Outdoor wedding

Jean + Kyle - a classic and elegant New Hampshire wedding

Concord Country Club - Concord, New Hampshire

When we found out Jean and Kyle were getting married we were ecstatic. When they asked us to photograph their special day we were WICKED ECSTATIC! You see, I've known Jean since we were crazy young girls running around at the horse farm and it's been amazing getting to see all the life changes over the years. We couldn't have been happier to be a part of their big day and get to celebrate right along side them. 

Their big day started off like most weddings, full of anticipation and excitement as everyone bustled around finalizing details and getting ready. Jean and her sweet girls excitedly got ready and the smile on her mom's face as she zipped up Jean's dress was nothing short of pure joy! The whole room was full of the best energy as Jean looked out the window to see all their guests arriving and getting ready for the ceremony. At the same time, Kyle along with the rest of his goofy boys were laughing and joking as they got themselves ready. If anyone has a smile to light up a room it is Kyle, his fun-loving attitude is contagious and I'm pretty certain he spent the whole day smiling. 

Pre-ceremony wouldn't have been complete without not one but two first looks. One for Kyle to see Jean for the first time and then one with their fur-baby, Remi.

The guests settled in for the ceremony and as Jean's dad came around the corner and wrapped her up in a  big hug as they had some final moments before walking down to meet Kyle. A short and sweet ceremony commenced that ended in a great kiss and cheering from everyone there! My favorite part of the ceremony was right after they kissed and as I turned towards the crowd I caught a quick glimpse of Jean's sweet grandfather smiling at her with a  little tear running down his cheek and all the love in the world in his eyes.  

The happy newly-weds burst in to the reception to loads of excited guests and made their way to the dance floor for a first dance. After a delicious dinner and some photo booth opportunities we snuck away with them to the middle of the golf course for some portraits. After a quick golf cart ride we found ourselves surrounded by the beautiful green, the setting sun and a little quietness. As Kyle twirled her around on the green they laughed and smiled in a care-free manner that suits them so well and it was easy to see that they are going to be set for a beautiful life together.

Congratulations Jean + Kyle - we love you guys and can't wait to see what the future holds for you!

Photography: AB Photography | Venue: Concord Country Club | Cake: The Cake Fairy | Florals: The Crystal Orchid

Meg + Ryan: a New Hampshire mountaintop wedding

Loon Mountain Resort - Lincoln, NH

Who doesn't love a mountaintop wedding in New Hampshire?! Meg + Ryan had a perfect summer wedding with a mountaintop ceremony, gondola ride, roaring dance party reception complete with an outdoor fire pit to end the night. 

The day started with the bride and groom getting ready surrounded by their best friends which included lots of laughter and reminiscing on past times. Meg + Ryan opted out of a first look but Meg wanted one with her Dad so we headed down to the edge of the river to meet him. With a heartfelt hug and tears in their eyes they had a beautiful first look surrounded by Meg's sweet family.  

A gondola ride to the top of the mountain is the perfect time to calm some pre-wedding nerves and take in all the spectacular views of the White Mountains. The ceremony took place at the very peak of Loon Mountain in Lincoln - the ceremony spot has a beautiful mountain back drop and even in the middle of summer it boasts a nice breeze to keep the guests cool and happy. As Meg was escorted down the aisle by her father you couldn't help by look over at Ryan and the huge smile on his face. The ceremony was sweet and funny as the officiant told some heartfelt stories about the couple and gave some good laughs. It was evident by the stories he told that not only are they the perfect couple but that EVERYONE adores them both. 

Post - ceremony we snuck away for some quick mountaintop portraits of the lovely couple and their families before heading back down the gondola to cocktail hour and the reception. 

Loon's reception area is unique by offering a large indoor space for tables, dancing and food but also a complimentary outdoor space complete with Adirondack chairs, fire pit and comfy seating for guests. They kicked off the reception with their first dance and some of the best speeches we have heard this year followed by the biggest dance party ever! This group was ready to have some fun and soon enough the whole party was out on the dance floor to party the night away!

Everything about their day was perfect and we know for sure that they will have the best marriage and we can't wait to find out what the future has in store! Congratulations Meg + Ryan! 

Robyn + John - a classic Vermont farm wedding

Mansfield Barn, Shelburne VT

We are catching up on all of our weddings and sessions from the year and next up is Robyn + John's wedding! 

This Vermont country wedding was an absolute dream! Robyn went all out making this wedding showcase their style exactly while also bringing in all the best of Vermont. The setting for their day was the gorgeous Mansfield Barn that features rolling green hills, a huge red barn and the perfect outdoor ceremony spot. 

Robyn + John opted to do a first look at the covered bridge and let me just say...it was AMAZING! Talk about a tear jerker! Watching Robyn walk toward John on the bridge and seeing all the emotion and love on both of their faces was enough to make anyone cry. They shared a sweet moment on the bridge together before heading to the ceremony. The ceremony was heart felt with a hint of humor (which is so fitting for this fun-loving couple) and as soon as they kissed it was nothing but fun and a party for these two! Lawn games in front of the barn played in to the cool outdoor vibe of the wedding while the couple snuck away behind the barn for some family time and photos before kicking off the big party. 

Tips + Tricks: How to make the perfect wedding day timeline!

We know how it is, you're looking at your makeshift schedule for your wedding day and you're wondering to yourself....how are we going to fit EVERYTHING in to this day?!?!

We have been there. We can remember right up to the last minute feeling like we hadn't planned out our wedding day timeline enough and we weren't even sure we had set aside enough time for photos (how is this possible you ask?!?!?! Wedding stress is real stress friends haha). So we thought we would give you some pointers on planning out your day to help make it streamline as possible. 

     -  Consider your ceremony/reception sites for unique planning
If you are having your ceremony and reception at two separate locations make sure to take in account the drive time between the two as well as how this will play in to your time getting ready pre-ceremony and your photography time post-ceremony. We have found it is best to add in some buffers to prevent any added stress on travelling from one location to the next.

     -  Think about your ceremony start time and then think backwards
It may sound weird, but most venues give you a set ceremony time. So if you can start with that in your mind you can work backwards to plan out when you should be at the salon for hair and make up, when you want to have your dress on, when you need the entire wedding party dressed etc. This is also the best time to think about whether you are going to have a first look (want more info on first looks?? Check out this whole blog post on the subject here.) If you are planning on a first look then you want to factor that in now to add an extra 45 min before your ceremony to be dressed and ready. 

     -  Plan time for your photos!
I know, I know - you think I'm biased here BUT planning adequate time for photography is a must! This is especially important if you are planning to have a ceremony that is starting later in the afternoon or towards dusk. If you want beautiful images outdoors showcasing the scenery of your venue and all it has to offer than planning ahead will be key. Traditionally, photos are taken during the cocktail hour leaving about 45-60 minutes for photos. If you are wanting to have a receiving line post ceremony, than consider adding an extra 15 minutes to your cocktail hour so it doesn't cut in to your photo time. 

     - Know what is important to you
This is your big day - make sure you know where you want to be spending your time. If you both desperately want to be at your cocktail hour, consider planning on doing a first look and portraits pre-ceremony. This allows that time after the ceremony to be for your cocktail hour. 

Our last biggest tip of all is this - don't sweat the small stuff. No matter what happens your wedding day is going to be BEAUTIFUL and most importantly, at the end of the day you be married and stepping in the rest of your lives together. So if things don't go quite as planned, don't fret - let your day just be fun and full of love. 

Tips + Tricks: Bridal Hair and Makeup

We get asked for advice all the time about planning and executing a great wedding and one thing we are asked about the most is our opinions on hair and makeup. So we decided what better way to get you guys the information you want than to ask an expert! 

We decided to call on Donna Cotnoir, owner and operator of Custom for You - where she offers full service hair and makeup for weddings as well as corporate bookings (she even did the makeup for James Taylor and his wife once!!). We asked Donna to give us some of her favorite tips for brides on everything hair/makeup related. 

Firstly, one of the most important things Donna wants brides to know is this - always do a trial for your hair AND makeup! This is so important to be sure that what you saw as your vision actually suits you and you're happy with!

Donna had the following to say:

"When choosing a hair style and makeup for your wedding, take in to consideration the theme of the wedding, the style of your dress AND your personality. The makeup has to look like you, bring out your features and give you a glow. Not over done. You have to feel comfortable with the way you look!"

When asked about choosing a hair and make up artist Donna said "You might want to look on Pinterest for ideas and a must is to do a consultation or two. The hair and makeup artist and bride have to mesh together and NEVER feel afraid to ask questions". Just like anything else with your wedding, you will get the absolute most out of your day if you have a great working relationship with your chosen vendors so take the time to get to know your artist and make sure you will work together!

We hope this helps answer some of your big questions about bridal hair and makeup! If you would like to contact Donna for a consultation you can find all of her information below!

Donna Cotnoir
www.customforyounh.com
603-738-5313
Custom for You
IG: @customforyounh

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{SNEAK PEEK} Robyn + John - a classic Vermont farm wedding!

The Mansfield Barn - Jericho, Vermont

Saturday’s Vermont barn wedding was nothing short of gorgeous and classic! While the day may have started with ominous storm clouds looming over it sure didn’t last!

Robyn and John were determined to have a fun and light-hearted day surrounded by their family and closest friends and they got just that. They chose to start their day with a sweet first look at the covered bridge in town. When we arrived at the bridge and stepped out of the car, all we could see was John at the end of the bridge with his back to us, patiently waiting on his bride. We walked out to meet him and watched the excitement rise on Robyn’s face as she got closer and closer to John. Soon enough she was close enough to reach him and as he turned around, his face said it all. He quickly wrapped her up in his arms and told her how gorgeous she looked as they kissed in the middle of the covered bridge. Their sweet first look lead in to the most perfect time for portraits of the two of them as they laughed and kissed and danced in the field!

Now, with all the nervous jitters out of the way, they could get their ceremony under way. As Robyn walked down the aisle to John, overlooking the Vermont mountains and surrounded by friends and family – all you could feel was happiness. The day continued on with fun and festivities that we can’t wait to share more of!

Stay tuned for the full post to come!

Photography: AB Photography | Venue: The Mansfield Barn | Florist: Chappell’s Florist | Catering: The Waterfront Catering Group | Cake: Frosted VT | DJ: Super Sounds DJ | Dress: Maggie Sottero | Bridesmaid’s Hair: Liliana’s Hair | Bride’s Hair: Lauryn Spittle | Makeup: Mirror Mirror

new england outdoor wedding - vermont
new england outdoor wedding - vermont
new england outdoor wedding - vermont
new england outdoor wedding - vermont

First Looks, and why they are awesome!

During your wedding planning process you may have heard the term "first look" thrown around and wondered what it was, or maybe you know but thought it wasn't a good traditional wedding idea - well today I'm going to tell you what a first look is and why it is an awesome idea!


First we will start with what a first look is - just imagine for a moment. You've spent the morning getting all prepped and ready. Getting in to your wedding dress you painstakingly picked out months before. You say good bye to your wedding party and walk out to a secluded location. There in the distance, your soon-to-be-husband is standing with his back to you. With anxious anticipation you slowly make your way towards him, hardly able to contain your excitement. You finally get close enough to reach out and tap his shoulder, he excitedly turns around with a huge smile on his face and picks you up in a warm embrace. You are able to take a few minutes to excitedly talk and spend your last precious moments together before being married. Doesn't this sounds perfect?!?! This is what a first look is all about - intimate moments and memories to last a lifetime!

So a few reasons why you should at least consider a first look!

1. By seeing each other before the ceremony you are able to take everything in, calm each other down a little and a have peaceful moment to start your day. We believe first looks help you to take in your whole ceremony from a 'slightly' calmer place as you have already seen each other and gotten the nervousness out. 

2. You have more time for photos! As photographers we may be a little biased but we think the more time the better!! But really, the nice thing about first look photos is your hair and make up are fresh and your groom's suit has no wrinkles so this is a great time for fresh photos. Plus, all of the emotion of getting to see each other leads to beautiful emotion and the chance for you to interact as naturally as possible. Without the nervousness of being in front of all your guests, first looks allow for raw and emotional photos that couples always love!

3. You don't have to worry about light. Depending on the time of year and ceremony start time, there may be less time for pretty outdoor family and portrait photos. First looks allow for the bulk of portraits to be done pre-ceremony meaning less chance of it being overly dark for your session. 

4. You get to your cocktail hour quicker! For some people this is a deal breaker - if you want to enjoy your cocktail hour with all your guests then a first look can definitely help! As stated above, it helps get the majority of portraits done pre-ceremony and leaves fewer things to be formally photographed after the ceremony - getting you to your guests quicker. 


All in all, you have to choose what works best for you and there is certainly no right or wrong answer! No matter what, your wedding day will be one of the best days of your life! Need help coming up with fun ideas for a first look? Stay tuned as they will be hitting the blog soon!

{SNEAK PEEK} Susan + Mitch - Classy Common Man Wedding

The Common Man - Claremont, NH

SNEAK PEEK: The days leading up to this beautiful New Hampshire outdoor wedding were filled with some nerve wracking reports of huge storms and the morning of Susan and Mitch's big day started with ominous clouds circling above. As we hopped in the car to drive to the venue the skies opened and it rained HARD! But, as we got closer and closer to The Common Man the sun started poking through and we knew it would be a perfect day. 

We arrived at the Common Man to find it perfectly set with every fine detail that Susan spent so much time making gorgeous. Surrounded by her beautiful sisters and friends Susan made her way down to the courtyard where Mitch was excitedly waiting. A short and sweet ceremony ended with cheers from the crowd and the biggest smiles from the newlyweds!

Stay tuned for the full gallery and blog, coming soon!!

Photography: AB Photography | Venue: The Common Man | Florals: Zana Kehm Design | Band: The Conniption Fits

Rachel + Dave - A Sunapee Summer Wedding

Loon Lake Campground - Croydon NH

We woke up yesterday to beautiful blue skies and a refreshing breeze and I knew then that Rachel + Dave's big day was going to be perfect. As Rachel walked down the aisle with her ever-so-supportive father on one side and her sweet and sassy little Eloise on the other, I couldn't help but look at Dave - the excited smile on his face said it all as he waited (almost) patiently for Rachel to make her way to him. A short and sweet ceremony ended with a passionate kiss and an uproar of clapping! The entire day was filled with laughter, dancing, kids running around and plenty of good times had by all. It was an honor to be a part of their day and we can't wait to share more of their wedding with you! For now, enjoy these sneak peek photos!

Venue: Loon Lake Campground | Florals: Safflowers | Gown: A Day to Remember | Jewelry: Boulder Bangles

Three Tricks to Beautiful Getting Ready Photos

I'm sure many of you have scrolled through photographers photos and Pinterest at all the gorgeous wedding photos, especially those getting ready photos; the classic beauties with your girls helping button up your dress and your last few moments before you are married. These moments are so special and deserve to be captured as part of your legacy! Many brides have asked me what they should have in their bridal suite to get the best getting ready photos and I have decided to rally these tips in to one helpful post for all of you!

  • First things first, choose a bridal suite that has plenty of natural light or access to an open window/door. That soft pretty light flooding through a window will help show off all your gorgeous dress details and you will look absolutely radiant! Soak in a little extra sun before getting ready to help relax! 
  • Keep your bridal suite uncluttered! You want the time before your wedding to be relaxing and keeping the space your in tidy will help alleviate any extra anxiety. Plus, you don't want extra odds and ends ending up in your photographs!
  • Have all of your accessories in one place. Make sure to have your shoes, jewelry and any little keepsakes you will have on you close by to your dress - this saves time as you're getting ready and makes sure nothing is missed!