When is a wedding not a wedding? When it’s a bridal show that looks like an actual wedding with brides-to-be as the guests of honor. Such is the concept of The Not Wedding. An innovative new approach to a typical bridal show. I’m proud to announce my participation in Cape Cod’s first Not Wedding event taking place November 24, 2013, at the Sea Crest Beach Hotel in Falmouth, MA. The Not Wedding is a way for future brides to not only meet potential vendors but to see them in action at a real looking (but fake) wedding, including a full ceremony and reception. Details and ticket information can be found at thenotwedding.com. Tickets are going fast so get yours today!

Some of the Not Wedding vendors recently had a chance to work with the couple getting “married” for this event, Peyton and Chris, for a Save the Date photo shoot at The Knob in Falmouth. Enjoy this video highlight of that day!

The Not Wedding from Harborview Studios on Vimeo.

During the ceremony, the rabbi called them a “power couple.” But for this highly successful NYC couple, this day was all about romance and tradition. After a 33 year relationship, on May 27, Holly and Nancy made it official along the beautiful shores of Cape Cod in the town of Dennis. The setting and the weather couldn’t have been more perfect. Without a cloud in the sky, they exchanged vows at a private residence overlooking Cape Cod Bay. The ceremony had a little bit of everything. tears, laughter, poetry and emotion. Once they smashed their respective glasses (although it took Nancy a few tries) the couple kissed, embraced and was greeted by a warm applause by their closest friends, family and their proud daughter, Haley.

After an extended photo session on a beautiful Dennis beach, Holly and Nancy joined their guests at the Cape Cod Museum of Art. Surrounded not only by their family and friends but by amazing works of art, they continued to celebrate their union by dancing the night away.

Holly and Nancy from Harborview Studios on Vimeo.

This upcoming Sunday, February 12th the Cape and Islands Wedding Group will be hosting one of Cape Cod’s most distinguished wedding events of the year! Between 12pm and 4pm you can visit the lush grounds of the New Seabury Country Club in Mashpee, MA where there will be live bands, a candy island, loads of tasty treats to sample, gorgeous tablescapes to feast your eyes on, and seminars by experts that will give you a peek into the insiders’ guide to weddings.

Cape Cod Celebrations will take you through how the professionals plan a wedding, Flowers by Anna will show you how to sculpt the perfect flower arrangement, and The Bartending Service will be there to help you show off some moves while shaking up your favorite cocktails. All of this and two fashion shows featuring stunning designer dresses at 1pm and 3pm.

And of course there are going to be fantastic raffles featuring prizes worth over $7,000 in value.

Naturally, I’ll be there as well and I’d love for you to stop by and say “hi.”

Tickets are $15 and available at the registration table on the day of the show.

All proceeds from ticket sales are being donated to the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk on Cape Cod.

To turn 13 is a thing of wonder. It’s that first big milestone in a young person’s life where you feel like something transcendental is happening. Something that puts you on the path to being a bigger and better you. In this ceremony that is laden with thousands of years of beautiful tradition within the Jewish faith, Maya was given the right of passage to be more responsible for her own self and to handle herself with more grace and confidence.

Maya’s big day was on a glorious summer day this past June 18th. Following a lovely service at Temple Chayai Shalom, in South Easton, MA, her mother, father, sister, and the rest of her family and close friends traveled north on I93 to the town of Quincy. Maya, accompanied by all of her friends, arrived with much fanfare via a classic styled yellow school bus. They all piled out and into the big white tent at Granite Links Country Club, which was set up with a beach theme as if to highlight “School’s over, let the fun begin!”

With DJ’s Scott and Cubey, the afternoon did not disappoint those in attendance who came with their dancing shoes on and for those lacking dancing shoes, festive flip flops were provided. Guests were treated to hours of varied entertainment, dancing and games, and the folks at Granite Links served up a wide array of tasty foods and desserts.

And so it was on this brilliant sunny summer afternoon, Maya and everyone who is close to her, made a lasting memory of a very special day.

How does one of the most renowned Nantucket wedding photographers style her own wedding? Tradition and inhibitions went out the window for this Nantucket wedding. The incredible backdrop of the Westmoor Farm combined with Zofia’s signature flare made for a gorgeous event. Elegant yet simple, down-to-earth vintage style gilded in romance. Every table was filled to the brim with homemade pies, macaroons and English toffee, and every guest’s face was beaming with happiness for Zofia and Mark. Gone were the bouquet tosses, cake-cutting, and the planned dances. Instead there was plenty of spontaneous fun to be had in a custom photo booth that was jam-packed with amorous guests all night, whirlwind dancing to both a band and a dj.

One thing that makes great footage and photos is having a bride and groom that are willing to be adventurous, having the spirit to take a slightly different direction with their photographer. Being a professional herself, Zofia knew exactly the woman she wanted to take her in those directions. Angelica Glass did just that. The couple looked right at home in the photo session with the suped-up vintage car and I’ve never seen a pair look more red-hot in a field of beach grass than Zofia and Mark did on that day.

During the ceremony one of the best preachers I’ve ever bore witness to said, “if you’re going to marry a man, you have to have a sense of humor.” Mark and Zofia have more than just a sense of humor. They have a love that is soft and powerful, an uncompromising light that shines in them, and a genuine kindness that is the essence of every successful relationship. Their love is the kind of feeling that people feature in hollywood films. It’s real romance, it’s beautiful and it’s true.

Thank you, Zofia and Mark, for graciously allowing me to capture your day.