Matt and Lindsey had known each other since high school. From the beginning it seemed like they were really meant to be an item and they had planned a super wedding at the Tewksbury Country Club to join as husband and wife.
At the time they booked me Lindsey was living in New York. We didn't have an engagement session so the first time we worked together was wedding day. The Tewksbury Country Club has a great bridal suite. It's really catered to the brides and offers an awesome window (complete with hook) to hang the wedding dress. So many times hanging a wedding dress in a nice spot can be the hardest thing to accomplish. Most hotel rooms don't have anywhere good to work with so it's nice and time saving when I get to shoot the girls getting ready in a bridal suite.
The girls (and guy) were a little late arriving but Lindsey's dress and flowers were there waiting so I was able to get to work right away. Matt and his guys and girls were getting ready at a hotel. My trusty second shooter, Mark, was covering them. Matt and Lindsey's bridal party was a mix of guys and girls on both sides which was great. If your best friends and family are of either gender and close enough to you that you'd like them in your bridal party then that's how it should be!
Lindsey and Matt went with an aqua/turquoise color for their pallet. The bouquet looked really unique especially with the navy flowers of the bridesmaids. The guys matched with their ties.
Once Lindsey was dressed she wanted to do a first look with her dad so we set that up before doing the same with Matt. It's one of my favorite things to shoot on a wedding day. Not only does it allow for formal photos before the ceremony, it's also one of those moments when you capture that moment when the bride is seen for the first time. That look on the groom's (or dad's) face is just priceless. It's truly one of those once in a lifetime moments that I love to get.
Lindsey's crew had chalkboards with how they knew her written on them. I hadn't seen this before and thought it was a great idea. Sometimes bridal parties have props and it always adds to the memories of the day. Make the wedding uniquely yours!
For me ceremonies at the Tewksbury CC are tricky to shoot. It's a beautiful setup where the ceremony takes place on the bridge that sits over the pond. Guests sit on the side closest to the building facing the bridge and the golf course behind them. The grounds are very nicely kept and very scenic but a microphone and sound system is needed to hear the vows as they are a fair distance from everyone. It also limits where the photographers can go. At one point I was ducked down on the bridge, about 4 feet from the couple, so I could get the photos I needed. Luckily I had Mark cover one side while I was bouncing around so we got everything covered.
The reception was held in The Grand Sequoia Ballroom which certainly lives up to its name. It's a huge space with high ceilings. Lindsey and Matt had cupcakes for the guests along with a small cake. This cake actually wasn't used for the cake cutting ceremony. They had a giant cupcake for that! All the more sweets to save for later I suppose! The table numbers had pictures of the couple at the corresponding age which I thought was a great idea.
After a pretty spectacular entrance we went right into the first dance followed by toasts and then dinner. Matt's sister and her wife had put together a slideshow of the couple that played after dinner. It was a nice way to celebrate their lives complete with some embarrassing childhood photos.
After parent dances the party began. DJ's often like to get all the guests up on the dance floor for a big picture before dancing officially begins. It's a good way to get everyone on the dance floor! The ballroom has a great balcony that overlooks the room so that was the obvious best spot for that photo.
Another great wedding in the books and I hope you enjoy some photos from their day!