Jennifer & Shaun's Perfect Garden Wedding

This wedding was beyond perfect. Although there were threats of rain all day, and we did get a little sprinkle here and there, it couldn't have ruined the day. In fact, it made some amazing clouds (yep those are real) and we were able to get some adorable shots of Jen and Shaun with their umbrellas!  Scroll through to watch a sneak peek as well as read all about their day!

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Generally we don't like to recommend either way on having a first look on your wedding day, unless of course lighting can be an issue.  We really try to keep this up to each couple and how they envision their wedding day, for some that can mean a traditional wedding with no peeking and for others, they would prefer to attend cocktail hour and get through pictures ahead of time.  For Jennifer and Shaun they definitely were in the opinion of the latter. 

And we have to say, selfishly that their decision definitely worked in our favor!!!  Not only were we able to take our time, but we actually got to take advantage of several vignettes of gorgeous property that the Tower Hill Botanic Garden had to offer!  This may be the most creative shots we have had the pleasure of getting on a wedding day!  And as you can see from the shots, we were with an amazing couple that were enjoying their wedding day bliss!  The expressions and emotions we were able to document were pure photographer's gold!

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Not only had they decided to do a first look, but during the first look they chose to exchange books with their vows written in them, for the other to read.  It was so beautiful, we were getting choked up just witnessing it!  We were so lucky that weeks prior to the wedding, we were able to accompany Jennifer and Shaun, not only to their venue visit, but also down to the dam where the first look took place.  So on the day, we all knew exactly where we wanted it all to take place!

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Almost immediately after we finished at the dam, those incredible clouds began to open up and sprinkle.  Luckily, not too much that we had to run for shelter though.  In fact we even had the chance to grab a few last shots at the top of the dam before heading off to the venue for more pics!

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If you haven't had the chance to visit the Tower Hill Botanic Garden, I recommend it!  Not only is it a gorgeous place to spend a relaxing afternoon strolling through the gardens, it also has a super yummy restaurant as well!  And one of the must have spots for the couple was an installation called the Wild Rumpus outside of the gardens.  It was an amazing stickwork sculpture by internationally acclaimed artist Patrick Dougherty and his team of volunteers.

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After finishing up with creatives it was off for the ceremony!  With the groom's brother as the officiant, it was extra special and so personal!

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The timing was perfect, after exchanging their vows and sharing their first kiss as a married couple, we were able to shoot wedding party and family formals in the lower garden.  As we turned to walk back the rain started!  Luckily, it started out slowly so we were able to make it inside without getting soaked!

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We were even able to run outside later for a gorgeous sunset during the reception and a picture perfect Happily Ever After!  Congrats to you both! 

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Hair Stylist: Rebecca Bater – The Beauty Parlour at 505 Boston Post Road West, Marlborough, MA 01752 Phone: 978-430-3584; Email: salonrb@comcast.net

Makeup Artist: Christy Lavallee – Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co. 58 Main Street Sturbridge, MA 01566; Web: http://www.makeup-artistry.com/; FB: https://www.facebook.com/MakeupArtistrybyChristy/

Dress: David’s Bridal Natick; Web: http://www.davidsbridal.com/; FB: https://www.facebook.com/davidsbridal/

Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal Natick; Web: http://www.davidsbridal.com/; FB: https://www.facebook.com/davidsbridal/

Tuxes/Suits: Men’s Wearhouse – Solomon Pond Mall 601 Donald Lynch Blvd, Marlborough, MA 01752; Web: www.MensWearhouse.com

Shoes: Macy’s – Natick Mall 1245 Worcester St, Natick, MA 01760; Web: www.Macys.com

Flowers: Bouquets - DIY w/great grandmother’s costume jewelry by mother of the bride

Coordinators: Brittni Menard

Entertainment: Bear Fight; Web: http://www.bearfightlive.com/wp/; FB: https://www.facebook.com/BearFightLive

Transportation: AA Transportation Shrewsbury, MA; Web: http://www.aatransportation.com/; FB: https://www.facebook.com/pages/AA-Transportation-Company/135255773190249

Food: Tastings Caterers – 5 Crestwood Dr. Framingham, MA 01701; Web: http://tastingscaterers.com/; FB: https://www.facebook.com/tastingscaterers

Alcohol: Tower Hill Botanic Garden 11 French Drive Boylston, MA 01505; Web: http://www.towerhillbg.org/; FB: https://www.facebook.com/TowerHillBG/

Lodging: Beechwood Hotel 363 Plantation St. Worcester, MA 01605; Web: http://www.beechwoodhotel.com/; FB: https://www.facebook.com/BeechwoodHotel/

Cake: Tastings Caterers – 5 Crestwood Dr. Framingham, MA 01701; Web: http://tastingscaterers.com/; FB: https://www.facebook.com/tastingscaterers

Décor: DIY by bride & mother of the bride

Tables/Linens: Be Our Guest Party Rental 24 Blue Hill Ave. Roxbury, MA 02119; Web: http://www.beourguestpartyrental.com/; FB: https://www.facebook.com/BeOurGuestInc

Invitations: DIY by bride