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Laura and Dean have an amazing story, straight out of the movies.

Laura is a Texas native, and Dean moved to Austin from Massachusetts 15 years ago. I asked him what brought him to Texas and he immediately responded “Laura”, even though they had yet to meet for over ten years more.

As legend has it, Dean saw Laura one night while he was out with the guys and she was out with a girlfriend. He didn’t muster up the courage to say hi to her that night, and kicked himself for it through the entire next day. That very night, by some crazy chance, Dean saw Laura again. He didn’t let this chance pass him by, and quickly ran after her (did he run? I’m not sure he ran, but it sure sounds heart-poundingly good, right?). The rest is blissful history and brought them to this beautiful Nantucket wedding weekend in June.


I’m going to share their wedding day in two parts, because Laura and Dean chose two equally stunning locations for their wedding festivities. The ceremony took place on the Zen Deck of The Wauwinet. As with any fretful rain-maybe sun-no rain-definitely wind type of day, the skies gave us the most brilliant lighting to work with for their evening ceremony. There was no wind to speak of, and not a drop of rain.

Laura wore a dress by Monique Lhuillier, and carried a bouquet by Flowers on Chestnut.


The Wauwinet’s Zen Deck makes a for a perfectly beachy wedding backdrop, surrounded by sand but standing on solid ground.

wedding on the wauwinet zen deckundefined

We stuck around for more photos and canoodling while the rest of the guests set off for cocktails at the Chanticleer in Siasconset.


Laura, you are so beautiful and elegant in a wedding gown. Dean, you’re quite the catch yourself!undefined

Then we hopped into the Green Willy… a little romantic time with, ya know, a photographer and her camera facing you ;-)


Stay tuned for photos around Sankaty Light, ‘Sconset and the Chanticleer reception!

**UPDATE: now continued at Chanticleer Reception: Laura + Dean**

Wedding Coordination: Blue Ivy Events

Flowers: Flowers on Chestnut

Transportation: Highland Drivers

Hair and Make-Up: RJ Miller Salon & Spa


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  • June 15, 2011 - 10:49 am

    Emily - What a beautiful bride!

  • June 15, 2011 - 10:54 am

    Lindsey Ocker - Wow – I think this is the most elegant beach wedding photography I’ve ever seen! Stunning.

  • June 15, 2011 - 3:02 pm

    Gina Hollis - Amazing photos. Laura, you were a beautiful bride! Dean looked pretty handsome too.

  • June 15, 2011 - 3:55 pm

    stacey - Thanks so much for the comments, ladies! Can’t wait to show you more tomorrow :-)

  • June 15, 2011 - 6:11 pm

    Becca Olcott - luminous! lovely.

  • June 21, 2011 - 3:51 pm

    Laura *You Stir Me* - oh my goodness, I’m in love with her dress! It’s so soft and romantic, the perfect touch for the rest of their wedding. Gorgeous shots – love the ones on the dock!

  • June 25, 2011 - 11:47 pm

    Dean - Thank u Stacey;)

  • June 29, 2011 - 7:53 pm

    Eugene Michel - very clean processing. nice work.

For anyone interested in seeing the other side of my together-session with Desiree Spinner, I finally got a few film scans back!

These are Fuji Pro 400 on a Canon 1-V. A little more red and contrasty than I was hoping for, but I’m still playing around with what tones come from different types of film. And frankly, what I need to do, in camera, to get them there. Click on the original link above to see the difference!

(I, of course, could edit these digitally, but that’s not the point of this little challenge :-))


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I stopped in this past week to take some photos of my friend Melissa over at her amazing little shop, Yummy Goods in West Barnstable.

Is she not the most adorable thing you’ve ever seen? You must check out her shop when you’re in the area. Yummy Goods is so unique, and a much-welcome burst of sunshine along Route 6A. While you’re traveling along the historic road from one point of Cape Cod to the other, you’ll find numerous antique shops and art studios (and the 300-year old home my mom and I both grew up in) that are also pretty neat. When you step inside Yummy Goods, you’ll feel an energy that is fresh, cheery and inviting. Unique gifts for every single person in your life (especially for yourself!). Melissa is always sourcing new products and creating such gorgeous displays using vintage finds like an old claw foot tub, chairs and a refrigerator!


Melissa is also an artist! She’s an incredibly talented fabric designer, and you can check out her recent sewing project BOOK here at Small Stash Sewing!

I’m excited to hear that Melissa’s paintings will now be on display at Frying Pan Gallery and Sol Restaurant in Wellfleet too!

When you stop in, chances are good that Melissa is painting and creating in the studio space toward the back of the shop, and you’re welcome to pull up a chair and join her. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting many local women in the shop over such activities as Valentine’s-crafting, knit-night, and making warm clothing for charity around the holidays. You should probably become a fan on Facebook to stay updated, and I’ll see you there soon!

local artist on cape cod

Thanks for the wonderful visit, as always, Melissa! I love chatting with you, and exploding in smiles and inspiration in your space!

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