Portsmouth NH Wedding Photographer
Well if rain on your wedding day in considered good luck then Michelle & Patrick are in for a lifetime of good fortune! You might remember Michelle and Patrick from their engagement session I posted a few months ago. These two are a photographer’s dream and are so incredibly photogenic. Michelle, owner of Pretty Little Things, has some serious style and knows how to work the camera. We lucked out and found the most gorgeous natural light locations and I have to say it’s one of my all time favorite weddings. I had so much fun blogging about this wedding! There were so many beautiful details and not to mention a gorgeous couple I had a hard time choosing my favorites. Thank you Michelle & Patrick for choosing me to capture your most special day!
From The Bride:
Portsmouth, New Hampshire has a special place in my heart. I grew up in the area, I opened my boutique, Pretty Little Things there, and my fiancé, Patrick and I fell in love there. It is the perfect mixture of small town with big city feel. I knew it would be where I wanted to get married.
I wanted our wedding to be a mixture of rustic Portsmouth charm and high fashion details. Owning a boutique and working in the fashion industry I knew aesthetic was going to be important for my wedding. I almost instinctually viewed it as a fashion photoshoot. When I tried on the Remmington Gown by Hayley Paige with its gorgeous tulle and floral embroidery it felt like the perfect choice to fit in with the rustic feel that our reception at Mombo Restaurant had. I then added the Anna Marguerite Crown, Kate Spade Lydia Heels, and cathedral length veil as high fashion details. My wedding florals by Wanderbird Floral were all based off the colors and pattern in the Alana Dress by Donna Morgan which my maid of honor wore. Every detail was worked into a cohesive overall look.
So as they say you can plan everything but of course you can’t control the weather. The night before it started raining hard and lasted the entire day. I had worried about this the whole week leading up and it was funny because it just didn’t seem to matter the day of. My maid of honor had joked she was expecting a complete bridal meltdown and was shocked to find me in good spirit sipping on Prosecco as Wink Salon and JoLouise Beauty worked on hair and makeup. I was so excited to be marrying the love of my life and overwhelmed with love and support from friends and family that everything just seemed to work out. Getting ready at the Wentworth By The Sea Hotel, I made a last minute decision to change my hair to that amazing Daenerys Targaryen braid to weatherproof it. As I placed the crown on my head, I couldn’t help but feel like princess.
The ceremony itself was such a blur of excitement and anticipation. I don’t remember much other than holding hands with Patrick and smiling. I swear it was over so fast and then Patrick and I were off just the two of us holding hands running through the rain to the 1957 Chevy Belair.
We switched our photography plan because of the rain to inside our ceremony location at the South Church. The light was perfect and I couldn’t of been happier with the stairwell shots of Patrick and I. Sometimes the most mundane places like a stairwell of a church can become so beautiful. We did manage to get a couple of shots of us in Prescott Park, which was the original plan! Casey Durgin, our photographer was brave to put herself out into the pouring rain to get the shot. I even venture to say the rain made our day more unique and special. Also apparently it is good luck. Sometimes the unplanned can be even more beautiful than the planned.
Our night concluded with so much dancing under the twinkling lights at Mombo Restaurant that I destroyed my Kate Spade shoes but I couldn’t of been happier. Surrounded with all the important people in my life I celebrated the beginning of a new life with Patrick.
Ceremony: South Church, Portsmouth, NH
Reception: Mombo Restaurant, Portsmouth
Florist: Wanderbird Floral, Portsmouth, NH
Cake: Black Bunny Bakery
DJ: Lori D
Makeup: JoLouise Beauty, Portsmouth
Hair: Wink Salon, Portsmouth
Men’s Hair: Port City Barbers
Transportation: Great Bay Limo
Bridal Gown: Hayley Paige – Remington Gown
Bridesmaid Dresses: Pretty Little Things, Portsmouth, NH