Veronica & Erik shared their vows on one of the mosts beautiful (and windy!) fall days on Martha's Vineyard. Martha's Vineyard is an island just south of Cape Cod that you can travel to in under and hour aboard the Wood's Hole ferry.
So backing up a little... Veronica and I actually met on bumble BFF lol. From the jump her personality drew me in - as it does to legit everyone who meets her. She has this incredibly way of making you feel like you've been friends forever even though it's the first time you've talked. We ended up joining the same book club and then became fast friends. So when she asked me to be her wedding photographer I was soooo game.
Her and Erik had planned a wedding for 2022. The venue was booked, details were planned. This past June their plans got derailed and they decided the only thing that mattered was that they marry each other - party be damned.Which is amazing, because you know what - THERE ARE NO RULES!!! Do whatever your heart feels.
So they landed on saying their vows just the two of them in the same spot they got engaged- Gay Head Lighthouse on Martha’s Vineyard.
Martha's Vineyard elopement vendors:
Photographer: Tamara Merri Photography
Planner: My Vineyard Elopement
Florist: Aubrey Maria Designs
Hair & Makeup: Seaspa Salon in Edgartown
Martha's Vineyard Elopement Plan
We started their elopement day in their hotel room at Mansion house in Vineyard Haven where they helped each other get ready. This part of the day is quickly becoming my favorite part of elopements. I did this for my own wedding too - helped my husband get ready. It's SO special being able to spend all day together and go through this process rather than wait to see each other like tradition suggests.
Once they were ready to go we took our time driving from Vineyard Haven to Aquinnah, stopping anywhere that they wanted to explore or looked pretty to take photos. We went to random fields, Vineyard Haven Club, West Chop Beach, and even Kings Barber Shop that Erik went to that morning!!! Veronica wanted to stop in and thank them that they made her hubby look so good hahahaah I died.
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Eventually we ended up at Aquinnah Cliffs to prepare for their ceremony. Since they eloped just the two of them, they had time to really relax and take the day in. We did whatever they wanted and I just captured them having fun and enjoying the day. When we made our way to the Aquinnah Cliffs Overlook / Gay Head Lighthouse it was SO windy!!! The photos below of them just goofing off and having fun with the wind are some of my favorites from the whole day.
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Their ceremony was officiated by Natalie from My Vineyard Elopement and was so heartfelt. Although they planned to elope just the two of them, they made friends with a bartender the night before and invited her to come along!! (remember what I said about her making friends easily? lol) So she came with her family and recorded their ceremony on her phone. Immediately after their ceremony they shared a first dance and some champagne.
After their ceremony we went down to Aquinnah Beach where we goofed off and took photos until the last ray of light slipped below the horizon. Access to the dramatic Aquinnah Cliffs were actually closed to the public (not sure if because of erosion or because of the 'vid) so we stayed a little further away on just the public beach. After the sun set we went our separate ways but Erik & Veronica had dinner at the Atlantic in Edgartown then enjoyed a small cake back in their hotel room to end the celebration of their wedding day.
Google Review from the Groom:
Although I had been friends with Veronica for a little while, their elopement day was the first time I had met Erik. I knew from Veronica that he didn't like getting his picture taken and was a little weary about spending all day with me and my camera. So when his review came through (see below) I legitimately cried haha. This one line means everything: "You legitimately forget that you’re taking photos and you can just live in and enjoy every bit of the moment you’re getting to have". This is the goal folks!!! All -day coverage on your elopement doesn't mean it's an all day photoshoot. I'm just capturing your day for you while you're living your life. WHEN I TELL YOU..... TEARS!!! Ugh, so lovely. Thank you Erik!!
So the first and a very important part of all of this for me anyway is that I normally hate taking photos regardless of the situation. My wife and I eloped this year and Tammy and my wife had become friends last year but I had still yet to meet her. The first time was the day we got married and from the second that she showed up to our hotel the energy she gives off is so warm and welcoming that it felt as though we had been friends for years and we had already seen each other many times before. She was so professional about the entire experience but the way that she goes about everything makes it so easy and comfortable that you legitimately forget that you’re taking photos and you can just live in and enjoy every bit of the moment you’re getting to have. There was never a single point where it felt forced and or uncomfortable and because of that she was able to get so many amazing photos of my wife and I just enjoying each other’s presence that I know normally would have never even happened just because of my own anxiousness. When my wife and I received our photos we were both so incredibly happy with them not just because she did an amazing job editing and making every detail perfect but also because of the moments that she captured for us. There were so many things I didn’t even expect to see from that day that when we got all the photos I really felt as though I got to go back and relieve every second of our special day. I’ve had many friends and family talk about their photographers and there experiences some good some okay some bad but I honestly don’t know if I’ve heard someone ever say that they had a great experience one way or the other. But I can honestly say that there was not a single point in the whole experience where I was not thrilled. I would absolutely recommend Tammy to anyone for any photography needs because not only will you enjoy the time that you’re having taking them but you’ll also be able to relive those memories forever.
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