A Winter Wedding in Wolfeboro
Renee and Kevin were married on Thursday, February 21, 2019 at The Inn on Main, in beautiful Wolfeboro, NH. I had photographed Kevin’s brother Keith’s wedding in Meredith, NH back in the fall of 2017, and had been looking forward to seeing the Moazeni family again, and meeting Renee’s family as well.
Winter weddings in New England are awesome. There is just a totally different vibe that makes photographing them so much fun. And rewarding.
A beautiful blanket of freshly fallen snow. A stripped down environmental palette. This minimalistic aesthetic is nature’s blank canvas, ready in waiting.
Peaceful winter. So tranquil.
An overwhelming sense of serenity. Breathe deep. Eyes open wide. There is still so much to see and feel in peaceful winter.
There was a bit more snow on the ground in sleepy Wolfeboro when I arrived on the morning of Renee and Kevin’s wedding. It had snowed the night before, and flurries continued to fall lightly from a still dark sky.
Leave early, it will be slow going, I told myself. It was the kind of winter morning that one would never believe could turn into a day filled with abundant sun and deep blue skies. But that’s just how it ended up playing out. New England weather. Ever changing. Leaves us guessing.
I like to arrive early in the day for my weddings. The extra time spent exploring the area while capturing some establishing shots, only adds to how the story of the day is told.
Lake Winnipesaukee was marked by beautiful desolation on this morning, looking out at it from Cate Park. So different from the swarms of recreational boaters, vacationers, and sun-soaked crowds that you would find there throughout the summer. A bit of wind-swept snow lightly scratching the ice, but otherwise, just so quiet. Not a soul around, with the exception of two bald eagles. Standing out on the Lake, then taking flight, they called out to one another, breaching the sense of solitude.. It’s not often that I run into bald eagles. Like never. Later in the morning, I was told that the food trucks had somehow attracted them. Earlier in the week, downtown Wolfeboro had been all but taken over, due to the filming of the television show, The Great Food Truck Race, hosted by celebrity Chef Tyler Florence. The episode airs near the end of this year I am told. I plan to watch it. And look for the eagles.
Arriving at the Inn by noon, getting ready photos of Renee and her girls took place right at The Inn on Main’s bridal suite. Photos of Kevin and his guys were shot right at the Inn’s beautiful event venue, which was constructed from a traditionally renovated post & beam barn from the 1800s. The ceremony took place right in the barn, followed by wedding party and couples formals at Cate Park downtown, and right out on frozen Lake Winnipesaukee. The reception back at the Inn featured Renee and Kevin’s first dance, toasts, dinner, cake cutting, family dances, a deliciously decadent S’Mores Bar, more dancing!, and a moderately organized (hahaha!) sparkler exit. (Note: sparkler exits are immune to any and all attempts at organization).
Renee and Kevin – thank you so much for choosing me to capture your special day. I wish you guys all the best as you begin your lives together as husband and wife. Thank you!
Wedding Dress: Precious Memories
Hair: Melanie Simard
Cake: Frederick’s Pastries
Flowers: Lakes Region Floral Studio
Venue: The Inn on Main (Shannon Merrin, coordinator)
Renee’s Cowboy Boots: Corral Boots
Guy’s suits: Men’s Wearhouse
Music: Alan Labella DJ
Videography: Bilodeau Video Productions