a little different for this last one…..I have been reminded lately, as I’ve had to watch as people I care about battle with scary illness…that life is very much about one’s perspective. There are so many different ways to see the same thing, but how we choose to view what we see….the lens through which we choose to look….it changes EVERYTHING!  This next one was for me about shifting my perspective and I love the result!

Nicole & David we hope you enjoy how we’ve captured the two of you together. We loved sharing the afternoon with you and watching you interact. You are wonderful individuals and a beautiful couple and we are thrilled to be a part of this exciting new chapter in your lives!! Thank you for entrusting us with documenting this time. We are so grateful and humbled and so very appreciative of your thoughtful choice in selecting us!!

We always ask our couples what were the deciding factors in selecting us as their photographers. We don’t usually share their answers, because it’s more of a helpful guide for us, but we were so moved by what Nicole and David said that it feels like a good way to end this post, so here goes…..

“(We like) The emotion you capture in your photography. Also, (your) photos seem truly inspired and spontaneous and not formulaic. And, the artistic angles you choose are just beautiful, not cliche or cheesy. They convey a true appreciation of all of the surroundings, not just the subject at hand. There is a richness to the images that is truly enjoyable to see, not just a series of ‘wedding’ pictures. We feel that you have the ability to capture that spirit, through our eyes, and the eyes of our friends and family.”

Well guys, we hope as you view this little sneak peek of our time together that you feel you made the right choice. I know, Nicole, that your time in front of the camera generally involves playing a part, but we hope in these photos you can see what we see in both of you and that you feel we were able to capture who you both are, the beautiful emotional connection you share and the excitement you feel as you prepare to merge your lives and hearts in marriage!!

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!!….for opening up in such a real way, for welcoming us with warmth & kindness and for just being you!! Cannot wait to meet your inner circle in a few months!!

Big love & Hugs, Christine & Andy xoxo

Lauren & Dustin’s Falmouth Engagement Session ~ Cape Cod Wedding Photographers

Lauren & Dustin worked for the same staffing company in NYC for three years, but didn’t really know each other very well. Then, during a chance meeting at the West Palm Beach airport, something clicked and their road to love began.

Lauren was in Florida visiting family, and Dustin was there visiting friends. They had both found themselves in the airport Chili’s, looking to kill some time before their flight home. They ended up having a drink next to each other and began chatting.

“It was love at first buffalo bite,” Dustin jokingly told us.

“It was the first time we had really spoken to each other outside of ‘hello’ in the office,” Lauren said. “(That time in the airport) opened the door to many conversations to come when we returned to NYC. We spent a couple of months talking and flirting, and sending goofy emails, before we started dating. But, I had a feeling from the start that there was something different about him.”

Fast forward five years, and this sweet, chilled out, lovely, adventurous pair is planning to marry at Oyster Harbors Club in Osterville, and we are super excited to get to document all of the love & joyful celebration sure to surround them!

Like many of our out of state couples, Lauren & Dustin had commissioned us to photograph their wedding before we actually all met. Lauren had been referred to us by her lovely planner, Jen at the Pink Polka Dot (Big, love-filled thanks, Jen!!! You rock!!). After spending a bit of time on our website, they recognized one of our couples, Stefania & Justin, who it turned out were close family friends. I think that may have sealed the deal for them with us. Wooo hooo!! We just love when we have personal connections like that with our couples…makes it feel like our Bello Family really is one big happy family!

Without further ado….here’s a look at our latest Bello Family members….Dustin & Lauren. Are they adorable or what?

Who knew buffalo bites could lead to this….

When we asked these two what they love most about each other, Dustin told us that he loves how funny & cute Lauren is, and I have to say, listening to them giggle uncontrollably at the start of our session totally had me giggling right along with them. Just ADORABLE!!!

Love this slightly more serious and definitely serene portrait of our love birds…, some more giggles.

Hummuna, hummuna

There is no better place, than in the arms of the one you love….the end!

Except maybe when joined by your fur baby. Sweet little Meadow Mae joined us for a few beach photos. She’d had recent surgery, so she couldn’t stay long, but she sure seemed happy to have a break from her cone of shame. I really hope Faithy never has to wear one of those! (Faith is our new rescue dog, who we shamefully haven’t blogged about yet….note to self!)

Happy girl….

Down to the harbor for a little chillaxing. Love the photo on the right…feels like an ad for some cool, hip new something-something. These two make cool look easy!

Lauren & Dustin explained to us that they prefer more natural, photojournalistic style photos….yaaay, so do we!!! It’s not always easy to put a couple in a place where the light and background are just right, while Andy & I run around them popping shutters like crazy people, and have our couples not only look natural, but also not feel overly posed. It sounds easy, but it’s really not. That said, I like to think we achieved our goal….

Down to the dock for some more canoodling.

Cute. Cute. Cuties.

On the way back to their house, we had to stop at the beach to take advantage of that gorgeous warm sunset light we’re so blessed with here on beautiful Cape Cod.

Love how content Lauren looks in the photo on the left….and how bubbling with happy they both in the one on the right. You guyssss….

Going, going, gone. One of my all-time favorite ads is a lifesavers commercial featuring a dad and his little girl, sitting under a tree on a hill, watching the sun set in the distance. The dad says, ” Going, going, gone,” as the sun disappears beyond the horizon and the little girl turns to him and says, “Do it again, Daddy.” This photo makes me think of that. LOVE!

Lauren & Dustin, thank you both sooooo much for entrusting us with documenting this happy time in your lives!! We cannot wait to be a part of your wedding later this summer and to get to meet the rest of your families! Until then, we hope you enjoy these photos and that they serve as happy reminders of what’s still to come!! Big hugs, Chris & Andy xoxo


Hollis & Adam’s Chatham Bars Inn Wedding ~ Cape Cod photographers

Our first wedding of the 2015 season could not have begun with a sweeter couple than Hollis & Adam. Although they went to high school together (Adam a senior; Hollis a freshman), it wasn’t until years later when a mutual friend suggested Hollis, a sophomore in college, meet Adam.

Their connection began over Instant Messenger, “when that was still a big thing,” Hollis told us. “I think the first conversation was over three hours long, and it was a little freaky how much we had in common.”

They didn’t meet in person until a few months later, when Adam went to Holli’s New Year’s Eve party. And, the two have been inseparable ever since.

“I’m not sure if I can remember the exact time I knew Adam was the one. We just grew into such a strong relationship and I cannot picture a day without him,” Hollis said.

“I knew right away, on that New Year’s Eve, that Hollis was going to be part of my life,” Adam told us. “I just loved everything about her, but she needed a little more convincing. I eventually won her heart and we have been beyond happy ever since.”

That happiness spilled over into a full blown love fest when Hollis & Adam said, “I do!” three weeks ago at St. Christopher’s Church in Chatham, with a super fun reception following at the gorgeous oceanside resort, Chatham Bars Inn.

We first met Hollis a few years ago, at the wedding of her equally lovely cousin, Kim. Hollis was a bridesmaid and like Hollis, Kim’s wedding to her super sweet hubby, Jamie, was also our first of the season the year they got married. Click HERE for a look.

The first wedding of the year is always a special one for us, because we don’t tend to break out our cameras a whole lot during the winter. The winter is generally spend doing a lot of album designing and production, and if time allows working on behind the scenes marketing/business stuff there just isn’t time to do during the summer….basically a whole lot of time spent in front of the computer. Not my favorite thing to do!!!

So, getting to flex those creative muscles again and be a part of such a special celebration for a couple and their families is like taking in a big deep breath of fresh air after too many months indoors.

And, when our first wedding gets to be with wonderful people with whom we share a bit of history…well, the air goes in that much sweeter. When the details and people are as lovely and beautiful as these…it almost doesn’t feel like work.

Hollis gets a little help getting into her crazy beautiful Ramona Kaveza gown from her sweet cuz, Kimmie. Just stunning!

Across the resort, Adam gets ready with his besties, including his Best Man, Matt.

Cufflinks and whisky and best mates….booo-ya!

Hollis’s proud papa, Jim, gets a first look at his little girl, all grown up.

Best men, best friends….best moments on the best of days.

Beautiful, stunning….lovely Hollis. Can we talk about her gorgeous red hair for a second?! Love it!!

The men….

The ladies….

And, Hollis with flower girl extra-adorable, Lily. Lily is Kim & Jamie’s crazy cute daughter. I wanted to munch those cheeks all day long!!

A little bubbly on the way to the church.

Hang on to your hats, cuteness overload coming right up…

Love these in between moments, right before a couple commits their lives to one another. So much nervous, excited anticipation. And, I imagine the moment is surreal for Jim, who likely feels like it was just yesterday that he welcomed his baby girl into the world. Now, he leads her off to start a new chapter in her life. Just so wonderful and so much love!!

And, here we go…..

Adam could barely breath watching Hollis come down the aisle to him. Oh, how we live for these moments of love.

The look of love. It’s undeniable.

There’s something about that moment AFTER the kiss that makes my heart smile. The look exchanged says it all….”we did it. i’m yours and your mine.” Happiness all around!

Pharrell wrote Happy for moments like this….


Waving to family & friends and they’re off….let’s get this party started!

But, first….a few moments alone to soak it all in. Are they too stinkin’ cute or what?

you + me = we


Love this next one…..these two are so easy, breezy, beautiful.

hi cuties…

Hold me tight, and here I’ll always stay.

The Chatham Bars Inn is one of the most beautiful spots on Cape Cod, and Hollis & Adam’s choices for flowers & colors were perfection.

Springtime perfection courtesy of Lilac Florals.

More lovely details…

First dance tenderness.

Chink Chink….we did it!

Matt’s playful speech was full of heart and humor, filling the room with laughter, smiles and delightful reactions from Hollis & Adam.

Real moments like these, where you can feel the love, are just so special to get to witness and record.

Hollis’ MOH and baby sis, Kelsey, gave THE sweetest speech that had her, her sister, and several people in the room (not admitting anything!!) in tears. Watching Adam comfort his bride made it even more emotional! Can we talk about that look and the tender touch?!! Too much!!!

Love this moment too, of sisters coming together, as their beautiful momma, Betsey, looks on…beaming with pride and love for her girls!! Love. Love. Love!!!

Taking in the stunning view.

Parent dances never disappoint….so much love & pride and smiles that go on for miles.

There were some serious moves being bust out on the dance floor. This group really knew how to have some fun. Love this perspective as our bride turned bridesmaid/new momma breaks it down! You should have seen the moves her hubby, Jamie, was cranking out. Michael Jackson didn’t have nothin’ on you, Jamie!!

We could not have asked for a more perfect way to kick off our wedding season. Hollis & Adam, thank you both so very much for entrusting us with documenting all of the love & joyful celebration. You two are wonderful people and a stellar couple and getting to be a part of this new chapter in your lives was an honor and a privilege and we hope these photos show you all the love we could feel swirling around you that amazing day!! Love you guys, love your warm, wonderful families & friends and loved your wedding!! Thank you for sharing with us in such an open, honest way!! Big kisses, Christine & Andy xoxoxo  PS…glad there was no sewing involved this time around! 😉 xx