Stephanie and Andy – Turner Hill Wedding

Stephanie and Andy got married on a crystal-clear, crisp fall day at the absolutely STUNNING Turner Hill Mansion in Ipswich, MA.  When my wife and I quickly toured the mansion a few days before the wedding, I literally started getting giddy with the prospect of photographing at such a beautiful location.  The ideas were just overflowing!  However, what made this day even better was this simply down-to-earth, funny, and madly in love couple!  Stephanie and Andy treated me like a guest (or even an old friend) and allowed me to share in the intimate moments of their day.  The day was filled with laughter and happiness – and hopefully you can see that in the pictures I selected.  So sit back and enjoy!  (A short warning in advance – I don’t know why but so many of my favorites from the day are vertical – so this is a LONG post!)

When I showed up at Stephanie’s house to begin my day with her, I almost immediately felt like I was part of the family.  Everyone was just so welcoming and relaxed and Stephanie was just so joyful.  I had fun using the gorgeous natural light pouring into her parent’s house.  Here the dress is framed in the front hallway:

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Getting help with the shoes in her bedroom:

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I just love this picture.  To me it encapsulates Stephanie’s mood the entire day.  The bridal suite at Turner Hill just feels so elegant.

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We stopped for a moment to take a few bridal portraits in the front entry of the mansion.  It made me feel like we were in a castle in England.

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And even thought I tried to go serious – like the one above – Stephanie’s energy was just so contagious.

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I was joined by the talented Douglas Levy who took a few minutes to capture Andy getting ready.  Here he is in the groom’s room (an amazing library of the mansion’s original owner) in a moment of downtime.  Great shot Doug!

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I grabbed a quick portrait of Andy in the glowing natural light pouring in through the windows of the mansion.

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Sometimes it takes a series to capture the real emotion of the day.

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If you want to feel like a princess on your wedding day – get ready in this room!  I felt like I was shooting for the cover of Vanity Fair.

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Stephanie descending the mansion’s main staircase on the way to the ceremony.

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How can you not feel elegant here?!

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Ceremonies at Turner Hill take place in front of this old pergola.

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This should give you a glimpse into Stephanie and Andy’s personality.  One of their readings began with a quote from The Princess Bride.  “Mawidge…. Mawidge is what brings us together.  Mawidge, that bwessed awangement.”  “Luuuuvvv. Trwu luuvv.”  Love that scene.  Her reader did it perfectly.  Doug grabbed this great shot of Stephanie cracking up during the reading.

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As usual, this is one of my favorite moments of the day.  I sent Stephanie a copy of this a few weeks ago, and this is what she replied, “I love how you can tell that we’re not just looking at each other, we’re saying something to each other with that look!”

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Gorgeous flowers.

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After the ceremony we snuck away for a few moments to get some portraits of the two of them together.

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You can’t fake this!

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A few moments from the evening’s dancing.  Doug snapped the one on the right.

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I love natural light!

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Doug grabbed this one towards the end of the night.

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At the end of the night, I remembered that we forgot to get a shot of the building from outside at dusk (too busy having fun capturing the dancing), so Doug was nice enough to set up a tripod.  The first couple of shots were interesting, but the building was just too dark.  It needed a little supplemental light, so I grabbed a flash and ran around like a crazy man, manually popping the building and grass with my flash during the long exposure.  There were some gaps in my first few attempts, but after a couple of tries – I had the pattern down (and was running fast enough) and nailed it with this frame.  If you look in the foreground, you can actually see my silhouette in the grass (oops!) – not to mention, once up by the lower left window.  I decided to leave them in there for fun!  Cool huh?

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I know I probably over did it with this post – but I really enjoyed editing this wedding and loved these pics.  Hope you did too!  For more, be sure to check out the slideshow below.  (if it doesn’t work, just keep double clicking on it)

Stephanie and Andy – thank you so much for treating me like an old friend and for allowing me to capture all of these wonderful moments!

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  • November 18, 2009 - 11:30 am

    Don Mamone - Love this story Ned and the images are nothing short of AMAZING!

  • November 18, 2009 - 11:36 am

    Rich Pizzuti - Nice ending to the story… wow! great work

  • November 18, 2009 - 5:05 pm

    Natasha K - That final shot of the building is spectacular!

  • November 19, 2009 - 8:17 am

    Krista Photography - Ned, these are awesome! I LOVE that they read from the Princess Bride!!!! I’ve waited my whole career to hear that at a wedding! I officially love them 🙂 And the night shot of the mansion is perfect – your legs in it and all.

  • November 21, 2009 - 11:36 am

    Bob Letourneau - These images are absolutely stunning. Being an amateur photographer I really appreciate the art and style that went into this work. Of course I am also an uncle to the bride. Andy and Stephanie are truly a wonderful match…

  • November 22, 2009 - 8:59 pm

    Melissa Coe - Ned!! These are GORGEOUS!!! Anytime you need a hand give me a call. Seriously 🙂 I’d love to shoot with you!

  • December 1, 2009 - 5:23 pm

    emilie inc. - Beautiful wedding and awesome effort with that last image, Ned!!

  • December 1, 2009 - 10:26 pm

    Mattion Grazier - Love that night shot of the building!!!!! Awesome stuff Ned!!!!

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