Go through the gate and bump along the dirt road through warm sunny field and cool shady forest. At the end, you will find the home of Peter’s grandparents. A home that has been in the family for generations and is rich with history. There, Kayla was getting ready, toasting with vintage cocktail glasses and being fed a blue gummy, having already taken care of the old, new and borrowed.
As Kayla’s favorite part of weddings is cocktail hour, she and Peter decided to do a first look and most of their portraits before the ceremony. A shady corner of the backyard was an ideal spot and away from arriving guests. Peter and the wedding party made a dramatic procession to the ceremony, striding across a distant field, while Kayla and her father were the only two to walk down the aisle. The ceremony was lead by a friend, and included readings by each of their mothers (not without a few tears and asides). Guests heard how Kayla and Peter are the type of couple equally at home discussing great books or exchanging the latest cute animal video.
Both ceremony and cocktail hour took place on the front lawn, with a stunning view of rolling fields stretching to the Vineyard Sound. Guests were then invited to walk the half-mile to Peter’s parents’ home, where a beautiful tent was awaiting, with champagne on the tables and smokers filled with BBQ for their dinner. They kicked off the party with their first dance, and had their families and wedding party join in.
Just before sunset, we snuck away to the water for a few more relaxed portraits, where their loving and lighthearted personalities shone through. They returned to a party in full swing, running through an impromptu archway of their guests to triumphantly take the dance floor.
From start to finish, this wedding was a delight (and included the extra treat of seeing past bride and groom Tracy and Erik amongst the guests!)
If you like what you see, and are interested in having me photograph your backyard Martha’s Vineyard wedding, please get in touch.