Kate & Hugh’s Woods Hole Wedding ~ Cape Cod Wedding Photographers

Despite their size difference, Kate & Hugh are one of those couples that when you see them together, it’s hard to deny that they just FIT together…..and I mean, fit perfectly! They share the same sense of fun, abundant love for one another, and a sincere passion for living life to its fullest.

Their wedding, at Kate’s family’s summer home in Woods Hole, was a true reflection of those things they hold most dear. It was also quite a party! With 400 guests, a 28-person bridal party and dancing that seemed like it might never stop…it was a day filled with love & happy celebration! It was so wonderful to watch Kate’s parents, Nancy & Craig, beam with pride over their baby girl and the union they so obviously supported, all while throwing a party of Great Gatsby-like proportions. It truly was an amazing day, and, Andy & I were honored to have been there to document all of that joyful exaltation!

Here’s a peek at their F A B U L O U S wedding:

Kate’s stunning Monique Lhullier wedding gown and make up by the talented Katrina Hess. Hair by the fabulous Marisa Marino of Stilisti Salon.

Simply gorgeous! And, that happy expression was the one she was wearing all day long!

Sexy hot pink Christian Dior shoes and some seriously sexy bling to match! Looove!

Kate’s super sweet momma, Nancy, was beaming (and getting a little welled up) with pride and love for her sweet girl, as she sees her dressed and ready to marry her best friend.

The excitement builds….

Kate’s besties react to seeing their gorgeous friend…

Meanwhile, down the road a bit, Hugh gets dressed and ready with his favorite guys. Part of his wedding wear included these cufflinks that belonged to his grandfather and namesake, former Governor of New York Hugh Carey.

Looking good in his custom-designed Vineyard Vine tie, featuring flags with his & Kate’s initials.

Thumbs up to the cool ties….

Having some fun with his mates…

Hugh arrives in style for the ceremony, then takes a moment for a quick photo with his guys, including his best man and little brother, Donnie.

Kate & her proud papa, Craig, ready to enter the church….love these emotional expressions. Weddings are so freaking awesome!

I love this photo and the appropriate symbolism of the past, the present and the future depicted in the reflections seen in the church doors.

Giving away his baby girl….LOOOVE! Seriously, be still my daddy-lovin’ heart!

And embracing his new son……more love!!!

The love & laughter, oh how it did flow….

Hugh & Kate’s flower girls were crazy cute and really getting into the ceremony….

As a surprise to their guests, Hugh & Kate delivered the communion during their wedding mass. So lovely.

The new Mr. & Mrs.! Yaaahoooo! (if only people would put down their cell phones and bask in the glory of the moment!

Hugh is a little too tall for the car they made their get-away in. Watching him try to squish in was precious….almost as much as Kate’s face as she watched in delight.

The happy couple….

We went to the house Hugh’s dad had rented to do some photos, but first, a little snack for our newly married couple….I really LOVE candid moments like these. Totally my faves.

A vision…..

The old house has such character…and Kate’s stunning dress suited it perfectly.

Heading down to the gardens for photos….

Jumping for joy….

Hugh’s guys and his girl…..so fun!

Our sweet couple….

Love and a pink, heart-shaped bush….it was meant to be! Seriously…a pink, heart shaped bush! It’s like it was made for this moment!

Hot pink and ready to party….

Hugh & Kate and their bridal party sailed over to the reception, captained by Kate’s dad….does this look like an ad for Ralph Lauren or what??

As they approached the party, Hugh & Kate released some balloons…..letting their love rise to the heavens. Ahhhhh….

Meanwhile, a staff of several dozen from The Catered Affair prepared for dinner, canopied beneath a gorgeous Sperry Tent, with flowers by the incomparable Winston Flowers.

Love this super sweet basket-weave cake by Icing on the Cake.

One of Hugh & Kate’s signature drinks…..looks as good as their guests. Hello sexies!

Cocktail hour candid moments…my faves.

Hugh’s beautiful momma, Pam, digs in to the raw bar.

As Hugh & Kate make their arrival to the reception, greeted by lots of happy waves.

Trying to corral 400 people was no easy feat…but we did it. Wooo hooo!

Yay for love…and for Hugh & Kate!

This is what I strive for…..love like this, after so many years. Truly, is there anything more beautiful?

An entrance for the ages…..you go gurls!

Kate & Hugh’s dance had all of the fun, flair and love you’d expect from these two. And, their guests ate it up!

The final twirl….delightful!

Kate & Hugh’s party kicked off straight away, with our happy couple joining The Sultans of Swing for a bar or two of song! So awesome!

The sun sets as dinner is served….so Great Gatsby!

I had to grab my tripod when I saw this moment, as one of the flower girls, dances on her own during dinner. Like a fairytale come to life!

And, a little while later the party kicked into high gear with some Vineyard Vines inspired limbo. Kate & Hugh provided a ton of ridiculously fun hats for their guests to play with…LOVE!! Check out Cheesburger head following up his wife for some limbo action. AMAZEBALLS!

“Hey sharky, I wanna eat you up”….so playful & fun! Thanks guys!

Fun! Fun! Fun!

The night ended as high as one can, with Hugh & Kate taking center stage and leading one of the most amazing renditions of Journey’s Don’t Stop Believing. I love this view of them in embrace, as their friends & family cheer them on! Just wonderful!

Kate & Hugh…what can we say?! Your wedding was just so incredible, with memories made that will surely last a lifetime! Thank you so much (and thank you Nancy & Craig) for inviting us in and allowing us to be a part of all of that wonderful love & celebration! We had so much fun and hope these photos serve as happy reminders of all of the fun you so obviously had for many happy years to come! More to come soon!! Special thanks too to Jen from Pink Polka Dot Events for being amazing and also to Kat Hanafin for helping us capture some of the fabulous details and happy exchanges during cocktail hour. With lots of love & big hugs, Christine & Andy xoxo

Hollis & Adam’s Osterville Engagment Session ~ Cape Cod Wedding Photographers

There are only a handful of people from high school with whom I still keep in touch, and for most of those, the connection is just a Facebook one. But, I love when a story about two people starts with, “We met in high school.” There’s something so sweet & innocent about a relationship that begins at a time when life is so full of possibility. And, that’s exactly how things began for Hollis & Adam. Hollis was a freshman and Adam a strapping senior who, at the time, seemed out of reach.

Although Hollis & Adam went to high school together and knew, more or less, who each other was, they didn’t formally meet until college, when a mutual friend suggested it. “We started talking over Instant Messenger, when that was still a big thing. I think our first conversation was three hours long, and it was a little freaky how much we had in common,” Hollis told us. “I always joke we met online.”

A few months after that first e-chat, the pair met in person at a New Year’s Eve party, and for the most part they have been inseparable ever since.

“I knew right away that New Year’s Eve that Hollis was going to be part of my life,” Adam told us. “I just loved everything about her, but she needed a little more convincing. I eventually won her heart and we have been beyond happy ever since.”

We first met Hollis & Adam a couple of years ago, when they attended the wedding of Hollis’s cousin, Kim. Hollis was a bridesmaid and Andy & I were the photographers. Click HERE for a look at Kim & Jamie’s amazing Wequassett wedding. We had a couple of bumps at the start of the day. Per usual, I was with the girls and Andy was with the guys as they got dressed and ready. Things were running a little late, and then pop….what you never want to happen on your wedding day did. Kim’s sister’s dress ripped while trying to zip her in. I know…I can hear the collective gasp from brides reading this now. Apparently, the alterations threw the zipper’s alignment off and nearly sent the maid of honor into panic & tears. Boooo!

Happily, in addition to being decent at photography, I am also pretty adept at handling a needle and thread, which was good news since none of the ladies knew how to sew. We stitched Sara in and still had plenty of time for photos. Sometimes I wonder if it was our photography or my sewing skills that won us the job when Hollis & Adam got engaged. Whatever the real reason, we’re super happy to be a part of another celebration of love for this wonderful family!! Because, as it happens, we’re pretty smitten with them! And, we can’t wait to get to know Adam’s family too!

We’re expecting a full blown love fest when Hollis & Adam say “I do!” next spring at the beautiful beach-side Chatham Bars Inn. We cannot wait to be a part it!! And, yes, I’m packing my mini sewing kit, just in case!

We got together with Hollis & Adam a couple of weeks ago in Osterville, for a little bello love session. I feel funny calling it that, but engagement session doesn’t feel right either. I need to work on this. Anyway, we had a blast and are super excited to share some of our favorite moments from our time together. So, without further ado, meet Hollis & Adam….

Yaaaay for love and laughter!!

A little woodsy romance…

Snuggling amid the trees.

Boardwalks and broad smiles….yaaay!

In your eyes….

Some Main Street snuggling.

Hollis shared with us that she’s shy about PDA. We get it, really we do. Despite her trepidation, Hollis was totally a sport and trusted us enough to go for it. She let down her guard and turned up the PDA dial and we are soooooo grateful. We hope these photos make her feel it was totally worth it!! Grrrrrrrr….sexy!

And silly!

And definitely sweet….

After some time in town, we headed to the beach for a bit more playtime. Adam is adorable….and apparently….crafty. He made this sign for Hollis for when he proposed. We just love that he brought it along for the session. I mean, does it get any sweeter???

Wherever you lead, my love, I will happily follow!

Blue skies, tall grass and warm embraces….oh how they send this heart a racin’.

We try to post a few photos on Facebook before the blog comes out. This one seems to be a Facebook favorite….and mine too. So natural and relaxed, and exactly how we like it. Can we talk about how Hollis is using two hands to hold Adam’s? Just lovely!

A different perspective on love session kisses….

A couple that is willing to wade in the muck together is my kind of couple! After all, life can get messy. Best just to embrace it!

And, as the sun sets, we call it a night…..the end. Love the photo on the right….it’s how love should always feel.

Hollis & Adam, thank you both soooooo much for taking time out to come play with us, and more importantly, for kissing & snuggling in public even though it scared the snot out of you. You did AH-MAZING!! You were relaxed and playful, giggling and snuggly and just a delight to not only photograph, but just to be around. We are beyond thrilled that you selected us to share in this special time in your lives and we look forward with great excitement, to watching your love story begin a new chapter! Until then, we hope these photos make you smile and perhaps make you even more excited to say, “I do!” with us there documenting all of the love-filled moments sure to pepper your day! With lots of love & big hugs, Christine & Andy xoxoxo

Kate & Hugh Woods Hole Engagement Session ~ Cape Cod Wedding Photographers

There is no better compliment as a wedding photographer than when a couple asks you to photograph their wedding, after seeing you work at their friends’ wedding and being impressed enough with what you did and captured for their friends that they want you to do it all over again for them. That’s how we came to meet super sweeties Kate & Hugh.

Last summer, we photographed the amazing Woods Hole wedding of Avery & Tommy (see HERE for a peek) and Kate & Hugh were there. They saw our photos from the wedding and wanted us to be a part of their Woods Hole wedding this summer and we couldn’t be happier about that, as it promises to be a party of epic proportions.

We got together with these two cuties two weeks ago at Kate’s family’s summer home, the place where the “I dos” will take place. We got to mooch around and scout out some fun spots for photos, saving some of our favorites for the wedding day. But, with so much beauty concentrated in one place, we had plenty to choose from and had a lot of fun getting to know these two lovebirds a bit better.

Without further ado….meet Kate & Hugh.

We instantly hit it off with these two right from our first meeting, but during our love session, I think I pulled a muscle laughing so hard. Hugh is a big, loveable goofball and sweet Kate is his perfect sidekick. These two know how to have fun together….even if they’re doing nothing more than standing beside a big old tree. In the photo on the left, Hugh was showing us some of his model moves, leaning up on the tree all sexy style. I don’t know how I was able to actual take photos. I seriously couldn’t stop laughing….neither could Kate. I’m pretty sure there is no better ingredient in a long, happy marriage than lots of laughter….and if what I suspect is true…these two are in for quite a joyful journey together!

There he goes again….Just delightful.

What makes these two extra sweet is the story of how they met. About three and a half years ago, soon after moving to NYC, Kate’s cousin, Paige, decided she wanted to fix Kate up on a blind date and she had the perfect guy….Hugh. Hugh was best friends with Paige’s roommate’s boyfriend. The roommates conspired and the date was set.  “We had a lot of things in common, and knew that it was a great fit from the start,” Kate said. Hugh told us that, for him, it was definitely love at first site. “I remember when the elevator doors opened and I saw Kate for the first time,” he said, adding that he was blown away by the beautiful, petite, spunky woman before him. “On our first date, I asked Kate if she had any hobbies or played any sports. She said, ‘I play one game called, ‘I Win,’ and I said, ‘How do you play that?’ Kate replied, ‘I Win!!!'” Hugh was hooked!

A loving glance…

A tender kiss…

We love it when our couples let down their guards, easing into the flow of the session and enjoying themselves right away. In this next photo, Hugh was feeling inspired and asked if he & Kate could lean on opposite poles. We said, “sure, why not!” They were enjoying their creative direction so much, they decided to give themselves a high five. Love these guys! So silly & so much fun!!!

Silly, happy, fun, wonderful….Hugh & Kate!

What’s really wonderful about these two is they don’t really have to be doing much of anything to make each other (and us) laugh. Just watching Hugh take a little stroll down the front foyer was enough to send Kate….and me…into stitches. And, I can see them still having this effect on each other many happy years from now! Just wonderful!

More giggles and loving glances…

Looooove this next one….it just sums these two and their loving relationship up perfectly!

And this flirty little exchange makes my heart purr….

Next, we headed down to the newly renovated family dock for some more silliness.

Again….this series is all them! “Hark, what doth sail on yonder way?” Goofballs!

Silly & sexy all rolled into one….stupendous!

I really like this next one….the way Kate’s hair is covering half her face…so Cover Girl. And, the confident, content expression on Hugh’s handsome face. And, of course, I always love me some good leading lines to make a photo interesting.

Helllooooooo goood lookin’…

Kate is pint size, particularly standing next to Hugh (who I think is like 6’3″…maybe more)…..and I just love the tippy toe kisses. So sweet!

In your sweetie’s arms….it’s the best place to be!

Some more gorgeous giggles and a tender kiss to wrap things up.

Kate & Hugh, thank you sooooo much for such an enjoyable afternoon. We were already excited about getting to be a part of your wedding, which is sure to be an incredible celebration. But, now, we’re giddy with anticipation. Watching you two together is so delightful. It’s obvious the love and affection you have for one another and seeing the way you play together and just genuinely enjoy each other….well, there really is nothing better. You remind us why we love what we do. Getting to be around such love is truly a blessing. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Can’t wait to do it all again in just a couple of months!! With big love & hugs, Chris & Andy xoxo