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Updated: Jan 14, 2020

Publick Houses bridal suite was buzzing with excitement as I set foot inside for the first time. The beautiful bride to be was just finishing up her hair while her eight bridesmaids bustled around preparing for the big day ahead. I stole away to the adjoining room to capture the little details while the girls continued getting ready. The mother of the bride shared with me the gold earrings she purchased while in Portugal for the bride to wear that matched her own.


Downstairs, the ten groomsmen were buttoning up their jackets, folding their pocket squares, and syncing their pocket watches as the groom clipped his suspenders in place. Being a Christmas wedding, they all had matching silver snowflake cuff links that added a simplistic winter feel for the unseasonably warm January day. The groom slipped into his vest and jacket with a genuine smile that radiated pure happiness.


I was called upstairs when the bride was ready to get into her sweetheart neckline gown fit for a princess. She got into her dress in private to steal a moment for herself. When she was ready, the bridesmaids made their way into the room eager to see her. First to enter was the maid of honor, filled with pure joy for her baby sister.

As the girls filed in, the room became filled with laughter and happy tears. It was easy to see the love they all have for one another. Mom clasped the brides necklace in place to add the final touch before heading out for pictures.


First to be photographed were the guys. Along with the more traditional poses, we added in ideas that I thought would suit this crowd. This group did not disappoint!

Needless to say, it is always a good time when the wedding party is down to have fun with their group shots.

When the men were finished with their photos, the groom was adorned with a blindfold. Being adamant about not seeing his future bride before the ceremony, we came up with a plan that would allow for a private moment before the organized chaos a wedding can often be. The bride made her way down to the patio where she embraced her groom for the first time that day. Together they shared an intimate moment while a feeling of calm settled in the air.

After a few brief moments, the groom was sent back to his suite allowing for the bride to be photographed with her girls. Elegant shawls were draped around the shoulders of the bridesmaids as the temperature slowly began to drop and the wind whipped about. The girls could not contain their excitement for the bride as they all lined up for photos.

To add a little sparkle to the day, I handed the girls confetti wands and let them shower the bride with joy.

The girls made their way back to their suite to await further instructions. I headed into the ceremony hall to prepare for her grand entrance and witness the vows of two wonderful souls. Christmas decorations filled the barn and hall while DJ Sergio played light jazzy tunes. The ceremony was a simple offering of the couples love for one another with friends and family gathered to watch.

The night was filled with love by all in attendance. DJ Sergio serenaded the guests, laughs were in abundance during the shoely-wed game, a dinosaur made a guest appearance on the dance floor, co-best man Dominic revealed his "So You Married a Lucenti" survival guide, and guests made their way in and out of the photo booth all night long.


Thank you to Paul & Courtney, the new Mr. & Mrs. Lucenti, for trusting me to capture your big day. Your families were so warm and welcoming, making my job an absolute pleasure. The love you two have for one another is evident, and a gift that only Santa could give. I wish you nothing but a life filled with love and laughter.

January 12, 2020 - Publick House Sturbridge, MA - Paul & Courtney Lucenti

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