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

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. 





Full Engagement Session   |   Full Wedding

Keep an eye out for this gorgeous wedding in
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Side note: Sign me up for more surprise engagements! Loooove!!


Thank you to all the amazing couples that have entrusted me with documenting their most important day, it means the world to me and I enjoy every moment! 

 

Marissa + Roland | New Hampshire Vineyard Wedding | Flag Hill Distillery + Winery

 

Marissa and Roland are married! The two tied the knot at the ever so beautiful Flag Hill Winery and Distillery in Lee, NH.  Flag Hill is one of my favorite locations to shoot at, not only are the grounds beautiful, being NH's largest vineyard, but the people are some of the best to work with! Christa and Maddie and their entire team are top notch!

The moment I walked into Marissa's bridal suite in Durham, New Hampshire I was welcomed by a cool, calm and collected bride while each of her maids and mama casually lounged, chatting away. From that point on I knew this was going to be a great day! Marissa and Roland have been extremely sweet from the moment that I met them at Flag Hill Winery , and I was elated when they choose me to document their love filled day. 

Bliss Studio from Dover, NH did a stunning job on Marissa's hair and make-up and were so amazing by coming right to the brides side to insure a stress free morning

Make sure to check for the shot of the handwritten letter and beautiful gift that Roland gave his bride the morning of their wedding, earrings that are sure to be treasured for a lifetime. 







Amazing Vendors Involved In This Beautiful Day

Photographer | Amy Brown Photography
Assistant Photographer | Loreen Kelley Photography
Venue | Flag Hill Winery + Distllery
DJ | A Goodtime DJ's
Officiant | Kelsey Smith
Hair + Make Up | Bliss Studio
Floral | Creative Garden
Wedding Gown | Madeleine's Daughter
Brides Bridal Set | Belden Jewelers
 

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Michiko + Tyler | Engagement Session | Epping, NH Orchard

 

I am in love! If I could shoot engagement sessions in New Hampshire apple blossoms for the rest of my days I totally would!! I mean come on, just wait until you see these two!! In late October these two will tie the knot in a beautiful fall wedding at Flag Hill Winery & Distillery in Lee, NH. From beautiful spring blossoms to fall foliage, these two are capturing all the beautify that is New Hampshire seasons!  Flag Hill is by far one of my favorite venues, with amazing people and gorgeous scenery.  With the combination of this adorable couple and that venue it is destined to be a fabulous day!  This apple orchard session also had me thinking, how GORGEOUS would it be to have a wedding right in the pathway among the blossoms! Sign me up! 

Miko and Tyler deserve all the "awwwws" because these two are so sweet and once the session got rolling you could tell they are totally in love! Let me also tell you I  found this location while out roaming with my son, sent Miko & Tyler a text along the lines of "OMG I foung this gorgeous location let me know what you think?!" I could not have been more excited when they agreed! No matter where I go and what I am doing, my eye is constantly searching and thinking which couple would totally love it here?! 

So now that I have rambled... the photos! 

 

New Hampshire Vineyard Wedding | Jen + Rob | Surprise I Do! | Flag Hill Winery | Lee, NH

A surprise wedding!! What?! I know!! The original email inquiry read Engagement Party Coverage, but at that moment little did I know that it was no engagement party I would be documenting!

Two weeks prior to this gorgeous day it was snowing ... yup snowing in April, because well it's New Hampshire. This state sure is lucky that summer and fall are beautiful here, because winter and mud season spring sure are lacking!

The last thing I was expecting that week was to be scheduling an outdoor wedding ceremony at Flag Hill Winery in Lee, New Hampshire, but I was very happily mistaken! [...]

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