Cait and Paul's seaside wedding celebration at the Duxbury Bay Maritime School

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Over the course of this season I have photographed weddings across the the state of Maine, from Casco in the foothills of the White Mountains, to Eastport near the border of Canada.  This weekend, I would be headed south to the state I grew up in, Massachusetts, and the gorgeous seaside community of Duxbury.

I felt an early kindred spirit with Caitlin and Paul through our Bay State connection, as my home town of Sudbury sits (sort of) between Caitlin's Duxbury and Paul's Shrewsbury.  On this immaculate Saturday, wedding festivities would begin in Marshfield with a beautiful ceremony and mass at St Christine's Parish.  A quick trolley ride and we crossed into Duxbury.  This coastal town is very close to Cait's heart, and her love for the ocean certainly stemmed from a childhood by the sea.   We made a pit stop at the center of the historic Powder Point Bridge for a great set of formal photos over the water.

Our trolley rolled on to our destination, The Duxbury Bay Maritime School, where Cait learned to row crew.  This waterfront location is nestled in the working harbor, with a manicured lawn overlooking the deep blue bay and warmed with the low angle afternoon sun.  Paul shares Cait's love of the sea and the two have spent a great deal of time together at the beach and on boats, so stepping down to the docks for some time alone together (and some portraits!) was a given.  I was quite lucky to be asked to capture these precious moments between bride and groom surrounded be the ocean they love.

Thanks kindly Cait and Paul!  Fair winds and following seas!

How they met, in their own words:

On a crowded Saturday night in February, we met in a tiny dive bar in Boston – the Beacon Hill Pub. The BHP is the kind of dive bar where your shoes stick to the beer-soaked floor and the smell of old Budweiser saturates your clothes. It was Paul’s first trip to the BHP, and Cait very nearly decided to stay at home for the night. We were both there with our own groups of friends, but when Paul spotted a friend of a friend chatting with Cait and one of her now co-maids of honor, he used it as the perfect excuse to come say hello. After a relatively brief conversation, the four of us parted ways returning to our groups of friends. A little later, Cait left the bar leaving Paul behind with no way to contact her. Paul knew there was something special about this girl, and used modern technology (some might call it Facebook-stalking - we owe you Zuckerberg) to reach back out to Cait. We had our first date over casual drinks at the Tavern in Central Square on Valentine’s Day, followed by a dinner date at Temple Bar the following weekend, and began dating shortly thereafter.

photographers: Steve and Mega, emilie inc. photographyceremony: St. Christine's Parish, Marshfield, MA • reception: Duxbury Bay Maritime School, Duxbury, MA • caterer, cake: The Catered Affairflowers: Awesome Blossom • band: East Coast Soulhair/make-up: Simply Divinegown: Augusta Jonesinvitations: William Arthurhoneymoon: Hawaii

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