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Kelly + Brian and beautiful wedding landscapes

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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.

 

Vendors:

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

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Nikki + Keilin’s late Summer wedding at the Lyman

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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

Caterer: Tastings

Entertainment: Rob Wier

Venue and linen and chairs: Lyman Estate

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Sonia + Amilton at the Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel

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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.

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Diana + Ryan Engagement Fun

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Engagement sessions are as much for me to get to know my clients in a more intimate way prior to their wedding as they are for couples to get some fun, romantic pix in their play clothes. Diana and Ryan were game for anything and made sure to keep it light and fun throughout–as this I’ve come to know is really who they are. I can’t wait for their wedding!

I love doing these sessions on a weekday night (less people) and between the hours leading up to sunset and just beyond as this is the nicest light to work with. Boston is such a walkable city that we are able to get to a variety of places easily.

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Nikayla + Stefan, House of the Seven Gables

House of the Seven Gables, Salem, Mass.

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Nikayla and Stefan asked for a typical New England mid-September day for their little outdoor wedding at the House of the Seven Gables in Salem, Massachusetts. Mother Nature didn’t disappoint. We had plans to take a quick tour of downtown Salem’s historic district for couples photos but found Seven Gables to have all we needed. As a Boston wedding photographer anytime you can get out of the city and explore some of the quainter locals that New England has to offer its a golden day.

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Not Just Any Thursday…Stella + Bryan Get Hitched

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A thin December sun sank slowly down Beacon Street as Stella and Brian slowly strolled through the Boston Public Garden. Long shadows were their company along with Jason, my assistant, and I. Stella wore a vintage looking coat she purchased in Paris and Bryan looked perfect in his tailored suit. They laughed.

Not an hour earlier had they made it all official during a Boston City Hall ceremony. They were the first eager folks to arrive but that waiting room filled up quick.  We’d started our day together at Piers Point Park in Eastie (East Boston) before heading into town. They had memorized beautiful vows to each other and after the officiants legal words and a quick exchange of rings we were off.

First stop the Beacon Hill and the cobblestones of Acorn St. Next we drifted down to Charles Street and then into the Public Garden. After some Mama duck riding we Uber-ed it to Inman Square in Cambridge and Trina’s Starlight Lounge. Trina’s was the scene of one of their first dates but we were too early for the hipster-dive so we ducked into the Druid for some Guinness and Jameson’s. We had the place to almost to ourselves except for a few regulars who bought them drinks and posed for pix.

We ended at Trina’s where they scarfed the famous grilled hot dogs and indulged in some fancy cocktails. Save for the wedding dress this date seemed like it could have been just another regular Thursday night out for these guys–and I think that’s exactly what they wanted.

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Emma & Steve at The State Room in Boston

Emotion, beauty and an incredible view all came together like the perfect storm for Emma and Steve.

O wonderful it is the feeling

Having all the burden lifted,

I am for a day only  a ghost of a being

All my creative talents gifted,

Allow me the space to truly create

For on this night I am not in charge-ifted.

A scholar of iambic pentameter I am also not, but how glorious was this day to let Nathan take the reins, and the stress, and all the formals, and allow me to be creative and free. I once had the pleasure to listen to Beverley Hills wedding photographer, Joe Buissink, speak about our profession. He said his secret–besides shooting on “P” mode, was to have someone else be the lead photographer so he could be free to create.

Emma and Steve’s wedding was at The State Room–60 State Street in Boston and one of the preeminent Boston wedding photographer venues in the city. One of the best little secrets at this location is the smaller Harbor Salon located off to the side of the Great Room. I’ve photographed weddings where this space was used as the cocktail area before for a celebration in the Great Room, but on this night, this little big room pulled double duty as both chapel and reception hall for this eco-centric couple’s wedding day.

Harbor Salon turned wedding chapel.

Like changing the Garden parquet from ice hockey to basketball in one afternoon, State Room staff flipped this room in just a cocktail hour!

Photo by Nate

Photo by Nate

Walk to PO Square for pix. Photo by Nate.

Nate has a handle on these formal portraits.

The girls waiting for formals in PO Square.

I’m allowed to peep from the side as Nate sets them up for some portraits.

Veil by Doreen Vandermeer of Unveiled Bridal Designs

 

Partridge feathers and fiddlehead ferns create a center piece of sorts on the lapel – byTangerine Creations

Having some fun with the cake cutting.

All of these beautiful and fun photos are not even possible without the incredible work of  the vendors listed below (click their links to see more):

Caterer, cake and event planning: The State Room

Florist: Tangerine Creations

Favors: Taza Chocolates – Organic, stone ground chocolates made in Somerville, MA from beans sourced directly from cacoa famers in Central America and the Caribbean. We send them to all our clients as thank you’s.

Entertainment Provided By: Siman Entertainment – The Superband

Wedding gown: Marisa by Tamara Kristen

Veil by: Doreen Vandermeer – Unveiled Bridal Designs

Jewelry by: I Gorman Jewelers, Washington DC

Hair and make-up by: G Spa – 35 Newbury Street, Boston, MA

Bridesmaid’s dresses by: Jasmine Bridal, Belsoie Collection

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Stephanie & Arthur @ Wentworth by the sea

Our stellar senior photog Chris Gagne was the lead on this beautiful celebration between Stephanie and Arthur (AJ). Friends and family teased Arthur that he’d have married his red BMW if he could but I think Arthur finally got it right and married the red head that mattered most–plus unless you are into Transformers how would the car thing really work out in the long run.  But maybe he truly has the best of both worlds now and isn’t that the sweetest taste of Life any man (car guy aside) could ever ask for–’cause what’s a cool car if you ain’t got a pretty girl next to you! (All photos by Chris unless noted).

Girls!

Just before the ceremony getting some last minute love.

Nothing come between a man and his car… (Photo by Glen)

The hardware ready for service before the service. (Photo by Glen)

…except… (Photo by Glen)

… When a car becomes simply just a car. (Photo by Glen)

(Photo by Glen)

Gettin’ some kudos (Photo by Glen)

(Photo by Glen)

 

Alternate angle

(Photo by Glen)

We got a lil’ bit excited getting these guys back to their cocktail hour driving a wee bit too fast for the beach road. All ended well though 😉

The loves of his life. (Photo by Glen)

Arthur’s two loves–no coincidence here that they’re both red heads.

First dance

School gang

Hug from grandma.

Last dance

 

As always a great deal of thanks goes to these wonderful vendors and designers:

Caterer: Wentworth by the Sea Hotel

Florist: Jardiniere Flowers

Cake or desserts by: Jacques Pasteries

Favors: What are they? Chocolate chip cookies from Paradise Bakery

Calligraphy: Signed, Sealed, & Delivered

Entertainment Provided By: Nik Shukla

Wedding gown by: Madeline’s Daughter

Hair and make-up by: Betsy Dillon, Bridal Vision Company

Bridesmaid’s dresses by: Ann Taylor

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“Magical” comment from lovely MOB

Do you hear that Asha--I'm no muggle!

My favorite comment this year and certainly way up there on the all time list. Thank you, Kathy. While I do find it amazing to be party to moments like these, the magic is in the moment. I gotta think there must be some magic between these two to begin with.  I look for this at every wedding but only rarely does it all come together like this; maybe that is magic–with a tad bit of luck and a dash of skill.

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Michelle & Sean, The Super Moon and how to use the semicolon (;)

Love in a limo; Livin' it up while we are going to the party.

When I photographed Michelle and Sean’s engagement session last Winter I had one burning question for these astute scholars of language and grammer, “How do you properly use the semicolon?”  I am a friend of the “long dash”; I sprinkle it around  my writing; I’m caught constantly peppering just about every paragraph with it.

Dictionary.com says, “A semicolon is used to separate two parts of a sentence that have a relationship to each other in terms of meaning when each part could stand alone as a sentence in its own right.” Is this not a great metaphor for these two? And lets hope that I’m using that word correctly.

Michelle and Sean were married; Holy Cross was the backdrop for their incredible wedding ceremony; Lord Thompson Manor pulled out all the stops for an elegant reception where the crowd danced the night away; a super moon appeared just for good measure. [I’m sure run-on sentences are still a no-no but you get the idea]

Some pre-ceremony shots.

The dress hanging in the Carriage House.

The shoes!

Cupid's torch can heat water forever, and make someone love another unendingly.

Michelle right before the reveal.

Window light makes everything alright.

Having some fun with the guys. Photo by Chris Gagne

Wedding Party shot out the Manor dining room window. Photo by Chris.

A smooch before leaving the church. Photo by Chris Gagne.

A surprise for the guests; some practiced dance moves!

Michelle's Mom and Dad share a moment as the couple shares their first dance.

Super Moonlight to end the night. Photo by Chris Gagne; he did all the hard work on this one!

Check this out: Many thanks to my awesome second camera: Chris Gagne and the staff at Lord Thompson Manor. Brick Park had them movin’ and groovin’ until the very end. Michelle’s wedding gown was by Mikaella and her hair and makeup were done by Lindsey Quaglia. All the calligraphy was done by the bride’s Mom!

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