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jenny & pat

I was so thrilled to meet Jenny and Pat early on a Saturday morning in Boston at Harvard’s Arnold Arboretum. It was my first time visiting the Arboretum, which exceeded my expectations with how lush and beautiful it is.  Jenny and Pat chose this location because of its obvious natural beauty, but also because it was where they got engaged! We had a great stroll through the park, chatting about their wedding plans, and stopping for photos anytime we saw something pretty. It was great to get to know them a bit before their late fall wedding in Vermont.

I instantly loved these orange azaleas and knew we had to stop there.

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I was also excited to find a few Fringe Trees, or “Old Man’s Beard,” which gave a delicate white floral background, like lace.

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A large group of birdwatchers in a tour group came out of nowhere, and Jenny and Pat looked like they had a crowd of paparazzi coming at them with cameras and binoculars!

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It was an absolute pleasure to photograph a recent wedding at Dexter’s Inn in Sunapee, NH. My couple wishes to remain anonymous and not have their photos shared, but I’m able to share non personal photos of the day. Dexter’s Inn is a real gem in Sunapee, with views of Mt. Sunapee just off in the distance, beautiful landscaping, a historic farmhouse, acres of country living, and wonderful hospitality. I’m looking forward to returning here in the fall for another wedding!

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the ceremony

Following a path into the woods, you willfind a beautiful old stone chapel built by the original owners of the property. This tiny church with tiny churchyard is surrounded by beautiful woodland plants and flowers, with white mountain laurel, ferns, and mayapples creating a magical shady woodland wonder.

Beautiful stone church hidden in the woods at Dexter's Inn, Sunapee NH

The ceremony was one of the most personal and unique that I have ever had the pleasure of photographing. The chairs were arranged in concentric circles, with a scattering of rose petals in the center. There were multiple readings and songs during the ceremony, and for each person speaking, the bride and groom moved their position within the circle to face them. I had an excellent line of sight on every person which was beautiful to photograph.

Ceremony seating arranged in concentric circles at Dexter's Inn, Sunapee NH

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Unfortunately I can’t share anyone’s faces and therefore none of the beautiful moments and emotion of the ceremony, but I can share this cute pup. 🙂 She was extremely well behaved for the entire 45-minute ceremony.

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cocktail hour

After photos were completed, the guests all enjoyed a lovely cocktail hour and casual BBQ dinner on the beautiful patio. It was an amazing spring evening, and all of the guests relaxed, having come in from far away earlier in the day and checked into the Inn, some as far away as New York City and Boston. A full reception was taking place the following evening, but for this night they kept it casual and relaxing for all.

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Wedding reception on outdoor patio at Dexter's Inn in Sunapee, NH

Farewell, Dexter’s! It will be great to be back again in the fall for another beautiful New Hampshire country wedding.

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Caitlin & Matt

Wedding Dress:  Vintage circa 1900, re-created by family friend Susan Helene
Hair: Chelsea Graham
Makeup: Crown & Halo, South Berwick, ME
Engagement & Wedding ring: 1930s Art Deco from Market Square Jeweler, Dover
Necklace: Caitlin’s great-grandmother’s
Bouquets:  Flowermoxie and Julie Friend-Gray
Bridal Halo + Men’s Boutonnieres:  Eucca Floral Etsy Shop
Cake: Heather Couture
Vintage tablecloths: ebay
Catering: Jamaica Mi Hungry food truck, appetizers and desserts potluck by friends & family

I have to admit, I fell in love with Caitlin with her very first inquiry email to me last summer. She caught my attention right away with her and Matt’s appreciation of history and environmental conservation. They knew they wanted to host their wedding at their home in the spring…. the only problem was that they didn’t yet have a home at the time. They were actively house hunting and knew they wanted an older home, but beyond that, they did not even know what city or town they would end up living in. Fast forward a few months, and an adorable 1940s bungalow was called home and a wedding date was set for May 24.

thoughtful preparations

“One of my favorite things is photographs. Whenever I visited any of my grandparents growing up, I would immediately go to closets where the picture boxes were stored and commit to memory images of my family through the years… most of them before I was born. I’m a historian, and know the value of documents and what they can tell about people, and I know that our wedding pictures will become my most prized possessions. I cannot wait to look at candid, real pictures with my future children that capture not only the love story that their father and I have, but also that of our family and friends coming together to support us in our commitment to each other. I love that your photographs look real, that they catch details, emotions and unexpected moments. As a high school Special Education teacher, I always notice the details, the things that are a little off kilter or unexpected. I approach each person holistically, and try to put together their story. If I don’t do those things with my students, then I can’t teach them how to use their strengths to overcome their weaknesses, and my job is pointless. I see you approaching photographing weddings with much of the same passion, and deeply appreciate that.”

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vintage style wedding gown made of antique lace from 1900

Every detail was infused with history and sentiment. Caitlin was the 4th generation of brides in her family to wear this necklace on her wedding day.

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groom wearing Balsa Boutonniere sola wood flowergroomsmen with copper tankards

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the ceremony

The ceremony was held in the front yard, just steps away from the house. Family and friends gathered around to hear them read their vows.

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the reception

I’m pretty sure I have never photographed as many flowers in a wedding as I did at this one. Family and friends brought huge bouquets and bucketfuls of lilacs, daffodils, lily of the valley, bleeding hearts, and hostas from their own gardens and filled every space with floral beauty.  Friends, co-workers, and family all lent their time and talent to provide many important aspects of the wedding day: the wedding cake, wedding dress, music, flowers, and more. It was absolutely stunning, and everything coordinated beautifully.  All the tables had gorgeous vintage tablecloths that Caitlin found on eBay.

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garden style vintage backyard wedding flowers NH

I love that they found this little antique cross stitch sampler of an actual blue bungalow. 🙂

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The appetizers and desserts were all served potluck style, and there was such an abundance of delicious and beautiful food.

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food truck wedding

How amazing that they brought in Jamaica Mi Hungry food truck to cater the dinner?  I heard the guests raving about the jerk chicken, rice and beans, curry vegetables, and plantains.

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NH backyard wedding reception dancingnew hampshire vintage backyard wedding receptionNH vintage backyard wedding (2)I absolutely adore this photo of Matt dancing with his mother…..

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Caitlin and Matt, thank you so much for letting me document your wedding day. It is weddings like this that let me do what I love….. relaxed atmosphere, good food and pretty decorations, and great times with family and friends. The best!

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