I can hardly believe it, but 2015 is coming to a close, and we will soon be entering our eighth year as documentary wedding photographers in New England! Here are some of our best documentary wedding photos in New England from this past year. Max and I are so thankful to all of the amazing couples who have made our line of “work” possible. We are beyond honored to document such creative and unique weddings, and share our passion of capturing candid and natural moments with both our couples and their guests!
Looking back through these, we can’t help but laugh and feel the warmth and love we experienced alongside these crazy in love couples! These pictures bring back memories of funny verbal slip-ups from officiants, hilarious maid of honor speeches that sent the groom hiding under his dinner napkin, wedding day pups who played a big role in the day, and countless emotional connections that had us feeling all the feels from behind our lenses.
Hope everyone had a wonderful and happy holiday. Here’s to documenting another season of love in 2016!
Christina and Ryan knew that they wanted to have a barn wedding in the fall in New England. We were thrilled when we heard that they were looking at an October date at the Riverside Farm in Pittsfield, VT, as this rustic venue has been on our “wish list” to photograph for a while now! Christina and Ryan eloquently summed up why they wanted a rustic wedding, “Rustic weddings are clean and unpretentious, and are charming in their warmth and simplicity. We felt that this would allow our guests to feel the depth and genuineness of our love, and would create an experience that was bigger than just the two of us.”
Surrounded by fall foliage, these two said “I do” during an outdoor ceremony with handwritten vows. Afterwards, guests were invited into the rustic reception barn, where they were greeted with hundreds of lit candles in the rafters and family style tables set with burlap runners and garlands of greenery. It was one of the most romantic scenes we have documented, and in contrast with the crisp fall weather outside, the barn felt incredibly cozy and welcoming!
Christina spent most of the day barefoot, and even during portraits, she was happy to romp through the woods without shoes… my kind of girl! This happy couple was also very lucky to have such a talented artist among the bridesmaids. Megan Weaver, owner of 200 Lemons, created all of the florals, stationary, and the tree branch guest book!
One of our favorite things about this wedding was when Ryan stood up to give an incredibly thoughtful and touching speech about his relationship with Christina, and I’m pretty sure there wasn’t a dry eye in the room while he was speaking. The evening was capped off with a “make your own cupcakes” buffet, and all of the guests gathered outside to send Christina and Ryan off with a blaze of sparklers! We were honored to document the moments of such a special day for these two, and wish them all the best as newlyweds.
And, here are the amazing vendors who helped make this day so lovely:
We just can’t help but feel at home when documenting rustic camp weddings in New England! Kyle and Molly hosted their outdoor wedding weekend at the gorgeous Windsor Mountain Camp in southern New Hampshire. This venue has it all, including a lake where guests can go canoeing or swimming, quaint red cabins, obstacle courses, and a breathtaking outdoor amphitheater for the wedding ceremony.
Kyle and Molly wanted their wedding to have a rustic camp vibe, and they went DIY on many of the details. Friends and family chipped in, creating a truly personalized day, powered by their community! Molly’s mother was the officiant for their outdoor ceremony, and all of the flowers were designed by Molly’s sister, who is a florist in Ohio. Kyle’s father brewed six different beers for the reception, a process that started in the winter with social taste testing with family! Kyle designed their invitations, and even created a “Camp Beindenbach” logo that was used throughout the wedding weekend.
Following the ceremony, Kyle and Molly wanted to take a canoe out on the lake. Obviously, a bride and groom in a canoe, with the fall foliage behind them is a photographer’s dream… but it also turned out to be Kyle’s favorite thing about their wedding day–”My favorite thing about our wedding day was actually our quite time together out on the lake for the photographs we took in the canoe. It was a rare moment of peace and quiet that weekend that was just the two of us together listening to one of our favorite songs playing up the hill and through the woods as the cocktail party got underway.”
There was just such a wonderful feeling of family and friendship woven throughout every aspect of this wedding, and the sense of happiness was palpable. Congratulations to this beautiful couple. We had a blast documenting your rustic camp wedding, and wish we could do it all over again!
When Erika first contacted us about photographing her wedding, she mentioned that they would be having a riverfront backyard ceremony at her parent’s house, and a reception at the Emmons Preserve, a local conservation area in Kenenbunkport, Maine. I’m pretty sure we said YES YES YES in an instant! Not only do we love backyard weddings (obviously), but Erika chose to have a very small and intimate ceremony with immediate family only, and then a larger reception after she and Dave has said their vows, to celebrate with all of their loved ones… an idea that we are quite fond of.
These two also tried to incorporate as many local vendors into their day as possible. From the gorgeous florals by Broadturn Farm in Scarborough, to a customized white oak ceremony table made by a local craftsman, this wedding was wrapped up in Maine loveliness! Handmade decorations at the reception, like the vintage style fabric napkins and colorful fabric table runner for the dessert table made by Erika’s mom, really added a personalized touch to this day. Even the guest favors of wild Maine blueberry jam were handmade by Dave’s mom! Erika and Dave also chose to work with the talented Sarah Perlis, a local vendor for them in New York City, to create and design their unique rings. Erika’s engagement ring, a simple band with four round diamonds was absolutely stunning.
Erika said her favorite things about her wedding day were having a private small ceremony, her first dance with Dave, and the amazingly thoughtful and touching speeches by their brothers and parents. We captured some very sweet moments of Erika and Dave listening to the heartfelt words (and some hilarious memories) during the speeches… definitely some of our favorite photos from this wedding too!
These two folks were so kind, calm, and down to earth… it was clear that their personalities were a perfect match, and they were a total joy to hang out with all day! Congratulations Erika and Dave, and thank you for trusting us to document the memories of your wedding day for years to come!
It’s no surprise that our busiest time of the year in New England is during the fall. There are so many things to love about this time of year, and Kim and Dan’s September wedding at the Lareau Farm Inn in Vermont had it all–maple syrup, bonfires, and even a super moon! This little farm in the heart of the Mad River Valley in Waitsfield is one of our favorite venues to photograph, and we’re so glad that Kim and Dan felt the same way!
Almost all of our brides choose to carry some sort of wedding bouquet… but Kim’s eco-friendly bouquet was so unique, it is by far one of our favorites. Made by one of her bridesmaids, this bouquet was crafted from the pages of her favorite book, Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace and the pages of the book were folded into paper flowers. So awesome.
After Kim and Dan’s shared their vows during their outdoor ceremony behind the Inn, guests were treated to a campfire and a real pig roast for dinner. Small bottles of maple syrup served as both seating cards and the guest favors, and the table centerpieces were created from rough-sewn tree slices and succulents in handmade pottery vases. Everything about this wedding had a warmth to it that was so inviting and cozy, especially on a crisp fall day. Congratulations to Kim and Dan, we were honored to spend such a special day with you both!
Gloucester, MA has always been one of our favorite ocean-side towns to visit, but Kacey and Marc are lucky enough to actually live there, so hosting their September wedding down the road at the Castle Manor Inn was an easy choice for these two! After their first look near the wrap around porch at the Inn, Kacey and Marc were happy to hold hands and walk around the property for more portraits. It was clear why these two are such a perfect match–they are both silly at heart and spent the entire day in genuine laughter together. Kacey gave Marc one of the most unique groom gifts we’ve ever seen… she had saved all of their text messages to each other, over NINE years’ worth, and posted her favorites into a book for him. It would be an understatement to say that he was quite taken with the book.
After their outdoor ceremony in front of the Inn, guests were invited into the reception for dinner, dancing, and toasts. The tables had a nautical theme, with chevron fabric runners, tin candle lanterns and sky blue depression era glasses at every table.
The end of the evening brought out some of the most crazy awesome dance moves we’ve seen yet onto the dance floor… scroll down for our favorite photos! Congratulations to Kacey and Marc, and thanks for sharing your wonderful wedding day with us!
When we first received an inquiry from Robyn & Matty for their fall wedding at the Lareau Farm in Waitsfield, VT, we were instantly smitten with these two. Robyn shared the incredible story of how she and Matty fell in love, and graciously told us that we could also share that story here, as part of their wedding blog post…
With a group of friends, Matty and Robyn went to the Gathering of the Vibes Music Festival in Red Hook, NY. The first night at the festival, their entire campsite was struck by lightening and everyone was electrocuted. As Robyn reminded me on the wedding day, “Sparks literally flew!” Ambulances were called, and after hospital visits, the group realized that everyone would be okay. “Beer-less and exhausted, our group trekked to the main stage for some music. I, however, was still unable to hear. I stood in the crowd upset and shivering. Suddenly, these great big bear arms wrapped around me. Matty had covered me in a blanket. He gently walked me to his chair, sat me down on his lap, and I spent the rest of the night cocooned in his arms. That feeling, that comfort, is how this man would make me feel for the next 13 1/2 years.”
Not many couples can say that lightening literally brought them together! A September wedding at the Lareau Farm Inn seemed to be the perfect venue for these two to declare their love in front of their community. Set in the Mad River Valley, Lareau is surrounded by forests, home to the original Flatbread Pizza company, and a spot where Robyn and Matty have spent many nights around the campfire pit. Their ceremony was held on the back porch of the Inn and during their procession, a surprise flash mob played a rendition of the song “Home” by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros! Members of their immediate families spoke and shared heartfelt stories before Robyn’s father officially pronounced them husband and wife.
It was truly a pleasure to document the union of these two, and we can’t thank them enough for including us.
There is nothing quite like having a wedding ceremony while surrounded by both water and mountains when you say “I do”. Brittany and Alex lucked out with cooperative weather for their September wedding at Shelburne Farms in Vermont, and as these two tied the knot on the shore of Lake Champlain, guests were treated to a stunning view of the Adirondack mountains behind them.
Brittany wore a super unique two-part wedding dress, with a blush skirt and a strapless lacy top. With a simple white flower crown, she truly looked like a princess traipsing around the green hills of Shelburne Farms with Alex for rustic and natural style portraits.
These two have a special place in their hearts for the 1980’s, and in addition to handing out neon sunglasses before the wedding ceremony, they surprised their guests with the infamous eighties tribute band, Rubix Kube during the reception. It would be an understatement to say that everyone was beyond excited to get on the dance floor when they took the stage.
Congratulations to the newlyweds Brittany and Alex, we can’t thank you enough for including us in your day!