Hello! Happy Friday! I've lost my voice so I'm glad I can type my words today.
First of all you need to STEP BACK FROM THE COMPUTER...
I went a little nuts on the image count on this blog post - I was shooting for the whole weekend - and just couldn't edit down any further. So stop right now...go get a snack or a drink and let the images load...if you're in a rush then I'm sorry :) this probably isn't the blog for you...
If you missed the first part of this fabulous wedding weekend then check out this post:
Sandy Island Camp NH Wedding Pictures
When you decide to have your wedding on an island in the middle of Lake Winnipesaukee you commit to bringing and doing a lot of STUFF. Laura, Mike and their families spent SO much time and effort on this epic wedding weekend. Laura's aunt sewed flags and cushions, Laura's Mom helped make up 180 beds and that was just the start. Both families worked tirelessly arriving on Sandy Island on Tuesday to sweep the cabins, hang a gazillion twinkly lights, put together welcome bags, deliver welcome bags and much more. In Laura's words, "Our wedding was truly a labor of love and it was unbelievable to see how it all came together in a way that was better than we even dreamed it could be." A big shout out to Leslie and The Wedding Belle team who executed everything flawlessly - we took the boat over with them on Friday and watched as they worked with Kate Lemoy and the amazing Sandy Island crew (most of who were volunteers!) to hang lanterns, pin up pictures, put signs on everything, run the rehearsal and more!
While guests enjoyed all of the activities available to them at Sandy Island, wedding preparations were well underway. Laura and the girls got ready at the craft center:
- My favorite memory of Mike & Laura is....
- My marriage advice for Mike & Laura...
- My favorite part of the weekend...
Mike & Laura danced their first dance as husband and wife:
The parent dances got a little emotional. I loved how Mike's brothers Mark and Matt joined in towards the end of his dance with mom Mary
The guys passed on the cookies and ice cream and headed out for real-man cigars
Mike and Laura took a moment to breathe and look over the festivities from the balcony. I can imagine them vacationing on Sandy Island in 10, 20, 50 years time, climbing the stairs and looking out over the line dancing and saying "Do you remember when....?"
One last picture of Laura & Mike looking out onto Lake Winnipesaukee and then I have to go eat some honey in the hope I'll be able to talk tomorrow.
Oh Laura & Mike - what to say here? Laura said almost everything I thought when she sent me the nicest note ever:
"Leah!!! You will get an actual thank you note at some point in the future, but I couldn't wait any long (six days seemed long enough!) to send you my deepest thanks... It has been a complete joy to work with you - from our initial meeting up in Burlington where I tried to force a deposit on you right away so that we wouldn't lose our chance of having you, to our first Sandy Island engagement shoot, to the super fun Flair shoot, to our Boston engagement pics, to our rehearsal dinner, and then our wedding day. You immediately felt like a wonderful old friend, and you have made Mike and I feel comfortable (and attractive!) the entire time.
I have never felt as beautiful as I have in the few pictures that we have seen so far. Honestly, if those ten photos are the only pictures that we get of our wedding I will be beyond happy. You have such an incredible way of capturing pure, raw emotions. It was also such a pleasure getting to know Audrey this past weekend - she is AWESOME and the two of you make such a great team. I can't wait to see the images that she captured as well.
Our vendors were also all unbelievable - I know that you love them all as much as we do, but we feel so grateful that we had such an incredible team helping us make our day perfect, and setting the tone and the mood for the day. Having you, Audrey, Leslie, Mackenzie, Emma, Joanne, Lena, Jen, Dave, and Jeremy there made the day go by flawlessly. Then add in Susan's incredible flowers and the phenomenal food by Christine, and we were absolutely blown away. Thank you thank you thank you for helping us create the most perfect wedding we could have dreamed of, being alongside us on the best day of our lives, and capturing those memories so beautifully for us to cherish forever. We are so thankful for all that you have done."
It seems a little lame for me to say "Ditto!" but believe me when I say that I was looking forward to this wedding for almost as long as the bride and groom! And my thanks are bigger!
Laura & Mike - thank YOU. You couldn't have been any easier and more fun to work with. Both of your families were so incredibly sweet and welcoming, it was an honor to be a tiny part of this weekend. I hope you like this handful of favorites (the only downside to having two photographers for a whole weekend is that you have a LOT of pictures!!!). You are SUCH a great couple and I predict many many many years of happiness together for you both including years more of Sandy Island vacations! I'll probably be dead when you celebrate your 50th wedding anniversary but if not promise me you'll let me come out to Sandy Island and photograph you jumping off the dock in your long johns and bathing hats with your kids and grandchildren!!!