Julie & Sean: A Seacoast Science Center Wedding // NH Wedding Photographer

This past Saturday I was super excited to be at Julie and Sean’s wedding at the Seacoast Science Center at Odiorne Point in Rye, NH. Aside from being close to home, which is always nice on a two wedding weekend, I have photographed a bunch at Odiorne and always wanted to attend a wedding there. It was made that much better by cool temps, a sea breeze, a double rainbow and an awesome couple! A couple of months prior to the wedding Julie, Sean and I wandered around the park talking about their wedding, while taking in the magical evening light there. We talked about all of the things that were going to make their day so unique… Julie combining her love of fashion (she is a designer) and music to theme their wedding, the friends who would be playing live at their celebration, and their appreciation for photography (yup, I LOVE that!). In my mind, the day could not have been more perfect, the setting any better, and the people any more “right”.  It was incredible. With that said, here we go…

I arrived a little early to photograph the area because, well, I love it here. This great tidal pool just south of the park…

It was much more important to Julie for me to document the little things that would accent the day. So rather than spending much time with Julie or Sean getting ready I focused on the details. When I had met them earlier this summer Julie shared with me her planning journal. It’s AWESOME. I mean this book of sketches, swatches, doodles, etc. is a wedding keepsake unto itself…

Flowers for the day were by Cymbidium Floral of Exeter, NH, and they looked gorgeous!

Julie actually made her own wedding dress, which is so cool…

Back at the Science Center the ceremony was about to get started…

Here’s Sean waiting for Julie during here sorta long walk down the isle, accompanied by her father…

Pretty spectacular view for a wedding!

And from the other side, where I setup a camera hidden amongst the rocks…

A few from the ceremony…

Score!

Directly following the ceremony we zipped through group pictures. I don’t often blog group pictures, but these were totally in keeping with the tone of the day… FUN!

That craziness behind us, we took a few minutes for portraits…

We wrapped up for bit, and I headed into the tent to check out more of the little details. I mentioned Julie’s love of fashion and sewing and their shared passion for music, right? They nailed this one! They have very artistic friends, and one came up with this “logo” of a sewing machine gramophone, which is so neat. Place cards were all mounted on sewing machine bobbins…

And vinyl records were incorporated into the centerpieces as table markers…

Buttons and diamonds…

The cake was “stitched” together to look like folds of fabric, adorned by buttons…

And soon enough it was time for introductions…

And a first dance…

And a toast by Julie’s father…

As dinner was being served, we snuck out for a few more portraits bathed in the warm evening light…

One of my favorites. A quite moment as the sun begins to set. Oh, and thank you Mr. Sailboat on the horizon line, you’re awesome too!

Could it get better than this light? Of course it could! Order up a rainbow, er, make that two and BAM; even better!

Back at the reception things were getting ready to kick off. It was about this time that my good friend and amazing photographer David wandered in. I had asked him about stopping by to help me with some lighting while we were photographing the previous night at the Mt. Washington Hotel, and he graciously — enthusiastically, really — said yes! You rock, David! As it turns out, Mother Nature was handling the bulk of the dramatic lighting tonight, and David grabbed this shot as he walked in…

While inside, Sean’s best man gave a toast…

As did Julie’s maid of honor…

Which were followed by parent dances…

Then some ridiculously good music played by their friends…

The coup de grace, however, was Sean taking the stage and singing a song for Julie that he had written a couple of years prior for Valentine’s Day but that had been lost in a computer hard drive crash! Back up those computers folks (including your digital wedding images)!

The “show” was awesome, and there was one more show I was looking forward to, and that was sunset. It didn’t disappoint either! Lighting courtesy of Mother Nature AND David…

Back under the tent the party was now in full effect…

The energy was fantastic!

Here is literally my last shot of the newlyweds completely lost in each other, but surrounded by their family and friends on a glorious night…

And a final parting shot by David as we headed home of the guests gathered around the campfire roasting marshmallows. Yeah, everything on this day was just about perfect…

Julie and Sean, thank you for being you, and for bringing together an amazing group of people to share in your celebration, and then even more for inviting me along to document it. What an honor. And thanks David for coming by to help me out when I needed it most. It’s always a team effort, and a wonderful collaboration.