With the 2015 season starting off on January 3rd, this post is a little bit overdue, but here are some of my favorite wedding portraits from the past year. It was a wonderful year filled with lots of laughs, plenty of tears, but most importantly and above all else, love.
To say thank you, I’m running an Instagram contest this past year’s couples! Each of the images below will be posted to my Instagram account later today. The couple with the most likes/followers wins a 16×20 canvas of their favorite wedding image (each like is one vote). Voting ends at 9pm EST on February 13th, and the winner will be announced on Valentine’s day!
It’s time for the long awaited blog post of Jason and Patrick! This was one of those weddings that you leave thinking how absolutely lucky you are to be able to share and document the start of something awesome. Jason and Patrick keep each other constantly smiling, and their friends and family treated me and my second photographer for the day, Angie Bonin, like we were one of their own. Having known Jason for 10 years now, I knew that the day was going to be all about the party, and truly celebrating an awesome couple. I’m happy to report, I was right!
After spending Friday evening photographing their engagement session, and the morning at one of my Amherst favorites, Rao’s coffee, I headed back to the UMass Amherst hotel, where Patrick used to work, to start the day. There was such a calm energy in the room (is that a thing?), and both Jason and Patrick were clearly ready for the celebration to start.
We made our way outside in the brisk (read: freezing) wind, and started off with some portraits in the late afternoon before the sun went down. Before being joined by our wedding party, we gave these guys a few minutes to just be together. Even without a traditional “first look”, it was so nice to see everything fade away to love and excitement. In those few moments together, nothing in the world mattered to Patrick and Jason. For a few minutes, they were the only two people who existed in their entire worlds, and it was awesome.
Yep, two studs. GQ, watch out!
After heading back in for a few to thaw out, we popped back outside with our ever good sported wedding party!
With the temperatures dropping by the minute, and a storm on the way, we headed inside for some casual (and warm!) family portraits.
Get ready for an emotion filled ceremony guys. I don’t think there was a single dry eye in the room. From the moment the ceremony started, Patrick was bursting at the seams with tears of joy, and from there on out, all bets were off, and everyone joined in.
You know you have some good karma built up when the snow starts right on cue at the end of your ceremony. Remember when I said the wedding party was filled with good sports? When I asked Jason and Patrick if they’d like to do a few quick photos in the snow before heading to their cocktail hour, the entire group ran outside, in perfect form!
Meanwhile, inside, the reception room began to light up with some sparkle that only a winter wedding can give you.
The evening started off with some absolutely touching toasts, continued on with some awesome parent dances with two lovely moms, and ended with one packed dance floor thanks to DJ Dave Solimine!
Jason and Patrick, I cannot thank you enough for allowing me to document such a wonderful day. I am so happy for both of you, and know you have many years of happiness ahead of you!
If you just haven’t had enough of these two (and let’s be honest, you haven’t), take a peek at their slideshow!
I’m so excited to share these engagement photos with you! First: Jason and Patrick are an awesome couple, and Josh and I had a blast during their engagement session, braving the cold and blustery winds around the campus center at UMass Amherst (our alma mater!). Second: Jason was one of my interns back when he was just a little baby at 19, and I am just so happy that he found someone like Patrick to spend his life with. Third (and most importantly!): Sharing these engagement photos means that their wedding images are almost ready to hit the blog!
See, Jason and Patrick got married the day after this session – with such crazy and hectic schedules, and knowing I’d be spending the night before their wedding out at UMass, we decided that would be a great way to kick off the wedding weekend and start getting excited! Just before the sun dipped down and these two headed off to their rehearsal, we spent some time walking around campus a bit (and wow, so much has changed in the past 10 years!).
Jason and Patrick are so undoubtedly perfect for each other, and keep each other balanced and laughing. I could go on and on about how easy they are to work with (stay tuned for more of that in the next couple of days!), but for now, I’ll leave you to their engagement images…
As the sky started to light up, we dashed over to the Mullins Center to catch the last few minutes of perfect golden light.
Jason & Patrick, I can’t wait for you to see what’s in store next! :)
It may be 2015, but things aren’t slowing down over here! Within the last three days of 2014 and the first three of 2015, I spent my time shooting two engagement sessions and a wedding, and I’m so happy to start sharing them with you! First up, is Kara & Brian, who were my very last session of 2014. I was so excited when Kara & Brian first reached out about photographing their Scituate Harbor Yacht Club wedding this coming May, because I went to high school with Kara, and she is quite possibly one of the most adorably sweet and witty ladies I know, and Brian is definitely her perfect fit. Josh and I had a wonderful time around Newbury Street and Back Bay, trying desperately to distract these two from how cold it was (though they didn’t complain once about the 23 degree high for the day!). You guys, we can’t wait for your wedding this year! Thanks for rounding out 2014 with such an awesome session!
I love the way that Kara wrinkles her nose by default, every single time Brian looks at her or kisses her forehead.
Okay, but seriously, how awesome are these two outfits for a winter session? So completely comfortable and awesome, and so completely them.
The best part about a winter session in the city is that you can take advantage of all the lights on the Commonwealth mall that stay on through the beginning of spring!
Kara & Brian, thanks so much for being such troopers on such a frigid day – we can’t wait for warmer temps and seeing you again at your wedding!
As 2014 draws to a close (stay tuned for some of my favorite moments of the year coming up in early January), I’m so excited to share the wedding of Tiff & Chris, my last wedding from the year. These two really wrapped up the season in a showstopping romantic day at the always stunning Willowdale Estate. Tiff & Chris know how to throw a wonderful celebration, filled with timeless and romantic details, and jam packed with fun and a little bit of silliness on top. I was joined by my always wonderful colleague Elaine Donohue for the day, who was a perfect addition the day. None of the rain and chilly weather bothered this pair, and as soon as they locked eyes on each other before their ceremony, neither had a care in the world.
Tiff, the only word for you is stunning, or regal… or gorgeous. Okay, so maybe there’s more than one word!
Chris was looking quite smashing himself, as he patiently awaited Tiff’s arrival…
After our portraits with Tiff & Chris, we were joined by the bridal party, who all look like they’re straight out of a magazine.
We also had some time for some nice and relaxed family portraits. I love the in-between portraits showing how close these families are.
With all of our formal photos out of the way, it left time to be able to allow everyone to enjoy cocktail hour and spending time together. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves, it was time for a dusk ceremony inside the mansion. Willowdale always is so warm and inviting around the holidays…
Chris and Tiff opted for a traditional Celtic hand tying ceremony rather than lighting a unity candle.
Married, high five!
It was time for the celebration to begin!
I love the elegant details that fit in beautifully wiht the mansion, especially the cranberry touches!
These were some awesome toasts – Chris & Tiff had their seats in the middle of the room, so they weren’t tucked up against a wall, away from all of their guests – the perfect place to be during toasts!
Officially time to party!
As the guests danced into the wee hours of the night, Elaine & I said our goodbyes. Thank you guys for allowing us to document a beautiful day!
If you’d like to see more, check out the slideshow!