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

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