Ellen + Derek: A Petite Micro-Wedding at Hotel Portsmouth-Prescott Park

“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass…It’s about learning to dance in the rain.” – Vivian Green

As I sat in the car waiting for the torrential downpour to pass, feverishly refreshing the radar screen to confirm that it was the last cell to pass for the afternoon, I had no idea of the delightfulness that awaited me inside the Hotel Portsmouth. What a spectacular place!  I could have taken photos in and around this amazingly restored hotel all day, but as soon as I said hello we scurried off to Prescott Park in a very light drizzle that stopped just about the same time the limo lapped back around with the stunning bride!

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The clouds were pretty impressive in their dreary ominousness. Quite the great contrast to the gorgeous sexy Flower Kiosk bouquet.

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The family was already assembled in the garden when we arrived.  Ellen’s sister made those wellies look like runway shoes!portsmouth hotel prescott park elopement 0002 portsmouth hotel prescott park elopement 0003

Once they were safely out of the limo Ellen, her sister, and their father walked them to the ceremony area. portsmouth hotel prescott park elopement 0004

Being that there were only a few friends and family in attendance, the ceremony was heavily filmed & broadcast in real time for some dear, but not so near folks to be there too. portsmouth hotel prescott park elopement 0005

Isn’t it beautiful!?  I’m so glad that they chose to ‘dance in the rain’ and take advantage of the stunning color and bloom at the Prescott Park Gardens.
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Watching their babies take the next step in their lives together.  So bittersweet. portsmouth hotel prescott park elopement 0008

The Rev. Mary Westfall performed a beautiful service.  Her demeanor is simply lovely! And her stole is absolutely gorgeous. portsmouth hotel prescott park elopement 0009 portsmouth hotel prescott park elopement 0010 portsmouth hotel prescott park elopement 0011 portsmouth hotel prescott park elopement 0012

Ellen and her sister had matching charm bracelets.  In my day, a charm jewelry looked like this and the purple baby bottle with bell, was my favorite!  These charm bracelets were simply gorgeous and told the most wonderful stories.  Stories sisters share.  portsmouth hotel prescott park elopement 0013

With this ring.. portsmouth hotel prescott park elopement 0014

SWAK! ..another flashback reference… These kids and their texting acronyms these days have no idea what they’re missing out on. portsmouth hotel prescott park elopement 0015 portsmouth hotel prescott park elopement 0016

The whole wedding! portsmouth hotel prescott park elopement 0017 portsmouth hotel prescott park elopement 0018

Ellen had a matching pair of Wellies, and although the rain had stopped and the sun was starting to work it’s way through, we found a puddle to splash in anyway. portsmouth hotel prescott park elopement 0019

Then, I kicked everyone back to the Hotel Portsmouth to wait and have a drink at their super cool speakeasy basement bar, while Ellen and Derek and I roamed through the park to capture their newly wedded bliss!portsmouth hotel prescott park elopement 0020

yes. yes. yes. a million times yes. portsmouth hotel prescott park elopement 0021

And then, the sun came out and made for the most stupendous light. And they danced. portsmouth hotel prescott park elopement 0022portsmouth hotel prescott park elopement 0023 portsmouth hotel prescott park elopement 0024 portsmouth hotel prescott park elopement 0025

For real. This happened. The sun just came out to bask them in all their love.  And left a hazy fog of awe for all to see.

 

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As the clouds finished clearing out the sky shone a beautiful bright blue. portsmouth hotel prescott park elopement 0027

This picture is so them.  Ellen and Derek have such a lovely, calm, inner peace about them.  portsmouth hotel prescott park elopement 0029portsmouth hotel prescott park elopement 0028

And what’s fall in Portsmouth without a little help from Pumpkin Head Man and the gorgeous foliage!portsmouth hotel prescott park elopement 0030

The Hotel Portsmouth has a great red phone booth in their hall – we jumped in to snap a few photos … Ellen is STUNNING – just look at the sparkle in her eyes!portsmouth hotel prescott park elopement 0031

And Derek’s looking pretty dapper himself.  The next Clark Kent perhaps?portsmouth hotel prescott park elopement 0032

We finished our adventure in the front sitting room.  That couch?! The yellow phone!?  Like I said, I could wander around here for days and never stop finding places I wanted to take photos!portsmouth hotel prescott park elopement 0033

Thank you thank you thank you Ellen & Derek for finding me and asking me to photograph your perfectly YOU micro-wedding!

All the best.

~xoxo mk

8 Responses

  1. This was such an intimate wedding, it’s so beautiful! PS, your black and whites are amazing… they must love these!

  2. I looooove these! Small, intimate weddings are so beautiful, and this one definitely doesn’t disappoint! The portraits are so lovely, and your black and whites are amazing! Portraits by the water – my fave!

  3. LOVE this intimate little ceremony! And holy sha-moly…the b&w of them on the couch…MAGAZINE worthy! 🙂

  4. What a beautiful wedding!!! Loving the green boots- so AWESOME!!!! And the garden shots I just LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!!

  5. The small, sweet wedding. Those incredibly beautiful locations. That couple – gorgeous! Loved getting to view and read about their day. How wonderful that they were able to broadcast the ceremony for their dear friends! I’m in love with that first black and white of them after the ceremony and the last black and white of them on the couch. Beautiful work.

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