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Alison+Sebastian | Wedding | June 18, 2011 at The Ocean View Inn, Gloucester MA

Alison met Sebastian while he was visiting the US from Germany.  Sebastian was interning in Massachusetts and happened to meet Alison one night out in Boston.  He was tall and HOT (two things Alison later told her mom when describing the new guy in her life).  They dated for several years during which they moved to Australia where they have lived together, they made the trip back to the US to tie the knot!  Alison knew she wanted her wedding to be on the water and The Ocean View in Gloucester MA was the perfect venue.  It’s an amazing and charming venue right on the water.  We are honored to have been able to capture their special day. I loved the flowers!  They were gorgeous.  Dave Eng’s flowers did a fabulous job for sure. Alison’s adorable niece Harper.  I loved her curls & the flower in her hair.  She was a little shy, but did a great job walking down the aisle with her mom.I love this ceremony shot, I didn’t even realize there was the seagull in the sky until after I was looking at the photos on the computer. Sebastian was so sweet during the ceremony.  He was constantly kissing her hand and shoulder.  You can see how much he loves Alison.  Alison & her girls Anna & Lisa were gorgeous! The image on the left here is their supermodel pose.  They were working it for us during portraits! Love this portrait, so sweet and natural.  Drew and I both love this photo.  This was one of our sneak peeks on Facebook. Finally the other bridal party was off the rocks and we were able to head over for some amazing portraits of Alison & Sebastian on the rocks near the water.  It’s such an amazing place to shoot, we’d love the chance to shoot again at The Ocean View.  It’s such a beautiful location for a small and intimate wedding. Alison and Sebastian had their first dance and then went right into dance party with their guests.  The energy was amazing, everyone was having a blast and was so happy to have traveled from all over the world for the wedding. There were many toasts from Alison’s Dad, Sebastian’s Dad, Sebastian’s brother Robert, Maid of Honor Lisa, and Sebastian’s two dear friends Justus & Michael.  Alison’s Uncle even snuck in a toast.  Finally Sebastian ended the toasts by talking a little bit about hie lovely bride.  It was really sweet to hear what everyone had to say about Alison & Sebastian.  There was a lot of love from everyone and lots of funny stories.

Great Advice for couples who know there will be lots of toasts:  Spread them out throughout dinner.  Alison had the toasts scheduled between courses so guests had a break & it was perfect. Right before the entree’s were served we stole the couple for a few more photos outside now that the sun had gone down some.  I’m glad we were able to grab these photos with the sign on the Ocean View. During dinner it rained briefly and then a rainbow appeared.  Drew was able to capture a few shots of it before it disappeared completely.  Unfortunately it was during toasts so we couldn’t steal Alison & Sebastian to go outside and grab a few shots with it.  After dinner it was time for dancing and Alison & Sebastian  and their guests had an awesome time dancing it up.  The floor was packed most of the night. Alison & Sebastian, Thanks for allowing us to capture your day.  It was an lovely wedding day & we had an amazing time spending the day with you & capturing it. 

Wedding Coordinator at the Ocean View Inn: Paul Delvecio

Hair Stylist & Makeup Artist: Lee Aldrich of Salem MA

Bridal Dress Designer: Amanda Garrett www.amandagarrett.com

Bridesmaid Dress Designer: Priscilla of Boston www.priscillaofboston.com

Florist: Jackie Eng of Dave Eng’s Florist www.daveeng.com

Bakery: Mirabella Bakery mirabellabakery.com

Photographers: US :) www.mrdrewphotography.com

Band or DJ: Chris Culkeen musicco.com/en/page/artist-details.cfm?idArtist=198

Officiant: Robin Zucker www.flowingforce.com

Ceremony Music: Boston String Ensemble bostonstringensemble.com

Master of Ceremony: The couples good friend, Chris Crea

Brittany + Luke | 10.10.10 Hawthorne Hotel, Salem MA

Brittany & Luke were married on 10.10.10.  Luke, you never have any excuse about not being able to remember your anniversary :)  We spent the day at the Hawthorne Hotel in Salem MA.  Brittany got ready at the Hotel (the ceremony & reception) were also at the Hotel.   I spent some time with the ladies in the morning while Drew hung out with the guys for a bit.  Brittany & Luke met out in Utah, where Luke is from.  Brittany went out to Utah after college for a little adventure & ended up finding the “one”.  Brittany is from Gloucester so a Northshore wedding it was.  It was fun to shoot a wedding in Salem, Drew & I use to live in Salem (SSC alums, though it’s now SSU).  Drew also use to work at the Hawthorne Hotel so we were very familiar with the location!

Enjoy your preview Brittany & Luke, we had a great time hanging out with you & shooting your wedding :)

Drew took the guys outside for a bit before the ceremony.  They did some shots over in the Commons (where we all went after the Ceremony for some more shots)

I love this one of Brittany’s nieces holding hands.  It was a quick moment while we were upstairs getting ready.  I wasn’t sure if I got it and was happy to see I did & that I was in the right spot to capture it too.  The Hawthorne is an older Hotel so the rooms are smaller then what a newer hotel would have.  With everyone getting ready there wasn’t too much space for me to move around.

Drew captured this shot.  There are three windows looking into the Ballroom, the girls we sneaking a peek before the ceremony started.

It was the annual Zombie Walk on that Sunday.  While taking formal shots in the commons we were overcome by Zombies.  I was ready to have to yell at them for ruining my shots, but they walked through the commons without coming over to where we were shooting.  As you can see there were MANY zombies!  We were able to have Brittany & Luke run down and pose with the zombies in the background.  We also got a few shots with a few zombies up close, they asked if they could pose with Brittany & Luke, it was kind of cute in a weird way. I’m going to go out on a limb and say the image on the left is Drew’s favorite (I’ll correct it if I’m wrong) I love Brittany’s expression in this one :) We nabbed a Salem Pedicab for a few shots.  They driver was really great and let us shoot on it & even move the pedicab a bit because it was in the direct sun & was too bright to shoot.   This is my favorite candid moment :) Brittany got a top hat & cane for her Grandfather to wear during the reception, in hopes he would sing with the band.  He didn’t end up singing with the band, but he loved sporting the hat & he was dancing up a storm for quite some time! They had a photobooth that printed 2 strips one to keep & one to put in a guestbook.  We will soon be offering a “photobooth” of sorts, though the setup is a little different.  We are currently offering it at a discounted rate while we try it out & perfect it.  Email us if you are interested! Then it was time for DANCE PAHHTY!  (This is our good friend Jess & one of our photography cheerleaders)  We love her, she is always a good time!! The band, Wildfire, definitely got everyone out on the dance floor!

The Details of Brittany & Luke’s Salem, MA Wedding

Makeup | ?
Florist | A Bella Mia
Cake | Montellios Bakery
Dress |  Maggie Sottero
Bridesmaid Dress|  ?