Yay! Another Willowdale Wedding… this time, Cheryl and Mike – they were totally laid back, all about having a fun night with their guests.

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They did a quick first look on the terrace at Willowdale and we got all the formal photos done beforehand!

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Cheryl was up in the bridal suite while the guests were coming into the outdoor ceremony area… Everyone wanted to look up to catch a glimpse, and she was happy to greet all their family and friends.

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Dancing across the terrace for their reception entrance.

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I love that Willowdale sets up the bar outside on nice nights like this one.

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Such a beautiful cake from Frederick’s Pastries!

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Mike had a special dance with all of his aunts and cousins, so much love!

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The DJ from Get Down Tonight Entertainment totally had the dance floor going all night… I’ve worked with several of these guys over the years at weddings, and they are all so professional and really know their stuff. Always great to see them.

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Florist: Ford Flowers

Cake: Frederick’s Pastries

DJ: Get Down Tonight

Dress: Marry and Tux

Hair/Makeup: Bella Vita Salon

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Part Two of Ali and Dave’s wedding in Salem!

We did all of the formal photos right outside the Old Town Hall, in Derby Square. I just love the historic look of the area for this classy couple!

Reception: Colonial Hall, Salem, MA

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Colonial Hall has these two little alcoves above the reception area, where they cordon off the bridesmaids and groomsmen before being introduced. It has these huge ornate windows and beautiful light! I also like how I could sneak a few candids from below.

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I don’t have a lot to say… just look at their faces during their first dance.

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Funny and touching wedding toasts!

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Let’s get this party started!

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Congratulations Ali and Dave!

Florist: Wedding Flowers by Annette

Dress: Allure

DJ: Arthur Calabro

Hair: Bella Hair Studio

Makeup: Rouge Cosmetics

Officiant: Teresa George

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I have a serious soft spot for Salem weddings… After all, my husband Tom and I did have our wedding reception there ourselves (at the now defunct Lyceum – hopefully they’ll bring it back!), and we did all of our photos walking throughout downtown Salem and then into the Commons. So, whenever anyone comes to me with a Salem wedding, I’m all, “yes, please!”

Ali and David were planning all the way from Australia so we didn’t get to meet until right before the wedding. It was so fun to jump right into this huge party of all the bridesmaids and groomsmen getting ready at the Hawthorne Hotel. We covered all the classic Salem spots – from the Hawthorne, to the Old Town Hall for their reception, and then on to Colonial Hall (above Rockafella’s), with most of the photos in the Derby Square area. I’m so happy with all the candid shots I was able to get while everyone was getting ready… And the light at the Hawthorne and the Town Hall, with their big windows, is so beautiful! Love it.

Two long posts, I hope I don’t crash your browsers!

Getting Ready: Hawthorne Hotel, Salem, MA

Ceremony: Old Town Hall, Salem, MA

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The beautiful ladies…

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And the dapper gentlemen.

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Ali’s dad seeing her for the first time, as a bride-to-be. And that’s her proud mom looking on.

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Talking out some last minute nerves!

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Gorgeous! I always try to grab a few of the bride alone before we head off to the ceremony, it usually doesn’t take very long, and gives you a chance to slow down, if just for a minute!

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These beautiful women in these flowing dresses kind of floated over the stairs up to the town hall… Everytime I saw them all together I just thought they looked like angels!

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An emotional ceremony… Honestly I don’t remember exactly what was said, but there was hardly a dry eye left in the place during Ali and Dave’s vows, including the officiant’s.

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Florist: Wedding Flowers by Annette

Dress: Allure

DJ: Arthur Calabro

Hair: Bella Hair Studio

Makeup: Rouge Cosmetics

Officiant: Teresa George

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What I’m currently working on! Alaina and Josh’s wedding photos from last Friday at Plimoth Plantation. Alaina said that the butterflies were all gone after seeing each other… no more nerves, just giddiness! I love to hear that. After the craziness of the morning and getting ready, all the preparations and plans of the wedding finally coming to fruition… Seeing each other lets you take a nice break… a deep breath, to take it all in.

They chose to do the first look in the area of Plimoth Plantation where the ceremony would take place later that day – the Hornblower Gardens. It’s so gorgeous back there!

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