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
Wedding Gown: Casablanca via Modern Bride, Nashua NH
Hair & Makeup: The Salon at Omni Mount Washington Resort
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.
Our 2018 wedding season has officially started with Kayleigh & Zach at Harrington Farm in Princeton MA! If you aren’t familiar with it, Harrington Farm is a sweet farm wedding venue on the back of Wachusett Mountain, surrounded by farmland and winding country roads. It’s coziness makes it a fantastic choice for a winter wedding.
We met Kayleigh through Sophia, who’s wedding we photographed 2 years ago at Charter Oak in Hudson. These ladies are the sweetest and I loved photographing both of their weddings. Before you meet Kayleigh, I want to tell you one of my favorite wedding trends I’ve seen lately – two gowns! How gorgeous are these two dresses, both with beading and lace but so incredibly different. Glam for the important parts and comfortable for the dance floor!
Kayleigh’s 3 sisters were her MOH & bridesmaids. They helped her into her gown and all four of them (and mom!) were on top of everything so much that we were early!
Zach is about as laid-back as they come. He and Kayleigh met when they were 18, and she knew she’d marry him that very first day.
They were married by Zach’s uncle and we braved the piercing winds for some portraits outside just after the ceremony…totally worth it!
The night was filled with dinner and dancing, laughs and love. Their love is silly and sweet and honest, and it was such a pleasure to capture it all~
Greg & Marybeth’s Point Lookout Wedding in upstate Maine (near Camden, which just happens to be a little slice of heaven) was the most amazing ‘destination wedding within driving distance’ and we had the privilege to capture it all. I connected instantly with Marybeth & Greg when I first started talking with these two about a year ago. When the last question they had for me before booking was:
“How do you feel about glamping?!”
(Glam-camping, that is.) I knew we had a good one on our hands. And so we’ve been looking forward to it all year. Point Lookout Resort, their wedding venue, is a beautiful combination of rustic charm, high end details, and breathtaking views.
Here’s a glimpse into their amazing wedding weekend in Camden, Maine.
Marybeth & Greg kicked off their wedding weekend at the beautiful, newly renovated Cellar Door Winery in Lincolnville ME at their wedding rehearsal dinner. So naturally, Ben and I had to check it out.
Greg chartered The Lazy Jack, a 58′ sailboat docked in Camden ME, for the guys the morning of the wedding.
Point Lookout Resort overlooks Penobscot Bay, and the view is like none other. The picture on the left is from the inside of the reception space, which is rounded out with floor to ceiling windows to let that beautiful view (and light!) in.
Marybeth & Greg’s details embraced the refined rustic beauty of their venue, from the log placecard holders to burlap, twine & lace wrapped mini-vases of wild flowers and herbs.
The bottom of the mountain is just as gorgeous. We happily shuttled down for more pictures with just the two of them. Adorable Crazy-About-Each-Other Couple + Barn + Overgrown Field + Ocean Edge = happy photog. Or any combination of those will work too!
These two have such incredible chemistry together, and I’m pretty sure I told them (and so many of their friends too!) they’re adorable about a thousand times.
Laura and Chris were married just down the road from our studio, at Wachusett Mountain. Laura told me before that she wanted her day to be fun and sunny, and they got exactly that! From the beautiful sunny day, to the yellow accents throughout from her shoes to invitations to flower girl gowns and gerber daisy bouquets, sunshine was a definite at their wedding.
Chris and Laura got ready at Wachusett Village Inn, and headed to the top of Wachusett Mountain to meet for their mountaintop first look. Just the two of them (and two very discrete photographers).
I love this next picture, just after their first look. As Laura takes in the view, Chris can’t take his eyes off of his almost-wife, gorgeous in her wedding gown.
Their wedding ceremony was held on the lawn at the base of the mountain. Laura slipped away with her girls, including the cutest flower girls ever, while the guys headed to the ceremony to greet the just-arriving guests.
I always love the Sky Ride – its a great opportunity for the bride & groom to spend some precious quality time together, without the potential for anyone to interrupt. While we created a few more beautiful portraits at the top (love the one of her looking over her shoulder!), her guests headed to the chairlift, and they ended up with a little impromptu Sky Ride receiving line while waiting for an open chair. Worked out great!
The day continued into the Mountain Lodge for their indoor Wachusett Mountain wedding reception.
We’re so fortunate to be one of Wachusett Mountain‘s preferred wedding photographers – I mean, how cool is it to get married on the top of a mountain?! Or in Jen & Alex’s case here, have their first look on the top of a mountain. So incredibly romantic and unique. Missy and the ladies at Wachusett do a phenomenal job, making sure each wedding goes off without a hitch. And the food is absolutely incredible! For anyone looking for a unique wedding venue in Massachusetts / New England, this is definitely one to take a look at. Beyond the amazing view and chance to get married on a mountain in Massachusetts, they offer a beautiful fabric-lined tent or nordic lodge, and a lakeside ceremony site.
Without further adieu, here’s a glimpse at what its like to get married there, told through Jen & Alex’s beautiful wedding album design: