I can't believe Mary & Mark have been married for 12 days already? Where does the time go? I don't know about you but it's a chilly Thursday afternoon here and it seems like the perfect time to make yourself a hot drink and settle in for a beautiful winter wedding at Tewksbury Country Club.
Invitations came from The Paper Store and Mary's shoes were Badgley Mischka
Audrey and I started our day at the Wyndham Andover where Mary and Mark were getting ready on separate floors. Alan of Creative Edge was working hair and the ever fabulous Joanne of Joya Beauty was working her make up magic. You'd be amazed how often hair and make up run late and throw the whole schedule off but this never happens with Joanne :)
Mary's Mom Kathleen helped her into her dress along with Paula, her sister in law and MOH
Audrey hung with Mark and the guys as they went for a drink in the bar before putting on their tuxes.
a) we'll have very limited time for family, wedding party and pictures of the two of you
b) they'll all be in the dark! Well, obviously I'll light you but you won't really get to see the grounds or setting of your venue
Mary and Mark had their ceremony at 5:30pm but luckily they wanted to do a first look and take all of the formal pictures before it got dark at 4pm. It was a little chilly but they were troopers and with the help of lots of hand warmers and thoughtful gifts of cozy stoles for the girls and hats for the guys we made it!
Here's Mark seeing Mary for the first time. Loved Mary's happy little wave back
It was now dark and therefore time to make the drive to Everett where the wedding ceremony would take place in Immaculate Conception Church
I'd estimate maybe 60% of my couples have chosen to have "unplugged" wedding ceremonies this year. There are many advantages:
1. As you walk up the aisle you see friendly smiling faces vs. arms outstretched in the aisle and a sea of iPhones
2. Your guests are present in the moment, they're not checking their phones/cameras to see if they got the shot, they're not trying to upload their blurry picture in the dark church to instagram or Facebook. Check out this article about picture taking impairment effect if you don't believe me :)
3. Your guests will stay in their seats vs. hopping out to try to get a cool angle (I once had to shoot an outdoor wedding ceremony with the couples shown only from the waist up due to a well-meaning but ill-advised guest in a short orange dress who walked around the back of the gazebo and crouched down revealing a little bit too much...)
4. The professional wedding pictures you've invested in will show the happy faces of your friends and family vs. a sea of bright blue phone screens.
If you're going to have an unplugged ceremony your guests are of course free to take as many pictures as they like during the reception, it's a good idea to make a note in your program AND have your officiant make a short announcement. More on unplugged weddings here
Anyway, enough of my unplugged ramblings, let's get back to the wedding! Here's Mary and her dad waiting to enter the church
Guests picked up their escort cards attached to these adorable little pine cones
Mark had spent many hours before the wedding carving his and Mary's initials into the vases and also making the table numbers out of wood: