Category Archives: Weddings
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
cara and kyle
Cara and Kyle were married at the Quechee Inn at Marshland Farm in Quechee, VT on June 25, 2016. They met in college–both science majors–and it was fun to go with them last fall to Merrimack College for their engagement photos and see the science building where it all started. Fast forward to the following June……it was the quintessential perfect summer day….. it was so hot, and the daylight went on endlessly as it always does in June. I absolutely love photographing weddings in picturesque Vermont, and I’ve been lucky enough to work in the Quechee/Woodstock area a good bit in the past couple of years. Read on to find out more about all their fun DIY projects, unplugged ceremony, and a surprise hot air balloon visit.
first look and portraits
It was a sizzling hot June day, and it was also midday, so it was tricky to find a location for Cara and Kyle’s first look that wasn’t under the blazing sun. Not only did I want to avoid harsh shadows on their faces, but I also wanted to keep them as cool and comfortable as possible. Nobody wants to head into their ceremony with their freshly done hair and makeup not so fresh anymore. I chose a shaded grove along the fence in the hopes of keeping them as cool as possible. Afterward we did their portraits under the beautiful trees surrounding the courtyard.
Cara and Kyle were married under the shade of two very old and large maple trees by the side of the house. I loved the ribbon wands that everyone waved at the end, so festive and pretty!
The reception tent at The Quechee Inn is amazingly large, and so beautifully placed beside a giant red barn, overlooking sweeping green pastures down to a little river, with iconic rolling green mountains in the background….. I mean, it’s just the most Vermont thing you could possibly think of. Cara and Kyle brought a fun color palette of peaches, yellows, reds, and blues in the form of pinwheels placed in “vases” made of Jenga blocks! All of which Cara made herself. A large sequined table runner down the center of each table gave a pop of shimmer and color. The game theme continued with playing cards for table numbers and seating cards, and ended with a HUGE basket of scratch tickets at the end of the night for wedding favors. With a really fun DJ, this crowd was ready to party all night!
I’m so thrilled to be a part of this wedding day! Cara and Kyle, thank you so much for having us and we wish you all the best in your future academic acheivements!
Big thanks to the following wedding professionals who also made this day so special:
Venue and Catering: Quechee Inn at Marshland Farm
DJ: Dance to the Music Entertainment, Norwalk CT
Cake: Kim’s Incredible Cakes
Bridal Shop: Tulle Bridals
Photography assistance: Christine Tilley
Sola Flower Bouquets and Pinwheel Centerpieces: handmade by the bride!
Emma and Tommy
Emma and Tommy were married at The Rocks Estate in Bethlehem, NH on September 3, 2016. They also happen to have one of the most amazing How-We-Met stories that I just can’t help but share….. In college they both ended up in Ecudaor studing water quality and health in the local community, and while living literally in the forest treetops in Ecuador, they met each other and fell in love over the month they spent together. That love of the outdoors, and forestry preservation led to them planning their wedding at The Rocks Estate which is part of the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests. In fact, that Latin flair that worked itself into the fabric of their early relationship continued to work its influence, as they chose a Latin-inspired menu from their caterer, featuring a make-your-own paella station, salt crust chicken, plantains, salsa and guacamole, and for dessert……. grilled peaches over ice cream with wedding cake.
It was a gorgeous early September afternoon, and the girls and guys got ready at separate locations around the property. There is an adorable little cabin with screened in windows where the girls stayed tucked away. Emma wore a beautiful strapless blush gown from BHLDN, and her bridesmaids were perfect in neutral beige lace summer dresses from J. Crew.
Cocktail hour gave guests a chance to enjoy guacamole, chips, and margaritas while family photos were being taken. Emma and Tommy provided lawn games like cornhole and beer pong to keep everyone active and entertained.
The wedding cake from Federick’s pastries was gorgeous in citrus yellows and greens, matching perfectly with the margaritas!
Speeches and toasts are one of my favorite wedding moments to photograph. Emotions can run high, and it’s so wonderful to see so much community support from friends and family for a new couple. I don’t often get weepy at weddings anymore since I’ve seen so many, but when I do, it’s almost always because of a really touching speech. In fact, Tommy’s best man and best friend Jon is the absolute first to ever quote one of the most memorable and awkward best man speeches ever–Sherlock’s speech to John at his wedding. “If I say that you deserve this man, it is the highest compliment of which I am capable.”
Dinner was a gorgeous buffet feast with South American flair, beautifully presented by Bailiwick’s in nearby Littleton. They even offered a custom paella station, cooked before your eyes by a chef.
As night fell, all the guests moved into the barn for a fun evening of dancing and desserts. It was a great dance party, and I didn’t know Tommy had such moves!
I had so much fun photographing Emma and Tommy’s wedding! Working with such genuinely nice and caring people makes this the best job in the world for me.
Venue: The Rocks Estate
Flowers: La Flora Couture
Cake: Frederick’s Pastries
Bridesmaid Dresses: J. Crew
Men’s Suits: Michael
DJ: Evin of Sowa Entertainment
Hair & Makeup: Fresh Salon & Day Spa, Littleton NH