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Posted by: In: Beach Plum Inn, Wedding 29 Sep 2015 3 comments
september beach plum inn wedding Meaghan and Patrick planned a beautiful September Beach Plum Inn wedding in Chilmark, MA. It's no secret that we love the Beach Plum Inn and it's unique style. The property is so gorgeous, but what really stands out to us is that each wedding we've photographed there has been completely different than any other. A bride and groom can really make a wedding their own here and that is really special. Meaghan and Patrick chose to have their ceremony on the Menemsha Inn lawn and their reception under a canopy of cafe lights. It was stunning. We had never met these two prior to the wedding, just a few phone calls last winter, but once we showed up everyone was really welcoming and made us feel like part of the family. The bride and groom wanted to organize a first look and it was pretty amazing capturing Patrick's jaw drop to the lawn when he saw his bride for the first time.  After the first look we got to go down to Menemsha beach and take some portraits of the bride and groom and talked Meaghan into walking onto the beach for a quick shot. Ashley even got some beach goers to move so we could make that photo with the boat in the water. It's funny how strangers will up and move their chairs and blankets when a bride is right there! The whole day was really a perfect wedding. The Beach Plum and wedding planner extraordinaire Kristen Gosselin did a great job putting everything together. Here are some of our favorite images from the day:
Posted by: In: Beach Plum Inn, Wedding 03 Mar 2015 0 comments
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Bride and Groom at the Menemsha Fish House, Martha's Vineyard

This October Beach Plum Inn wedding was one for the record books. E. & N. planned their destination Martha's Vineyard wedding with the hopes of throwing an epic party for their friends and family to remember. This wedding did not disappoint! The bride and groom kept things fairly small, and only needed one photographer so I was flying solo on this day. Honestly, I love working with Ashley when we have the opportunity, and I enjoy working with a second photographer (when Ash isn't available), but this was the type of wedding that didn't require a ton of family portraits or "must have" photos.  E. & N. really cut me loose and except for a couple of portraits at Menemsha Harbor, this bride and groom really just wanted me to focus on the story which is what every wedding photographer wants to hear. I can't remember being more accepted and ignored more at a wedding in my life. When I write "ignored" I am speaking positively about being able to make photos in an environment where guests aren't put off by having a photographer present. It might have been my fly-on-the-wall cologne, or the majestic view, or the absolutely perfect Autumn weather, but whatever it was allowed me to make photos in complete serenity. The Beach Plum Inn, as I've said before, is one of our favorite wedding venues in the world. It's small and quaint, but with impressive and expansive grounds. It's something, I feel, is completely unique to the island of Martha's Vineyard and New England overall. And the food... I can't even describe the level of incredible.  Can't wait to be back this September!  
Here are some folks who helped make this day... Beach Plum Inn  Beat Train Productions Cakes by Liz A Hair Affair Seaside Celebrations Bella Rosa Bridal
Posted by: In: Beach Plum Inn, Wedding 05 Jul 2014 2 comments
Beach-Plum-Inn-Wedding_999 This Beach Plum wedding was a dream come true for Matt and Sheila. It was on the island of Martha's Vineyard where their relationship began, so it was a perfect fit for their wedding celebration. Family and friends enjoyed a weekend full of love, laughter, gorgeous weather and the beauty of Chilmark and Menemsha, MA. The day began up-island at the Beach Plum Inn & Menemsha Inn. This collection of properties show off some of the most unique views on Martha's Vineyard. It's stunning, and one of our favorite places on earth to photograph. Sheila and the bridesmaids got ready in the Hayloft and Matt and the guys were in the Forecastle cottage just right up the trail. It was a relaxing start while the wedding party prepared and the guests started to arrive and fill up the property. The ceremony was in Edgartown at St. Elizabeth's church. So transportation shuttles were provided for the guests. Kudos to the wedding coordination by Julie Hatt, everything went off without a hitch. Island weddings with different locations can be tricky, and Julie did an amazing job with the timeline. After the ceremony, the wedding party and Ashley and I headed to the Edgartown Lighthouse for some portraits. But as beautiful as the scenery was, my favorite part of the day was the impromptu beer run the guys had to make on the way back to Chilmark. I love experiencing the unexpected parts of a wedding day. There's always some great pictures to make. Back at the Beach Plum, cocktail hour was in full swing while dinner service, from the Beach Plum, was prepared. The raw bar, featuring oysters plucked just miles away at Katama Bay, was a huge hit.  Toasts and speeches were incredibly fun, which was expected given the cast of characters in attendance. And once the final plate was cleared the party was officially on. Sultans of Swing rocked the party and had everyone on the dancefloor the entire night. This was seriously one of the funnest weddings we've ever been a part of and that is saying a lot. What an amazing weekend. This wedding certainly lived up to all of the anticipation. Congratulations to Sheila and Matt! Thanks for allowing us the opportunity to photography your day. - R + A
Posted by: In: Beach Plum Inn, Wedding 19 Jul 2012 0 comments

Beach Plum Inn Wedding Reception Wedding Party On The Swing

Menemsha MA -  At long last we've finally posted some of Leanne and Dan's gorgeous Beach Plum Inn Wedding reception. Just in case you missed the rest of this beautiful Martha's Vineyard wedding, here are some links: Getting Ready Ceremony Portraits Martha's Vineyard has so many spots to get married but the Beach Plum Inn has a unique charm and beauty about it. Being on the western side of the island has a distinct quietness about. The inn sits a top a hill with an inspiring view of Menemsha Bay. It's only a short walk to the beach but there's also grass and trees that you don't always get at a coastal wedding venue. Leanne and Dan planned a small event with close friends and family. Everyone fit perfectly under the tent. After dinner everyone hit the dancefloor for the remainder of the night. Lots of beautiful details here that pretty much speak for themselves...
Enjoy This Slideshow Leanne + Dan's Martha's Vineyard Wedding from Richard Pizzuti on Vimeo.    
Posted by: In: Beach Plum Inn, Wedding 05 Jun 2012 0 comments
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.