Examples of intimate, small New England weddings

September 3, 2020

Intimate, small New England weddings are my favorite! Waterside vows, garden ceremonies and even small gatherings at pristine estates — they wow me every time. The small size only makes the day that much more special — there’s nothing more that you want, and nothing less that you need.

And please be assured that even with a small event, you can still have that traditional wedding day feel. I’ll photograph the bride getting ready, the family clinking champagne glasses, your charming ceremony and every other hand-picked detail.

To help you prepare for your intimate wedding, take a look through my favorite examples of small New England weddings.

Waterside New England wedding

This Massachusetts elopement at Marina Bay had everything you need for an intimate wedding ceremony, including a puppy! They said their vows on a gorgeous dock and took portraits as the sun set on their beautiful wedding day.

New England wedding at a dock in Boston
Boston wedding at the marina
Waterside elopement in Boston
A small wedding party watches the wedding ceremony from a dock in Boston

Handwritten love notes passed between the couple

At the same elopement, the couple wrote love notes that they read while getting ready. I captured shots of them both as they read the handwritten notes filled with sweet thoughts.

Bride reads a handwritten note from her groom
Groom reads a handwritten note from his bride

Backyard first look

Often times, the first look takes place at the wedding venue, squeezed in just before the ceremony. At this small New England wedding, the couple got ready and had their first look right at home. It was so sweet and they had privacy that most couples don’t experience during this moment on the wedding day.

A couple's first look at a New England wedding
A bride and groom hold hands during their first look
A bride looks down, smiling, at her orange, pink and white bouquet

Garden ceremonies

So many New England wedding venues offer garden ceremony locations. With only 10 chairs on a luscious lawn, it creates a secluded, personal look.

New England wedding held in a garden next to the water

Tented cheers to the couple

Tented weddings also create an inviting atmosphere for small wedding parties. Here, you can see the small wedding party toasting to the couple. It feels like a happy family gathering and that can be all you need!

Tented New England wedding

Live stream to anywhere

Live streaming is an option too. For example, one of my couples streamed their wedding to Australia, Brazil, Columbia and Ireland. It’s a way for others to be involved, without the issue of travel or guest accommodations.

New England Weddings

Book an estate for your New England wedding

Imagine a small group of your best friends and closest family members in a jaw-dropping estate like this. It’s a brand new style of wedding, but one worth considering. Plus, if you find an estate with accomodations, that’s even better!

New England wedding at an estate
Blush, fall tablescape at a New England wedding

Planning your own small New England wedding? I’d love to add my two cents and discuss photography too. Get in touch here.

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