Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Alyssa and Carlos {Crane Estate Wedding, Ipswich, MA}

Alyssa and Carlos were married on a golden October day, in the most charming of locations. The ceremomy took place in Alyssa's hometown of Lynnfield--which also happens to be my own beloved little town! It was a pleasure getting to know Alyssa's wonderful family as everyone got ready at their home, surrounded by beautiful original art pieces everywhere you looked (heavenly). Alyssa's Marie-Antoniette inspired gown, with it's exquisite lace, fit her tiny body like a glove. GORGEOUS. With her golden hair in a artful knot at her nape and her vintage fur stole, she was transformed into a glamorous throwback starlit! The day was rich in beauty and sentiment, from the full house of friends and family bustling around (and Alyssa's dad practicing his swanky dance moves), to the Rolls Royce pulling up in front of the house against a dreamy backdrop of glittering fall colors, to the sound of bagpipes serenading Alyssa as she made her way into the church she had attended for her whole life, to Carlos' face when she walked toward him....And it only got better after the ceremony, when my fabulous assistant Felicia and I found ourselves climbing the windy roads to the reception venue, the magnificent gem on a hill that is the Crane Estate in Ipswich. The rooms of the mansion were stunning in the late afternoon light, the open doors letting the ocean breeze sail straight through and into the gallery, and the tables elegantly adorned with gorgeous floral creations by Gregory's Flower Shop. Uplighting added romance to the room as night fell, and everyone moved into the Ballroom for a dance party led by the classy James from Allstar Entertainment and Uplighting. When she was a little girl, Alyssa declared that she would one day get married at the Crane Estate, and this crystal clear autumn day couldn't have been a more perfect setting for that dream to come true. We had fun making use of the gardens and the grand view of rolling hills sweeping toward the sea for which the Crane Estate is known. It was against this backdrop that Alyssa and Carlos had the first dance, encircled by friends and family as the sun set over the ocean. Talk about a dream coming true! It was also a dream to photograph, and I am so happy to share the this story at long last...     To see more of the day's sweet moments, check out their slideshow.

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