Caitlin + Mike’s Birch Wood Vineyards Wedding

Caitlin + Mike’s Birch Wood Vineyards Wedding

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.

Love her invitation suite from Smartfish Group. Styled with fresh flowers thanks to the help of Britton Designs!

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…

Congratulations, Cait & Mike!

Wedding Venue: Birch Wood Vineyards, Derry NH

Officiant: John Neilon

DJ: Get Down Tonight Entertainment

Florist: Britton Designs

Hair & Makeup: Polished – Westminster MA

Cake Artist: Chickadee Hill Cakes

Decor: Perfect Party Linen

Invitations: Smartfish Group

Anna & Andy’s Labelle Winery Wedding

Anna & Andy’s Labelle Winery Wedding

We recently got to enjoy Anna & Andy’s Best Day Ever – their wedding reception was held at the beautiful Labelle Winery in Amherst NH, a venue we were happy to return to for its elegance with just a touch of rustic undertones. I met Anna at her parents home, and she got ready in the room she grew up in. Anna is a dancer, and she wore her beloved ballet flats from her high school dance company on her wedding day.

And while I was with the girls, Ben was hanging with Andy and the guys…

Anna has Type 1 Diabetes (you can read more about her journey at myglu.org), something I can relate to as my dad has it. She takes incredible care of herself, but its something extra she had to make special effort to think about on her wedding day, something most brides don’t need to worry about. So she drank her orange juice while putting on her gown, to make sure her sugar stayed at the right level. Meanwhile, Dad cleaned up his mustang to drive his girl to her wedding ceremony.

We were very limited to where we chould shoot at the church…which was a blessing in disguise. Ben was restricted to the balcony and captured so many incredible shots like the one below that we actually followed this same “plan” by choice for this past weekend’s wedding!

We photographed a wedding shortly after Labelle Winery first opened last year, and it was great to be back and see the vines flourishing!

A&A invited their wedding party and parents to join them for a dance, followed by fantastic speeches…

As a surprise to her dad, Anna’s Aunt Kim played an acoustic guitar song for their father/daughter dance.

Even though their weddings are a long looooong way off, I love that I can see a wedding day through the eyes of a bride (married 7 years ago myself) and a parent, and for this reason I love capturing the expressions of parents throughout the day, like this one of Anna’s mom watching her husband and daughter during their dance.

In general, I don’t love seeing phones out at weddings. But this was one of those special cases, where Anna was able to facetime with her cousin who wasn’t able to make the wedding. Love that!

Labelle was gracious enough to let us sneak down to the cellar for a private dance and some pictures…congratulations to Anna & Andy. Best. Day. Ever!

Wedding CeremonySouth Church Andover

Reception VenueLabelle Winery