today’s love story:
Melissa + Evan’s Annisquam Yacht Club Wedding
and all the magical moments that made it
Tucked away in a private oceanfront corner of Gloucester lies the sweet little village of Annisquam, and the perfect location for Melissa & Evan’s Annisquam Yacht Club wedding.
Here is a peek into M+E’s Anniquam Yacht Club wedding day in Gloucester MA.
Melissa grew up vacationing with her family in Annisquam. This oceanfront village in Gloucester is where she spent summers—with family & friends-now-family—creating bonds for a lifetime. Evan quickly grew to love Annisquam, and though these two live in San Fran now, an Annisquam Yacht Club Wedding was an easy choice for their venue. With the help of the AMAZING Tiffany at Detailed Engagements (and now Bradstreet Farm, a gorgeous North Shore farm to table wedding venue!), the entire village was lovingly utilized for a wedding day that exceeded their wildest dreams.
We first met Melissa & Evan when we photographed her beautiful bridesmaid & friend Alyssa’s wedding, when she married Andy at the New England Aquarium in Boston. We loved getting to see them along with Alyssa’s parents, too! It was such a fun treat!
How cool would it be if one of the groomsmen randomly started playing the old piano in the corner of the room, and all of the groomsmen spontaneously began to sing together? And if only we were filming video! (wedding film teaser…because all of that happened!)
These two are just about the kindest people you’ll ever meet. I always ask our couples how they want people to describe their day. The first word they chose was: appreciated. This one word speaks volumes about the character of this incredible couple.
Throughout the day, they took the time to connect with everyone. Melissa had to rub her cheeks because they hurt from smiling so much. Hugs were given freely along with the words “thank you for being here.”
The moment Melissa shared with her dad before heading to the lawn overlooking Annisquam Harbor to see Evan for their first look. Her siblings watched on and were ready for a group hug as soon as dad had his moment. Melissa’s sister Sara was her MOH and a rockstar throughout the whole day, always there for her big sis.
Annisquam isn’t made for traffic, which added to the adventure. Footpath signs guided the way to the pasture overlooking Annisquam Lighthouse. Melissa & Evan enjoyed a few minutes alone while guests arrived in the distance.
Look at this little guy. He debated about not making the long walk for a sec, but he did it!
I can’t believe Hadley is just making her first appearance in the highlight! I’m guessing these picture are the ones M+E will be most excited about.
Proud dog parents!
I love when couples celebrate their moms…this is something we see at quite a few of our weddings, and I think it speaks to the type of couple we work with, and strong family connections. Melissa & Evan’s moms both had readings in their ceremony…and Melissa’s cousin was their officiant!
Their wedding planner, Tiffany, surprised them with a unique getaway vehicle—a vintage Land Rover! Since everyone walked from the ceremony to their Annisquam Yacht Club wedding, it made for a fun sort of receiving line.
Talk about an entrance. I’ll let the pictures do the talking from here, with two shout outs – the first to Dean & team at Annsiquam Yacht Club and to the band Redline who helped these two celebrate on the dance floor.
Behind the scenes! If you have plans to arrive to cocktail hour on a boat, COUNT ME IN. In the picture on the left, I’m shooting photo & video simultaneously since we’re providing both for them. One person who can shoot both means a pretty unobtrusive experience, even in a super limited space.
Thanks to our second shooter CC for the shot on the right…we always recommend golden hour portraits, and our favorite part about these portraits is seeing our couples enjoy the quiet together. We provide space and an excuse and they get a moment they’ll never forget. And hopefully pictures they’ll love forever.
NORTH SHORE WEDDING VENUE: ANNISQUAM YACHT CLUB – GLOUCESTER MA
WEDDING PLANNER: DETAILED ENGAGEMENTS
VIDEOGRAPHY: THE EWINGS
FLORIST: NUTMEG DESIGN
WEDDING GOWN: BHLDN
INVITATIONS: LIZZY G (A TALENTED FRIEND!)
HAIR & MAKEUP: DEMICHE BEAUTY