Love. Ceremony. Celebration….and, the beauty that can be found in all of those things is pretty much what summarizes the experience of documenting a wedding for us. Although there are common elements in most weddings, each is unique and each carries with it an opportunity to stretch ourselves….to push our creativity and open our hearts to be ready to capture real moments as they happen. Sometimes, I’ll admit, it’s not always easy to do that, but with Tanya & Stu….it was.
Right from our first meeting, we felt a connection to these two warm, generous, wonderful people…an openness and a willingness to share and let us in to see their special kind of love. When we get that, it opens something in us and makes capturing the beauty of love, ceremony & celebration not only easy…but super fun, and also incredibly emotional.
It was really hard to narrow down all of the images we captured to a small collection for this blog. We like to tell our couples’ story here, but theirs is so layered and beautiful, picking just a few doesn’t somehow seem to do justice to Tanya & Stu or their day…but we’re going to try. So, without further ado, here is a sneak peek at Tanya & Stu’s crazy wonderful wedding day…. (for more background on this lovely couple, check out our love session with them last fall HERE)
The wedding took place at Stu’s family’s property in a hidden gem of Wareham that makes this Cape Cod girl want to move across the bridge. Truly, this area of Wareham is so beautiful & peaceful and with everything that makes Cape Cod so special, yet without any of the drawbacks…like traffic, congestion and hordes of people. It was a treat to spend some time here, and what a backdrop to highlight some of the gorgeous details of the day, including Tanya’s stunning Pronovias wedding gown and her stunning bridesmaid bouquets from Flowers by Semia.
Like slippers made for a princess…
Stu’s wedding band was engraved with his & Tanya’s initials and their wedding date….so sweet!
The talented ladies from I Do Wedding Hair New England gave Tanya her beautiful, natural wedding day glow…not that she needed much help. She’s already stunning…inside & so obviously out!
Sweet Stu getting ready…with super cute sailboat socks. Stu is a gifted professional sailor and an award-winning member of the U.S. Olympic team…and still the most humble guy you’ll ever meet! Love him!!
The first look….looove the way these two look at each other.
Beautiful….people & flowers.
A candid moment during the family photos between Beth, Stu’s crazy sweet momma, and Tanya. What I loved so much about these families is the way they embraced each other with such love. Beth kept referring to Tanya as her new daughter and with two sons, you could tell she was happy for the addition…not just for the added girl power, but because she genuinely loves & cares for Tanya. Just so sweet!
Tanya’s adorable parents, Sinh & Mynga. Love these two moments…
Stu & his sweet Dad, John, exchange a candid moment between photos.
Cuddling cuties! Stu & Tanya used golf carts to transport guests to and from the ceremony & reception area. Functional and fun!
Andy & I love finding spots that most people would walk right past and using it as a backdrop. These woods, next to the driveway had light streaming through in the most magical way….
Pretty woods, magic light and a gorgeous couple = homerun!
Love the way these two laugh & play together…just so delicious!
Dreamy…the look of love!
Off to the ceremony….but first we stopped in the middle of the tree lined road for a few more smooches…
A quick kiss and off to one more location before they say, “I do!!”
Stu’s brother’s property is right on the ocean, with a gorgeous stone-lined step path to the water, and this beautiful built-in bench, a perfect perch for our sweeties!
Like a pair of love birds in their nest…
To the dock for some more snuggling!
It was windy & wonderful and beachy perfection.
Leading to love…
Stu watches as the ceremony begins and his bride makes her way to him…
Love these faces!! Such gratitude and adoration….just so beautiful!
wild & wonderful
Stu & Tanya’s friend Teddy did a fabulous job officiating…infusing love & humor and pure heart in the ceremony.
Stu & Tanya wrote their own vows…..swoon!
Beth looks on with such love written all over her beautiful face!!!
Tanya holds tightly to Stu as she makes her vows to him. I love this…when couples get their strength/comfort from each other’s touch.
Sealed with a kiss….and forever I am yours and you are mine.
We did it!!!! Woooo hoooo!!
Loved the table settings…with a casual chic vintage feel, lace runners, lead glass votive holders mixed with vintage glass jars and fresh cut flowers.
Loved the personalized thank you notes on the table, with fresh herb twigs.
The cupcake tower by My Sweet Indulgence was ADORABLE!! Unfortunately, we didn’t get to try one, but boy did they look deee-licious!
Guests enjoying themselves during cocktail hour, which took place in a big field, with wooden barrel tables to gather around, and corn hole games to play. So fun!
Tanya & Stu also brought in a shuck truck from Cabin Cover Oysters, which was crazy cool and guests were eating them up!
Cocktails & conversation…
The gang gathers for introductions…love this cute wave by Marissa & Natalie…such sweet gals!
Loved watching Tanya & Stu’s first dance…it was as if no one else in the world existed for them in that moment. Sooo sweet!
Like Tanya, I nearly lost it when her dad gave his toast. It was obvious…he said as much so…that he wasn’t one to express how he felt or how proud he was of Tanya…but he laid it all out there in that speech and it was beautiful. Watching him stand there, vulnerable and exposed, and hear him talk about all of his daughter’s accomplishments and all of her wonderful qualities, knowing that saying so was not something that came easily for him (even though the feelings were obviously always there) was so incredibly touching. I’m pretty sure I wasn’t the only one fighting back tears.
A grateful daughter. A proud dad. A wonderful moment!!!
One of Tanya’s MOHs, Ana Lauren, gets an equally big & appreciative hug following her speech. Love how Stu’s is holding on too….so freaking cute! I’m telling you…the love at this wedding was palpable!
And the fun level was off the hook!!! Love this moment as a friend rips off his tie and breaks it down!!!
Go Ana Lauren. Go, girl!!
Boston-based cover band Flipside didn’t disappoint and had guests tearing it up!!
Including our bride & groom. I have a theory….a couple who dances together stays happy together.
A little love to end a lovely day!!
Andy & I loved working with Jamie Bohlin from Cape Cod Celebrations for this incredible wedding. There were lots of moving parts, and Jamie & her staff did an incredible job of keeping everything moving smoothly forward and looking crazy good! Thanks Jamie for making our job such a pleasure!!! Special thanks too to Beth, Joe, Mynga & Sinh for sharing your lovely children with us and for being such a joy to work with and just generally be around. We loved getting to be a part of this incredible milestone for your families and hope these photos serve as happy reminders for many love-filled years to come! And, finally, to Tanya & Stu…..thank you for welcoming us with such warm, open arms. Thank you for sharing your beautiful love & gentle hearts with us…for showing us the real you that makes you both so special! It’s couples like you who makes us continually fall in love with our work! We can’t wait to share the entire collection of wonderful, love-filled moments with you. Until then, we hope you enjoy this sneak peek. Love you guys! With big love & hugs, Chris & Andy xoxo