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The Commons 1854 Wedding - Topsfield, MA - Joyful Love

Lynne Reznick

The Commons 1854 Topsfield MA wedding | Massachusetts wedding venue | Massachusetts wedding photography | couples portraits  bride and groom

This past September I had the pleasure of second shooting a wedding at The Commons 1854 for the lovely and talented Katherine Brackman Photography. You can see her blog post of their full wedding here.

Getting Ready & First Look

The Commons 1854 is a historical venue with gorgeous gardens and a private outdoor ceremony space, as well as a beautiful reception space with large chandeliers and tall windows. I started with the groom as he got ready with his groomsmen at a hotel nearby. They were a chill group and popped some champagne after getting ready. There was also some singing of Ja Rule - the groom knew every word by heart (and so did I - hey college - lol)! Then we headed to The Commons 1854 for these two love birds to do their first look and take bridal party photos prior to the ceremony. They were both so excited to see each other and instantly smiled and relaxed into each other’s arms during their first look. Their chemistry was obvious and they were so very sweet together.

Formal Portraits

This group was laid back and fun and easy to work with. The little ring bearer was such a cutie! He was a mixture of bold and shy but he was all about being a big boy and posing with the guys. Too cute! I absolutely love the lace, the veil, the soft barely blush florals and the gently swept up hairstyle of the bride! And the guys blue suits and pale pink ties gave a pop of color while tying in perfectly to the soft color palette of the wedding. Also, placing the pocket square in a straight line showing just a bit from the pocket is a great way to give a sleek modern look to a classic menswear piece - love them!

I spent some time with the guys while Katherine captured the ladies and then we came together for some full bridal party group photos. One benefit of a second photographer is that while Katherine was with the ladies, I was with the gentlemen, so we could be efficient and spend less time taking portraits, while still capturing a wide diversity of photos and ensuring we got all of the combos they wanted. This is exactly how I work on wedding days with my second photographers as well. Another benefit is that during the full bridal party photos while Katherine was getting the wide shot of everyone head-on, I was able to be over on the side, capturing up close shots of the smiles and laughter and people connecting as they posed. I LOVE getting these shots as a second photographer and I ALWAYS as my second photographers to get these for me on a wedding day. They are some of the best moments to show true personalty and give the bridal photos a more intimate feel when the couple looks back at the day.


The ceremony took place in the private courtyard just off the side of the Commons. It was a quiet and beautiful spot that gave the ceremony an intimate feel. How adorable is the little ring bearer in his dapper suit and fancy shoes with bout to boot!?! They were so sweet together as they held hands and locked eyes and smiled for the hundredth time that day. It was still emotional and meaningful and a testament to how great that moment during the ceremony can be, even if you have already done a first look. And the joy and excitement of everyone throughout the ceremony was palpable with lots of smiles and laughter and an eruption of clapping as they kissed and recessed down the aisle. I was able to sneak inside and head to the reception room upstairs to grab a unique overhead of the scene through the large windows before heading back downstairs for their vows.

See more bridal portraits and outdoor wedding ceremonies in my portfolio of featured weddings. XO

Spring Saphire Estate Wedding ~ Lilah & Kyle

Lynne Reznick

Spring Saphire Estate Wedding

Spring at Saphire Estate is such a beautiful time! Lilah & Kyle incorporated a spring feel with lots of soft pastel colors in their wedding day color palette. These two are so cute together - they laugh often and are goofy and fun and they both wear their emotions on their sleeves. They were most excited about throwing a fun party so they could celebrate their marriage with the people they love. 

Marriott Hotel | Bride & Groom Getting Ready

Lilah had some special surprises for her bridesmaids at the hotel. She gifted them all with robes to wear throughout getting ready and planned a special photo where she gave each of the ladies a small chalk board and had them write how they knew Lilah on it. Then they all piled onto the bed for a photo together, holding up their boards. It was a sweet way to see how people from every part of her life, from her sister, to her grade school friends, to her college besties each first connected with Lilah. And with hair and makeup done on site the girls felt pampered and looked beautiful. Not to be outdone, Kyle brought his barber to the hotel for all of the guys to get fresh cuts! And as a testament to how truly thoughtful and fun these two are, Lilah and Kyle both popped champagne and toasted their friends and family before leaving to tie the knot. The day was all about their love and that included the love and support they felt from friends and family and they each made a point of celebrating that love and support throughout the day.

Saphire Estate | Wedding Ceremony

I told you these two both wear their hearts on their sleeves and there isn't a more perfect example of this than their wedding ceremony at Saphire Estate. Kyle had the most genuine and emotional reaction I've ever witnessed from a groom as he saw Lilah for the first. He immediately teared up as she walked arm-in-arm down the aisle with her father. Lilah's cousin was the officiant and he shared warm wishes and words of love and encouragement from both Kyle and Lilah's parents throughout an incredibly heartfelt and personalized ceremony. He had both bride and groom, as well as most of the guests welling up with happy tears time and again as he shared about how special Lilah and Kyle are as individuals, how well they fit together as a couple, and how strong their love is. 

Saphire | Spring Wedding Portraits

Lilah was so excited to tie in pastels for her spring wedding and the ladies dresses in different pastel colors were exactly what she envisioned. Seeing them together Lilah was so excited and happy - it was wonderful to see her vision come to life and how delighted it made her! Saphire Estate really allows couples to maximize their options in a small and convenient area for portraits. It's situated directly across from a lake and they have a small private section of beach that is perfect for portraits. They also have the sweetest path through the property for gorgeous photos in the woods and the building itself, crisp white and stately, makes for a beautiful backdrop. It was a cold spring evening so we warmed up after the ceremony by going inside for family portraits and then Lilah and Kyle braved the cool evening air for their couple's portraits. It was the perfect excuse for them to snuggle up close together and we were able to create some beautiful portraits of them in just a few minutes and then get them back into the warmth of their reception!


Wedding Reception At Saphire Estate

They added some really fun and personal touches to the reception with table numbers created by hand that each featured different childhood photos. They asked their guests to sign a piece of wall art as their guest book. And they opted for cupcakes that matched their wedding colors and came in a variety of flavors instead of one traditional cake. Then the party really began as toasts were given and they had their first dance. Throughout it all, their love for family and friends shone through. They set a table with photos to honor loved ones who had passed and had a special moment for Lilah's cousin Becca, who she was very close to and who passed away a few years ago. Lilah holds an annual event to celebrate her cousin's life and the family has a scholarship fund set up in Becca's name as well. So it was perfectly fitting that Lilah and Kyle remembered her, as Becca was undoubtedly smiling down on them throughout the day. 


Lilah and Kyle are the real deal and I was honored to capture their wedding day love story. Congratulations to you both - I can't wait to see what amazing things the future holds for you two as Mr and Mrs! XO

Spring Saphire Estate Wedding Vendor Team

Lilah and Kyle's day was brimming over with joy and love and the amazing vendors mentioned above, along with the rest listed below, helped bring their vision to life:  Florals Martin's Flower Shop / bridal gown shop 125 Bridal / videographer Caddigan Films / DJ DJ Matt Petro / Cupcakes Dessert Works / Invitation Minted / hair and makeup Beautiful Faces by Janice / 

If you loved this Spring wedding and want to see what the place looks like in the fall, check out Cinzia & Johnny's fall wedding at Saphire Estate last year.