Happy Thursday! Did you know that Thursday is the new Friday? And Friday is the new Saturday? I have some favorites from a great wedding to share with you today - Janine and Nancy chose to have a wonderfully intimate Thursday wedding at the Barn at Gibbet Hill in Groton, MA
As I arrived Nancy was just heading over to the Barn to get ready and drop off some additional fall decor including hand carved pumpkins:
You might notice a lot of blue color featured in this post. Janine and Nancy asked their guests to wear "something blue" along with sapphire blue jewelry and blue invitations and programs:
Nancy & Janine's fur babies were also included in the wedding, here's Bruin waiting to head over to the barn.
But first, Nancy had some thoughtful gifts to give out:
The always fabulous Joanne of Joya Beauty was making everyone look and feel beautiful:
Janine's father sees her for the first time:
Nancy got dressed and had more gifts, this one for her Mom:
If you haven't been to The Barn at Gibbet Hill then you're missing out! It's a beautifully restored 100-year old barn overlooking rolling green grassy hill with gamboling cows. You don't even have to be invited to a wedding to visit as The Gibbet Hill Grill is a pretty fabulous restaurant:
Janine and Nancy really wanted to enjoy as much time as possible with their friends and family at cocktail hour so they decided to do a first look and take all of the formal pictures before the ceremony. They were both SO happy to see each other:
How excited do you think Nancy and Janine were to get married? :) They make such a sweet couple:
The rolling green hills of Gibbet Hill make the perfect setting to take a little walk:
We took some relaxed family pictures:
Janine and Nancy had an amazingly fun bunch of bridesmaids and best people:
The almost-newlyweds heading back to the barn to hide out from arriving guests:
Janine wisely wore flip flops so she didn't sink into the grass for the pictures but it was now time to slip on her fabulous Betsey Johnson shoes:
Ceremony programs and personalized bags of rice to throw for guests:
Bruin wore a blue bow tie as ringdog and Jersey had her blue tutu on as flowerdog :)
Nancy couldn't stop smiling as Janine walked toward her:
I love the cows just hanging out in the background:
The wedding ceremony was super thoughtful and personal. Janine's brother acted as the officiant, Janine and Nancy wrote their own vows and they incorporated knot-tying to signify the strength of their relationship:
A surprise for Janine! Nancy plays hockey and her fellow hockey players brought their hockey sticks to form a little recessions arch:
Cocktail hour was out on the deck and guests enjoyed all sorts of yummy food along with a signature cocktail - the Janini Bellini!
Home crafted boxes containing custom m&ms acted as escort cards and favors:
Inside the barn everything looked beautiful including the cupcake tower with mini Bruin & Jersey models:
Janine and Nancy made their way into the barn and danced their first dance together:
Happy toasts! Now would be a good time to mention that I was working alongside some of the Long Haul Films crew - in this case it was actually Chris & Lucy (along with Megan) who are heading up Long Haul Films UK now!
I loved the plans for dinner. Janine and Nancy worked with (the always amazing) Gibbet Hill team to come up with all sorts of amazing small plates and food stations - Guinness braised short rib and mashed potato, seared scallops and lemon remoulade, jalapeño mac n' cheese and more! SO good!
Guests enjoyed cupcakes AND hot apple cider donuts:
The dance floor was opened and Dave of Good Times Unlimited kept the music playing!
And then they lived happily every after!
Janine & Nancy - thank you so much for choosing me as your photographer. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know you both (not to mention Bruin & Jersey!) - wishing you a lifetime of love, laughter, health, happiness and long walks on the beach in Ogunquit!