Chris & Emily’s New Hampshire Wedding

Chris & Emily – July 23, 2011
Ceremony & Reception Location – Emily’s Childhood Home
Caterer – Lake Sunapee Country Club
Florist – Art of Nature

Band – The Pulse of Boston!!
Emily’s Dress – Melissa Sweet (Priscilla of Boston)
Bridesmaid’s Dresses – J. Crew
Hair & Makeup – Hair Daze
Paper – Griffin-Vites
Calligraphy – Dancing Pen Calligraphy
Tent- Lakes Region Tent
Ceremony Musicians – Putnam-Pirozzoli Guitar Duo
Officiant – Reverend Richard Dutton
Prepare yourself for a loooooong post – this was one of my all time favorite weddings!! I met Chris and Emily for the first time just a few weeks before their wedding and we immediately clicked. After seeing her parent’s gorgeous property I couldnt’ wait to see all the details come together and watch the wedding day unfold……
A rustic sign greeted people at the end of the road to show them the way

Chris is a landscaper so built their beautiful wedding arch. He put the finishing touches on that morning as activity swirled around the property. When I arrived their family and friends were setting up chairs and arranging flowers for casual arrangements to be placed around the property. One of my favorite things about at-home weddings is how everyone is involved.

A gate separated cocktail hour from the reception tent and was decorated with these placecards – held up by teeny tiny clothespins šŸ™‚

I couldn’t get enough of Emily’s parent’s dogs…..they just hung out and walked around all day checking things out šŸ™‚

I loved this dish they got from Paloma’s Nest

The view as people walked in – ceremony on the right, cocktails in between and the reception tent in the background – a simply stunning setting.

All of Emily’s girlfriends and family gathered in her old room as she put her dress on

She surprised her Mom by wearing her veil – it was such a sweet moment.

Getting ready for the first look!!

Of course we needed to get a family photo with Cooper and Finnegan šŸ™‚

I loved the texture of this side of the barn

Chris & Emily had the IDEAL timeline – we did the first look at 2:00, then bridal party and family photos, and then everyone was back inside by 3:15 as guests started to arrive (4:00 PM ceremony)

I found couples who choose to go this route are much more relaxed because they aren’t rushing through photos to get to their guests and really get to enjoy their cocktail hour

We did a few more of Chris & Emily before they headed inside to cool off (did I mention it was 90+?!)

Everyone came back out to get one in front of the barn

As guests started to arrive I headed under the tent to photograph some of the details – a first look is also great because it gives me time before the ceremony to photograph the details- before they are disturbed by curious guests!

The 23rd (date of their wedding) is very significant to both Emily & Chris so the head table was appropriately…..23!

A detail of Emily’s bouquet.

Beer Koozies made for the occasion šŸ™‚
Ceremony programs weighed down with a horseshoe
The driveway up to the house was blocked by this cart – another arrangement by Chris!

On this hot day? Yes please šŸ™‚

And then it was time to begin! Chris’ niece and nephew were so sweet coming down the aisle šŸ™‚

What a setting!

Sweet ceremony moments

Chris’ nephew decided he needed a better view of things šŸ™‚

Mr. & Mrs!!

I LOVED their paper suite – invitations designed by Griffin-Vites featuring the view from the property and Robbie, Emily’s horse who she has had since she was 10!

Everyone loved cocktail hour (note the bar built by Chris with wood salvaged from the barn in the background)

Pictures done before? Time to relax during cocktail hour (or hour and a half as this one was!)

Kate & Nate work on their toasts šŸ™‚

A friend drew a wedding tree for Chris & Emily that they used in addition to their guest book (a post about that coming soon). I’ve seen photos of this but it was the first time I’d seen it in person.

Their friend did an example on the right of how to do it and signed funny names like Harry Potter and Pippi Longstocking…..of course Cooper and Finnegan were featured on the example as well šŸ™‚

Beautiful cake

And very sweet toasts šŸ™‚

Near sunset we brought Robbie out of the barn to take a few pictures with him

And then we ventured into the field for a few more with Chris & Emily – love these šŸ™‚

Then it was time for the party to get started!

Chris & Emily chose The Pulse of Boston who is my FAVORITE band – I love working with them because they are super nice and keep everyone on the dance floor the whole night – I’d highly recommend them

Near the end of the night Emily changed into this cute shorter number to cool off! A giant industrial fan on the edge of the dance floor cooled everyone else off šŸ™‚

The dance floor got a bit wet- perfect for a slip and slide šŸ™‚ (notice Chris in the air on the right!!)

You can see fabulous Eileen in the background šŸ™‚

One final shot

What a DAY!!!!

xo

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