Hilary and Tony’s wedding was such a joy to document. The guest list boasted 25 close friends and family with the ceremony at the historic Annisquam Village Church, followed by the reception at the Eastern Point Yacht Club in Gloucester, MA. With all our phone conversations and emails for planning, meeting them on their wedding day was like meeting up with old friends, both greeting me with big smiles and hugs. Their friends, families, and four-legged companions were just as welcoming. I’ve never met dogs who model “in the biz,” but Jackson and Phoebe sure could; they looked like they were straight out of an L.L.Bean catalog or were supporting actors in Disney’s Air Buddies franchise! So adorable.
After the sweet ceremony, a privately charted boat picked up guests at a very windy dock at the Annisquam Yacht Club. Hilary and Tony wanted a few photos at the historic Annisquam footbridge and harbor (Tony is a big sailor, so any shots with boats was a plus!), before we boarded the Lady Sea and were off on an hour’s ride through the canals that run south to Gloucester Harbor. Compared to our boarding back in Annisquam, the EPYC disembarking was much windier and more precarious with the powerful Atlantic Ocean just beyond the lighthouse. The gap was minded and no one ended up in the drink, with pooches being passed to people and the ladies in heels navigating the dock in chop like pros. Needless to say, cocktails and oysters were inside as it was an undeniably chilly day. Just before the reception began, guests braved the cold wind one last time for Hilary and Tony who wanted a group photo with everyone. It was fun to see Caroline and Scott whose wedding Emilie photographed in 2009; their daughter Annabelle was the flower girl!
Hilary and Tony showed that you can plan a small wedding in a short time, still paying attention to all the little details and traditions that can also be found (or not!) in a larger wedding. They reinforced the notion that couples should go with their gut and do what makes them happy for their wedding day. There were entertaining toasts that had everyone laughing out loud, delicious food from the EPYC kitchen, a first dance, parent dances, cake cutting, and lots of love. The John Jerome Band was fantastic and kept everyone dancing the entire night!
Congratulations on tying the knot, Hilary and Tony! I am so grateful our paths have crossed and I was able to document your wedding day. I can’t wait until you two and your friends move to Portland, so we can walk Back Cove and eat out every night downtown :) Hope your mini-moon to Iceland was an adventure! xo
photographer: Whitney Fox, emilie inc. photography • flowers: Les Fleurs • band: John Jerome Band • cake: Cakes for Occasions • cake topper: BabyCake Toppers • linens: The Sarah Elizabeth Shop, etsy • gown: BHLDN • transportation: Lady Sea