Tamara & Max: A Mountain View Grand Hotel Wedding // NH Wedding Photographer

The day after Katie and Ben’s wedding at the Mount Washington Hotel, I found myself at the other grand, northern hotel, the Mountain View Grand, for Tamara and Max’s big day. It had been awhile since I was last at the Mountain View, and I was very excited to be here again. Just like the day before, the weather was overcast with intermittent rain. We’ve had lots of rain this Fall, and all of the couples I’ve photographed that have been rained on have rolled with it in exceptional style. However, I think none embraced the wet weather quite like Tamara and Max. The rain did not slow us down AT ALL, and the overcast just let the gorgeous Fall foliage pop more!

The day was filled with fun and family. Family ties are so very important to Tamara and Max, and that shined through in every aspect of their day, from the very personal ceremony to the raucous reception, it was always a celebration of family. Here’s a glimpse at their day…

I arrived at the Hotel in pouring rain. Fortunately that slowed down a little as the day progressed…

Coming in from the rain, I met  up with Jonathan who would be assisting me for the day. Jonathan is the sports editor at the Coos County Democrat and interested in broadening his photographic toolkit, so to speak. I had the great pleasure of photographing Jonathan’s sister’s wedding last summer, which was where we met. We then both headed off to meet Tamara as she was getting ready…

With Tamara looking great, it was time for her first look with Max…

I love when couples do a first look…

A great moment captured by Jonathan…

Following the first look we went out for group portraits. I love this one of the entire wedding party. Nothing ominous about that sky. Nope…

We then spent a fair bit of time taking portraits with Tamara and Max. The rain, which was now coming down harder, did not even phase them…

This is a great little spot in the upper garden outside the Crystal Ballroom…

The rain slowed us slightly when we got to this muddy road, but Max, ever the gentleman, took care of that obstacle…

Where did that muddy road lead, you ask? To a pair of donkeys of course. They were both fairly well terrified of Tamara in her white dress, but this guy obliged for a few portraits…

Isn’t he cute?

Back inside, there was a ceremony about ready to take place. Flowers were by Jerry Hamanne

The Crystal Ballroom makes a great ceremony venue, I think. The ceremony was to be outside, but the weather was having no part of that. This worked wonderfully…

Lots of laughter and tears…

Making it official…

On the way down to the Presidential Ballroom, we paused for a couple of portraits since the rain had subsided…

A few reception details…

There were a number great toasts. Here Max’s father offers his…

Tamara’s mother and step-father…

And finally one of the best toasts of the year, given by Max’s brother.

After dinner, Max and Tamara kicked things off with their first dance…

The hora, which is always rousing…

Even Max’s father hopped on the chair. I love this image!

Then the party kicked off in full effect…

I believe this was Bon Jovi’s Dead or Alive. Regardless, they were slaying it!

Because I always like to try and get a few night time portraits to add some more variety to the couple’s portraits from the day, we decided to sneak out. Of course the rain was back, but this didn’t deter Tamara and Max at all… we just grabbed the umbrella again. Here are a couple of my favorites…

Thank you Tamara and Max for having me along to photograph your day. You both were up for anything, and I am so grateful for your adventurous spirit and smiles all throughout the day. Special thanks also to Jonathan for helping out.