Chris & Brendan's Wedding / Rivermill at Dover Landing / Dover, New Hampshire
This summer I had the absolute pleasure of working with Chris & Brendan. They are very close friends of my sister-in-laws & I was completely and utterly thrilled to photograph their wedding day. There were many sweet & special moments, wonderful dinner, dancing & delicious homemade whoopie pies, but I'll never forget the roar of the guests clapping, yelling & cheering at the end of the ceremony & again when the newlywed couple was announced at the reception - I may or may not have shed some tears. I asked Chris to share "their story" to accompany this post and he graciously provided me with a wonderful narrative. Thank you, Chris & Brendan, for letting me share & document your wedding day. I wish you so much wedded bliss!
A LITTLE LOVE STORY, AS TOLD BY CHRIS…
While in college I lived with a BU student, who was friends with Brendan. She did the whole, "You're both single, you're both gay, you should date" thing and set us up on a blind date. It seemed like a disaster waiting to happen, but it proved to be quite the opposite! We went to see The Incredibles together with plans to get ice cream afterwards (despite it being mid-November). We skipped the ice cream and walked around Boston all night. We managed to hit it off immediately, chatting about our mutual love of the most random pop culture, cult movies, and debating over the use of laugh tracks in Sports Night.
We ended the night with Brendan seeing me to my door. I invited him in for a quick tour, with the intentions of stealing a goodbye kiss. I found out years later that what helped seal the deal for a second date were the VHS copies of Beetlejuice and Heathers on my shelf, though I like to think my utter charm had a lot to do with it. My awkward lean for the kiss did NOT help, surprisingly.
Flash forward six and a half years later, Brendan and I were off to the Brattle in Harvard Square to see a new 35mm print of Taxi Driver. Brendan studied film theory in school, and I just plain love cinema, so we spent a lot of our early days together at this theatre. On the car ride there I occasionally went for a sip of our iced coffee, reaching by his pocket, which apparently had him sweating bullets. We had each seen the movie before. Between this and the fact that he secretly had our engagement rings sitting in his pocket, Brendan had a difficult time concentrating. When the movie let out into the cobblestone alley Brendan had us hold back while the other patrons made their way back to the street. Though we had talked about our future together on many occasions, I was under the distinct impression that we would just simply remain together committed by our words and love alone. This explains my complete confusion in interpreting Brendan's love-struck expression. He stood leaning against the brick wall staring with nothing but complete love in his eyes. To explain the meaning of "love" could never do the word justice, just as to explain the look Brendan had for me that night could never do it justice. Then suddenly with no words, no one-knee, he simply handed me a ring box. Unable to say anything I took the case, opened it, and quickly shut it again. Unable to speak due to utter shock I simply, after a few minutes, managed to shake my head "yes."
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Rivermill at Dover Landing
Music: DJ Nate Downs
Officiant: Lisa Ray
Bouquets & Boutonnieres: Lyndsey Loring Design
Grooms' Attire: Jos A. Bank
Whoopie Pies: Homemade by family members - Deirdre Desrosiers, Kaeleigh Molloy, Carol Molloy & Scarlet Tannetta
Decor & Paper Garlands: Handmade by Deirdre Desrosiers
Attendant Cards: Handmade by Brendan & Chris
Favors: "Yummy Breakfast" blind boxes by Kid Robot
Catering: Liberty Lane Catering
Flowers for Centerpieces: Alison Bristo
Table Centerpieces: from Chris… "A stack of books, vase of flowers, scrabble tiles spelling out the literature-themed table names, and an extra supply of tiles for entertainment. We pulled together a collection of elements to represents aspects of our lives, which were also dynamic enough to delight our guests. The flowers were from one of my best friend's mother's gardens. She assorted them and gave them to us as her gift."
Processional: "Musik fur Kinder III, No. 15 'Four Pieces for Xylophone': Gassenhauer Nach Hans Neusiedler" by Karl Peinkofer
Live Performance During Ceremony: "Love" by John Lennon, performed by Melanie McDermott on Ukulele
Recessional: "Good Old-Fashioned Lover Boy" by Queen
First Dance: "This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody)" by The Talking Heads
Last Dance: "Wavelength" by Van Morrison