The bridesmaids wore shades of pink. The bride looked stunning in her gown. The sun was shining and the mountain air felt good in our lungs. We witnessed vows of love in the middle of tall trees and wildflowers. Family and friends gathered and blessed these two. There was laughter and love. There was dining and celebratory smoking and dancing in to the night while the band provided our soundtrack. It was beautiful.
This is the first wedding I had ever shot in Randolph, NH and let me tell you – I would not be mad if I had to travel there again one day.
There is a mossy glen in the woods that served as the ceremony location… only minutes from the beautiful house with the great big yard where Eoghan grew up.
Every detail was perfect, from the gorgeous mountain backdrop, to the pink ribbons that were tied on tree branches guiding us through the woods to the ceremony site. Everything was beautiful and so well thought out.
My sister, Libby and Danah are dear friends. And from the very second I met Danah, she was my friend too. I loved her to pieces. I wanted to hug her…
I think I did hug her! She is absolutely precious. And Eoghan, he is just such a great guy. Together, they are the sweetest thing in the world.
Libby called me on the day of the wedding (she was already there with Danah and a sweet group of girls/sisters/dear friends) all to say: “Rachel, it’s like a wedding straight out of Anne of Green Gables… It’s perfect!”
Okay – here is where I confess us Oliver girls’ obsession with Anne and Gilbert and the TWO VHS set! Sidenote – if you haven’t seen this film, then you need to see it right now. Buy it, don’t rent it. You will want to own it.
If you don’t love it, I will take your copy and give it someone cool… I mean someone else. I will give it to someone else.
So as soon as Libby told me that, I was even MORE excited to start shooting. It sounded like a wedding out of a dream, and it was!
(Also, I asked Danah if she minded if I compared her wedding to Anne of Green Gables in this blog post, apparently, my sisters and I were not the only ones with a love for Anne. I felt like Danah and I squealed and hugged through the computer screen!)
Some of my favorite aspects of the beautiful day were:
The hotel where Danah and the girls stayed the night before – Oh my goodness, how much more “Green Gables” does it get?!
Oh just you wait….
Shooting photos IN THE WOODS! It was so beautiful. I was hoping a deer would sit quietly beside the bride and groom for at least one photo. I didn’t think that was too much to ask but apparently – it was. Regardless, we saw plenty of wildlife (Abbie saved me from stepping on a snake at one point during photos… at another point, we disrupted a yellow jacket nest in the woods and one of the bridesmaid’s plus myself got stung. Never a dull moment!)
The reception had an array of adorable “stations”. One for cigars, one for s’mores, one for sparklers, etc. It was precious! Each little area was filled with vintage furniture and completed with a real live goldfish (in a bowl, no worries) – so unique and absolutely charming.
There was beer and root beer in an antique tub (!)
But my favorite aspect of the whole day had to be the amount of love that was evident everywhere. From the group of close friends that helped set up that morning, to the relationship between Danah and her sister and their mother, to the obvious love between Danah and Eoghan and their two families… there was just such a sweet outpouring of love the entire day. It was one of the sweetest things I’ve ever been a part of.
The entire day was so laid back and lovely… When Abbie and I arrived at the hotel to start shooting Danah and the girls getting ready, Danah already looked radiant. She did her own hair and makeup (are you kidding me?! Superbride!) and I loved the reaction her girlfriends had upon seeing her for the first time in her dress.
I know I briefly mentioned it above, but I also wanted to note that some of my favorite images from the day are of Danah and her sister, Nadia. Having extremely close bonds with my own sisters, I felt drawn to these images and what they represent. These are obviously two sisters that are closer than close… best friends… does it get much better than that? The fact that they (along with their mother) could be models probably doesn’t hurt anything!
Also, a huge thank you to my sister Abbie for shooting this wedding with me. As mentioned above, you saved my life AND got some amazing shots. Plus you were brave enough to travel 2.5 hours away from your husband and sweet girl… you are too awesome! And thank you to John for also shooting this wedding with us. The very last shot is one of yours and one of my favorites.
Enough rambling from this girl though. I could say a million more things but I will hurry up and get to the photos. Enjoy.