Amanda & Kevin’s Wequassett Wedding ~ Harwich Photographers

Some people love with their hearts so wide open that you can almost feel the excess spilling out into the world. That’s how it is with super sweeties, Amanda & Kevin. We met these two last fall, when we photographed their Sandwich love session aka engagement session. They picked the spot because it’s where they got engaged and right from the start we could see their love is special.

They are just so good together and individually they are such warm, kind, smart, fun, funny, caring people. All of that was reflected in their wedding and reception, so much so that we ended up with a caboodle of photos. I had a reeeaaaalllllly hard time culling and picking some for the blog. And, even as I look at what I ended up with, I still feel like I could have added another 80 before I really did their day justice.

But, it’s getting late and I know Amanda & Kevin are excited to see something…so without further ado, here’s a little look at just a smidge of the beautiful love and joyful celebration that was Amanda & Kevin’s incredible Wequassett wedding, starting with Amanda’s gorgeous Maggie Sotero wedding dress and finishing make up touches by the talented and lovely ladies of Artworx.

Helloooo….. Jimmy Choo just got a whole lot sexier.

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Getting dressed with a little help of her super sweet sissie, Veronica. Love these two wonderful ladies.

Meanwhile, not far away, Kevin starts his getting ready process.

With some of his besties.

The World Cup was in its final stages and the fellas couldn’t help put watch….

Ready to go….

More and more couples are opting for a first look, and we LOVE it! There’s such anticipation in this moment…where all the planing and preparing comes together and for a few long seconds, you hold your breath! Plus, it means more time to enjoy cocktail hour and we get more time to document all those super fun candid  moments.

With a turn and a quick smile….the kisses just kept coming.

You think he’s happy???

Such love between these two….so beautiful.

By your side is where I always want to be.

And in your arms, life can’t get any sweeter.

After a few minutes to take in the moment alone, Amanda & Kevin met up with family and their bridal party for some photos. Love these sweet moment as Amanda hugs Kevin’s super sweet momma, Elizabeth.

And Amanda enjoys another sweet embrace with her beautiful momma, Dana. And, Flower girl, Novella, and Ring Bearer, Rowan, did a fabulous job….such sweeties.

Amanda and her bestie gal pals…all smiles with these lovely ladies.

Why helloooooo beautiful!

Kevin’s nieces and nephews, Samantha, Max, Kai & Aria, did a fabulous job handing out programs

And guests were all smiles as they arrived for the ceremony on the Grand Lawn.

This next photo sums up for me this wedding…just so much fun, joy and oodles of love.

Meanwhile, Amanda and her bridesmaids hide away as they wait for the ceremony to start.

Friends excited for the ceremony to start.

Kevin looks pretty excited for it to start too….love this guy!

Here comes the bride, on the arm of her proud papa, Bob.

I looooove this next moment….Bob looks chuffed as pie and Amanda….looking into the eyes of her soon-to-be husband…well, her face says it all for me.

And Kevin can’t take his eyes off of her. For those who think having a first look will somehow make this moment less special….look again.

A hug of love…

And a smile that goes on for miles.

It was hard for friends and family not to feel all the love & joy.

These two were radiating!

Sweet Delia couldn’t stop the happy tears as Amanda & Kevin read their thoughtful and super heartfelt vows to one another.

Kevin’s brother, Erik, performed the ceremony, which ended with several sweet, meaningful kisses…it’s like the didn’t want to stop. Just love it!

So much happiness.

Wequassett likes to give their couples a few minutes alone after the ceremony to just take in the moment. With a plate full of hors d’oeuvres and full glasses of champagne, these two made the most of their moment.

We like to take our couples for a couple of minutes alone time too…just to capture those happy highs after the ceremony.

So much happy…

Then, down to the dock to take advantage of the setting sun.

You light up my life…

Intoxicating….

Checking out their new hardware and looking freaking gorgeous doing it!

Beautiful details…

…including stunning summer flowers by Beach Plum Floral.

Welcome the new Mr. & Mrs.

These two….

Their first dance was off the hook.

Crushing it.

The look of love.

Toasting the happy couple.

Kevin’s best man, Michael, did such a great job with his toast.

He had these two in stitches.

Taaaaa daaaaaa….

Time for a dance with Dad.

And a little love for Mom.

Then it was time to get down on it….and this lot really did!

Serenading their bud….with so much love.

Oh yeah!!

We did it baby….we did it!!

Amanda & Kevin…thank you both sooooooo much for choosing us to document your incredible wedding day. Right from the beginning, you two welcomed us with open arms and made us feel included in the celebration. You two exemplify everything we love about photographing weddings. You are beautiful souls who love without limits and it’s beautiful to behold. We hope you can see and feel all the love that surrounded you two on your incredible wedding day. They say we reap what we sow…and it’s clear that you two put a lot of love and care into your garden. May the flowers continue to blossom with boundless beauty. Can’t wait to share the rest of the photos with you!!! Until then, big love & hugs, Christine & Andy xoxoxo

PS…a special shout out and big thank you to Annie & Brian for sending these two love birds our way!! We missed you at the wedding Annie. Big love xo

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)

Harvest & Justin’s Wequassett Fall Wedding ~ Cape Cod Photographers

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I love when the seasons change. There is joy to be found in those moment of in-between…where letting go and moving on meet.

Even though they come year after year with steadfast predictability, each season brings something new…some exciting thing to look forward to. We trade our swimsuits and flip-flops for flannel and boots. Later, we put away our shovels as daffodils make their way through the thawing soil. Each season is met with great anticipation, though sometimes mingled with quiet surrender.

Weddings are a bit like that, I think. We pledge to make room for another, one who will walk beside us on the journey of life. There is a sense of unknowing…what will this new season of life bring? And, at times, it can be scary…particularly for those of us who didn’t have a good marriage modeled for us by our parents.

And, yet, we go forth blissfully into the unknown, sure in our feelings of love and trust. For this person we have chosen to walk alongside is making a commitment to be there, to show up for the good and the bad – today, tomorrow and always. That’s pretty huge!

Just as each season is unique….so too is each wedding. And, it is truly a privilege to get to bear witness to this merging of lives and hearts.

Just as summer was giving way to fall, friends & family gathered as Harvest and Justin stood on a grassy knoll overlooking Pleasant Bay at the picturesque Wequassett Resort, ready to merge their lives in marriage.

A year earlier, we had received a very sweet e-mail from Harvest inquiring about our availability. She & Justin live in Kansas City, Missouri, so a meeting…at least initially…wasn’t possible. We chatted a few times via e-mail, and then over the phone, and I was instantly smitten. Harvest is warm, open, kind, and super thoughtful. So thoughtful that she & Justin choose to have their wedding in New England mainly to accommodate their aging grandparents. Of course, it didn’t hurt that Cape Cod and Wequassett are gorgeous places, but it was really about making it easy for their grandparents to be there. LOVE THAT!

Harvest was really upfront about us being a bit more expensive than they could really afford, but when they decided to hire us she told us, ” I have always said there are two things I want for my wedding (besides Justin, of course!) a kick-ass dress and an amazing photographer….Check 1 of 2 off the list.”

I mean…how do you not fall in love with her?! Needless to say, we were super excited to be a part of their wedding and when we finally got to meet them…and their dog, Kane, this spring it was official….we were going to make sure this wedding was one we were going to document with lots of heart!

So, without further ado….here’s a little look at the wonderful wedding of two pretty amazing people.

Harvest is a very colorful person…she is fun and funny, kind and quirky. She is happy in the way that color is and it’s hard not to feel similarly so when you’re around her. Her beautiful flowers echoed all of that perfectly. And, how about those shoes?!

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Even in her getting ready dress, Harvest was already glowing…thanks to help from dear friends, who traveled to be part of their day, and even helped do Harvest’s hair. Girlfriends are the bomb diggity!

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Harvest & Justin didn’t opt for a bridal party. Instead, Harvest had her sister as her MOH and Justin had his dad as his BM. Justin & Jon are pretty chilled out guys, as is Justin’s very sweet dog and sidekick, Kane, who is never far from his side. It made for a very relaxing time getting ready.

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Some of the thoughtful details, including super cute favors for family & friends.

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Love this moment Andy captured of Justin & Jon getting dressed.

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That moment…when you see your person for the first time on the day you say, “I do!!” Justin bites his lip when he is excited or nervous…so stinkin’ cute!

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We love when couples want a first look…it gives them some time to absorb what’s about to happen and enjoy a little alone time together.

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Sweet Kane…I’m a sucker for a good puppy and a cute couple!

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Getting walked down the aisle by her super sweet Dad, Lynn, Harvest makes her way to “I do!” with all smiles!

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Shiny happy people holding hands…(a lyric from an old REM song in case you’re wondering what the heck I”m talking about!)

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We’re doing it….

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So much love, joy and full hearts!

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Sweet sissie, Joni, looks on with happiness for her baby sister and the love she’s found.

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With a kiss and a smile…

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Our new Mr. and Mrs.

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A toast and a kiss to Happily Ever After!

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Biting his lip again….sweet, smitten Justin gives his new bride a tender stroke. Swoon!

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Taking it all in…in style!

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A couple of quick portraits of our lovely bride & groom. These two are too cool!

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Harvest is so adorable…this is so her!

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Off to the party with family & friends at the Outer Bar & Grille…plus some thoughtful details.

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Warm greetings from family & friends…

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So much happy…

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Harvest & Justin opted to do away with the formality of a cocktail hour and instead had a buffet for guests to enjoy dinner at their own pace. Harvest’s super cute parents, Lynn & Patricia, decided to start with a little dancing.

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Harvest and her besties take a break from the fun for a little one-on-one by the pool.

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For a second I thought maybe it was Justin’s parents’ wedding…they were so cute together all day. So much love!

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A perfect ending to a perfect day!

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Harvest & Justin put together some really thoughtful favors for their family & friends, including this cute carved wood coaster.

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Big thanks to Megan Sugg and the wonderful staff at Wequassett Resort for putting together a fabulous and most memorable day for these two wonderful people. Harvest & Justin…thank you sooooo much for welcoming us with such open arms and open hearts! We loved being a part of your wedding and hope that even though you two live half way across the country, that you keep us close and let us know where this next season of life takes you! With big love & hugs, Christine & Andy xo