The Monument Provincetown Wedding: Anthony + Chad

Sep 13, 2013 | LGBT Couples, Weddings

monument provincetown wedding photos happy grooms on their wedding day

A couple of weeks ago, I had the immense pleasure of photographing my first Monument Provincetown wedding, with two of the sweetest, most charming, most welcoming grooms you could hope to meet. It was an incredible weekend, starting with a beautiful rehearsal dinner at The Red Inn on Friday night, followed by one of the most gorgeous and emotionally charged weddings I’ve photographed. A ton of New England’s top wedding vendors came together to create this spectacular event, and although there’s a vendor list at the bottom, I have to give a special shout-out here to Bernadette at 14 Stories for pulling it all together.

I started Saturday’s coverage by photographing Chad and Anthony’s awesome stationery suite, designed by their good friend Tony Rizzuto:

invitation suite for two groomswedding stationery with bow tie and glasses graphics

The guys got ready together, helping each other into their custom tailored blue suits. Anthony’s choice of blue plaid was bold, but oh so awesome!

two grooms getting ready together

An emotional moment for Anthony – the first of many that day, in fact – as their friends see them dressed and ready to go.

emotional moment for the two grooms as they are getting ready

It had been pouring with rain all morning, and I was a little nervous about the weather for the outdoor ceremony and tented reception … and yet just as the guys finished up getting ready, the rain dried up, never to be seen again. So we headed over to the breakwater at the southwest tip of Provincetown for a few portraits. These guys had quite the crowd watching them by the end of our short session!

monument provincetwon wedding wide shot of grooms portraitstwo sweet grooms holding hands at their monument provincetown wedding

You guys are too cute! And so crazy stylish!

two grooms holding hands one wearing blue plaid custom suitmonument provincetown wedding photos of anthony and chad

I had the lovely and talented Jackie Ricciardi second shooting for me, and she captured a number of the images below, including this one, from the top of the Monument, of guests arriving. Thank you Jackie!

guests arriving for a monument provincetown wedding

Anthony, Chad, and some of their closest friends during the relaxed group photos:

anthony and chad and their friends during group photos

One of the kids checking out the view before the ceremony began:

kid looking at the view at the monument provincetown weddingview of town and the beach at a monument provincetown wedding

The grooms, their best men, and partners hanging out before the ceremony:

pre ceremony preparations for the grooms

So many happy, excited faces gathered for the ceremony!

happy daces smiling in the crowd waiting for the ceremony to start

The ceremony was absolutely beautiful. The decor was simple – allowing guests to soak up the amazing view of Provincetown below and the ocean beyond – and the readings were heartfelt. There were many touching moments like this one:

great moment during a reading at the grooms' monument provincetown weddingsweet and emotional moments at the ceremony at this monument provincetown wedding

And then there were laugh-out-loud funny moments like this:

monument provincetown wedding funny moment during the ceremony

And at the end there was huge applause and cheering, while Anthony gave the best expression I think I’ve ever seen – love this!

monument provincetown wedding happiness at the end of the ceremonygorgeous grooms at the end of their monument provincetown gay wedding

During cocktail hour, I had Jackie focus on capturing the guests enjoying drinks and snacks on the west lawn, while I went to town photographing the ridiculously awesome details. My jaw dropped when I first saw the tent all set up for the reception … it was beyond perfection!

monument provincetown wedding details of cake and popcornwedding tent setup at gay monument provincetown wedding

I often recommend florists New Leaf Flores to my couples, describing them as more architectural and unique than other florists … and they did me so proud here. I am in love with the thistles, the cabbages … not what you’d expect for wedding flowers, and all the more perfect for just that reason!

cabbages and thistles make masculine flower arrangements and centerpiecesbeautiful place settings with burlap at a monument provincetown wedding

This wedding also wins the prize for best dressed guests at a wedding anywhere, ever. Love this shot of Jackie’s from cocktail hour!

monument provincetown wedding men during cocktail hour with great suits and shoesa happy guest enjoying cocktail hour

And a couple of final photos of the beyond-gorgeous decor at this Monument Provincetown wedding:

monument provincetown wedding wedding details and scenic shotanthony and chad's monument provincetown wedding reception setup and decor

Chad and Anthony opened the reception with their sweet first dance. I recently had another gay couple ask me if it’s normal for gay weddings to have a first dance, and I exclaimed, “yes, and please!” It’s one of my favorite moments of a wedding (and one of the few parts of the day that I still get nervous photographing), and I love having the opportunity to capture genuine moments and emotion amid the blur of the reception. Plus, why wouldn’t you want photos like these?

first dance and guest reactionsbeautiful and emotional moment during the first dance at this monument provincetown wedding

A fun ring shot using the awesome drinks napkins designed by Tony:

cool ring shot using gay wedding stationery for two grooms

The rest of the evening was spent toasting, and eating, and partying like crazy. Here’s hoping these guests won’t mind me posting a few fun photos from the dance floor …

dance floor fun and craziness at a tented monument provincetown wedding

Thank you Anthony and Chad so much for an incredible weekend, and for so graciously welcoming me into your home, and into your circle of friends. I hope you’ve enjoyed these teaser photos, and I can’t wait to share your full set with you in the next week or two!

monument provincetown wedding reception tent lit up at night

The talented vendors involved in this spectacular Monument Provincetown Wedding included: 14 Stories, New Leaf Flores, celebrant Gerald Fierst, Ormonde Productions, New England Country Rentals, Max Ultimate Food, Dessert Works, Fancy That, DJ Addam Rae Wolff, and designer Anthony Rizzuto.



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