Kevin & Kelly have been together for over 10 years. They met in college in a less-than-romantic-but-totally-adorable moment over a washing machine. Who knew that a load of whites would bring two people to this place. In love, growing together, and now husband and wife. K+K, here’s a highlight of your incredible Tower Hill Botanic Garden wedding day.
We met Kelly through her bridesmaid Chelsea, a super-talented hair stylist with Christy & Co, our favorite wedding hair & makeup team. Hire them, they’re amazing.
All around, this is a sweet group. From Kelly’s grandmothers, to their parents, older siblings who were MOH & BM (and delivered the most loving toasts), and friends. The day was so smooth and so fun because of K+K and their people.
When Kelly told me they were getting ready at the new Homewood Suites hotel in Worcester, I got really, really excited. I’ve driven by this beautiful, ivy-covered brick building for years, always imagining how beautiful it would be as a backdrop for a bride & groom. First look location? Yes, please! Kelly braved the traffic in a wedding gown (which you’d think would be an automatic stop sign…but apparently not) to meet Kevin. Ahead of schedule and looking so ready to see his love.
Gorgeous flowers by Jeff French Designs, who never disappoints. Succulents, anemones AND ranunculus in the bouquets. Love this one of the wedding party below, before heading to Tower Hill Botanic Garden for their wedding ceremony in the Secret Garden.
I could go on and on about Tower Hill Botanic Garden. I’m obsessed. We’re members outside of weddings, and our boys have grown up going here. Just 45 minutes west of Boston, perfect for weddings and parties (oh, also the events team is top-notch), or just escaping life’s busyness. They also have wine nights on Thursdays in the summer. It’s paradise. Seriously. You should go.
Kudos to this wedding party. Everyone was ready early and up for anything. We leisurely toured pretty much all of Tower Hill, even making it to the Wild Things exhibit in the woods!
Kevin & Kelly’s wedding ceremony was in the Secret Garden, and their good friend Kyle officiated. They wrote their own vows and there were lots of laughs as the reminisced on their journey to this day. Especially the laundry.
Guests headed to cocktail hour in the Winter Garden at Tower Hill, and we wandered out behind the Orangerie for a few more portraits with just the two of them.
Their wedding reception was in the Orangerie, decorated simply, with comfortable mahogany chairs for guest comfort.
There are so many great moments from the night, but Ben’s already telling me that this highlight is too long. So I’ll leave you with a few of my favorite moments & dance moves.
I’ve had the pleasure of photographing Caitlin’s family several times over the years. Her sister’s senior session, her cousin’s wedding, even a sister session to surprise her mom. At her cousin Nathan (& Dani!)’s wedding, I not-so-subtly mentioned to Cait: “when it’s your turn, call me.”
Fast forward a couple of years and I get an email from Cait titled “It’s time!” I was SO excited. Mike had just proposed and they were ready to plan their 2018 wedding. Plans came together for an outdoor summer wedding at Birch Wood Vineyards, a winery wedding venue in Southern New Hampshire.
The bridal suite at Birch Wood Vineyards is one of the nicest I’ve ever seen – open, bright & furnished with stylist stations. Caitlin is so laid-back, so I knew the day would be relaxed. She also LOVES kids, and she lit up when the girls she used to nanny entered the room.
Cait had the best ladies to help her get into her gown – her sweet mama & sister/best friend Sarah. All kind-hearted beauties.
The sky was dark but not raining, so plans for the outdoor wedding ceremony in the vineyard were on…
50% of the ring bearers were thrilled. 100% of the flower girls were, and the girls took their jobs very seriously!
Mike’s one of those guys who seems so stoic. He is quiet, coaches football, and has an incredible jawline. I didn’t think he’d be emotional…but when Cait walked down that aisle, tears filled his eyes. And he couldn’t take his eyes off his bride. His sweet mama cried along with her baby boy.
Sometimes the best moment is the moment after the kiss – I love how Caitlin grabbed Mike’s face in her hands!
Thunder rumbled and rain threatened. People often ask about rain plans. My suggestion is to embrace the day – whether it turns out exactly how you planned or not. That will ensure the best pictures…because you’re genuinely having the best time. We had about 5 minutes to capture as many portraits outside as possible before the rain. And in between shots, these two giggled to each other, not a care in the world.
I told Cait that I wanted to be friends with all of her bridesmaids. She has an AWESOME bride tribe.
Their grande entrance into the Estate Room, with some of our favorites from the night…
Fanny & Andrew had a fairytale wedding day at Tower Hill Botanic Garden two weeks ago. I don’t even know where to begin. Fanny’s planning was perfection – bright and floral and minimalist, from her venue selection to all of the details that came together beautifully that day.
They started at our favorite hotel in Worcester, the refined Beechwood Hotel, for their wedding preparations and room block. Hair & Makeup by Doll Face Duo was finishing up early as we arrived. I loved the natural yet glowing look, one that would last all day thanks to their Air-brushed makeup techniques (we 100% recommend airbrush for the wedding day!).
Fanny may have had some pre-wedding jitters, but spending the time with Andy and soaking in the beauty of Tower Hill visibly relaxed her. We started with just the two of them in the orchards at THBG, and continued to the Secret Garden before meeting family & wedding party on the Big Lawn for portraits.
Ok, stop it with the cuteness. This happened completely organically. And I love that Fanny & Andrew are in the distance (top left)…
Fanny’s nieces & nephews mean the world to her. She took time to help them all get dressed before the wedding, and gave them all special roles during the ceremony on the Big Lawn – ring bearers, flower girls and ribbon wand attendants!
In nod to Swedish tradition, Fanny & Andrew met at the end of the aisle and walked together, as equals, to be married.
These two wanted to spend as much time with the people they loved as possible, so we planned some casual portraits on the walk to cocktail hour in the Winter Garden, and then they headed in to celebrate with friends & family. Capers catered the event, and had apps galore and the best signature drinks…they even made me a nonalcoholic version that was AHHHmazing.
The Orangerie was elegantly simple, ready for guests with white chairs, table linens, and place settings, and beautifully-organic floral centerpieces. I couldn’t get enough of the flowers.
The night went by so quickly, starting with the elegantly-choreographed first dance (they nailed it!), toasts, and dancing to the talented Night Rhythm Band to close out the night. Here’s a glimpse of the night they’ll never forget with guests who traveled far & wide to celebrate with these two.
Marjorie & Rich have been dating since 2012. They reconnected through friends and, well, now the rest is history. He’s the nicest guy she ever met….and this July, it was time to get married.
Family is so important to Marjorie. She was concerned her nana may not make it to the wedding, so she brought the wedding to Nana. Marjorie & Rich had their first look in Nana’s backyard, and Nana got the second look.
While Marjorie went to Nana’s for a first look, it was Nana who enjoyed her first look at BEN! Hahaha, I’m still laughing – she kept her eye on him all day, and insisted he hop in the pictures beforehand. She’s newly “on the hunt” as she put it! #favoritepersonoftheday
We headed to Shaker Hills in Harvard for portraits and both the wedding ceremony and reception. This was our first time shooting at Shaker Hills, which is just down the road from our photography studio in Bolton, and we loved it! Gorgeous grounds, a stately building and a fantastic event manager (Kasee, you rock!).
Marjorie is so laid back…she asked a friend to decorate a chalkboard sign the night before the wedding, and ok’ed it without seeing it. Here, she was pleasantly surprised with her friend’s chalk work!
They used the ring pillow from her parent’s wedding! Holly & Sam, her parents, still happily married for over FORTY years. I love the moment they shared before they walked down the aisle together. This moment struck me as one of the loveliest moments of the day.
Cocktail hour on the Veranda with guitar music, wine and so much food. Everyone headed inside to Shaker Hills’ ballroom for dinner & dancing. Starting with M&R’s GORGEOUSLY executed first dance (thanks to Firebeat Ballroom Studios). Wow. The dip is one of the best we’ve seen! And angled just right. From there, the dance floor was packed thanks to the always incredible First Class Band with lead singer Concetta. Here are some of our favorite reception moments.
The Atlantic Resort Newport overlooks the Atlantic Ocean, with a manicured lawn for outdoor weddings (like Meredith & Brandon’s). Cambria Suites Newport is also on property so friends & family can settle in for the weekend. After some drone footage of the grounds, Ben and I headed in to greet Meredith & Brandon, who were getting ready in suites just around the corner from each other. These two were so calm and relaxed! There was a great vibe to the day, even early on.
Brandon’s brothers were his support throughout the day and stole the show with their toasts during the reception. One of the things I enjoyed most about this day is the closeness of the families. They each have brothers – this was a day of A LOT of brothers – and share such a strong connection with their siblings and parents.
Back to the ladies. I was so impressed with the delivery of the flowers by Weedweavers Wakefield. How cool is this wooden bouquet caddy?! The flowers were stunning and this made transportation a breeze.
Meredith opened her card & gift from Brandon before getting into her gown. So so calm and ready to marry her best friend. Oh, and you’ll get a peek below at one of my instant-favorite-people-of-all-time, Grandmom below. She might be the funniest person I’ve ever met.
Meredith looked so elegant in her gown. I loved the shoulder detail, and those beautiful earrings from Brandon! Once she was ready, she met her dad for the very first look. He barely held it together, waiting patiently to see his baby girl on her wedding day. But he did it!
Brandon & Meredith asked us for help choosing locations for their first look & wedding party portraits. They rented a vintage trolley and were up for anything off-sand. I’m pretty excited about the plan we came up with…from Paradise Park for their bride & groom first look & family portraits (free of wind & rocky terrain!), followed by 3rd beach and then the cliffs at Purgatory, all within 10 minutes of the Atlantic Resort.
In Jewish tradition, Brandon & Meredith had a private ketubah signing ceremony led by Brandon’s rabbi, Rabbi Jerome David, prior to their ceremony at Atlantic Resort. In the eyes of the temple, this is when they are officially married.
The Ballroom at The Atlantic Resort is on the second floor. Step out of the elevator and you’re greeted with this gorgeous modern, airy room filled with lounge furniture and light.
Meredith & Brandon, congratulations friends. Your day was perfect. You are both so so lovely, and your families are just the same. We loved being a part of the day, and are so excited for your journey ahead!
Oh boy, this Gibbet Hill wedding highlight is going to be a long one. I’ve been looking forward to Katie & Ryan’s wedding at Gibbet Hill in Groton for what feels like foreverrrrrrr. These two live way up in Conway NH and have been planning their wedding from afar. Its funny, despite the distance, Katie and I developed an instant bond. I think it started when I woo’ed her mom and auntie. “What did you do to mom and auntie?!” I will laugh about that email for a long time.
This was “Country Elegance” at its finest at Gibbet Hill, one of my favorite venues perfect for New England brides looking for a unique barn wedding venue with rustic elegance. Mason jars and galvanized buckets, beautiful flowers, cowgirl boots, and burlap tied the theme in perfectly, but this gooorgeous girlie girl definitely still needed her 4″ pink heels!
Katie and Ryan had a line dance planned for their wedding party after intros so the ladies practiced their moves while Katie’s mom helped her into her gown. The JP ran a bit late so while the guests and Ryan enjoyed the beautiful September day, the girls played catchphrase (one of my faves!) to keep Katie entertained. She kept her cool and laughed with her girls while she waited for the word that it was time to get married.
During the ceremony, Katie & Ryan asked that each guest make a wish on a pebble and drop it into a wish jar for them. This is the first time I’ve seen this, I loved it. From there it was effortless pictures and on to the celebration – the wedding party totally rocked the line dance, Ryan & Katie skipped the cake and had a “first scoop” at the ice cream bar instead (crazy amounts of toppings including marshmellow sauce. Umm YUM).
Katie’s MOH said during the speech that Katie had told her during college (U-U-U-UMass!) that “happily ever after” for her was “to meet an amazing guy, move up to the woods in NH, get married and have babies.” She’s definitely found it in Ryan. Sounds pretty perfect, and I couldn’t be more thrilled for them and their next adventure together.
If you’re browsing our website and you’re looking for an inspiring, seriously-styled wedding, well my friend, you’ve just found it. Jeff & Heather’s Citizen Wine Bar wedding in Worcester had a vintage americana theme carried beautifully throughout. From the color palette of red, white and blue, to the newspaper accents (fitting since Jeff works at the Providence Journal) and the vintage/restored touches by this DIY maven.
Heather put a lot of time into the details here, and it really showed. As a super-visual person, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. But wow did it all come together and wow was it impressive. The theme was not only stylish, fun and colorful, but totally them. In addition to being super crafty, I’m pretty sure Heather’s also someone who can pull off red lipstick anywhere, anytime. She just can. She’s got sass and I love how she expressed it with the short gown, veil change (traditional to birdcage…love!), netting weaved into her beautiful curls and RED heels.
Add in a great wedding party and amazing locations – Bancroft Tower in Worcester for their wedding ceremony and The Citizen Wine Bar for wedding reception – and this ends up being one of my most favorite weddings. Enjoy!
Here’s Part 1, including a little bit about Mathias & Bess, and what made their wedding so incredible…
Mathias & Bess live in Oslo, Norway. I spoke with Bess about a year ago over Skype and we quickly figured out that we were a great match. They were planning to travel to Boston to get married with their closest 125 or so friends & family. Why Boston? She’s visited the city before (her brother lives just outside the city) and loved it. Plus, nearly all of their guests would be traveling from around the globe so Boston made a fairly good meeting point – between Norway, Oregon, Toronto, Croatia, Paris and even Abu Dhabi. They have an incredible story together, which includes lots of goodness for others. They are incredibly beautiful. And incredibly kind… And they love black & white pictures.
Everyone stayed at the beautiful Taj Boston Hotel, which is where Bess & Mathias got ready for their wedding….enjoy a look into their beautiful day below. Take note of some of my favorite moments – a real-life princess getting into her gown (more on why I say this in Part II), Mathias’s B&W portrait, Mathias meeting Bess halfway down the aisle at the ceremony, the wind catching her veil INSIDE the chapel during their kiss (how does that even happen?!) their magazine-worthy exit from the church and the way the sun wrapped around them as they left the ceremony, and most of all – their overwhelming joy. Joy that was contagious and spread to everyone around them through smiles, tears and kind words.
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