It's nice to have a change of scenery for a wedding once in a while. New England is popular for a variety of areas that are fantastic to tie the knot in. With the growing popularity of backyard, barn and generally more rustic wedding locations, there also lies other places that allow a photographer to mix things up a bit. The Rivermill at Dover Landing is one of those. There's not much greenery to speak of. Located in part of an old mill in the middle of Dover, NH the venue offers a more modern and urban setting for a wedding. There's a lot of brick and concrete and I love that!
I had shot Caitlin and Adam's engagement session the previous January. It was a chilly day but we had a great time getting to know each other (and their dog!). It's nice going into a wedding after having shot an engagement session with the couple. It's a lot less stressful for me anyway! The wedding day quickly arrived, as it usually does, and I was looking forward to stretching my creativity with this awesome couple.
Caitlin and her girls got their hair and makeup done at a salon and I met them when they arrived at the venue. Before getting into their dresses we did some photos in their matching flannel shirts. Of course the dog had to be a part of it!
Once we moved back inside the girls got ready in the bridal suite then I shot some portraits of Caitlin in her dress. I can certainly say she made my portfolio! She looked stunning! I met up the guys right before the ceremony which they set up for in the main reception space. Curtains separated the area then everything was reset during cocktail hour for the reception.
There was no first look so our formal photos were done after the ceremony. With it being late October the light went quickly so we got through family shots as quickly as possible then moved on to the bridal party. Most of Caitlin and Adam's photos together were at sunset and later. It was a bit of a rush but we managed to get some nice shots.
Adam had custom axes for the guys so we made sure to feature them and also have some fun with the girls. Switching things up and giving the guys the bouquets always makes for a few laughs!
For the ceremony Caitlin and Ryan had a custom made backdrop made out of several panels decorated with sheer drapes and flowers. The seating was all the way to the walls so figuring out my angles was tricky. I also had to set up flashes to help compensate for the bright windows behind them. Being later in the afternoon it wasn't as bad as it could have been. The ceremony was short and sweet so I was lucky to get what I needed within the area I had to work!
The space for the reception is really great. It's the perfect size with an open plan, uncovered ceiling and brick walls. The couple had their parent dances right after their first dance then Caitlin's maid of honor (and sister) gave a toast followed by Adam's best man and cousin. Dinner and further festivities followed after that. We ended the night with a couple of shots outside against the backdrop of the mill.
I hope you enjoy some shots from their day!