I am so glad to be able to share the story from Meghan and Tim’s Sunapee Wedding in New Hampshire on 9/13/2014. Here is the low-down.
- Ceremony: Mount Sunapee Summit
- Reception: Lake Sunapee Yacht Club
- Floral: Mauli McDonald, Art of Nature
- Band: East Coast Soul
- Dress Vendor: A Day To Remember
- Hair: The Hair Station
- Makeup: Faces By Lisa Gooding
For this exciting day, I was joined by shooter extraordinaire, Christina, who lent her talent as second shooter for the day.
I started the day at the yacht club to show the splendor of the room all primed for the day’s festivities.
Tables were lined with burlap runners and bright sunflower centerpieces. The deep, rich wood tones give the room a cozy feel.
Meghan and Tim are avid skiers (she is an adaptive ski instructor and he is a ski patroller) and creative elements carried this theme. Miniature chair lifts with photos of the couple appear at each table.
Flowers in ski boots: awesome.
Meghan’s parents, Willie and Anne, own a beautiful waterfront home on Lake Sunapee where Meghan spent time getting ready with her bridesmaids before the ceremony.
Bridesmaid Annie (sister of the groom) and matron of honor, Lindsay, help Meghan lace her dress.
Natural light from the lake pours through the panoramic windows at the family’s home.
Before we embarked up Mount Sunapee, Meghan presented gifts to her bridesmaids.
Among her thoughtful presents was a beautiful knit shawl, which would be greatly appreciated later on, as we will see.
Brown leather boots and navy dress color complement warm, bright sunflowers. Meghan is joined by bridesmaids Annie (sister of the groom), Marion (sister of the groom), Sarah, Matron of honor Lindsay, Denitsa, Jenna, Sarah, and Tasha.
It was a bit on the chilly side on the lake front so I wasn’t sure if the girls were up for a few shots outside, but they were like ‘heck ya’ so we stepped outside and used the beautiful natural light for shots behind the house.
Meanwhile, Christina met up with Tim and the guys at Maple Hill Farm Bed and Breakfast in New London, New Hampshire.
The guys shoes and the “brew-ski” neckties added a really fun touch the guys’ outfits.
Tim is joined at the inn by groomsmen Matt, Sam, Toby, Ryan (brother of the bride), Mike, Best Men Dan and Michael, and Marc.
The First Look/The Reveal
Just up down the road from Meghan’s parents’ home, Gazelle Farm sits at the top of Burkehaven Hill, and offers sprawling views of the surrounding landscape including Mount Sunapee. The “dinosaur” shaped rock you see was dug by Sunapee GraniteWorks just down the street. Tim waited for Meghan while Christina took a few shots of him around the property. You can see the cloud layer which descended on Mount Sunapee (we will see it from another perspective–namely inside it–a little later on).
As Meghan arrived and made her way across the field, Tim awaited her touch on the shoulder.
After the first look, we made our way over to Mount Sunapee for a chair lift ride to the summit. The wedding party gathers and bundles up in the lodge before heading up. Coats and blankets were the norm as wedding guests assembled at the ceremony site.
Meghan and Tim ride the chair lift below the cloud line.
And, then we enter the clouds!
Bridesmaid Denitsa emerges from the fog atop the summit of Sunapee.
Willie escorts his daughter through the fog.
Sand from the shores of two special places (Lake Sunapee and Martha’s Vineyard) were blended into a single inseparable vase.
Beau and Maria are joined by their family, sons-in-law, and new daughter-in-law.
Willie and Anne pose with daughter Meghan, new son-in-law Tim, and son Ryan.
Of course a few shenanigans with the siblings and spouses are always in order.
This in fact was the very instant when mo-nature starting sending her water bombs onto the summit of Mount Sunapee haha. Tim’s expression says it all 🙂
We descended the chair lift and made our way once again to Willie and Anne’s warm, welcoming home where upon returning, the warmup and dry-off for everyone began.
Willie and Anne’s beautiful home features a three-story spiral staircase.
Thankfully this shot did not spiral out of control. And thanks to the wedding party for helping get all setup for this shot.
As we made our way back to Lake Sunapee Yacht Club, guests gathered to enjoy the club, the view, and the sunken bar. I have never seen this type of setup before where the bar patrons order at knee level and the bartenders serve at chest level. Pretty cool.
The newlywed couple is introduced and captivate the room with their first dance routine.
As evening falls, the club and all guests observe the ceremonial cannon fire and lowering of the flag over the water.
As a photographer, it’s always good to know someone’s got your back.
Best men, Michael and Dan charm the crowd.
Matron of honor, Lindsay, warms the audience with laughter as she delivers her toast to Meghan and Tim.
Willie shares a dance with his daughter.
The band East Coast Soul from Boston, Massachusetts, whose instrumentation, stunning vocals, and choreographed presentation, brought the room to the dance floor.
As the evening transitioned into a night of celebration, the club brought out gourmet tomato soup shots and grilled cheese bites for guests to snack on while the dance floor hopped.
Meghan and Tim: Thank you so much for inviting me into your wedding day to create these photos for you. It was my pleasure getting to spend time with your families, friends, and guests and creating imagery from your experience. I hope you enjoy these photos as much as I enjoyed creating them for you!