“When I walked your mother down the aisle, she said ‘Go slow. I want this to last’. Today, I to say this to you”, said Christine’s grandfather (called ‘Pa’!). After Christine finished putting on her gown, jewelry and giving her hair one last fluff, she called for Pa to come up so that he could see her. They hugged and he flashed a gigantic smile. He was the life of the party. The groomsmen wanted to talk to him. The bridesmaids danced with him. He has a story and a song for everything! These are the relationships and moments that I live to photograph and capture.
There are lots of terms that are thrown around in the wedding industry – smitten, sun-kissed, sun-soaked, rustic, swoon-worthy, vintage, chic, etc.. Sometimes, I think it’s because photographers are such visual people, that their vocabulary may not be as strong… KIDDING (but it likely is very true for me). 🙂 Here’s another term, “simple elegance”. There is no better phrase to describe Christine and Brian’s day. Their intimate Crane Estate wedding truly revolved around their friends and closest family members. Prior to the wedding, I always warn my couples that I like to get really nosy into their families and friends. I want to get a feel for the people they surround themselves with. “You are the average of the five people you hang out with most.” Christine told me about how she always steals her sister’s clothes because she’s super artsy. She reminisces laughing with her long-time friends, and mentioning that she has had some of her favorite middle school and high school memories with these girls. Brian chats about his master prankster friends, specifically the best man, Adam, who loves embarrassing Christine. I also loved hearing from Brian’s brothers, who talked of Brian biting faces (as a child) and chasing them around the house with hammers. It’s clear that Christine and Brian surround themselves with fun-loving characters!
I started the day with Christine at the Backstage Salon in Rowley and then headed to Ispwsich’s Crane Estate on Castle Hill. After Christine put on her simple but delicate wedding gown, she proceeded to include lots of little sparkles – her dazzling shoes, statement earrings, and an amazing silver clutch. Her bridesmaids trimmed long stemmed white roses and each held one in lieu of a traditional bouquet arrangement. Christine even decided to not have floral centerpieces. She probably knew that everyone would be either at the bar or on the dance floor! Crane Estate on Castle Hill is already so beautiful of a venue that it barely needed any additional decor!
Friends, enjoy the images. Christine and Brian, enjoy your long and happy marriage! Congratulations. 🙂