* Whitney and A.K. marry in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire

by

emilie inc. photographers: Emilie, Denise and Sharon
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

6 comments:

  1. emilie these pictures made me cry... so beautiful! isn't it amazing all the love and wonderfulness that went into this special day - here's to Whitney and A.K. Hip-Hip-Hooray!!! XOXO Liz

    ReplyDelete
  2. Truly some of the most amazing wedding photos I have ever seen. Many of these images took my breath away. Whitney crouching to check herself out in the bathroom mirror — that photo is SO HER! Not because she's vain or anything, but because you managed to capture the essence of Whitney in that moment in time. Incredible! There is true love in these pictures, both in the subject matter and in the artful way you've captured the day and preserved it forever. I wish I'd known you when I got married!
    Lori

    P.S. Ruby's paw pads melt me.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Anonymous9:22 AM

    Absolutely gorgeous - Whitney, the ceremony, the photos. Congratulations to you both, and beautiful job on the planning, photography and all! - Sarah, (a loyal fan of G&R)

    ReplyDelete
  4. Love seeing such beautiful photos of Whitney and A.K.'s day!

    ReplyDelete
  5. Em my darling... It's perfect. simply perfect.

    ReplyDelete
  6. I love your photos as always but I am head over heels in love with her dress!! Too bad I'm already married or I would borrow her dress and have you as my photographer :)

    ReplyDelete

Pin It button on image hover