photographers: Emilie and J, emilie inc. photography
venue: bride's family home
officiant: family friend
coordinator, design and flowers: Kate Parker, Kate Parker Designs
caterer: David Turin, David's Restaurant
tent: Sperry Tents
cocktail/reception music: Johnson Brothers
dessert bar: Jessica Parrott, Nothing Bakes Like a Parrott
photo booth: Maine Snapshot Studio
cigar roller: Boston Cigar Factory
hair/make-up: family friend David Shannon
gown: J Crew
invitations: Sarah Khandjian, Sarah Hearts Design
honeymoon: Cabo San Lucas
Good golly! This wedding had so many elements of what makes me giddy to photograph weddings... sweet emotion, loving families, cutie kiddos, Sperry Tent, stunning property, the ocean, delicious food, FUN, fireworks and even ending the night with a splash! Wow!
Kathleen grew up just a few miles down the street from where I live. Definitely the closest commute I have ever had for a wedding day, we arrived early and enjoyed seeing things come together as Kate Parker and David Turin's crews transformed the scene along the water's edge at perhaps the most perfectly situated wedding location, J and I decided. With a tent atop a hill in front of the infinity pool at the guest house for the ceremony, and another in front of the main residence for the reception, guests filtered between the two with cocktails and rounds of corn hole, strolls to the beach and the dock as storm clouds stayed at bay until night had fallen and fireworks were dancing overhead.
The day had a serene flow to it and just the right balance of calm, love, seriousness and celebration. Readings and toasts were both heartfelt and anecdotal, leaving all of us with lumps in our throats- if not tears in our eyes- quickly followed by some silly wit that helped us all recover from the emotional heft of the words shared including Kathleen's oldest sister revealing her youngest sibling's cell phone number aloud in her toast to any potential suitors in the crowd, the remaining single of their five siblings.
Family friend David Turin of David's Restaurant treated us all to some of the yummiest wedding food I have sampled with a cigar roller and dessert bar following the multi-course meal. A fun slideshow featuring some of Kathleen and Geoff's most significant milestones delighted (and sometimes embarrassed) all before the dance floor and fireworks show kicked the celebration up a few gears. Capping off the night was a leap into the pool, a perfectly spontaneous ending to a most memorable wedding.
Adore you both, Kathleen and Geoff. Your wonderful families and friends (and Hank!), too! Wishing you all the very best always. xo
How they met, in their own words:
We met while attending Tufts University at the infamous 2007 "Winter Bash". Kathleen was a bit intimidated both by Geoff's crazy dance moves and long hair at the time. However, they soon realized they had much in common and an ability to make each other laugh. After getting engaged, we knew we wanted to get married at Kathleen's parents house, as it is one our most favorite spots to visit. We wanted to incorporate some preppy and rustic elements, which Geoff fittingly described as a "prustic" theme. We also wanted to incorporate some reminders of our alma mater and meeting place, Tufts, by naming our tables after Tufts landmarks and putting the Tufts mascot, Jumbo, on our favors. More than anything, we wanted to pick elements that we thought would ensure our guests were just as excited about our wedding as us.