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Jacqueline's Unique Broach Bridal Bouquet

Last week I got the call the kind of call that I wait for. The sister of one of my past bride's is getting married! I absolutely love photographing weddings for the friends and family of my couples since it is like a family reunion for me. And (hint, hint!) it's an easy way to convince me to cancel my planned weekend off!

When I sat down to check my calendar, I was absolutely shocked to see that it has been almost 3 years since Jacqueline & Josh's wedding at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception and the Ocean Gateway in Portland. Thinking back to that day, there are so many moments that flash through my mind. Jacqueline getting ready with her sisters & friends, the emotions that flooded through everyone at their ceremony, exploring the Old Port with their bridal party, and the love that filled the Ocean Gateway as they celebrated their union.

One details that stands out to me to this day is the fabulous broach bouquet that Jacqueline spent so long creating for her wedding day. Each broach was carefully selected to compliment the purple worn by her bridesmaids along with gold, pearls, yellow, and white accents. It was deceptively heavy and gave her more of an arm workout than you would think. After photographing well over 100 weddings, it remains the most unique bouquets that I have ever photographed and, as such, it is certainly one of my favorites.

Lani & Nathan :: Backyard Wedding in Sugar Hill, New Hampshire

Lani and Nathan.... where do I even start? Honestly, I could gush about these two (and their amazing families) for pages and pages. Lani first contacted me about their wedding in her hometown of Sugar Hill, New Hampshire, last summer. Being a bride (and groom) planning from out of state, we spent a long time emailing back and forth about their vision for their day and, of course, about what their interests were (besides each other). They met while in the Caribbean, they both love the outdoors, they love their family.... oh, yes, and he's a (fantastic, super amazing) nature photographer. No pressure! But any pressure that I was feeling leading up to the day (and, yes, I was certainly feeling it) disappeared as soon as I met them. Nathan is a warm hearted guy deeply in love with the absolutely stunning Lani. They are both the most genuine people I have ever met. Together, they just glow. You could tell just by the way they looked at each other that they are bonded deep down.

And that is how the whole day was. Filled with this glow that emanated from all of their loved ones that traveled from far and wide to be there to witness the start of this new chapter. Coming home to Lani's hometown and the backyard of her parent's gorgeous home was a natural decision. The entire day fit them like a well worn, toasty winter glove.

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Lani and Nathan (and family), thank you so much for letting me be a part of your day as your two families officially joined together. You are absolutely incredible individuals and a power house as you come together. I am incredibly honored to have been there to witness it. I cannot wait to see where your adventures take you next. I know it will be amazing.

Keep your eyes open for more photos from their day in their gallery on my Facebook page for even more photos from their sneak peek.

Brittany & Dan :: Wedding at Great Island Common in New Castle, New Hampshire

Ahhh... Brittany and Dan. Where can you start with two people as absolutely adorable as them? Brittany: The next Martha Stewart. Seriously. The details of their day that she spent the past two years working on were nothing short of amazing. From the ornately folded paper boutonnieres to the fast spinning pinwheels carried by her bridesmaids to the absolutely lovely beachy centerpieces.... it was just incredible. Dan: He is the perfect balance to Brittany. He's a geeky guy (like me) and can bring serenity to the chaos that crafty minds typically have. His love for Brittany is so deep. While standing in front of him while waiting for his bride to get to him during their first look, he just kept saying how badly he wanted to turn around and see her. I practically cried just then!

And thus was how the day went. It was perfect. It was emotional. It was filled with loved.

Brittany and Dan tied the knot on the beach at Great Island Common in New Castle, New Hampshire followed by a tented reception on the lawn under a gorgeous tent. The party kept on going all that way until sunset thanks to an awesome ice cream cart, delicious barbeque food, and even a mean game of limbo. I dare say that all of the guests just didn't want to ever leave! I know that I certainly didn't!

Check out more of their sneak peek photos on my Facebook page (don't forget to "like" it!) as well as in their gallery sneak peek on my website. Stay tuned for their full gallery any day now. :-)

Congratulations to Brittany and Dan! Thank you so much for letting me capture your day. I cannot wait until we get together again!

Date: June 4, 2011  |  Bridal Gown Boutique: Occasions Bridal (No longer in business.)  |  Officiant: Linda Muse  |  Venue: Great Island Common in New Castle, Maine  |  Event Coordinator: JEM Events  |  Florist: Deb Sousane  |  Hair & Makeup Stylist: About Face Salon & Spa  |  Catering: Famous Dave's of Manchester, New Hampshire  |  Ice Cream Cart: Golicks Dairy Bar  |  Tent & Rentals: Exeter Rent-All  |  Disc Jockey: NRG Entertainment Company, LLC