Chris and Deana…where do I even begin?! Chris and Deana had the most intimate New Hampshire boho inspired wedding. It’s going to be hard for me to put this weekend into words (good thing I’m a photographer) but I’ll try.
Chris and I went to high school together. He was a few years ahead of me and there was a group of us that hung out together for a while until Chris graduated. After that, life happened and Chris Merola was just “a kid I went to high school with”. 15 years go by and I’m living back in my home town and I see this cute girl post about how her new salon is looking for new photographs for branding purposes. During our meeting to talk hair photos, I find out that she’s engaged…to Chris Merola! Small world!
A few months later, we all sat down at Half Moon Café, a great little restaurant in town, to talk wedding details. The two of them talked about their relationship, their time in San Diego, the proposal, and what they wanted their wedding to be like. Bottom line was that they wanted to be married. They didn’t care about all the traditions, what people thought, the venues…they loved each other so much and this was a moment to celebrate that. They talked about finding the perfect spot to have an intimate wedding. A wedding with only 36 people on the guest list, delicious vegan food, music they loved, and a style the exemplified the two of them. To say they nailed it would be an understatement.
Chris and Deana found the perfect location, a private residence that they rented in Dalton, New Hampshire. I remember her sending me photos of the grounds and the pictures didn’t not do the place justice! The main house on Faraway Pond, decorated with bridges, a beach, and a beautiful backdrop for their wedding, would be home to them for the weekend. Over the course of their engagement, they bought, found, and collected furniture, depression glass, macrame table runners, frames, and other little details to decorate this blank canvas. They rented farm tables and bistro lights and created the most amazing outdoor cocktail area, dining area, and dance floor that I’ve ever seen. Wildflowers decorated the tables and the colors they used against the greenery were beautiful and so complimentary.
Deana decided the night before the wedding that she didn’t want to go to the hotel and that she wanted to spend the night with Chris, because the thought of being away from him and not being able to share her excitement with him was not what she wanted. When she asked me my opinion, I say what I always say….’this is your wedding, you decide what you want to do!’ They still didn’t want to see each other before the wedding, after they were dressed, so making sure that happened was a little tricky but we made it happen. Chris went to the ceremony site and it was time to get Deana dressed. Her friend Sara helped her into her dress as her mom looked on and once Deana was completely ready, she looked at me and said “do I look ok?” I put my camera down, choked back tears, and told her she looked perfect! Her dress fit her like a glove, her hair fell in just the right way and the glow of excitement she had made the look complete.
She walked down the aisle, in front of their family and closest of friends, to her husband, her other half. He reached out his hand to greet her and they stood together to be joined as one. As they recited their vows, I put my camera to my face and used it as a shield while a cried a little (sorry, I’m not sorry that I cry at ridiculously happy moments like this)
After we spent some time taking portraits, the two joined their guests. They shared the sweetest first dance to Nahko and Medicine for the People “Tus Pies”. Deana then danced with her mom and Chris with his, dinner was served and then it was time to party underneath the stars! They danced, laughed, and completed the night with a sparkler send off! After the wedding was over, everyone went back toward the main house to hang out on the beach at the bonfire.
I know I wrote a lot about this wedding, but I don’t really have words for it. It was such a beautiful weekend and I am so happy and honored I was able to share and document this special time for the two of them. Deana and Chris are a perfect match. They balance each other so well and you can see that when one is down the other is helping them up. I can’t stress enough what it means to me when a couple chooses me to be their wedding photographer. When they trust me to capture a bond and a love that not many people see with their eyes, you just feel it. Deana and Chris, Eternity will never be enough for you, and eternally you’ll live your infallible love.
Floral Designer :Emily Herzig Floral Studio
Caterer :Eating with Max
Videographer : byDesigns Films
Rental/Lighting Company : Showcase Events
Stationer : Whole Wedding
Musician/DJ : DJ Allen
Bartender : Eventfully Yours
Dress : Grace Loves Lace