Aly & Nick: A Mount Washington Hotel Wedding // NH Wedding Photographer

I am very excited to share my last wedding of 2012, Aly and Nick’s beautiful winter wedding at the Mount Washington Hotel. A year earlier when I first spoke with Aly (they were living in California then) I learned what huge winter fans they both were, and how they envisioned a white wedding around the holidays with their closest family and friends. When I met them in September for their seacoast engagement session I heard even more about their love for winter and hopes for a snowy wedding day. Winter has come in with a bit of a whimper this year, so as their day approached I was getting worried. I knew there was snow on the flanks of Mount Washington, but things were dry at lower elevations. The day of, however, David and I headed north extra early because it had already been snowing for hours! As it turned out, Aly and Nick got their snowy wedding day with several inches of powder falling, and we had a wonderful time documenting it all. The next day all of the snow was gone, but that didn’t matter because the newlyweds got their snow and were soon off on their warm, tropical honeymoon. Here is a peek at Aly and Nick’s big day…

Snow flies as we head into the heart of the White Mountains…

If it wasn’t here the day before, winter sure was now. Tthe warm lobby of the Mount Washington is always inviting, but especially when it’s snowing…

Upon arrival, David and I split up. David went off to find Nick and his groomsmen while I scurried off to the bridal suite to meet up with Aly. Here are a few great images by David.

Nick, helped by his father, gets his bow tie just right…

A good luck/I love you kiss from mom…

… and then the guys all headed off to St. Patrick’s Parrish in Twin Mountain, just a few miles up the road…

Back at the bridal suite…

I started with a few details, including Aly’s gorgeous Manolo Blahnik shoes and flowers by Sarah Severance, the Hotel’s Floral Director…

Here’s Aly adding her finishing touches, and getting excited too. Can’t you tell?

Aly’s mom helps her with her pearls…

If you questioned whether Aly was excited before, she put that question to rest while opening her card and gift from Nick…

Aly was helped into her gown by her mom, sister and bridesmaid…

And once done she was simply radiant… and eager to go, or excited about the falling snow, or both…

A few portraits with the ladies and dad…

… and then it was time for Aly to head to the church too…

St. Patrick’s…

David was able to take a few portraits while waiting for us to arrive. Here are a couple of my favorites…

Aly and her father on their way to the church…

A couple great shots by David as I ran in to get setup for the ceremony. Like many small New England churches, the end of the aisle is the front door, and with the cold Aly wasn’t going to be lingering outside for long…

Another by David as they made their way to the front of the church…

My vantage point from the head of the aisle. Nick knows he’s a lucky man…

A few of my favorites from the ceremony…

Married!

At the end of the ceremony, a friend of Aly and Nick’s released their dog down the aisle. They were so excited to have their “baby” present…

One of my favorite moments during a wedding day!

Headed back to the Hotel…

We stopped at the end of the drive for a few portraits since it would be dark before too long. I love the winter scene…

Back at the Hotel…

… everyone was brave enough to do family and group pictures outside, despite the howling wind and swirling snow. Also along with me for the day was Jonathan, and although I appreciate all of his efforts throughout the day, it was at this moment that I LOVED having him with us! You see, David was firmly anchored to one light stand while Jonathan wrestled with the other. Without them I probably would not have my light stands any more!

The ladies and their UGGs…

The groomsmen and significant others enjoying the absurdity of these pictures in a snow storm!

With group photos out of the way, we took a handful more portraits of Aly and Nick before going inside…

The Grand Ballroom at the Mount Washington is a beautiful room, and Aly and Nick’s black and white color palette worked extremely well…

Sara Severance’s center pieces looked amazing as always too!

The big entrance. David’s image is on the right. Aly and Nick used the full length of the center aisle for their entrance, and I was glad David was their to capture their dance at the end…

Introduction led straight to their non-traditional first dance, “Is this Love” by Bob Marley. Yeah, I know what you’re thinking… love winter, snowing out… but it worked, and by the end the dance floor was packed…

A couple of great captures by David…

Aly’s father kicked off toasts…

Toasts by dad are often funny, and usually sentimental…

He was followed by his other daughter and maid of honor…

And things were rounded out by the best man.

Nick’s mom really appreciated that toast!

They were all great!

During dinner we snuck out for a few more night time portraits…

I know I said something hilarious… I believe I might have suggested that Nick kisses like a Muppet… but in a super nice, I-love-my-clients kind of way 🙂

Sufficiently frozen, we headed back inside…

Here’s another random ring shot, well, because I like it so much. The snow on the front porch drifted in such a way making it look like a mini mountain range…

Back at the reception, it was time to cut the cake…

Oh Nick…

Followed by parent dances. Here is Aly and her father, with her sister and mother looking on…

And Nick and his mom. I love parent dances… but my daughter will never get married, so I will continue to love other people’s parent dances…

The dancing then kicked of with music by Guilty Pleasure Band. They kept things moving…

Again, oh Nick. Yes, this is happening…

Great shot, David…

A final parting shot of Aly and Nick in front of the Hotel…

Thank you Aly and Nick for being awesome. I don’t know what strings you pulled to get the snow, but it sooooo worked! Thank you also to my second shooter extraordinaire for your great — yet again, and also to Jonathan for assisting. I’m looking forward to 2013…