Atlantic Inn Wedding, Block Island: Matthew and Stephen

What lead you to have a wedding the way you did? Family, friends location etc?

We wanted to have a wedding that was different the traditional one, but we still wanted all of our family and friends to be able to join us.  We’d visited Block Island a few times over the past few years and fell in love with it. With the laid-back atmosphere and the scenic views, we knew it was where we wanted to tie the knot.

What were you most excited about before the wedding?

We were most excited to get to celebrate (what turned out to be a beautiful day) with our closest friends and family and to see everything we had been planning for over a year come together.

Did anything surprise you?

Looking back, it feels like the day flew by, but at the time, we truly celebrated every moment.  We were worried that the day would slip away from us, but we truly feel like we savored every detail. It’s amazing to see how much love people have for you when they set aside an entire weekend, travel varying lengths to get to you, and have a truly awesome time together.

Which images did you love the most?

All of them. Sincerely.  We went through and made a list of favorites that was still over a hundred images.  The golden hour photos are supreme, but the wedding party photos we did at the lighthouse also turned out spectacular, even if they did decide to park a crane in front of the lighthouse!

Any advice for couples going through this process or about to go through the process?

Stay true to yourself.  It truly is your day, so don’t compromise – all of your guests will be guests at other weddings, but this one is (hopefully) the only one that’s yours – you’ll remember the details so don’t let any of them bring you down.   Also, book Angie. Seriously.

Highfield Hall and Gardens, Falmouth MA: Caitlin and Max

For months I’ve been looking forward to sharing Caitlin and Max’s wedding at Highfield Hall and Gardens from this past spring. These two meticulous planned and created a elegant and wonderful experience for their family and friends, many who were coming in from out of state. The couples main focus was to spend time with guests and share their love with everyone.

The couple started the day with a first look at Max’s family friends Japanese inspired garden. The garden abuts Max’s family home and I could not have been more stunned at the incredible oasis their neighbors have created. After some portraits and family formals, the couple held there ceremony in a quintessential New England church in the center of Falmouth. Tears and laughter followed with some of my favorite processional images.

For the reception, Caitlin’s father gave a touching toast where he talked about his love and admiration for his daughter as well as her strength an compassion. He juxtaposed her elegant composure with her fierce competition and shared a story about Caitlin taking no excuses in a crew race and turned into a bull dog of a coxswain. Caitlin’s sister, the maid of honor, and Max’s life long best friend and best man followed with equally touching and funny stories about the couple. It was a memorable wedding and one I’m very happy to share with you.

Wedding at Moraine Farm, Beverly MA – Alison and Dan

What lead you to have a wedding the way you did? Family, friends location etc?
We knew our wedding would be on the bigger side just because we both have larger families, and since we met after school, we both have our own full friend groups! Beyond that, we knew early on a few priorities. We wanted it to have a ‘cocktail party’ feel, with no formal seating charts to make sure everyone could get up and mingle or eat or dance whenever they wanted – we had been at a few weddings where we felt trapped in our tables, and definitely didn’t want anyone to be in that position. We also knew the band would be a big priority – music and dancing together has been part of our relationship literally since the day we met, so that was important! Location was a little bit trickier for us – we wanted to be sure we were in, or close to, a more urban area because we didn’t want people to be stuck without transportation or things to do the rest of the weekend, but we also love the outdoors and wanted somewhere with a nature-y component. The venue we found ended up being a perfect middle ground, and we knew we found it as soon as we saw it!
What were you most excited about before the wedding?
The music, the dancing, and the food : ) Plus getting to see so many people we love all in one place! Dan’s friends and family are more centrally located around New England, so we’re lucky to see them a lot, but I (Ali) grew up outside Washington DC and went to school in California, and have friends and family spread out all over the country, so this was such an amazing chance to get everyone together!
Did anything happened that you weren’t expecting?
We had some unexpected weather obstacles! There were major storm systems all up and down the east coast that weekend, and we had a lot of people with cancelled or rescheduled flights – my grandma ended up stuck at the airport in Florida for 10 hours! A few people did unfortunately end up not being able to make it as a result, but a number of people really went above and beyond to rearrange things and be there. It also ended up giving us some day-of stress, because the storms hit the towns around our venue that morning – we pretty quickly just made our peace with the fact that we would have to switch to our under-cover plan B, but then had the ultimate luck when the weather cleared just before the ceremony, giving us an absolutely beautiful day! Beyond those logistics, I honestly think most things went according to plan – but I also have no idea if people were hiding the chaos from us, in which case, well played : ) 
Which images did you love the most?
Oh my gosh too many to choose!! Our first look was so special, and the pictures absolutely captured it – and then the candids from the dance floor were just perfect, SO much fun! We loved how all the pictures conveyed the whole atmosphere of the day in the most natural way, and haven’t stopped looking at them since we got them : )
Any advise for couples going through this process or about to go through the process?
Don’t stress about the details!!! There are so many decisions that need to be made, you end up getting sucked into the small stuff that you might never otherwise have cared about, but on the day, you’ll be taking it all in and thinking about how beautiful everything is, and I can promise you that you won’t be thinking “Hm if only those centerpieces were a little different…”  Put the planning in and work with vendors that you trust, but in the end don’t be afraid to let some stuff go – it’s your wedding day, and that’s all you need for it to be amazing! Also try to build in time to greet people and such – whether that’s some sort of welcome reception the night before (which we did, worked out really well), or being really efficient with cocktail hour – so that you can dive in and enjoy the reception after!