Liz and Sam were engaged earlier this year at The Great Point Lighthouse! This lovely couple lives here year round and I was thrilled when they got in touch about doing a Nantucket Engagement Session! Sam is in the Coast Guard and to kick off the session we started with a few portraits down at the Brant Point Coast Guard Station! The light was gorgeous and from there we visited Brant Point Lighthouse, a few other favorite places and The Sankaty Lighthouse! It was a great Nantucket evening full of beautiful colors and lots of gorgeous sunshine! I loved getting to know them better and later hearing about what they love about Nantucket!
From Liz…. “Nantucket is such a special place for so many reasons. For Sam and I, it was where we were introduced by our mutual friend. I had grown up vacationing on Nantucket, but when I decided to move here I hadn’t been living here very long before Sam and I met. We spent time together exploring the island while getting to know one another. It was a little surreal to be realizing a dream of getting to live in my favorite place and falling in love with my future husband at the same time.”
Throughout their session I could tell they are really living the dream here on Nantucket! We are so surrounded by natural beauty on the island and it was so much fun to capture their relationship in some of their favorite places. I was so thankful when I read Sam’s words about their session…
From Sam….”When we combined the artistic eye of Katie and the beautiful backdrop of Nantucket, we were able to create lasting memories through her skillful lens we will cherish forever. With Katie’s easy-going, professional demeanor we felt a comfortable atmosphere from start to finish.”
Wishing Liz and Sam an amazing wedding next year in Pennsylvania! Looking forward to seeing them around Nantucket soon!
Enjoy! – Katie K.
Trixie and Dave were married on October 1st 2016 at Trixie’s family home in Wisconsin. It was such a special heartfelt ceremony surrounded by family and friends. Having been together for 7 years and having lived in many places together, Trixie and Dave had friends joining them from all over the country. This wedding was unlike any other wedding we have ever photographed. It’s hard to even find the words to describe the awesomeness of the whole weekend of festivities….thankfully we have the photos to tell the story! I have been friends with Dave since our college years at UNCW and when he got in touch about photographing their wedding in Wisconsin I knew it would be an unforgettable experience! Part of what made this wedding so unique was the amount of people involved in making it happen. They say it takes a village……in this case they had their family and friends come together to help them create the celebration of a lifetime. They had transformed Trixie’s parent’s property for this wedding and we got to see a lot of photos of the progress over the last year. It was so special to see everyone come together for the big day. Here’s a little more abut their life in Wisconsin and why they decided to have the wedding there…
“We chose my parents house for the wedding location because Dave and I agreed it would be the most FUN out of all the options we looked into. It was very us! Everything we needed was here: hotels, an after bar close by, accessibility for shuttles and the park & ride. It gave us a reason to help my Dad finally finish his pond after 8 years. Most importantly for me I really wanted to get married somewhere that meant something to me and that Dave and I had both been before. The house just seemed perfect because Dave had also been living here for a year so we were getting married at his home too! Its just a really special place for all my family, and to be able to have one of the 4 family weddings here meant a lot to my parents too. Its special because it’s my home! I grew up here and always come back here and currently live here…now with my husband. On the wedding day the house still seemed like the perfect location because we could look around and see all the hard work we put in during the year to make it perfect for that day. To look around and see the transformation of our home was surreal. The long time spent planning along with countless hours of labor that went into turning a barren junkyard into a wedding paradise…getting married was the easy part!”
When we pulled into the driveway to begin our day of photographing the festivities we saw that given the looming rain showers the men were putting up a big red and white tent over the ceremony chairs. Sure it was last minute but at this point it was the right choice and it was a great site to see everyone get together to make that happen. Given that Dave’s nickname has always been ‘Red Shoes Dave’ (he always wears red shoes) it was fitting that the tent was red. Then there was also the groomsmen present (more red shoes) and did we mention Trixie surprised him at their first look with Red Cowboy boots?! You will see in the photos, it was just the best!
In addition to all these little surprises there was a very big surprise that happened early that morning. I often tell my couple’s that on their wedding day it’s the unexpected moments, the ones you cannot plan, that will be the best memories that stay with you forever. Needless to say Trixie and Dave’s wedding day was full of surprises, including her sister, Sissy, having her baby early that morning. Of course she was meant to be in the wedding party, but life had other plans for her on that day. As we arrived at the house for getting read photos Trixie asked me if we had time to go and meet their new nephew before the ceremony. We decided that was the new plan and hoped into the car to go meet them and welcome the new baby into this world. Someday Tanner will look back and see photos of these beautiful moments…..before his Aunt and Uncle’s Wedding ceremony and only few hours after he was born. I loved hearing more from our lovely bride about this and more of the memorable parts of the day….
“There are too many extra memorable parts of the day! There were so many surprises!! The biggest being my sister, Sissy, having her baby that day. It was a month early so no one ever thought it would happen so soon. Getting that phone call early in the morning on my wedding day! I will never forget! Then, Tanner, coming so soon after that call we actually had time to go meet him before the ceremony. It was an unbelievable, emotional start to the day before the wedding even began! Other wonderful memories were having our close family friend, Paul, marry us in front of the beautiful pond, getting to dance to Little Feat with my Dad to the band my friends and I followed all through our childhood, standing at the front of the room with my new husband while he was thanking the guests and seeing all the faces together in one place for the first time, listening to another family friend play jazz during the cocktail hour (it was a surprise), getting lifted above the crowd on the dance floor on an inflatable duck! It was such a memorable day the list goes on and on. ”
The inflatable duck on the dance floor was one of the funniest things we have ever seen! Big thanks for my (tall) and talented associate Cary Tozer for capturing what might be my all time favorite dance party photo of the bride and groom lifted way up high aboard the inflatable duck!
After we met their new baby nephew we were driving over to Trixie’s neighbor’s Dairy Farm for portraits and we decided to make a pit stop at their favorite bar for a good luck shot! I loved the spontaneous decisions all day and it made for great photo ops of their favorite places! We had a great time in the rain at the Dairy Farm too and god bless Trixie as she wasn’t afraid of a little mud if it meant getting some great portraits! (you’ll see in the post!) What fun to photograph them amongst the corn fields and under pretty stormy skies! They looked fabulous!
When we left Wisconsin that Sunday we talked the whole way home about what a beautiful celebration this was and how much FUN everyone had. It is clear that this is a couple who brings out the best in each other and truly loves being together. Something we will never forget was their first dance to ‘Even though We Ain’t Got Money’ by Danny Jones….all of a sudden the entire tent started singing along with them and I have to say there were many happy tears during those moments.
Lauren and Ben were married on September 24th 2016 at St. Mary’s Church followed by a reception at The Nantucket Yacht Club. It was a beautiful fall day for their celebration with clear skies, a bit of wind and sunshine! I worked with Lauren many summers ago on Nantucket so it was truly an honor when she asked if we’d photograph their wedding. I met her fiancé Ben back in July when we did their Nantucket Engagement Session around Sconset. I could instantly see that Lauren and Ben share a love for life and adventure and they are so much fun to be around!
The Nantucket Yacht Club was the perfect backdrop for their reception….”I lived on Nantucket the summer after college with friends and fell in love with the island that summer. After Ben and I got engaged, we started talking about places to get married and we knew Nantucket would be our dream location if we could make it work. NYC was one the first venue we visited on the island and we knew immediately after our visit it would be the place we would have our reception. Its absolutely beautiful and has a laid back atmosphere we liked. The staff was great and its perfectly located within walking distance to town and many of the hotels and B&B’s. ”
There were so many highlights of their day! We loved photographing Lauren and Ben walking through town with their wedding party, there were many cheers and happy moments. After the portraits in town we walked to the Nantucket Yacht Club before doing a few photos down at the gusty but beautiful beach at Brant Point Lighthouse. …”Walking with my husband from town to the reception. We didn’t anticipate walking to NYC from town but it was a beautiful walk and provided us extra time to reflect on the ceremony together.”
The couple had a gorgeous reception and mother nature surprised us with an absolutely stunning sunset. We loved photographing the newlyweds out on the docks against the beautiful rainbow sky. On our way back to the reception Lauren and Ben were met with a ‘surprise gift’ a visit from Hope Solo, the Goalkeeper for U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team, who was here for the Nantucket Project. Knowing that Lauren is an athlete and soccer enthusiast, this was a great gift pulled off by one of her friends! We took their photo together and then the evening went on with beautiful toasts and a big dance party. The evening was so much fun! We couldn’t be more happy for Lauren and Ben! Looking forward to seeing them on Nantucket a lot in the future!
Special Thanks to Cary Tozer for joining me to photograph this wedding!
Ceremony: St. Mary, Our Lady of the Isle, Reception: The Nantucket Yacht Club, Photography: Katie Kaizer Photography, Floral Design: Soiree Floral, Rentals: Placesetters Inc., Bridal Makeup: YG Makeup, Bridal Hair: Melissa Noel Hair, Band: Protege
Enjoy! – Katie K.
Cami and Jim are getting married one year from today! This beautiful couple will tie the knot next fall on Nantucket and we had a beautiful evening for their Engagement Session earlier this month. Cami and Jim brought along their vintage Red Toyota Land Cruiser for the session and I had so much fun photographing them around Sconset and for a stunning sunset at the Sankaty Lighthouse! This couple absolutely loves spending time on Nantucket and I enjoyed hearing about their history here on the island….
“Nantucket has always been a place to disconnect from the craziness of our day-to-day, and instead, focus on family time. My family has been coming to Nantucket since before I was born and early in our relationship I brought Jim to visit. We love going for bike rides, relaxing at the beach and watching the sunset with a bottle of rose. This summer, Nantucket became even more special to me when Jim proposed on Dionis beach!”
It has been such a joy being in touch with Cami about their plans and I know their wedding will be fabulous! She told me that they absolutely loved watching the Sunset at Sankaty during the session and I would have to agree! It was a gorgeous night made even better by their love in the air, the gorgeous light and that beautiful vintage car. Here are a few favorites from their session! Looking forward to their wedding exactly one year from today!
Special thanks to Cary Tozer for joining us for the sunset portraits! Such a beautiful evening!
Enjoy! – Katie K.
Kendall and Kerry were married on September 18th 2016 at The Nantucket Yacht Club. The couple was blessed with a beautiful day full of sunshine, blue skies and endless laughter. Kendall and Kerry have the type of energy you can’t get enough of and from the moment I met them I knew this was going to be nothing short of an epic wedding! My associate, Cary Tozer, and I have been talking about how much fun this wedding was ever since! Their wedding was a beautiful blend of unique moments, some heartfelt and emotional and some wildly funny. We are so happy that Kendall’s family has a home here as we know we’ll be seeing these ladies again soon on the island…..here’s more about their connection to Nantucket.
From Kendall….”My parents honeymooned on Nantucket in 1979 and have been back every year since. I’ve been every year since I was born and fell in love at an early age…my friends say it’s an obsession. My parents bought the place in 2003. They always had a plan to buy when we went to college. They gave us everything growing up and it was so nice to see their dream come true when they could finally buy. Kerry first met my family on Nantucket when I was running in the Hero Olympic Tri in July 2014. It is definitely my place, but holds a special place in her heart as well.”
The Nantucket Yacht Club was a great venue for Kendall and Kerry. They were married under blue skies and sunshine and surrounded by their amazing group of friends and family! We loved seeing the kids that were involved including the very adorable flower girl and the boys who carried the ‘Ferry Tale’ sign down the isle. I enjoyed hearing who the couple chose the NYC to be the backdrop for their beautiful festivities!
“We originally wanted to get married on the beach but quickly realized September can be a tricky month and we should probably use a venue. My parents suggested the Nantucket Yacht Club. I had never really heard of it but my parents had looked into joining a few times. After we saw the pics we knew it was the right place. Plus…Kerry is from New York City so we knew it was fate with the NYC letters.”
Kendall and Kerry’s Wedding Day was a celebration of their love for each other and we loved meeting all of the amazing people that they have in there life. Their wedding parties were too much fun. We loved the champagne toast at Brant Point to kick off the portraits right after the first look. It was no surprises that Kendall and Kerry mentioned the group camaraderie as one of her most memorable parts of the day….”Seeing each other on the beach was pretty epic. But overall one of the most memorable parts of the wedding was the camaraderie of the day. Everyone was just having such a great time, in a great place, on a great day. We had actually done personal vows the night before after the welcome party and that was pretty special. (I was too nervous to say them in front of people…I write very cheesy things). “
As the evening went on everyone hit the dance floor and never took a break. The band, McLean Avenue Band, was absolutely incredible. They were high energy and played many popular songs as well as originals and Irish songs. Everyone was twirling around, lifting each other up and having the time of their lives. We ended the evening by sneaking thee newlyweds outside for a few moments surrounded by sparklers. Kendall and Kerry are two of the most fun and genuinely nice ladies we’ve ever met and we can’t be happier for them as they embark on this new journey!!
Huge thanks to Cary Tozer for all the talent and hard work photographing this wedding with me!
Wedding Coordinator: Carolyn Hills, Officiant: Catherine Stover, Photographers: Katie Kaizer Photography, Florals: Soiree Floral, Venue: The Nantucket Yacht Club, Band: McLean Avenue Band from New York City, Desserts: Baked by Melissa (NYC) and The Downyflake
Enjoy! – Katie K.
Kate and Roddy were married on September 17th 2016 at St. Paul’s Church and enjoyed a gorgeous evening reception at The Great Harbor Yacht Club. Their evening was incredible and we had one of the most magical sunsets I’ve ever seen. The sky looked like a painting as everyone enjoyed the harborside reception.
I met Kate and Roddy for their Nantucket Engagement Session last spring over Daffodil Weekend. It was clear right away that they love Nantucket and have a special connection to the island. Kate told me more about their decision to be married here…”Nantucket has been a very special place for my family and we have some incredible memories there. It is a spectacular island steeped in history and fascinating people. Last year, Roddy visited for the first time and was immediately smitten with the island. We spent many beach walks discussing our future and savoring the salt air, the refreshing dips in the ocean, the amazing sunsets, the fantastic culinary scene and fun nights in town. It seemed fitting to start the very beginning of our married life on this great island.”
We loved photographing the first look at Kate’s family home here on Nantucket. The couple was over joyed to see each other and we enjoyed starting their family portraits right there at the beautiful home. Following the church ceremony the couple had a great exit where all the guests were waving around ribbons. The scene was incredible with everyone smiling and cheering for the newlyweds. It was no surprise that among many other moments this was one of their favorite of the day…”Walking out of the church to see all of our family and friends – our favorite people- cheering and waving ribbons will forever stand out to us. It was an amazing moment. Other favorites: riding in the antique car through town to the GHYC – the first moments as a married couple; walking out on the docks under an incredible, almost paint brushed sky.”
At sunset the couple lit off the canon and everyone was invited into a gorgeous tent for dinner and toasts. We loved the Maid of Honor’s toast which turned into her and another friend singing one of Kate’s favorite U2 songs from their college years! The whole crowd was laughing, we alway love a good surprise toast! That wasn’t the only surprise either….after everyone enjoyed some dancing Kate’s father had everyone gather around for a special surprise.
Kate and Roddy had met in London while they were both living there. While living there they had followed news about the royals very closely plus colorful politicians like Boris Johnson (who was mayor at the time). So Kate’s father had decided to write to many of them and let them know that Kate and Roddy were to be married on Nantucket! Much to their surprise they got back several letters…including the following…
They received a standard response from Kensington Palace on behalf of Kate Middleton the Dutchess of Cambridge. They also received standard response from Buckingham Palace on behalf of Queen Elizabeth. Boris Johnson a former Mayor of London and now Foreign Affairs Minister of the UK wrote them a personal response and congratulations and lastly, Ed Balls à former member of Parliament hand wrote a response as well! Kate’s father delivered a great and humorous account of the responses and he had the whole room erupting in laughter. The evening was full of heartfelt fun moments just like this that made their evening unique and truly special! We are so happy for Kate and Roddy and look forward to seeing them again on Nantucket!
Special Thanks to Kathryn Kennedy for all of her talent in joining me to photograph this wedding!
Lauren and Ben are getting married this weekend!! It was so much fun to photograph them this past July while they were on Nantucket! Their Engagement Session around Sconset was beautiful as we had a gorgeous evening with all of the flowers in full bloom! We waited until now to show a few of their photos as their big weekend is almost here! I’ve known Lauren for a while as we used to work together many summers ago! It will be an honor to photograph their wedding at The Nantucket Yacht Club!
Enjoy! – Katie K.