I?ve known (and even at one time shared a classroom with) this handsome cardigan wearing groom for a few years. He is, in addition to being the physics teacher, the high school soccer coach. His students adore him and his soccer commentary over morning coffee. It was an honor when he asked me about photographing his wedding at the historic Red Lion Inn in Cohasett. While I?d seen pictures of his partner and their children I hadn?t met them before their actual wedding day. In person they were even more beautiful than the picture on his morning coffee mug. 🙂
D and C met playing soccer, and the shy beginnings of their love story was hilariously recounted in the wedding toasts. I won?t repeat it here – after witnessing the high red of cheeks during the toasts. This is a couple that already has a marriage (and two beautiful children) but wanted to have the formal ceremony and party. I get this non-linear route. It was a wildly fun party, with huge families on both sides and very inclusive of children of all ages.
Everything took place right there at the Red Lion Inn, a wedding venue on the south shore that is both historic New England Inn and rustic barn rolled into one. The entire inn was bustling with family and bridal party and children when I arrived. This was including at least three sets of twins, which confused me for more than a few minutes. C. and the ladies got ready on one side of the hotel and D. and the groomsmen on the other.
The vows were said (and toasted) at the foot of the stairs in the natural wood Lion?s Hall under a chandelier. After the ceremony, the guests moved over to the Salon du Soleil for cocktail hour while the Hall was transitioned into the reception venue.
D and C chose colors and textures that perfectly echoed the casual/elegant(and Irish!) look for the day. The groom and his groomsmen and the ring bearers all rocked a casual look: white button down shirt, burnt orange tie, with brown khakis, striped socks and Sperry sneakers and ivory Irish knit cable cardigans
The bride?s dress was an elegant halter dress, accessorized with the groom’s grandmother’s pearl necklace, bride’s grandmother’s ring and diamond earrings – the very ones with which the groom proposed. The bridesmaids were in sage green dresses with gold shoes completed with rose gold necklaces and bracelets. All four flower girls (did I mention this was a big family?) were in white dresses with plum sashes.
The bride and groom danced to Lucky You by The National. The groom danced with his mother and also with his daughter. The bride?s father took charge of the dance floor, and pretty much the whole party started in earnest with a mashup father-daughter dance.
The groom?s emotion filled face and the tears he wiped away during his wedding vows at the altar. It was a moment as unguarded and awe-filled as it gets.
I also loved that the wedding parties were mixed gender – with a Dude of Honor and the groom?s sisters standing up on his side.
Thanks for opening your lives to me and my cameras!
vendor love –
kudos to the team working behind the scenes to make this wonderful day unfold seamlessly
Red Lion Inn coordinator Bill Iaconelli
Cake by Konditor Meister
DJ Bill Coleman
Flowers and Arrangements Almquist Fowerland
Hair and Makeup by Rudolph Adamo Spa and Salon
Wedding gown (St. Patrick) from VOWS