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Elizabeth and Erik's Wedding at Walker Island Campground

Ryan Williams

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Elizabeth and Erik were married on August 26th, with a ceremony at Black Birch Vineyard and a reception at Walker Island Campground

These two met at work, and they have been together four years! Erik proposed to Elizabeth after a nice dinner and wine while they were watching a Christmas movie, and ever since that perfect holiday gift, they have been so excited to see it all come together and to be married as man and wife.

Both Elizabeth and Erik were a little nervous, but they had opted for a first look before the ceremony and found that it helped to relieve a lot of the emotion and stress of the day. By the time they got to their ceremony, they were able to better enjoy each other and their love, and it showed!

From there, it was off to a clambake-style dinner before the guests danced the night away at the Walker Island Campground. These two made a real effort to make sure their family and friends were having fun, and it was wonderful to see them partying with the people they are closest to.

Erik & Elizabeth, thank you for letting us be part of your amazing day. Congratulations to both of you!

 

Vendors

Wedding Planner: Events by Jackie M
Second Shooter: Ian Pouliot
Hair: Michelle Tomlinson and Christina Chapin
Makeup: Samar Elias
Flowers: Daisy Stone Studio
DJ: Viren Entertainment Shawn Santanello

Ashley and Jeff's Zukas Hilltop Barn Wedding

Ryan Williams

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Ashley and Jeff were married on September 18th, with a ceremony and reception at Zukas Hilltop Barn in Spencer, MA.

Jeff and Ashley met while they were playing co-ed softball, and Jeff proposed while they were camping at Waterville Valley over the 4th of July weekend. Jeff had the ring inside his tent the entire time and finally asked her on the last day of their camping trip after they’d gone up to a lookout spot in the mountains. 

On the day of the wedding, we were all a little nervous about the weather. The forecast said that it was supposed to rain all day, but luckily, it held out for us. We even got a little sunlight peeking through the clouds!

Jeff and Ashley opted not to do a first look and actually parted ways after the rehearsal dinner on Thursday. They hadn’t seen each other since then—until she walked down the aisle on Sunday. They had been in suspense and anticipation for the days leading up to the wedding, and it just made the looks on their faces when they finally saw each other again that much more memorable!

Ashley & Jeff, thank you for letting me be part of your amazing day. You two and your friends and family have such a special energy, and I loved being able to share that with you!

 

Vendors

Hair: Stef Eastham

Makeup: Tiffany Kowarsky and Stef Eastham

DJ/Band: Rob Alberti Productions

Dress Boutique: Vows Bridal

Caterer/Florist: Cameron and Fairbanks

Sara and Jim's Wedding at the Red Barn at Hampshire College

Ryan Williams

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James (better known as Jim) and Sara were married on October 2nd, with a ceremony and reception at the Red Barn at Hampshire College.

Sara and Jim met at Stearns Square Bike Night eight years ago, and once they started dating—that was it! Jim proposed over playing cards in a cabin in Vermont, and then I was so honored to be asked to be a part of their wedding. 

On the day of the wedding, James and Sara were a little nervous about doing a first look. They weren’t sure that they wanted to do it, but it ended up being their favorite part of the day! They were far more relaxed, and they were able to spend time with friends and family that they didn’t see very often. 

From there, it was clear that the two of them were just focused on family and on each other. It was amazing to see the two of them truly get to relax and enjoy every moment as it came. 

Sara & James, thank you so much for the honor of being part of your day! Your wedding was full of love, family, and warmth, and I loved being able to capture it for you! 

Vendors:

Hair: Salon Accent

Makeup: Divine Elegance Beauty Boutique and Spa (Alyssa Amati)

Cake: Atkins Farms and Pete's Sweets (groom’s cake)

DJ: Chris-Mouse Gaumond

Dress Boutique: Bridal Corner

Groomswear: Jackson and Connor

Caterer: Seth Mias Catering

Florist: Mark Henry Florist

Chelsea and Jim's Publick House Historic Inn Wedding

Ryan Williams

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Chelsea and Jim were married on October 28th, with a ceremony and reception at the Publick House Historic Inn.

Jim and Chelsea met in their high school Latin class and quickly became best friends long before they even started dating. But once they got together, that was it! Jim took her back to Salem, MA, for a weekend trip and proposed at the high school where they met and now, after eight years together, they are finally tying the knot!

On the day of the ceremony, these two had opted not to have a first look, so they saw each other for the first time at the wedding itself. This ended up being the perfect decision for the two of them, as it meant that they were able to share that special moment with each other in front of their guests when they first saw each other as she was walking down the aisle!

They had asked a friend of theirs, Bob Plasse, to officiate the ceremony, which truly made the whole thing more personal and touching. He went above and beyond the call of duty to make sure the day went exactly the way they wanted it to go!

Chelsea also raved about her dress, which she got from Alfred Angelo—especially about her seamstress, Maria. She said that Maria was one of the sweetest people she had ever met and bent over backwards to get her to have her dream dress!

Jim & Chelsea, thank you so much for allowing me to be a part of your amazing wedding! Congratulations to both of you—I wish you both so much happiness together.

Vendors

Hair and Makeup: Crystal Vazquez and Co.

Dress Boutique: Alfred Angelo

Caterer and Cake: Publick House Historic Inn

Florist: Mark Henry Florist

Amy and Matt's Hadley Farms Meeting House Wedding

Ryan Williams

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Amy and Matt were married on November 26th, with a ceremony at the Holy Name Church in Springfield, MA, and a reception at the Hadley Farms Meeting House in Hadley, MA.

These two met when they were working at the hospital. Amy had just started, though Matt had been working there for many years, and she first noticed him walking down the hallway one day. On the day of Christmas Eve, they were both working, and Amy requested an introductory meeting. She still swears that she had meetings with all the management, but Matt maintains it was just a good excuse to chat with him! 

They built a friendship over the months, especially because Matt had to walk by her office anytime he came over to the hospital. Their “end of the day” talks just fueled the mutual crush until one day, Matt asked if she was interested in getting a drink. Amy just responded with an awkward comment about the restaurant—not realizing that he was asking her out! She didn’t realize what had happened until that night when she was talking with her best friend, Lindsey. The next morning, she rushed to apologize to Matt and tell him she would love to get a drink—and they spent seven hours that night talking for so long that they both forgot to actually have dinner!

Then, in 2015, the two of them were packing up for a trip to California for almost two weeks. Amy was feeling stressed about it, so Matt suggested they take a break to Stanley Park for a walk and a picnic with their dog, Frannie. That spot was especially important to them because they had gone there the previous year for Matt’s birthday and had the best picnic date of their lives. They ended up putting their blanket down in that same spot again—and that was where Matt proposed!

On the day of the wedding, both Amy and Matt were a little nervous about doing a first look. They are both traditional and wanted the traditional Catholic Mass, but when they saw each other for the first time, it was clear they grounded each other—both of them said later that it was a moment they would never forget.

Amy looked absolutely stunning in her dress from Pearl. She had been nervous about dress shopping, but the people there made her experience so much easier, and she looked confident and gorgeous in the dress she chose. By the time she walked down the aisle to Matt and they said their vows, it was clear that the only thing that mattered to them was the promises they were making to each other.

Then it was off to the reception—which was filled with little details and nods to family and friends. Matt made the little wooden centerpiece boxes so that people could “feel them” at the wedding, and both of their mothers poured so much love and work into the whole day! 

The two of them shared a first dance to a song performed by Shawn Santanello. The room was silent except for Shawn, and you could see the world stop for just that moment as they were so swept up in their love for each other.

Matt & Amy, thank you so much for allowing me to be part of your day! You two have such life and love for each other, and I know you’ll be happy together!

Vendors

Event Coordinator: Events by Jackie M
Second Shooter: Ian Pouliot
DJ: Shawn Santanello of Viren Entertainment
Hair: The Mane Event (Hamden MA)
Makeup: Ochoa Salon & Spa
Cake: Cerrato's Pastry Shop
Dress: Pearl Bridal Boutique
Jewelry: Springfield Jewelry & Diamond Exchange
Flowers: I do flowers
Photo Booth: Viren Entertainment
Transportation: Michael's Limousine & Transportation Service
Menswear: Shack's Clothes

Michele and Alyssa's Wedding at the Red Barn at Hampshire College

Ryan Williams

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Michele and Alyssa were married on November 05, 2016 with their ceremony and reception at the Red Barn at Hampshire College in Amherst, MA.

Michele's brother was Alyssa's best friend in college and from there it was a match made in heaven. When planning the proposal, Alyssa created a dog collar for Michele's dog, Tigger. After a romantic walk, Tigger helped pop the question!

Michele and her mom had been out shopping for a wedding dress quite a bit. While Michele desperately wanted to be done shopping for a dress and was ready to settle, they found Modern Bride and Formal Shop. When Michele put on her dress she immediately wanted to take it off because she knew if she left it on a second longer she would burst into tears all over the dress. It was very clear she wasn't settling for a dress but had truly found the perfect one. The proof is in the pictures. She looks absolutely stunning in every one.

Michele and Alyssa chose to do a first look before the ceremony because they knew it would help ease their nerves. They both appreciated that time together without any distractions. We made sure that they had our time to quietly speak their personal vows to each other and take a moment to simply be themselves.

Their first dance as a married couple was to Zac Brown Band’s “Whatever It Is” and the couple was all smiles. Their love lit up the room. The wedding was such a fun and exciting day. Michele and Alyssa said that there were so many moments when they would pause and know that they were surrounded by love and pure happiness.

They also had some advice to share:

“Our advice to other couples about photography is to hire Four Wings Photography! Ryan and Ian made our day so enjoyable with their upbeat, down-to-earth personalities. We trusted them with not only taking the perfect pictures but also all advice on what other vendors to work with and how to make the day run smoothly, it was the best choice we could have made. When planning your wedding, relax and know that everything will come together. Just have fun with it!”

We’re so thankful for their endorsement. Michele and Alyssa, it was so much fun to capture your wedding. Thank you for letting us be a part of it and we wish you a lifetime of happiness!

Special thanks to all the outstanding vendors:

Second Shooter: Ian Pouliot 
Hair: Michelle Anne Hair Design
Makeup: Crystal Vazquez & Company
Dress: Modern Bride & Formal Shop
DJ: Lights At Night Entertainment
Cake: Atkins Farms Country Market
Flowers: Dandelions
Caterer: Seth Mias Catering

Nicole and Yvan's Wedding at the Delaney House

Ryan Williams

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Nicole and Yvan were married on August 19th, with a ceremony and reception at the Delaney House in Holyoke, MA.

These two amazing people met at a bar during Nicole’s last week of undergrad, and that was it—they were in love. They became closer and closer not only to each other but to each other’s family, and so Yvan wanted to propose while the whole family was together. If he didn’t want to wait until Thanksgiving, the soonest time the family was getting together was at the family fantasy football draft. Nicole’s family had started getting together for the draft after her grandfather passed as a way to make sure that they got together on a regular basis. So, Yvan popped the question at the draft, and Nicole thinks he charmed the season, because she went on to win the league!

Before the ceremony, Yvan and Nicole had a touching first look. Nicole had already seen him in his suit before the wedding day, but the moment he turned around and saw her for the first time in her dress was simply stunning.

From there, it was off to the ceremony itself, which was officiated by Nicole’s brother. So many of their friends and loved ones had come to celebrate their union, and it was especially touching to see Yvan dancing with his aunt, who represented his mother, since his mom couldn’t make the trip from Togo. 

During the reception, the DJ worked with Nicole and Yvan to incorporate some of the African music that he and his friends always play at parties, and it was a blast to see everyone getting into it!

At the end of the night, Yvan and Nicole danced to one last slow song, “All of Me” by John Legend. By that time, there was a smaller group left, and they all formed a circle around the two of them to sing along and show their love for these two!

Yvon & Nicole, thank you for letting us be part of your wedding day! Congratulations to both of you, and we hope you will continue to live happily ever after!

Vendors

Hair & Makeup: Glow Bridal

Cake Maker: The Delaney House

DJ: Absolute Entertainment (Greg Belisle)

First Dance Song: “Stay With You” by John Legend

Dress Boutique: David's Bridal

Caterer: The Delaney House

Stephanie and Joe's Wedding at the Riverview

Ryan Williams

Stephanie and Joe were married on October 15th, with a ceremony at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Westfield, MA, and a reception at the Riverview in Simsbury, CT. 

These two met when their mutual friends decided to play matchmaker and set them up. After a few attempts to get together, they went to a concert, and the sparks started to fly. Fast forward to the beach in Michigan at sunset—where Joe proposed on top of the highest dune!

Stephanie and Joe were both nervous before the wedding that they would cry too much early on and look like a mess before they even got through the ceremony. Thankfully, they got most of it out during the first look. They were raw and emotional together, but it also gave them time to stabilize and ground themselves to put a lid on their emotions before they had to go out in front of their guests. 

The whole day was filled with so much fun and love! In the limo ride over to pictures, the wedding party burst into karaoke, and the DJ, James Hall, was fantastic all night. At the very end of the reception, the last song played was Billy Joel’s “Piano Man.” The entire room full of guests gathered on the dance floor to encircle the new couple, holding hands as they sang and then wished them well on their way out. 

Joe & Stephanie, thank you for allowing us to be part of this amazing day for both of you! You have so much love in your lives, and we wish you nothing but the best together!

 

Vendors:

Caterer: The Riverview

DJ/Band: James Hall Events

Hair: Tangles Hair Salon Westfield

Makeup: Tangles Hair Salon Westfield

Cake: The Riverview

Dress: Bridal Barn

Jewelry: dimend SCAASI Chicago

Flowers: Valerie Vassos 

Menswear: Men's Wearhouse

Invitations: Paper and Pearl Invitations

Hannah and Austin's Log Cabin Wedding

Ryan Williams

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Hannah and Austin were married on October 22nd, with a ceremony and reception at the Log Cabin in Holyoke, MA.

Austin had gone to Navy boot camp with Hannah’s brother Brannon in Chicago in January of 2013. While they were there, Brannon had many of the recruits write letters to Hannah, just for fun—though she didn’t actually receive any of their letters until after she went to Chicago for their graduation from boot camp!

After the graduation, all the new sailors were allowed to spend the evening out with their families. Austin messaged Hannah on Facebook saying that he and Brannon had talked about going out to dinner with both of their families, but Brannon asked her to message him back and say that the plans had changed. Hannah messaged him back to let him know that Brannon just wanted to spend the night with his family, and the next day, Austin messaged her again, asking what their plans were for that day. Somewhere along the conversation, they exchanged phone numbers, and they spent the next few months or so randomly texting each other just to catch up. 

A few months later, Austin mentioned via text that he was finishing up at his Navy A-School in Pensacola, FL, so that he could become an air traffic controller. He would be taking a few weeks off before transferring to his next duty station, so he was headed home to North Carolina at the end of July. He asked if she wanted to come down and actually meet him, and the next thing she knew, she was being picked up at the airport by a guy she’d never met in person! They spent a few days together on the beach and fell in love—all because of her spontaneous decision to seize an adventure in North Carolina!

When Austin decided to propose to Hannah, he knew that he wanted to do something completely unexpected, because he always had to work hard to surprise her. So, he got together with his mother, Shannon, and explained his plan: when they took their annual family pictures on the beach, he was going to propose. That way, the proposal would be captured forever on film!

The day of family pictures came, and they started out with individual families and all the small grandchildren together before they all congregated for the big family picture. Hannah had to be in the front because she was shorter, and everyone in the family was in on the plan as Austin slipped around behind Hannah, and they all parted in the middle. When Hannah turned around to see what was going on, there he was, down on one knee!

As they prepared for the wedding, Hannah’s brother Tyler booked an appointment for her at the famous Kleinfeld Bridal in New York City. Of course, she wasn’t expecting to find anything there, since she wasn’t planning to be on Say Yes to the Dress, and she didn’t have an extravagant budget. But she did take the opportunity to go out with all her girlfriends for a ladies’ trip to NYC—with her mom, her aunts, Austin’s mom, her nanny, her maid of honor, her bridesmaid, and a couple friends!

After a night out on the town, they were all excited to go to the famous dress shop, though they were a little disappointed to find out that only four people could fit in a dressing room. But when Judith, the consultant, asked if they would mind squeezing, all of the ladies were quick to agree to sacrifice personal space to be there! With that, Judith and her assistant, Candice, brought in three dresses for Hannah to try on. When Hannah zipped up the third dress, she started to cry, and so did some of the other girls—sure that this was the one.

But . . . Hannah’s mother wasn’t so sure. She wanted a longer veil, but Candice insisted that a long veil wouldn’t work with the dress. The consultants, seeing that there was a slight disconnect, left the ladies alone for a moment and returned with one more dress, though they did note that it was a little over budget. But the moment Hannah put it on, they all forgot about the other dress when they saw her in the strapless Sareh Nouri dress!

Hannah then found out that the dress was part of a trunk show they had that day, when designers come to the stores with dresses they have out for the season and upcoming seasons. That meant Sareh Nouri was there—and she told Hannah that not only did she look stunning but she was the first bride to try on the dress after it walked the runway during Fashion Week! She was wearing the dress a whole year in advance, and the excitement was palpable!

Her mother called Tyler via FaceTime, since he was the one who made the appointment but couldn’t be there because he was deployed in Iraq, and they wanted him to be able to see the dress too. With everyone surrounding Hannah as they FaceTimed Tyler, the owner of Kleinfeld came over to introduce himself and see what all the excitement was about. When he saw that Tyler was on the phone, he made it a point to thank Tyler for his service. 

Finally, the day of the wedding arrived. They were married late in the evening with a gorgeous fall sunset, so they wanted to make sure they had a first look and pictures of everyone before they lost the light. They both looked amazing—Hannah in her dress and Austin in his dress uniform—as they stood in the rain overlooking the mountainside at the log cabin. You could see the moment all the misery of the cold rain melted away when Hannah tapped on his shoulder and they saw each other for the first time that day!

The wedding was amazing, filled with family and friends who were all so excited to celebrate with these two, but at the end of the night, they were still able to find a moment to themselves. The rain had stopped by then, and the two of them curled up together next to the outdoor fireplace to take in the whole night—and get a few last-minute pictures in!

Hannah & Austin, thank you so much for allowing us to be part of your amazing love story! We hope that you will continue to have such amazing adventures in your new lives together!