Jess & Matt: Engaged! | A Lowell MA Engagement Session

I don’t know about you guys, but even having a little snow on the ground is making me yearn for warmer days and being outside without wearing gloves!  We were so spoiled at the end of 2015 with lots of unseasonably warm evenings, and we took full advantage.  You may have caught a glimpse of Jess & Matt in our 2015 highlights post, but it’s time for their full blown feature!  This hipster pair will be tying the knot at the New England Carousel Museum later this year, so we wanted to make sure to nod to the classic old New England feel by heading to Lowell and all the awesome old mill buildings for their engagement session.  We absolutely love how every one of our couples has such a unique take on what their wedding should be, and each one is a perfect reflection of them!  We met Jess & Matt through Nick & Leah, and have become great friends already – we’re so pumped that we’ll be able to document their day for them.  Top how fun they are off with how absolutely genuine and caring they are for each other and everyone around them, and you’ve got two very lucky photographers.  Seriously, these guys are the type of people who you know they would drop anything to help a friend.  I could spend all day gushing about how great these guys are, but instead I’ll get on to their photos!

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Can we just talk about how stunning Jess is?  Talk about old hollywood style!
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You can’t pop in to a street car museum and not expect a guy to play with the trains!

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Jess & Matt, we can’t wait for your wedding this year!  If your engagement session was any indicator (and we know it was), we’re in for a treat!

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The best of 2015!

It’s the new year, and it’s a time for resolutions, reflection, and looking ahead to the future, and we can’t wait to see what 2016 has in store for our couples!  Before we launch into the new year, we took this week to look back on 2015 and remind ourselves of what an awesome year it was, with such an awesome group of people, and weddings ranging from garden parties, to rustic barns, to black tie Boston affairs.  We couldn’t have asked for anything more, and we learned and/or were reminded of a few things.  First, we love black and white way more than we realized.  If you want to quickly see our favorites from your wedding – take a look at what we processed in classic and timeless black & white.  Chances are those are some of our most loved images from your day!  Second, our couples, no matter what their style, are so completely honest and genuine and surround themselves with equally minded people (okay, we didn’t learn that writing this post, but it was awesome to be reminded of that!).  So here we go, a trip down memory lane for the Caroline Talbot Photo class of 2015 (including a few sneak peeks for some of our 2016 couples who haven’t had their engagement sessions blogged yet!)!

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Jeff & Chris: Married! | A Commander’s Mansion Wedding

Before 2015 closes today, we had to share our last wedding of the season, and boy did the season go out in style.  We were so lucky to have a mild November and December, with lots of shoots that will be shared in the new year, but we couldn’t let the year end before sharing Chris & Jeff’s amazing and emotional wedding day.  This was truly a joining of two families, and Chris & Jeff made sure to embrace that in every detail.  With Chris’ family traveling across the Atlantic from Ireland, along with Jeff’s family from the Azores, everyone was bursting with excitement for these two grooms.  After this wedding, we can safely say no celebration is complete without donuts from Blackbird (you’ll see what I mean below!).  We are so lucky to have these two lovely men as part of our lives now, and cannot wait to see what the future holds for them.  Commanders_Mansion_Wedding_Watertown_0001 Commanders_Mansion_Wedding_Watertown_0002 Commanders_Mansion_Wedding_Watertown_0003 Commanders_Mansion_Wedding_Watertown_0004 Commanders_Mansion_Wedding_Watertown_0005 Commanders_Mansion_Wedding_Watertown_0006 Commanders_Mansion_Wedding_Watertown_0007 Commanders_Mansion_Wedding_Watertown_0008 Commanders_Mansion_Wedding_Watertown_0009 Commanders_Mansion_Wedding_Watertown_0010 Commanders_Mansion_Wedding_Watertown_0011 Commanders_Mansion_Wedding_Watertown_0012 Commanders_Mansion_Wedding_Watertown_0013 Commanders_Mansion_Wedding_Watertown_0014 Commanders_Mansion_Wedding_Watertown_0015 Commanders_Mansion_Wedding_Watertown_0016 Commanders_Mansion_Wedding_Watertown_0017 Commanders_Mansion_Wedding_Watertown_0018 Commanders_Mansion_Wedding_Watertown_0019 Commanders_Mansion_Wedding_Watertown_0020 Commanders_Mansion_Wedding_Watertown_0021 Commanders_Mansion_Wedding_Watertown_0022 Commanders_Mansion_Wedding_Watertown_0023 Commanders_Mansion_Wedding_Watertown_0024 Commanders_Mansion_Wedding_Watertown_0025 Commanders_Mansion_Wedding_Watertown_0026 Commanders_Mansion_Wedding_Watertown_0027Commanders_Mansion_Wedding_Watertown_0029 Commanders_Mansion_Wedding_Watertown_0030

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This was such a moving ceremony.  With a tree planting ceremony including soil from their home towns as well as their home countries, and wrapping up with Chris’ vows ending with his only wish – that he could travel back in time to the younger version of himself back in Ireland to let him know that on November 7, 2015, he was going to marry the man of his dreams, and know that his future is happy. There was not a dry eye in the house.Commanders_Mansion_Wedding_Watertown_0034 Commanders_Mansion_Wedding_Watertown_0035 Commanders_Mansion_Wedding_Watertown_0036 Commanders_Mansion_Wedding_Watertown_0037 Commanders_Mansion_Wedding_Watertown_0038 Commanders_Mansion_Wedding_Watertown_0039 Commanders_Mansion_Wedding_Watertown_0040 Commanders_Mansion_Wedding_Watertown_0041 Commanders_Mansion_Wedding_Watertown_0042 Commanders_Mansion_Wedding_Watertown_0043 Commanders_Mansion_Wedding_Watertown_0044 Commanders_Mansion_Wedding_Watertown_0045 Commanders_Mansion_Wedding_Watertown_0046 Commanders_Mansion_Wedding_Watertown_0047 Commanders_Mansion_Wedding_Watertown_0048 Commanders_Mansion_Wedding_Watertown_0049 Commanders_Mansion_Wedding_Watertown_0050 Commanders_Mansion_Wedding_Watertown_0051 Commanders_Mansion_Wedding_Watertown_0052 Commanders_Mansion_Wedding_Watertown_0053 Commanders_Mansion_Wedding_Watertown_0054 Commanders_Mansion_Wedding_Watertown_0055 Commanders_Mansion_Wedding_Watertown_0056 Commanders_Mansion_Wedding_Watertown_0057 Commanders_Mansion_Wedding_Watertown_0058 Commanders_Mansion_Wedding_Watertown_0059

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Diana & Alan: Married! | A Traditional Chinese Boston Wedding

Diana & Alan were probably some of the best sports we’ve seen on their wedding day.  The funny thing about their day was that it seemed they were destined to be cold!  It was an unusually chilly October day, and despite their ceremony being in a church with a broken boiler, and braving the elements for some formals in the Public Garden, the smiles never fell from their faces (special thanks to Cori for running to keep everyone warm with some fresh hot chocolate!).  We couldn’t help but notice that when Diana was in Alan’s arms, everything made sense.  Any nerves (or chills) that popped up melted away, and Diana’s face absolutely lights up every time she looks at Alan, and vice versa.  We had such a wonderful time with them at their engagement session, and an equally wonderful time with them on their wedding day!

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I really loved how the reflections circled around Diana’s face in this space.

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Time to head back upstairs at the Four Seasons for their tea ceremony!

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One of my favorite images of the day of Diana and her dad.

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Diana & Alan – we had such a wonderful day with you!!

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Vendor team: Photography: Caroline Talbot Photography Prep Venue: Four Seasons Hotel Reception Venue: Hei La Moon Videographer: McElroy Films 

Nora & Rick: Married! | A Lyman Estate Wedding

I’m still holding on to fall, and not quite ready to accept that winter is quickly approaching.  I’m already thankful for my seat warmers in my car, we’ve had some chilly ones lately!  What better way to shut out winter than to share Nora & Rick’s beautiful Lyman Estate wedding?  This has been the year of weddings at Estates and different style venues, and let me tell you, we’re loving it.  Ballrooms are beautiful, but there is something to be said about places that were built over 100 years ago.  There’s a charm that just comes with time, and Nora & Rick captured the beauty of the estate perfectly by gathering their friends and family together in such a warm and inviting celebration.  Nora & Rick wanted to make sure throughout the day that their guests were taken care of – from the cider ready for everyone when they arrived, to surprising all everyone with the Cookie Monstah truck with yummy ice cream cookie sandwiches!

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Just a few favorites from the photobooth :)

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All of our weddings are now required to have the Cookie Monstah truck at the reception.  We kid of course, but these guys made sure we had some dessert to keep us going for our ride home, and let me tell you, it was amazing.

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Nora & Rick, really, can we do it all over again?

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Vendor team: Photography: Caroline Talbot Photography Venue: Lyman Estate Florist/Event Designer: Whim Events Catering: Capers Catering DJ: David of 5 star Events Makeup: Makeup by Robin Hair: Kelly from Interlocks Salon