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Good morning! Sarah & Jerry's wedding for your viewing delight today, well, part one of their wedding. Part two will be next, at the most beautiful resort of Hidden Pond in Kennebunkport, Maine, but first the super intimate wedding ceremony on an island off the coast of Maine. Sarah and Jerry are big sailing and hiking fans and Whaleboat Ledge island was a favorite place to visit while they were dating. When it came time to plan the wedding, they both wanted to say their vows on the island but it would have been nigh to impossible to bring hundreds of guests to the uninhabited island with zero infrastructure. So with plans in place for an elegant yet super fun event at Hidden Pond, a strategy was made for a private ceremony mid-week with just their immediate families.

An appropriate name for the boat that would bring us to the island:

All hands on deck to load up the boats at Yankee Marina:

It was the perfect day for the 30 minute boat ride:

Stealing a last kiss before becoming husband and wife: 

Out on the ocean, we had to switch from the "Ever After" to a smaller boat to enable us to get closer to the shore. True story, Sarah had advised me to wear "shoes that are comfortable to walk in" so I wore my trusty ballet flats. Once I realized I would have to climb out of the boat into knee high seawater to get to shore, I realized my choice of footwear probably wasn't ideal. Sarah kindly lent me a pair of water shoes, yay for petite feet!

Jerry's parents shared stories of family vacations spent out on the water and on various Maine islands including the story about Jerry's first pet bunny rabbit! Whilst Virginia & Mike carried the cooler...

...Jerry carried his almost-wife to shore:

With Harry, a close friend, officiating the ceremony there was no specific time that the wedding had to start by. There's always time to skim a few rocks:

Once on the island, it was a brisk hike to the ceremony location, huge thanks to Sarah's dad George for helping me and my camera bags over the more slippy/steep rocks: 

Not sure we could have had a more perfect blue sky day for this private ceremony:

One of my favorite parts of the ceremony, and probably the only time I've ever seen anything like this, was when Sarah and Jerry did a beautiful reading to their parents, thanking them for their unconditional love and support and the example they've set them both. All the handkerchiefs needed. 

Boom! Married! 

They did it!

Hugs all round! 

Those rings look pretty good right?

A quick picture of the whole crew before heading back to the beach for champagne and sandwiches, is there a better way to spend a Thursday!?!? 

Happy newlyweds: 

It would have been rude not to take advantage of this perfectly formed giant piece of driftwood:

Sarah and Jerry, I'm so glad I got to document your private island ceremony, I hope you like this handful of pictures and I can't wait to share part II of your Hidden Pond wedding celebration!

The Country Club, Brookline, MA Wedding Photographer :: Molly + Will

It's Friday, or Friyay if you're big on Instagram stories. So let's celebrate with pictures of Molly & Will's fabulous wedding at The Country Club in Brookline, MA.

Molly and Will exchanged letters and gifts with each other, it's safe to say Molly was delighted with the Tiffany earrings that Will send over. 

Adorable boutonnieres, just wait until you see the bouquets...

All the sparkle! 

I'm bang in the middle of wedding season right now, and if there's one things I'd share with couples with upcoming weddings, it's to allow more time for EVERYTHING! Everything takes longer than you expect on a wedding day - hair, make up, getting dressed, getting your wedding party onto the transportation etc etc - if you pad your day with extra time then you have time to enjoy a little toast with your closest friends and you minimize stress! 

Audrey crashed the men's locker room to photograph Will and the guys. 

Cards and a little Johnny Walker Blue for the guys: 

Dapper groomsmen:

Will was rather delighted with his Tiffany"infinity" cufflinks from Molly:

Loved the color of the bridesmaid dresses and the beautiful blush tones of the bouquets: 

When your wedding dress is an intricate and beautiful as Molly's, you need some close up detail pictures: 

Katrina Hess was the make up artist that made Molly look even more beautiful than usual! 

Audrey caught Will in a quiet moment just before the ceremony: 

If your wedding venue has a balcony (or if you have a lot of guests or if you're doing formal pictures during cocktail hour), it can be worth adding a third photographer to your collection). All of these aerial shots are thanks to Lindsay who joined me for the day: 

Molly walked down the aisle with her proud father and Will was waiting with the biggest smile, the ceremony was so sweet and thoughtful with a couple of big laughs in between the moving readings:  


We walked over to a quiet shady area to take family pictures: 

Meanwhile guests enjoyed all sorts of cocktails, champagne and hors d'oeuvres at cocktail hour. And yes, that IS a bacon bar. Most genius wedding idea ever. Guests were walking around and chatting with strips of bacon in both hands! 

I photographed the beautifully coordinated wedding party and then some relaxed family portraits:

I had a few minutes with Molly and Will to take some just-married pictures, this is one of my favorite images. Another top tip, if you don't want to do a first look and take pictures before the wedding, it can be helpful to extend your cocktail hour to 90 minutes.

Molly's father welcomed everyone and then the best man and maid of honor toasts brought the house down! 

There was a wonderfully relaxed feel to Molly & Will's wedding at The Country Club, Brookline, MA. After cocktails on the patio, all the guests came inside to watch the first dance and parent dances before visiting one of the many food stations for made-to-order risotto, carved meats, crab cakes and much more.

Yum, yum, yum:

A cake this pretty needs to be cut with....? What else but a ceremonial sword that's been in Will's family for a long time?

The dancefloor opened and was immediately packed:

Molly & Will - thank you for choosing me as your wedding photographer. It was an absolute pleasure working with you both! Wishing you a lifetime of love, laughter, health and happiness!  On the blog next, we'll head up to Maine for Sarah & Jerry's beautiful Kennebunk wedding, then back down to Newport for Kaylee & Casey's Belle Mer wedding, that'll followed by Katie & Zirui's wedding in beautiful