September 19, 2014

Anna & Andy's Labelle Winery Wedding

New Hampshire Winery Wedding Photography

We recently got to enjoy Anna & Andy's Best Day Ever - their wedding reception was held at the beautiful Labelle Winery in Amherst NH, a venue we were happy to return to for its elegance with just a touch of rustic undertones. I met Anna at her parents home, and she got ready in the room she grew up in. Anna is a dancer, and she wore her beloved ballet flats from her high school dance company on her wedding day.

Wedding Ceremony South Church Andover
Reception Venue Labelle Winery
Florist Flowers by Steve, Haverhill
DJ DJ Russ McQueen Entertainment
Wedding Gown Maggie Sottero, Camilla's Bridal
Videographer Three Belle's Productions
Cake Artist Frederick's Pastries
Photographer Ben & Erica of Erica Ewing Photography

Before anyone else, Barley got dressed for the day.

And while I was with the girls, Ben was hanging with Andy and the guys...

Anna is extremely thoughtful, and gave her parents and bridesmaids cards & gifts before getting into her gown. Here's dad just barely holding it together...

Anna has Type 1 Diabetes (you can read more about her journey at, something I can relate to as my dad has it. She takes incredible care of herself, but its something extra she had to make special effort to think about on her wedding day, something most brides don't need to worry about. So she drank her orange juice while putting on her gown, to make sure her sugar stayed at the right leve.

She had a custom pocket stitched into her gown for her insulin pump, which kept it handy for her to check throughout the day. Just before leaving for the church, we had a very pleased Anna as her blood sugar levels were exactly where they should be!

Dad cleaned up his mustang to drive his girl to her wedding ceremony.

She looked amazing! I loved their flowers, the perfect color complement to the green bridesmaids gowns.

Ben arrived at the church early with the guys - he sees things so differently than I do, I love seeing his creativity, like the shots of the piano Anna's cousin Rachel would play during the ceremony.

We were very limited to where we chould shoot at the church...which was a blessing in disguise. Ben was restricted to the balcony and captured so many incredible shots like the one below that we actually followed this same "plan" by choice for this past weekend's wedding!

There were so many moments during the day where Andy's eyes were glued on his new this one below.

We photographed a wedding shortly after Labelle Winery first opened (Dave & Nicolette!) last year, and it was great to be back and see the vines flourishing!

Anna & Andy attended their cocktail hour on the patio outside the winery and welcomed their guests with hugs and high fives (who doesn't love a good high five?!).

A&A invited their wedding party and parents to join them for a dance, followed by fantastic speeches...

Because of the placement of Anna's pump pocket, she was able to quickly and easily (and mostly unnoticed by everyone but me and Andy) check to make sure things were on track while she celebrated her Best Day Ever.

As a surprise to her dad, Anna's Aunt Kim played an acoustic guitar song for their father/daughter dance.

Even though their weddings are a long looooong way off, I love that I can see a wedding day through the eyes of a bride (married 7 years ago myself) and a parent, and for this reason I love capturing the expressions of parents throughout the day, like this one of Anna's mom watching her husband and daughter during their dance.

In general, I don't love seeing phones out at weddings. But this was one of those special cases, where Anna was able to facetime with her cousin who wasn't able to make the wedding. Love that!

Labelle was gracious enough to let us sneak down to the cellar for a private dance and some pictures...congratulations to Anna & Andy. Best. Day. Ever!

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