If you want to party on your wedding and celebrate all day and night long then you need to take some pointers from Courtney and Asa’s New Years Eve wedding at Portsmouth Harbor Events in downtown Portsmouth New Hampshire. These two did it right!
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Photos: by Jodi Ramos
The day started nice and calm when we arrived to the hotel to capture the bride and groom as they prepared to start their wedding day. Courtney and girls perfectly timed coming back from the salon and looked so elegant while they started to get into their pretty dresses.
The boys on the other hand were popping the champagne and getting their day off to a fun start, which who could really blame them? It was New Years Eve and they were ready to get it going! What’s really fun for us photographers is when a bride and groom get ready at the same location because the juxtaposition of the getting ready photos is always great to show.
The ceremony took place at St. John’s Episcopal Church, and was extra special to Courtney and Asa as it was the church attend regularly. Sometimes at a more traditional church we are not allowed to photograph in the center isle or from the front of the church, which is completely OK with us and actually allows us to get some not traditional angles during the ceremony. We normally can’t get the nervous moments before the bride comes down the isle because we are up front capturing the processional and the 2nd photographer is positioned to capture the grooms expression from the side isle. This was a fun approach for us and we are really happy with the results.
After the ceremony we popped around downtown Portsmouth for creative portraits and what was so nice about this day is that we had plenty of time to go to a few different locations for photos, warm up on the party bus, and even had time to spare! They chose to have a gap of time in between their ceremony and reception, which was so great for a winter wedding that doesn’t want to do a first look. Normally for a winter wedding we would highly recommend a first look because the sun sets so early, but the timing for this day was so perfect that we got a little daylight, twilight, and evening photos too. If this is something you would like to on your wedding day, we can help you plan your timeline to ensure we are able to get the photos you would like on your day. You don’t necessarily have to have a gap in your day, or do a first look. We can help you plan your wedding events around the best light of the day so before you send out your invitations, make sure you talk to us along with your wedding planner and DJ to insure the perfect day! We also have to acknowledge that Courtney, Asa and their crew were totally down for photos in snow and cold and even though they were pretty chilly they rallied for us and we couldn’t be more appreciative!
Once we hit the reception it was on! At this point in the day we are on photojournalism mode and are totally there to capture your events! Asa did give us the heads up on their first dance dip which was so great so we could be sure to be ready for it. After dinner was dancing and finally the countdown.
What a great way to celebrate the new year, than to have a all your friends and family surround you as you start your new journey as husband and wife. We couldn’t have been happier to be a part of this day and would like to take a moment to wish everyone a happy 2020! We’re looking forward to this years Millyard Studios weddings!