Jenny & Elliot: A Stylish Massachusetts Wedding

Jenny and Elliot married in Jenny’s hometown of Marion, MA – a quiet, quintessentially New England town nestled by the ocean and full of hydrangea bushes and houses clad in weathered cedar shakes. They came from Denver, Colorado, where Jenny works as an attorney and Elliot is an illustrator. Family and friends came from Colorado and Wyoming, and all over the place to celebrate with them this September. And their day ended up being one of the most family-centered and emotional ones I have encountered.

They were married in the Episcopal Church in the center of town, on a street lined with small shops full of adorable things and good food. Family and friends read them poems and passages from the Bible. A violinist played beautiful music. The priest wrapped their hands in his stole and pronounced them married. After that, we took a walk on the nearby beach to a friend’s boat, and we took a trip on the water while they relaxed and smiled and the sun glinted off the water.

They made their grand entrance to their reception in one of the coolest ways I have ever seen. The boat pulled up to their venue’s dock as guests¬†gathered on it and waved to them. Then everyone lined up on either side as they ran through, toasting and hugging and laughing as they made their way to their party. Everyone talked on the lawn and inside the lovely sailcloth tent. Toasts were made by sisters and best friends, and even a young niece. Irish blessings were sung to them. A friend played guitar for their first dance. They cut pie with swords, because why the heck not? Then the band started playing and everyone danced with abandon into the night.

Thank you for having me there, Jenny and Elliot. It was an honor. And thank you to my incredible second shooter, Elisabeth Waller, who is kind and wonderful and immensely talented.

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  • Royce Rippere

    on October 5, 2017  12:23 am

    Beautiful light, color, composition and relaxed family feel with classy, elegant couple.

  • Justyna E Butler

    on October 5, 2017  1:15 am

    Maine has my heart!!! I met my hibby on Monhegan!!!! Beautiful set!

  • Heather Scott

    on October 5, 2017  1:27 am

    I love how different and playful their wedding was! Your photos were so well composed and the lighting was just perfect! Absolutely loved looking through this post!

  • Rachel Kaye

    on October 5, 2017  2:08 pm

    what a GORGEOUS wedding!! You can just tell they are so in love and had the most fun at their wedding! Congrats!

  • Sydney Miller

    on October 5, 2017  2:25 pm

    Gorgeous images, you captured their day perfectly! The emotions and lighting are perfect to make you feel like you are there celebrating with them!

  • Amber Rhodes-Lapoint

    on October 5, 2017  2:25 pm

    The storytelling in these is superb, I love the way their day unfolded and how you captured it. The light and tones are GORGEOUS too! I'm so jelly that you get to live and work in New England though, real talk. <3

    • hgunnellphotography@gmail.com

      on October 5, 2017  2:29 pm

      Come visit and second shoot with me!

  • Elisabeth

    on October 6, 2017  12:52 pm

    So very lovely! It was a magical place for a wedding. Love this set!

  • Sheena

    on October 9, 2017  4:37 pm

    Everything about this post is beautiful. The story, the pictures and the overall happy feel to it.

  • Heather Scott

    on October 9, 2017  4:42 pm

    Their wedding was just gorgeous! You did an amazing job documenting it!

  • Melissa Hirsch

    on October 9, 2017  5:01 pm

    perfect song for viewing this massachusetts wedding. love all the details and moments you captured!!

  • Karen

    on October 9, 2017  6:29 pm

    We adore your photojournalist approach to wedding photography! We are headed to the northeast for a food blogging assignment this week and your preview of the scenery has us excited!
    Karen
    www.coupleinthekitchen.com

  • Hollis Stair

    on October 9, 2017  6:45 pm

    Wow! This is such a beautifully shot wedding! Your tones, the light, it's all just so perfect! Really great photography.

  • Alyssa Bouma

    on October 9, 2017  7:17 pm

    This day looks like such a dream! I love that they got to take a boat to their reception. There's no place quite like New England waterfront towns!

  • Hilary

    on October 9, 2017  7:33 pm

    I really enjoyed your narrative almost news like story of their wedding day, it was a great read. My absolute favorite image was the one of the groom holding her dress as they walked.

  • shanna

    on October 9, 2017  8:20 pm

    I love everyone of these photos & your edits!
    100% going to follow you on every social media platform!

  • Taylor Fisher

    on October 9, 2017  10:09 pm

    This wedding is SO New England! How beautifully you captured their day.

  • Mention Social Media

    on October 10, 2017  12:51 am

    These photos are fantastic. You certainly told a story with this wedding.

  • Amina

    on October 10, 2017  2:05 pm

    I seriously love coming to your blog because it is so different than the regular scroll through and look at the pictures. I love that you have a soundtrack too! It really helps draw the viewer in and add to the emotions that you images already capture.

  • Whitney Milton

    on October 10, 2017  2:53 pm

    Um these are freakin gorgeous. I ADORE your editing style. Lovely work. And now I wish I had a stylish Massachusetts wedding :-)

  • Emily Harvey

    on October 10, 2017  3:09 pm

    Great storytelling through photos! Their wedding looks so homey and cozy.

  • Angela Patrick

    on October 10, 2017  4:05 pm

    These are gorgeous wedding photos. You did a great job of capturing every moment. Massachusetts looks so beautiful too!

  • krysta

    on October 10, 2017  4:47 pm

    I love the bride and that beautiful dress! Massachusetts a look spectacular loving all the water in doc photos

  • Sarah M Holladay

    on October 10, 2017  11:39 pm

    What a gorgeous wedding!! Her dress is absolutely stunning with that lace and those buttons... and those waterside portraits are simply dreamy! Congratulations to to Jenny and Elliot! PS- I love the option to play a song. So nice and not assaulting since it doesn't start by itself. ;)

  • april

    on October 11, 2017  5:26 am

    I just love this wedding! You captured so many precious images! I absolutely love all of the laughter that can be seen throughout their wedding day!

  • sarah

    on October 11, 2017  11:39 am

    this looks like such a fun laid back wedding. You captured it so very well!

  • April

    on October 11, 2017  6:51 pm

    Wow! I love this location! Her dress in so gorgeous and the details are amazing!