Once again I had the pleasure of spending a magic evening at the Oaks in Somersworth, NH on Saturday 9/8/2012 for the wedding of Jennifer and Deke. Jen had booked with me over the phone so I actually met her and Deke in person for the first time when they visited my studio just prior to their wedding. I knew then we had a fantastic road before us.

We planned a first look before the wedding followed by group photos of family and the wedding party. With romantic couple shots of the two of them taken before the ceremony, Jen and Deke were free to relax and enjoy the cocktail hour with their friends and guests. Of course, we saved a few moments for evening sneak-out shots later.

I was please to be joined once again by Mandy Perkins who lent her talent to the story of the day.

I hung Jen’s dress in the entry way to the bridal suite at the Oaks. The mirror added a nice touch.

The couple’s furry family helped designate place settings and table numbers. A unique and creative touch.

The wedding program display greeted guests entering the garden area.

The place card table also bore homage to the couple’s canine companions.

Deke and the groomsmen hung out around the hotel in Dover, NH with Mandy for photos before the wedding.

Shot by Mandy Perkins

The guys show off their contribution to the wedding color theme.

Shot by Mandy Perkins

Living center pieces caught our eye as we visited the Grandview Ballroom at the Oaks. The betta fish donned the floral center peices, adding an elegant touch and vibrant color.

Jen’s mother, Mary, helped her with some of her final preparations.

The bridesmaids peeked into the bridal suite for the first time to see Jen fitted into her wedding dress.

Jen’s adoring father, Bob, met with his daughter before the ceremony for a brief photo.

The bouquet stem was fitted with a piece of fabric from Jen’s dress and a piece of cloth from her brother’s uniform.

Deke readies himself for the first look.

The ridge at the Oaks was the designated spot for the first look. Deke awaits his bride.

Shot by Mandy Perkins

Jen emerges from the bridal suite and makes her way to the ridge.

Shot by Mandy Perkins

At last the moment has come for Deke to see his bride for the first time on their wedding day. Jen makes her way through the blustery afternoon to meet her groom.

Shot by Mandy Perkins
Shot by Mandy Perkins

The first look before the ceremony afforded us plenty of time for relaxed portraits.

As we gathered for the ceremony in the side garden, rain fell from a blue sky carried from afar by the strong winds in the upper atmosphere. Guests paused under the canopy while the rain spatter blew off.

The ring bearer gets a lift.

Shot by Mandy Perkins
Shot by Mandy Perkins

The huge skies at The Oaks rise above our family formals.

The bridesmaids came to me and said they wanted to make a photo that mimicked the movie poster of the film “Bridesmaids”. We collaborated. We pulled up the poster on an iPhone and got to work, with a bit of improvising by the matron of honor, Josie (second from left) who served as the extra woman (the original movie poster has only five bridesmaids).

I believe I am officially obsessed with cake shots. I am seeking help.

The candy bar was annotated with personal notes in the foyer.

Our sneak-out shots.

The fireworks display by Hilltop Fireworks over the golf course does not disappoint. A fitting finale.

We paused for a photo with Leslie Santiago, the Oaks wedding coordinator.

Then I handed my DSLR to Leslie who wrangled it ably so I could have a photo with the bride and groom also.

Congrats you two. This is only the beginning.

3 replies
  1. Bethany
    Bethany says:

    LOVE these pictures- they are incredible!! We are SO excited for our big day at the Oaks with you and Leslie in just one month!!!

  2. Robert Gordon
    Robert Gordon says:

    I would have to say theses pictures are outstanding , and the story behind these pictures are exactly what I believe Jen & Deke were trying to portray. Your patient and pleasant demeanor made picture taking pleasurable for all involved. You have skillfully captured memorable moments, forever frozen in time, to be enjoyed and reminisced by all, including future generations. Thank you for a job WELL DONE.

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