After collecting shots like the ones below with Joelle and Mark on Lake Winnipesaukee for their engagement session in the summer of 2013, it was hard to imagine how to follow with equally fabulous wedding photos. Although the sky did not open up and leave a massive rainbow arc draped across the horizon, my day of wedding photography with Joelle and Mark in the New Hampshire Lakes Region did not leave us wanting for picturesque lake and mountain scapes.
Here is a snippit from our engagement session at Abakee Cottages in Laconia, NH the same location where the wedding ceremony would be held a year later.
The lake air and open blue sky wove itself through our entire story, which I found all the more fitting since Mark and Joelle have spent many summery days and nights here. It is also the very place where he proposed in a rather memorable fashion (more on that later).
Perched over the water and set under a panoramic sky, close family and friends would be seated gazing at what could have been a living postcard. The senses could all but take it in as warm lake breeze swept across the surface of the water, a deep blue sky stretching overhead.
Back at Gunstock Resort, tables were set and place cards ready to receive guests in celebration after a pleasant afternoon on the lake shore.
The exposed beams, grande fireplace, and rustic detail of the main lodge brought quaint texture and earthy tones to the ballroom atmosphere.
Navy and pink accented burlap underlays and country decor at each table.
Mark and the guys rented a nearby house on the lake, strategically positioned to provide a water route the ceremony.
Nick, Billy, Dennis, Mike, Nick, and Tom join Mark on the tracks for a photo before their “water limo” arrives.
Riding to the ceremony via boat was definitely a cool entrance.
The setting carried a casual and laid back atmosphere as guests enjoyed the view before the ceremony.
At the lake cabin, I joined Joelle as bridal preparations were underway.
Joelle and Mike, her “Mantron of Honor” pose for a shot.
Bridesmaid Kaite, sister Liz, and mother Wendy help Joelle with the final preparations.
The light from the lake and sky offered just the right touch of soft light for a beautiful bridal portrait on the screen porch of the cabin.
The First Look: At last the moment has come for the reveal, the moment when Mark sees his bride for the first time on their wedding day.
The rich hues of rhododendron framed their meeting on the foot path.
Joelle poses with sister, Liz, and mother Wendy before the ceremony.
Joelle is joined by her bridesmaids and bridesmen: sister-of-the-groom Erica, Tommy, Katie, Nick, sister-of-the-bride Liz, “Mantron of Honor” Mike.
Joelle’s father, Chris, escorts her down the beach to the dock. Although Joelle had fancy flip-flops, she wanted to attend the ceremony barefoot.
Joelle and Mark are joined by Wendy, husband Ted, and family.
Mark’s parents, Steve and Diane, join Joelle and Mark with Erica and husband Mike.
One of best parts of this setting was its relaxed atmosphere. After the ceremony, guests enjoyed beverages, popcorn, and lawn games along the shore of Abakee. Photographing before the ceremony allowed for some enjoyable downtime before the reception.
Tommy and another guest could not wait to get in the water. This dock is the very spot where Mark proposed to Joelle with lake goers watching around the shore. Neat!
It seemed everyone found something of interest to do.
We loaded the bus to head over to Gunstock where I rode the chair lift to the summit with Mark and Joelle for panoramic vistas of the lakes region. Being on a school bus, aren’t you just tempted to lean across the aisle and tell secrets?
Down at the hall, lots of lusciousness awaited. Punch and cupcakes in four flavors, complete with take-home favor boxes greeted everyone as they arrived for the celebration.
No one was left out of the fun.
Mark and Joelle: It was such an extraordinary pleasure spending this day with you, your family, and friends. I hope you enjoy reliving the moments captured here as much as we enjoyed making them. Thank you for letting me tell your story in photos.