amanda and matt are the famous kids from “the 22 minute enagement session of july 2008.”
ok, famous…maybe not. but they’re famous to ME, because hello! 22 minutes?!
anyway, they got hitched on september 26, 2008 in portsmouth, nh. they were going to get married at a beach ceremony (wallis sands state beach in rye, nh), but hurricane whats-her-face was blowing up from whereever-it-was, and the weather left something to be desired.
so they hurrriedly relocated to a room in the sheraton. amanda and matt totally rolled with the punches and didn’t let the grey skies “dampen” their enthusiam (oh man, sorry people…i couldn’t help it!)
we started off at sorassa salon in portsmouth where sorassa worked her magic and turned amanda from a very pretty girl into…a beautiful/stunning/amazing BRIDE.
bridesmaid kristen #1 (cast listed in order of appearance) looked on during the beautification process. also…at this point, i am nowhere near finished with this wall.
SUCH a beautiful group of girls! yowsa.
but amanda was too lovely to be upstaged. also, that fabulous wall–WALLPAPER! if i ever decide i want a studio, i know what to do for one of the walls.
matt had an envelope for amanda to read…he stipulated that she needed to read it AFTER she’d put her jewelry on. the card told her that the rented necklace…was hers to keep!
amanda chose super cute dresses for her bridesmaids to wear.
danielle was eating while everyone was getting ready, and amanda saw her and said, “get a photo of THAT!”… and then it was time for everyone to go downstairs. i love, love, love this one of amanda leading her “maids” downstairs.
matt and amanda rented an awesome vintage bentley…there were plans in place to rock that car…and then…
it rained. so…we rocked the INSIDE of the vintage bentley, and then we got some papparazzi, “i’m-so-famous” shots of the beautiful bride dashing to avoid hair-frizz.
sometimes i like to grab other couples–especially if they’re part of the wedding party–and take a few nice shots of them too. kelly and kevin were both part of the bridal party…and they were quite willing to come out onto the boat deck and smooch…they were mostly sheltered from the rain.
first dance…amanda’s teeny, and matt is like a big all-american basketball player. there was lots of picking her up and spinning around. i LOVE the one where you can just see her pink, sparkly ballet flats peeking out from under her beautiful dress.
(this is one of doug’s, but i just love it, and it underlines for me my NEEEED for a fisheye lens!)
BLING! (also, that is sugar, not sand, and the starfish…made out of white chocolate. delicious.)
this first one is another one of doug’s…but c’mon, how smokin’ hott is she? i love it.
on the left are sarah and zach…they’re expecting baby stella very soon…and she told me, “please just get ONE nice picture of us dancing.” i’d found the SWEET SPOT to rock the off-camera flash, and i had to beg, plead, and cajole them to come dance for me again really quick…but when they saw the results, they were glad they had. on the right are kristen and jeff…he’s in the army and took his r&r (mid-deployment leave) so he could come back and be best man for matt (his cousin). i tried to take lots of pictures for kristen so she’d have them to help her remember his visit.
amanda’s gorgeous. period.
guys–i’m so sorry it took me a bajillion years to get this up. i finished it once or twice and the draft didn’t save! and you know how crazy life’s been…it took me a while to finish it. your party and your friends were SO much fun! thanks for being so welcoming to doug and me…we had a blast!
–gwyneth colleen, portsmouth, nh wedding photographer