It's hit or miss how the weather will be in early April. It's right at the end of winter but not quite springtime. Luckily it doesn't matter all that much when the wedding is at the Wedgewood Granite Rose in Hampstead, NH. It's a great venue that sits up on a hill surrounded by woods and is landscaped to be a pretty backdrop no matter what time of year it is. That's perhaps why Briana and Ethan chose it to be where they wanted to celebrate their wedding day!
I met Briana and Ethan last year for their spring engagement session at Durham Landing in Durham, NH. A great, outgoing couple who were so natural together for their photos that I knew wedding day would be a blast. To my surprise both of them were twins so I was curious to see how alike they were with their siblings!
Wedding day arrived and I started coverage at the Doubletree by Hilton in Andover, MA. The girls were getting ready in the conference room while the guys were up in a suite. I found a bit of a different spot than usual to hang the wedding dress: The lobby! You never know what you're going to see and want to use in photos and the Doubletree offered some really nice and clean looking spots for a dress. I opted to use a 15mm Sigma fisheye to get an even more unique perspective.
The dress went on after spending some time with the guys getting ready then it was time to head out to Wedgewood Granite Rose for the rest of the festivities. The Granite Rose has a couple of super bridal suites. They're really some of the nicer ones I've seen and offer a great area for a fairly large bridal party to prep and get the final touches done before ceremony time. The girls arrived pretty much ready to go but I did get Briana to lounge on the couch for a couple of photos :)
The skies were blue and it was a great day for an outdoor ceremony. Proud dad walked Briana down the aisle and handed off his daughter to a very happy Ethan with all his guys by his side. The rings went on and it became official!
They had a large bridal party but everyone cooperated for formal photos and we got to have some fun before it was time for introductions and dinner. The drinking photo at the bar is one of my favorites! We didn't ask permission so I hope that was ok!
The rest of the evening was a lot of fun highlighted, for me at least, by Ethan's dad putting the garter on a girl having no idea what was happening initially. "Catching the garter? What do I do with it now??". Everyone had a good laugh at his expense but such a good sport he was!
We ended my time there with a night shop up at the gazebo. I hope you enjoy some photos from their day!