Anyone who knows me knows that Martha’s Vineyard is a special place to me. I’ve been spending time there every summer for the last 23 years or so. My first summer on the Vineyard I was a junior in college, and worked at the bookstore in Edgartown, the A&P, and babysat for a six year old girl, Brenna, and her baby sister Haley (brother Jackson wasn’t around yet!)
Of all my jobs that summer, I loved babyistting those girls the most! I would go to the beach with them, look for periwinkles at Eel Pond, or walk them into town and visit the toy store. Brenna would carry a paper cup with her and collect rose petals that had fallen from the abundant rose bushes that lined Edgartown’s streets.
Over the years, I stayed in touch with the family, and each summer we’d get together on the Vineyard for lunch or a trip to the beach. Once I had my own kids, Brenna and Haley would babysit them during our Vineyard vacations. Their mom Suzanne has remained a friend, and I’ve always looked up to her as someone who did a great job (along with their dad Steve, of course!) raising her kids.
This summer I had the honor of photographing Brenna’s wedding to Jett. I was joined by a phenomenal second shooter — Laura Pineda of Alternate Angles Photography, of Newport, RI. Thank you Laura!
The setting was the gorgeous Beach Plum Inn in Menemsha on Martha’s Vineyard, and though the day started off with pouring rain, mother nature gave us a break and kept things dry from about 11AM on. It was a beautiful wedding, a beautiful couple, and I could not have been more honored to photograph it.
Enough with the words — here are my favorites from the day (there are kind of a lot of them!)
I arrived at the Beach Plum Inn early to photograph the preparations for the day.
Gorgeous flowers by Donoroma’s.
Brenna’s dress by Elizabeth Fillmore was simply perfect.
This might be one of my top five images from the day. Added a little grain with VSCO presets to give it the filmy look.
While I was with the girls, Laura was over at the Menemsha Inn and Cottages with the guys.
There may have been some trouble figuring out how to tie Jett’s bow tie.
But one of his friends came to the rescue and everything worked out!
Brenna and Jackson waiting in the Beach Plum Inn’s upper tent to head down to the ceremony site on the grass.
There wasn’t a dry eye, including my own!
Such a sweet shot by Laura.
Ceremony music and music for the reception was by the awesome Mike Benjamin Band. These two photos are by Laura.
Love this one!
And they’re married!
This awesome shot is by Laura!
Love these of Brenna. She’s such a natural in front of the camera.
Laura got this one of the couple heading to the spot we chose for their portraits.
And now the reception!
Awesome raw bar (made me wish I liked seafood!)
A few great toasts.
And then on to the party.
Laura got her fisheye out for this great shot of the first dance.
The delicious cake was from the Black Dog Bakery.
The highlight of the night was surely Jett playing harmonica with the Mike Benjamin Band!
And the night ended with a Hava Nagila. So. Much. Fun.
So happy for the two of you. Thank you for having me as part of your day!