venue: Bride's grandmother's house
officiant: Dave Gyger
day-of coordinator: Diana Ma Diana Ma Weddings and Events
caterer: Julie Dunfey The White Apron
florist: Kate Martin Beautiful Days
ceremony musicians: Laurie Meeder
tent: Sperry Tents Seacoast
dj: Jeff Erwin Music Man DJ Services
cakes: Winnipesaukee Chocolates
cake toppper: Ann Wood Handmade
donuts: Congdon's Doughnuts Wells, ME
hair: Vicky Kleiner Mango Salon and Spa Londonderry, NH
make-up: Joanne McDonough Joya Beauty
invitations and all things paper: Gus & Ruby Letterpress Portsmouth, NH
calligraphy: Jenna Hein Love Jenna Calligraphy
gown: Melissa Sweet at Belle Couture Bridal Mt. Pleasant, SC
bride's shoes, groom suit, bridesmaids: J Crew
bride's accessories: Puttin' on the Glitz Portsmouth, NH
bridesmaids gifts: Sea Bags Portland, ME
rings: Bellmans Portsmouth, NH
honeymoon: Arrowsic, Maine
I met Whitney for the first time two years ago at a coffee shop in Portsmouth to talk about her wedding plans. Pouring over wedding albums, she told me she would be married on the same site, nearly to the date, where her mother and father were married 37 years ago in Wolfeboro at her grandmother's house. I grew up summering in Wolfeboro as a child, and I kid you not, I often passed and always have loved that house- a lovely white colonial set back off the road with a long, winding driveway anchored by big beautiful shady trees. Crazy small world.
Fast forward two years and so much has happened: Whitney left the job she had at the time of our meeting to open a letterpress shop in Portsmouth with her colleague Samantha. The shop, Gus and Ruby, named after their dogs should sound familiar as I gush about them all the time. I had the pleasure of acting as a mentor of sorts for the pair as they launched their biz and have loved seeing them, and a strong friendship between us, grow quickly. Meanwhile, Whitney's mom had an unexpected, but very welcome and successful, heart transplant just before their store's opening last summer, causing her originally planned August 2009 wedding date to be pushed back a year to ensure mom plenty of time to heal and be strong for their big day.
And so it was with a massive buildup that Whitney and A.K.'s wedding finally happened this August, and what a stunning affair it was! No detail was overlooked and Mother Nature gifted us a beautiful summer afternoon for the garden nuptials and tented reception. As for Whitney's mom, she is indeed feeling wonderful, looking wonderful and had everyone in tears as she recited a poem during the ceremony. I had the good fortune of photographing this event with Denise and Sharon, opening my eyes to the awesome possibilities of having triple team wedding coverage!
How they met, in their own words:
At Waterville Valley, New Hampshire, Whitney was ski racing for Plymouth State University and A.K. was a volunteer assistant coach for the team. A.K. gave her some useful tips while Whitney was not listening, just checking him out. A.K., meanwhile, had had a major crush on Whitney for a whole year while she did not even know who he was. They began a secret relationship and fell deeply in love. They have been together for the better part of 8 years, in the Plymouth area, and now down in Dover.
It is with great pleasure that I share the wedding album of my friends Whitney and A.K. whose love is as sweet on paper as it is in person.
Ring pillow by Emersonmade.
The Gus and Ruby gals: Sam and Whitney.
Team effort with the rings.
As evidenced by the text messages I have been receiving from Whitney all week, I know she's feeling post-wedding letdown big time. Two years in the making, I can completely understand. It was a spectacular wedding, Whitney and A.K., and an honor to photograph your love. Thank you, thank you. xo