Ian & Ivana contacted us last fall about having their wedding in Ian's hometown, Walpole, MA! For them, it was a travel wedding, for us it was conveniently down the street from us! This gorgeous couple lives in Florida and had an amazing family member do their coordinating and decor for them. Collectively they have amazing, classic taste combining neutrals, greens and pinks so it was fitting the rhododendrons were blooming in the backyard where Ian grew up!
The two days prior to their wedding it was a hot 90 degrees here and humid - Saturday we woke up to a major cold front and...rain. Sometimes you just have to be ready for a plan b due to weather! Rather than do first look pictures at Bird Park in Walpole we decided to utilize the stunning home Ian grew up in. An early 1800s home, it was the first school in town! The stairway and front double doors made for the perfect first look location. This couple was so flexible and understanding, they went with the flow all day rather than feeling upset about the cold and rain.
For every one of our couples I hand paint a canvas for their detail flatlay shots.
We discuss ahead of time which color they want!
Ivana chose Ian's historical childhood home as her getting ready location -
look at that banister and that window!
John led Ian in with the double doors closed, had him turn around and then opened the doors. We always love a groom's reaction to seeing his bride for the first time in her dress. We also love first looks because it gives a more relaxed opportunity to do couples portraits prior to the wedding. On this particular day we were so thankful for a break in the rain! The break gave us the opportunity to run out to the backyards for some portraits. If we had waited until after the ceremony at the Country Club everyone would have been miserably cold and wet. In fact once we were at the Country Club, Ivana was so cold the consensus was to just finish family portraits inside the reception room before the guests were released from their cocktail hour location. I felt so bad for her being used to the Florida heat!
After a quick 10 minutes it started to rain again and it was time to head over to the church for the ceremony, it was a beautiful Mass.
From the church we went over to Walpole Country Club, the bride & groom spent some time warming up in their car with heat on and a blanket! We grabbed some very quick family pictures again (we also got some at the church altar).
Ivana is originally from Macedonia where dancing is very much a tradition at weddings,
I loved that they combined Macedonian music and pop music!
Their wedding had the most amazing dance floor all night!!
I'll be updating more photos as I edit and deliver -
I can't wait to update the altar and family portrait photographs!