ali and sean || willowdale estate || topsfield, ma

I had the pleasure of meeting Ali last summer at Maureen and Luke ‘s wedding. She was newly engaged and in charge of handing out programs. Of course everyone was noticing her lovely new sparkly ring, and not wanting to steal any thunder Ali considered flipping her ring around. I was so happy when Sean and Ali booked me to photograph their wedding, too.

They both came in for the pre-wedding meeting, and the list of things that they had crafted themselves (and with a lot of help from family and friends!) was staggering! Signs leading to the reception, hand-carved table number stands, custom swizzle sticks (thanks grandma!), adornments on her shoes and jacket, menu cards, cake topper (which was ADORABLE), place cards (flat stones hand collected from freezing ocean waters in January), purses for each of the bridesmaids, the list goes on!!! I kind of wanted to have another wedding and let them handle all of the details!

Ok, ok……enough chit-chat….on with the pictures!








First look…





The ceremony music was acoustic guitar, and it was so beautiful I started to tear up! I also loved the song – Falling Slowly.


I caught Maureen sneaking Ali a smile during their flower ceremony.


Hooray! Married!!! Let’s have some mojitos!!!


The bridal party all got to choose their own dresses and suits, the only thing matching were the groomsmen’s socks!


I just love this series….








As if the yummy cake wasn’t enough, they put out WARM cookies at the end of the reception!


You can never be too careful…




hair & make-up – Andrew Michaels Spa
flowers – Nellie’s Wildflowers and friends
cake – Konditor Meister
bolero- Holly Stalder
officiant – Rev. Robin Zucker
reception – Willowdale Estate
dj – DJ Greg Gates
ceremony music – Steven Kirby

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  • CourtneyAugust 25, 2009 - 3:45 pm

    The pictures are GORGEOUS! I can’t wait to see the rest of them…ReplyCancel

  • KellyAugust 25, 2009 - 3:53 pm

    These pictures are amazing! You and Ali look great!ReplyCancel

  • MelissaAugust 25, 2009 - 3:53 pm

    These pictures are absolutely beautiful. Ali, great job on all the diy’s! Also, I am enamoured with the shrug. Sean confirmed it was from etsy, I LOVEEE Etsy!

    Congrats and I wish you all the best of luck.ReplyCancel

  • madhabi mistryAugust 25, 2009 - 4:39 pm

    these pictures are so beautiful! and along with the narration, i felt like i was there! congratulations!ReplyCancel

  • MaureenAugust 25, 2009 - 4:54 pm

    I’m not the slightest bit surprised – these photos are beautiful! I could look at them again and again – it was a fantastic day, down to every last detail. I can’t wait to see the rest of them. Ali and Sean, congratulations!ReplyCancel

  • CarterAugust 25, 2009 - 5:39 pm

    Great pictures! It really was a wonderful evening!ReplyCancel

  • FrancescaAugust 25, 2009 - 5:46 pm

    These photos are beautiful! I love the wedding cake top–amazing! Everything is so sweet and loving; looks like it was a wonderful day.ReplyCancel

  • KatAugust 25, 2009 - 5:56 pm

    Adore the photos! I know the two of them put a lot of time and effort on the the details, and I love that you took the time to capture them for their photos. Definitely captured the spirit of the wedding. Hooray for Ali and Sean!!!ReplyCancel

  • Susan DalyAugust 25, 2009 - 7:03 pm

    The setting is gorgeous, the pictures are fabulous and you both look so happy. Congratulations and best wishes for a long, happy marriage.ReplyCancel

  • BellaAugust 25, 2009 - 7:10 pm

    Beautiful photos! If I hadn’t already booked a photographer, I’d be calling Nancy. It was such a wonderful event, and I thank you for sharing it with us!ReplyCancel

  • Deana PeabodyAugust 25, 2009 - 7:35 pm

    Such beautiful pictures! I absolutely LOVE them! Ali you looked so great! The ceremony pictures are amazing. Wish we were there, best of luck to a fabulous couple.ReplyCancel

  • NataliaAugust 25, 2009 - 10:01 pm

    I hope Sean’s tie ended up on his head at some point in the evening!ReplyCancel

  • KatieAugust 25, 2009 - 10:03 pm

    Wow! Really great photos! Ali and Sean, what a wonderful, fun wedding!!ReplyCancel

  • NicoleAugust 26, 2009 - 12:06 am

    Wonderful pictures from a wonderful day!!ReplyCancel

  • kristinAugust 26, 2009 - 12:22 am

    Great photos!! You two looked SO happy all day–not hard to get great pictures–I’m looking forward to seeing the rest.ReplyCancel

  • ShellyAugust 26, 2009 - 1:42 am

    Great pics! They really capture the joy and playfulness of the evening. I love the small b&w series of Ali & Sean. So perfect!ReplyCancel

  • ToddAugust 26, 2009 - 7:37 am

    Great photos that celebrate a even greater nightReplyCancel

  • Michelle FreniereAugust 26, 2009 - 11:34 am

    These pictures look amazing adn perfectly capture the essence of the day. I love them!ReplyCancel

  • Natasha AndersonAugust 26, 2009 - 11:59 am

    What beautiful photos! It was an amazing celebration and the pictures reflect all of the love and happiness that was felt that day! I love the series of the 3 black and white pics of Ali & Sean 🙂ReplyCancel

  • TessaAugust 26, 2009 - 12:01 pm

    absolutely love these photos- Nancy, you are gifted. and I really appreciate that these are posted online so that we can all see them so easily and relive the great night.ReplyCancel

  • RichAugust 26, 2009 - 12:23 pm

    How did I miss the cookies??ReplyCancel

  • Mishawn Davis-EyeneAugust 28, 2009 - 3:12 pm

    I don’t know if I’ve seen pictures that caputre the little precious moments of a wedding any better!ReplyCancel

  • katie PublicoverSeptember 3, 2009 - 7:44 pm

    Had such a great time!!!!! These pictures came out great. It is clear in the photos how much you guys love each other….
    I had a great time and i am really blessed to have you as a sister and Doug as a new Brother in law….
    happiness always!ReplyCancel

  • Alexandra ChiurriOctober 26, 2009 - 11:57 am

    Hi Ali! What a beautiful wedding!!! Alex ChiurriReplyCancel

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