Amanda & Kevin’s Sandwich Engagement Session ~ Cape Cod Photographers

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Getting engaged is a milestone moment…a happy commitment by two people to join their lives together, for better or for worse, in sickness and in health, till death do they part. We’ve photographed a few proposals for couples who got engaged and it was super fun…being in on the secret, documenting from afar, getting a front row seat to that happy milestone moment and being able to preserve the memories in photographs. Just so cool!

Equally as enjoyable for us is getting to photograph couples weeks or months after the proposal, when they’ve had some time to adjust to the idea of being engaged and our time together is for reflecting on where they have been in their relationship and where they are going.

Andy & I really enjoy these photography sessions and having the extra time to spend with our soon-to-be married couples before their wedding.  A couple of weeks ago we got together with Amanda & Kevin for their engagement session. Kevin had actually proposed to Amanda months earlier on the same Sandwich beach, so it was the perfect setting for us to get some photos of them together, enjoying one another.

As is the case with so many of our couples, Amanda & Kevin expressed concern prior to the session that they aren’t great at being photographed. And, as is always the case when we hear this, our cameras told a very different story!

Here’s just a sneak peek at the love & goodness we captured between these two super sweet, really lovely, totally smitten people…who, by the way….were a BLAST to photograph! Truly…we had so much fun photographing and just generally being around these two!

What made it so special is just how they are together…super comfortable, fun and lighthearted and so totally and obviously in love. That obvious love was showcased in their cuddliness and need to be touching one another, which from our standpoint is exactly what we’re looking for when we do these sessions!

One of the things Amanda & Kevin told us had influenced their decision to choose us as their photographers was that when they looked at our photos they “didn’t just see the joy & love (we) captured, (they) could feel it.” And, that’s exactly how we feel when we look at these photos of them! See for yourself…

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Amanda & Kevin’s clothing choices were soooo great for highlighting the beach colors, the breezes and the elegant, yet approachable drama that is Cape Cod’s shoreline.

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Normally for these sessions, we put our couples in different pretty locations for a cool shot, but every now and then just do something that is completely them, like turn around to see if we’re done, move the wind blown hair out of their face, and these are the photos that really sing…..I LOOOVE everything about this photo on the right! Andy you are a genius!!)

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More easy breezy beautiful moments with these two sweeties…

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A walk on the boardwalk and a pause for a quick kiss.

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Sitting on the boardwalk and talking about happy things awaiting them on their wedding day next summer.

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In your arms…it’s where I always want to be!! What I love so much about these two, is how even though we might have asked them to sit or stand in a certain place, how they held onto each other once there was all them and just so full of love.

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Andy & I have been married for over 16 years and I think being able to laugh together is one of the things that has seen us through the ups and downs. Love how these two laugh together.

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And so much love between them…

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A smile that says it all…

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As if the sun could feel how brightly these two and their love for one another burns, we were treated to the most beautiful sunset as the session wound to a close.

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Like a warm kiss from the sun, love burns in my heart for you.

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See what I mean about how these two touch each other…fingers intertwined like branches of two trees standing beside one another, making it hard to know where one begins and the other ends.

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Change the camera settings and everything changes…

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Wrapped in your arms and in your love . . .

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Perhaps my favorite moment from the day, where everything came together perfectly.

E0324_0293Amanda & Kevin . . . . thank you soooooooo much for inviting us to share in this exciting, love-filled time in your lives. You two are wonderful and we absolutely loved spending the afternoon with you and photographing you together. Can’t wait to do it all again next summer! Until then, we hope these photos serve to keep all the happy feelings flowing! Big love & hugs, Christine & Andy  (*A great big, heart-felt thank you to Annie & Brian for spreading the bello love and sending Amanda & Kevin our way! We just love when our special, totally smitten couples send other equally special and smitten couples our way! xoxo)

Jackie & Chris’s Sandwich Engagement Session ~ Cape Cod Photographers

Like so many of our couples of late, Jackie & Chris came to us through a family connection….and we just love it when that happens, because it means a level of trust and comfort has already been formed. And, trust & comfort are two key ingredients necessary to end up with great photographs.

Although it was the first time Andy & I photographed Chris, Jackie first found herself in front of our cameras eight years ago, when we photographed the Wequassett wedding of her big sister, Jenn, to her now hubby, Pete.

We loved photographing Jackie and her family then and had hoped that when the day came that she found the person with whom she wanted to spend the rest of her life that she might want us to photograph her special day too. So we were super excited when she called us earlier this summer to announce that she was engaged and could we photograph her & Chris’s wedding.

Ummmmm……Yes, please!

We got together a few weeks ago in Sandwich for Jackie & Chris’s love session. The autumn light and warm breezes made for the perfect setting for this sweet duo. Jackie’s AHHHH-DORABLE flowing dress didn’t hurt either. So simple, sexy and perfectly beachy…just like these two….

Watching, or more aptly stated….listening to these two during their first few moments in front of the camera was too cute for words. Jackie has the most adorable giggle and because everyone feels a little nervous those first few moments in front of the camera, her giggles were coming out big time, which was great for getting big beautify smiley photos, but it also made me giggle right alongside her!

Jackie & Chris met when they were still in college. Jackie, then senior at Syracuse University, had planned a trip to Vegas with her best friend, Abby. Abby happened to work with Chris, then in his second year of grad school also at SU, and while talking one day at work, they realized they were both planning to be in Vegas with their besties at the same time. As if the love Gods were orchestrating bigger things to come, the coworkers arranged to meet with with their friends at one of the hotels on the strip.

“I thought Chris hated me because he didn’t speak for the first 30 minutes,” Jackie told us, although Chris said he doesn’t remember not speaking. Although we’ve only met a few times, I get the feeling Chris is a lot like Andy and tends to take a back seat when in the company of more loquacious peeps like Jackie & me.

After dinner, the foursome ended up at a club dancing when another random Syracuse student saw them “awkwardly shuffle dancing” and trying to chat and said, “I feel the vibes, you guys should dance, and shoved us together.” “We’ve been together ever since,” Jackie said.

Once back at school, the decided to date for the rest of the school year, thinking they’d eventually part ways after Jackie graduated, but when the heart know…it knows. So, they did the long distance thing for a year and eventually moved to New Jersey together, before eventually settling in the real Big Apple….a sort of come full circle beginning.

Now, this sweet pair is planning their Wychmere Harbor Club wedding for next summer, and we cannot wait to be there to witness all the love & goodness.

Kisses and sunset and beach for as far as the eye can see….LOVE!

Sweet kisses and tender touches that speak to a forever kind of love….ahhhhh!

ADORABLE!!!

Just love the way these two are together…so easy, breezy, lovely!

Tip toes and a stony shoreline =

LOVE the in between moments…..just heavenly!

Wherever you go, I will follow, side by side and hand in hand!

Love the dichotomy of these next two….hysterically laughing and completely in the moment…These two are soooooo fun to photograph!!

The sunset was spectacular….as is Jackie’s killer dress and beautiful flowing locks!

GORGEOUSNESS!!!

Another in between moment with some seriously delicious sun flare….love!!

This photo screams romance to me…..yummy!

I LOOOVE when couples are so into the session that they ask about doing certain photos. This next one on the left was totally inspired by Jackie, who wanted to take advantage of the sunflare. I’m so happy she suggested it because it’s become one of my faves of the day! What’s so cool about photography is how changing your perspective can change everything. So, while the photo on the left was shooting into the sun, the photo on the right was shooting with the sun at our backs. Notice how different the light and color are. Both are equally pretty, but totally different. LOVE that!

And as the sun sets, we bask in the last of its deliciously warm autumn light…..

It’s a wrap…..

Jackie & Chris, thank you both sooooo much for entrusting us with documenting this special time in your lives!! We are so thrilled to be a part of another D. family wedding, Jackie and cannot wait to see everyone again!!! For now, we hope these photos captured your love in a way that makes you as excited for your wedding as we are!! You two are adorable together and we can’t wait to be there with you to watch you and your friends play, laugh, chat & “awkwardly shuffle dance” as you make memories that will last a lifetime!!

With big love & hugs, Christine & Andy xoxo

 

Katie, Chris & Emme Sandwich Family Session ~ Cape Cod Photographers

Last summer Katie had reached out to us about doing a portrait session for her, her husband, Chris, and their then three-and-a-half year old daughter, Emme. It was going to be their first time visiting Cape Cod from their home in Maryland.

Unfortunately, she called during a crazy busy time and we had to decline, which is always hard to do…particularly when the person inquiring is ridiculously sweet and totally excited about our work.

Happily, Katie and crew had such a blast during their first visit to the Cape they decided to come back again this summer. This time, she contacted us in February…smart gal! So, we were able to get a family session on the calendar nice and early.

Meeting Katie, Chris & Emme was like getting together with old friends. We hit it off right from the start. And, I’m quite pleased to say Emme & I became particularly tight. Not having any children of our own, doing these family sessions has really become a labor of love for me. It’s my fun kid time….time to run and play, laugh and if I’m lucky, as was the case with Emme, even doing some hand-holding and hugging. Swwwooooon!

We met this sweet family in Sandwich and headed to the beach for the most amazing August sunset, where the colors & light were perfection. Here are a few of our favorite moments from our time together:

Chris, Katie & sweet Emme…my bud. Isn’t she lovely?!

Love the way Emme is snuggling into her super sweet momma in this next one…pretending to be shy. And, can we talk about that cheeky smile of hers? Delightful!

Kisses & cuddles and giggles, oh my!

Willow-wonderful!

Emme was having so much fun on her Daddy’s back, and being a bit of a Daddy’s girl myself, this next one just melts my heart…

I took my new bestie aside for a couple of minutes for some one on one fun. Little girls playing with their dresses as they giggle…is there anything cuter? I think not!

All that giggling is exhausting…time for an apple break. Be still my heart!

Off to the beach for sunset…this way guys! Love this little cherub!

Sweetness personified…

Such a loving family….and such a brilliant night with them! Thanks guys…you’re wonderful!

Katie & Chris brought along some bubbles for the beach and the result….fun, fun…

FUN!!! Looooove this next one…the color of the sky as the sun sets, Emme’s I’m-so-pleased-with-myself expression as she lets loose a burst of fabulous bubbles….one of my faves from the evening!

The perfect ending to a perfect evening…

Katie…thank you so much for your persistence in seeking us out and for sharing your wonderful family and your vacation time with us. We had so much fun with you three and loved playing with Emme…sorry if we hogged her a little….she’s just too darned irresistible. We hope these photos serve as happy reminders of your visit to our lovely island and that your vacations here and your visits with Team Bello become a regular thing! With big love & hugs, Chris & Andy xoxo