Eastern Yacht Club Wedding and Elopement, Marblehead MA: Kate and Thomas

In the difficult times we are in right now, I’m really happy to share this wonderful elopement of Kate and Thomas at the Eastern Yacht Club in Marblehead MA. These two shared their intimate wedding with about 20 guests made up of friends and family. One of my favorite parts of the day was during the portraits it quickly changed from a light drizzle to a down pour. Kate and Thomas laughed through it and thankfully some of their lovely guests helped dry them off before the ceremony. I hope you’ll enjoy some of the lovely moments from their wedding and a few words of wisdom from the couple.

– What lead the two of you to have a wedding the way you did? Family, friends location etc?
We chose to have a small wedding for a large variety of factors. The biggest one was the timeline we were hoping to get married in and the practical factors of wanting to have a very nice, but economical event. In terms of location, we chose Eastern Yacht Club because it is a meaningful place for both of us. Thomas and I met there at a sailing event they were hosting five years ago. Some of Thomas’s Dad’s family members have been members there for several generations. Currently, Kate is a member and we spend a lot of time together up there on the water and with friends.
– What were you most excited about before the wedding?
We were most excited about the idea of having a an opportunity to celebrate this next step of our relationship and have a (hopefully!) very nice party to show our appreciation for a very close group of family and friends. It was very special to have this group of people from different areas of our lives all together in one space.
– Did anything surprise you?
It was a much more special, heartfelt, and intimate experience than anticipated. Kate was nervous about pulling the event off and was trying to keep expectations in check by keeping cool and allowing herself not get too overly excited (/ nervous!). We felt extremely loved and supported by every person who was present and they each showed their excitement for us in ways that was so unique to themselves and fun for us to experience. Upon reflection, the ceremony was both of our individual highlights of the event – it was a very emotional and fun experience.
– Which images did you love the most?
In the portraits we were feeling very happy, relaxed, and connected. There was a perfect mixture of portraits that felt very natural and candids. The photos captured real, unfiltered emotions, facial expressions, and body language of us and of our guests that are very transparent. I also really enjoy how you used the environments and interior spaces we were in as an important additional element of detail beyond just the people in the frames. Even in the photos where the subject was making eye contact with the camera (lol, almost every one of my mom!) the results are real to the moment.
– Any advice for couples going through this process or about to go through the process?
Have trust and confidence in how you are deciding to do your wedding – whatever cultural traditions you want to go with or step away from are okay and don’t give any headspace to anyone who tries to convince you otherwise! Also, in whatever this means to you, it was helpful to try and keep things simple and easy as possible. In the long run, the small details won’t matter if they don’t come together perfectly. With our intentions set on the excitement of getting married, in the end we would have been thrilled no matter how the event played out. Also, the photos are a wonderful tangible memory – so make sure to get an amazing photographer ?!