Katie & Matt: A Mount Washington Hotel Wedding

Honestly, I can’t get enough of this years winter weddings at the Mount Washington Hotel! I always love shooting at the Hotel, and every season brings with it a uniqueness all its own. It’s also no secret that I love winter probably above all other seasons. So, Katie and Matt’s late January wedding was one I was very much looking forward to, especially because it was a mid-day event, which allowed for lots of sunlight to work with. When I arrived, Mt. Washington was still shrouded in clouds, but I remained optimistic for our views later that day…

The clouds were burning off and it looked like we were going to be in store for a blue bird day…

Only at the Mount Washington Hotel can you step out of an alpine environment (complete with cairns) and walk right into grand elegance…

After strolling around the Hotel for a bit, it was time to go find Katie. I arrived to a lot of energy and some beautiful details. Flours were by the very talented Sara Severance, Floral Director at the Hotel…

Here’s Katie…

A little makeup touch-up…

Dress detail…

Earlier in the Fall Katie’s father had become ill. I was excited to see him here and everyone in good health. Katie and her father were adorable together…

The ring bearer. “Hi…”

“These smell good…”

With everyone present and accounted for, it was time to go…

I have photographed a lot of weddings at the Mount Washington Hotel, but this was the first time for me where the ceremony was off-site. We headed up the road to St. Patrick’s Parish in Twin Mountain, about 5 minutes away. St. Patrick’s is a beautiful little stone church nestled in the valley…

Almost ready…

I met Matt at the church. He was bursting with excitement, eager to see Katie…

So happy…

Katie sharing a moment with her sister during the service…

The kiss, and I just love the one on the right as Matt acknowledges their guests!

Could the day have gotten any nicer for their exit from the church?

Katie and Matt arranged for a sleigh ride right after the ceremony. I was able to grab a few images as they took off into the woods…

And then I raced several miles down the road to see them re-emerging…

I tagged along for a few minutes before hopping out again to let them finish their ride alone…

Matt, always the gentleman…

Back at the Hotel, the weather was simply amazing. While gathering family and friends for portraits, I composed this multi-image panoramic of the Presidential Range. Crawford Notch is on the far right; Mt. Washington is the tall, snowy mass in the center left…

We were able to take all of the group portraits out on the Jewel Terrace, which was a nice treat in January! I was also able to spend time with the newlyweds after everyone else went in for the cocktail hour. A winter wedding in the Whites DOES NOT get better than this…

Before heading in ourselves, we stopped on the large veranda porch for just a couple of more portraits with Mt. Washington starting to be lit by alpenglow behind them…

Back inside, I headed to the Sun Dining Room where the reception was to be held. Here are a few details. The intricacy in the architecture in this room is gorgeous…

The big introduction…

Followed by the first dance… er, I mean a flag football?!?! As big football fans, the wedding party surprised and delighted the guests with a surprise Hail Mary pass by Katie as Matt went deep into the dining room!

THEN it was time for their first dance as husband and wife. The flower girl and ring bearers joined in as well…

Dancing was followed by toasts…

And thus ended my evening. Katie and Matt and their guests went on to enjoy dinner followed by dancing into the evening. As I headed home, though, I stopped for a few night portraits. The Hotel all lit up and surrounded by snow was simply breathtaking…

Thank you Katie and Matt for having me to your magical winter wedding. You both were wonderful to work with, and I just loved so much about your day and spending it with you and your families.