Last night, we invited Andrea and Eric over for their wedding premiere. They had just returned from their amazing honeymoon in Greece– which sounded out of this world. We had a truly great evening hearing about the highlights from their trip- great food, stunning sunsets, and really friendly people- and reliving their wedding day with them through the photos. And now I am excited to share a few more with you.
I wanted to start with the portraits today because I felt like there were a few more fun ones I had to share from this part of the day. I love the old stone walls you find in New England. And The Harding Allen Estate definitely has some pretty ones.
The Estate has amazing gardens, complete with little hideways, pretty paths, a pergola, statues and this reflecting glass orb.
Catching the highlights from the setting sun and the resulting shadow.
The bustle on Andrea’s dress took a bit of time, but I love this image of her surrounded by the lace of her dress. And don’t her arms look amazing?
Off to the reception….
The speeches were great all around, but my personal favorite was the musical toast to Andrea, sung by her bridesmaids. They took the song "Agony" (which is actually a love song) from Into the Woods, the play Andrea and Eric were working on when they first met, and turned it into a tribute to Andrea. It was beautiful, witty, touching, perfect.
They were rewarded by a huge hug from Andrea and Eric.
Last night, we also learned a bit more about some of the preparation and thoughts that had gone into their planning. One of the things that stuck with me was that Andrea hadn’t planned on wearing a veil. But then when she tried it on, she just felt like a bride. I know exactly what she means. It didn’t feel real to me, when I was trying on dresses, unless I had a veil on. So then on Andrea’s wedding day, it became an important part of her look. I love the way Dave captured this image that shows off the veil in such a beautiful way.
And something a bit more amusing…
The young boys were outside playing with Eric’s brother’s dog. He was quite an athelete and the kids were highly entertained.
Back inside the dancing got kicked off by Andrea and Eric. If you haven’t checked out the PicFlick of them dancing, you should definitely do that. Here’s one of my absolute favorite still images from their first dance.
I love that Andrea took this moment to dance with her mom. They are clearly so close; it seemed only right that her mom should get a chance to dance with the bride.
And then the real party got underway. Some seriously crazy fun dancing, complete with handstands, kids on shoulders, two Conga lines, and even a dance routine led by one of Andrea’s bridesmaids. Good times were had!
The last dance slowed things down a bit, a chance for Andrea and Eric to embrace and take in the moment.
If you would like to see a larger set from their wedding, please enjoy this PicFlick…
Special thanks to all of the professionals who helped to make Andrea and Eric’s day so special:
To Grace and Leslie at The Harding Allen Estate, the grounds and service were amazing.
To Lisa at the Blessed Sacrament Parish, what a stunning New England Church!
Judy from Fulgere Salon and Spa, for Andrea’s hair and make-up
Andrea’s stunning wedding gown from Casablanca Bridal
The coordinated bridesmaid dresses from Jasmine Bridal
Eric and his groomsmen’s tux’s from Men’s Wearhouse, with special ties to match the ladies; gowns from The Tie Bar
Floral Design by Danielson Flowers
Revel Video captured the moments of their ceremony
Music was so important to Andrea and Eric and their musicians and DJ did an outstanding job fulfilling their dreams:
Arioso Chamber Players, lead by Brenda van der Merwe, and Elizabeth Noone, their organist provided the ceremony music
Roberta from Music Sensations kept the dancing going during their reception
For their invitations and paper products, friends Molly and Jon created the design. They also utilized a Rita Renning collection through Papyrus and created super cool save the date magnets through Magnet Street.
If you would like to see a few more of Andrea and Eric, definitely check out their engagement session, their sneak peek, and their slideshow.
I am speechless. The joy and emotion of the day which you both captured in film and also in musical selections for your movies are perfection! I can’t begin to describe how your work has touched us all. You are more than photographers, you are artists! Thank you so much for capturing the essence of Eric and Andrea and sharing it with us in such a beautiful way.
Jo + Dave, we are finally remembering to leave a note about how blown-away we were/are by your work on our wedding. Not only are these images absolutely stunning and perfect and more spectacular than we ever thought possible (and the video slideshows are beautiful!), we had to explain how impressed we have been by your professionalism and readiness to go above-and-beyond throughout the entire wedding planning process. We always knew the choice we made for our wedding photographer was an important one because the pictures are what last long after everything else is gone/over; however, we really had no idea just how important you would become to us. Your wedding expertise was extremely helpful as we planned our day – you two became a trusted resource for us, always ready to listen and offer your opinion when asked. On the wedding day itself – you two were absolutely invaluable. Not only were you “everywhere” (as our guests constantly kept coming up to us and pointing out) capturing images as our photographers, but you were also our wedding coordinator (keeping things on time, making sure we had remembered to do everything we planned) and even our stylists rolled into one – Jo was so willing to go above-and-beyond, she not only helped my sister initially finish my complicated bustle, she even crawled under the dress at one point when part of the bustle fell down and offered to figure out the problem and pin it up, all while Dave simultaneously captured some images of us outside, as the light was “magical.” We cannot stress enough how happy we are with your work – the level of service provided has been extraordinary and these photos are everything we wanted and WAY more. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!