I had been looking forward to Erik and Chantelle's wedding all during my season last year. Erik is an old buddy of mine that I used to network with a few years back and a super nice guy. Chantelle is a sweetheart and I was really happy for them to be finally tying the knot.
November had rolled around quickly and the leaves were going from their bright yellow, oranges and reds to more of a rusty brown color and the temperatures were getting colder. Erik and Chantelle were getting married at the Executive Court Banquet Facility in Manchester, NH and it was an early start. The ceremony was slated for 10:30am so I was there with the girls at 8am as they were finishing up hair and makeup. The pair were off on their honeymoon early the next morning so they opted to be safe and not risk a late night and any potential hangovers!
We got off to a rocky start as Chantelle wasn't feeling too well when I arrived but she pulled it together and started to feel better once she started to get ready. She looked amazing in her dress and her bridesmaids were excited to help her zip up and prepare for the day. I had some time to run over to the guys too while they finished getting ready.
The Executive Court is convenient as it's part of the Best Western hotel on the same premises so everything is in close proximity. We ran over to the grounds once the guys were done and got some photos of them before ceremony time. There was no first look so I always try and get photos with the guys and girls separately earlier in the day if I can.
The ceremony site is quaint with it's gazebo that sets center stage. It looks warmer out than it was that morning. There was certainly a nip in the air but it was warmer than earlier when we were out doing photos of the guys.
Everything was on schedule as Chantelle's dad walked her down the aisle and handed her off. I love seeing the look on a grooms face as he sees his bride for the first time. It was a quick ceremony and then we moved on to formal photos with family and the bridal party.
I have to say the wedding cake was really cool. I see a lot of cakes and this was one of my favorites from the season. The rest of the decor was a clean pink and gold that tied in with the bridesmaid dresses and flowers. Being a smaller wedding, guest-wise, we had half of the space that the Executive Court offers which was plenty for their celebration.
Pete from Audible Events was the DJ who was great. I work with him and Eric a lot and highly recommend them if you are looking for a great DJ. We got started with introductions and then Eric and Chantelle had their first dance. Dinner and toasts followed. After cake cutting the party got started and it was pretty lively considering the time of day!
It was great to be a part of their day especially having known Erik for sometime. I hope you enjoy some photos from their day!