The Estate at Moraine Farm Wedding Photographer :: Alexa + Chris

It's Monday! It's Thanksgiving on Thursday! Do you have your turkey? Your marshmallow-topped green beans (sorry, can't figure out that most American dish)?

Why not take a break from grocery list planning and start your week in the very best way, with the wedding of Alexa and Chris at The Estate of Moraine Farm?

Jacqui and Hannah from The Salon on Haven made everyone look fabulous!

Audrey was hanging out with Chris and the guys, sometimes getting dressed can be a three-person job ;) 

But there's always time for a little single malt Scotch...

Chris sent over a surprise gift for Alexa (a beautiful monogrammed purse in return for the custom oak whiskey bottle she'd sent earlier) but the words in his letter were the most meaningful, saying how he couldn't wait to see her, he knew she'd look beautiful in her wedding dress but she always looks beautiful no matter what she's wearing. 

Alexa was helped into her stunning Allure wedding gown from Ve'Lace Bridal by her bridesmaids dressed in their wonderful blue dresses by Alfred Sung. 

Alexa's parents, Sal and Mary, seeing her for the first time as a bride.

Alexa and Chris wanted to spend as much time as possible with their friends and family so they wisely chose to do a first look and take all of the formal pictures before the wedding ceremony. Chris was pretty happy to see his almost-wife! And Alexa was just as happy. 

We had a few minutes before we were joined by the wedding party for pictures. 

Stylish wedding party.

We were joined by both families who couldn't have been happier for Alexa and Chris. 

The Estate at Moraine Farms is my new most favorite north shore wedding venue. The grounds are amazing with hidden gardens, wide lawns, ocean front and wonderful staff.

Alexa and Chris incorporated a unique salt ceremony into the day, they mixed two different types of sea salt to make a unique salt blend. 

Two minutes of "just married" pictures before Alexa and Chris joined everyone for cocktail hour.

Guests enjoyed lawn games, the most delicious hors d'oeuvres and champagne and cocktails by Fireside Catering, I should take a second to mention how amazing Amy and the Fireside team were to work with! 

How adorable are these little escort card/potted succulents? All of the flowers were by the fabulous Karla Cassidy Designs

When you're planning your wedding timeline and deciding on the times, it's wise to look up the time of sunset on your wedding day. In an ideal world, it's kind of magical to have cocktail hour in the last hour of daylight so your guests get to enjoy sunset and then by the time they're seated, it'll be dark outside for your first dance. Once it's dark, twinkle lights, uplighting and candles all look so much more amazing. 

Newlyweds dance for the first time: 

Fabulous toasts: 

We took a few moments to head outside for nighttime pictures with the warm golden lights of the tent behind us.

I don't usually post pictures of cake but when the cake is by Cakes of Occasions (and the part of the wedding that Alexa was most excited about, well, except the actual marrying part) with four different flavors and filings then it's worth a picture...

Alexa danced with her proud father: 

I'm a pretty discerning person when it comes to music, I see the very best bands and DJs most weekends so it's rare that I add someone to my list of recommendations. Well, DJ Sam Lurie of TSG Weddings was AMAZING. Of course Alexa and Chris had some influence over the amazing 80s playlist during cocktail hour but the dancefloor was packed and the uplighting was fabulous.

Congratulations Mr & Mrs T! Thank you for choosing me as your wedding photographer, it's been an honor! From the initial phone calls to the stories about the proposal and the engagement shoot (plus adult beverages!) at the Hyatt. It's been so much fun and I hope you like this little handful of pictures, there are literally HUNDREDS more :) 

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