Danielle & Jason; A Wentworth Inn Wedding // NH Wedding Photographer

There are some weddings that I especially look forward to. Usually it’s a combination of things that all seem to align and consequently increase my anticipation for the day. In this case lots of things seemed to be aligning nicely — awesome location (Jackson, NH), super talented florist who NEVER disappoints (Carrie at Dutch Bloemen Winkle), weather (it wasn’t raining!) and, of course, a great couple with whom I share several mutual friends and who place photography high on their priority list! Going into this day we had high ambitions for our photos, and I am quite excited for how things turned out!

I began the day with Danielle as she was getting ready. I was welcomed by a big, warm smile that I would see much of. The buzz as we arrived was over a couple of bear cubs roaming the grounds of the Inn. Where’s momma bear…

The detail on Danielle’s dress was incredible! So much texture and intricate detail work. I don’t really know much about wedding dresses beyond seeing lots of them, and I was blown away by hers!

The finishing touches would be Danielle’s grandmother’s necklace, complete with note…

Danielle’s sister and mom helped her get dressed. On the right is one of my favorites from the day. Danielle always seemed to naturally fall into such graceful poses; all I had to do was look for them…

While things were wrapping up in Danielle’s suite, Jason was busy getting ready himself down the hall. My good friend Tara joined me for the day and captured these great images…

With everyone dressed thay planned a first look around the Inn. A secluded porch made for the perfect spot. Jason not exactly sure what to expect, and Danielle giddy with excitement, captured by Tara…

Another great grab by Tara…

So, I mentioned an ambitious photo agenda. Following the first look we embarked on our one hour quest to hit four locations around Jackson, starting with the Jackson covered bridge. Danielle and Jason have a deep love for Jackson, so we needed this image, even if the time of day was less than ideal.

Stop #2 — rustic barn. There are several around; we found two. Here’s a grab from one of them…

#3 — the waterfalls above town… with props. They have these beach cruiser bikes that we had talked a long time ago about incorporating into their portraits. When we arrived at the waterfalls on this warm Saturday we quickly recognized that portraits down on the rocks were not really an option, not unless we wanted many sun worshipping, Bud toting bathers in the pictures. We opted to stay up on the bridge and “play” more with the bikes.

I’ve been fortunate — in my opinion — to have some pretty adventurous brides to call clients (a particular blizzard in February comes to mind). Danielle ranks right up there! Nope, she wasn’t content posing with the bikes, she was going for a ride, gorgeous gown and all. Now I must confess, I had visions of dress stuck in sprockets, but she had vision and we rolled with it (pun intended!). They marched up the hill, cruised back down, over the bridge and came to rest at the stop sign. The result: one of my favorite images this summer!

Stop #4 — Black Mountain Ski Area. Both avid skiers/snowboarders, we sought to incorporate the ski lift into a few pictures. Trecking through the tall grass over to the lift, I grabbed one another one of those naturally elegant poses…

And another… THEN we went to the chair lift. Waiting for winter to come…

Our Jackson photo tour complete, it was back to the Inn just in time for a second first look, this time with all of their families. A quick grab of Danielle’s bouquet by Carrie at Dutch Bloemen Winkle — GORGEOUS! Taking the surprise back path to meet their families…

Surprise! A great capture by Tara…

A few photos and then in was off to the ceremony. A few details by Carrie…

Danielle was walked to the open air ceremony by he proud father. You might think Jason hadn’t just spent the past two hours with Danielle by his reaction…

Danielle’s niece was memorized too…

Jason’s brother-in-law performed a reading, with his sister standing by his side as “best man”…

The exchange of rings…

MARRIED!

The reception was being held in both the in and the tent behind it…

Love the splashes of pink and purple. Danielle and Jason made all of the table runners themselves…

While I was finishing up a few remaining family pictures, Tara was inside capturing all of the details. As always, Carrie did an amazing job!

A few details of my own. The White Mountain Cupcakery provided the treats for the evening, and having tasted these I know that diamonds on top isn’t too far off…

Mmmmmm…

Introducing the new Mr. and Mrs.!

And the first dance…

… with happy onlookers…

Followed by parent dances. Danielle and her father…

Jason and his mother…

Best man, er sister, toast, with Danielle’s sister giving a knowing glance…

All that done, shoes came off and time to party!

As our time came near to an end, Tara and I snuck Danielle and Jason out for a few more portraits as sunset. Tara captured this nice detail on the left as I captured portraits…

And a couple of sunset “money” shots to end on. There are always spectacular sunsets in the mountains, made even better by these wonderful newlyweds!

Danielle and Jason, thank you for having us at your special day, and for being so adventurous in your ideas and open to our own. I truly enjoyed collaborating with you. And thanks to Tara for joining me and for your always awesome images. You’re a rock star!