AnneMarie and Joe Stevens Estate Wedding
AnneMarie and Joe were married on June 3rd, with a ceremony and reception at the Stevens Estate in North Andover.
Joe and AnneMarie met online and agreed to meet at a local library. From there, they had dinner at Bertucci’s, where they talked until the restaurant kicked them out for having too much fun during closing time. Sounds like a match to me! As they kept dating, they bonded over the fact that they are both artists through and through. Joe loves punk rock, while AnneMarie is a self-proclaimed theater nerd with a big passion for Harry Potter. They have such different styles, and yet they mesh together so beautifully.
When we sat down for our first meeting, I was super excited to find out that AnneMarie went to my alma mater, Emerson. Then, Joe and I got to talking about music—and I was hooked on both of them. They asked if they could have their practice session at the local library near their home because they love libraries and feel their personalities were both represented within those shelves.
Joe and AnneMarie’s Stevens Estate Wedding
On the morning of the wedding, I arrived with my trusty second shooter, Vanessa Walsh, to capture the “getting ready” stuff. Both of them were super relaxed and filled with love for their family and friends as they got ready, but my favorite part was the fact that AnneMarie had arranged for me to deliver and photograph a little something that she’d bought for Joe—an engraved guitar pick, which he LOVED.
Of course, as soon as it was time to get married, that’s when the rain started. But no one seemed to care about the weather when the ceremony itself was so beautiful. Joe and AnneMarie wrote their own vows and even planted a tree, complete with specially imported earth.
After the ceremony, Joe and AnneMarie gave me all the time in the world for formal photos. Because they are both performers and artists, they were a dream to photograph, totally willing to work with me on whatever we cooked up together.
After some quality time with just the two of them, it was time for the reception. And let me tell you, this group knows how to par-tay! There was plenty of dancing, though my favorite was AnneMarie’s first dance with her dad. They danced to a song from the Broadway classic The King and I, but she had recorded the vocals for it. How cool is that?
Joe & AnneMarie, I can't think of two people more suited for one another. You are so much alike yet really know how to celebrate your differences in the best possible way. I adore you both. Thanks for including me in your magical moment.