Kristin and Mike were married last Fall in Newburyport, MA and celebrated their day at Tupper Manor, located on the coast in Beverly MA. I met with Kristin and Mike early in January 2013, and I knew I wanted to shoot their wedding straight away! They were very relaxed and laid back and had a great day planned out and when they got back to me to let me know they wanted to book me, it was great being able to mark that date in my calendar!
On the day, I started out with Kristin and the girls who were getting ready in Newburyport, just down the road from Kristin’s parents home. They had the run of the Hair Port Salon and it was great to be able to move through the space to capture candid photos from lots of different angles. Kristin had an awesome birdcage veil that she looked absolutely stunning in, and I couldn’t wait to photograph her in it. Hair Port Salon did a beautiful job with her hair and makeup, and once this was all done it was back to the house to change into the dress.
Kristin’s parents were a two minute drive away, so it was an easy start to the day’s travels. Once we were back, it gave me the chance to capture Kristin’s very unique and elegant wedding dress by Jenny Packham. Meticulously covered in beads and sequins, it was a one of a kind, classic dress. Once Kristin was all set, added the final touch of some gorgeous antique flower earrings, I had a bit of time to get some shots of her in the dress and looking fab!
From here, I left ahead of Kristin as I wanted to check in with Mike for the first time that day. He was already over at the church and I wanted to get some photos of him and his best man before the ceremony. It was a beautiful day out, one of those autumnal days that aren’t too hot or too cold and I found the guys hanging out at one of the side entrances to the church. Mike had said he wasn’t a big one for having his photo taken, but I wanted to get him a good selection of images from the day! I think and hope it wasn’t as painful as he thought it was going to be, and I quickly got some shots of the boys looking dapper.
I left him to relax and hang out a little more while I got some more photos inside and at the front of the church as guests started to arrive. Once Kristin and the girls pulled up, it was time to get to the front to capture her as she came down the aisle. The Star of the Sea Church in Salisbury MA is a wonderful little church with some really great colors in the architecture, and it gave me the chance to capture some great photos from lots of different angles.
Once the ceremony was completed, Mike and Kristin left as husband and wife and it was time to jump in the cars and head down to Tupper Manor to get the bridal portraits – and more importantly – get the party started! The bridal party was really fun, and a pleasure to work with. We got most of the photos at the front of Tupper Manor near the big and elaborate entrance which made for a great back drop. We even managed some sunglass and moustache shots as well!
We were then lucky enough to be able to take Mike and Kristin aside for a while and get some shots of them together. Tupper Manor has some really spectacular locations – both in the buildings and in the grounds – all within a quick walk, so you don’t lose too much time between places. We started at the grand ornamental fountain on the lawn – you can’t get married at Tupper Manor and not get at least a few there! After that, we moved inside to the oak paneled billiards room. This made for a nice change of scene and meant that they also had the chance to grab a bite to eat and some well needed refreshments. As I knew they would be when I had met them, they were both super relaxed and very fun to photograph!
There were some pretty impressive entrances to the main room as the family and bridal party were announced, including the maid of honor coming in on the best man’s shoulders and busting out some dance moves!
After Kristin and Mike had eaten and the speeches were done, I snuck them out to the back of Tupper Manor and down to the beach. Yes, they have a beach in their backyard! I wasn’t lying about the number of great locations that are so close by! It’s nice to be able to space out the portraits a little so that they can time to spend with friends and family but still get a good selection of images afterwards. It was a great place to get some final images of the two of them together, and the setting autumn sun gave us the very best light of the day.
They partied on into the night in the main ballroom to some wonderful live music by the East Coast Soul Band and DJ. They even had a young family member get up and sing her heart out with the band, much to Kristin, Mike and all the guests’ delight!
Thank you so much Kristin and Mike for letting me capture your day. It has been really fun looking back over your wedding and putting this blog together. I hope that you both enjoy looking back at the images together as much as I have!
If you are getting married at Tupper Manor this year or next then please get in touch, I’m waiting to hear what you have planned for your big day!