Coghlan Wedding – The Elks At Bass Rocks – Cape Ann Wedding Photographer

bride and groom oceanArmy officers Ginny and Bill were stationed on opposite sides of the globe for years, but they were reunited for their beautiful seaside wedding at The Elks at Bass Rocks in Gloucester, MA. The love they have for each other and the pure bliss of finally being together was beaming off of their faces and made me tear up as I captured their special day.c2logoc5logoc4logoGinny wore pearls that her great great uncle got in Japan while he was a chaplain on troop carriers in the Pacific during WWII. She also carried a vintage handkerchief around her bouquet that was another family heirloom. Her aunt/godmother, her grandmother, and her great grandmother all carried this handkerchief at their weddings.
I just love it when brides honor their family members and traditions by including these special details as part of their wedding day:

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The ceremony took place at Our Lady of Good Voyage in Gloucester, MA, which is a perfect spot for seaside weddings.

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I love taking pictures on Gloucester’s Back Shore with Twin Lights on Thatcher Island in the distance.

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The Elks at Bass Rocks always makes for a fantastic reception venue.

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Bill had an Army saber for the day, so of course the couple used it to cut their wedding cake:

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Thank you Ginny and Bill for choosing me to capture your special day!

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Vendor Information

Wedding Dress: Alfred Angelo Disney Collection Belle dress, Fredericksburg, VA
Bridesmaids Dresses: David’s Bridal
Groom and Groomsmen attire: Groom +1 groomsman: Army dress blues, best man: Navy uniform, other groomsmen in black suits
Hair and Makeup: West End Salon, Gloucester
Ceremony Venue: Our Lady of Good Voyage Catholic Church
Reception Venue: The Elks at Bass Rocks
Florist: Ashley’s Florist (church- flowers in memory of Martin Griffin, groom’s late uncle/godfather), Bouquets and other arrangements by bride’s Aunt Christine Wetzel
DJ/ Entertainment Services: DJ Greg Gates
Catering Service: Creative Catering

Favors: Making a donation to local chapter of Catholic charities in lieu of favors

Songs

introductions | Happy

first dance | Better Together

father/daughter | I Loved Her First

mother/son | Moon River

last dance | Save the Last Dance

Bride/Groom Questions

How did you meet?

At a party at Ginny’s house. Bill was invited by a mutual friend.

How did Bill propose?

During Bill’s mid tour leave from Korea, they took a road trip from his parents’ house in Florida to a friend’s wedding in Arkansas. The first day in Florida they went for a walk on the beach on Siesta Key and during the walk Bill proposed.

What was the most memorable moment of your wedding day?

Bill- Ginny walking down the aisle. Ginny- Not a moment, but watching and hearing that our guests were enjoying themselves was great. It was wonderful to be surrounded by our friends and family and even better to see them having fun.

What was your favorite detail?

Ginny- I love the centerpieces that my mom made. Bill- the view from bass rocks.

Any advice for future brides/grooms?

Ginny- Go with the flow the week of the wedding. There will be last minute hiccups and changes, but don’t let them stress you out.  Just pick the best alternative and enjoy every moment. Bill- Second that. Don’t let Pinterest or other people take control of your wedding. At the end of the day the wedding is about the bride and groom and that’s it. Take suggestions you like but make it about you.

Funniest memory from your wedding day?

Ginny- whenever I would squat down to talk to my flower girl Brenna, she would copy me so we both were sitting with our dresses around us. It was adorable. Bill- when our other flower girl, Addison, was trying (and she succeeded) to get a finger in the cake.

If you could do it all over, would you change anything?

Both- No, unless there were some way to get our deployed friends to the wedding.

Where did you go on your honeymoon?

Paris and Rome

 

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