Happy After Ever… Kristen and Tom

About 8 months ago I get an email from my best friends sister asking me to photograph her wedding. My stock answer is “I don’t do weddings”, (I have a serious phobia of Bridezillas) but Kristen wouldn’t take no for an answer. After much hemming and hawing, I realized that I could slap her around if she got all Bridezilla on me – after all, I have known her since she was 16 – so I agreed. Best. Decision. Ever.

Kristen and Tom are one of those natural couples – not the all mushy kind of natural, the fit together like a puzzle piece kind of natural. They laugh at the same time, get the same jokes (although one is supposedly highbrow, and one lowbrow, looked the same to me!), and have all the same sort of interests that you can just see them getting old together. All their friends just mesh together so that at the wedding you can’t tell which side is the groom and which side is the bride – I love that.

So, where to start with all this fabulousness? I think Tom’s first look at his bride.  They wanted to spend as much time with their friends as possible – so they opted to take their formal pictures ahead of the ceremony.  Not traditional, but I think it’s amazing.  You get a special moment between just the two of you and get all those nerves out of the way.  It was so cute!

This is Tom’s reaction to seeing Kristen for the first time and K getting a little misty right after!

Kristen planned the wedding by herself along with friends – I think they did an amazing job!  The theme was hydrangeas and flip flops – can it get more Cape Cod than that?

Tom owns a restaurant/bar called Quahog Republic in Falmouth – notice the clam (a Quahog) on his tie?  We had to make sure that got a little attention shot.  You’ll see a bunch of Quahog references, just want to keep you in the loop!  :)

I for one think everyone should laugh like this on their wedding day….

I had a little idea while preparing for this wedding.  As you’ll see in my last post, I’m working on trying to give my clients something different during their sessions.  Weddings are a beast on their own, but I wanted to do something fun for Kristen so I talked to her sister (who happens to be my best friend) about doing a photobooth/guest book for her.  I asked her to pick up some chalk board and thought it would be really cute to have the guest write a message to the couple and I’d photograph anyone who wanted to participate.  It was AWESOME!!!  Everyone had a blast and it ended up being like a party game during dinner.  About 99% of the wedding guests participated.  Here’s a few of my favorites!

There are way too many, so I thought it best to include everyone in a little video:

Thank you so much for a great day Kristen and Tom!!! Can’t wait until you see all of them!
Lots of love and luck to you both!

  • http://jessbennetts.blogspot.com jessie

    i adore looking at these photos
    the kind of wedding i like!
    wonderful job

  • http://www.kristenburkephotography.com Kristen

    LOVE, LOVE the chalkboard idea!!! So fun and so memorable! Nice job!

  • http://www.christinedesavino.com Christine DeSavino

    Love em, Coco!!! You should re-consider! :)

  • Kristen & Tom

    I love this so much! I can’t even begin to describe how touching this blog was for Tom and I, and how much we love your photos. You completely captured all of the emotions of that day! I’m so happy I stalked you to be our wedding photographer. Best. Decision. Ever. :)

  • Sandy and Gary

    What a beautiful job you did, Cristina. We knew when Kristen picked you as her photographer that the pictures would be incredible. You are the best. Love you lots.

  • http://www.bellinipics.com/blog Stephanie

    Yeah, so glad it went well. Love the chalkboard idea–I’m still on the lookout for the perfect antique one (of course). I wonder if our friends, The Carchidi’s who live in Falmouth know this couple?! You rocked it, Girl! xoxoxo

  • Kristin DeMarco

    Cristina -You did an amazing job! Your photos captured everything beautiful about that day!

  • Pattie & Jeff Mitchell

    You just get it girl! These photos capture the true love these two fabulous kids have for each other! This was no Bridezilla and you are not just another pretty face or an ordinary photographer. You SO captured the love!
    Great job Cristina!
    Aunt Pattie

  • Sue

    Great job Cristina. I do alot of friends weddings just for the fun of it. I’m always afraid I’d miss that important shot so I’m not the official photographer. Love the chalk board idea. I will have to keep that in mind. Keep up the good work.

  • http://www.surprisephotography.com/blog/ Melissa

    Great job Coco!! I knew you could do it. Now rush home and you can do your first birth photography :) I love the chalkboard idea, might have to borrow that!

  • Bill & Troy DeSousa-Mauk

    Who knew a wedding could be so much fun … and who says you don’t do weddings? You did one of the most charming and unforgettable jobs we’ve ever seen! You may have stumbled on a new career!

  • http://www.cristinacocophoto.com Cristina

    Thanks everyone for all the nice comments. It always means so much, I can’t tell you how much I appreciate the blog love!! You all make my heart happy!

  • Mom

    Just between us, I know…but these really are very special. The energy in all are so apparent. Loved the b/w kiss photo and the kelly photos are gorgeous.

  • http://www.laurahaleyphotography.com Haley Lancaster

    cristina!!!!! you better never say that about weddings again- these are flipping fabulous!!! xoxo

  • Michele

    Coco, this are super fabulous! And I LOVE LOVE the photo booth idea. So fun!