Crane Estate Wedding Ipswich, MA

Dear anyone who wants to get married somewhere with giant iron doors, rolling grass fields, and what kind of look like Roman ruins surrounded by picturesque gardens: a Crane Estate wedding is for you. And anyone really. Like, I can’t imagine someone walking into the gardens and being like, “Naaaah, I saw something better.” Somehow this castle is plopped down among so much New England charm, I stopped to get ice cream at a teeny tiny homemade shop just down the road. I have seen many wedding venues and love where I got married….but woah, Crane Estate is just incomparable. I always show up a bit early to survey a new place and see where the light is. I quickly established we would need an entire weekend of just shooting to play with all the places I wanted to shoot.

With Kathleen and Liz, the magic of Crane Estate was brought to life. The two fun-loving ladies spent time before the ceremony rehearsing their first dance, a choreographed hip-hop routine to a song by none other than Justin Bieber. At another point, they persuaded me to get on my hands and knees to photograph some passing turkeys – quite an adventurous duo, and I was happy to be a part of the merriment.

The day itself was tinged with yellow, from Kathleen’s suspenders to the sunflower centerpieces to the lemon place cards. A color scheme like this is ideal for a summer wedding. As Kathleen and Liz, officially married, walked down the aisle amid a sea of bubbles, I realized that weddings aren’t just about storybook venues; they are about celebrating with the people you love. And, of course, starting Bieber dance parties.

Venue: Crane Estate // Florist: Diane Foote & Cathy Cross // Caterer: Fireside Catering // DJ/Band: Jim Horgos
Cupcakes: Georgetown Cupcakes // Hair: Solari Spa // Makeup: Making Faces // Dress Shop: Lord and Taylor // Suit Shop: J. Crew Ludlow

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