Natalie + Tyler | Lee, NH Outdoor Wedding

Colors, all the colors! Flowers, all the flowers!

As a New Hampshire Wedding Photographer I am blessed to see many personalities shine through on each wedding day, and this gorgeous Flag Hill Distillery & Winery wedding is no different! Natalie and Tyler flew in all the way from Portland, Oregon for their friend, family and love filled day. Natalie’s mother is the floral genius behind all of the arrangements that you will see, and man, when mamas love and heart is in something, she delivers!

Natalie chose to walk down the aisle in a honeybee embroidered gown, and truthfully, it was perfect. I always preach to my couples to do what you want, its your day, make it ALL ABOUT YOU. Natalie did not want a crisp white “traditional” gown and she didn’t force it for family. Tyler walked the aisle also in a vintage brown tweed, I mean these two are the poster children for “I do what I want, and I look killer while doing it!” Also when I say Tyler walked the aisle, yes he too walked the aisle, he did not walk up the side to the front with his grooms men, Natalie actually walked the aisle first with both parents guiding her on this journey. She then waited as the speakers sang out “Here comes your man” and Tyler too came down the aisle with both of his parents walking with him.

Tyler is part of a band back home in Portland, Oregon and much to the happy surprise of family and friends, Tyler got up and serenaded his bride on their wedding day.

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Details, Details, Details | Personalized Wedding Decor | Lee, NH Photographer

 

The details of a wedding day set the stage for the story that you want told. As a Lee, New Hampshire wedding photographer, living in a Pinterest wedding world, I have seen quite the assortment of personalized wedding day details. Florals ranging from babies breath and sunflowers wedding bouquets to orchids and ranunculus bridal party bouquets, each a new shade of color and beauty. New Hampshire wedding table decor can range from homemade jams and family heirloom apple orchard boxes to red rose and candle filled lanterns.

I love arriving on a wedding day and being one of the first people to see the couples wedding decor completed in all its beauty. (Photographer side note: This is also the best time to photograph it, as there will be no roaming guests or stray clutch in any photo).

I think back to a Flag Hill Distillery & Winery wedding where the couple had an assortment of guests hand draw platypus’ prior to the wedding, the brides father then used a wood burner to burn each drawing into a table number board. Talk about personalized decor.

This pacific northwest wedding couple also wore traditional European floral crowns to honor family heritage, while the grooms boutonniere had a honey bee pin to match the brides honeybee embroidered dress. Your day is just that, yours, make each detail count.

Honey Bee embroidered wedding gown ✔
Golden Snitch wedding cake ✔
Hay bail ceremony seating ✔
Fruit covered naked cake ✔
Mad Hatter tea party table decor ✔
Wood flower wedding centerpieces ✔

Girl you do you!

 
 

^ The sweetest of elopement weddings ever. This wedding was held inside the families hundred year old farm home on the Seacoast of New Hampshire.



Personalized wedding decor doesn’t just pertain to your wedding day bouquets, but also your guest books! Think outside the box, The below guests “books” are beautiful wall hangings and wine barrels, along with a guests bench! The guest bench is actually a funny story ( funny for the couple now!) , just prior to the wedding there was a bit of a storm that took down a large tree limb on the couples property, and the limb landed ever so gracefully on top of the brides vehicle. Now as any good New Hampshire groom would do, he cut that limb up and made a bench from it!

Outdoor wedding decor can be specific to the couple also! Delicate aisle side lanterns lend a dash of whimsy to a beautiful vineyard ceremony setting, while twinkling bulbs soften the hay loft of a family farm. Also remember that not only your vows can be from the heart, your entire ceremony can lend its hand at spotlighting who you are. Couples of mine have shared sips of wine, locked away bottles with notes to be shared in the coming years, joined water together to symbolized to families blending into one.

A favorite moment of mine is actually from a children’s book, the couples wedding was officiated by a family member whom read from a personalized children’s book, the words and book forever joining the two. This book now and forever can be kept as a special physical memory of their ceremony together.

And lets not forget the diamonds, lace and dapper ties!! Whether your dress be lace or satin, snow white or cream, make sure to choose the one that makes your heart scream. [ see what i did there ;) ]

So when it comes to your day, remember to not get swept away in the overwhelming lists of items to be checked off and the people you “have to” invite. Remember that this day is and will always be yours!


 

4 Tips To Make Your Day Even More Perfect | NH Wedding Photographer

Write Love Notes

Your wedding day will be filled from beginning to end with hugs, smiles and stories of love and laughter with family and friends. Tip One is Write Love Notes. Take a moment before your big day to write a note to your soon to be spouse, tell them of your excitement for the big day, of your anticipation of the future, and the love you have for them. Then the day of the wedding exchange the letters, for extra special photos make sure to keep them held tightly until the photographer arrives. You can choose to read them to yourselves, or to each other, but either way this is a moment that is sure to make your day even more special.

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Hold Hands

Now lets be real, never let go of that new Husband or Wife of yours, this is your day to proclaim that they are yours! Love on them! More specifically though, hold hands during your first dance, take it back to traditional dancing, and a bit less middle school dance style. Not that you do not still look completely adorable and in love, but traditional posture will show off your beaming faces … and a bit less elbow and arm pit.

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Have A First Look

Once your day is rolling, it is going to be so filled with fun, laughter, hugs and if your are lucky food! ( Make sure you stop and eat! * bonus tip ) By having a first look you are carving out a special time that you know will be just you and your spouse, a quiet moment before the hustle starts where you can really take each other in and appreciate the huge step you are taking in your lives. Trust me when I say that a first look will not detract from the special moment of walking down the aisle, if anything it will allow you to fully enjoy it, the nerves will have left because those moments during the first look will remind you of what is important during your day.

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Smile, Laugh, Joke

I know it sounds so simple, but as soon as the camera is out, bam we all become deer in the headlights. Be playful, be cuddly tell a joke, make it clean, or dirty, either way I promise I won’t listen, but in that moment you bet I will be capturing those smiles!

In a blink of an eye you have grown from a toddler that was terrerizing their house, to a

Colleen + Adam | Flag Hill Distillery | Rainy Day Love | Lee, NH

 

100% Chance of Rain. Nor’Easter. Heavy Winds.
Those were the words that were being used to describe the wedding weekend of Colleen and Adam, and all three delivered. The weather may have been rough, but nothing could stop these two from smiling as they became man and wife at Flag Hill Distillery and winery in Lee, NH.

Both Colleen and Adam started their days by exchanging special wedding day gifts. I love when couples exchange gifts and keep them wrapped for my arrival, it is such a special moment to be able to capture. Both Colleen and Adam were then able to wear those special gifts on their day, a beautiful set of pearls for Colleen and for Adam a dashing new watch.

From a First Look in the awesome Distillery to stolen moments among the spirit bottles, Flag Hill delivered a beautiful day, and the rain only helped to tighten the knot that was tied.





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Thank you Colleen and Adam for the honor of being able to photograph your love.


Amazing Vendors

Photographer | Amy Brown Photography
DJ | Ryan Parker
Limo | Black Tie Limo
Wedding Ceremony + Reception | Flag Hill Winery
Bridal Makeup and Hair | Hair by Gina / Gina at Salon 57
Cake | Three Sisters Cake Shop
Florals | Angelos Florist
Bridal Gown | Beloved by Casablanca Bridal
Groom Suit | Southwicks Factory
Bridal Jewelry | Naser Diamonds

 

Jocelyne + Cody | Fall Wedding | Rivermill at Dover Landing | Dover NH

 
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“Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times if one only remembers to turn on the lights.”
- Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

 

 

Early in their relationship Cody was stationed with the Army in Afghanistan. The two spent what precious time they could find, on Facetime talking of their days and escaping to the magical world of Harry Potter, as they read the books together. These special moments not only strengthened their relationship, but also concreted a special place in their hearts for Harry Potter and his magical escape.

On the morning of Jocelyne and Cody’s wedding the weather was cold and cloud covered as the couple and bridal parties prepared for the day at The Garrison Hotel. Yet, upon arriving to the first look location with these two, even the sun couldn’t help but come out and smile down on them. Their love is so real and pure, not only for each other but for each other’s families, and that is the best kind of love.

The sky cleared to a stunning blue and the sun shone brightly as the two joined as one in front of their family and friends at Parish of the Assumption Church in Dover, NH before making their way to the Rivermill at Dover Landing for their fun filled reception.




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Amazing Vendors

Photographer | Amy Brown Photography
Videographer | Nico Zottos
DJ | DJ Bill Pyndo
Bridal Hotel | The Garrison Hotel
Wedding Ceremony | Parish of the Assumption
Wedding Reception | Rivermill at Dover Landing
Catering | Liberty Lane Catering
Bridal Makeup and Hair | The Salon at 903 Central
Golden Snitch Cake | Three Sisters Cake Shop
Florals | Sweet Meadows Flower Shop
Bridal Gown | Vera Wang
Groom Suit | Tuxedos with Style
Bridal Jewelry | Bouvier Jewelers


A little sneak peek from the videographer! ↓

 

Marissa + Roland | Brides to Babies | Maternity Session | Durham, NH

My favorite part about being a wedding photographer is getting the opportunity to really get to know a couple. We spend a year emailing, chatting and meeting up, making sure that when it comes to the most important day of their lives, we have all the bases covered. Once the wedding day has come I truly feel like the creeper third wheel, just wanting to hang out with them! This is why I was so elated to receive an email from a past bride, informing me that she was pregnant and wanting to do maternity photos. Um... yes! I love weddings and babies! I was so happy to know that they were doing so well during their first year of marriage and that when it came to the next most important day of their lives, that they again thought of me!  It truly is an honor to be part of, and entrusted with documenting such important pieces of peoples lives.

Thank you Marissa and Roland, it was so great to be able to spend some time with the two of you again. I truly feel honored to be able to document such an amazing time in your lives!

 

#LifeAccordingToTravis | Five! | NH Wedding Photographer | Personal

 

Travis Benjamin | This Is Five

It has been quite some time since I got my camera out to take photos of my little man, he's not exactly the easiest to corral into nice clothing and look at the camera for any given amount of time! We started out the morning chatting about how I wanted some new photos to love on, and then a bit of time later brought it up again, and we made it outside! Yes my kid is just as difficult to get in front of the camera, so when you have your family sessions, don't you worry! Everyone goes through the same battle!

And here's a little side by side throw back photo! I just can't even!  Each month of Travis' life I got out the little lego truck, plopped him in, sun or snow, and shot! Look at that size difference! One month to Five Years!

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Last Years Photos! > Apple Orchard

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Sabrina + Felix | Surprise Proposal | Flag Hill Winery Distillery

 

Have I spoke recently about how much I love, love?! I did... well okay, I still do! Proposals are quickly becoming a high favorite moment of mine, and Felix and Sabrina's surprise proposal at Flag Hill Winery and Distillery in Lee, New Hampshire is no exception! When my husband and I got engaged, we took photos of course, because even 11 years ago, selfies were a thing! But lets just say the photo... could be better! I would have loved to have the moment documented by a professional photographer to have for a lifetime! Your engagement, your wedding and your babies, three milestone moments that each deserve special attention. 

I was contacted by Felix about a month before the special day, which was also the weekend of their six year anniversary, so sweet! In that month we tossed around locations, times and plans. Felix settled upon Flag Hill Winery once knowing not only how gorgeous it was, but also how the two could really make a special date out of the outing. Wine tasting, surprise proposal, strolling hand in hand among the vines. Perfect night out! 

The day of the proposal could not have been a more beautiful day full of blue sky, and huge smiles!


Thank you so much Felix for allowing me to be a part of such a special day in you and Sabrina's lives! It was truly and honor! Sabrina congratulations on catching yourself a true gentlemen! 

 

Flag Hill Distillery + Winery Couples | Flag Hill Wedding Package

 

Calling all Flag Hill Winery and Distillery couples! Did you know that because I love Christa, Maddie and all of Flag Hill so much, I have decided to offer a special booking package for all Flag Hill Weddings! I know, exciting right!  Now you can get an amazing package at an amazing venue with an amazing photographer! A photographer that has an amazing relationship with all bridal coordinators, and knows the in and out of the whole place, plus you may gain access to a hidden area too! How could you pass it up! 

Or maybe you are just checking out Flag Hill as a wedding venue, but you haven't been asked/asked  yet?! Check out this surprise engagement! Maybe even leave it up on a certain someones browser, to just ... stumble upon.


Below are some great shots from a handful of recent Flag Hill Weddings, you will find many months and seasons of beauty covered.   

Not only will you get six amazing hours of coverage but you also get a complimentary engagement session included! That way we can really get to know each other, practice all those awkward "how do I stand, " "where do I look" moments right out of the way! I will guide you through the entire session and again right through your wedding day photos! 

Here are some amazing examples of Flag Hill couples at their engagement sessions! Engagement sessions are scheduled in the evening time just before sunset, and these sessions are ranging in location from Newburyport,MA to Wagon Hill Farm in Durham, NH, Prescott Park, Portsmouth, NH and even a hidden find of the Apple Orchard in Epping, NH. 
 

Want More Info??

Send me or Christa over a message now to get all the nitty gritty on the details! Or shoot me an email below! Then make sure to get over and follow me in Instagram @AmyBrownNH and @AmyBrownNH_Life for more of my life with my little one!
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Also, go check out this blog post about how to beat the rain on your wedding day! 


Can't forget a pic of the best second shooter and wedding cordinator around! 

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As always find more of the wedding and engagement sessions on the blog! 

 

Sandra + Michael | Wedding | Flag Hill Distillery + Winery | Lee, NH

 
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Rain before and rain after, yet not a single drop on this gorgeous Flag Hill Winery and Distillery wedding day! Sandra and Michael's New Hampshire wedding day could not have been more perfect, if it were hand picked! 

Twenty one person bridal party... twenty one! This was by far the largest wedding party that I have been honored to photograph, and they were amazing! Now as any of my couples can attest too, I speak a lot ahead of time that I like to help ensure that a wedding day runs as smooth as possible, and with that avoid any "herding of cats." Yes... let twenty one cats out and then try to wrangle them back together, look in one direction, smile, and don't blink! That is often how large bridal party portraits and family portraits can feel like, but not this group! Everyone was so cooperative and genuinely sweet and loving to their friends the bride and groom. ( You have a great group Sandra and Michael! ) 


Thank you Sandra and Michael for the honor of being your wedding photographer, you two are so genuinely sweet and your bridal party was so welcoming and friendly! If I ever had to handpick a massive bridal party, I would deffinetly choose your friends agani and again! 


Wonderful Vendors

Wedding + Ceremony Location | Flag Hill Winery + Distillery
DJ | A Main Event - Matt Perez
Wedding Photographer | Amy Brown Photography
Wedding Officiant | Kelsey Smith
Bridal Rings | Zales
Bridal Gown | Modern Bride
Tux | George's Apparel
Bridal Hair | Timeless Salon + Spa
Bridal Make-Up | Joya Beauty

Cupcakes | Benson's Bakery 
Bouquets + Boutioneers | Creative Gardens



 
 
 

MORE ON THE BLOG! 

 

Burying The Bourbon | Southern Tradition | Chasing Away The Rain

 
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There is an old southern folklore that says if you bury a bottle of bourbon at the site where the bride and groom are to be married it won't rain on their wedding day. The tradition states that this must be done exactly one month before the wedding, the bottle must be completely full, and it must be buried upside down! The bottle should be dug up post-ceremony and enjoyed with the bridal party, so really this is a winning idea no matter the outcome! 

Now hustle on over to Flag Hill, beg and plead that you can "borrow" a bit of their woods line, and get yourself a bottle of bourbon! 

 

Sandra + Michael | Engagement Session | Wagon Hill | Durham, NH

 

The answer is yes. Any time a couple asks, " Can we bring our dog?" Yes. Absolutely!

Gatlin is one of the sweetest dogs I have ever come across, totally laid back, zero bark and 100% love!  I also do believe that he was completely up for an engagement session tag along at an amazing open field location of Wagon Hill! Talk about open spaces to run! 

Okay so back to the real reason we were at Wagon Hill, an engagement session for the ever so adorable in love, mom and dad of Gatlin.. I mean Sandra and Michael! It only ten short days I will be documenting these two declare their love to each other at their Flag Hill Winery wedding! Ten Days Y'all! I can not wait, these two are so sweet and so in love!

 
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Jocelyne + Cody | Engagement Session | Wagon Hill

 

Nearly six month to the day and these two will be tying the knot and dancing into their future at Rivermill at Dover Landing! I love when couples choose different seasons than that of their wedding for their engagement session and as these two will wed in fall, a spring session seemed very fitting! The seasons in New Hampshire are to beautiful to skip over!

It really doesn't seem to matter the time of year or the season that we are in, for ever time I visit Wagon Hill in Durham, NH I am always falling in love with every bit of its acres! Early in the New Hampshire spring season trees are still bare of foliage, and with that, the sun can pop so beautifully out from behind them. The glow, oh the glow! Wagon Hill + New Hampshire Wedding Photographer + The Glow! = Bliss! 


 

 

After The Wedding Must Have | Album | Amy Brown Bride

 

Months and months of your time goes into planning for your beautiful New Hampshire wedding, and now the day has come and you are officially MARRIED! Now what?! .... Now you need to preserve those beautiful images!

If you are an Amy Brown Bride then I know that you will already have all of your gorgeous images safely on an online album for you to share forever, but lets be real, there is just something special about holding an item in your hands. Nooks and tablets of all kinds may be taking over, but you wont see libraries closing down anytime soon... why? Because physical items matter, and there is a special feeling to holding a book, or a wedding album in your hands. 

This is why I suggest that all my couples order an heirloom album, these albums will not separate or fall apart with time, these albums, like your marriage, will hold true and solid. Each thick page  displays your love on classically beautiful lay flat binding allowing for full panoramic images. 

Albums can be ordered in many size combinations, but the classic options being  8x8 , 10x10 and 12x12.

Cover options range from many shades of linen to leather. One of my favorite cover options, is the distressed leather, it arrives with the presence of already being wrapped in history, just like your relationship. 

Each album also arrives in a linen keepsake box, for safe storage at home and in travel. 
 


The above album is:
 8x8 square
Leather bound in Distressed Timber
20 Pages holding 40 Images


 

Beautiful Details | Invitation

 

It is no lie that I absolutely love my details time during the wedding day. I get to sit down and play with your beautiful dress and gorgeous jewelry,  what is not to love?! A key part of bringing your day full circle when it comes to documentation is incorporating your invitation with your details. When you stop and think about it, this is the first thing your guests see, it sets the stage for your day before they even arrive! In the off season I love to check out all the beautiful options that my brides are given while searching for invitations. I came upon Basic Invite and, fell in love with their quality cards, and awesome new designs! Check out below two of my favorites, clean and real wood invites! 

Yes CLEAR and WOOD! How fun right! Also even better, the fact that they are not through the roof in cost! 

 

I love how both the wood grain and clear acrylic can go from rustic to chic simply with how you choose to style the rest of your day. Pair either with a beautiful vineyard wedding or backyard farm gathering, and perfection! 

Check out Basic Invite for more gorgeous invitations, and don't forget to save an clean invitation suite for me on your wedding day! Better yet, mail me one! 

 

Seacoast New Hampshire Wedding Photographer | 2017 Wrap Up

 

One of the best things about being a New Hampshire wedding photographer is watching the beauty of the seasons change from one session to the next. Couples engagement session can be scheduled any time from contract to wedding month, and I always love looking back and comparing the seasons between the two.

How beautiful is it to have full NH fall colors in an engagement session and then full summer greenery come wedding day, or beautiful apple blossoms in late spring to the gorgeous golden oak trees at an autumn wedding.

New Hampshire really does spoil us with the beauty of seasons.