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Chocksett Inn Wedding | Amanda & Andrew

Updated: Apr 8, 2022

collage of photos from a wedding at chocksett inn

I'm so freaking excited to share this gallery!! Amanda and I went to high school together and I've always been drawn to her real, genuine personality. So when she told me she was getting married and wanted me to photograph her wedding I about died. Then after photographing their engagement session I learned how perfect they are together - how Andrew keeps Amanda lighthearted and laughing and how Amanda brings out Andrew's soft side, and got even more excited for their wedding.

Amanda & Andrew's Wedding at Chocksett Inn

Meet the Couple:

Bride: Amanda

bridal portraits in chocksett inn ballroom

Q: "If you had to pick just one thing that you love the most about Andrew, what would it be?"

Amanda: "His sense of humor, by far. We'll just be sitting there and he'll say something so random or do an impression and he'll have me burst out laughing. I'm definitely the more rigid, serious one so having that humor throughout the day is so important for me."

Groom: Andrew

groom portraits at chocksett inn gardens

Q: "Can you describe the moment you realized you loved Amanda?"

Andrew: "I knew I fell in love with Amanda was the day she invited me over to cook me a ‘homemade meal’ for the first time. To my surprise she made me e-z mac and hot dogs .. definitely not what I expected but it made me fall in love with her because I truly never know what to expect"

Their Wedding Story:

After postponing their wedding once, Amanda and Andrew decided to follow through with their August 2020 wedding amidst COVID fears; "We didn't want to wait another year - we want to get married while all of our loved ones are happy and healthy". 

Amanda: "I don't even remember what it's like to plan a normal wedding"

Andrew: "It was extremely difficult for me to narrow down the guest list. It was terrible."

They shared with me that The Chocksett Inn was EXTREMELY supportive of them/their wedding day throughout the entire re-planning process. I think everyone involved can shout a big fat thank you to Chocksett Inn for being accommodating throughout this pandemic.

Although they had a smaller guest list, their love was big. From their intimate first look in Chockett Inn's gorgeous neutral toned, natural light ballroom, to their romantic couple's portraits after the ceremony, their affection was palpable. 

The ceremony was in the garden and was absolutely beautiful. Amanda, true to brand, quoted One Tree Hill in her vows, while Andrew, normally quiet with his feelings, confessed that the only possible way he could write his vows is because he loves Amanda so much. Amanda's grandfather officiated like he was a pro... until the very end. Upon marrying them, he said "Amanda you may now kiss the bride". The guests erupted in laughter and then applause as the couple shared their first kiss as Mr. and Mrs. and proceeded to dance down the aisle with the biggest smiles you've ever seen.

After the formal photos they danced their way into the reception to be greeted by the most heartfelt speeches from their maid of honor and best man followed by tearful first dances with their parents. Brian from All Star Entertainment absolutely crushed it and kept the energy pumping.

I'm so grateful to have captured their love and their wedding day. THANK YOU AMANDA AND ANDREW!!!

"We had such a wonderful experience working with Tammy. From the beginning, a year before our wedding with our engagement photos, to our wedding, Tammy took my vision (simple, clean, classic) and blew us away. Tammy was always professional yet down to earth and connected right away with all of our friends, family, and wedding party. Tammy's attention to detail is amazing and she worked tirelessly throughout the night to make sure our pictures were coming out perfect. We had SO many compliments on our photos. I would 100% recommend Tammy for anyone's photo/portrait needs!"

The Vendors:

Venue: Chocksett Inn in Sterling, MA | Photographer: Tamara Merri Photography | Florist: Whole Foods | Hair and Makeup: Kassandra Viruet of SassbyKass | Dress: Elizabeth Ann's Bridal Boutique | Suit: Men's Warehouse | Bridesmaids Dresses: Azazie | Rings/Jeweler: M. Pope & Co. | Cake: Alice Lombardi from The Bean Counter | DJ: All Star Entertainment - Brian McCarthy

outside of the ballroom at chocksett inn
Chcocksett Inn Ballroom Entrance

ceremony in the garden area at chocksett inn
Chocksett Inn Garden Ceremony Area

ceremony sign for no phones at the wedding

tented reception on back deck of chocksett inn
Temporary Outdoor Reception During Covid

table settings eucalyptus, silver plates and blue napkins

table place setting detail photo with menu, table number, napkins

blue wedding shoes on black and white checkered tiled floor

flat lay invitation suite wedding detail photo

wedding detail photos with bride's bouquet, wedding shoes, and wedding rings

wedding dress photo hung up and shows details of buttons on back of dress

bride getting ready photos in bridal suite

bride putting on earrings

groom details

groom getting ready

groom buttoning shirt

groomsmen hanging out in hotel room playing video games and drinking

bride approaching groom for first look in chocksett in ballroom

first look at wedding

grooms reaction to first look

couple portrait in ballroom at chocksett inn

moody portraits on couch at chocksett in ballroom by fireplace

wedding party portrait half sitting half standing

wedding party portrait bridesmaids and groomsmen mixed

fun wedding party picture everyone laughing while bride and groom kiss

bridal party smiling at camera

groomsmen looking serious at camera shoulder to shoulder

bride walking down aisle and groom's reaction to seeing her

bride and father walking down aisle

wide angle shot of ceremony at chocksett inn in the garden

grandfather and parent reactions during ceremony

close up shot of hands during ring exchange at wedding ceremony

first kiss as husband and wife during wedding at chocksett inn in front of the gazebo

fist kiss at wedding

bride and groom celebrate walking down aisle after wedding ceremony

bridesmaids celebrate after wedding

family formals in front of gazebo at chocksett inn

candid moment between bride and her grandfather

groom and his siblings

bridesmaids freak out over groom's ring

bride and groomsmen doing finger guns at the camera

bride and groom portrait in front of tall hedges on the entry into garden at chocksett inn

bride and groom smile at camera

bride and groom kiss while the veil swoops in front of the camera

bride and groom pose in masks during COIVD-19 wedding

newlywed portrait with sun burst

under the veil wedding portraits

reception tent at the chocksett inn

bride and groom dance into their grand entrance during wedding reception

maid of honor speech

best man speech

bridesmaid laughing at wedding reception

bride and groom first dance during wedding reception at the chocksett inn

white wedding cake with purple flowers. bride and groom kiss after cutting the cake. Wedding cake from The Bean Counter Bakery

tearful mother and groom dance

bride and father dance

black and white moody photo of bride and groom in front of fireplace in the ballroom at chocksett inn

Special thanks to GraphiCole for capturing these cool red-lighting photos!



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