Nikki and Lou and their perfect DIY Wedding.

YOWZA!!!  Wait ’til you see this wedding!!  Talk about putting your heart and soul into something!  OK, so some things you need to know:  Nikki is a preschool teacher (notice: her programs, her ‘I Spy’ games for kids, among others).  The wedding was created by the bride and her staff of one.  The combined talents of Nikki and her mom really made the wedding what is was…. ( Nikki made the bracelets the bridesmaid’s wore and designed the flower girl dresses. Her mom made the table runners, the table numbers, the groomsmen’s ties, and LOTS of other stuff).  Her aunt made the clutch purses her bridesmaids carried AND sewed the flower girl dresses!!  Lou’s mom MARRIED THEM…because she’s a Buddhist Priest! UNREAL!!!  There are many details and extras I’m not including here, but lots of details are in the captions of the photos.  Their day was perfect!  It was at Brooksby Farm in Peabody on a perfect day in May.  Two young and beautiful people starting their lives together.  Utter bliss.

Nikki has started a part time job helping other brides with their DIY wedding.  If you’d like to get a hold of her, please let me know!!!


Nikki's childhood bedroom where she got ready. It's such a pretty place I had to include a shot.

polk-a-dot shoes? the creativity continues.

Her mother's wedding dress in the foreground and Nikki's in the background.

Fabulous Lou!

First sighting!

In their the basement of the house she grew up in...which is the house her Dad grew up in. These kids know family and loyalty like none other.

Take a good look at everything in this inspiration board. A DIY bonanza! amaaaaazing.

Right down to the instruments played at the ceremony...a totally unique wedding.

Moments before her walk down the aisle.

Lou, his mom, and his brother watching for Nicole. Lou's mom MARRIED THEM!!!! What? She's an ordained Buddhist priest. Is this wedding killing you yet!?

How much do you already love this guy?

Lou's Dad speaking at the ceremony. He is amazing and brought all sorts of Native American elements into the day.

KILL ME!!!!!!!!

Ready for this? This is Nicole's grandfather's truck...which was sold years ago to a random couple in Maine. Nicole's family contacted the new owners and they drove it from Maine for pictures!!! amaaazing!!

Needless to say, we spent quite a bit of time photographing these two with the truck.

This is the truck that Lou picked Nicole up in for their first date. OBVIOUSLY!

the jubilant announcements!! can't you just hear the crowd roaring...

What's your favorite part of this image? The sweep-off-your-feet excitement of their first dance...or Ben's face?

As if this all wasn't enough...their first dance? A fully choreographed, utterly well done East Coast Swing. (what?!)

Listening to toasts and taking it all in. :)

'One for you, two for me' is always a great policy when it comes to cake.

And when the light was perfect...we headed out to the apple orchard. ;)

On a scale of one to a much do you think Ben and I enjoyed this?!

I love this image of Ben's. Nicole and Dad doin' their dance.

AGAIN!!! Lou and his mom did theeeee most amazing dance together. Another East Coast Swing. Unreal.

What? How else would you end your wedding, but with a Native American chanting parade that went all over the grounds. INSANE GOODNESS!!

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July 8, 2010 - 3:42 pm

Kaitlyn - umm No words to describe how gorg that wedding was!! some of your best work :)

July 8, 2010 - 4:16 pm

Kaitlyn - umm%20No%20words%20to%20describe%20how%20gorg%20that%20wedding%20was!!%20some%20of%20your%20best%20work%20%3A)

July 9, 2010 - 5:30 am

Patrice - Completely makes me want to be there, just the way a wedding should be!!! And Tara – Crazy Good images – seriously!!!

July 18, 2010 - 8:37 pm

Patricia Belles - I don’t know this young couple, and I don’t know you. But theirs has to be the coolest wedding ever! If I were 25 or 30 years old instead of 60, I’d be hiring you to shoot my wedding – most unique pictures I think I’ve ever seen.

July 26, 2010 - 9:44 am

Lauren Z - It’s 9:40 in the am. Too early to be crying. The tears are cutting little rivulets into the moisturizer on my face, still fresh from application. The shot of Nikki and Lou sitting in the orchard, holding each other, the sun streaming in to the shot? Ya killed me with that one. And Lou flashing his chest tattoo? Wow. Dreams are made of those moments.

October 21, 2010 - 5:04 am

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