Destination Wedding Photographer – What a great way to start of 2018 with a blog from one of my favourite weddings ever, not just from last year.
Being a destination wedding photographer means that I can visit some amazing places, including Boston, USA – what a city. This was just another stop on a journey around the world to Cape Cod. Home of some of the best lobsters on earth and the destination of Cyndal and Ben’s wedding. But I’m getting ahead of myself. The journey started in London. Flying to Boston, jumping on an empty plane and lying down over three seats – that’s a great way to travel. If you ever get a chance, I highly recommend it.
I left for America with my second shooter and assistant, Stephen Buss. We were lucky enough to fly on a Virgin Atlantic Dreamliner. After the normal meals, snacks and bad plane films we landed in Boston City, Massachusetts. It was really late but luckily customs was quick. Rather than picking up a normal car, we wanted to go all American, but sadly there were no Ford Mustangs left. So we went for a soft top, two seated Mercedes in white – perfect for the wedding. We couldn’t even get our gear in the back when the roof was down. As we arrived in the USA so late we spent our first night in Boston.
The next day we were up early and off to Cape Cod to scout the wedding venue. Wychmere Beach Club is set right on the coast and has a private beach that leads onto Bank Street Beach. This is where Cyndal and Ben would be getting married and the wedding coordinators were already planning the set up.
I introduced myself and discussed the details for the day. In a few hours, the wedding party would arrive for their rehearsal. Seeing both Cyndal and Ben again was a pleasure.
The last time we’d met in person was when Ben had proposed in Oxford. I was no longer the strange man following them in a small boat with a camera. Now I was here to capture their perfect day. That evening we joined their guests for a lobster and crab cook out. It was a very different experience not just be a part of the celebrations but to also feel like a part of the family. Cyndal’s cousins, aunt and grandma spent their evening chatting to Stephen and me about England. They also taught us how to eat crab. It was a packed evening of food, drink and speeches, so we were certainly ready for a good rest before the wedding in the morning.
My morning started with Cyndal and her bridesmaids while Stephen joined Ben and the boys. Gifts were shared around and Cyndal showed off a few things that Ben had picked out for her. Once everyone was ready we headed outside. Ben was on the harbour, facing out to sea and running through his vows. His groomsmen quickly stopped their garden games as Cyndal came down the steps. Everyone left to give Cyndal and Ben some alone time for their first look. All of the guests had already made their way down to the beach, so I headed to the front and the wedding party followed behind me. The weather stayed clear throughout the entire wedding and once the vows were said and rings exchanged they walked back up the beach, turned and hugged everyone they could.
Before all of Cyndal and Ben’s guests could swamp them, I lead them through to the fields for a few couple wedding photos. The sky instantly changed as huge clouds rolled in, creating a dramatic background. Once the guests had made their way to the reception hall, we walked down to the water’s edge, avoiding the alien looking Horseshoe crabs, for a few photos against the now dark sky. The celebrations continued with fantastic entrance dances, some beautiful speeches and Cyndal and Ben’s first dance. There were of course some traditions that aren’t as common in the UK but that’s what makes being a destination wedding photographer so much fun. You can learn new things and they prepare you for when you’re invited back for another Cape Cod wedding. I’m looking forward to that and to grabbing another lobster roll.
Thank you to Cyndal and Ben for inviting me to shoot your wedding. I loved every moment of my stay in America and delivering these photos brings back so many memories.
I asked Cyndal and Ben to choose the photos for the blog and to let me know why they chose those particular images. We as wedding photographers can often find ourselves guilty of being obsessed with the technicalities of our photos so I wanted the blog and the images to be very personal to this lovely couple.
I loved the photos that they chose and the words are amazing, I hope you enjoy.
Lots of love
Our “airplane” dance move.. We took four dance lessons, and they were so fun and such a bonding experience for us. I was super nervous about memorizing the choreography and not forgetting it on our big day…so the airplane move (almost at the end of the dance) is one of our favorite photos. We look like we know what we’re doing, surprisingly!
We both love this picture, me especially. It shows Ben’s go to dance move, and I love that my brother, his cousin and one of his best friends are also in it, enjoying corn hole, which was an important part of our wedding.
This photo of Ben and his groomsmen (and our dads) is everything. It shows just how much they all support and adore him, and he truly has some of the very best friends. They’re great dudes. There’s truthfully not a single one of them I don’t absolutely love, and that says a lot.
Ben loves the look on my face in this one, and we both love that it’s towards the end of the night, yet we’re still tearing it up on the dance floor.
I love this photo because I know this is the moment that Ben said “You’re the most beautiful person I have ever seen,” a moment that was captured on our wedding video.
I love my new brother. And Ben loves how much we love each other. So that’s all for that one 🙂
This picture of Ben’s parents dancing is so awesome. They look elated, which means a lot to us, and I love that the picture also captured the BAR sign, a detail I wanted all along and added at the last minute and loved.
Obviously this moment is adorable, and we love that it also shows some of the band Sugar Babies. Since our original band had our wedding date wrong the entire time, our incredibly talented, even better, “replacement” band was very special to us.
I love this picture of me getting ready with the clock at 2:30. I remember how I felt sitting in that chair, with my hair done, and my makeup almost done, and I knew it was almost time. We were running a little behind, which always makes me a little anxious… but overall I was much calmer than I had imagined I’d be.
MY GIRLS! I love this picture of us just being silly.. It was a tough day for all of us, having lost one of us just a year ago in a car accident. So this picture of us laughing and goofing off is very special to me. I also loved our rompers.
Speaking of losing one of my bridesmaids, Amanda, this picture of Laura is one of my very favorites. While she may not be getting emotional because of Amanda, I saw her tear up multiple times throughout the day… and I know it was because we were missing our friend.
This captures me perfectly, champagne in hand and dancing.
It meant a lot to have our grandmothers in attendance, and this picture of us is priceless. I wish I could remember what she said to make me laugh like this, but I guarantee it was sassy.
While Ben’s Nana wanted to be at our wedding all along, it was very hard for her to get there, and it was something that caused her immense pain. It meant everything to have her there, and I’m glad we captured this moment. I plan to frame it for her for Christmas this year.
My mom looks so blissfully happy here, and I always love to see my parents loving each other. My hometown friends at the tables beside them cheering make the picture even better.
This one had to be included! The Iain Gomes special…. wish we had had some cliffs or something for ya to work with, but we met on an island, and this photo of us on the beach with my veil just a-flowing is one of my very favorites.
I love that this picture highlights not only the cutest (and most unsuccessful) ring bearer in the world, but it also shows off my beautiful bouquet
I remember this moment being so special, to see all of our planning and hard work put into place. The Harbor room looked breathtaking, and I love having this memory to look back on
I think this captures the weekend we had with our friends, and how easily we all were able to come together and hang out and have fun. I’m glad Iain made us run on the beach 😉
I mean… how can you not love this? I’ve always been a daddy’s girl, and him walking me down the aisle was literally everything to me. I am his only daughter, and little girl, so I know the moment was just as special for him
Dancing our way out! Love this photo – captures our silliness together and how happy we were to just be together
My Aunt and Uncle, Stacy and Shay Mulcare, were on St. John when it was hit by a category 5 hurricane just two weeks before our wedding. They were luckily safe, able to evacuate the island, and able to attend our wedding. It made my weekend and our wedding wouldn’t have been the same without them.
This memory of me cracking up at Ben’s inappropriate alphabet words is just so funny. I will always remember that fun little game to make us laugh.
Such a sweet moment during our first dance, and I love the expressions of our parents and my very best girl friends in the background
My Maid of Honor, Margaret has been my best friend since age five, and this picture of her zipping up my wedding dress is priceless to me. I like how close up it is
This picture is cute of Ben and I, but what makes it for us is Clayton’s expression, watching his little sister be married off. We lost our older sister in 1996, so Clayton and I are all we’ve got. This photo shows he knows I am happy and well taken care of, so he is happy..
Venue: Wychmere Beach Club
Florist: Orly Khon Floral
Video: Ready Set Film