Nov 29, 2011 | Weddings

Heather and Peter’s winter wedding on the beach was one of my favorites of the year, for its sweet simplicity and incredibly emotional ceremony. These two live out in Michigan, but their relationship began in Plymouth, MA, and it was important to them to marry in the spot where they spent so much time that first year. The entire day was based around the ceremony at a boat launch on a beach in Plymouth – here’s one of my absolute favorites of the day from that very spot:

I started the day much earlier, at The Langham Hotel in downtown Boston where Heather was getting ready (and in fact where the couple put up their ten guests for the weekend). Some fun details to start – I am so happy that they took my recommendation of New Leaf Flores for the beautiful bouquet and boutonniere:

Heather was all big smiles and excited chatter as she was having her makeup done. πŸ™‚

I love these two photos of Heather and her friend Sarah:

Time to get dressed! And what a gorgeous dress it was – the Waterfall Gown from J.Crew’s wedding collection.

While Heather was at the hair salon, I snapped some photos of Peter getting suited up:

Despite the chilly breeze, we held their look outside in the tiny park across from the hotel. Heather was so excited to show off her shoes. πŸ™‚

Some sweet moments – and some funny ones – followed. Don’t these two kiss like movie stars?

After the first look, we all headed down to Plymouth to the boat launch. I arrived a little earlier than the wedding party, so snapped a few photos of the beach. It was so beautiful …

Led by their fantastic British celebrant Lucille Wymer, everyone made the short walk down the steep hill to the boat launch. Spirits were high:

This was the third smallest wedding ceremony I’d ever photographed and it was perfect. I hope these photos capture some of the intimacy and emotion of the event.

There were beautiful readings, and an emotional account of Peter and Heather’s lives together thus far.

I love this:

It was just the perfect setting … *sigh*

Towards the end of the ceremony, each couple wrote a message which they placed inside a bottle and threw into the sea. It made for great pictures, and lots of laughter.

Rings! And more happy tears …

Peter had prepared a surprise reading for Heather in the form of a poem – it was beautiful:

We stayed on the beach for a few more minutes to take some portraits and detail shots. I can’t get over the bouquet by New Leaf …

These guys were so excited to be married!

The reception was split between post-ceremony drinks back at The Langham Hotel and dinner at L’Espalier. I stayed for the first part and had fun playing with lighting up the crazy dark bar without freaking out the staff there – it was a challenge! But I love the photos we got:

We made a little outing to see the Christmas tree at Faneuil Hall but my very favorite portrait of the night was actually outside L’Espalier – the emotion was perfect. Thank you all so much for a beautiful day, and for trusting me to capture the story of your wedding. I hope you’ve enjoyed the teasers! The full set will be ready in a couple of weeks.


  1. Kate! Peter and I are in love with these pictures. You are incredible and we are so blessed that you were part of this incredible day. Thank you so, so much.
    Lots of Love,

  2. The most beautiful photos I have ever seen. Their emotion was captured and I felt as though I was there. I cried when I saw them because I could feel the happiness they were feeling. Nothing looked staged it was real!!!!

  3. Gorgeous! I could feel the love coming off the screen through your pictures! It definitely came across as very inimate & loving! OH and the shoes…how I LOVE them!!! πŸ™‚

  4. Thank you all for the wonderful comments πŸ™‚ So happy you’re enjoying the photos!


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