When Becky and Mark are around each other, I see two people at ease together, two people who (to coin the phrase) complete each other. I get the feeling they know the other person is always there, even if they are not actually sitting next to the other. That they feel the comfort of a best friend and strength that their love gives the other. Becky's sister Lauren eluded to this in her toast, saying to Mark that Becky feels safe when she is with him. Lauren was one of the first to know about the special place Mark stood in Becky's life, when she nonchalantly mentioned his name as someone who attended an overseas weekend getaway with her group of friends. Lauren knew there was more to come based on Becky's giddiness.
The threat of rain gave way to a beautiful day at Church Landing. Mark was lucky enough to grow up down the road from this lake shore spot that now dons a permanent Sperry Tent on beautifully groomed grounds, dotted with cozy nooks like a mini beach, stone stairs, and wooden docks for couples to escape to for a quick moment alone.
Becky and Mark had an easy vibe going for their wedding day. The tent held the ceremony and cocktail hour and we ducked out for portraits to those cozy nooks. The celebration was more about their family and friends, and making sure everyone enjoyed some great food, drink, and dancing. Quiet nods were given to tradition, but their laid-back style still came through. The ceremony was brief, but a sweet reading was given by their friend who is responsible for introducing Mark and Becky to each other. Mark doesn't like wearing rings, and this was no big deal to this couple. Their commitment to love and marriage is still the same with or without one. However, Becky said she willingly took the opportunity to get one :) -- beautiful diamonds and sapphires, her favorite. Becky's "something borrowed" were her mom's earrings, and the warm cream-toned dress she wore was extra romantic with her long veil. Mark and his dad wore the same Vineyard Vines American flag ties, but in different colors. There was a white mini cake for their cutting, but a spread of never-ending pies were put out for guests to slice as big as they desired. Before the pies, guests dined on a buffet of delicious food for dinner (some of the best salmon I've had!). There was an hora just for the two of them, and heartfelt toasts by Becky's father, sister, and Mark's best friend. Becky's mom was a trooper, a constant smile on her face, even with her jaw wired shut! Poor thing was towards the end of her six-weeks of treatment after a bad fall that broke her jaw. Through family portraits and a liquid dinner through a straw, her excitement and happiness for her daughter and new son-in-law never waned.
Becky and Mark, thank you for allowing me to document your wedding day! While editing your photos, I was reminded of how much fun you had and it was heartwarming to see how important the family and friends are to you who helped celebrate that big moment in your lives. The love and happiness from everyone was evident. Again, congratulations and I wish you all the best!
photographers: Whitney and Chris, emilie inc. photography • venue, caterer: Church Landing, Meredith, New Hampshire • officiant: Edward Charist • flowers: Lakes Region Floral Studio, Laconia • tent: Sperry Tents Seacoast • band: Rare Form