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Claudia + Elizabeth | a Preservation Hall Wedding in Wellfleet, Cape Cod

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What an amazing wedding! I love when we get to photograph a wedding where everyone present feels like one close-knit family... this is what Claudia and Elizabeth's Wellfleet wedding was like - intimate, fun, joyful, and full of love and style! Jonathan Raiola and his team from Dejana/Raiola Events designed and coordinated the weekend's festivities, and Jonathan and his business partner Regina hit it out of the park! The Chequesset Yacht Club and Preservation Hall in Wellfleet were lovely settings for the weekend's festivities. In true Cape Cod fashion, Claudia and Elizabeth treated all of their guests to a perfectly New England style clam bake at the Chequesset Yacht Club. The rolled up sails and rigging made a beautiful backdrop for the fresh sea air and casually elegant lobster dinner. Mac's Seafood catered both the clam bake as well as the wedding day reception, and all of the food and service was impeccable.

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The wedding day was perfect - not too hot, not too cool, and most thankfully, no rain! Preservation Hall is a gorgeous venue! I was fascinated with the ornate carved wooden artwork throughout the former church, the stained glass, and the history of the building. The space is intimate yet spacious, and a perfect backdrop for a wedding. A highlight of the day for me was Mexico Lindo, an amazing Mariachi band, which led the brides into the ceremony, followed them out after the ceremony, and proceeded to sing and play for the guests during the courtyard cocktail hour. While the guests enjoyed cocktails outside, the seating was cleared from the ceremony area, and two long tables were set for the reception dinner. Jonathan and his team transformed the space with lush natural greens, white wildflowers and lilies, and lux white linens, warmed up just a touch with sparkling golden votives. Dancing followed the reception in the downstairs, which worked perfectly, because the dance floor doors opened onto the courtyard where guests could step out for some fresh air and a visit to the outdoor bar that was well stocked with several of the couple's favorite cocktails.

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Aren't these birdies cute! And by the way, this wedding cake by Cottage Street Bakery in Orleans may be the BEST carrot cake I have EVER eaten... YUM!!!

Congratulations Claudia and Elizabeth! You and your family and friends were a joy to photograph, and I'm so happy that Tamara and I could be part of your very special day!

Lisa & Jenn

Lisa and Jenn are one of the most spontaneous couples we have ever met!  Their wedding started out with simple ambitions, and as they began planning it grew into an experience they came to love.   We'll be posting their wedding photos shortly:)  There engagement was delayed and squeezed in not to long ago, but we wanted to be sure to share these fun images of them in the corn field/woods they brought us to.  Wait till you see the images from their ceremony, absolutely fantastic! 091004_GreenEng_0023

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Caution: Running through fields may...

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Cause flip flop failure:)

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Meet Fred.  He's not there dog, nor is he mine, but he sure did love hanging out with us:)

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Jenn and Lisa's dog Savanah loved tagging along for the shoot and taking a dip in the pond.  here is a cool shot of her shaking off the water.

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I love this shot of them sitting under the tree with the roots spreading out.

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Can't wait to see you both again soon!  Have fun in Mexico!!

Robyn + Sharon: a Beachmere Inn wedding in Ogunquit, Maine

We are delighted to share a few of our images from Sharon and Robyn's Ogunquit, Maine wedding!  This summer we've worked with several couples who have had to deal with the loss or grave illness of a loved one simultaneous to their wedding planning.  We are incredibly moved by the grace with which each of these couples and their families have managed their grief and other mixed emotions, and the ways in which they have honored their loved ones on their wedding days.  Sharon and Robyn's wedding day was elegant, joyful, romantic, and loving, and it was a perfect tribute to these two special people and to the love and support their families have given them. We were all overjoyed that Sharon's father Tom was able to conserve enough energy to attend her wedding and he was even able to walk her down the aisle!  It was a very special moment, and everyone present shed many tears, including us.  Tom was in the end stages of his battle with cancer, and he passed away just one week later.

One thing that Matt and I absolutely LOVE about weddings is the sense of community, commitment, and joy that everyone present bestows on the couple.  At this wedding all of these elements were omnipresent, and we were honored to be part of such a special day!

Both brides chose to wear beautiful flowing white gowns, perfect for an elegant beach wedding.  They had a fun "flow" planned for their wedding.  Immediately after the ceremony, all the guests retreated to a tent next to where the ceremony was held for cocktails and appetizers, dancing, and toasts.  After a few  hours of "reception" in the tent, the entire party retreated indoors for a cool disco lounge "after-party", with ice cream sundae bar, chocolate chip cookies,and jelly beans. .. mmm!

Thank you Sharon and Robyn for sharing your special day with us!  Here are a few of our favorites:

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