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!
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!)!
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.
It’s so fun when a whole family gets into an idea. Jeff (not so jokingly) asked for a Kardashian Christmas Card photo, and everyone humored us as we styled the room and asked them to look at us like they thought they were better than everyone – nailed it! (This image was followed by hysterical laughter.)
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.
Before we said goodnight, we snuck out to take advantage of how romantic the outside of the Commander’s mansion is at night, and left these two to finish their celebration with two amazing families.