New England experienced some of the coldest temps we have seen in 50 years in the days leading up to 2014. Whistling winds, huge snow drifts, and icy roads made it all the more difficult. Well, so we heard anyway. Megan and I had jetted off to the beautiful island of St. Thomas in the Caribbean to photograph the nuptials of Tina and Ben. Tina's family is from New Brunswick and Ben's is from New Hampshire, so they lucked out and avoided the horrible weather, too. We felt a little guilty that loved ones back home were suffering, but nothing that little sun and sand (and rum drinks) couldn't fix.
The party started as guests began trickling in a couple of days before the wedding. Most people opted to stay at
Sugar Bay where the wedding was held, and could take advantage of the resort lounge chairs, snorkeling and swim-up bar (hard life, right?). Seeing Tina and Ben's worlds collide, it was obvious how perfect they are for each other. It felt as though everyone had known each other for ages, laughing and shrieking
with joy in a beautiful mixture of English and French.
We all got to ring in the new year together, complete with party hats and champagne. What a festive way to start 2014! Thank you Tina and Ben, and your amazing family and friends, for making us feel like part of the crew!
How they met, in Ben's words:
We met through field hockey while Tina was coaching at Providence
College, I was an umpire that was looking to get more experience with
higher level games. Tina ran clinics and play-days that needed officials
that were willing to donate their time and there I was. I would travel
down from NH to work, for free, while I was finishing my BA @ Plymouth
State. We created a professional correspondence and Tina needed someone
to officiate on a Tuesday night for their Scrimmage against UNH.
Previous to this game Tina offered to pay me for a play-day that
Providence hosted with a burger and a beer; I was finally able to cash
in on April, 20th when she brought me out to Snookers in Providence. We
talked for hours over that burger and beer, I thought she was pretty
cool, she thought I was feeding her lines that I had to skip my Canadian
Studies class to come down and that I was a French major @ PSU. Both
being true; I was lucky to have found a great woman, and luckily she
still thinks she found a great guy...really I was just the first
American she found that could speak French! We went to a Sox game later
that week with friends, Great Big Sea after that, a move to Maine; then a
special ring at a special pond hockey tournament!
photographers: Denise and Megan, emilie inc. photography • venue, lodging, catering: Sugar Bay Resort St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands • officiant: Michael Motylinksi • flowers: East Bay Florist • dj: Patrick Hermon • groom: suit: Jack Victor, shirt: Joseph's of Portland, sandals: Olukai, belt: Belted Cow (made in Maine) • gown: Winchester's Classic Woman Ltd, Halifax, Nova Scotia • bridesmaids: J Crew, David's Bridal • invitations: Gus and Ruby Letterpress • honeymoon: St. Maarten