Annette & David had a sweet & intimate elopement with their closest loved ones in attendance at Halibut Point State Park.
I have always had a special place in my heart for Rockport’s Halibut Point State Park. On the day of Annette & David’s elopement, there were some serious stormy skies rolling in, and the dramatic sky served as a breathtaking backdrop for their photos.
Every detail held a special meaning to their love for one another & their family, and each of their daughters had a role in the ceremony.
David’s daughter Amanda & Annette’s daughter Jennifer held pictures of both David & Annette’s parents who have passed away.
David’s daughter Jess held the hand-carved cherry wood ring box that David made and Annette decorated.
And Annette’s daughter Bethany held her bouquet.
Their son-in-law Jose played some of their favorite songs on his guitar too…
David & Annette with their daughters…
Annette’s bouquet by Gordon Florist & Greenhouse Inc. was absolutely stunning!
David’s boutonniere was the perfect accent to her bouquet.
Annette also had 2 crocheted forget-me-not flowers sewn into the hem of her dress in remembrance of her parents.
As we walked around Halibut Point, the skies became more & more outstanding…
While we were taking photos of the newlyweds, the rest of the family was getting Annette’s handmade decorations all set up at The Lobster Pool, where they held their low key reception.
The Lobster Pool is Annette & David’s favorite restaurant and the views are incredible!
Annette’s attention to detail was superb, down to the burlap & lace table runner, succulent centerpieces and hand painted rocks!
David’s daughter, Amanda gave a heartfelt toast to the newlyweds
As a special gift, each daughter wore these beautiful, nautical rope bracelets.
Time to “get crackin'” on The Lobster Pool’s tasty fresh seafood!
They had a delicious & beautiful cake made by family friend Jessica Noble.
Congratulations Annette & David, it was an absolute joy to capture your special day!
Wedding Dress: Lilly Pulitzer
Hair: My cousin, Karen Ruphard of Couture Salon and Spa, Gloucester, Ma
Florist: Gordon Florist & Greenhouses, Inc., Ipswich, Ma
Ceremony: Halibut Point State Park, Rockport, Ma
Reception Venue: The Lobster Pool Restaurant, Rockport, Ma
Cake: Family friend, Jessica Noble
Questions for the Bride & Groom
1 What was the most memorable moment of your day?
Annette: The sky! I will never forget how amazing and dramatic the dark and stormy sky was! It was an unexpected surprise, a gift, and it made the most gorgeous and unique background to our ceremony and photos. David: Marrying my wife! And sharing it with our daughters.
2 What was your favorite detail?
Annette: The gold sailor knot bracelets we gave to our four daughters. They symbolized not only David and I finally “tying the knot”, but also the joining of our families. I also loved the black and white photos the girls held of both David’s and my parents, who are all four deceased. It reminded me of their spiritual presence and their blessing of our marriage. David: The sky–the background–both at the ceremony and at the Lobster Pool. I also loved the beer mugs and shot glasses Lisa (owner of the Lobster Pool) gave us.
3 Any advice for future brides/grooms who are considering eloping?
Annette: It’s hard to give advice about eloping because its just such an individual, personal decision. For us, it was just really important that our wedding be simple, intimate and meaningful, and that meant eloping. Keep in mind, someone is always going to feel disappointed or left out by your decision to elope, but it’s not their wedding, it’s yours. You just have to do what feels right to you as a couple and go for it! And yes, planning a secret wedding is FUN! David: Keep it simple, make it yours and have fun!
4 Funniest memory from your wedding day?
Annette: Walking the dog after my hair and make up were done, and scooping poop in with my veil blowing in the wind! David: Yup. Watching my bride scoop poop wearing a veil.
5 If you could do it all over again would you change anything?
Annette: One of the best things we did was to hire a photographer to capture our special day, but I wish I had had Brianna for just one more hour! After we left the restaurant, we celebrated at home with family and friends. We had a small deck party with lights, champagne and music, and David and I shared our first dance to “Baby I’m Yours” by the Arctic Monkeys. It turned into such a magical night and I regret not having Brianna there to document it right to the end. David: I would’ve bought more champagne!
6 Where did you go on your Honeymoon?
Captiva Island, Florida