Working as a New England wedding photographer for nearly two decades, I rarely get to shoot in a new location. So when the Beauport Hotel in Gloucester was slated to open at the beginning of the 2016 wedding season, I was anxious for my opportunity to work there. As luck would have it, Rhys and Justine’s wedding was already on the books for July. While their ceremony and reception took place at the immaculate Cruiseport, the bride, groom, and 14 members of their wedding party needed a convenient location to get ready that could also accommodate a large group. With the Beauport Hotel opening its doors just two months before their wedding day, it had everything they were looking for and I had my chance to acquaint myself with Gloucester’s newest wedding venue. With it’s spacious suites and large windows, it provided an ideal setting for getting ready photography. The bright, sun drenched rooms made shooting in natural light without missing a shot effortless. And it wasn’t just the scenery that made working here a breeze. The professional and courteous staff of the Beauport Hotel went above and beyond to make our job capturing the photography possible. Once everyone had finished their final touches, it was on to Cruiseport where Rhys and Justine exchanged vows in an intimate ceremony flanked by beautiful flowers and their dearest friends. One cannot plan a Gloucester wedding without expecting to take advantage of the many stunning beaches this area has to offer. My personal favorite is Bass Rocks, and that is exactly where Rhys and Justine decided to go for their formal photography. It was another great decision for this couple on their special day. We could not have asked for better weather, better lighting, or a more dynamic sky to create some dramatic and breathtaking images. And I would be remiss if I failed to applaud Justine’s willingness and efforts to scale the rocky shore of this infamous coastline for the sake of the shot. Her reward: incredible images that she and Rhys can cherish for many years to come.