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Nantucket Island, MA Elopement Photo Story Award

Nantucket Island, MA elopement image - walking to the ceremony

Elope to Nantucket Island, MA - walking on the beach

Grooms walking to their ceremony on Madaket Beach.

Eric and Paul had the most beautiful intimate wedding in Madaket, surrounded by their families. They were married on June 29th and true to Nantucket form the day was blanketed in fog with occasional bursts of sunlight through the mist. They had a beautiful ceremony officiated by their good friend Garrett Hall and standing under a beautiful chuppah that Eric’s father had made for them.

As Eric and Paul read their vows to each other everyone teared up, myself included. From behind the camera, I too was shedding happy tears as you could feel the love these two had for each other. It was such a powerful ceremony and one we will surely never forget. Eric and Paul share a love for life, each other, and Nantucket.

From Eric…..”My family has been summering in Madaket since 1987, so I really grew up there. When Massachusetts allowed same-sex marriage back in 2004, I secretly dreamed I would one day be able to get married at my family’s house and at the beach I grew up going to. Paul grew up on Long Island right near Jones beach, and worked there every summer, so an east coast beach wedding was particularly exciting for him too.”

We met with Eric and Paul at Eric’s beautiful family home in Madaket and after a few photos around the property, we took them to the bridge in Madaket. There we had bursts of sunlight, heavy fog and even some friendly cheering kayakers who cruised by and gave a wave. It was all very surreal and beautiful…..and we hadn’t even gotten to the ceremony yet! From there we met their immediate family and a few friends for their wedding and after they enjoyed dinner on the beach catered by Susan Warner.

“The whole day was pretty amazing, but an extra memorable part was the surprise of seeing the chupah wedding canopy that my father built himself out of Saguaro cactus splines from my parents winter house in Scottsdale, AZ.”

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Elopement on Nantucket Island, MA - Grooms and friends viewing the marriage license.

Grooms and friends viewing the marriage license.

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Nantucket Island, MA Elopement on the Beach - Groom with relatives playing at the beach.

Groom with relatives playing at the beach.

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Nantucket Island, MA Elopement Ceremony Image - Emotional moment during the ceremony.

Emotional moment during the ceremony.

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Emotional moment during the beach elopement ceremony on Nantucket Island, MA

Relatives holding hands during ceremony.

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Nantucket Island, MA beach elopement ceremony | Image of an Emotional moment during the ceremony.

Emotional moment during the ceremony.

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Nantucket Island, MA beach elopement reception | Photo of Groom with champagne after ceremony.

Groom with champagne after ceremony.

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Nantucket Island, MA beach elopement wedding | Detail during portraits of the grooms.

Detail during portraits of the grooms.

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Image from a beach elopement ceremony at Nantucket Island, MA | Grooms share a dance and group hug with their moms after the ceremony.

Grooms share a dance and group hug with their moms after the ceremony.