Beach Weddings

Cape light: Jamie + Aaron and listening to what your client wants

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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!”

Bianca + Matt sneak peek

The Shoes and The DressRainy PortraitGetting Ready SilhouetteThe VeilBride applies own makeupTo the chapelLast Minute TouchupThe GuysBridesmaid laughBride and Mom walk down the aisleWedding Ceremony LaughterWedding FiredancerThe SettingsWedding Reception RoomPlates and menu settingsThe Wedding CakeWedding Hookah!Dancing and Singing

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.

 

Vendors:

Wedding Planner: Double G Events

Venue: Anthony’s Ocean View

Entertainment: Modern Sound DJ’s

Florist: Flower’s by Danielle

First attempt Brenizer Method

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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.

Lauren & Steven at New Seabury and Popponesset Inn

Beautiful twilight is everything in this shot as Steve and Lauren pose for in impromptu portrait.

In Greek myth, Narcissus was a beautiful young man who rejected all potential lovers, but then tragically fell in love with his own reflection in a pool. Why start a blog like that? Because this is all about Steven–and the simple fact that as beautiful, athletic, sensitive and intelligent as he may be–he is also smart enough to know that Lauren trumps any reflection.  Never have I met a man so completely comfortable with himself and so full of self-love that his mere presence is infectious to all around him.   Most men could never come close to pulling this off  as he can shift between utter machismo and emotionally feminine without skipping a beat. Its takes a special kind of woman to match this stride for stride and Lauren is the perfect fit.

Lauren and Steven chose the magnificent resort at New Seabury and the Popponesset Country Club for their wedding reception.  The last time I was here for a wedding 3 groomsmen went skinny dipping in front of all the wedding guests so I was ready for anything this time. Maybe its the salt air but this wedding had an energy that rocked us all night long. I tend to think that the force field that surrounds these two special people could power a small city–as evidenced below. Enjoy. I certainly did.

The Dress and The Beach.

The hardware.

The girls approve.

Paparazzi.

Dudes on parade.

Cute. Beautiful. Simple.

 

The Church - Christ the King Church in Mashpee.

 

Proud Papa and his girl.

 

Makin' it official--put a ring on it!

 

Running the gauntlet with flags a flyin'...

 

And high-fivin', fist bumping and smilin' all the way.

 

The family #1.

Family # 1A.

Love in the Marketplace at Popponesset.

More Marketplace--so many kitschy things to take advantage of in here.

The local watering hole.

The Gang, Posse, Entourage, etc.

JCVD!

Playing poker--totally staged but fun none-the-less.

Men.

Women!

Battery powered love machine.

 

Perfect light.

Perfectly comfortable holding his girl's purse or her bouquet.

Sunset kisses.

Even works in BW.

Hand-in-hand together in Life.

 

How they really are.

 

More natural beauty.

Details, details...

...details...

Pumping up the energy waiting on the main attraction.

No strings attached and he has no harness.

Everybody got into the act.

Dancing with Dad.

 

And Mom.

 

An embarrassment of dessert riches provided the fuel.

For the madness that ensued--no dress malfunction here.

 

This guy is at every wedding.

 

Little bro getting some air!

Party rock.

Not a great shot but I had to submit it as evidence that Steven could bring it!

Signature cocktail: The Perfect Pair Lemonade (vodka + raspberry pink lemonade) 🙂

 

Thanks guys for making this fun!

Jill & Ezra Quick Peak

Jill & Ezra post ceremony smooch near Hingham harbor.

Jill and Ezra had their wedding ceremony  at the Old Ship Metting House in downtown Hingham and then celebrated their reception with hundreds of guests under a gorgeous tent at Jill’s parent’s historical home just around the corner.  What a truly great way to spend your wedding day/night complete with Ezra singing a beautiful song he wrote for their marriage.

The dress reflected.

Jill reflected.

Dad gets a first look.

First look!

Dad escorts his baby girl.

 

The Old Ship is the oldest continuously used meeting house in the US.

 

JIll’s parents watching the action from their box seats.

So to does her good friend.

Watching me watching them.

Homemade touches everywhere.

 

Brought in their own chuppah.

 

Glass broken and…

…mozel tov!!!

 

Getting the congrats.

Time for a private kiss post ceremony.

 

Now downtown for some photos.

First stop something beachy near the harbor.

 

Toes in the sand.

It looks deserted but there was several beach regulars we carefully avoided–especially the old man in the Speedo.

Portrait of Ezra. Hingham, Mass. circa 2011

Love at the old theatre.

Incredible big tent for the festivities on the side yard.

Details and party favors.

The cake under the big tent.

Some family formals group #1.

Group #1A.

And some brotherly love.

What wedding isn’t complete without bubbles–perfect kid favor.

Passionate speeches from the best of men…

And Jill’s brothers provided the laughs.

 

Plus the “best” girl.

Some traditions needed to be performed…

and more traditions got everyone involved.

Then is was just party time–or more traditions as Ezra’s Dad celebrated to “YMCA”.

Dancing with grandparents.

 

Bridesmaids sang with the band – Men in Black

More passionate speeches this time utilizing modern technology.

Ezra and his old bandmates played a crowd favorite.

And the crowd went nuts.

Really nuts–I don’t even know what dance this is.

 

Mom and Dad share some love on the dance floor.

Ezra and Jill shared a little love out by the old tree swing.

 

They concluded the night with a song written especially for their marriage.

Many thanks to my stellar second cameraman, Chris Gagne, Men in Black for providing the tunes, East Meets West Catering and anyone I missed; this was a grand affair.

 

 

Julie & Ryan’s little wedding by the sea

Sealed with a kiss--Julie and Ryan all playful following our shoot on the beach in Chequessett.

Julie and Ryan live in Chicago–Julie even works for the Oprah Show–but that didn’t stop them from finding the sweetest and most remote of Cape Cod  venues for their little beach wedding, the Chequessett Yacht and Country Club.  Complete with lobster and corn, the New England clambake, catered by Chef Joe of Outer Cape Clambake and his gang, was the perfect dinner complement to the gorgeously natural ceremony at the apex of low tide. The little boat house was sparsely decorated with some DIY flair to maintain that rustic Cape feel.  Beth O’Rourke of Cape Spin DJ provided the tunes that kept the party going well after the sun set and into the night.  In fact we had so much fun with these guys that we accompanied them to Winslow’s Tavern for our ceremonial after wedding Patron tequila nightcap which to my surprise, Julia and Ryan insisted on partaking in our tradition. Cheers to these guys and their incredible friends and family.

Many thanks to my very helpful and knowledgable second camera, Zac Wolf, and to Brynmore Williams for testing out his DSLR video production with us for this and future ventures.

Julie's dress by Saja in NYC blows in the afternoon breeze in their rented beach house.

What a great place to get ready!

The guys! Photo by Zac Wolf

Photo by Zac Wolf

Julie and her dad make the walk.

All eyes on the bride.

Now that is a hand shake that says, "You've got my blessing!"

Photo by Zac Wolf

A quite toast to each other.

Chef Joe's Clambake dinner. Photo by Zac Wolf

Amazing how good a 50-cent plastic lobster bib can look.

Showing the out-of-towners how its done.

Dancing with Dad.

The Chequessett Yacht and Country Club boat house--great venue!

Mom and son.

Mom and son. Photo by Zac Wolf

The night's end at Winslow's Tavern in the town center - pre-tequila.

Check out this slideshow of our favorite images!  http://www.dmpj.com/content/popup/Julie_Ryan/index.html

Cover Girl Beauty: Jillian & Michael, Gloucester, Mass.

The cars were just a lucky addition as we made our way to a spot along Gloucester's rocky shoreline.

Jillian and Michael are one of those couples with movie star looks and down-to-Earth personalities reminiscent of star quarterbacks and Brazilian supermodels. We had the perfect day starting with the girls getting ready at a rented beach house in Gloucester and then the ceremony and reception at the Elk’s at Bass Rocks.

When I first met them many months ago Jillian was on the cover of the Improper Bostonian as one of Boston’s elite bartenders. Our engagement session yielded some amazingly candid shots and I knew right away this was going to be a fun couple to photograph on their wedding day as they were willing to go the extra mile.

Getting ready takes a village at times.

The finished look is stunning.

Taking a big chance, Jillian has puppies swimming through her wedding gown before the ceremony.

A surprise ending capped our great day!

Michael and Niveen – The Lyman Estate, Waltham, Mass.

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Michael and Niveen couldn’t have just one wedding. Some with family split on opposite coasts and from all over the World they celebrated twice. Once in the Boston area at the Lyman Estate and the other 10 months later in sunny Santa Barbara, California. For a photojournalist like myself, I was just psyched to photograph these two people (great people), two cultures coming together and just tons of friends and family.

First up was the Lyman Estate on a wicked cold New England winter night in January that made for some spectacular visual imagery of their Pakistani wedding ceremony and reception. Then, it was off to Santa Barbara for a beautiful beach ceremony and crazy outdoor California reception amongst the palm trees of the West Coast.