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NH Audubon McLane Center Wedding

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Erin and Mike had an absolutely gorgeous spring day for their wedding at the Susan McLane Audubon Center in Concord, NH. The weather was beautiful for their 12:30 ceremony in the courtyard, the flowers were in bloom, and their carefully chosen personal touches created an event enjoyed by all their friends and family.

Riding up the elevator to the 3rd floor, I met the mother of the bride in the elevator, and I mentioned that I couldn’t wait to see the dress she had made for Erin.  Erin’s mother Lori handmade her dress, just as she had for her sister’s wedding. As an extra special touch, she even sewed a patch for Erin and Mike from her own original wedding dress into the hem of Erin’s dress for good luck.

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the ceremony

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the reception

With the Audubon Center being a conservation organization, it was fitting that nature inspired the decorations. Dark pink peonies in the bouquets were mirrored with single peonies in little apothecary bottles on the tables, next to muted gold planters potted with dark green foliage. I loved that the centerpieces were actually potted rather than placed in water–perfect for an environmentally conscious setting.

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Queen City Cupcakes provided the amazing cupcake display for dessert, including a giant coconut cutting cupcake! Three different flavor choices provided a selection paralysis, I’m sure!

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Thank you to Erin and Mike for choosing me to document their big day! Laid-back couples with great taste who host their weddings at unique local venues are always such a pleasure to work with. I was thrilled to start out my 2016 wedding season with such an enjoyable event.

 

Venue: Susan McLane Audubon Center, Concord NH
Catering: The Common Man
Cupcakes: Queen City Cupcakes
Florist: Cobblestone Design Company
DJ: Ed at A Goodtime DJs
Officiant: Jeanne Pounder, JP
Wedding Dress: handmade by the bride’s mother, Lori Dorrian
Bridesmaid Dresses: Bill Levkoff
Hair: Shannon at Salon Thairapy, Hooksett NH

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Brie & Sam: Bear Island Wedding on Lake Winnipesaukee
August 1, 2015

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Brie and Sam held their casual summer wedding at Sam’s family’s camp on Bear Island on Lake Winnipesaukee. It was an absolutely gorgeous day, one of those days that you fondly remember years later as the very best of times spent on the lake in the summer.  This was the house where they spend lots of time together, and it’s where Sam proposed to Brie in a boat right out front. In fact, the only way to access the island is by boat, so it was a lot of fun just getting there.

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Sam and his dad eagerly await Brie’s approach from the house. He literally could not stop smiling at her.

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After toasts, photos, and a casual catered lunch by Two Friends Cafe from Goffstown, everyone slipped into bathing suits and dove in! It was such a gorgeous afternoon and I have to admit I was reluctant to get back on the boat to return to the mainland.

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Venue: Family’s camp on Bear Island, Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire
Wedding Dress: David’s Bridal
Catering and Cupcakes: Two Friends Cafe, Goffstown NH

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Family photo time can be one of the biggest pitfalls of the entire wedding day, and I’m going to share a few tips for helping you navigate this necessary wedding day event so that you stay on schedule by managing this brief and potentially challenging period of time effectively.

Have a specific plan

I usually recommend family photos take place immediately after the ceremony. Why? Because everyone is already there for the ceremony, gathered in one spot.  You will want to communicate to the family members who are to be photographed exactly what is expected of them: where they will meet, when they should be there.

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Family photos should take place away from cocktail hour and the rest of the guests

In a perfect world, right after the ceremony, all the guests will be directly ushered to another part of the property to enjoy cocktail hour, while the bride, groom, and their immediate families stay behind to be organized into family photos.  Diverting the traffic away will help ensure that family photo time runs smoothly without the constant interruptions of well wishers that will take up precious scheduled photo time. Believe me, everyone will want to come up to the bride and groom to congratulate them, so it’s important that guests make their way to cocktail hour.  A good caterer will also provide appetizers and drinks for the bridal party during photos, so no one will feel compelled to go searching for a drink… because if the father of the brides goes off in search of a drink he’ll get sidetracked by other guests and then we’re all standing around, unable to do the photos because Dad is missing.

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Limit Family Photos to Immediate Family Only

I would strongly suggest limiting family photos to parents, step-parents, grandparents, and siblings. Other extended family groupings can always be photographed during the reception. The larger the groups and the more complex all the various groupings, the higher risk for utter chaos, and you end up with a lot of people standing around waiting for their turn to be photographed, rather than enjoying cocktail hour and mingling with guests.  I am always very happy to accommodate all family requests during the reception, and this is a great time to photograph alllllll the cousins.

Ask yourself: What will I actually do with all these family photos of innumerable combinations?  If it’s not something that you genuinely think you’ll be printing or gifting to others, then your time could be better spent on gorgeous bride and groom portraits. Often I am given a very specific amount of time to accomplish all the family photos, bridal party photos, and bride & groom portraits, so the important thing to remember here is: PRIORITIZE and budget your time wisely.fitzpatrick mcquaide_094

Designate a Coordinator with a Loud Voice

It’s important to have someone who knows who everyone is who can help organize the groupings. The photographer is unlikely to know who everyone is, and therefore it’s a huge help to enlist a family member who can call together groups by name. Even having someone with a loud voice call together people from a list is a huge help, rather than have the photographer try to manage everything at once.

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