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!
Nicki & Mark just simply care about each other (you might remember them from their Boston engagement session). This pair met through work, but found out after they met that their families had known each other for quite some time! With a day entirely about enjoying being with their closest friends and family at Cafe Escadrille in Burlington, and a DJ like Greg Gates Plowman, you really can’t go wrong. Nicki did not stop smiling form ear to ear the whole day, and Mark couldn’t keep his eyes off his lovely bride. My wonderful colleague and friend Tara Lynn Sen joined me for the day, and my adorable assistant Cori was by my side for anything anyone needed. I am so glad that we were able to spend the day with such a sweet and caring pair!
Nicki left some time for a first look with her dad, and he was so adorable and excited to see his daughter. His smile lit up the whole room.
I told you Nicki couldn’t stop smiling!
With the dance floor open, clearly, nobody was having any fun. (I kid, I kid!)
Nicki & Mark, thank you so much for inviting me into such an important day! Enjoy the rest of your Hawaiian honeymoon!
Part of my job is being able to read people (usually quickly) to get to know them and how to put their best foot forward. I would way rather have you looking at your images and think “That is so us!” versus stiff and contrived poses that happen to have been the latest Pinterest trend. Within about 3 minutes of meeting Meredith and Tom (we had previously only met over Skype), I knew a few things about them, and all of them made me happy. First, these two are 120% best friends, and enjoy every minute together. Second, Tom makes Meredith laugh, a lot (even if it is an “oh my gosh, you think you’re soooo funny” laugh). Third, Tom really does think he’s that funny (and loves to cause trouble)! When I told Tom before we even started shooting that I saw a little bit of a devilish side in him, he burst out laughing, saying “you’re GOOD! You’ve totally read me like a book in under five minutes!” From that point forward, I think we all knew we were going to enjoy this session on a beautiful afternoon in the Public Gardens and the Esplanade.
Meredith has such a gentle and calming personality – she and Tom are the perfect balance for each other.
Those sparkling blue eyes! I can’t get enough.
Meredith & Tom, I am so excited for your wedding in just over two weeks! I can’t wait for your wedding!
When the forecast calls for rain, it’s totally normal for a bride to be bummed out, or nervous, or a little bit anxious. When a full blown hurricane named Arthur (which both Ali and Joe had a grandfather named Arthur!) is on track for your venue right smack in the middle of your day, I would have totally understood if Ali were a little bit scattered while she sat in her makeup chair. She was not. When I arrived, I was met by a totally calm, cool, collected, and extremely excited beautiful brown-eyed bride. I found myself surrounded by what I officially dubbed a gaggle of bridesmaids, who filled the room with bright smiles and tons of style in their Amsale dresses. Thanks to The White Dress By The Shore, Ali was nothing short of drop dead gorgeous in her Hayley Page gown, Badgley Mischka shoes, with flawless hair and makeup by Lisa George and her team. My colleague Jenn Alton joined the Joe and his guys during the early afternoon, and was surrounded by some very dapper gentlemen! Absolutely nothing could shake this couple, and the look on Ali’s face every time she looked at Joe was enough to light up the whole room! Karen and her team at Wychmere are always amazing to work with and took care of every last detail, Meredith Fancy filled the room with gorgeous floral arrangements, and DJ Danny Walsh kept the celebration going into the night, so much so that the wind and rain whipping outside were the last thing on anyone’s mind. It is so wonderful to work with a wedding team that I know and love, and I am so happy we were all able to be a part of Ali and Joe’s day!
Ali’s grandmother, was just adorable, and had so much spunk! When she walked out in her dress, she mentioned how it’s too bad there wouldn’t be enough “old guys” at the wedding. When all of the ladies said she should go for the young ones in that dress, she laughed and said “no way, I’m smarter than that!” In that moment, I knew I’d love Rita, and I was right.
When I pulled Ali’s dress out of it’s bag, my assistant and I did a little happy dance. Then Cori saw the back, and yelled “Oh my gosh, turn it around! LOOK!” Just stunning.
Joe sent Ali a beautiful necklace to wear on her wedding day, along with a beautiful card that drew the first tears of the day.
I can only imagine that Ali’s card that accompanied Joe’s new watch was as sweet as the one he wrote to her.
One of my favorite moments at any wedding is the first time a dad gets to see his beautiful daughter as a bride. I try as much as possible to make sure to set some time aside for this, because it’s such an emotional time for a dad, and it’s one of those moments during the day I try to slow down so my couples can hold on to it and remember being there, not only because of the images, but because they actually remember having those emotions.
I told Ali’s mom they looked like twins, and I was (unsuccessfully) fighting back tears of my own when the two of them gently wiped away theirs in complete unison.
Ali was channeling some serious young Audrey Hepburn, and it was awesome.
Arthur, you had NOTHING on this bride! Zero. Nada.
Joe was almost dancing out of his shoes when Ali made her way into the aisle with her dad.
These two could not stop looking at each other. I loved watching them interact at the altar. Nothing else in the world mattered to them.
As their ceremony ended, there were just a few light sprinkles of rain, so we made the best of being outside and the first few minutes of Ali and Joe being husband and wife.
Danny’s uplighting added so much romance to the Hydrangea room, and the room sparkled as the light faded into the night.
Joe had given his best man, Ryan this turtle from a trip to Jamaica with his family when he was in third grade. Ryan gave it to Joe’s new best friend, Ali, saying he couldn’t imagine it any other way.
Siobhan & Matt’s wedding day was filled with sunshine, laughter, and more Irish brogues than I could have asked for! I arrived at Siobhan’s home where the girls prepped for the day, and from the start, I knew that the day would be all about spending a huge celebration with family and friends from all over the world. With a photo of her grandmother watching over her as she put on her dress, and her sister and closest friend (who look so alike!) by her side, Siobhan could not stop looking outside with a huge smile on her face. My colleague Jenn Alton joined me to photograph Matt and his brothers before the ceremony, and to be an overall awesome second photographer for the day.
Siobhan’s dad lit up when he saw his daughter in her gown for the first time. I love first looks with dads!
While Siobhan & Matt chose not to see each other before their ceremony, Matt had to come by the house to pick up the flowers for the guys, and we decided that while he was there, it was the perfect time for the two to read the letter that each had written for the other.
Matt wanted to make sure to start their celebration with a bang, so naturally, we stopped by a cannon to shoot there (get it?)…
Not only did Siobhan & Matt have a choreographed first dance, but she and her dad passed around the floor like it was their own personal cloud nine.