Katie & Richie’s Wequassett Wedding ~ Cape Cod Photographers

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Katie & Richie met six years ago, while they were both in college and visiting the Cape with friends.  “I was having ice cream with my best friend Jenna in the Mashpee Commons, when we ran into Jenna’s friend Kayla, and her friend Richie,” Katie told us. “I remember talking to them both and saying to Jenna….’Wow, who is that Richie guy? He is so cute!'”

It wasn’t until a few years later that they met again, while bowling with the same group of friends…and like any good love story….sparks flew.

“It’s funny how the universe has its way of bringing people into your life when you least expect it. I can honestly say that after a few dates with Rich, I felt as though I had known him for my whole life,” Katie said.

Last month, Katie & Richie committed their lives & hearts to one another, surrounded by family & friends at the beautiful seaside Wequassett Resort in Harwich.

Their wedding was the stuff from which fairytales are made…and for us it was also a sort of homecoming. Last summer, we had the pleasure of photographing the equally amazing wedding of Richie’s big sister, Kerri. You can read more about Kerri & her sweet hubs Billy HERE.

We really hit it off with Richie’s family right away and fell just as hard for Katie’s super sweet, incredibly loving, warm, and wonderful family. Seeing these two incredible families merge was such a treat.

There were so many incredible, love-filled moments that peppered their day, it was reeeealllly hard to pick just a handful to highlight here. As I write this post, I keep feeling like there’s so much more to share. But, we don’t want to make Katie, Richie & their families wait any longer, so here’s just a few of our favorite moments from the day….

Katie sliding into her crazy beautiful Monique Lhuillier gown, with help from her lovely sisters, Lauren & Kristen.

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Is she gorgeous or what? Hair by the talented Rob Martelli of Avanti Salon and make up by Karen Colon.

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Katie’s cousin’s daughter, Kerryn, was the cutest flower girl ever! Just love this adorable moment shared by these sweet ladies. Kerryn was a little too shy to give a kiss, but so happy to be having her photo taken with her beautiful cousin.

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Sweet sisters…..so much beauty inside & out!

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Meanwhile, in another room at Wequassett, Richie got ready with his buds. Love this quiet moment before the happy chaos begins….

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Putting on their ties…

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Getting a little help pinning on his boutonnière by big brother and best man, Mike, while their handsome papa, Mike looks on.

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Friends and family arrive for the ceremony….let the love shine bright!

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Richie and his bestie get ready to head down the aisle….love these big beautiful smiles! So much happiness at this wedding!

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Ready to make his favorite girl his wife, Richie makes his way to the altar…..

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Kerry takes her job as flower girl very seriously….scattering petals and looking very much a princess. So beautiful!

adorable flower girl

And here comes the bride….beautiful, happy, wonderful Katie on the arm of her big softie of a dad, Butch. Their faces say it all…

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One of my favorite moments of the day…the hand off, where the happiness is just contagious!

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Richie is such a sweet pea, and so obviously smitten with Katie. Just look at the way he’s looking at her. Be still my heart! And, Katie, obviously feels the same about her man….just beaming as she watches him during their vows. LOVE!!!

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I can only imagine how amazing this moment feels as a parent, when you watch your baby, all grown up, commit their life and heart to someone you just know is going to love her like you do. Katie’s parents, Sue & Butch, certainly seem to approve of this union and the looks on their beautiful faces make my heart smile….BIG.

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Happy. Happy…and more happy!

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With a kiss and a smile…it’s official!

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Wooo hooo!! Yaaay for love!!!

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After the ceremony ends and their bridal party and guests begin to leave, Katie & Richie steal another kiss…so stinkin’ cute!

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Richie’s parents & grandmother leave the ceremony, with Katie’s Godparents behind. So much joy.

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Katie gets a big hug from her momma…

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Richie & his BIL, Billy, share a big brotherly hug.

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Celebrating with flower petals….wooo hoooo!

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Kerryn watching as Katie & her bridesmaids get their photo taken….would love to know what was going through her mind in this moment.

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The happy couple….

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Another stolen moment….

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These two love so big & so hard. It’s beautiful to behold.

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Sunset and big smiles…

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sexy kisses for the new mr. & mrs.

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Beautiful blushing bride & blush bouquets…
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Heading to cocktail hour….love the train on her gorgeous gown!

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Katie’s dad, Butch having fun with some friends during cocktail hour.

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Katie’s mom, Sue, is co-owner of Essentials on Main, a new boutique in Easton. Her partner, Sheryl Hoey, runs Floral Effects at Essentials on Main, and was responsible for all the gorgeous flowers at the wedding. Both Sue & Sheryl together with Katie, put together a stunning decor for the day, with gold and blush touches everywhere. So pretty.

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As a picture-perfect late summer day came to a close, the party was just beginning to heat up.

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Introducing the new Mr. & Mrs…..wooo hoo!

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Their first dance was full of smiles and singing to one another. Love these two!!

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And, sealed with a kiss.

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Lauren & Kristen’s MOH speech (with an impromptu rap) had everyone in stitches! Good job ladies!

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Katie & Richie’s moms react to the speeches….priceless!

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Kaite & Richie react too….hysterical!

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Our former bello bride Kerri…love her!

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During their mother/son dance, Richie was all smiles (and a few happy tears). Just the sweetest!!!!

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A perfect day ends with a perfect night!

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Katie & Richie….thank you both so much for including us in your incredible wedding day!! We have loved getting to know you both over the past year and feel so honored to have been part of such a special time in your lives and the lives of your incredible families! You two are so blessed to have so much love in your lives and we hope these beautiful moments reflect that! Cannot wait to share the rest with you very soon! Until then, we hope you love these photos as much as we loved being there to capture them! Big love & hugs, Christine & Andy xo

Brooke & Will’s Newport Wedding ~ Rhode Island Wedding Photographers

Everyone loves a good fairytale. From the time we’re babes, our parents read us stories of princes and princesses, of castles and chariots, and enchanted places where happy endings are the only kind.

We grow up and realize these are just stories, but still, our fascination with enchantment remains, and is most clearly evident when it comes to weddings. From the proposal to the last dance, we grow up fantasizing about what our wedding will look like, drawing inspiration from Disney, the Royal Family and everything in between.

Speaking of the Royal Family, did you know that an estimated 34 million people tuned in to watch Prince William marry Kate Middleton….thirty-four million people!! All hoping for a glance at a fairytale come to life.

The elegance, grandeur, the beauty, pomp and circumstance….but especially the undeniable love. It’s all there at a wedding, and if you’re like me and love weddings, you can’t help but feel like a giddy kid when you’ve got a front row seat to all that goodness.

I found myself reminded of princes and princesses at the Newport wedding of Brooke & Will, held earlier this month at St. George’s Chapel and an exclusive private yacht club (they asked not to be named). The details, the seaside setting with a castle on a hill, Brooke in her crazy beautiful Oscar de la Renta gown, the chapel with aisle facing seats, all provided the most amazing fodder for a wedding that seemed born from fairytale pages.

If you’d like to read more about Brooke & Will, click HERE for a look at their super sweet love session held earlier this summer here on Cape Cod.  But, we’re going to jump right in to the love & goodness that reigned supreme on this beautiful summer day when princess Brooke married her own prince William.

Allison Barbara and her talented beauty stylists gave Brooke and her gal pals their gorgeous wedding day look. Flawless!

Brooke’s friends were so relaxed and fun during the getting ready portion of the day. Just love this photo of Ali….her smile lights a room.

Love the sexy lines as beautiful Beth puts on her strappy sandals. Meanwhile, Brooke gives Ashley a hand with her dress. I just love the energy and happy chaos that often accompanies the start of this exciting day!

Brooke’s wedding gown literally took my breath away. A stunning, definitely fit for a princess, Oscar de la Renta lace masterpiece, the dress featured a gorgeous lace jacket worn under the strapless dress, which Brooke later removed after the church services. This dress…..I am in love!! Brooke got help getting into it by the fabulous Stephanie Grimm at Couture Parties, who along with her staff were amazingly attentive and helped ensure everything went off without a hitch!! These ladies were fabulous!!!

Brooke gets buttoned in by Paige, who we met last summer, when she served as bridesmaid for another bello bride, recently turned happy momma, Kate. Brooke & Will were actually at that Woods Hole wedding too, which is how they found us….just love when that happens!! Just as I love the elegant beauty Brooke exudes so naturally. The photo on the left is one of my faves of the day.

Brooke gets her natural beauty from her gorgeous momma, Susan. Love her reaction to seeing Brooke in her dress & getting topped with the finishing touches…the veil.

The girls check out photos of their stunning friend, who is now ready to say, “I do!”

And off she goes….I mean, if this isn’t a fairytale moment and a fairytale ring….I don’t know what is! Invitations by Arlene Cronk.

Andy & I are always looking for unique perspectives and angles to document classic wedding moments. Love this fun vantage point looking through the railings as Brooke heads outside….

The lovely ladies and the beautiful flowers by the uber talented Sayles Livingston.

Love this next photo. As we were taking pictures outside the yacht club, a group of little girls saw Brooke and were instantly entranced as if seeing a real life princess. They lay on the grass and watched in wonder. Just precious!

Brooke with her lovely parents, Susan and Alan. Just love their expressions as they gaze at their baby girl all grown up.

Across town, Will and his mates get ready at the elegant oceanside hotel 41 North. Will puts on his watch, while his brother and best man, James helps groomsman Justin put on his bowtie.

Lovely smiley Carlos….

Love this candid portrait Andy captured of Brooke’s sweet brother, Trip, who was also a groomsman in Kate & Hugh’s Woods Hole wedding.

Will getting a little help from his friends…

Another great candid moment with our bride’s & groom’s brothers. These natural moments are our faves!!!!

James & Trip and some fabulous window light.

The guys…so dapper.

As guests start arriving at St. George’s Chapel, where Brooke used to sing in the choir as a student at St. George’s School, Will waits nervously.

More candid photos as guests arrive….dressed to the nines for the black tie affair.

Father John Rick III married Brooke’s parents thirty-six years ago and as a sign of good luck, prosperity, peace, harmony & purity, this beautiful dragonfly also showed up to bless the couple’s special day.

The girls arrive…ready to be a part of this celebration of love & commitment.

Brooke & her dad just moments before they head down the aisle…..

Here comes the bride…in all her princess-like glory. Can we talk about this chapel for a second????

Former Miss America and actress/singer Susan Powell, who is a dear friend of Brooke’s family, sang a beautiful rendition of Ava Maria during the ceremony. Love the sweet look of love Brooke & Will exchange during the song.

Vows read….

Rings exchanged…

And, the new Mr. & Mrs. depart the chapel, surrounded by approving applause from friends & family.

Some family photo time with both families….such a sweet group.

And a quiet moment with our happy couple….

Sweetness surrounded by beautiful architecture = photographer love.

The look of love….

I mean if this next one doesn’t scream happy Disney princess I just don’t know…..

Beautiful Brooke….

The wind picked up as they headed to the limo for a ride to the yacht club. Love it!

Quiet moments + sweet kisses = Thank you!!!

Back at the yacht club, Brooke made a quick change, to remove her jacket and veil. Love the elegance of the way she moves…simple, candid, seemingly nothing moments become a gorgeous portrait with her. And, love this quick pic of Will as he waits patiently.

And off to the party they go….

The Newport Tent situated by the water’s edge was a dreamy seaside setting, with towering trees wrapped in fairy lights and six tier cake by Confectionary Designs 


Beautifu dahlia details….

Mmmmmmmmm….

Love a family style head table and a clean white & green flowerscape!

Guests enjoying the sunset cocktail hour….

Happy, smiling faces…

And, as the sun rests snuggly beyond the horizon, the tent lights go up and the party begins.

Starting with a happy, playful first dance with our new mister and missus.

Will’s brother, James gave a heart-felt toast, that ended with him presenting the “perfect couple” with “Barbie” dolls, he’d had made in the couple’s image, right down to Brooke’s same dress. It was pretty impressive.

Reacting to all of the love & adoration being directed their way…

And, when dinner was over and it was time to dance, the party really kicked into high gear with the AAAAHHH-MAZING Simply Irresistible leading the way. We’ve seen a lot of bands and these guys were the real deal. It was literally like being at a high energy concert. People were having the time of their lives…and I may have been boogying on down while snapping away. These guys (who came up from Atlanta) were sooooooo good!

Lovers sway to the music….

Ashley, Lindsay & Katie were loving the music….

So was Will…you go, boy!

And when the music stopped and the party was over, Will & Brooke (who’d changed into a sexy Monique Lhuillier dress for the after party) head to the dock for a boat departure, serenaded by sparklers.

With champagne in hand, our happy couple sails off into the proverbial sunset, bringing an end to this chapter in the fairytale.

Brooke & Will, thank  you both so much for entrusting us to document such a special time in your lives. You two are so wonderful together and getting to be there for your wedding weekend was not only a privilege, but also super fun!! We hope as you look at these few photos that you feel all of the love & joyful celebration that surrounded you, and that they serve as happy reminders for many, many years to come!!! We hope to have the rest of the photos online very soon and cannot wait for you to see everything…so much love & goodness!! Thank you, too, to your wonderful families & friends who   were so warm & welcoming…and it was fun to see some familiar faces again! A special shout out to Kate, Hugh, Nancy & Craig for being the catalyst to bring us to this fabulous celebration!!! You guys rock!! With big love & hugs, Christine & Andy xo

Michaela & Wally’s Wequassett Wedding ~ Cape Cod Photographers

It’s been a while since our last blog post and I’m feeling a little guilty about that, but sometimes life gets so busy that something has to give. Happily, we’re back and with a super sweet wedding to share with you. You may remember Michaela & Wally from their winter engagement session back in January. Click HERE for a look.

We had so much fun with them that afternoon and had been looking forward to their Wequassett wedding with excitement and expectations that it would be a fun celebration of love, friendship and family. And, it was all of that and more! It was an absolutely perfect day….the kind of day you imagine when planning a Cape Cod wedding.

Here are just a few of our favorite moments from the day…

Michaela enjoying the make up process with the talented Lisa George.

Two different perspectives of Michaela’s gorgeous Monique Lhuillier gown. Love, Love love!

Something blue….cute shoes by Nina. So fun!

Meanwhile across the resort, Wally (far left) and his groomsmen, along with younger brother, Joe (middle), head to their room to get dressed.

Wally shows off his new cufflinks, with the longitude & latitude for where they said their, “I dos!” Awwww…too sweet!

Some pretty petals and sparkly bling…

Wally gives his brother Joe a best man gift. Gotta love some brotherly love!

Michaela’s gorgeous gown had buttons up the back, which required some major teamwork by her super sweet mom Gina, MOH extraordinaire Callie and super bridesman Sean.

Helloooooooo beautiful! Seriously, can we talk about her gorgeous green eyes? Stunning!

Wally & his boys…

We’re going to the croquet lawn and we’re gonnaa get maaaaried! Going to the croquet lawn of love….

Wally and his groomsmen, including his soon-to-be new brother Keenan, toast & enjoy a quick drink before the ceremony.  Kalson, they’re drinking soda…I swear.

Michaela was cool as a cucumber and yet as excited as a kid at Christmas…just love it.

Friends and family wait for the ceremony to begin…

First look….gotta love the tears welling up in Wally’s eyes and the absolutely beaming smile on Michaela’s face as she & her sweet papa Bob make their way down the aisle.

Love this moment….when all of the love & joy just becomes overwhelming…in THE best kind of way!

The look of love…

Sealed with a kiss and joy that’s just too much to contain! Be still my heart!

Wally’s mom, P.J.,  & sis, Stacey,  are equally as excited….yay for love!

Immediately after the ceremony Wally gets a big bear hug from his dad, Wally. Can we talk about the emotion on his face? It’s just too much! Love, Love, Love it! I think this is one of my favorite moments of the day.

A little alone time with our new Mr. & Mrs.

I love this time after all of the family photos are done, when we take our couple off for a few shots with just the two of them, and they have time to really soak in what’s just happened….it makes my heart smile.

The happy couple…

Love Wally’s expression in this next one…awwww shucks!

beaming…

snuggle time…

I thought this tree with friends’ & family’s fingerprints was such an adorable idea! Such a fun & colorful way to commemorate this special day!

Stunning flowers by Bob Sabatalo of Lily’s in South Yarmouth and a too-cute-for words cake by Delicious Desserts.

wedding guests steal a smooch….caught ya.

Michaela & Wally’s first dance was as fun as they are and totally set the tone for the night!

Michaela & Wally…thank you so much for choosing us to not only document this special time in your lives, but also to be a part of it! Your families & friends were so warm & welcoming to us. We had an absolute blast and wish we could do it all over again! For now, we hope these photos serve as happy reminders of all of the love & joyful celebration that surrounded you! With big love & hugs, Chris & Andy xoxo