Mid November came quickly after a busy September and October and it was time to capture the wedding of Ashley and Jonathan who were tying the knot in Concord, NH at the Immaculate Heart of Mary church followed by a reception at Dell-Lea Weddings and Events in Chichester, NH. Boy it was a chilly day! I was wrapped up but, as you can see, Ashley was not when we met up outside the State House in Concord for their first look.
The couple opted not for getting ready coverage so when I arrived downtown I met up with Jonathan and Ashley's dad as we were setting up a first look with both of them. Ashley's dad warned me he might get emotional and he was right! When he saw his little girl the tears flowed. It was one of my favorite moments of the year with brides and their fathers. There's no faking those reactions! The same was true but in a different way with Jonathan. His jaw hit the floor when he saw Ashley. True excitement! He then tried his very best to keep her warm while we took some photos around the area. We dragged their bridal party out of their warm cars after a while and made them suffer too but everyone was a good sport.
Luckily the ceremony was indoors at the Immaculate Heart of Mary church not far from downtown. We stayed on time and after Ashley's dad handed her off the ceremony got underway. Once the knot was tied we did our family photos then it was off to Dell-Lea for the reception.
Dell-Lea Weddings and Events is a great location for a wedding whether you're having your ceremony there or not. The grounds are expansive with great views out back beyond the gazebo and ceremony site. The reception room itself is big and rustic with the dance floor in the corner of the room. Big windows at the back look out over the view. An added bonus is that is probably the closet venue to me and very easy to get to! Always nice when I don't have to drive for hours to a wedding venue!
I got set up and shot some details while the wedding party took a few minutes to relax then it was time for introductions. After the first dance we moved into toasts that started off with Ashley's dad who tried as best as he could to keep his emotions in check! The struggle was real however :). The rest of the evening was full of fun and laughter spearheaded by the amazing DJ Nazzy. My season was coming to a close but not quite done yet! This was a good one for sure!