Eastern Point Yacht Club Wedding Photographer, Gloucester, MA :: Emily + Nick

Ah, where to start with Emily & Nick's wedding? How about the super duper variable weather forecast in the few days before the big day. The forecast was all sunshine one minute and then horrendous storms the next. The morning of the wedding, things were pretty overcast with intermittent drizzle and the decision about where the wedding would take place would be just 30 minutes before the ceremony.

Emily couldn't have been more relaxed in the face of such uncertainty. Plus she was in the good hands of Dani Wagener who is so calm and makes everyone look even more amazing than usual and Danielle of Salon Acote for hair. 

Audrey was in the cottage with Nick and the guys as they played cards and drank a little beer. New York Yankees fan, Nick had to suffer the indignity of having to drink his Budweiser from a Red Sox branded can.

Eastern Point Yacht Club is a most accurate name for this Gloucester wedding venue out on the ocean, you drive through the town and keep driving, drive a little more, and just a little more and just when you can't get any further you see the beautiful yacht club with green lawns overlooking the ocean. Let's start with a few pretty little details

Emily had gifted all of her bridesmaids these cute little robes. Eagle-eye blog readers might recognize Dani (second left) whose Taj Boston wedding to Mark, I photographed back in 2012, and I'm sure she won't mind me confirming that her adorable little bump is baby #2 on the way :) 

Emily's sisters Molly and Annie, and her Aunt Sylvia, helped her into her dress by Sarah Seven. The presence of Emily's late mother was so obviously missed and emotions were running high. Laughter, tears, hugs. 

Love David's reaction seeing his daughter as a bride for the first time: 

Emily and Nick wanted to spend as much time as possible with their friends and family so they chose to see each other before the ceremony and do all of the formal pictures then.

Eastern Point Yacht Club is such a beautiful wedding venue,  we explored the little wooded trails and stone grottos:

True story, the weather was kind of behaving and Emily & Nick wanted to chance the quick drive down to the rocky beach for a few pictures. Just as we got there, the heavens opened and it started to pour down. We had umbrellas off to the side and we nearly lost Emily's veil but we had just enough time for this: 

Loving the flowers from Wild Folk Studio, also super-obsessed with long trailing ribbons right now, makes the bouquets feel more romantic and ethereal:

Pretty bridesmaids and handsome groomsmen:

We wandered down to the dock to take some pictures by the ocean and a kind gentleman offered to take Emily and Nick out for a little sail. The picture in the boat is Audrey's.

We were joined by Emily & Nick's wonderful families. When you have an outdoor wedding ceremony and you choose to do a first look, not only do you get to enjoy champagne and hors d'oeuvres at cocktail hour (yay!) but you also get to take your formal pictures with everyone looking fresh and not windswept! You know these pictures will be up on the mantel for the rest of your life so who doesn't want to look their best? :)

One last picture of the almost-newlyweds and then we have a wedding ceremony to get to! 

At 4:15pm, the decision was made to move the ceremony inside to the junior club house. The musicians brought in their keyboards, speakers and we set up lights. At 4:30pm, the weather forecast looked a little better and we headed back outside. At 4:45pm, we were back in the junior clubhouse and then at 4:55pm the final call was made and we were back outside. It was totally worth it as the rain turned to a light drizzle and then stopped completely just as Emily walked down the aisle. Dean, Kayla and the whole EPYC team were fabulous to work with. The staff must have dried off the ceremony chairs at least four times! Barbara Sica was a fabulous Justice of the Peace. 

Guests made their way back to the clubhouse to enjoy cocktail hour on the deck and in the bar, as well as corn hole on the lawn

EPYC has a teeny tiny cannon which produces a HUGE noise and the newlyweds set it off to announce the start of dinner: 

It was a pleasure to work with Ana who was super cool under pressure and so flexible and adaptable with all of the weather changes. It's always a treat to work with a wedding planner who takes a team approach, helping each vendor to provide the very best possible service/product to the couple, highly recommend!

Beautiful calligraphy and paper goods by Li at Liwardian

The newlyweds entered the tent and went straight into their first dance:

Such good toasts. Best man Tucker had everyone in stitches with his stories about Nick and his wooing of Emily. MOHs Annie and Molly brought the laughter with their stories of how Emily convinced them to cut the hair of their American Girl dolls telling them it would grow back, and then the tears as they shared how Emily would come home from school whenever they felt the loss of their mother, taking them shopping for prom dresses and always being there for them. 

Emily danced with her father, and Nick with his mother:

We snuck out for a few minutes as the rain had stayed away before getting back to the packed dancefloor:

Emily & Nick, thank you so much for choosing me as your wedding photographer! It's been a blast, from your New York City engagement pictures to your amazing wedding day. It's been an absolute honor and a pleasure getting to know you both and documenting your day. I can't wait for you to see the full gallery and relive your wedding day all over again! 

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