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Meet Carolyn and Ben! We met up on an almost-rainy Sunday afternoon at Fuller Gardens in North Hampton, NH for their engagement session. They both love gardens and flowers, so it was the perfect location for them. The weather ended up holding out and we had beautiful light for the entire session (and check out her gorgeous halo diamond ring!). I’m so excited to be working with them, and can’t wait for their spring wedding at Harrington Farm next year!

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Featured on Clever Wedding IdeasBrad and Carly are an amazing couple. They contacted me last year, just about a year from their wedding date, and we spoke on the phone about their wedding plans. I wrote “SO. MUCH. LAUGHTER.” on the notes that I was scribbling about everything they were telling me, and it was so true. These two are so kind, so fun-loving, and their wedding day was the epitome of that. With the foundation of the wedding taking place on Brad’s grandfather’s land right in the historic center of Shirley, Massachusetts, Brad and Carly personalized the event with their own flair for welcoming guests, along with a reverent nod to the history of the property. They were married under a twin pair of 400-year old oak trees that once stood guard over a homestead and now are part of a protected wildlife refuge. Their tall, impossibly-overreaching branches extended over the wedding ceremony site and provided a humbling nod to centuries of New England history on the property leading up to that day. I have an incredible reverence for old trees, and these two oaks are certainly deserving of respect and admiration for all they have clearly been through.

Carly and Brad infused their shark and peacock theme into nearly every detail of their wedding!

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the ceremony

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Carly with her brother and sister….. I can’t even imagine what their childhoods must have been like!

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the reception

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#RIDE SHARKS

This awesome mechanical shark was the life of the party. All the guests had an absolute blast.

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The beautiful dessert table was loaded with shark-themed cupcakes, and cake pops in beautiful peacock colors.

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When Pig Kahuna caters your pig roast, the bride gets the honors of chopping off the head!

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The evening continued on with more fun and more surprises….. As you all know, I photograph a lot of weddings. And even though I see so many beautiful moments and touching speeches and emotional dances and things, honestly not a lot really gets to me anymore. I love seeing people express their emotions at weddings, and I know good stuff when I see it, but it really takes something out of the ordinary to actually choke me up. And Carly and her Dad did just that with the most amazing father-daughter dance I have ever witnessed. What started out as a fairly predictable father-daughter dance (Clint Black), ended abruptly at 1:12 when the DJ launched into Eric Clapton’s “Forever Man” and Carly and her dad whipped out a couple of sticks and proceeded to rock the crowd with the most thunderous air guitar performance I have ever seen. It was EPIC.  I don’t even know how I even got these shots, because I was literally shooting through tears. It was the most fun, amazing thing I’ve ever seen at a wedding. I had to take a moment when it was over and go to my bag and pretend like I was very, very busy changing my  lens.

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The dance party was outrageously fun, and although I have hours of coverage of the hilarity, I think it’s best if we just agree that for blogging purposes that what happens in #JURGALAND stays in #JURGALAND. Ammirite??

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Thank you to Carly and Brad for being so wonderful to work with!  Along with so many fabulous vendors that made this one event to remember!

Venue: Private Property, Shirley, MA
Wedding Coordination: Elegant Aura
Tent & Rentals: AllStar Party Rental
DJ: White Label DJ
Caterer: Filho’s Cucina
Caterer: Pig Kahuna
Cupcakes & Cake Pops: SweetCakes Cupcakery
Bartender Service: Queen of Cocktails
Mechanical Shark: Let’s Party New England
Floral Designer: Flourish
Hair & Makeup: Blushing Brides Boston
Wedding Gown: David’s Bridal

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Samantha & Myles

Their gorgeous wedding was hosted at her family’s home in Henniker, NH. Such a beautiful property was elevated to new heights with a large sailcloth tent, and a stunning ceremony site in a field overlooking the hills.  Sam was in good spirits when I arrived, even though I know emotions and nerves were running high. She remained poised and graceful as the photography started, and she transformed into one of the most beautiful brides I have ever had the pleasure of working with.  It was pretty much a perfect day. The photo ops were endless, the day ran smoothly thanks to the impeccable coordination by Inked Events, the team of vendors was loaded with talent, and at the end of the day, we all watched two amazing people get married who complete each other. And-oh yeah- there were not one but two food trucks!

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Flower girl Violet was so precious.  She was in complete awe and admiration of Sam, and she felt so pretty in her own white dress.

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That moment when the bridesmaids saw Sam in her dress for the first time……

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the reception

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the ceremony

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Sam & Myles are married!

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food truck wedding

Sam and Myles had not one, but two food trucks cater their wedding dinner! It was amazing. Pennypackers served gourmet sandwiches such as: Porchetta with Summer Fruit Mostarda, Grilled Peach with Mozzarella, balsamic, and arugula, and Grilled Chicken and Goat Cheese with Tomato.  The Cod Squad food truck served made-to-order fried scallops, haddock, lobster rolls and kebabs. I heard nothing but rave reviews from the guests.

 

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a night of merriment

The night started with the first dance, then speeches & toasts, and then the dance floor opened and it didn’t stop! There was a fantastic dance party that went strong all night long. A sparkler send-off closed out the night and most of the partiers collapsed happily on the shuttles back to the hotels. An unforgettable night!

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A huge shout-out to all the vendors that made this incredible day come together perfectly!

Wedding Planning: Inked Events, Salem NH
Ceremony + Reception: Private Residence
Florist: Sorella Flower Company, Contoocook NH
Food Truck: Captain Marden’s Cod Squad, Wellesley MA
Food Truck: Pennypacker’s, Somerville, MA
DJ: Crown Entertainment, Terry Moran
Cupcakes and Pies: Just Like Mom’s Pastries
Signs and Stationary: The Floral Foundry
Hair: Maricruz Hairstyles, Boston MA
Makeup: Ella Schwotzer Makeup, Londonderry NH
Rentals: Special Events of New England
Bartending: Deeluxe Specialty Bartending
Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier
Bridal Shop: Carine’s Bridal, Washington DC

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