There is just something so special about celebrating with family and friends on Nantucket. Emily and Gavin were married on island last fall and guests were treated to all the couples’ island favorites! A seaside ceremony complete with their adorable dog, the traditional cannon fire to mark sunset, New England raw bar and of course, Downyflake Doughnuts late night! So fun! We loved hitting all their favorite island spots for portraits and of course, the docks at the Great Harbor Yacht Club make for a breathtaking backdrop!

Emily and Gavin we hope the years ahead bring you all your favorite things both on and off the island! Cheers to you both!

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If you could place an order for your perfect wedding day weather you would be ordering up what Molly and Travis had for their Nantucket wedding. Blue bird skies with a soft ocean breeze (perfect for Molly’s veil!) it was just spectacular! But if you know these two then you would want nothing short of spectacular for them on their big day. The energy, excitement and love that filled the room when these two entered was something special.

Molly and Travis left some time after their ceremony to visit some of the islands most picturesque location. We loved visiting Main Street, Cobble Stone Hill, Brant Point and a few little spots in between with them and their families. It was so fun to take our time and get to know the whole wedding party along the way! And pretty darn amazing to have all this time for photos!!!!

Cheers to you Molly and Travis! We hope that the rest of your lives together are just as amazing as your wedding day was.

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Jeff and Julia are off on their honeymoon but I still can’t stop thinking about how their day was filled with such love.  It was so difficult to decide what moments to share for this sneak peek! From getting ready at the house with all the ladies when Julia’s Mother saw her daughter in her dress and veil only to realize Julia had been secretly planning to wear her Mother’s wedding veil on her own big day (tear jerker!) to the last kiss as the newlyweds took off into Nantucket Harbor on a Hinckley Yacht, the day was filled with goosebump moments!

Venue: Nantucket Yacht Club

Florals and Design: Soiree Floral

Event Planning: Nantucket Island Events

 

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Hiring us as your wedding photographer is a big decision. We think it’s so important that you feel comfortable with the wedding photographer you choose to capture these intimate life moments! With work, travel, school and just life in general getting in the way of all of our couples meeting up in person I asked my dear friend and talented colleague Meg Simone to put together a film that would share a bit about our style for those interested in learning more about our work! It’s short and sweet and shows off all the amazing parts of New England that we LOVE to photograph.


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Every happy couple planning a fall wedding in New England tries to block out the thought of a hurricane arriving on their special weekend. But, sometimes that’s reality! Lindsay and Jake were married earlier this month as Irene swirled towards their Nantucket wedding. Being stranded on an island 30 miles out to see with all your family and friends… it could have been worse!

Lindsay and I just clicked from day one. I love her connection to Maine, her love of Nantucket  (something we shared) and her excitement to marry Jake and share all the details she was creating by hand for the wedding just made me smile! She shared with me a bit about their relationship over the years and just how fitting their wedding weekend ended up being for the two of them.

 

From Lindsay:

Jake and I met our first week of freshman year at Colby College. We started dating sophomore year and continued to do so for the next eight years, despite living in different countries for five of them. Of course I would fall for a Canadian hockey player!! Love truly got us through those years of seeing each other only every 6-8 weeks. Nantucket has always held a very special place in my heart and serves as the background for some of my fondest family memories. In August 2010 Jake surprised me while I was vacationing there with my family (they were all in on it!) and proposed with a copy of my grandmother’s engagement ring. We decided Nantucket would be the ideal spot to get married one year later under a tent at my grandmother’s house.

We didn’t choose colors or have a particular theme or motif in mind when we started planning; if anything, I suppose we were inspired by Nantucket herself! The only thing I was sure of was the groomsmen’s attire – I loved the quintessential island look of Nantucket reds paired with blue blazers and Sperry topsiders. Jake definitely received quite a few strange and skeptical looks from his Canadian groomsmen when he tried to describe the color of the pants they would be wearing for the ceremony! From there we just followed our instincts and incorporated as many fun colors (like the blue bridesmaid dresses and my blue shoes) and details (like the American/ Canadian flags and starfish boutonnières) as possible and luckily it all came together!

Our wedding wouldn’t have been complete without a little travel complication (in the five years Jake and I have flown back and forth to visit one another NOT ONCE have we had an entirely smooth round trip – it’s become a running family joke), but we certainly didn’t factor in the appearance of a hurricane!! I hadn’t spent my entire year planning for the perfect tented wedding only for it to be spoiled by Hurricane Irene – we broke out the cute yellow rain boots, prepped the Colby umbrellas and fielded phone calls from desperate guests cancelling at the last minute since all modes of transportation off the island had been cancelled for Sunday.

Amazingly, the weather held out for us that day and the overcast skies made for great pictures. We even managed to snag a photo at Brant Point which featured a ferry in the background that contained the entire island of Nantucket fleeing. The captain gave us an appreciative honk as we waved goodbye!

The wedding was better than we ever could have dreamed – I was able to showcase all the little DIY projects I had worked so hard on (including the menus, programs, escort card display, signature drink setup and straws), the lanterns my dad and father-in-law stayed up all night stringing looked fabulous, one of our groomsmen got up on stage and sang a song especially for us and my brothers (one being a volunteer firefighter no less!) and groomsmen surprised us with a fantastic self made fireworks display that would have rivaled any formal 1st (for the Canadians!) or 4th of July celebration – only fitting since Jake and I had decided to inscribe our wedding bands with the phrase “To A Lifetime of Fireworks”.

We literally missed the hurricane by hours – as soon as the reception ended the wind picked up and vendors were on site to break down the tent and collect the rentals. All of our guests were stuck on Nantucket the next day, but we kept the festivities going by hosting a “stranded” party! We honestly could not have asked for a more fun or memorable wedding weekend!!

 

 

Catering: A Taste of Nantucket

Florist: Jean Cawley, A Taste of Nantucket

Band: Jeff Ross

Tent: Nantucket Tents

Hair & Make-up: Darya Salon

Brides Dress: Amsale  Shoes: Kate Spade

Bridesmaids Dresses: Lilly Pulitzer   Shoes: Jack Rogers

Grooms Pants: Murray’s Toggery Shop   Shoes: Sperry Topsiders

Groomsmen Ties: Etro from Barneys



Erin and Doug know how to do a Nantucket wedding! Every little detail to their day was quintessential Nantucket. The vintage car, Nantucket basket cake, Vineyard Vines ties, Whale belts, Brant Point portraits and all the hydrangeas! It just goes on and on!

Post ceremony the happy couple hit the beach with their wedding party for some casual portraits. The bright blue sky was the perfect backdrop to their preppy pink and navy colors! Erin and Doug strolled Main Street with me for a few more photos before heading to the White Elephant for their cocktails and reception. Their guests cheered as they walked onto the ocean side lawn and the true celebration began.

Just before the sun set for the night we took advantage of the docks in front of the White Elephant for a few quick photos. I had never seen the harbor so calm… it was breathtaking! Once seated on the deck for the reception the spirited toasts took center stage. Everyone was laughing and enjoying the touching toasts that family and friends put together for the happy couple.

The celebration then continued on the dance floor with some major dancing…. but who knew the stars of the dance floor would be those quiet ring bearers!

Best wishes to Erin and Doug! With family and friends like yours I am certain your life together will always be one to celebrate.

Wedding Planner: ACKtivities

Flowers: Flowers on Chestnut

Antique Automobile: Highland Drivers

Band: Sultans of Swing

Cakes: Jodi’s Cakes

Reception: The White Elephant

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