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Kathryn and Max, Popponesset Inn, Cape Cod

Cape Cod, Massachusetts.  Our home for 14 years, and my husband’s home of 20 before I crashed in on the scene.  Falmouth was the place where we made so many memories and have so many friends who I call family.  I am forever grateful to them for recommending me for photography work, as it is my favorite, let’s be honest…..and going back home for this event last Memorial Day weekend, topped all charts.

Kathryn and Max had the most beautiful weather, venue and crowd with them on May 25th, and this is proof.  The skies were perfect for their weekend, and my drive north.  We started at Headlines Salon and Day Spa for wedding preparation.  My family there (I spent 10 years there as a stylist) never disappoint and made this already beautiful bride and wedding party the most stunning ever!!

We headed over to the Sea-Mist Hotel for pre-bridal preparations as my cohort in crime, Michelle Staniels, went to Max and his gang in New Seabury.  She captured our men in their pre bridal attire as well as a very casual hang out with the groom’s father and lots of laughs.  The girls shared some champagne and dressed with the moms and it was so fun and casual.  No nerves here, and the smiles literally lasted ALL DAY.

The couple had a first look at the newly renovated New Seabury Country Club.  Wow.  I didn’t think they could make the club more beautiful, boy was I wrong.  Beautiful creams, greys, and granite with lots of pale wood made for a rustic but elegant setting with tons of light.  Perfect for our groom to see his bride for the first time!!

The Popponesset Inn was next in our sights, as our pre-ceremony events were already underway.  Guests were arriving to an already active seaside gem, and our couple met in the bridal suite to sign the Ketubah.   They then proceeded to the ceremony site set up nearby with their families and friends surrounding them.

The photos speak for themselves.  The food was amazing, the band “Night Rhythm” kept everyone on the dance floor ALL NIGHT, and I took hundreds of photos and really couldn’t stop!!  So much fun!  And love is all around, obviously.

Congratulations you two!!  I fell in love with everything about you both and your day.  Blessings for a lifetime of happiness!  And thank you for choosing me!  And a very special thanks to my friend Michelle Staniels for her artful and creative pair of eyes.  We make a great team.

 

 

 

 

Venue:  The Popponesset Inn

Coordinator:  Wilma Lopez, All Star!!

Band:  Night Rhythm

Hair and Makeup:  Headlines Salon and Day Spa

Dress Designer:  Pronovia

Cake:  Tammy Feldott of Scratch Cake

Flowers:  Patrice Milley

Officiant:  Susan Wilson, BSN, MPH, JD

Kaitlyn and Casey, Engaged!

 

Kaitlyn and I worked together at a salon in Myrtle Beach.  We became friends very quickly, as anyone does with her.  She’s the kind queen.  Sweetest beauty ever, and loves loves loves her man Casey.  Over the year we worked together, they became first time homeowners, welcomed another four legged family member, and became engaged shortly thereafter.  She was so excited to tell me about it!  I was overjoyed when she called to tell me.

A Georgetown native, it seemed only right to photograph their engagement session in her hometown.  Georgetown has so many beautiful and natural backdrops, we could have gone to endless places.  They will marry in the Pawleys Island Chapel and have an intimate reception on the beach.  I am so proud of this couple.  They’ve achieved so much together already, they know what they want, and they get it done themselves.  I can’t wait to see what the future holds for them!  And both have hearts of gold.

Love you guys!

 

 

Lauren and Stephen, Married!!

Family.  Jobs and life have put distance between us.  For my mom’s side, it was close then far.  But now, we are here, and to be close to family that I’ve been away from for the majority of some of their lives, especially the younger ones, is a blessing.  We pick up where we left.  Some of my cousins who were little girls yesterday, now grown amazing fierce women today.  And now they are getting married!

Lauren and Stephen found each other and their love blossomed immediately.  Having grown up in the same town all of their lives, they knew each other, but when Stephen offered support and guidance after Lauren’s grandfather (Uncle Billy) passed, that was it.  Their strong faith and love of God brought them together, along with both families and all of their friends.   And that family thing….well, all of our families were there to witness this beautiful couple start their lives together…and how great it is to be close again.  And I love them.  All of them.

Stephen and Lauren’s guests enjoyed an amazing celebration at the Homestead at Zion, in Mullins, South Carolina.   This former tobacco farm provided a beautiful backdrop for my cousin and her new husband!

Love you both!!

 

 

Krysta and Taylor, Fall in New Hampshire

Most of the weddings I shoot come from referrals.  It’s the best advertising!  During my time in Falmouth, Massachusetts, my co-workers became sisters, then fast and furious friends.  A fierce network of wonderful gals enriching each other’s lives.  They are my family.  So many of my couples were referrals from somewhere in that mix, either a co-worker referred them or a friend or family member of theirs.  My web, my tribe.  For which I will be eternally grateful.  Krysta is no exception!  We worked together at the amazing Headlines Salon and Day Spa on Cape Cod.  Obviously I was thrilled when I found out she was engaged and had heard so many amazing things about her future husband, and could not wait to meet him!!  She and Taylor were married in the mountains of Lisbon, New Hampshire in early September.  You really can’t get more New England than that, in the fall, and on a comfortably crisp sunny day at Bishop Farm.  It was dreamy, picturesque, and every breath was cleansing to your lungs, much like the couple!   Bishop Farm provided a beautiful backdrop of an old working farm still beautifully preserved, with so many options to have a ceremony and reception, even a little chapel!  Taylor and Krysta opted for a beautiful nook up on the hill, with a magical stroll through the woods, tempting your imagination.  It was spectacular.

Love and hugs.

Take great care of each other!!  Love never fails.

 

 

 

 

 

The Sea View Inn, The Happiest Place on Earth

“A Family Affair”

Last spring, a new friend I made through my son’s baseball team and I met for breakfast.  We both have small businesses and we were brainstorming about new opportunities.  Being fairly new to the area, I was looking for newer ways to grow my photography business…..out of the ordinary way, that is.  She mentioned a friend of hers who was looking for a photographer to come to her seaside inn and take candid photos of the guests enjoying a low country boil…..every Wednesday……ummmmm whaaaaaat??  Me me me me meeeeeee!!!  Sounded perfect!!

I called the owner the next day and set up a meeting with her.  She invited me to come to the inn to see it, and I went.  I had driven by many times intrigued by what it looked like, as it was shielded by myrtle trees, flowers and adorable hand painted signs directing newcomers.  When I walked in, I immediately felt like I had been there before.  A step back in time, as was described by so many.  It was so welcoming, like two arms wrapping around your shoulders.  Out of the kitchen Sassy Henry emerged, her hand outstretched to mine.  She showed me around, beaming with pride as she talked about the Sea View Inn, an evident labor of love.  She and her husband Brian bought the Inn in 2002, and carried with it the tradition of coming to the beach to “unwind”.  They really didn’t change a thing….as requested by past guests.  And since 1937, hundreds have been coming here for years and years, every year, to do just that.  Everything about the inn says it.  Unwind, unplug, just be.  Could you imagine doing that for a few days?  A week?  On the ocean?  In a rocking chair with a book?  Doesn’t it sound amazing?  Yes, it does.  And yes, it is.

Every Wednesday, I began my photographic journey with Brian, Sassy, their two amazing daughters, and family who have kept the Inn running since 2002.  I looked forward to watching and photographing people enjoying themselves and their families, with no stresses of everyday life, no phones ringing, not even the background noise of a television.  The only sounds were laughter, waves crashing, stories being told, children playing and the whoosh of the boiler down on the deck full of shrimp, corn, potatoes and sausage.  And every week, I heard many of the people who stayed say this was their thirteenth year.  This was their eighteenth year.  This was where their parents brought them when they were kids.  Their grandparents brought them here when they were little.  Their sisters had a girls week here.  And, the Henry’s have hosted their friends here every year and every year they bring more friends, all of their children, and make memories of a lifetime at this seaside retreat.  Brian and Sassy gave some of the kids their first summer jobs.  For thirteen weeks, I looked forward to every Wednesday night here.  And the Sea View Inn, and everyone in it, all summer, are now new friends that I’ve known forever it seems.

Lucky, lucky me.  Thank you, Brian, Sassy and all at the Sea View Inn!!