Erica & Rob are so absolutely caring, not only towards each other, but towards every single person around them. Erica is a Texas girl filled with Southern charm, and Rob is a Quincy boy who is always surrounded by his wonderful family and friends. This doctor and nurse pair met while both of them were volunteering in Haiti after the devastating earthquake in 2010, and were instantly drawn to each other’s giving nature. Even living two thousand miles apart couldn’t shake these two, and on a cold wintery day in Quincy, Rob asked Erica to be his wife. I was joined my my lovely colleague Kat Hanafin for the day, and on more than one occasion, we both said that it almost didn’t feel like we were at a wedding, because there was just no stress during the day. Erica & Rob have a way of simply rolling with the day, and were 100% focused on enjoying a wonderful celebration with their friends and family.
Erica had tears streaming down her face as she walked towards Rob, and her mom was also caught in the emotion of the moment.
I love that Erica blushed after their first kiss!
Erica’s dad was filled with tears seeing his little girl start her first dance with her new husband.
The three toasts were perfectly filled with laughter, tears, and a whole lot of love.
When the light was perfect, we stepped outside quickly for Erica & Rob to have a few quiet moments together to breathe.
When we arrived back to the reception, everyone was ready to party, and had their dancing shoes ready to go!
Erica & Rob, thank you for inviting me into your world on your wedding day!
If you’d like to see more of Erica & Rob’s day, check out their slideshow below!
A lot of times, when the time comes for an engagement session, my couples will turn to me for advice on locations, and my first response is always to ask if there is somewhere that means something to them. Tiff & Chris immediately took that to heart, and said, “Well, there’s a park right by our house that’s nice, and we spend a lot of time there with our dogs, so can we go there?” Let me tell you, I have a new favorite place to shoot in the Medford area! The Mystic River reservation was just wonderful, with lots of space for our four legged companions, Oscar and Champ, to run and play, and the perfect mix of trees, open space, beautiful tall grass, and a wooden watch tower that gives a beautiful view of Boston and the Mystic River. Tiff & Chris are so kind and sweet to each other, and just completely enjoy spending time together with their fur babies. Mother nature gave us a perfect playground, and we totally took advantage of it!
Oscar & Champ wanted to get in on some snuggling, and worked their way right into their spots. :)
Tiff & Chris, I cannot wait for your winter wedding at Willowdale Estate this December!
Steph & Dan are are such a happy and fun loving couple who very much care about their friends and family. They constantly make each other laugh (I learned this very quickly at their engagement session). They just get each other. Everything about this wedding had meaning, from Dan’s socks (which he wore on their first date), to Steph’s necklace that was made from the diamond Steph’s dad had given her mom, to the kazoo favors. My colleague Amy joined me for the day, and spent her afternoon with the guys while they got ready and ventured into Plymouth Harbor before the ceremony. There wasn’t a single person who wasn’t smiling all day, and the sky turned every shade of blue, purple, and pink as a super moon rose over the water by White Cliffs Country Club as Steph, Dan, and their guests celebrated well into the night.
Even Steph & Dan’s dog, Beckett was a part of the wedding as the perfect well behaved four-legged ring bearer.
Friendly note to grooms and groomsmen who are planning on wearing bow ties to their wedding – check out some YouTube how to videos prior to the day! ;)
I love that Dan wore the same socks that he did on his first date with Steph, as well as cufflinks that Steph had given him as a gift.
Steph couldn’t stop giggling as she put her dress on. Clearly, just the thought of this whole thing being real put a huge smile on her face!
To make sure that Steph had a part of her dad with her throughout the day, Steph’s mom had a beautiful pendant made from her wedding diamond as a surprise gift.
I love that as Steph came into the aisle towards Dan, his face immediately lit up, and as she walked towards him, he openly let tears pour down his face.
The signature cocktail, the Blue Dolphin, was a tip of the hat to Steph’s dad, who was a Navy submariner for twenty five years.
These were some hysterical toasts, you guys. While both our maid of honor and best man claimed that they were nervous, I’m telling you, there were some amazingly funny stories about Steph & Dan.
As the sun set behind the trees, and the super moon rose over the ocean, Steph & Dan stepped out for some portraits during that perfect light.
Steph & Dan, thank you, thank you, thank you for having me as part of your wedding day! May you continue to make each other fall into fits of laughter for many many years!
Check out Steph & Dan’s slideshow for more of their day!
Any wedding that involves “just a quick stop to get a cannoli at Mike’s”, is a good wedding. Add that to the fact that Meredith and Tom (who you might remember from their recent engagement session) are just about the most genuine, authentic, and caring people you could meet, and you’ve got an unforgettable celebration. Throughout the entire process, Meredith & Tom put their trust in me and were so jump out of their seats excited, that we couldn’t go wrong, even with the thunderstorms that thought about crossing our path. Right after their ceremony, the sun came out, and everyone enjoyed an unusually cool August afternoon. There was so much joy beaming from every single guest, that my team and I left smiling as much as the newlyweds!
Meredith’s Jimmy Choo shoes had the absolute perfect amount of shimmer, and her classic white bouquet by Coleen’s flower shop totally matched Meredith’s quiet and gentle personality.
My superstar colleague Tara Lyn Zannet joined the guys while they relaxed in the super swanky Midnight Lounge.
If you know Tom, he doesn’t go more than about 25 seconds without laughing, and I loved him trying to be serious (unsuccessfully) for a few portraits.
Meredith kept her grandfather’s fraternity pin on her dress as her something old and borrowed. So wonderful.
Dad first looks are some of my favorites.
Since we had worked out a wonderful timeline with lots of buffer (all of which was used!), we had time for Meredith to sit for a few bridal portraits, some fun images with her bridesmaids on the balcony of her suite, and time to sit quietly to read a card that Tom had sent to her.
Nobody will ever know what Tom wrote to his princess (Meredith even commented that she could barely read his chicken-scratch), but it made her smile, laugh, and cry tears of joy.
Tom could not hold back how excited he was to see his bride walking towards him.
I totally was joining in on this fit of giggles after their vows. When you are this excited that you have just finished your I do’s (even with the rest of the mass to go), you’re starting off on the perfect journey.
During our planning session, Tom mentioned that his one request was that he was able to get a cannoli from Mike’s pastry, so we built in time to wait in line if need be. Instead, Tom asked to the entire crowd if they’d be willing to allow him and his beautiful bride ahead of them in line in exchange giving his quiet bride a kiss right out in the street. The crowd cheered, and Tom swept his bride to the front of the line, gave her a big kiss, and everyone was celebrating with them as they walked into the world famous bakery. The team at Mike’s couldn’t have been sweeter, and even let me join them behind the counter to grab a shot of the couple together with the crowd!
After their quick snack break, we were off to Christopher Columbus Park for some fun bridal party portraits (planning reminder: you need a permit to shoot here, which we had on hand!). Everyone walking through the park couldn’t believe how wonderful these guys looked, and two little girls were so excited to say hi to “the princess” (yes, that is Tom’s nickname for Meredith!).
We sent the bridal party off to cocktail hour to give Meredith & Tom some time to take a stroll down to the end of Long Wharf, making some great portraits along the way.
While I spent my time with Meredith & Tom, Tara joined cocktail hour, and was met by the happiest wedding guests you ever did see :)
Tom and Meredith flowed beautifully around the dance floor in a completely awesome first dance. They were 100% just having fun while Tom led and twirled his bride, and I just love that these two let their happiness just pour out of their faces, rather than counting steps.
Thanks to the guest who accidentally dropped their wine glass (you didn’t think we didn’t notice, did you?) – it worked for a perfect backdrop for Meredith & Tom’s rings! Thank you also to my lovely assistant Cori, who very carefully brought the broken glass the awesome staff at the Marriott when we were finished.
Meredith told me that while she wasn’t really into doing a garter toss, she wanted Tom to think they were going to do one, because with Tom being a Pat’s fan, and Meredith being a Steeler’s fan from Pittsburgh, she had a surprise in store for him! The second two shots below are Tom seeing the garter for the first time, and then realizing what he was looking at!
Tom’s dad was happy to take care of the garter for him! Dulio is pretty much a crystal ball for what Tom is going to be like when he grows up (or chooses not to, just like his dad!).
And with that, Honey Train kept the party going strong into the rest of the night.
Meredith & Tom, I cannot thank you enough for having me and my team be such a big part of such an amazing wedding. May you only grow happier than you were on your wedding day!
If you haven’t had enough of Meredith & Tom (let’s be honest, you can’t get enough of them, and I totally understand that), check out their slideshow!
I hope all of you are enjoying this beautiful day! We have been having some crazy weather in the Northeast, and Jill and I had been chatting about how crazy it was that we had to reschedule their engagement session three times due to rain, and I am sure glad we did! Last Thursday was calling for rain as well, but the afternoon turned out to be just a stellar evening for an engagement session. I met Jill and Brian at Bay Farm Field in Duxbury, where they normally take their dog, Sam, to walk. Bay Farm Field is a huge field with mowed pathways down to the marsh and ocean, and I could have photographed there for hours (lucky for Brian, we didn’t stay for hours!). With Sam being pretty much the most chill dog I’ve ever met, we took him for a quick walk, and he just hung out and enjoyed the fresh air during the rest of the shoot. While Brian may not be the biggest fan of being on the front end of a camera, he was a trooper and despite his best efforts, every time he looked at Jill, the most adorable smirk came across his face.
Brian is a Harley guy, so naturally, he rode his down for the session and we took full advantage.
Jill & Brian, I can’t wait for your wedding this fall!