Kelli & Ryan’s Bedford Village Inn Wedding

Kelli & Ryan’s Bedford Village Inn Wedding

Our fall wedding season ended with this. We are lucky, lucky photogs.

Gorgeous light, a beautiful venue, and most important, a sweet, funny, in-love-since-high-school couple most excited to celebrate this monumental day with their favorite people.

Ben and I have been to a wedding at Bedford Village Inn as guests, but this was our first time photographing there. With all new venues, we do our homework before and have game plans ready for sun, clouds and rain. We’re always prepared on the wedding day.

Kelli & Ryan met and fell in love in high school. They have the sweetest love story that made my cry during the initial consult. I am SUPER emotional and love love stories most of all, but I can typically keep it together during the first meeting. Not this one. First time crying during a consult. Aaaand I teared up within 15 minutes of photographing their preparation when the mamas showed me the gifts they received from Kelli – custom-engraved bracelets with the sweetest “we love our moms” messages.

Her engraved gift to Ryan was a bit more direct. 🙂

These two had one of the nicest days of the fall, with warm sun that the ladies actually had their makeup with Mollie Brown Makeup outside on the deck! Finally time for Kelli to put on her STUNNING long-sleeve Maggie Sottero lace gown from Kleinfeld.

Ryan & Kelli’s private first look on the back patio at Bedford Village Inn. Just the two of them. Ryan’s got that always-smiling charm and so much love for his girl.

This group was the best. This is the kind of group that gets along so well and just has fun. Looking through their pictures, I always feel like I must be super funny. Everyone’s laughing (for real) and having a good time. But I think it didn’t have that much to do with me. At least this time. 😉

Kelli was going for a “Historic/Rustic” theme to compliment their wedding venue selection, and the bouquets and gowns nailed it. Flowers by PJs Flowers in Bedford NH.

Kelli borrowed pins from her grandmothers for her something borrowed, something old and something blue.

The light was literally perfect for their portraits. After we finished up, we headed inside so Kelli’s mom and sis could put in her cathedral-length veil. Meanwhile, Ben was outside capturing guests arriving. And he spotted…a unicorn?!

Inspiration can strike at the oddest moments. Heading downstairs with Kelli, we passed by a friend’s room who happened to have the COOLEST floral wallpaper. Furniture moved, room borrowed, instant bridal portrait thanks to bounced flash.

The outdoor ceremony space at Bedford Village Inn is nestled between the buildings with bistro lights and plants galore. It felt like a secret garden. They got married just as the sun started setting, and it got dark quick. We set up flashes prior to the ceremony so we’d be ready from the switch from soft natural light to darkness.

First kiss with the moon in the distance! If I could insert the lovey-eyes emoji right here, I would.

I’m pretty sure Kelli was most excited about the Kane’s donuts. Ok, maybe they came second to Ryan, but it was a close second. Here’s her first look at the donut boards! Again, insert lovey-eyes emoji.

Ryan’s best man was his cousin Devin. He gave a hilarious toast…but sorry Devin, your thunder was stolen real quick. Staci, Kelli’s sister, wrote & performed a rap to Salt-N-Pepa, complete with that a mic drop that DJ KevMac wasn’t too thrilled about. Everyone was off their seats at the end, it was INSANE. Someone please post a link to a video in the comments below. I need to see it again. Insane.

That moment when you finally realize how amazing the donuts are.

Kelli’s my kind of girl. Second dress on, donut in one hand, wine glass in the other. Their dance floor was insane. Such a fun party.

Congratulations K+R. We loved celebrating with you!

Wedding Venue: Bedford Village Inn

Officiant: Terry Martinson

DJ: Kev Mack

Florist: PJs Flowers

Gown: Maggie Sottero via Kleinfeld Bridal

Cake Artist: none. Kane’s Donuts instead!

Makeup Artist: Mollie Brown

Hair Stylist: Luxe Salon at BVI

Invitations: Minted

Sue & Jon’s Royal Sonesta Boston Wedding

Sue & Jon’s Royal Sonesta Boston Wedding

 2018 has been the year of rainy Saturdays. Rain sometimes means rearranging the day, making last minute changes to the timeline. Sue & Jon’s October wedding day started with rain, but thanks to team decisions on first look, portraits, etc, it didn’t matter in the least. Here’s a look into their beautiful wedding day.

Sue got ready at her childhood home in Milton. Her mom welcomed us with coffee and homemade scones. I could’ve kissed her. And Sue was enjoying hair & makeup by her team from Cut-Splice who traveled from Charlestown to take care of her.

The morning was peaceful and our bride was happy.

Her parents’ home is SO cute. Initial plans were to meet at Turners Pond in Milton for their first look and family portraits, but the front steps of her parents’ home was a beautiful and sweet plan B. Here’s Jon, arriving to meet his almost-wifey before heading to St Agatha Parish in Milton.

I love that both of Sue’s parents walked her down the aisle. She’s the baby of the family and the last of 18 cousins to get married. So much love and anticipation for this moment!

The rain completely cleared up during their ceremony, so outdoor portraits were on! Sue & Jon’s wedding reception was at the Royal Sonesta in Cambridge. We LOVE the Royal Sonesta! Bianca and team are awesome, and the views can’t be beat.

If a dress swishes, I say swish away girlfriend! Sue was ready.

After portraits, we moved inside for cocktail hour and then dinner and dancing in the Ballroom. I love the way the sun cast through the windows to light up the tables. The room was elegant and classy, with gold chevari chairs and white and gold centerpieces.

World Premiere Band performed at their wedding, and put on a killer show. This was our first time working with them, and I would hands down recommend this band. They were talented and so much fun, and they were nice too. A bonus when we all eat dinner together in the vendor room. 🙂

Sue & Jon are so sweet together. One of the first things Sue told me about Jon is that he’s always thinking about her happiness. He’s such a thoughtful guy, and he’s loved by so many friends. Its funny, because the way she’s describing him is also the way I saw her treating him. They have so much shared respect and love for one another. Definitely a good team as they move forward in life together. Whether spending time with her dog, or traveling the globe together.

Sue’s family came to party! I mentioned that she’s the last of 18 cousins to get married. That’s a huge family! And they brought their A-game to this wedding. World Premiere Band got an easy group, that’s for sure. The dance floor was packed all night. Keep scrolling, you’ll see!

xoxo, Sue & Jon. We hope you love this highlight. Next up, your video trailer, complete photo collection, and cinematic wedding film!

Wedding Venue: Royal Sonesta Boston – Cambridge MA

Church: St Agatha Parish – Milton MA

Band: The World Premiere Band

Videographer: The Ewings (that’s us!)

Florist: Lollipops & Roses

Wedding Gown: Mikaella by Paloma Blanca

Hair & Makeup: Cut-Splice Charlestown

Cake Artist: The Icing on the Cake

 

 

Emily & Jon’s White Mountains Wedding – Mount Washington Resort

Emily & Jon’s White Mountains Wedding – Mount Washington Resort

We had the pleasure of photographing not one but two incredible fall weddings at the Omni Mount Washington Resort in Bretton Woods NH this year. I’m so excited to present Emily & Jon with their wedding highlight!

Mount Washington Resort is huge, and the basement level is one of the best parts! Stickney’s Grille, shops, the mysterious Cave Bar, and a complete spa. The Spa is HUGE – here’s where I met Emily while her makeup was finished up by Allison, one of the Resort makeup artists. Totally relaxed and enjoying the experience, I headed to her room to play with her pretty wedding details!

Emily’s wedding party was all family – so getting ready was sweet with her mom, cousins and Jon’s sister. Her bridesmaids were awesome – they could have been bridesmaids for hire, they were like pros!

Her Casablanca wedding gown was soft & flowy and she looked so elegant.

What a location for an outdoor wedding ceremony! This is the Jewell Terrace at Omni Mount Washington Resort.

This is one of my favorites of the day. Emily, absolutely radiant, with her stoic dad clasping her hand in his as he walks her down the aisle to her love.

The most epic New England mountain wedding view. Jon’s family pastor traveled from NJ to officiate their wedding.

Every angle is different and spectacular. They wrote their own heart-felt vows that had the majority of their friends & family in tears…present company included!

It was a bit chilly that afternoon, so we took some time in between family portraits to warm up. While everyone celebrated and enjoyed the apps, they snuck sweet moments. No one looking, it was like they felt alone with one another. They were the sweetest moments to watch.

Their wedding was in the Presidential Ballroom, with cocktail hour on the patio and foyer outside the ballroom.

I loved the organic, airy floral design by Ivy+Aster. Cake by Omni Mount Washington. Their table numbers were names of presidential mountain peaks.

When I declared how sweet they were together, this had to happen… #adorable!

 

Their wedding was sweet and loving. As a special tribute to their parents, both celebrating very longstanding marriages, they dedicated a song to each. Watching them love each other in their own ways was beautiful, and it made me think of Emily & Jon in 30+ years, dancing & loving in their own, beautiful way.

Wedding venue: Omni Mount Washington Resort

Officiant: Pastor Gary Costa

Florist: Ivy+Aster

Wedding Gown: Casablanca via Modern Bride, Nashua NH

Hair & Makeup: The Salon at Omni Mount Washington Resort

Invitations: Occasionally Yours

DJ: Brian Sparhawk

Greg + Erin’s Western MA Backyard Tent Wedding

Greg + Erin’s Western MA Backyard Tent Wedding

Today is for Greg & Erin.

They planned a backyard wedding in Athol MA, where Greg grew up. Erin put SO much planning into the tent. Backyard weddings can be a lot of work. There’s so much coordination that has to happen, from the caterers to the tent to the napkins, chairs, bar. You name it. That doesn’t even begin to get into decor. Erin did it all. She had a vision that she would tell me about, as it evolved, over the year+ she spent planning. It was beautiful. I could picture it completely, and I loved it. She was so nervous to see if it would all come together the way she envisioned. Greg is her rock, and I’m sure talked her through it all countless times throughout the process.

The morning before their wedding, I get a simple but vague email from Erin that said that there was a “change of plans” with the tent, but that hopefully everything should work out ok.

I learned that what the email actually meant was that the rental company had completely bailed the day before their wedding. Meaning none of the rentals they paid for would be delivered. All at the default of the rental company. I cannot even imagine what that day must have been like. Their family & friends rallied around them to figure it out. Moms hopped on the phone, Dads called in favors, their wedding party was there for whatever they needed. They say it takes a village to raise a child (which it definitely does!), and in this case, their village moved mountains to re-plan a wedding within 12 hours. Thanks to the help of THESE INCREDIBLE RENTAL COMPANIES, they recreated everything she had put a year into planning.

Tents and benches, chairs & a handmade (day-before!) bar, tables, heating lamps, you name it. DONE. They did it. Erin told me the day of her wedding that she couldn’t even look at the tent. She hoped I’d be able to “make it look good” because she couldn’t bear to look. Her efforts, and the stress, and their hopes were all wrapped up in one.

Greg & Erin were relaxed and happy on their wedding day, focused on what the day was really about: marrying each other, best friends. The chaos of the day before brought a sweet calm to the wedding day. And it was magical. 100% magical, from start to finish. You’d never have known there were any troubles. AT ALL.

Erin, I hope you look at these pictures and see more than you ever hoped for. You deserve it, beautiful lady. The day was beyond incredible.

The day started at The Colonial Hotel in North Central Mass…I’m going to breeze through the preparations because I need to get you outside.

Photography was really important to both Erin & Greg, and when Greg mentioned Clamber Hill Inn as an option for portraits, it was an easy YES. You’ll see why. So these were my very first portraits of the day. The are so cute together, and make each other laugh A LOT. These pictures basically set the tone for the day…also, how gorgeous are they?

Real life Barbie & Ken.

Epic photo-bomb, orchestrated by the Inn’s owner!

Erin & Greg dreamt of a backyard wedding…but they didn’t have the backyard for it! So they called in a favor to their friends at Ellinwood Golf Club to borrow theirs.

Greg was adorable, and alternated from tears to laughs throughout the ceremony and reception. I loved the emotion, it was so sweet and loving and appreciative.

Lol…the longer I look at his nose, wedged up in her eye, the harder I laugh.

Erin & Greg met at Ellinwood Golf Club where he was a member and she was the beer girl. SO cute!

Thinking about the day before, you’d just never know. Never. It was one of the most beautiful tent weddings we’ve ever photographed.

Even the bathroom signs are cute!

The day was so fun, and so joy-filled. It felt like a day spent celebrating with friends. Congrats E+G, we love you guys!

Justin + Caitlin’s Mount Washington Hotel Wedding

Justin + Caitlin’s Mount Washington Hotel Wedding

Mount Washington Hotel is without a doubt one of the most magical places in New England. If not THE most magical place. So when we had the chance to spend the weekend there with two of the friendliest, most welcoming people you’ll ever meet, the answer was an easy: YES PLEASE.

I’m delighted to present the highlight of Caitlin & Justin’s Mount Washington Hotel fall wedding.

Caitlin explained the wedding theme as “Classic/Romantic with a touch of Ethereal/Playful/Woodsy.” The floral design by The Fuchsia Peony pulled the theme together perfectly. Her bouquet and her bridesmaid bouquets were GORGEOUS. I’m obsessed with her beautiful fall wedding flowers, so you’ll see about a thousand pictures of them sprinkled throughout C+J’s highlight.

Here’s Caitlin! Her first look at the Guest Book we created for her, with her favorite engagement pictures, taken at the Fells on a 3-hour tour. A three. Hour. Tour.

Caitlin & Justin had a first look on the private side lawn at Mount Washington Hotel, with the first peeks of fall foliage in the distance. They wanted to enjoy as much time with their family & friends, and the first look helped them do just that.

I’m a HUGE fan of living in the moment, and enjoying all the little things. Insert every other cliche about happiness here. That’s my jam. And that’s why these people are my people. There was twirling from EVERYONE (yep, even Justin who said “Its my wedding day, too!”), hugs, kisses, and time taken to actually smell the flowers.

Mount Washington Hotel arranged a shuttle to take us to the base of the drive. For these.

Invitations by Minted, and flowers for styling provided by The Fuchsia Peony.

We highly recommend an Unplugged Wedding Ceremony, where your friends and family put their phones away and truly be present for the moment you marry your best friend. We also recommend giving guests stuff to throw at you at the end. Hehe. It looks far more eloquent than stated here, and is a lot of fun. In C+J’s case, they made cute little paper cones filled with rose petal confetti.

Their wedding ceremony was held on the iconic Jewell Terrace at Mount Washington Hotel, decorated with flowers and lanterns. Caitlin collected nearly 100 lanterns over the year leading up to their wedding. Her efforts were so worth it.

They were married by Rev. Larry Camerlin. When they first met with him, they talked for hours and he asked them to write letters to each other with their promises and hopes. He read the sweetest parts during the ceremony that brought tears to everyone’s eyes. And he also asked everyone to hug the people around them. It was such a happy celebration of love for two kindhearted people.

“Want me jump off of this ledge? I used to be a gymnast.” YEP.

We headed down to the Presidential Foyer & outside patio for cocktail hour. Their wedding reception followed in the Presidential Ballroom at Mount Washington Hotel.

Tributes to old love and new love.

These two are those friends you love to see on the dance floor at every wedding. Especially if Michael Jackson is on. And even more especially if Thriller is on. Oh, its on.

The dance party was insane, just as they said it would be. And on the way out we enjoyed looking through their guest book, filled with the most thoughtful sentiments from their favorite people, alongside their favorite engagement portraits. So many people took the opportunity to express their love and gratitude for these two that they filled the entire book and had to write on the inside back cover. Heart exploding.

But then we turned around, and there were s’mores.

Caitlin & Justin put so much thought & planning into their wedding day, and it was worth all the effort. It truly was magical, and we are so grateful to have been a part of it.

Wedding Venue: Omni Mount Washington Resort

Ceremony Location: Jewell Terrace at Mount Washington Hotel

Officiant: Rev. Larry Camerlin

Florist: The Fuchsia Peony

DJ & Uplighting: Sowa Entertainment

Invitations: Minted

Dress Shop: Tulle

Gown Designer: Val Stefani for Moonlight

Hair & Makeup: 5 Diamond Salon