Jen and Craig had a quintessential New England fall wedding, on one of the most beautiful autumn days in quaint downtown Rockport, Massachusetts.
The bridal party all got ready at Rockport Inn & Suites. Here’s the blushing bride making her first appearance in her wedding dress to her “paparazzi” friends and family:
Rockport’s annual HarvestFest was taking place throughout the day; we had to re-route from our original *first look* location plans, but the detour ended up being the highlight of both Jen and Craig’s day. The HarvestFest on Bearskin Neck made for some very special memories, including a kind police officer escourting the bride onto the crowded streets.
With all the festivities happening around them, their first look moment was still so intimate and precious, as if they were the only two people on the breakwater.
The bride and groom even got to join in the dance party happening on Bearskin Neck, and were treated like celebrities as they walked down the road.
After a memorable first look and dance party, we headed across Rockport Harbor, through a woodland trail to The Headlands which overlooks scenic downtown Rockport:
What a perfect location! This gorgeous spot made the chilly and windy conditions worth it.
Sage Floral Studios made a stunning fall bouquet, wrapped in the wedding garter of Craig’s late mother. It was such a special detail Jen carried with her all day.
After taking more family and bridal party portraits on the water, we headed to The Rockport Art Association for the ceremony and recpetion:
Their unique fall harvest centerpieces stood out nicely among the beautiful works of art inside the Rockport Art Association
Cheers to the new Mr. and Mrs. Delmonte! Thank you for choosing me to capture your special day!
Bride’s Dress | Vows in Watertown
Bridesmaids Dresses | David’s Bridal
Groomsmen and Groom attire | Men’s Wearhouse
Florist | Sage Floral Studios Gloucester, MA
Ceremony & Reception Venue | Rockport Art Association
Wedding Planner/Coordinator | Robin Perry, Friend of the Bride
Catering | Creative Catering, Beverly, MA
Invitations | Wedding Paper Divas
Favors | “Lobster on the Rocks” (chocolate pebbles & gummy lobsters)
Introductions | Sure Thing by St. Germain
First Dance | Time in a Bottle by Jim Croce
Father/daughter | When you Need Me by Bruce Springsteen/Jennifer Juniper by Donovan
What was the most memorable moment of your day?
Bride: the first look! I’ll never forget the look on Craig’s face when he turned around and saw me all dressed up!
Groom: The moment I turned around and saw Jen for the first look, that was one of the happiest moments of my life, everything was perfect for me in that moment.
What was your favorite detail?
Bride: our backyard chicken cake toppers
Groom: I thought we might have ordered too many cider donuts, they were so delicious I ate like 6 of them.
Any advice for future brides/grooms?
Bride: stay flexible – there are always going to be unplanned surprises and it’s easier to just go with the flow!
Groom: Try to take it all in, the day/night is over so quickly. So much effort and planning goes into your wedding day, take the time to enjoy yourself.
Funniest memory from your wedding day?
Bride: crying off my eyelashes during the ceremony!!
Groom: I almost split my pants during my best man’s speech. He was a hoot!
If you could do it all over, would you change anything?
Bride: not a thing!
Groom: it was a wonderful day, everything I imagined and more. I wouldn’t change a thing.
Where did you go on your honeymoon?
Barcelona, it was super beautiful and romantic