Shooting a wedding with mid-October weather can be unpredictable, especially on a wind-swept island off the New England coast. But Christina and Brian’s recent Nantucket wedding boasted warm air and sunny skies, which let guests linger outside longer. With endless ocean views just steps away from The Wauwinet, a resort with a location recently named one of the “best views” in the U.S. by Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report, there were endless options for photos.
Working as second photographer with Christian Gideon, I photographed bright blue skies, wind-blown sea grasses and the salty beauty of a Wauwinet wedding.
Bride Christina spent her wedding morning with her bridesmaids and well-loved Labrador retriever, who became a subject in many photos that day. Christina, an artist whose work puts a modern and curious twist on the everyday, imbued similarly funky touches to the muted, beachy backdrop. Creating images for this wedding was a visual feast of big scenery and special details like the wedding party’s bold, pop art inspired silk scarves, Chinese tea ceremonies and groom Brian’s cigar toasts with friends.
The bride and groom shared their wedding day meeting on The Wauwinet’s runway-like pier stretching past the beach into calm water. With the afternoon sun shining midway in the cloud-sprinkled sky, I was able to photograph their intimate moment, together on the pier, surrounded by the blues of nature and their reflection mirroring back in the water below.
To capture the grand scene of Christina and Brian’s wedding ceremony, I climbed up the fire escape to shoot a wide image of the greenery just touched with fall colors surrounding the semi-circled guests, seated to face Brian and Christina as they married. Before the reception feast, guests enjoyed a watercolor worthy sunset, a colorful masterpiece that also reflected off calm, dusk waters. As the moon began to rise over the party inside, I captured the pinks, oranges and purples of the reception through the windows of this magical Wauwinet wedding.
Your Cape Cod wedding photographer, Alex Paul