Are you planning a short-notice, small wedding or elopement?

Many couples don’t want to wait. They are planning to get married in the very near future, eloping, or rushing a small ceremony with their photographer, some close friends, and family but dispensing with or postponing the reception party. 

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Nantucket Island, MA (Ladies Beach) Elopement Photo Story Award

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Ladies Beach, Nantucket Island, MA Elopement Photographer | The couple exchanged vows at Ladies Beach with waves crashing on the shore

The groom's mother officiating their wedding.

Alice and Jacob were married in the late summer surrounded by an intimate group of family and friends. The couple exchanged vows at Ladies Beach with waves crashing on the shore, seagulls flying high above and the sun shining down on them.

I have known the groom’s Mom and family for a while here on Nantucket and it was such a pleasure to finally meet Alice.  Alice and Jacob went on their first date back in 2012 and Alice shared a little bit more about how they met….. “I was working for Jacob’s Mom at Bartlett’s Farm at the time and she sneakily introduced us at a wedding she was hosting and officiating at her house.” I absolutely love this story as I too met my husband while attending a mutual friend’s wedding. I suppose you never know what the future holds, but it sounds like Maryjane had a feeling they might enjoy meeting each other! It makes perfect sense that Jacob’s Mom also officiated their wedding and it was one of the most heartfelt and special ceremonies I have ever witnessed.

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Nantucket Island, MA Elopement Photos | The bride sharing an emotional hug

The bride sharing an emotional hug with her friend before the ceremony.

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Nantucket Island Elopement Flowers, Dress Detail Image | Details of a bouquet made from the fresh farm flowers and the bride's father's old jeep

Details of a bouquet made from the fresh farm flowers and the bride's father's old jeep.

Every wedding is so unique and different. With every wedding there are so many emotions that come to the surface, many of joy and happiness, but also some of sadness as we remember those that could not be with us on that day. I had recently done a wedding back in June with a special tribute to a Bride’s father who had passed away and when I met with Alice we talked about this as she shared her story with me. She and Jacob found ways to honor her father at their wedding and his presence was felt by everyone on the wedding day. From Alice….”There were no sad tears once I stepped foot on the sand.  I just felt so loved by everyone who was there and with us in spirit. My favorite moments were the surprises we didn’t plan on like the big seal who seemed to be watching us or the buoy that washed up to add to our collection or the stunning sunset with the distant storm.  They really felt like gifts from my dad.”

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Nantucket Island Elopement Ceremony Picture | bride and groom during the ceremony by the sea

The groom smiling during the ceremony by the sea.

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MA Beach Elopement Ceremony Image | A spontaneous embrace during an emotional moment

A spontaneous embrace during an emotional moment during the ceremony.

Seeing the bond between everyone at the wedding was so lovely and Alice later sent me these beautiful words from her new Mother-in-law, who officiated the wedding, that tells more of the story of their day…..”At the risk of being all sentimental and otherworldly, I wanted to share something about your wedding day that I felt from start to finish. Your Dad made his presence known all day, and especially with the wind. It was so very clear to me that the blustery, beautiful, warm wind was him embracing everyone and everything. Playful, swirling your skirts, funny, silly at times, tipping some things, and more, but not once moving the arch. He was there all day long. The wind was your Dad’s embrace.”

These words by Maryjane and Alice are reminders to all of us to really take time to honor your journey on the wedding day and in everyday life too. To allow yourself to feel your feelings and be yourself every step of the way.

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MA Beach Wedding Photographer | Hugs after the ceremony

Hugs after the ceremony.

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MA Beach Wedding Couple Portrait with Dogs | like most days, the dogs added so much joy and happiness to the evening

This couple is kind, caring, thoughtful and they have two of the cutest rescue pups I have ever met. Huckleberry and Sprout were very involved in the wedding, and like most days, the dogs added so much joy and happiness to the evening.

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New England Beach Elopement and Elopement Photography | The groom and a few of the guests

The groom and a few of the guests sharing a laugh.

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Beach Elopement Portrait in MA | A portrait after the couple took a twilight swim in the ocean

A portrait at the end of the night after the couple took a twilight swim in the ocean.

I am inspired by Alice and Jacob’s strength and love and I know these two are going to share a wonderful life together. As the evening continued the clouds turned purple and everyone watched a stunning sunset. They ate fresh lobster rolls, oysters, and other local treats, including a yummy carrot cake from Bartlett’s Farm. The newlyweds even went for a twilight swim and some of their guests and kids joined them.