Kaley & John’s Wequassett Wedding

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Day weddings…can we talk for a second about just how much I love them!! I love them a LOT!! Particularly when they take place at a setting as stunning as the Cape’s only five start resort — The Wequassett Resort & Golf Club in Harwich. We work at Wequassett a lot, but most of our weddings there are evening weddings, with a 6PM ceremony start time, which really only leaves 2-3 hours to enjoy the view.

I think most people who choose to get married here on Cape Cod do so because of the beauty of the place….the sparkling deep blue water, sandy shores, the cedar shingles and chic elegance that only this part of the world offers. Getting married in the evening is awesome, don’t get me wrong, but once the sun sets, you could be anywhere. But, when you’re ceremony is at 10AM, the entire day and the beauty of the place can be enjoyed languidly.

And, from a photographer’s standpoint, we just love starting and finishing early. It’s like we get two days in one. Even 15 years later, I still get the wedding day jitters (which is how I think it should be…the day I stop feeling nervous is the day I probably shouldn’t be doing this anymore), so starting early works for me…let’s me harness that energy right away and lets the creativity sparks fly.

But, what I really love most about day weddings is how relaxed everyone we’re photographing seems to be. I know a lot of couples worry that folks won’t dance or it won’t seem “fun enough.” I had the same misguided thoughts when Andy & I opted for an evening wedding. But, having now seen lots of different kinds of weddings, starting and ending at different times, I’m a HUGE fan of the day wedding when it’s being held at a place known for its views. It’s like a cocktail hour that lasts all day long.

Kaley & John’s day wedding was the perfect example of what makes day weddings so awesome!! They were blessed with a picture perfect summer day…sunny but not too hot. Getting ready started super early, but who can sleep anyway the day before one of the biggest commitments a person can ever make? And, they had an after party later that night, so they still go their late night dancing and debauchery.

We first met up with them just after 7AM…a pretty early start time for us, but again, we’re up then anyway and I preferred putting my nervous energy right to good use. While Kaley and her bridesmaids were finishing up with hair & make up in the Cape Villa suites, I headed to her room to capture some wedding details. Just love the early morning light as it fell upon Kaley’s sparklicious Jimmy Choos and her crazy beautiful two-piece wedding dress. In all the hundreds of weddings we’ve photographed, I have yet to see a dress I didn’t love, but this one definitely ranks among my favorites. It looked super light and comfortable and on Kaley, it was angelic! It was like it was made just for her!

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This dress….this stunning woman. I just can’t!

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Haley putting on her earrings, with her gorgeous momma-Dianne, Nana-Della, and best gal pals in the background.

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Toasting things to come….

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John getting some internet help on tying his tie…Windsor knot??

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John and his friends looking good.

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Off she goes to meet John for their first look moment and some photos with the bridal party. Does she look angelic here or what?!

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Love the anticipation on Kaley’s beautiful face. Are they a stunning couple or what!?!

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That moment…when you first see each other on your wedding day.

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These two really got lost in the moment, and hiding in the bushes, letting them have their moment…I admit to smiling from ear to ear as they did!

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Because this is how they were together…just lost in the moment! So, so beautiful!

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And when photos were done, it was time to head to the church….

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Waiting for the ceremony to begin, Kaley and her dad, Barry, share a moment that makes this daddy’s girl’s heart sing.

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Peeking out as her girls head down the aisle….just love the expressions!

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Taking in the words and heart-felt sentiment shared with Father John during Kaley & John’s ceremony at Our Lady of the Cape.

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John had a little trouble getting the ring to go on, much to the delight of his nephew and Father John.

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They did it….

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Love this moment as John & Kaley leave the church and head out into their new future, as husband & wife.

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Back to Wequassett with their friends….

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Off to the dock for a coupe of quick photos…

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hello movie stars….

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Kaley & John had their reception in the pavilion, which is such a pretty setting for a luncheon…overlooking the water and meticulously groomed grounds.

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Friends enjoying cocktail hour…

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Hey Megan!! Shout out to my girl!

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Love this photo of Kaley’s mom, Dianne, with her mom, Della. Such sweet women in this family!

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See what I mean about day weddings….like a garden party. Just love it!

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John and his lovely momma, Joan. And his sweet dad, John with his wife, Marilyn. Are they adorable or what?!

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Laughter, friendship and beautiful reflections.

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Cocktails and conversation.

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Making an entrance to the reception….

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And enjoying their first dance as husband and wife.

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Listening as John’s best men Andrew & Jason share words of love and congratulation…

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Saying thank you with a warm embrace…

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Kaley reacts to some childhood stories from her long-time friend and MOH, Megan, during her funny, heart-felt toast. Everyone needs a friendship like this!

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Catching up with friends.

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Just love John’s face as he watches Kaley dance with her sweet dad, Barry.

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And, Joan’s face as she finishes her dance with her son. I imagine these moments are so special for parents…knowing their children have found someone who makes them happy. I just love getting to see these exchanges of love and pride. So special!

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Having fun on the dance floor….

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Just love John’s sister’s proud momma reaction as she watches her son enjoy himself on the dance floor. (PS…these two have the same laugh! Love it!!)

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Taking a break from all the fun.

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Looking like a movie star, Kaley and John are led to the dock for their sail away.

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Just love this next one…

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And they’re off…

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Much to the delight of their family & friends.

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With a wave and a smile, a new happy chapter begins for two lovely people.

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Thank you Kaley & John for allowing us to document this special time in your lives. We had such a fun day with you both, with your wonderful friends and families! It was truly a pleasure!! And, we hope you find that these photos reflect not only the beautiful love you have for one another and for those closest to you, but also how much we enjoyed our time with you all on that perfect summer day! More love and goodness to come soon in your proofs, which should be online very soon! Can’t wait for you to see them all! With big love & hugs, Christine & Andy

Liz & Travis’s Wequassett Wedding ~ Harwich Photographers

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Liz & Travis’s Wequassett wedding last month was perfectly dreamy in every way. The weather was one of those quintessential warm fall days, sunny, dry…perfect. Family & friends gathered, overlooking picturesque Pleasant Bay, to watch as these two best friends pledged their hearts and lives to one another, having written their own vows and guided into marriage by their dear friend, Gary….perfect! There were heart-felt speeches, that were equal parts humor and sentiment and had everyone smiling from ear to ear. There was delicious food, good music, dancing and oodles of love and happy celebration.

All in all, theirs was a perfect wedding and the perfect way with which to end our 2016 season.

We had been looking forward to the day since meeting them last fall. Sitting in our studio, hearing about how they met, their hopes for their special day, and how much they enjoyed our work, we instantly fell for them! And, quickly fell for Liz’s super sweet mom, Jane, and dad, Stephen, who welcomed us warmly into their home when we got together in June for Liz & Travis’s engagement (click HERE for a peek)…even asking us to stay for dinner. Just like Liz & Travis, they are super warm, welcoming, kind, generous, lovely people. And that sentiment was perfectly reflected throughout the wedding.

Here’s a look at some of our favorite moments from their incredible day, beginning with just a few picture perfect details, including Liz & Travis’s wedding rings, sitting atop a perfectly plum Mrs. Box (love these little ring boxes!), Liz’s bling-a-licious Jimmy Choo shoes, stunning bouquet by Lilac Florals. (You outdid yourself with this one, Karen!), invitations by JPapers and Liz’s crazy beautiful Reem Acra wedding dress. The purple and gray wedding colors paired with the blue suits and gray ties were stunning!

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Liz gets help getting in her dress from her super sweet sister, Laura, and mom, Jane (behind Liz), while her adoring cousin, Rachael lends moral support. Slipping into her sexy Jimmy Choos, I just love this candid portrait of Liz! She’s so serene, so beautiful and so sexy all at once!

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The gorgeous rushing and beaded shoulders on Liz’s dress fit her perfectly!!!

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With a little spritz of her chosen wedding day scent and a smile and she’s ready to go see Travis for their first look. Isn’t she lovely?! Liz got her flawless look thanks to good genes and the talented team of Artworx Hair Design and Kristin McKenzie Make Up.

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Meanwhile, in another room at the resort, Travis gets ready with his besties. Just loved their stylish blue suits and sharp ties, which Travis gave to his groomsmen as gifts. Travis started Tora Clothing, a high end menswear company, so we just knew the guys would be looking good….they didn’t disappoint!

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Tying ties is more fun together…

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Travis looks over his vows…nervous, excited…ready! Gary, one of his groomsmen and good friends (second from left) performed the ceremony and rocked it!

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The bridesmaids (including niece, Ellie (left to right), cousin, Rachael, sister, Laura, and dear friends Lauren & Susan in their gorgeous Jenny Yoo dresses. Such sweet ladies.
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That moment…when you see your best friend for the first time on the day you will say, “I do!” Just the best!

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Look at Travis’s beaming face…love it!

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Now that’s a happy man!

W0308_0193A happy man + a happy woman = a very happy (and adorable) couple!
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With a little time before the ceremony, we headed down to the beach path for a few quick portraits of a happy couple.

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I mean….come on. Love these two!

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The look of love…

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Guests begin arriving for the sunset ceremony, and more gorgeous details by Lilac Florals.

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Liz’s sweet dad, Stephen, with Ellie & Rachael, watching from their perch as guests arrive.

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Ushers extraordinaire – Jack, Brock & Weston, take a break from wedding duties to post for a photo just before the ceremony begins.

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Here come the fellas..

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Liz’s beautiful momma, Jane, beaming as she’s led down the aisle by Liz’s handsome brother Peter.

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Guests already enjoying the ceremony…

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Here comes the blushing bride…

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Then it hits you….this is really happening! Ahhhhh!

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And with a kiss and a gentle touch she leaves the arm of the first man she ever loved for one she will spend the rest of her life loving.
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Goosebumps from the fall chill or the romance unfolding…

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Proud parents, Stephen, Jane, Audrey & Richard stand to show their support and blessed wishes for the newly joined couple…
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By your side is how I want to walk through the rest of my life….

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Travis taking in all the love being promised to him by Liz…

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With this ring, I thee wed.

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With a kiss…a nice long one….these two are officially wed.

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The new Mr. & Mrs…woooo hoooo!

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Wanting to take a few moments alone to soak in what they just did, our happy couple heads to the beach.

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Brandishing his new hardware…

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Love these tender hearts!

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A sunset stroll and a new life beginning…
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Candid moments during cocktail hour are some of our favorites! Just love this adorable moment as friends share a giggle and some bubbly.

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First dance….a samba. You go girl! And, a little sweetness in a slice.

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Travis’s best man, Ryan, is quite a character and had us (and everyone else) in happy stitches! Way to knock it out of the park Ryan!

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To Liz & Travis…

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Audrey & a guest reliving some of the highlights of Ryan’s toast. Love it!

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Guests getting down on it…

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Crazy man Ryan and fellow groomsman Adriaan going for it. You guys!

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John Saville Entertainment kept guests having fun on the dance floor…

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Taaaa daaaaa…

W0308_0868This one melts my heart….having no kids of our own, I see a lot of mother/son dances and can’t help but feel a little sad that I’ll never have that. But, seeing sweet Travis dance not only with his lovely momma, but also with his favorite Aunt Judy gave me hope that I could still have this. (Callie & Mikey….are you listening? And, Sadie & Stella, I am totally open to a bride/Auntie dance too, just for the record!!)
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Like the whole world melts away and all there is is me and you….let the fairytale begin! 

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Liz & Travis, thank you both so very much for inviting us into your lives and sharing such a special day with us. Entrusting us to document all of the beautiful love & joyful celebration was both an honor and privilege that we absolutely relished! You guys are wonderful. Your families and friend equally so and we could not have ended our wedding season on a sweeter not! So thank you!!! We hope you enjoy these photos half as much as we enjoyed being there to capture them for you! Can’t wait to share the rest with you! Until then, sending big love & hugs, Christine & Andy xoxo

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