Suzanne & Josh are getting married on Nantucket! They are such a sweet couple and I am so pleased to have met them! Suzanne & Josh recently spent a lovely weekend here and we did an engagement session all over town, the Lily Pond and Steps Beach. It was a rather windy day but Steps Beach was absolutely perfect and the Rosa Rugosa were in full bloom. Suzanne spent her childhood summers on Nantucket and she had so many wonderful memories to share. Nantucket has become a special place for both Suzanne and Josh and will be the perfect setting for their fall wedding.
Suzanne and Josh met up in Rochester, NY through their roommates Carol and John in 2009. Suzanne was back in school for a Nursing degree while Josh was in the middle of a PhD in organic chemistry. A year and a half of friendship found them bonding over their mutual loves of nature, exploring, college basketball, and a good beer. Although the actual date they officially became a couple is a little unclear, Josh swears October 31st and Suzanne thinks a “December-ish” date is more accurate, the two realized pretty quickly that they were more than just friends.
I look forward to photographing their wedding at the White Elephant this October!
Enjoy! – Katie K.
Jen and Peter were married in St. John on May 26th at Annaberg Ruins in the Virgin Island National Park overlooking the gorgeous teal waters of the Caribbean. These two had an amazing week and were joined by friends and family who traveled down to the island to celebrate with them.
Jen and Peter knew they wanted to do a destination wedding. Since everyone was scattered throughout the United States they figured if their family and friends were going to buy a plane ticket it might as well be to somewhere beautiful! After looking into a few places they saw photos of St. John, fell in love with the island and the decision was made. They worked closely with Mary of Island Style Weddings who planned their special day and all of the events throughout the week.
I had met Peter and Jen a few times before as Peter’s sister, Amanda is a good friend of mine on Nantucket. When we talked about their destination wedding there was no question that I was on board to come along as their photographer for the week not just the weekend, so I could tell their whole story. The adventure started at 5 am when we left Boston the Wednesday before the wedding. Jen was glowing as we went through the security line at Boston Logan Airport holding her wedding dress garment bag and everyone asked her “are you going to get married?” Needless to say it’s absolutely wonderful to spend time photographing the entire journey. The week in St. John was filled with snorkeling adventures, beach days, and lots of laughter. Destination weddings are very special, in St. John everyone was on ‘island time’ and cell phones rarely worked, thus everyone was fully present and truly in the moment. I was so grateful to be part of their week and to photograph all of their adventures.
Jen and Peter are such a wonderful, kind and happy couple. They also laugh constantly! They have endless funny stories and I found myself laughing with them all week! Jen and Peter have an incredible group of family and friends. Everyone helped out during the week and we coined our term “it takes a villa” to make it all happen! Denise kept track of time, made lists and was sure that everyone was on time during the wedding day. Brian drove everyone around all the time. Each and every person who came to the wedding played a special role in Jen & Peter’s wedding festivities.
Jen and Peter also have a fun story about how they met….Peter is a talented story teller, so I asked him to tell us about how they met…..”On an absolutely FREEZING Boston night in January 2010, I received a phone call from my friend, Adam Metropoulis “I’m at Samurai, my favorite sushi spot, with my friend Jen. She’s awesome, you’ll like her. Come meet us”. It was around midnight and I had been daydreaming of being home, warm and curled up with Enzo (one of my 2 soulmates). Geographically speaking, I was at an inconvenient distance from where they were. The subway line closest to where I was did not run anywhere near where they were. Getting a cab in Boston on a saturday night; let’s just say I could probably finish a rubix cube on the sidewalk before finding an available cab. The circumstances were not promising. To this day, I can’t pinpoint why; but something intangible, mysterious and convincing seeped into my grey matter, turned my sensors off and drove me to conclude that I would walk 25 minutes in a frigid, wind ridden New England winter night to meet them. After 30 minutes of piercing wind, I arrived motivated, hypothermic and curious. Little did I know that in 30 seconds I’d be shaking hands with my new, eternal best friend. I saw Adam sitting with a beautiful, blonde, blue eyed girl in a green sweater. I walked over; ”Hi, I’m Peter. You and I are gonna get to know each other, laugh,cry, spend every holiday together, meet each others families and start our own family someday.You want kids? What are you drinking?” That’s not exactly how my introduction went-but I was thinking it!”
From there Jen and Peter exchanged numbers, began dating and eventually decided to get married in paradise.
On the wedding day the skies were gorgeous and the light was perfect. Jen and Peter were married by Peter’s cousin, Jonathan. They also had two little cuties in the wedding party, Hunter was the ring bearer and Seton was the flower girl (she also had a great time at the reception and even wore Jen’s veil out on the dance floor). Jen and Peter added a personal touch to their ceremony as they tied a fisherman’s knot to represent unity. As they tied the knot Jonathan read….”The fisherman’s knot is the strongest there is; it will not break and will only become stronger when under pressure…..As you intertwine your pieces, you are joining your two lives into one….the finished knot symbolizes your future and how your love and marriage will continue to be strong. Let this knot be a symbol of the strength of your love for each other now and forever.”
After the ceremony we took photos at Annaberg National Park and Trunk Bay. From there the reception was in full swing at The Waterfront Bistro. DJ Adonis had everyone dancing all night and the party never stopped. I have photographed a lot of amazing dance moves but I must say this group deserves an award for their Gangnam Style and Congo Line around the restaurant. It was a spectacular evening!
Congratulations Jen and Peter!
Wedding Coordinator & Wedding Design: Island Style Weddings, Photographer: Katie Kaizer Photography, Floral Design: Rose Too, DJ: Adonis Morton, Transportation: Love City Limo Service & James Penn Taxi, Ceremony: Annaberg Ruins in the VI National Park, Reception: The Waterfront Bistro,
Enjoy! – Katie K.
The journey began on a very early morning in Boston….
Jen and Peter are an amazing couple. I had met them a few times over the years and when we talked about their plans for a destination wedding in St. John, USVI there was no question that I was on board to come along as their photographer so I could tell their whole story. In St. John everyone was on ‘island time’ and cell phones barely worked, which gave the whole week a very ‘in the moment’ feeling. It was so special to see all of their guests and family members celebrate set against the backdrop of paradise. Instead of a traditional rehearsal dinner Jen & Peter chose a sunset cruise around Cruz Bay aboard a beautiful schooner named ‘New Horizons.’ It was too perfect. Their family and bridal party joined them for a fun evening with champagne, amazing food, laughter, and a great toast by the grooms father, Al Brodbeck. Everyone shared stories and created new memories as the boat sailed around the gorgeous islands. When the sun finally dipped behind the mountains, the sky transformed into a gorgeous sunset. Everyone had an amazing time.
Enjoy! – Katie K.
Jen & Peter met in Boston about three years ago through mutual friends. Last July they were engaged and now we find ourselves in a tropical paradise for their destination wedding in St. John, USVI.
I had met Peter and Jen a few times before as Peter’s sister, Amanda is a good friend of mine on Nantucket. When we talked about their wedding there was no question that I was on board to come along as their photographer for the week not just the weekend, so I could tell their whole story. The adventure started last Wednesday when we left Boston. Jen was glowing as we went through the security line at Boston Logan Airport holding her wedding dress garment bag and everyone asked her “are you going to get married?” Needless to say it’s absolutely wonderful to spend time photographing the entire journey. This week has been filled with snorkeling adventures, beach days, and lots of laughter.
There is a lot to share but for now here’s a glimpse of Maho Bay yesterday. Peter and Jen are so much fun to photograph and we are all so happy for them! Happy Wedding Day to Jen & Peter here in St. John!
Enjoy! – Katie K.
Peter’s newest tattoo – “Always My Love”
This spring I was pleased to photograph the marriage of Nicole Steinmuller and Ben Shappell who recently decided to make Nantucket their home year round. They are an amazing, dynamic and fun couple so it was no surprise that photographing their wedding was incredibly fun. Their ceremony was at the Unitarian Church and the reception was held at the Great Harbor Yacht Club. Springtime weddings are so lovely, Nantucket is still rather quiet and on this very special day we had blue skies and sunshine.
Nicole and Ben met through friends in Boston while Nicole was completing her residency. After a few years of dating, Ben finally popped the question one night in Boston. I asked Nicole how their journey led them to having a Nantucket wedding at the Great Harbor Yacht Club…
“I had always wanted to get married on Martha’s Vineyard, but when we moved to Nantucket the notion of Martha’s Vineyard quickly disappeared. It became very clear very quickly that Nantucket was a place like no other and that our wedding had to occur on Nantucket. The Great Harbor Yacht Club was the perfect venue by the water to share the beauty of Nantucket with our friends and family while celebrating our special day.”
This wedding was a fantastic way to kick off the season as I was working alongside many of my favorite Nantucket Vendors. The Great Harbor Yacht Club looked absolutely gorgeous and as the sun started to go down the dancing started and never stopped. I truly enjoyed meeting all of Nicole & Ben’s family and friends. Wishing them all the best!
Wedding Coordinator: Nantucket Island Events, Church: Unitarian Church, Venue: The Great Harbor Yacht Club, Hair & Makeup: RJ Miller Salon & Spa, Photographer: Katie Kaizer Photography, Band: Sultans of Swing, Flowers: Flowers on Chestnut, Catering & Cake: Nantucket Catering Company, Specialty Car: Highland Drivers
Enjoy! – Katie K.
Nantucket is a very special place to be a family photographer. I love the unique combination of photographing families who live on Nantucket year round and families who come from all over the world to visit this special island. Being able to photograph local families throughout all the seasons is a wonderful experience. Being from Nantucket I have a true appreciation for what it means to grow up on the island. One of my favorite local families is the Ruley Family. I have been photographing them since the kids were little and we do a few photo sessions a year with the twins Charlotte and Madeleine who are 8 years old now! They are such a sweet family. The girls love nature, bird watching and everything to do with the outdoors. We have photographed all over the island and yet we always find a new place to kick off our photo sessions. This time we had a perfect spring day as we met at Sanford Farm and then upon the girls request we went down to Children’s Beach where they could play on the playground. These girls are all about adventure and they even added a few spontaneous yoga poses in the forest at Sanford Farm. As they ran from place to place they also decided to climb a gorgeous Cherry Blossom tree that was fully in bloom. It was such a spectacular day! Looking forward to all the upcoming family portraiture sessions as we head into such a lovely time of year!
From Meg Ruley….”We love Katie Kaizer, aka our family photographer. A few times a year we get together with her to record special moments through her photography. The kids are growing up so fast! Katie is great at capturing their childhood life on Nantucket.”
Growing up on Nantucket….