Melissa and Max
Melissa and Max are one of the sweetest couples I have ever had the pleasure of working with. Melissa grew up in New Hampshire, while Max is from Ohio, and together they planned their wedding long-distance from their current home in Seattle…. phew! It was very much a destination wedding for most of the folks there, and what a perfectly charming New Hampshire weekend it was. The Inn on Newfound Lake is absolutely gorgeous, and it made a perfect setting for an early June wedding.
Melissa had this to say about her wedding photography experience:
“I couldn’t be happier with our choice for Erika and Christine as our photographers. Erika is so helpful and seems to know exactly what her clients are looking for from our first meeting together to our conversations over email (she was incredibly helpful working with us as we were long distance planning from Seattle). As for our wedding day, Erika and Christine were great for making us feel comfortable and taking such natural photos. We had so much fun working with her! I absolutely loved the sneak peeks as she was preparing our photos and every picture was as gorgeous as the last. I was in awe of how she was able to capture such special moments! When we got the photos I just about cried. They were more beautiful than I could have ever imagined, and even the way they are organized makes it so easy to go through and view. Everyone has been loving the photos! I am in love with Erika’s work and you would be lucky to have Erika as your photographer. We are so thankful!”
Melissa’s blush lace Maggie Sottero gown was just stunning. She looked amazing.
Even though Melissa and Max didn’t do a first look, she was still dressed and ready well in advance of the ceremony so that we had time to do her bridal portraits and family photos before hand. It’s so nice when we have a relaxed way to ease into the day.
ceremony and portraits
The barn at the Inn on Newfound Lake was transformed into a warm and rustic space for dinner and dancing. I loved the eclectic centerpieces by Lotus Floral Design, and the naked cake by Jacques Pastries.
Melissa’s family was truly one of the most welcoming I have ever encountered as a wedding photographer. When Christine and I said goodbye to Melissa at the end of the night, immediately her sister and maid of honor came right over to also say goodbye, followed by her mother and father, all expressing gratitude and appreciation for our efforts that day. It was so pleasantly surprising and wonderful because that never happens. It is a testimony to Melissa and her family and what hospitable people they are. Truly clients to remember for always! We remember such kindness very clearly, and feel so blessed when it happens.
Venue: Inn on Newfound Lake, Bristol NH
Flowers: Lotus Floral Designs
Cake: Jacques Pastries
DJ: Lakes Region Entertainment, Bobby Cormier
Dress: Maggie Sottero
Menswear: The Black Tux
Rings: Shane Co.
Hair and Makeup: Lara Christine
Lauren & Joseph
Lauren and Joseph were married at Loon Mountain Resort on October 14, 2016 at the absolute peak of foliage. Their mountaintop summit ceremony was nothing short of breathtaking, the way the seating area was shadowed and opened up over an expansive view of the sunwashed Presidential Range as far as the eye could see.
first look and portraits
Lauren and Joseph looked absolutely radiant and happy right before their ceremony. Excitement was running high, and the chilly weather didn’t even slow them down.
Lauren looked nothing short of regal, with her tall, slender frame in a sleek lace Paloma Blanca gown.
For a few minutes before the ceremony, the bridal party and family was tucked away in the ski shop, to allow the guests to arrive up the mountain and take their places in the amphitheater. It also allowed everyone to stay warm while we waited for the time to line up for the ceremony. Luckily, the light on the little porch behind the ski shop was absolutely delicious and it allowed us to get many of the immediate family photos done before the ceremony. Lauren and Joseph were so wonderful about being fluid with the plans, and we were able to be flexible and use time and space where we could get it to take portraits.
Lauren and Joseph’s summit ceremony at the top of Loon Mt. was just beautiful. It was so obvious that everyone gathered there had so much love for the two of them. One of my favorite parts was the “ring warming” where their wedding rings were passed around all the guests in a little bag so that everyone could bless the rings and offer positive thoughts before the ring exchange.
Believe me, the one place you do not want to drop the rings is off the top of the summit, down the mountain. As the rings made their way back up to the front, Joseph’s best man took extra care that neither of the rings would slip out.
These are some of my favorite portraits I have ever taken. Due to the severe drought this summer, the river was nearly empty so heading down into the rocks, with the vibrant foliage in the background, was an absolute must-do. Thanks to the guys for helping us navigate the rocks! We were all able to climb down and make these unforgettable shots. I love when couples bring their sense of adventure and “why not?” to a wedding day.
Lauren and Joseph are truly blessed to be surrounded by so many loving people in their lives. Their reception was a reflection of all of that goodness, and there was everything from
- toasts that made everyone cry
- their elegant first dance, which they had taken dance lessons for
- a surprise wedding song performed by a groomsman
- to the wildest and most fun dance party I have ever witnessed, led by DJ Ryan Parker
It was really just so much fun, and a perfect way to finish up my 2016 wedding season. Lauren and Joseph, thank you so much for having us as part of your special day.
Venue and Catering: Loon Mt Resort, Lincoln NH
Flowers: La Flora Couture, Manchester NH
DJ: Ryan Parker
Bridal Salon: Christina’s Bridal, Andover MA
Wedding Dress: Paloma Blanca
Bridesmaid Dresses: Occasions by Hjelm
Men’s Suits: George’s Apparel, Manchester NH
Invitation Design: Etsy
Invitation Printing: Copy Express, Manchester NH
Ceremony Musician: Alli Beaudry
Hair: Trisha Bodwell, Lush Hair Salon
Makeup: Makeup by Lindsey
Desserts: Two Friends Cafe, Goffstown NH
lakes region bride styled shoot at kirkwood gardens
Magazine: Lakes Region Bride
Venue: Kirkwood Gardens, Holderness NH
Table Design: Divine Inspirations
Floral Design: Mountain Laurel Flowers
Cake: Ooo La La Creative Cakes
Beauty: Lakes Region Hair Care
Fashions: Inspirations Bridal and Formalwear
Rentals: Taylor Rental Center of Belmont
Model: Erin Hamill
Photography: Erika Follansbee Photography
This past August I had the opportunity to do a third styled shoot with Lakes Region Bride magazine at beautiful Kirkwood Gardens in Holderness NH, adjacent to the Squam Lake Science Center. We had a wonderful team of vendors who all contributed their time and talents into creating a beautiful summery tablescape. Our model Erin was beautiful as always and perfectly showed off a perfect bridal updo and a popular style of lace gown.
Summer inspiration: Our model Erin shows off a gorgeous Maggie Sottero gown with lace detailing, and Mountain Laurel Flowers provided a floral scene perfect for the garden setting.
The wedding bouquet designed by Mountain Laurel flowers was absolute perfection in its soft summery color palette, with gorgeous garden roses, and pink and white astilbe.
Watercolor wedding cakes are on trend!
Divine Inspirations brought two different table linen looks: a soft mauve-pink tablecloth, and then a crisp white. Both designs complemented the summery fresh floral look of the arrangements by Mountain Laurel Flowers in pinks, peaches, and coral oranges.
Jessica and Zach
Jessica and Zach were married at The Fells in Newbury, NH on August 20, 2016 on a brilliant summer day. They chose the Fells as their wedding location because they fell in love with the history, the gardens, the grand spirit of hospitality that the estate evokes. It’s a place that recalls a time of lawn parties, elegant entertaining, and days gone by. Jess and Zach loved the atmosphere so much, and wanted to share this special place with all of their guests, inviting them to explore and wander the grounds during cocktail hour and the reception.
Their love of historic estates and gardens is completely evident. The previous fall we did their engagement session at Hamilton House in South Berwick, Maine, which was a wonderful autumnal warm and cozy contrast to the summer garden style wedding at The Fells.
getting ready at The Bradford Inn
Once the girls were ready with hair and makeup, we took a quick trip down the road to The Fells to utilize the upstairs bedrooms for final preparations. It was a gorgeous location with beautiful wallpaper, and tons of natural light. Meanwhile, the guys were getting ready in the library downstairs.
I just adore this iconic photo of Jess. We had a few quick minutes before the ceremony to take some bridal portraits around the upstairs of the main house, while guests were gathering outside. Her Maggie Sottero gown was the perfect style for a summer garden wedding, with beautiful lace details and easy to wear.
The bridesmaids look lovely in cornflower blue one shoulder dresses by Alfred Angelo….such a perfect weight and texture for a warm summer day.
Immediately after the ceremony, the bridal party retreated into the formal gardens at The Fells to enjoy some drinks and snacks, with lots of celebrating. This semi-private moment gave them all a chance to collect themselves, and to encourage the guests make their way over to the cocktail hour so that photos could begin without interruptions. This is a fantastic strategy for making sure all your well-wishers stay occupied so that formal photos can be accomplished in a timely fashion.
Relieved and overjoyed, the bridal party share a toast after an emotionally uplifting ceremony. Time to celebrate!
The Reception at The Fells
Heading into the reception, guests were delighted with a cocktail style arrangement where food and drink were provided all evening through stationed courses and passed appetizers, enabling the guests to eat and drink when they wanted and to wander the grounds and join in the dancing at whim. It was a very fluid and relaxed format, utilizing the full expanse of the grounds and porches, with hightop tables perfect for brief pauses for drinks and conversation. It was important to Jess and Zach that everyone felt well taken care of without the formality of being assigned to a table.
Summer weddings are my favorite, because the daylight goes on and on for ages and I absolutely love how beautiful the endless natural light is. But once night falls, we are fully prepared with lots of lights to make the reception coverage come alive. I absolutely love the dancing at the end of the night, it’s so much fun to capture.
Guests went wild over all the different courses of food that came out throughout the night. Every time a tray came out, I had to act fast to photograph it because people were diving for the goodies almost before I could get to it. LOVE these mini pancake stacks!
Jess and Zach, your wedding was a complete honor and pleasure to document. It was such a beautiful thing to witness your special day come to fruition after all your thought and planning. It was a joy to see all your friends and family so sincerely happy for you. Thank you for having me as part of your day!
Photography: Erika Follansbee Photography
Getting ready location: Bradford Village Inn
Venue: The Fells
Catering: Mezzanine Catering
Flowers: Susanne Ferris
Hair Styling: Chrystina Moran
Makeup: Lesley Flanagan
Dress: Maggie Sottero
Bridal Shop: Madeleine’s Daughter
Engagement Ring: Jewelry Creations, Dover NH
Wedding Ring: Tacori
Pearls: Imperial Pearl
Bridesmaid Dresses: Alfred Angelo
Tent: Lakes Region Tent & Event
Photography Assistance: Christine Tilley
I’m very excited that Cassi and Brandon’s rustic horse farm wedding has been published on Borrowed and Blue! They held their wedding reception in an actual riding ring, and transformed the barn into a beautiful and casual space for a party. We even did portraits with a Belgian draft horse named Avalon. It was incredible!