It's Maria & Jeff's turn on the blog! After a few last minute scheduling changes (silly Mother Nature not knowing what she wants to do sometimes), I met up with Maria and Jeff a couple of weeks ago for an unusually warm day in the Boston Public Garden as the last few moments of autumn held on. Maria & Jeff are so easy to get along with, and I'm so looking forward to their wedding at the Villa next year! Without a doubt, these two are so relaxed, and just enjoy being together. With lots of laughter and snuggling, we meandered our way around the park. Maria & Jeff are so sweet together - they were just wonderful to be around and photograph! Here are just a few of my favorites from their session!
Maria & Jeff, thanks so much for a wonderful afternoon - I hope you enjoyed your post session date night!
Last week I had the pleasure of photographing Nick & Leah's engagement session at Larz Anderson Park. This was a particularly happy session for me, because not only is Nick one of my closest friends from photography school, but it was Josh's first time actually shooting with me! Most of you know that my husband Josh is my most trusted assistant, but I was so excited to have him officially pick up the camera and shoot alongside me.
More importantly, Nick & Leah are so awesome - these two do not stop laughing, hand have so much fun together. Nick couldn't stop talking about how excited he was to finally have professional images of the two of them! I was more than happy to oblige, and can't wait for their Cape Cod wedding next year! Here are just a few of my favorite images from the session :)
Nick & Leah, thanks for an awesome afternoon - can't wait for next year (although I know we'll see each other well before then!).
I could go on for hours about how awesome Janelle and Shawn are. From the moment we sat down to chat about their wedding, I knew we were going to have a blast. With Janelle's bubbly personality and infections laugh, and Shawn's awesome way of just making everyone around him feel totally comfortable, you can't really have a bad day. You might remember their awesome winter engagement session (and if you've been following along with the blog, they're definitely an engagement session you'll remember!), and their wedding day absolutely lived up to how much fun I was expecting. Janelle is ridiculously crafty, and designed, created, and set up every last detail of this wedding at her mom's home, and not a single item was overlooked. I was joined by my absolutely wonderful colleague David Dinisco who captured the guys before the the ceremony, as well as some awesome details and reception photos. Surrounded by their wonderful family and friends (who know how to have a knock out party!), and graced with some perfect post-rain weather, we had an all-around amazing day.
I started my afternoon in a bustling room of wonderful ladies all excited for what was in store.
Just down the hall, David joined the guys while they enjoyed some pool with their extra time.
Janelle is always smiling. Always.
Many brides would hide from any guests who happened to be outside helping set up their ceremony space. Not Janelle - instant waving and excitement!
With everyone ready to go, we headed outside (after one last double check on lipstick en-route) for Janelle & Shawn's first look.
This is exactly why I don't tell my couples how they need to make their first look happen, and say nothing - Janelle enjoyed a few minutes before letting Shawn turn around, taunting him about how much it must be killing him to not be able to look!
I love these two - a first look filled with laughter, tears, and lots and lots of love.
When Janelle & Shawn were ready, we took some nice and easy portraits around the property before asking the rest of the bridal party to join us.
I think I'm going to bring all of my rustic couple's to Janelle's mom's house - what do you think?
As guests began to arrive, we tucked the bridal party inside and headed over to the ceremony space.
Janelle & Shawn win for two things - first, most rockstar audience participation, and happiest ceremony. As Shawn walked arrived at the aisle, their guests went wild cheering, high fiving him down the aisle, with a wonderful round of applause. It totally set the tone for the whole day.
Janelle couldn't help but burst into tears of joy as her grandmother walked her to her parents at the end of the aisle, who then in turn walked her to Shawn. I always tell every couple: have your emotions, and don't hold them back. Smile. Cry. Laugh. Hug someone. Do what feels right. If you do that, your wedding images just fall into place. It 110% held true on Janelle & Shawn's day, and every guest followed suit.
This is Janelle's face when her officiant announced that it was time for them to read their personalized vows to each other. SO excited.
That is one happily married couple!
After the ceremony, we gathered immediate family for some casual family portraits.
As the sun set, we headed in to a beautifully decorated tent with the most wonderful hand made details. Every guest had their own mason jar for the night with their name on it!
Even their dessert bar perfectly matched their decor.
Janelle & Shawn were perfectly wrapped up in each other during their first dance, with just complete and utter joy shining from the two of them.
Time for some absolutely wonderful and memorable toasts!
Sometimes best man toasts involve some technical difficulties. When this happens, sometimes your groomsmen come to the rescue with some impromptu breakdancing distractions, and hilarity ensues.
Jeb's best man toast was jam packed with a full slideshow telling the story of growing up with Shawn.
Janelle's dad said a few beautiful words about his daughter, and emotions ran high.
What's a great way to have some super awesome non-wedding, wedding food? Call the Taco Truck!
With all the formalities of the day complete, the only thing left to do: dance. And dance this crowd did.
Clearly, when your bride puts on Groucho Marx glasses on the dance floor, the only way to meet the challenge is to wear a horse head mask.
Janelle & Shawn, thank you for inviting me into your lives, and for allowing me to be a part of such a wonderful wedding day. I am so grateful to have been able to document your day for you!
If you'd like to see more of Janelle & Shawn's wedding day, check out their slideshow!
What can I say about Christina & Stephen's classic black tie wedding? Start with a day that is filled with complete romance, add a couple that is so sweet with each other, all topped off with two of the most wonderful families that treated us like one of their own, and you've got a recipe for a perfect day. All set at the beautiful New Haven Lawn Club, my team and I arrived knowing we were in for a treat, but we had no idea of how much this wonderful venue would transform throughout the day. I started a beautiful autumn day off with Christina and her ladies as they were finishing their hair and makeup, and patiently awaiting Stephen and the groomsmen's arrival. We had the run of the Lawn Club, and after seeing Christina's stunning gown and such a beautiful setting, we felt like we were working with royalty!
On the other side of town, my colleague Jessica spent some time with Stephen and some very dapper gentlemen.
Christina burst into a fit of giggles as she was buttoned into her dress. I love when my brides can't help but be this happy!
Just outside, Christina's dad prepared to see his daughter in her gown for the first time.
With everyone at the Lawn Club, it was time for Christina & Stephen to have their first look. We stole them away to the courtyard so they could have their time together before everyone joined us. I always make sure to keep a first look just for you. It's the only time all day that you'll have to be alone with each other all day, and it's so nice to be able to have a few minutes to be together as your nerves melt to excitement.
Only after Christina & Stephen had signaled that they were ready, we moved on for some portraits of the two of them. The New Haven Lawn Club has some wonderful architecture to play with, and with the sun peeking in and out of the clouds, it was like we were in every possible location we could want!
Time for some relaxed family portraits and some time with the bridal party before all of the guests arrived!
Clearly, we have zero fun during formals. When your maid of honor dress has a train, of course, you have to race your sister to see how fast you can run to get it to float behind you!
With a few minutes to spare, we snuck down the street to take advantage of the beautiful foliage.
Naturally, the only way to pass the time while your guests are being seated is to play Bananagrams.
With a ceremony starting just after sunset, the ballroom transformed into the most romantic candlelit space as the ceremony began.
As guests enjoyed cocktail hour, the team at New Haven Lawn Club transformed the ceremony space into a vineyard inspired reception room, perfect for a fall celebration.
This group of family and friends brought their dancing A-game, with a little help from the Boston Common Band.
Christina and Stephen, I cannot thank you enough for having me join you to document your wedding - I hope you remember how wonderful it was for you for many many years to come!
To see more of Christina & Stephen's wedding photos, check out their wedding slideshow!
It always makes me so happy when a couple choose a location for their engagement session that means something to them. Where better to do that than the actual spot that Erik popped the question? Meghan and Erik went to UConn together (along with Ali & Joe!), and both being on the athletic side (with Erik even going on to be a pitcher for the New York Mets for a while), they just clicked. Earlier this year, Erik decided to pop the question at a beautiful overlook in the Blue Hills - a spot that I'm not 100% sure I could find if I wanted to! I'll admit, I laughed when we pulled over to the side of the road and Meghan looked at me and said, "I promise you, we're not being creepy and leading you into the woods!" Erik had visited the spot the day prior and made markers for us, including a rope to help us climb to the top! It was so worth the trek to be up there just before sunset. Add to that the fact that these two are clearly head over heels for each other, are ridiculously adorable, and just overall awesome people, and you have the perfect ingredients for a perfect session. I mean seriously, take a look at these two, and that view!
I couldn't help but make a few portraits of Meghan while Erik made sure we were going to be ok climbing back down.
Meghan & Erik make each other laugh, and we had so much fun playing around.
As we were heading out and the sun went down, we pulled over for a quick shot after dusk. Meghan & Erik, thank you for being so wonderful, I can't wait for your Ocean Edge Resort wedding next year!