I was honored to join Pano and Sara’s celebration of marriage at the Harbor View Hotel in Edgartown, Martha’s Vineyard. It was a blue sky, no clouds in the distance kind of day. I arrived at the hotel and was greeted by the boys enjoying brews on the deck. Harbor view overlooks the water with gorgeous views of the surrounding area and the lighthouse.
I found Sara in one of the quant little cottages getting ready. She was getting her hair and makeup done while her mom watched and her sister finished writing her speech outside. The energy in the room was full of excitement, love and bliss. Everyone was very peaceful and present. While her mom and sister helped put on her dress, I could see her mom starting to tear up. I asked them to stand together and take some formal posed photos to capture the moment. I then asked them to look at each other and smile and that’s when her mom couldn’t hold in the tears any longer. The love in that little room was beaming through the old wood floorboards and overflowing onto the back deck outside. It was the perfect setting for the perfect New England wedding photography session.
Sara and Pano exchanged vows on a gazebo overlooking the water. After the ceremony, the party moved inside to the main dining room at the Harbor View. Pano is from Albania and I had never experienced Albanian wedding traditions before. Right after dinner, the traditional Albanian wedding dances and songs started and lasted throughout the night. The merge of different cultures and families created a party like no other. I can honestly say that was the most fun I have had at a wedding. Ever.
Pano and Sara were the sweetest together. While shooting family photos, Pano would stop and stare at Sara during each group. He wanted to see her in the moment enjoying herself. I captured every stolen glance and kiss. They loved being in each other’s company and were inseparable. They both have heart’s of gold and I am looking forward to watching the rest of their story unfold.
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