Menemsha, MA – This is the beginning of Leanne + Dan’s Martha’s Vineyard Wedding at the Beach Plum Inn in Menemsha, located in the town of Chilmark, MA. We are going to split this up into a few different posts because each segment of the day was uniquely beautiful and one post would have been obnoxiously long.
Known for it’s commercial fishing and spectacular sun sets, Menemsha is a small village up island in the town of Chilmark, MA. Being our first time on Martha’s Vineyard we were very impressed by the rolling hills and stone fences of the area. Such quiet beauty and only 40 minutes from the popular, more accessible spots of Oak Bluffs and Edgartown. Without knowing what to expect, we were blown away by the Beach Plum’s scenery, the view of the harbor and their quaint, yet elegant presence on the island. Wanting to be close to the wedding but not actually at the venue, we chose to rent a small cottage for the week about .5 miles down the road. This was seriously the shortest drive to a wedding ever! Isn’t it ironic that we had to go to an island to experience that luxury.
Weather always factors into wedding photography, especially in Coastal Massachusetts where you just don’t know if you can trust the weather reports. So after a week of fluctuating from partial clouds, fog and rain, the weather broke just in time for us to start shooting. It worked out perfectly.
Maybe it was the people, maybe it was the island atmosphere, but this wedding was so relaxed. The mood was light as the ladies got ready in the rooms upstairs in the inn; whereas the guys got ready in the Hay Loft building. There was a bit of pressure to get Dan’s tie to the perfect length. After a couple of attempts, and some good natured family ribbing, Dan’s brother Kevin came in for relief and earned his best man stripes. After all, we are talking about a Vineyard Vine tie, that thing needs to be spot on.
In the next segment we’ll see the ceremony at the Gay Head Lighthouse in Aquinnah, MA; the western most edge of the island and one of the most recognizable Massachusetts landmarks.