Even amongst the busy season, it's refreshing and fun to do an editorial shoot. The timeline is a bit more relaxed so it gives us vendors a little creative playground to try out new ideas and work together. For us, that included shooting film (which we do some of on wedding days anyway) and shooting in inclement weather. Of course the fabulously organized ladies from Whim Events didn't plan the rain, but it happened so we all went with it and I'm convinced that the shoot wouldn't have been the same without it! When Natalie from Whim Events told us the concept for the shoot was as though 'the beach herself was throwing a party' we were intrigued. They used the soft palates of sand and sea to influence the shoot as though it were a small elopement on the beach with the couple's nearest and dearest. Add in furniture rentals from New England Country Rentals, dresses from Flair Bridesmaid Boutique, makeup by Julie from The Stylish One, a swoon-worthy print collection from Hartford Prints!, ingenious flower design by Moria from Whim, tasty Oysters from Island Creek Oysters, wine from Framaggio Kitchen and coordination by Natalie from Whim - and you get an amazing result! We were floored by the organic elegance that was achieved when all these elements came together and felt honored to be able to tie them together through photography with such a talented bunch. Now, any of our brides out there want to throw caution to the wind, abandon their wedding plans and recreate this as your wedding? I've got just the team for you. :)
Catherine and Justin met in the Peace Corps in South Africa....I know.....you like them already. Justin is from South Africa, and Catherine is from the States, so when their relationship became more serious, it became clear that they were going to need two wedding celebrations. They got married in South Africa in 2010 and had a lovely outdoor summer celebration. They decided that their wedding was not complete until they could have a US Ceremony and celebration with their loved ones who were not able to make the long journey to South Africa. They began planning for a February wedding in Cohassett and contacted us last fall to capture the celebration. We had drinks with them at a neighborhood bar (they live in the 'Ville too) and were captivated by their charismatic spirits. They were so good together, and we could tell their US Wedding was going to be filled with some really awesome people. We're here to say that it most certainly did not disappoint. Their friends and family are a warm bunch who shared many heartwarming stories during their Quaker ceremony about just how good Catherine and Justin are together.
The Red Lion Inn served as a perfect backdrop for their ceremony and reception, especially since some of the guests were staying on site. Everything was right there, which made all of the guests lives easier as the snow gently fell. The snow didn't stop us from wandering off to the beach and a boat dock for some windy portraits. We give full credit to Catherine and Justin taking the freezing wind by storm and rocking out their portraits. They pulled off their jackets and embraced the weather head on. We got to play around with our new Mamiya 645 and our Canon EOS 3 (film cameras) during their portraits, which made us happy campers. The rest of the day was filled with the support of all of their loved ones, embracing their union and supporting their decision to declare their commitment publicly, reminding us once more that a wedding is not made by just pretty dresses, party decorations or chicken with vegetables.