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

Jackie & Chris’s Wychmere Harbor Club wedding ~ Harwich Port photographers

bride & groom on beach path

Jackie & Chris’s wedding day was Cape Cod perfection at it’s best….quintessential beach wedding goodness, right from the rainy, cloudy start to the spectacularly sunny finish. With Wychmere Harbor Club’s sandy beach paths and their sailboat entrance, it’s what one dreams their wedding will be when deciding you want to say, “I do!” on these beautiful shores of the Cape.

We’ve known Jackie for many years now, since first meeting her when she was MOH at the wedding of her big sis, Jenn. We loved her then and had always hoped we might be there to document her wedding day…when the time was right. Well, the time was right…and everything could not have gone better!

We first had the pleasure of meeting Chris last summer, when we photographed him and Jackie for their crazy beautiful love session in Sandwich. Click HERE for a look.

Chris is a quiet, kind, warm, and clearly smitten with Jackie. They are really such a sweet couple. We loved spending time with them and had so much fun at their e-session, which was also classic Cape Cod goodness. Jackie’s dress for the e-session was awesome!!! I literally gasped when I saw her, knowing it would catch the wind and just be so beachy beautiful. But, man, did she turn up the heat for her wedding, with her amazing mermaid style Amsale gown that hugged in all the right places. Chris’s classic grey JCrew suit was the perfect compliment! Truly, all of the details they selected were beautiful and came together perfectly thanks to the flawless execution of planner, Allison Liset and her team at Elegant Engagements.

Here’s Jackie & Chris’s invitations by Kleinfeld Paper….. elegant and understated, with the perfect pop of gold! And, just love the image they chose from our e-session for their Save the Date card. Perfect!

rustic chic wedding invitation

Getting a little help from her beautiful besties, and looking so totally stunning, with hair & make up by the talented duo…Stacey Keuhn and Andrea Kooharian-Simpson. Love the girls’ beautiful blush gowns by WToo.

bride getting dressed

Isn’t she lovely!!!

peach bridesmaid dresses, cape cod wedding, bride

Getting a little veil help from her beautiful momma, Maria.

mom helping bride with veil, wychmere wedding

Jenn’s sweet pooch, Winston, did not know what to make of all the hooplah, so he hung out under the table…this face!!! LOVE!

bulldog wedding dog

And across town, Chris & his fellas make their way to Holy Trinity Church in West Harwich.

groom & groomsmen, holy trinity church

Posing for a quick selfie before the ceremony begins. So fun!

groomsmen selfie

Here comes the bride! I just love this candid capture by my talented hubby. You can feel the excitement and anticipation Jackie is feeling! This moment….so awesome!

bride enters church, holy trinity, cape cod wedding

Jackie’s adorable niece, Mabel, checks out the church’s iconic stained glass in a quiet side room, while Jackie & Chris happily exchange their vows.

holy trinity wedding, stained glass church

Love that Jackie took a moment to turn around and see the faces of family & friends, shining love & light on her and Chris. It is these moments that become treasured memories!!! LOVE!

bride looks back at congregation

A beautiful moment of silence to reflect and send blessing of love & long life to Jackie & Chris.

bridal party church wedding

The look of love…speaks more than words ever could.

holy trinity wedding, harwich

And with a kiss…a new Mr. & Mrs. is made!

first kiss & celebration

Woooo hoooo!! Love this candid capture as big sis/MOH Jenn and best man Kevin follow Jackie & Chris out of the church.

bride & groom celebrate after ceremony

Into the Rolls Royce and away they go….embarking on a new and exciting chapter in their lives. But, first…time to party!!

bride & groom in rolls royce

Friends pose for a quick selfie outside the church. Gotta say, I love the selfie trend.

wedding selfie

With a short gap between their ceremony & reception, Jackie, Chris and their family/bridal party arrive at Wychmere to do some photos before guests join the fun.

bride & groom rolls royce, wychmere wedding

Time for family photos….and a little golden bling.

wychmere wedding ring

FAMILY….is there anything better?!!!

wychmere wedding, family portraits

The bridal party…ready to party!

wychmere wedding, bridal party

We stole Jackie & Chris for a little alone time by the beach, but Jackie decided she wanted to steal a little kiss first and blocked us. So cute!!!!

wychmere beach wedding

Peek-a-boo, we see you!

bride & groom under veil

Hello lovelies!!! Beachy perfection!!!! Love love love beach weddings!!!

wychmere beach wedding

Add in a sailboat and a super sexy couple…and I’m in heaven! Love that I got to share this quiet moment with them as they sailed into cocktail hour.

bride & groom on sailboat

Love how Chris’s sunnies match the sail covers.

bride & groom on sailboat

Taaaaa daaaaaa…I mean, come on!!! What’s not to love about Cape Cod weddings?!!!

bride & groom on sailboat

Meanwhile, back at the dock, Chris’s niece, Kayla, waits with her Papa Joe for Uncle Chris & Auntie Jackie to arrive. When Andy & I started Bello 14 years ago, we decided early on that we wanted to photograph weddings together, so we could really tell a more complete story of our couples’ wedding day. It’s been one thing that’s really made us stand out and our work shine and we’re so happy to see more studios offering two shooters.

flower girl waits for bride

Greeted by waves and warm smiles from their adoring family & friends, Jackie & Chris make it to the dock…thumbs up!

bride & groom sail in to reception

Waving to the crowd as they approach the dock. One of the great things about Wychmere is the dock and the balcony above that allows us to get a group shot of everyone for our couples. We just love that!! And, we hope they do too!

wychmere wedding, bride & groom sail into reception

Jackie’s crazy-cute nephew, Braedon, makes a mad dash for the dock. Love him!

ring bearer having fun at wedding

Some more beautiful details from their spectacular day, including flowers by Lilacs.

wychmere wedding details

I’m not a fan of the expression sisters before misters…but I do love the way women love & support each other. These friendships we forge with one another are like no others. Our gal pals get us, are there for us, inspire and cheer each other on. And, this photo sums that up for me. I just love it! And, loved hanging with these beautiful, wonderful, totally awesome women!!!

cape cod bridesmaids, wychmere wedding

Oh Jackie….you are a vision! Like a perfect flower!

cape cod bride

We did it….we’re married. I’m yours and your mine…forever!

cape cod bride & groom

Jackie & Chris make a happy entrance as their guests gather on the dance floor. Can’t you feel the celebration?!

bride & groom enter reception

Their first dance….showered in love & happy goodness. A moment to remember forever!

wychmere wedding first dance

It’s as if everyone in the room disappeared for them in this moment….LOVE!!!!!

wychmere wedding first dance

Uncle Chris gets dissed by cheeky little Kayla…priceless!!!

wychmere wedding

Kevin was admittedly nervous about giving his best man speech, but he totally nailed it!!!! And, this photo….his face….I nailed it too! 🙂 Can I say that?! But, seriously……it’s good, right?!

wychmere wedding toasts

While dinner was still going on, and the sun has settled below the horizon, we stole Jackie & Chris away for a few minutes…one more cherry on the top of an already cherry-rific cake. I had seen this field of Queen Anne’s Lace earlier in the day and knew it would be an amazing spot for photos. It was a small grassy area that didn’t look like much…but TAAAA DAAAA! I just love when I find spots that others might look right past and find a way to make them extraordinary. I try to challenge myself with this every time I shoot and it makes me so happy that I can still do it…14 years later!

bride & groom in a field of flowers

Completely unprompted, Sir Christopher kisses his beautiful bride’s hand and at once, my heart melted! Swoon!

bride & groom in a field of flowers

Back to the party they go….even the in between moments with these two made for stunners like this.

bride & groom in a field of flowers

Chris gets down on it as Beantown rocks the house.

beantown band wedding

Jackie schools her friend Jordan in classic Madonna. Get it girl!!!

beantown band wedding

That same friend Jordan busting out some serious singing moves of his own…much to the delight of everyone, including the band!

beantown band wedding

A little wedding hustle….so fun!!

beantown wedding reception

What an amazing time we had at this wedding! Jackie & Chris, thank you so very much for being so warm and wonderful…for sharing such a special time in your lives with us and for giving us so much love & goodness to capture! Thanks too to Maria & Charlie for inviting us to document another wedding for your amazing family! You guys are wonderful and we adore you and our time together! Joe & Lee….it was so wonderful meeting you both and getting to know your wonderful sons. A special shout out to the bridal party…who rocked it and made our job so fun!! Special thanks too to Wychmere’s Karen Rood and staff for making our job not feel like work! To all the amazing vendors who remind us why we are lucky to do what we do in this beautiful place we call home!! Jackie & Chris, we hope you enjoy this sneak peek…honestly, it was sooooo hard choosing just a few photos to share while your proof book is getting printed! I feel like we left so many amazing ones out! Cannot wait for you to see them all!! Honestly….the best is yet to come!! Love you guys! Christine & Andy xoxo