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!
Dani has to be my most laid back bride when it comes to wedding planning. Throughout the entire process, she was so relaxed, and simply wanted to let the day roll out as it may, and spend the day celebrating and hanging out with her close family and friends. Both Dani & Alan simply spent the day being 100% calm, cool, and collected, and Josh and I enjoyed every second, despite the rain threatening our original plans (what is with rain only falling on Fridays and Saturdays this year?). I started my day off with Dani and all of the special ladies in her life, including Alan’s mom and sister at the W hotel, then heading off to Cinquecento, which is officially now one of my favorite wedding venues! This restaurant has such a sophisticated and swanky vibe, and food that not only tastes absolutely delicious, but looks and smells just as amazing. Colleen and her team made sure everyone were taken care of, and were absolutely wonderful to work with. But I am getting ahead of myself – let’s get back to some images of the day!
Dani’s dress was stunning, and fit her perfectly – I knew Alan was going to be so excited to see how absolutely amazing she looked!
Even though the rain decided not to hold off, we kept everyone covered just outside Cinquecento, while Josh protected me from the rain (and oncoming traffic).
With all of our formal portrait time over, it was time to head into the ceremony!
Everyone was all smiles when it was time to join cocktail hour and officially start celebrating the new Mr. and Mrs.
(I told you how delicious the food looks! My mouth is watering again…)
I love that Dani’s un-bridesmaids perfectly coordinated, completely unplanned.
Cinquecento has such a warm and inviting feel. The moment you walk into their space, you know it’s going to be good.
After some super sweet toasts, a little bit of dancing, and an amazing dinner, we made one last portrait before Josh and I said our goodnight.
If you’d like to see more of Dani & Alan’s wedding, check out their slideshow!
How about all of this unseasonably warm weather we’re having lately? Jill & Brian’s wedding day was one of those late September 80 degree days where the sun shone brightly over what turned out to be a day filled with so much excitement and happiness. Having seen their group of friends just a few weeks earlier at celebrating for Jen & Chris, I knew that we were in for a fun filled day. I was joined by my wonderful colleague Kristin Jordan, who spent her time with Brian and his groomsmen, while I arrived at Jill’s home where the whole house was bustling, while Jill was finishing up hair and makeup. Jill is one of the most caring people; always thinking of everyone around her, spending most of her time trying to take care of everyone else and making sure they were having a great day. It was so sweet, and you could tell that everyone was so excited to turn the tables and make the day about Jill & Brian!
I love these robes Jill gave each of her girls, and with some down time (it’s always great to leave some padding in your timeline so you can relax for a little bit!), we headed outside to soak up the sun!
Meanwhile, Brian and his men were getting ready to head out (on their beloved Harley’s no less), to the beach to meet up with the ladies.
As we arrived at Duxbury beach, I heard the hum of what I knew had to be the motor of Brian’s Harley coming over the bridge.
Brian couldn’t wait until Jill got to him, and spun around as soon as he heard her voice.
Since the beach was jam packed with people (who doesn’t want to go to the beach on the last weekend in September?), we jaunted over to the Jones River Trading Company for some relaxed portraits out of the blazing sun.
With our formal portraits out of the way, it was time for the ceremony – and Brian was all smiles as Jill walked down the aisle. Nothing can take away from that moment of knowing your bride is walking towards you to become your wife. Everyone was so happy for these two – I love whenI can see the excitement on everyone’s faces. Don’t hold back those emotions, especially during the most important part of the day!
I love the looks on Jill’s mom and Brian’s aunt’s faces! They looked at each other and started busting out laughing out of excitement!
Jill’s mom and grandmother held hands throughout the ceremony.
Apparently, Brian’s side of the aisle wasn’t cheering loudly enough! ;)
It’s so nice after your ceremony to pull away just for a few minutes (especially if it’s right at sunset) to take in those first few moments of being married without any distractions (besides me shooting from across the street, so you can have some quiet time).
While Jill, Brian, and their bridal party got ready to head into the reception, Kristen and I made our way around the reception room with all of the rustic and nautical details.
Jill surprised Brian by singing to him, as she did on one of the first nights they met.
After an emotional first dance and song, we were in for a treat with some well prepared toasts!
This crew wasted zero time getting out onto the dance floor to party the night away!
Jill & Brian, thank you for being such a fun couple – you for sure have many wonderful years ahead!
If you’d like to see more of Jill & Brian’s images, check out their slideshow below!
Tracy and Eddy are one of those couples that just get each other. Both of them have such a quiet and calm presence, with just the right amount of spunk and goofiness. After photographing them this spring at their engagement session, I knew that their wedding day was going to be brimming with elegance. With a beautiful pink and grey palette, it was a classic affair, mixing timeless Chinese traditions with a New York flair. I was joined by my colleague Tara Lyn Z and handsome assistant Josh (I’m allowed to say that when it’s my husband!), and a wonderful team of vendors. From the Brenda and her team at Venezia (who not only made sure the guests were taken care of, but treated us so well, and made sure we were fed quickly and early so we could get back to business before the guests had finished their meals), to the makeup and hair team from Lisa Chy and May Chin leaving all of the girls looking absolutely flawless, and perfectly arranged flowers from The Tangled Web, everything was exactly as it should be.
Tara joined the guys as they prepped for the day, with all of them looking quite dapper if I do say so!
Tracy, you are the epitome of a beautiful bride.
Tracy & Eddy opted to do all of their photos before the ceremony and have a first look, so they could enjoy the day. We found a quiet spot at the Arnold Arboretum for just the two of them before asking the bridal party to join us. Once Tracy and Eddy signaled it was ok for us to come on over, we took a few portraits and had the rest of the crew jump in!
Venezia has some pretty awesome spots for pictures, between this awesome wall just across the way, a spectacular view of Boston (we had some clouds blocking it, but it was still awesome), and the docks, we had some fun before it was time for all of the guests to arrive! It’s so great to get family formals out of the way before they actually have to watch all the rest of the guests having fun without them. It makes everything go so much quicker, since there’s nothing distracting the group!
After we finished all of our portraits, it was time for a traditional Chinese tea ceremony.
Just outside the bridal suite, guests were arriving, and the ceremony was about to begin.
This was such a fun group, and Tracy and Eddy were so wrapped up in each other for their first dance. It was like they were the only two people in the whole world that existed.
As the sun fell over the water, Tracy’s sister and Eddy’s best friend gave some wonderful toasts filled with both laughter and tears.
I couldn’t help but pull Tracy and Eddy outside for a quick portrait with the sky just after sunset as the colors started to fade into night.
This was probably the most elaborate dessert display I’ve ever seen! Everything was made on site, and tasted as yummy as it looked.
With all of the formalities complete, there was nothing left to do but party, and the littlest guest kicked it off!
Tracy & Eddy, thank you so much for having me at such an awesome celebration. I am so honored to have spent the day with you, your family, and friends!
If you’d like to see more of Tracy & Eddy’s images, take a peek at their slideshow!
There are some weddings where you know, well before they arrive, that it’s going to be a great day. I first met Deandra & Brett at Jamie & Matt’s wedding, where Deandra was one of Jamie’s (many!) bridesmaids. One day last year, I checked my email to find a note from a very excited Deandra saying she was engaged, and knew she wanted me as her wedding photographer! Fast forward a date change and a year later, and I was already smiling knowing that not only did I know how wonderful the bride, groom, and venue were, but that I would be seeing a total of four of my couples all at one time, surrounded by their super sweet (and hysterical) friends. I was joined by my wonderfully talented colleague Katie Noble, and my awesome assistant Cori who both helped the day run flawlessly. Nichole and the Willowdale Estate team were wonderful to work with, and I was pleasantly surprised to bump into the florist for my own wedding, Stephanie’s Floral Design! But enough chatter from me, scroll on for what you’re really here for….
Deandra’s grandmother hand made her veil – and I was in absolute awe of her beautiful work!
Dee, you’re so easy to photograph.
Meanwhile, Katie spent her afternoon with the guys just down the hall.
Just a little tug on the tie before Brett’s bride made her way over to see him!
Could these guys be any more sweet with each other?
After Deandra & Brett were ready, we invited the bridal party and family to join us. I love the different shades of orange matching Dee’s bouquet that the ladies wore!
With a few more minutes on our hands, we let Deandra and Brett have a few more minutes with everyone tucked away to breathe and be excited :)
As we wrapped up their portraits, guests started to arrive, and everyone was all smiles for the ceremony.
It doesn’t happen very often that there’s a recessional as organized as this – each couple waited for the one before to make it down the aisle, and everyone was clearly having fun and ready to party!
After cocktail hour, it was officially time to kick off the celebration with a super sweet first dance, and some touching toasts.
Deandra and Brett had a cigar bar to entertain their guests during dinner – it’s so interesting to see these hand made.
Back into the tent for some super delicious cake, parent dances, and a packed dance floor thanks to Greg Gates Plowman!
Deandra and Brett, thank you so much for having me document such a wonderful day – I enjoyed every minute!
If you’d like to see more of Deandra & Brett’s wedding photos – check out their slideshow!