My second ever Matha’s Vineyard wedding, at the Old Whaling Church and Edgartown Yacht Club, was a glorious affair and a treat to photograph. In case you missed them, I recently posted some photos from the bridal luncheon and rehearsal dinner at the Daniel Fisher House here. The wedding day started bright and warm, and the girls enjoyed refreshing mimosas along with their morning dockside yoga at the private residence on Water Street. Later in the morning, Mary Bergeron arrived and started working on the girls’ hair and makeup. I loved that the getting ready activities took place entirely outside on the deck – Maddie even dressed out there!
My good friend Verna Pitts was helping me out all weekend, and she photographed the guys who were getting ready (and drinking Scotch) at the Brooks residence on Fuller Street. Once Brian was dressed, he walked down to the Edgartown Yacht Club and hopped on a boat, arriving in perfect nautical style for the first look. Maddie walked down the private dock to meet him, and I love the sweet, emotional moments between these two as they saw each other for the first time. After that, we took a few portraits at the house and on the tiny beach there, then it was off to church for the ceremony.
Guests arrived at the gorgeous Old Whaling Church on foot, on bike, and even a couple by golf cart. Maddie and her parents arrived in a delightful vintage car named Daisy, and were greeted by Maddie’s brothers, who were handing out programs on the church steps. The ceremony was so beautiful; the priest was fantastic, really quite funny, and there were a few minutes when Maddie and Brian were trying desperately not to burst out laughing. It was pretty fun to document. I also just LOVE the Old Whaling Church; it is such an incredibly beautiful building, and the new mural on the back wall behind the altar photographs so well. The church also benefits from the loveliest natural light.
At the end of the ceremony, Maddie and Brian exited the church through rose petals (love this!) then processed down Main Street in Edgartown with a bagpiper. This was one of my favorite moments from the entire year – what an awesome way to begin your life as a married couple! Special thanks to Zoe and Kelsey of ZBR Events for helping us out by taking our camera bags to the Yacht Club so that we were able to walk and photograph the procession.
The reception was held at the Edgartown Yacht Club, where Maddie’s father Ned used to be president. It is such a cool building; because it is surrounded by water on three sides it feels like you’re actually on a boat. The decor transformed the space from woodsy and rustic to elegant and classy; perfect for this stylish couple. The rain had started coming down by cocktail hour so guests cozied up throughout the space, enjoying cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. The reception proper opened with a couple of welcome toasts and then Maddie and Brian performed their showstopping first dance – check out that lift and spin at the end – so great! The rest of the evening was spent dining and photoboothing (thanks Verna!) and dancing to the fantastic band, The Sultans of Swing.
One last event that I LOVED: Brian and Maddie’s sparkler exit from their Edgartown Yacht Club wedding – it was pitch black (it was around midnight) but I absolutely love the photos from this grand finale. Thank you all for an incredible weekend, we loved being a part of it!
Ceremony Old Whaling Church, Edgartown ~ Reception Edgartown Yacht Club ~ Coordinator Zoé Barbey-Ross & Kelsey Berry, ZBR Events ~ Band The Sultans of Swing ~ Caterer Buckley's Catering ~ Cake Val Cakes ~ Florist Louise Sweet, Flowers on the Vineyard ~ Hair & Makeup Mary Bergeron ~ Tent & Rentals Big Sky Tents ~ Bagpipes/Piper Brian Hopewell