Liz & Matt: Engaged! | A UConn Engagement Session

It’s about time it feels like summer!  A few weeks ago, we had another beautiful warm summer day, and Josh and I traveled down to the University of Connecticut, for Liz & Matt’s engagement session.  I was so excited when Liz told me that she had rented not one, but two dresses from Rent The Runway for their session.  Honestly, how often do you get a chance to really dress up in something you would never buy for yourself and treat yourself to a date night?

We met Liz & Matt through the power of social media, when Liz had seen and loved Ali & Joe‘s wedding photos, then Christina & Stephen‘s (Liz knew both of them from different parts of life!).  We later found out she and Matt also knew one of our amazing 2015 couples, Meghan & Erik.  Talk about a small world!  When Josh and I arrived to meet them for a glass of wine before we started, we both snuck a look at each other and nodded that this was going to be a good one, and we were right.  Liz has an absolutely infectious smile that lights up the room, and Matt keeps her laughing and smiling all the time.  We had a blast exploring the UConn campus with them (you guys, there’s a perfect tree swing there, with a message reminding everyone who uses it “you are awesome!”), and we’re so happy to share some of our favorite images from their session.

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Thank you to Jamie Pressman 221 Post for some gorgeous hair and makeup!
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Matt asked Liz to marry him this past September by letting her think they were going out for just a regular dinner date.  What Liz didn’t know was that their friends and family were peeking down on them from just above, and before they ordered, Matt got down on one knee.  After Liz said yes, Matt brought her upstairs to celebrate with everyone!  I love how she started to giggle hearing the story again, as if she were actually there, living the moment over again.
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As the sun began to set, we headed up to Horsebarn hill just off campus.
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Liz & Matt, we are so pumped for your wedding next year!  It’s going to be a blast!
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Annie & Tim: Engaged! | An Arnold Arboretum Engagement Session

Annie & Tim are quiet and sweet souls.  They so openly care about each other, without judgement, and are most comfortable being close to each other.  We had a wonderful afternoon in the Arnold Arboretum enjoying the early signs of summer.  I couldn’t have enjoyed photographing this pair more.  Annie shyly giggled any time I gave her a compliment, and Tim was filled with sheer happiness every time he looked Annie.  I’m looking forward to getting together again with them for their September wedding this year!

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Tim taught himself how to ask Annie to marry him in Cantonese.  When he said he had done a pretty good job with pronunciation, Annie couldn’t stop herself from laughing in a “sure you did honey” sort of way.

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Annie & Tim, thank you for a wonderful afternoon!
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Laura & Don: Married! | A Glen Magna Farms Wedding

You guys, you want to see this one, no joke.  Laura & Don are quite possibly the most relaxed and laid back couple you will ever meet.  These two know how to create the most sophisticated celebration, so unique to them, with zero fuss.  From the get go, Laura knew she didn’t want a large wedding, but more of an afternoon tea, at the stunning Glen Magna Farms, where she and Don could spend the day mingling with her closest friends and family before they moved back south to West Virginia.  I am so happy to report the day flowed flawlessly how she dreamed it would.

I’ve known Laura not only through her wedding planning process, but in my past life before I was a wedding photographer, so when she emailed me saying she had been following my work ever since I left, and knew she wanted me to be the one to document her elegant, simple garden wedding, I was ridiculously pumped.  The thing about Laura is, she takes care of everyone around her, so I was thrilled to be able to help give her a day where she was the one to be pampered!

Laura decided to keep everything throughout the day low key, with just she and her mom together getting ready before the ceremony.  Laura kept her style perfectly comfortable and classic, with her J Crew dress, and her killer Sam Edelman heels.  She carried a bouquet that was to die for.  With every flower I know the name of (and some I don’t) from roses, to peonies, to succulents, it looked like a perfect wildflower garden.  With their perfectly timed day, we had plenty of time before the ceremony and a little bit later in the day for portraits of Laura & Don, as well as relaxed family formals, with the rest of the day left to celebrate the newlyweds, complete with afternoon tea, cake, and lawn games!  The Russ Wilcox Jazz Group provided awesome music, and Robin and her team at Glen Magna ensured that no detail was overlooked.  It was overall the perfect day.

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In all seriousness, Laura, you are the epitome of classic beauty.

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Laura & Don opted to have a first look so they could have the first time they saw each other be a private moment, without 60 pairs of eyes on them. Don completely lit up when he saw Laura, with good reason. She was absolutely glowing, and couldn’t stop smiling from ear to ear the second they locked eyes.

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These guys didn’t have to be told to just enjoy the moment and revel in the fact that it was their wedding day.  Once you let go of the idea of what you’re supposed to do and just enjoy being together, the images just fall out of the camera (I may help the camera along, but that complete joy and honesty is where the magic really happens).

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I can’t stop smiling at how absolutely comfortable Laura is in Don’s arms.

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With the majority of our portraits done, the coupled ducked back inside, and waited for their ceremony to begin.  Glen Magna provides such an amazing backdrop for a wedding ceremony, with their gorgeous wisteria garden.

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So happy to be married!

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As the afternoon wrapped up and it was time to say goodbye, we stole the couple away for just about 10 minutes for just a few more portraits under the weeping beech tree.

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Laura & Don, thank you so, so much for being as wonderful as you are.  I hope we see each other again in our travels – don’t ever change!

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Kristen & Matty: Engaged! | A Beacon Hill Engagement Session

This season is totally gearing up to be a good one!  A few weeks ago, Josh and I got together again with Kristen & Matty to photograph their engagement session in Downtown Boston.  We wandered the streets of Beacon Hill on a gorgeous breezy night, dipping into alleys and wrapping up in the Public Gardens.  Josh and I had so much fun chatting with them, and hearing about the wonderful proposal Matty planned for Kristen, bringing her to dinner on the beautiful island of Nantucket.  We can’t wait for their wedding later this year at the Hoosic Club in Milton!

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We said our goodbyes along the Commonwealth Mall, where I had to make one last image of the trees perfectly arching over Kristen & Matty’s path.  We are looking forward to what is in store for both of you!
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Jenna & Gerard: Engaged! | A Duxbury Beach Engagement Session

When the lines between clients and friends fade, it is a wonderful thing.  I met Jenna a few years ago when I photographed a boudoir session for her sister, and we all immediately hit it off.  After her sister’s session, Jenna told me that there was nobody else she was going to call for her wedding (she wasn’t engaged at the time!), and we became fast friends.  Jenna and Gerard are two awesome people who will absolutely keep you laughing, whether its because you’re watching them giving each other a hard time in the most loving way, or telling stories about any of their four crazy dogs at home (I had the pleasure of meeting three of them just before our session, and they all gave me quite an excited welcome!), you absolutely will enjoy being around them.  Even though the beach was unusually cold and windy, with the sun disappearing behind some unplanned cloud cover, we had a blast taking over the beach (with me in my borrowed uniform that pretty much told anyone not to mess with our session).  Enough chit chat from me, here are some of my favorites from their session!

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