McKenzie Wedding – The Windhover, Rockport, MA – Cape Ann Wedding Photographer McKenzie Wedding – The Windhover, Rockport, MA – Cape Ann Wedding Photographer
I had the honor of photographing Alex and Christina’s wedding at the Windhover Center for the Performing Arts, in Rockport. Their love for each other radiated off of their faces in every photo I took, and their unique, enchanting wedding put together by Boston’s Whim Events was a perfect reflection of that love.
Instead of doing an engagement session months before their wedding, Alex & Christina asked me to come to their rehearsal the evening before their wedding to get some shots of the two of them at Halibut Point State Park (a favorite location for ALL of us!)
The next morning the bride got ready at the Beech Tree Bed & Breakfast with family and friends
Her bridal accessories all held significant meaning, including the McKenzie family wedding handkerchief. Christina was the 10th bride in the past 150 years to carry the handkerchief on her wedding day.
Christina’s peach wedding gown was custom made by friend and fashion designer Leanne Marshall (Project Runway Season 5 winner). I just loved how her shoes, rose gold wedding bands & engagement ring and dress all color coordinated so perfectly!
The lovely mother of the bride, Marina shared some happy tears with Christina as she helped her daughter get into her dress.
Father of the bride, Philip seeing his daughter for the first time in her wedding dress
The groom got ready at a nearby home with his father Rory and brother-in-law Josh.
The mother of the groom, Carol stopped by to make sure Alex’s bow-tie was tied just right 🙂
Can we talk about how classy his Magnanni shoes were? Loved his bumble-bee cuff-links as well (a hint to their reception favors you’ll see later on)
Peeking in the window of the classic car that took this classically beautiful bride to the ceremony!
Their ceremony and reception took place at The Windhover, which was the perfect spot for Alex & Christina’s ethereal, outdoor wedding.
Alex and Christina seeing each other for the first time on their wedding day
I secretly snapped this moment right after the ceremony of Christina showing off her stunning Leanne Marshall gown to her new husband. Look at how elegantly the fabric flows as she twirls…I agree with the look on Alex’s face, Christina was an absolute vision!
I sneaked away with Alex & Christina for a little ride in their classic car to get some pictures by the water. We stopped at Folly Cove, which ended up being the perfect quiet spot to get some intimate photos of the newlyweds 🙂
Whim Events created Alex’s boutonniere & Christina’s bouquet…
The floral arrangements complimented the rose gold jewelry and peach gown.
Wedding guests enjoyed yard games, while sipping on the bride & groom’s signature drinks during cocktail hour
Their guest book alternative was one of my favorite touches….
Whim Events created a magical surrounding with wildflowers in vintage glass on each table and twinkling lights and ball glass jar lanterns adorning sourounding trees….
As you’ll read below, one of the bride’s favorite details was the matching aprons the mother of the groom, Carol, made for the new Mr. and Mrs. to wear during their Southern BBQ dinner, organically and locally grown by Salt Box Farm.
After dinner everyone headed to dance under the stars
Christina and Alex danced with their parents after a touching first dance as husband and wife.
They even provided dancin’ flip flops to get their guests on the dance floor!
Instead of cake, Alex and Christina cut into a giant wedding whoopie pie created by Salt Box Farm. Guests also could indulge in an ice cream sundae bar with their own personal whoopie pies.
Alex’s sister Marcie and father Rory surprised the bride & groom with a special rendition of a Beatles song
and mother of the groom Carol read a love poem written by Alex’s great great great Grandmother.
Alex and Christina gave their guests traditional love knots, and vials of local honey as parting gifts.
They danced all night under the stars and that bright “super moon,” then Rockport’s fireworks provided a fantastic grand finale to cap off a magical evening.
Wedding dress | Leanne Marshall; Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Groom’s suit| J. Crew; Shoes: Magnanni
Engagement ring: Anna Sheffield
Wedding bands: Rebekah Brooks
Hair | Deborah Coull Salon, Beverly
Make-up & Nails | Shauna Kirkland
Florist | Whim Events
Planner/Coordinator | Whim Events
Ceremony | Patti Pearce, Officiant; Ceremony Musicians: Renee and Joe Cardoza
Reception venue | Windhover Center for the Performing Arts
Catering: Saltbox Farm
Cake | Whoopie Pie, Saltbox Farm
Band | The Soul Sensations
first dance | JJ Cale, “Magnolia”
father/daughter | Billy Joel, “Lullaby”
mother/son | Carole King, “You’ve Got a Friend”
cake cutting | Marvin Gaye, “How Sweet It is (to be loved by you)”
last dance | Jackson 5 “I Want You Back”
What was the most memorable moment of your day?
Looking at each other eye-to-eye as we took our vows.
What was your favorite detail?
Alex’s mom designed and made his-and-hers aprons for Alex and I to wear during our barbecue dinner!
Any advice for future brides/grooms?
When planning, try to drill down to the purpose of each decision you’re trying to make. If you feel like you’re having a hard time making a decision, focus on “function” before “form,” which should hopefully help to reduce costs and relieve pressure. One particularly astute onlooker elevated our mantra to “simple, but devastating.”
For the big day itself, try not to over-structure the evening. Establish points where all of your guests come together, but also give guests the time and freedom to explore the venue and find opportunities to discover new friends. Carve out spaces – lawn games, photo booth, etc. – that can allow people to connect to each other casually.
Funniest memory from your wedding day?
Alex’s 5-year old cousin, Kai, pulled out some amazing break dance moves that put the older dancers to shame!
If you could do it all over, would you change anything?
With 150 guests, it was challenging to connect with everyone meaningfully. In retrospect, we would have liked to do a quick run-through of our guest list about 90 minutes before the end of the night to make sure that we shared our thanks with all of our friends and family.
Where did you go on your honeymoon?
We’re taking a cross-country roadtrip next summer courtesy of our Honeyfund!