There’s really not enough I can say about John and Mikayla and their picture perfect November wedding at the Red Lion Inn in scenic Cohasset, Massachusetts. I mean, best group of girlfriends ever in the wedding party? CHECK! Dad openly crying upon seeing his little girl become a bride? CHECK! Amazing late fall foliage adorning the rustic, but elegant barn-like setting at the Red Lion Inn? CHECK! Bride and groom so over-the-moon to be getting married I couldn’t wipe the giant smiles off their faces if I tried? CHECK! Delicious food, moscow mules served in their signature, take-home copper mugs, and a non-stop amazing dance party (DJ Shyne from E.C.F. Entertainment rocked the freaking house!)? CHECK & DOUBLE CHECK!
Around mid-morning, my camera and I arrived at Mikayla’s parents’ beachside home in Scituate, Massachusetts, to the some of the happiest chaos ever — ladies getting ready with mimosas (as you do!) in their monogrammed robes, donuts all around (bride’s trademark obsession! check out their donut cake below …), music on blast and excitement bursting from every corner. Mikayla opted to put her dress on with just her mom, so she did a reveal/”first look” with both her bridal party and then with her Dad, which was so fun and special – tears, squeals, hugs and a lot of “I can’t believe this day is finally here”s!
Over in Cohasset, we met up with John and his team of groomsmen, who’d taken much less time to get ready (haha!) at the Red Lion Inn. For John and Mikayla’s first look, we set up a private spot under the ivied gazebo and had Mikayla walk towards John and tap him on the shoulder — his reaction was easily the best first look reaction from a groom I’ve ever captured. Tears began to flow immediately when he saw his bride (truth be told: he cried pretty much the whole wedding … grooms who cry are my fave!). Their ceremony (officiated by a dear family friend), their best friends’ toasts, their dances together and with their parents, their total awe to be surrounded by all their friends and family to witness their vows – I’m not sure a single person didn’t cry that day (uhhh, including me).
I mean, seriously, Mikayla & John’s wedding was the absolute perfect mix of unbelievable in-love sweetness on display for all to see, combined with the party of the year. I’m not sure a single moment of their day felt like “work” to me, just joy and fun and laughter. Huge shout-out and HIGH-FIVES to the team at the Red Lion Inn for helping John and Mikayla put together such a spectacular event – the food, the bar, the staff, and the stunning space – there’s a reason they are one of the premier wedding venues on Boston’s south shore!
John, Mikayla, and also to your families – I love you all and am so thankful to have been able to capture these images and memories. It was an absolute honor and also just a wicked great time!