A Winter wedding in New England can be great fun with great light and great people. Stephanie and Michael are just those folks. They came my way as many clients do from referrals through another wedding–Steph was the maid of honor in a wedding I photographed last year. She watched us work that day and loved the images so when she called it was so exciting for me since that group of tight friends were so sweet and loved a good time like nobody else.
They had a great day/night planned for their Winter wedding that was all centered in downtown Providence, RI. We started at the Biltmore getting ready and its classical interior styling that harkens back to great days of old. Next up was a majestic mass at the First Unitarian Church of Providence timed perfectly as the thin Winter sun just started to reach Golden Hour gorgeousness as we exited the ceremony. We were further aided by some mix up with the limos that gave us extra time to craft some epic shots while transport was arranged. There are always silver linings–you just have to take advantage of them.
The reception was in the epicenter of downtown at Cafe Nuovo in Citizens Plaza. The main dining room offered 180 degree views of the urban environment and dancing was in the bar area. One thing that Stephanie and Michael arranged that really made for some spectacular photos was having their first dance in the dining room area amidst the tables and ambiance of that space. They rocked well into the night squeezing every bit out of Cafe Nuovo’s grandeur before heading for some late night karaoke at the Boombox.
Stephanie and Mike had a smile on the whole day and their gentle go-with-the-flow attitudes were a perfect balance to the party animals they were throughout. It’s so much fun when things come together like this–I was just wishing for a flake or two of snow to complete this Winter wedding but happy again that it never materialized as a made my 2 hour drive home very late that night. Silver linings.
Caterer/Venue: Cafe Nuovo
Entertainment: Unique Sounds – DJ Jon Smith
Event Planner: Nikki Phillips
Hair and makeup: Dayna Purcell @ Solon Viva and Sarah Rodrigues @ Making You Glow
Linens and chairs: Quality Rental
Florist: Heritage Flowers
The Connors Center, Dover, Mass.
Diana and Ryan are that couple that’s always smiling and laughing. I remember from our epic engagement session how Ryan just wanted to please Diana–he was game for anything and it really made things easy that day. Fast forward to their wedding and the forecasted threat of rain never materialized but not for one minute did either of these two show any concern. It just didn’t matter. All their friends and family were here and they were going to party and celebrate like crazy.
The Connors Center is such a fabulous venue to photograph with stone archways, epic staircases and beautiful gardens. And that natural rustic beauty inspired them to have a beautiful clear-topped reception tent. St. John the Evangelist Church provided a grand space for the nuptials and the Connors Center did the rest. An amazing clear top tent sent amidst the beautiful back garden area at the Connors Center was a beautiful unique addition. It brought in the connection to the outdoor space that just worked for their wedding. Great tunes from DJ Beas from HOT 96.9 in Boston pumped the crowd up all night long as this crowd never left the dance floor. Fun. Beautiful. Wedding.
Caterer: Capers Catering
Entertainment: DJ Reggie Beas
Venue: The Connors Center
Wedding Dress/Bridal Shop: Allure Romance
Florist: Busy Bee Florist
When I met Kelly, owner of Maria of Italy Bridal Boutique, to discuss photographing her wedding we were both gearing up for the upcoming wedding season. We met at her studio in downtown Plymouth on a cool, somewhat rainy night. I instantly knew she had big ides about how her wedding was to look and had most of the details planned out right down to the two custom-tailored wedding gowns she crafted for herself. As I listened to Kelly and her fiance Brian tell me about their wedding plans I knew this was a wedding I wanted to photograph. Not only were they a great couple together but they both had great style and really wanted some epic photographs.
From the beautiful ceremony at St. Anthony’s Parish in Taunton to the landscapes at the LeBaron Hills this was a very picturesque setting–and Mother Nature cooperated with some incredible late evening Summer sunset sky. We danced into the evening with glow sticks and someone even kissed a frog hoping for their prince to arrive.
Cake: Guilty Bakery in Plymouth, MA
Entertainment: White Label Wedding DJs (Craig Harriman)
Venue: LeBaron Hills Country Club
Wedding Dress/Bridal Shop: Maria of Italy Bridal Boutique
Florist: Flair Flora
My favorite classic New England Estate to photograph a wedding, especially during the Summer months. These guys had their ceremony on the back lawn, a bunch of fun lawn games to play and even had dinner al fresco. The Lyman has plenty of nooks and quite spaces inside and out.
Great bunch of vendors helped make it all a beautiful day/night:
Florist: The Concord Flower Shop
Entertainment: Rob Wier
Venue and linen and chairs: Lyman Estate
Warm ocean breezes and late Summer Cape light greeted me as I met Jamie and Aaron for their engagement shoot in New Seabury near Mashpee. I love late afternoon shoots and almost always try to take advantage of this beautiful time of day for engagement photos whether in a city location like Boston or in a more rustic setting. We started out in jeans and beach wear in the dunes and seagrass along the beach then found some great sunset light. We even enlisted a few young boys to row me out on the water for a fresh perspective on a great photo spot.
Jamie had some ideas for the shoot in her head and kept telling me that I can do whatever I want as long as I get this one shot for her. She had in her mind the idea of her and Aaron sitting on the overturned sailboat somewhere on the beach with the seagrass behind them. I’ve worked with art directors and editors my whole career and told Jamie we’d try to create the image she had in mind. We worked at it for about 30 minutes moving the boat here and there. We worked on their position and expressions and then added in some golden fill light from the reflector to give the final shot its warm Summer glow.
I think it is important to connect with my clients and always encourage them to tell me what they want. Some clients are very specific and others just say, “We trust you; do what you do.” I’ll always do what I do–and for the most part that is why they hire me but there is a certain satisfaction when you show the client the image on the back of the camera and she says, “That is exactly how I pictured it!”
When your tax accountant wants to hire you to photograph his daughter’s wedding–you jump at the chance. What a beautiful day for Gwen and Chun Fai at the Connors Center in Dover, Massachusetts. This Boston wedding photographer had the pressure on to deliver the goods after years of this man doing right by me when tax time came around each year. We had perfect weather for thelate Summer wedding ceremony in the garden. Gwen knew what she wanted to the smallest detail and I wanted to make sure her photographs reflected every bit of her meticulous planning. Enjoy this quick peak into their day.
Caterer: Swartz Catering Co.
Cake: Konditor Meister
Entertainment: Winiker Band
Venue: The Connors Center
Wedding Dress/Bridal Shop:Vera Wang Ball Gown and Aria Jullian Gown with low back
Florist: Artistic Blossoms
After their engagement shoot last year I knew this would be an incredibly fun wedding and it certainly lived up to my expectations. Wow! They and all their friends and family really put on a show dancing and partying like rock stars. Chris, my second camera that day said, “They were the best dancers he’s ever seen at any wedding.” They just had fun from the oldest to the very young they all celebrated the marriage of this beautiful couple well into the night.
Also, I completed my first Brenizer-method stitch of 41 images using my 50mm at F1.6. The photo is the first in the slideshow above.
Bianca and Matt sneak peek wedding images from their wedding at Anthony’s Ocean View in New Haven. It was right on the beach and just beautiful but Mother Nature decided the area needs soaking rain. It didn’t dampen the spirits for these two or their many guests. They danced, smoked hookah and celebrated non-stop.
Bianca insisted on doing her own makeup–not because she is controlling or didn’t want to spend the money but because she simple is the BEST at it.
Wedding Planner: Double G Events
Venue: Anthony’s Ocean View
Entertainment: Modern Sound DJ’s
Florist: Flower’s by Danielle
My first attempt at using the Brenizer Method
. According to his site and Wikipedia it is “photographic technique developed by wedding photographer Ryan Brenizer. It allows for the creation of an image exhibiting a shallow depth of field
in tandem with a wide angle of view
by use of panoramic stitching
techniques in portraiture
. The combination of these characteristics enables a photographer to mimic the look of a large format
photographic system with equipment that is generally more easily and cheaply available, such as a digital SLR
or even a camera phone
. The method increases the effective sensor size of the camera, much like the larger negatives in medium and large format photography.”
I first tried it out on my daughter Dharma in our yard here in the woods of Central, Mass. and then next at a little wedding out on the Cape. His tutorial is great and I recommend it highly, if just to get it down and be able to refer back to it as often as possible. The image with Dharma is from 46 images shot with my 70-200mm at f/2.8. Brenizer has some geek way of calculating the f-stop of the merged image but that is beyond me at this point. The photo with Katie and Doug is shot with an 85mm at f/2. More to come–I’ve got to break out of the vertical format.
Whenever a couple of mine chooses The Lyman Estate for their wedding I know instantly what kind of people they are–and that’s the BEST kind. This is such a great place for a classic New England Wedding. The outdoor grounds are fun for ceremonies, games and portrait sessions and the wrap around deck makes a great spot for toasts and cocktails.
Beth and Hoa had such a fun little wedding nestled in the main ballroom. We shot outside for some great evening light and danced the night away.