Kate and Dan were married on June 10th 2017 overlooking the ocean under sunny skies. This couple’s wedding week was full of festivities including a family and friends Crossfit Workout party, a pool party and an amazing rehearsal dinner / welcome party at The Nantucket Yacht Club. We were honored to photograph all of their special events and I loved learning more about Kate’s family history here on the island and how she introduced Dan to island life. Here’s a little more of their story…
From the bride….”Our wedding ceremony took place right next to the ocean at the Sankaty Beach Club. As soon as we got engaged we knew that we wanted to get married in Nantucket – we are the fifth generation in my family to get married here in the last 100 years – but were unsure exactly where on the island. We did know that we wanted to be married outdoors next to the ocean, and as soon as we saw the Beach Club we knew that it was perfect for us.”
I love when our grooms write in about the special day too! Dan had a lot of great things to say about their love for the island… “Our wedding was on Nantucket, which has become my happy place over the past four years. Kate introduced me to the island in our first summer together. It is where I met most of her extended family for the first time (at their annual family reunion tennis tournament), where I’ve been inducted in to crazy workout ideas and rocket launches, and where we built so many happy memories together. Nantucket will be where we bring our own family for years to come.”
Kate and Dan are so thoughtful and so much fun. It was no surprise that when I met them at their Nantucket Engagement Session last spring it instantly seemed like I had known them forever! I photographed them on Kate’s family’s Red and White Sailboat and her father drove me around on his boat to get some epic photos of them. Leading up to their wedding we knew there would be many memories that would last a lifetime much like that afternoon with the sailboat! The wedding day was full of love, lots of laughter and one of the best dance parties ever. Kate and the ladies of her family did a special dance that you will read about and see later on in the blog! The couple both wrote in about a few memorable moments and I mixed their quotes in with the photos so you can see exactly what they are talking about!
Kate wrote about the advice her mom gave her just moments before she walked down the isle, some wonderful advice every bride should have..
“There were so many amazing moments that it is hard to pick just one! One of the most unexpected moments for me was walking down the aisle with my father. Driving over the ceremony, my mom passed along some advice that she had been given before her wedding (also on Nantucket!) 33 years ago. Part of what she told me was to walk slowly and make eye contact with people as I made my way down the aisle. I did just that and was truly blown away by the love, support, and joy that I felt radiating from our friend and family. It was an amazing and unforgettable way to start the ceremony.”
Here’s to Kate and Dan, one of the most fun loving and genuine couples we’ve ever met!
Planning: Maggie Stewart of Nantucket Island Events, Ceremony and Reception Venue: Sankaty Head Beach and Golf Club, Tent: Nantucket Tents, Tent Lighting/Ceiling Decor: Billy Voss of Perfect Nantucket Events, Officiant: Family Friend, Paper Suite: Parchment Nantucket, Calligraphy: Megan Fahy Calligraphy, Flowers: Soiree Floral, Linens & Rentals: Placesetters Inc., La Tavosankatla, Cake & Dessert: Jodi’s Cakes, Entertainment: Sultans of Swing, Photography: Katie Kaizer Photography, Video: Meg Simone Wedding Films, Photobooth: Zofia & Co., Hair: RJ Miller, Makeup: YG Makeup, Specialty Transportation: Highland Drivers, Transportation: Cranberry Transportation, Dress: Lela Rose from Ceremony Boston, Bride’s Shoes : Keds, Suits: Suit Supply, Ties: Knotty Ties, Bridesmaid Skirts: Joanna August, Bridesmaid Tops: Cuyana, Rings: Lauren O Jewel
Enjoy! – Katie K.
Brittany and Jonah were married on June 3rd 2017. Their wedding was held at Brittany’s family home here on Nantucket and it was the perfect place for them to celebrate with family and friends! I had been in touch with Brittany and Jonah for a year and a half leading up to the wedding. We had countless fun meetings and I got to meet their super cute pups, Tillie and Splinter, who were also a fun part of their first look and portraits! Here is a little more about their wedding day and why they chose to tie the knot here on the island, in a place that means so much to them….
“Our wedding was extra special to the two of us, as it was in the front yard of the house I grew up coming to every summer, where my parents now reside year round! It was amazing to have all of our family and friends there to celebrate, especially Jonah’s extended family and friends who had never been there before!”
When the couple told me they wanted to do their first look at Sanford Farm I was thrilled! This is a unique location and something different than some of the more popular places on Nantucket. Even better was that we got to bring their dogs along for the portraits and a few laughs before the ceremony! The dogs are so cute and Brittany and Jonah are the ultimate parents to their little loves! Here are a few words from Brittany about their first look…
“We did our First Look at Sanford Farm, a couple of hours before the ceremony – which we both loved! Not only was it great to see each other (and our pups!) and enjoy that moment alone, but it also took the jitters out for the rest of the day. We were able to relax, enjoy the ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception and be 100% present in the moment for the day. ”
Brittany and Jonah felt like old friends to me by the time the wedding day arrived as I had photographed their rehearsal dinner, welcome party and cookout with lawn games at their home. I absolutely love their enthusiasm for life and positive attitude. Brittany described their most memorable parts of the day…
“The whole day was so much fun, but there were two moments that stood out for both of us. The weather was a little bit of a concern leading up to the weekend, the forecast kept changing hourly. Rain was expected during our ceremony later that afternoon. However, when the bridal party (and dads!) arrived at Cisco beach for pictures before the ceremony, and the rain came prematurely! It was freezing, windy and wet – we all huddled together to stay warm and then we took a shot of Notch together to kick off the celebration. At that moment, we both realized not a thing could happen from there on out that would wipe the smiles off our faces. Miraculously, the rain held off, making the best day even better!!
Another memory that stands out for us was hanging out with the entire McSmith contingent in the house before the wedding. Having already done our “First Look,” we didn’t have to hide from each other, which successfully took the nerves off and we were able to relax and enjoy the happiness and love around us. This wasn’t really a planned moment, but being able to spend that time before the ceremony with our immediate families was so special to us.”
Brittany and Jonah are so good to each other and to everyone around them, a common theme present throughout the whole event. Brittany’s father daughter dance was one thing that will stand out in my mind for a long time. Her father prepared a special surprise slideshow and as they slowly swayed and watched everyone gathered around them, there wasn’t a dry eye in the tent. Both Brittany and Jonah have loving families, the kind that love out loud and show each other how much they care. It was an honor for us to photograph their moments, telling the story of their day. It was our first wedding of the 2017 season and we are forever thankful for being part of such a beautiful celebration!
Special thanks to Cary Tozer for joining me to photograph this wedding!
Event Director: Ashley Stevens of Salt Harbor Designs, Event Designer & Florals: Jennifer Rose of Salt Harbor Designs, Ceremony Musician + Wedding Band: The Sweet Beats, Minister: Jonathan Rose, Caterering and Desserts: The Seagrill, Photography: Katie Kaizer photography, Videographer: Yellow Productions, Transportation: Cranberry Transportation, Rentals: Placesetters Inc, New England Country Rentals, NantucketTents, Lighting: Ron Kuba, Hair: Darya’s Salon and Spa, Wedding Make up: Alyona Tarasova, Mixologist: Shelly McCabb
Enjoy! – Katie K
It’s Spring on Nantucket and love is in the air! Last Friday we had the special honor of photographing a super fun Surprise Proposal at one of our favorite locations! I had been in touch with Chad for months as we planned out the special evening where he would propose to the love of his life. I always enjoy working with my clients to be sure that their proposal is unique and of course, a surprise! I loved hearing a little more from Taylor and Chad about the proposal and what they found memorable about the special evening!
From Taylor….”I was so surprised! We spent the whole day on the island very relaxed and care free. Even getting to the beach, Chad tried to play it cool and act like we didn’t need to get to the beach by a certain as to not make me suspicious. But the most memorable part of the night had to be our moment before the proposal. It was also so much fun hearing the story behind the proposal. I’ve always known Chad was thoughtful and romantic but he went to a whole other level! One part of the planning he did best was involving Katie and Kathryn who went above and beyond with the photography!”
From Chad….””I surprisingly was not nervous, just excited to finally ask Taylor to marry me. It was a fun process planning the proposal, but it was very difficult keeping the whole thing a secret from her. Despite typically being a procrastinator, I felt that I had coordinated almost everything ahead of time – other than how I would get her to go to Brant Point…Luckily, Taylor was looking for some advice on what to pack the night before we left so she FaceTimed my sister Molly who had worked on the island for two summers. As they were chatting about what to wear and what we were going to do when we were on the island, I was on the other side of the room texting my sister to suggest going to Brant Point for the sunset on Friday before dinner. Molly played it off perfectly and, by the end of their conversation, Taylor was suggesting that we should incorporate it into our plans! Although keeping everything a secret was hard, I accomplished my goal of surprising Taylor. Amidst all of the excitement after the proposal, we shared a lot of laughs as I filled her in on what I had actually been up to the last few months.. I am excited to share more laughs and create more great memories like this for the rest of our lives.”
This couple is super sweet and we loved being able to capture these moments for them! Whenever I photograph marriage proposals I bring along a second shooter to be sure we photograph different angles to tell the full story! After the BIG MOMENT when she said yes the couple was in their own world laughing and hugging as she put on her beautiful ring. Eventually Chad told Taylor that he had hired us to photograph the proposal and from there we had a fun evening engagement session with a little champagne celebration and portraits into the evening after sunset!
One of my absolute favorite parts of my job is being present for such beautiful, authentic and real moments. We are so sincerely happy for Taylor and Chad and wishing them a lovely life together!!
Special Thanks to Kathryn Kennedy for joining me to photograph this beautiful evening!
Enjoy! – Katie K.
Happy Mother’s Day from Katie Kaizer Photography! In honor of this wonderful day I wanted to share some of my favorite moments from last season’s family portraits and wedding days. It is an honor to photograph the bond between mothers and their children, capturing moments that will forever tell their story. Among these favorites I included some of our sweetest photographs with grandmothers, and a very special photo from a recent session spanning 4 generations. Wishing you all a day full of love and togetherness. I am looking forward to this upcoming season!
In closing here’s a photo of me and my Mom. She is my best friend and a woman who brings joy to everyone around her.
Happy Valentine’s Day from Katie Kaizer Photography! Here’s to 2016! One of the best years yet for so many reasons! I am so thankful for all the people we get to meet through our work; the incredibly hard working vendors, the amazing wedding planners, the guests who give it their all on the dance floor, the bands who keep everyone dancing until the last song and of course to the wonderful couples who trust us to tell their story. There are always a lot of laughs, smiles, emotions and memories made.
We started off our season over Memorial Day Weekend here on Nantucket with Emily and Evan’s Wedding and hit the ground running with a very busy year! In addition to all of the 2016 weddings we were out shooting family portraits just about every evening during the summer. We had one rainy weekend in the Spring but we look at the rain as an opportunity to make exciting photos while embracing the elements. Arielle and Art were not phased one bit by the rain and I believe it was their positive attitude on the wedding day that willed the sun to come out before dark for a few lovely portraits over looking the water front in Tom Nevers.
Another huge highlight for us was traveling to Wisconsin to photograph my amazing friends Trixie and Dave! They had an unbelievable day full of surprises that made their day even more memorable than they could have imagined. Cary Tozer came with me and we had so much fun photographing the wedding at Trixie’s parent’s property, their portraits at the neighboring Dairy Farm and a visit (in their wedding attire) before the ceremony to the hospital to meet their new baby nephew who was born on the morning of their wedding.
Here are a few favorite behind the scenes photos of this year! From the coast of Nantucket to the corn fields of Wisconsin! We had so much fun and I can’t thank Kathryn Kennedy and Cary Tozer enough for all of their hard work throughout the season! We have a whole lot of fun at the weddings and I am so thankful for all the laughter and good memories!