A sun-soaked beach house, an antique Cadillac, an intimate gathering of family and friends, this Fuller Gardens wedding could only be made better by a pretty cool couple! Welcome to Gretchen & Dan’s whirlwind wedding planned and executed in only 7 weeks!

Simple wedding dress for New Hampshire Seacoast wedding
NH Seacoast wedding bride

And apparently, it’s all thanks to a four year old! Yup, this little girl, Gretchen’s niece, stated one weekend at the beach that Dan and Gretchen were to be married. But, first she let them know they are to be engaged. And that’s how it went!

Girl driving car at wedding

It’s probably safe to say Anne isn’t “really” four! However, eight years after meeting at Clery’s Bar in Back Bay Boston, their engagement probably wasn’t a surprise to anyone! Gretchen grew up in New Hampshire and attended college in Providence. She then moved to Boston while working at Lahey Hospital as a data analyst.

New Hampshire seacoast wedding make-up

Dan grew up in Minnesota, went to school in Iowa and moved to Boston where his brother and Grandmother lived. Looking for a change he moved in with his brother and grandmother in Boston for a bit before meeting his future wife. He now works at Mass Mutual managing 401k’s.

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Family formals fuller gardens wedding

Oh yeah, and height runs in his family! Mega cuteness seems to run in Gretchen’s side! Both nieces were stars of the day. (We’re giving dad, Mike, runner up as he had a broken collar bone and zero hesitation to let that hold him back!)

Flower girl at Fuller Gardens wedding
Bride at Fuller Gardens wedding
Birds flying over Fuller Gardens wedding

Fuller Gardens is a gorgeous property in North Hampton on the New Hampshire coast, once the formal garden of Alvan Fuller’s estate. Rose bushes bloom all season and secluded gardens give the feel of historic English properties. Everyone agree that it was some sort of amazing omen that a perfect V of geese silently flew overhead as the ceremony began.

First kiss at Fuller Gardens wedding North Hampton NH
Bride and groom with antique car at Fuller Gardens wedding North Hampton NH

The sun was lowering and we took full advantage of the glowing light before heading back to the beach house in style at the helm of friend Bernie’s classic Cadillac, stopping along the way for a few beach side shots. The couple had seen Bernie driving down the road, and Dan, a lover of classic cars spotted him immediately. Ironically he turned out to be a friend of Gretchen’s dad and an instant relationship began.

Bride and groom New Hampshire seacoast wedding
Bride and groom in car at New Hampshire seacoast wedding

The family house was in full swing with cocktail hour, the Groove Makers jazz band, oysters, lobster tails and a blueberry lemonade.

buffet New Hampshire Seacoast wedding
rustic table NH Seacoast wedding

Gretchen and Dan weren’t the type of couple to feel the need for tons of posed pictures, so we let the evening play out, sneaking off only briefly for a few sunset shots, giving their personalities a gorgeous golden glow.

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groom socks New Hampshire
happy bride groom sunset

Dinner was amazing, whipped up in the family kitchen and immaculately displayed. I’m fairly positive we ate more beets than is healthy, but simply couldn’t say no! Our foodie selves definitely weren’t the only ones excited by the meal!

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flower girl eating dinner
Dinner under lighted tent wedding

Every part of the evening flew by, and seemed so natural. Dan and Gretchen had obviously been family long before the legal union, and this was truly a celebration of that.

Dancing under lighted tent wedding
Nighttime lighted tent wedding reception

We benefited quite a bit, as well, walking away that night with a new associate photographer! Her shots need a little refining, but we’re excited to have such an eager addition to our team!

Kate Harris wedding photographer working

Fuller Gardens Wedding Vendors!!!

Wedding Planner: Blissful Beginnings
Catering: Jeff and his team at The White Apron
Flowers: Flower Kiosk in Portsmouth
4-Piece Classic Rock & Motown Band: Mike and the Groovemakers
Officiant: friend Donald Kennedy
Classic Car: friend Bernie

Kate & Keith Photography! – Planning a Fuller Gardens Wedding? Or other equally awesome wedding? We’d love to be your wedding photographers!