We met Lisa & Will through Leah & Nick, and it’s pretty easy to see why they are friends. Not only do they love to laugh and have fun, but they’re so genuinely caring and humble. Lisa would so casually brush off my gawking at how beautiful her eyes are, and Will smiles every time he looks in Lisa’s direction. They’ve been friends since high school (they even went to prom together!), but didn’t start dating until Will had finished his tour serving our country (although Lisa couldn’t wait to ask him out, and asked for a date during his mid tour leave!). She laughed telling us about her “1940’s problem” of wanting to date this handsome soldier who was off at war. Luckily, as soon as her soldier was home, their love story began!
When Will asked Lisa to marry him, it was a very rainy evening when he asked her to go for a walk in Boston – he admits his cover was probably blown at this point, but Lisa knew it was too important of an evening to say no :) It may not have been raining at their session, so instead we drenched them in sunlight!
Lisa & Will, we can’t wait for your wedding at the Warren Conference Center this month!
A few weeks ago, we had the pleasure of heading back near our old stomping grounds, to meet Rebecca & Eric for their engagement session while they were visiting the area from Brooklyn. It was one of those breezy cool days that should have been way warmer for the time of year, but Rebecca & Eric were such great sports about not letting the chill show at all! We laughed throughout their entire session, joking that we had all four seasons wrapped into their session with all the dancing the sun did for us!
We first met Rebecca & Eric while we were photographing Dana’s dress before she and Alec’s wedding at Endicott estate. Lucky for them (and us!), Dana hadn’t arrived at the venue yet, so I let them peek into the bridal suite during their tour of the space, and asked for my card (+1 for always having cards on you!). These college sweethearts (despite quite a funny story of how they met including a snarky college boy named Eric and a sweet dorm hall attendant named Rebecca asking about his ID), are so sweet together, and it’s clear that they are totally balanced together – they move completely in sync, and they’re so natural being snuggled up in each other’s arms!
Rebecca and Eric – we cannot WAIT until your wedding this fall at Endicott Estate! It’s going to be such an amazing day!
It may be a dreary day today, but I’m about to share some sunshine with you folks! Amanda & Derek met Amanda’s senior year, and Derek’s junior year at Tufts University, where Amanda played a little hard to get while studying during a party her roommate was hosting. After a little convincing from Derek, Amanda fell head over heels for him, and knew he was the one. It was only appropriate that we returned to their old stomping grounds, and Tufts did not disappoint! Even with some strong winds, these two were so sweet together. We can’t wait for their Preston Ridge Vineyard wedding this June!
Blogging on a Saturday morning? You know it! Jax and Paul, where do we start? From the moment this thoughtful couple walked in our front door less than a month after we moved into our home with ice cream for us from the best local ice cream in our town, we knew we wanted to photograph their wedding and be a part of their celebration. These guys are ALWAYS thinking of other people, and would do anything for their friends and family, and we are so lucky to now be a part of that clan. Jax and Paul are the couple that openly love each other with all that they have, and pretty much impossible not to love them for it. We had an amazing time working with them, but more importantly, growing to know them and their families. On top of all of it, we had our first authentic Armenian meal with them at their rehearsal dinner, and it was delicious!
Jax was hoping for lots of snow on their wedding day, especially since Paul’s family is from Arizona, but instead their families were greeted with a sixty degree February day – not quite what we were expecting, but it allowed us to wander much farther and explore a lot more than we normally would be able to do in the dead of winter. Willowdale Estate offered the perfect cozy backdrop for two families officially joining together to celebrate two amazing souls.
Jax has an infectious smile. That is all.
Meanwhile across the hall, Paul and his groomsmen arrived looking quite dapper, and were ready for an amazing day!
Jax and Paul opted to see each other before their sunset ceremony to be able to have some outdoor portraits. What they didn’t realize, is that outside of logistics, it can be one of the most emotional parts of the day. Without anyone telling you what to do or staring at you to see what your reaction will be (although we may have had a bit of an audience from inside the estate!), it allows you to be fully in the moment together, forgetting about timelines and to do’s without any distractions. Paul didn’t have to worry about holding back tears, and the two were able to talk to each other without anyone listening (we shoot from far enough away so we can’t hear!), and start their wedding celebration together as a couple.
Only when they were ready, we took off with portraits of the couple around Willowdale.
Sometimes you just have to get down to get the shot ;)
Even their pup Syrah made an appearance to get in on the wedding party!
As we finished up our portraits, it was time for dad to see his beautiful daughter as a bride for the first time. I love dad first looks as much as those between the couple!
This bridal party is pretty amazing and knows how to have fun :)
If you would like to know if a first look changes how emotional the moment you walk down the aisle is, I think Jax and Paul can assure you that if anything, it shakes off all of the nerves and allows the excitement and emotion to shine through.
Jax’s dad held hands with both her grandmother and stepmom for much of the ceremony.
Before a few relaxed family photos, the couple popped outside for just a few minutes to enjoy the high of knowing they were married before heading back inside with everyone to celebrate.
How amazing is this shawl that Jax’s aunt made for her (fully expecting it to be much colder)?
Jax & Paul started their first dance as a married couple the same way they started dating: with the song Paul first sent to Jax to win her over when they met online. Of course, to break out into the fun side, they danced to “You’re The One That I Want” from Grease midway through!
When people ask us our favorite images to shoot, our answer is always “the ones we had no idea were coming.” This is a perfect example – Jax and Paul had planned a dramatic dip for the end of the slow part of their dance, but at the end of everything, Jax launched herself into Paul’s arms. It wasn’t planned, and this is my favorite image from their day. Nobody is thinking about what they should be doing, they’re just enjoying the awesome moment.
Jax surprised Paul with a groom’s cake to represent how much he loves rock climbing!
Being a pastry chef, Jax decided to have classic pastries as dessert instead of a traditional cake. I promise I didn’t drool on them, but I wanted to eat everything on the table!
As we said our goodbyes, Jax and Paul walked us out and we made a few quick portraits in front of Willowdale before we sent them back inside. It was an amazing day!
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!
Can we just talk about how stunning Jess is? Talk about old hollywood style!
You can’t pop in to a street car museum and not expect a guy to play with the trains!
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!