At Home with Baby Lincoln

We have the wonderful opportunity to watch some of our wedding couples as their families grow and an even bigger blessing of shooting some of those milestones!  Recently we had the incredible chance to see Dave and Andrea's new baby, Lincoln and attempt to shoot newborn pictures without disturbing him too much!  It's been so beautiful to not only shoot Dave and Andrea for their engagement session but also their gorgeous Berkshires wedding (check them out here...and here).  I have to say we were so humbled to shoot the next step in their lives and even better was seeing all of the memories we have been included in all throughout their home!  From framed gift prints, to framed canvases, fine art clusters and their brilliant wedding album it was so rewarding to see it all being displayed so timelessly.

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Newborn photography can be a little tricky, you have to get the little nuggets at just the right time, usually within the first eight days.  And then hope that you are there at a time that they are sleepy enough to prop them just the way you want without upsetting them too much! 

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We were pretty lucky to start out, little Lincoln was snoozing away even as we moved him all around, put lights on him, stripped him naked and got the lens right in his face, can you imagine trying to nap through all of that?!?!  Eventually our luck ran out though and Lincoln was ready for company!  I love the expressions we caught of him as his eyes started to squint open seeming to say, "What are you trying to do to me?". 

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It's pretty difficult to get connection with the camera at this age, but he was modeling it up for me.  Looking right into the lens with those gorgeous eyes! 

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But, I have to say my absolute favorite is this last one from the sneak peek...Blue Steel!  I love it so much and love that Dave and Andrea allowed us to document such precious first days of baby Lincoln!  Thank you, we love you guys!  Make sure to scroll below to read some from the proud Mama and Papa!

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What was the first thing you thought when you saw your baby for the first time?

He is perfect

Have we done a session before? If not, skip ahead. If so, tell me roughly how long ago our last session was and something you remember from our shoot. 

Our wedding and you know we think the world of you guys

What was your favorite part of the session?

Lincoln peeing and pooping on mom

How was your experience having your newborn photographed? Were you nervous or worried before? How did it turn out? 

We were never worried. We knew he was in good hands because we trust you guys. We wish he was a little more sleepy. 

What would be your advice to someone getting newborn photographs taken?

Get them done. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity that you shouldn't miss out on. after only a month he is so different and awesome. 

What's the first thing that ran through your mind when you both found out you were pregnant?

No way it happened that quickly.

 

Engagement Photography at Colt State Park with Sakshi and Suman

Rhode Island must have some of the most beautiful coastline in New England.  I recently had the opportunity to shoot for some engagement photography with Sakshi and Suman at Colt State Park in the beautiful town of Bristol, RI.  With the leaves turning and the absolutely fantastic day it all made for an incredible setting to capture this couples' love.  This time of year is always a little bit of a gamble with the weather in New England but the day was tremendous.  I love working with couples that are so obviously comfortable and in love with each other. 

Here are a few sneak peeks as well as some words from the couple about their story. 

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How did you two meet?

We met during our internal medicine residency in Buffalo, NY. We started as good friends, relying on each other for advise and support, with a lot of mutual respect. Eventually that friendship blossomed into a wonderful romance and partnership!

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Tell us the proposal story~

Our parents were in town and we had planned a picnic that morning at a park stretching along the Niagara River - a secret retreat of ours. Suman arranged it so that we would arrive ahead of our parents with breakfast, and wait for them by a gazebo on the pier.
We walked along the pier and sat there just talking as we always do, when Suman surprised me with his proposal and a ring, carefully stashed away in his pocket, all the while afraid I might knock it into the river. Our dear friend Mirko had been hiding in the trees nearby taking photos, and wonderfully captured the moment Suman proposed!

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What look were you going for in your engagement session?

Fall is our favorite time of the year and we really wanted to capture the gorgeous colors. Colt State Park is a beautiful location with lots of great trails, picnic spots, and beaches.

Do you have any tips or advice for couples getting ready for their session?  Make sure to have fun and not take yourself too seriously.

How was your overall session experience?   Great! Christian does an amazing job placing you in a setting and letting couples interact naturally. He was very flexible, easy to work with and made us feel comfortable through the whole process.

Sunsrise Engagement Photography with Ari & Daniel in the Back Bay

I had the opportunity it get up nice and early last week to join Ari and Dan for a sunrise shoot in the Back Bay of Boston.  I love engagement photography at this time of the day.  The light is amazing and the city is quiet and just coming to life.  

The best part of the shoot was experiencing the love and joy these two have for each other. We had a great time walking, talking and of course making some pictures.  Here are a few sneak peeks along with a few words from the couple about their fun story!

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How did you two meet?

Ari & Daniel met November 21st 2012 the day before Thanksgiving and it was love at first salad!

For those of you that do not know their romantic love story it goes a little something like this:

That night was a Masconomet high school reunion at the affluent establishment known as TGI Friday's. Ari graduated from Masco and although Daniel did not go there he had many friends from Masco as he grew up in the Town of Boxford (as did Ari).

Anyways, Daniel was at The Hardcover Restaurant with a friend watching the Bruins game while enjoying their delicious salad bar equipped with all the accouterments necessary for a perfect salad (a personal favorite of Grandpa Gallagher). It is their that Daniel caught a glimpse for the first time of the gorgeous Ari.

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After putting enough salad in a bowl to feed a family of 8 he returned to the bar to tell his buddy about the incredible girl he just saw. He wanted to introduce himself to her but, being the gentleman he is, did not want to be rude and interrupt what seemed to be the most casual dinner in the restaurant consisting of two beautiful girls, salads and multi-colored drinks with umbrellas to protect the ice cubes if it rains (and the girls...).

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Daniel then had to take another look because he could not believe his eyes. He had never seen anyone (in The Hardcover Restaurant which is quaintly nestled on Rt. 1 in Danvers, MA right across from Costco) so beautiful in his life. So he got up went back to that salad bar and brought enough food back to feed half the restaurant. It was at this point the bartender leaned over to Daniel and said, "Buddy, I have never said this to anyone in my entire life, but if you throw out that salad like the one before, you're cut off from the salad bar" Phew!! At least it wasn't the regular bar ;)

The two beautiful ladies eventually paid there check and left the premise. Daniel saw the other girl that was sitting with Ari and realized the world was in fact gracious and he would have a chance to get to know her at the reunion.

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The best part of the story, Ari and Daniel both remember seeing each other from across the restaurant. They connected and it truly was love at first sight. They slowly made their way to each other dodging other friends and trying to peel their feet off the ever so lovely and clean floor of TGI Friday's.

They said their goodbyes at the end of the night in which Daniel finally asked for Ari's number in which she said "OF COURSE I THOUGHT YOUD NEVER ASK!!!"

After that, they talked every day. And from then on, C'est la Vie!!

 

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Tell us the proposal story~

While vacationing in Paris, France Daniel popped the question at the Pont Alexandre III bridge. With a veiw of the Eiffel Tower in the back and a bottle of Chardonnay, the moment could not have been more perfect.

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What details are you most excited about for your wedding?

We are so excited to experience our special day with the people who love us the most! Having so many friends and family members all over the country and world it is very important to both of us that we are able to have them all there to celebrate with us on our special day!

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What look were you going for in your engagement session?

We wanted to be in the city and be able to enjoy a beautiful fall day with our favorite photographer :)

Do you have any tips or advice for couples getting ready for their session?

Just be yourself and giggle along the way! We had a great experience taking these pictures!

How was your overall session experience?

Wonderful, Christian is awesome and goes out of his way for a picture, we are so excited to see how they came out because we has such a blast taking them!

Julie and Joe's Flawless JFK Museum Wedding

As I sit here at my computer, going back through images from this last weekend I can't help but be in awe.  Obviously, the Kennedy's have a rich history in New England and when you hear the name you can't help but to think of elegance and grace, and those words are the same ones that come to mind when talking about Julie and Joe's wedding at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.  If you are familiar with the museum you already know that it is a perfect location for a wedding, breathtaking water and city views, and then the Pavilion is beyond explanation as a ceremony/cocktail hour space.  With a two story space complete with windows overlooking Columbia Point and the romantic lighting of sunset, how could you want anything more!

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The day started out with us shooting Julie in the bridal suite and she was another cool, calm and collected bride!  At one point she had both hair and makeup going at the same time and I could think of nothing, but a relaxing spa day as we documented her pampering!  She was so excited to get dressed and see her husband to be, Joe for their first look!  She looked so timeless and elegant in her Justin Alexander gown and....those shoes!!!!  The most gorgeous Badgley Mischka bridal shoes I have ever seen! 

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They had chosen such a perfect spot for their first look.  Not only was it visually stunning, but the JFK staff had even made sure to block people during the first look so it could truly be a special and private moment, you know besides the four person photo and video team and the two coordinators!  Watching Julie walking down the sweeping stairs toward Joe gave me chills and when I saw both of their reactions I almost started to cry right then and there! 

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We went right into their creatives pictures to capture as much as we could before guests began to arrive.  They were such troopers as we worked as quickly as possible to take advantage of the sprawling views and gorgeous lighting.  After discussions during timeline meetings we knew after the ceremony we wouldn't have much light, and being only the second wedding ever to be held at this magnificent location we were a bit photo hungry!  

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We decided to go up the back stairs to sneak back in as we knew the shuttle of guests was due to arrive any moment, and couldn't help but stopping for some last shots with the Prudential in the background.  Then it was time to tuck the couple away and get ready for the ceremony!

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The setup was incredible, and although lighting was a little tough the evening lighting made for such a romantic atmosphere.  The touches throughout the ceremony were so special as well!  From Joe's sister officiating the ceremony to their two nephews doing a reading, every detail was so well planned. 

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As the ceremony came to a close and the space was turned over into the cocktail hour, we were able to whisk the newlyweds away and into the museum for a few final shots!  The day was perfect and we couldn't be happier for these two!  Make sure you check out the same day edit slideshow we projected during dinner and scroll down for a full list of vendors that helped to make the day flawless!

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Salon:  Roberts Salon Belmont http://www.robertsbelmontsalon.com/

Dress:  Justin Alexander  https://www.justinalexander.com/en/

Suits:  Hugo Boss  https://www.hugoboss.com/us

Shoes:  Badgley Mischka  https://www.badgleymischka.com/

Flowers:  Sunny Florists  https://sunnyflorists.com/

Lighting:  Design Light  http://designlightco.com/

DJ/Photo Booth:  DJ Baltazar http://www.baltazarentertainment.com/

Food/Tables/Linens:  Gourmet Catering  http://www.gourmetcaterers.com/

Alcohol:  Gordon's Wine  http://www.gordonswine.com/

Cake:  Oakleafe Bakery  http://oakleafcakes.com/

Decor:  PEAK  https://www.peakeventservices.com/

Lodging:  The Envoy Hotel  https://theenvoyhotel.com/

Ceremony/Reception:  John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum  https://www.jfklibrary.org/Visit/Host-an-Event/Weddings.aspx

Kim and Dan's Hampden Wedding- The Starting Gate at GreatHorse

We had such a blast this past weekend with back to back wedding days and to kick it off was Kim and Dan in Hampden!  We knew it was going to be a great wedding for many reasons, first off we had spent quite a bit of town on their Newport engagement session.  Dan had attended college at Salve Regina University in Newport and had also proposed to Kim there so it was a perfect location for their engagement session!  We always urge our engagement clients to try and pick a meaningful location for their shoot and Kim and Dan definitely did!  Since it was a destination engagement session we had the ability to spend a bit more time with them and Dan became an impromptu tour guide of Newport for us!  To check out their incredible session, you can find it here.  We had such a great time and really saw how beautiful these soul mates were together so we knew the wedding day would be no different.  And Kim is one of the most organized brides we have ever worked with, so between our timeline and her even more detailed timeline, there was no margin for error! 

The entire day ran seamlessly with this laid back couple.  We started the day at The Starting Gate at Greathorse, where Dan got ready.  Side note, I'm not a golfer but if I were, this would be the course to play!  It was absolutely breathtaking, the amenities, the view and the staff were all impeccable.  Dan was easing into this momentous day with his best man who also happened to be his father.  After some getting ready shots, we were on to Kim. 

Imagine our surprise when we arrived and not only were they on schedule, but had actually been finished with hair and makeup and just hanging out!  This NEVER happens!  On top of them being on it and ready to go, it was also one of the most tranquil pre wedding atmospheres we have ever seen!  Kim looked radiant and her dress was so perfect for her! 

The day continued in this same fashion with the biggest snafu (if you can even call it that) was the internet running slow to download the same day slideshow at the reception!  We got it all done on time though and were able to show it to the most talented singer doing a live version of Elvis' "Can't Help Falling in Love".  Make sure to scroll down to check out there day as well as their same day slideshow from that night and most importantly their story!  Congrats to the happy couple, we couldn't be happier for you!

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Tell us how you first met- who, what, when, where, why?  Give us the dirty details-

Dan and Kim both work at the same company although in separate departments with little interaction with one another.  Dan would see Kim walking around the office extremely happy and upbeat, under five feet tall, and wearing chunky jewelry. How can someone not fall in love with that?! Lol! Dan would say to himself, she must be someone's little princess, but she is exactly the girl he'd want to be with.  Lucky for him, lil Kim was available!!  Dan and Kim were asked by their company to attend an offsite meeting in order to provide feedback on a local organization.  Dan volunteered, at the very last minute, to attend the meeting so he wouldn't look too interested. They hung out a few times after that, and after about the 3rd or 4th time hanging out, Kim finally got the picture that this was more than just hanging out. It's been happily ever after since!!
 

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When did you know he/she was the one?  Was there something he/she did? etc-

Kim can't say it was a specific event, but just a few months after dating and learning about one another, she was impressed by how caring and loyal Dan was. She remembers him talking about his fond memories of growing up and going everywhere with his parents. Kim never really wanted children, but if she had children, Kim knew Dan had the same ideas in raising them. For the first time, Kim was excited and wanted to have children with him and knew that he was the one.

Dan knew Kim was the one early on in their relationship as well. Kim is the most positive happy person he's ever met, and she is the same bubbly happy person in public as she is in private. On top of that, Kim loves to laugh and have fun! Over all of the fun they were having, Dan could hear the wedding bells ringing in his head!
 

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Tell us about the proposal.  Did you see it coming, how long was it in the planning? how did you feel? nervous, excited, freaking out?-

Dan attended college at Salve Regina University in Newport, RI. He knew Newport and the mansions would be the perfect setting for his proposal. Dan invited Kim to go see the mansions, as they are decorated for Christmas. Both Kim and Dan's parents were on their way to Newport ahead of them, as Dan filled them in on his plan. Once they arrived at the Salve mansion "Ochre Court", Dan whisked Kim over to the window to look at the ocean, and with their parents watching from the balcony behind them, Dan got on one knee. Who knew Dan could be such a romantic?!   Kim cried happy tears for weeks over the fact that Dan was sweet enough to include their families in the proposal.
 

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Tell us the one thing you love most about each other-

Kim and Dan both love the fact that the other is their perfect companion.. They always laugh, never fight, and have nothing short of a fairy tail romance!

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If you feel comfortable, share with us something silly or quirky the other person does-

Kim says: "Dan's always randomly breaking into song, and he'll interject my name into the song to make it funny or change the words to be something like how much he loves me or wants to smooch my face."

Dan says: "Lil Kim's like a walking cartoon character. Always going around laughing and happy. She's a bit organized though...drop a crumb on her swept floors, and she'll go from my little cartoon character to my little Napoleon in a flash! She can't be mean though, so she's like a friendly little Napoleon who asks you nicely to pick up your mess."

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6. Besides getting married, what's the one thing you are looking forward to on your wedding day?

Dancing the night away with all of the people we love and seeing everyone having a great time!

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Northshore Engagement Photography with Kristina and Guy

In our industry referrals are a big reason we book the weddings we do. It's always fun to work with couples that found us because we've shot weddings with their family or friends.  For Kristina and Guy this is almost at another level.  Upon meeting with them, we quickly saw that we were Kristina's photographers whether Guy liked it or not!  Probably not, but she was determined!  We were so honored to be chosen to spend their incredible day with them, next year. 

So, Kristina wasted no time and booked their engagement photography to catch the fall leaves in New England.  I had the pleasure of shooting with them on the North Shore and they were such troopers working their way through all of my whims of posing and tips and tricks.  Here are a few sneak peeks as well as Kristina and Guy's story in their own words.

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How did you two meet?

Unbeknownst to either of us, Guy's sister Sarah had been trying to set us up for a while. Sarah and I worked together as infant teachers together, and she told me I should go on a date with her brother. He was finishing up his undergrad at St. Anselm in NH, though. All while Sarah told me to go on a date with Guy, she was telling Guy that she worked with an awesome girl. After Guy graduated, he came to bring coffee to Sarah at work where I was in the midst of juggling babies. Sarah told me he liked "forward girls," so I sent him a Facebook message to ask him out for drinks. I ended up being two hours late because of work for our first date, but Guy still gave me a chance and we have been inseparable ever since!

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Tell us the proposal story~

My aunt Josephine passed away when I was 14 years old from breast cancer. She never had any children and I was her only goddaughter. She was like another mother figure to me, and still a huge inspiration and influence on my life. On my 18th birthday, I found out she had left me her engagement ring and wedding band when she passed. I knew from that day that I wanted to use her rings in some way, shape or form for my own setting. The night Guy proposed seemed like an ordinary Thursday date night, except on the way home from dinner Guy stopped at "our spot." An open field near his home in Waltham, it was the spot we told one another that we knew we were in love. While eating ice cream in our spot, Guy went to the car "for napkins" but came back with "a letter that was sent to me earlier in the week." Guy got in contact with my aunt's widower to write me a letter about their proposal and the ring. Needless to say - I was a mess of happy tears! After I finished reading the letter, Guy got down on one knee and proposed to me with the diamond of my aunt Josephine's engagement ring set inside a beautiful, new setting of my own! He did good!

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What details are you most excited about for your wedding?

We are the most excited to have all of our family members together in one place to celebrate our forever love for one another! We also are excited that all of the pieces of our dream wedding are coming together perfectly - we both wanted a late winter wedding because neither of us like the heat very much. Haha

Where are you getting married?  St. Charles Borromeo in Woburn

Where is the reception?  Tewksbury Country Club

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What look were you going for in your engagement session?

Guy and I are both really laid back and love a good adventure. We had been to Lynch Park in Beverly very often together and it was the spot of where we had one of our very first marriage conversations! We wanted our love for adventures to be shown by the scenery around us - from the rose garden, to the ocean views, to the trees. We also LOVE the fall and were hoping for some colorful foliage - but all the warm weather we have been having delayed the peak this year. Unpredictable New England, for you! Most importantly, we wanted our pictures to capture our personalities and our relationship.

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Do you have any tips or advice for couples getting ready for their session?

Neither Guy or I are huge fans of PDA - we were so nervous that would reflect in our pictures! To take the edge off of our nerves, we ended up having a drink! The best advice we can give is to just be yourselves - you love one another and are going to spend the rest of your lives together, you don't need to be uncomfortable in front of the camera! Try to look up corny, cheesy jokes that can get you and your partner to laugh, or just singing a silly song. Liquid courage also helps! LOL

At home with Melissa and Jeremy

Melissa and Jeremy set out to have a fantastic Engagement session in their building, taking in the amazing views of the Boston Harbor and the city.  However mother nature had a nice laugh at us that day.  After having an inordinately warm and beautiful fall, we happened to pick the one rainy, cold and very windy day.  So our time on the incredible deck of their home was cut short by the elements and crazy wind, giving Melissa's dress a life of it's own.  We went on to make images inside and then around Boston as well as having a great time.  I can't wait to shoot with them again next year for their wedding and on a personal note celebrate my birthday on their wedding day!  Oh the life of a wedding photographer and I wouldn't trade it for anything!

Here are a few from our crazy time together and some words from the coule about their story!

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How did you two meet?

As it usually happens, we met when we were least expecting it, through Melissa's maid of honor and one of Jeremy's friends from college. After getting to know each other a little, we made plans and went our first date by TD Garden. Three hours and a couple of bad food orders later, we decided to set up another date and we are so happy we did!

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Tell us the proposal story~

Jeremy was traveling for work and his trip was ending in North Carolina - perfect timing as we were heading to my parents' house to celebrate Christmas. Little did I know that he had been traveling with an engagement ring the whole time! When we got back to the house on Christmas Eve, Jeremy dropped a couple of presents under the tree and went upstairs. When he came back down, our family gathered for a "cheers", but strangely, Jeremy took the lead and then asked me to open my present under the tree. I unwrapped the present and inside was a note asking me to marry him - and when I finally stopped jumping around and looked up, he was down on his knee proposing! It was so thoughtful that he included my family in that special moment.

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What details are you most excited about for your wedding?  There are many things we are excited about...all of our family and friends in one place, the band, the view from our venue, and all of the unique touches that will make it OUR wedding come to mind. We are also excited to see what the ceremony space will look like when it is all set up, and although we haven't picked it out yet, we are obviously excited for the cake tasting. I think more than the details though, we are just very excited to "officially" start our life together even though it has felt that way for quite some time.

Where are you getting married?  Wequassett Resort, Harwich, MA

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What look were you going for in your engagement session?

We wanted to take some photos with a formal look - Jeremy in a suit and myself in a dress and heels - and then also do a look that captured more of our casual side. Fall in Boston is a beautiful time and we wanted to shoot at locations that were meaningful to us around the city.

Do you have any tips or advice for couples getting ready for their session?

Don't overthink it - try to think of what you enjoy most and what embodies the two of you the most. You won't appreciate the time and the photos as much if it doesn't feel like it is what you are about as a couple.

How was your overall session experience?

We really enjoyed our session. We had some bad-luck weather but we were very happy to spend the time together, and Christian was great in giving direction, being flexible with the environment we were given, and allowing us to be us. We are really looking forward to seeing how our photos came out!

Radhika and Manish at the Arnold Arboretum

I had the opportunity to take a walk through the Arnold Arboretum with Radhika and Manish for their pre-wedding photo shoot. They wanted a classic look to their images set in a beautiful location.  Here are a few snaek peeks as well as some words from the couple about their story.  

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How did you two meet?

Radhika and Manish met in India and almost instantly bonded over their obsession with fitness and good food. The friendship grew deeper and in true Bollywood movie style (and thank God for right timing), Cupid struck right before Radhika moved to the U.S.

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Tell us the proposal story~

Marriages around the world are simple:
A boy loves a girl. A girl loves a boy. They get married.
In India, there are a few more steps:
A boy loves a girl. A girl loves a boy.
The girl’s family has to love the boy. The boy’s family has to love the girl.
The girl’s family has to love the boy’s family. The boy’s family has to love the girl’s family.
The girl and the boy still love each other. Then they get married.
As soon as Radhika and Manish decided that they wanted to spend the rest of their lives together, Manish, the old-school gentleman that he is, met Radhika's parents and asked for her hand in marriage. He diligently planned the first meeting to the T, suited up, brought some presents and after a three-hour dinner (and multiple Q&As later), Radhika's parents and her sister unanimously agreed that he was the one.
Next, it was Radhika's turn to meet Manish's family and she won them over with her calm demeanor, caring attitude, and a genuine respect for others. Finally, the families met and Manish got down on his knees to officially ask Radhika to marry him.

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What details are you most excited about for your wedding? EX. cake, vendors, location, etc.

The location (it is a heritage palace in Rajasthan, India) and an opportunity to meet each other's families and friends in person.

Where are you getting married?   Rajasthan, India

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What look were you going for in your engagement session?  We wanted to incorporate a formal, classic and romantic old world feel to the photoshoot.

Do you have any tips or advice for couples getting ready for their session?

If it is possible, definitely, visit the place where you are planning the photo shoot, well in advance to get a sense of what there is and how to make the best use of the space. Also, don't take the photoshoot or yourself too seriously- It helps to crack a joke or two every now and then to lighten the atmosphere. Lastly, don't forget to have fun; it is most likely the last few days before the wedding madness kicks in. So make the most of it.

On the rocks in Gloucester with Christina and Vamsi

I love working with daring couples to take engagement photography to the next level.  We met with Christina and Vamsi to discuss the look and feel on their shoot and Christina had a pretty specific vision to do something dramatic.  From her dress to the location and time of day.  I think we pulled it off! 

We took a trip up to the rocky beaches of Gloucester and these two were troopers working their way out onto the jagged rocks in the name of art.  Or at least our artistic imagery.  I had a blast shooting and trying to balance a few lightstands to make their vision come to life. 

Here are a few sneak peeks as well as a little of Christina and Vamsi's story. 

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How did you two meet?

Vamsi and Christina met as undergrads at Caltech, where they were both in the same student house. A few months after they started dating, Vamsi graduated and left for Harvard to start medical school. Christina had just finished her freshman year, and for the next three years they kept up a long distance relationship. When Christina graduated college, she joined him at Harvard, where she started medical school just as he was graduating again. Fortunately, Vamsi matched to Harvard for his neurosurgery residency and was able to stay in Boston. Four years later, Christina also matched to Harvard for dermatology residency, and Vamsi proposed soon after in Ipswich, Massachusetts.

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How was your overall session experience?

We had an amazing time! Both of us have absolutely no idea how to pose in front of a camera, and Christian guided us through every step and made us feel really comfortable. He also understood immediately the looks we were going for and exactly what was needed to achieve them.

Amanda and Jeff's Maryland Barn Destination Wedding

We love shooting destination weddings, whether it's a tropical beach wedding or a serene lake town with a rustic barn wedding, they are all such a great time and always seems to run a bit more smoothly.  Add to the mix that the beautiful bride and her family are OUR family and it gets even better!  Christian actually grew up very closely with Jenny, Amanda's mom, so when we learned they wanted us to shoot Amanda's wedding, we were absolutely honored!

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Amanda and Jeff actually live in Savannah now, but luckily her mom is only about an hour from the venue so was able to help a ton during the planning process!  I was able to meet everyone last year at our wedding for the first time.   It immediately felt like we had always been family but I was definitely looking forward to this weekend and the opportunity to get to know everyone better. 

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As we drove from the Baltimore airport into the Deep Creek area, we were in awe of the rolling hills and gorgeous lush landscape.  It seemed like the lake that the town is known for, came out of nowhere!  During our timeline calls we had heard about the amazing views from the house they had rented for the weekend and had planned for the first look, but I still felt unprepared for how breath taking it truly was. 

The same was true for the Chanteclaire Farm where the ceremony and reception took place.  We had the rare opportunity to attend the rehearsal to get a lay of the land and see the picturesque grounds we would be using as a backdrop the next day. 

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The wedding day had finally come and Amanda was a fairy tale bride.  As she finished her hair and makeup we were able to use the incredible house to shoot the details and had plenty of room to shoot Amanda, surrounded by her bridal party.  While she finished up we took the short ride down the road to the house Jeff and his family had rented. 

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We walked in expecting the normal chaotic energy that surrounds wedding days, only instead to find a laid back group of guys relaxing on the balcony, taking in the scenery and casually getting into their suits.  Jeff was equally relaxed and ready to see his bride to be!

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Before we were ready to head to the first look, Jeff had personalized cuff links he had to open, a gift from Amanda as well as another surprise from his mom.  She had handed him an antique picket watch that belonged to his grandfather, was over 100 years old and just happened to have the same initials as Jeff's engraved.  It was a beautiful moment that we were able to capture. 

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First looks are always touching for us to shoot.  Once the couple start walking toward each other you can almost see the emotions on their faces.  From nerves, to anxiety to making sure they don't trip to finally excitement, pure love and relief we love every minute of it!  It's even better when you have a personal relationship with the couple and get to be a fly on the wall during such an intimate moment.  Amanda and Jeff went one step further, they chose to read letters to each other just seconds before the walked and saw each other!

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After a few shots around the house, to get those stunning views it was off to the venue to take advantage of what they had to offer!  Tree lined roads with softly fallen leaves, rolling hills, an awesome shed (with the cutest little barn kitten that later joined the wedding) all made for a photographer's dream!

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When the ceremony came we were all fighting back tears, watching these two officially become one.  They had made sure to make the ceremony meaningful in every way possible, making it even more emotional!  It was so beautiful!  We hope you enjoy the little sneak peek and day of slideshow we projected that night on the side of the barn!  Amanda and Jeff we are so happy for you both and feel so blessed to have been there and document your love!  We love you!

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Tuxes:  Men's WearHouse https://www.menswearhouse.com/

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Lodging:  Suites at Silver Tree  https://suitesatsilvertree.com/

Dress:  Martina Liana- Savannah GA https://www.essensedesigns.com/martina-liana/

Bridesmaid Dresses:  Christina Wu- at Potomac Bridal Hagerstown MD   https://potomacbridals.wordpress.com/ 

 

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Food:  Chanteclaire Farmhttp://www.chanteclairefarm.com

Decor/Table Linens:  Chanteclaire Farmhttp://www.chanteclairefarm.com

Coordinators:  Chanteclaire Farm  http://www.chanteclairefarm.com

Entertainment:  Chanteclaire Farmhttp://www.chanteclairefarm.com

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Lighting:  Chanteclaire Farmshttp://www.chanteclairefarm.com

Flowers:  Farmhouse Fetehttp://www.farmhousefete.com/

Shoes:  Kohl's - Jennifer Lopez

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Salon:  Kimberly Grubbs- Poetically Brushedhttp://www.hairandmakeupbykim.com/

Transportation:  County Caravanhttp://www.countycaravan.net/

Jewelry:  Swarovski https://www.swarovski.com/Web_US/en/index

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Customized Honey Favors for Guests: John Rice- Doggone Good Honey

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Christine & Ricky's Plymouth Pinehills Wedding

I feel like we have been looking forward to this wedding forever!  Christine first came in to meet with us without Ricky if I remember correctly, so you would think that we wouldn't really get to know him as well.  But....they chose to do a very unique engagement session.  Since they absolutely love Martha's Vineyard, and try to go every summer they had decided they also wanted to incorporate that in their session.  Since it is further out we just decided to do a "Day in the Life" style engagement shoot.  We met them that morning and not only had the drive to and from the ferry, but also an entire day of shooting on the island and lunch to get to know this fun loving couple!  They were so cute I can't even take it!  We ended that session on the same beach that Ricky had proposed to Christine on at sunset, it was perfect!

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If you want to take a look at that incredible shoot you can find it here!

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Fast forward to almost a year later and their wedding day was finally here!  They had their wedding and reception at the Pavilion PineHills Golf Club in Plymouth, which is one of our favorite venues to work at!  Not only is the venue breathtaking, but the staff is so incredible!  They go out of their way to make it easy on the couple and the vendors too, which always helps!

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Christine got ready at the serene Mirabeau Inn, which as soon as we saw it, quickly was added to my weekend staycation list of places to go!  The rooms were gorgeous and we had plenty of places to shoot Christine while she primped for her soon to be groom to see her at their first look!

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Ricky didn't need to get ready at the hotel, because the super masculine look of dark wood and tufted chairs that the PineHills locker room offered made for a perfect spot!  You have to check out the surprise gift that Christine had gotten him!  Custom lining of his suit filled with pics of the two of them! 

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It was finally time for the two love birds to see each other!  We used the lush landscaping to shield Ricky from seeing Christine until he turned a corner and the surprise, laughter and happiness that they both had was infectious! 

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From there, we all hopped in golf carts and like a parade, we were off to take some pictures of the happy couple!  The rain held off for the most part, as we used the beautiful landscape to create some pictures before tucking them away before the ceremony.

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The time had finally come that everyone was waiting for!  The love and emotion was so touching and everyone was so entranced watching them, that we all almost forgot about the rain that had started right outside of the tent!

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I thought they had a great idea for their recession, a golf cart was waiting as they jumped in and got to spend their first few minutes as husband and wife before snapping a few more pictures, having some champagne and finally heading back for cocktail hour and to get the party started!  We are so happy for you both!  Above is the day of slideshow we showed at the reception and make sure you check below to see all of the kick ass vendors that helped with their day!  Congrats again!

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Salon: Verde Boutique Salon in Braintree, MA http://www.verdesalon.org/
https://www.facebook.com/verdeboutiquesalon
Bridesmaid Dresses: Dessy Collection, purchased at Vows in Watertown, MA
Tuxes/Suits: Suits from Jos A Bank
Shoes: Jack Rogers, Badgley Mischka Bridal
Flowers: Studio One Twenty Three West in Braintree, MA http://studioonetwentythree.com
https://www.facebook.com/Studio-One- Twenty-Three- West-226244420908093/
Lighting: Rob Alberti Event Production https://www.robalberti.com
https://www.facebook.com/DJRobAlberti
Entertainment: Unique Sounds Entertainment http://uniquesounds.com
https://www.facebook.com/uniquesoundsentertainment
Food: Pinehills
Alchohol: Pinehills
Lodging: Hotel 1620 in Plymouth Harbor (http://www.hotel1620.com/#gref) / Mirbeau Inn and Spa
(http://plymouth.mirbeau.com/)
Cake: Piece of Cake in Plymouth MA / https://www.facebook.com/Piece-Of- Cake-Plymouth- Ma-
182077125148671/

Invitations: Shine Wedding Invitationshttps://www.shineweddinginvitations.com
https://www.facebook.com/shineweddinginvitations

Downtown Boston for Ashleigh and John's Engagement Photography

We came to meet Ashleigh and John because unfortunately, another photog dropped the ball. Selfishly, I'm so happy they did.  Engagement photography is at it's best when you get to put a beautiful couple up against the Boston skyline, you can't help to have fun and make great images!  It also doesn't hurt at all when they are a blast to work with.  I think when we were finished I could have just sat all night laughing at a pub with them. 

Here are a few sneaks and not some, but a lot of words about their story, from the couple...

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How did you two meet?

John and Ashleigh met in Boston, MA in April 2013 through a mutual friend, Alyson, who Ashleigh knew from college at James Madison University and John knew growing up in Sudbury, MA. Ashleigh was pursuing her Master's degree at Boston University at the time, and after a long week of exams was more than looking forward to the weekend.  Alyson invited her to a party at her friend's apartment and Ashleigh gladly accepted the chance to get out of school mode. Ashleigh ordered a cab and was on her way to meet Alyson when she received a call that Alyson was, in fact, running 45 minutes late. By this time, Ashleigh was already dropped off on the side of the road in front of the apartment where the party was located in Beacon Hill...in the freezing cold and not knowing a single person upstairs. She stood outside, pacing to keep herself warm, half considering leaving altogether, when out of nowhere the front door of the building opened and she heard, "Ashleigh?". It was none other than Ashleigh's future fiance, John Hayes! Alyson had called John and tasked the poor guy with taking in the girl that no one knew and entertaining her until her friend arrived. Lucky for Ashleigh, he was more than happy to do so. They immediately clicked. They found themselves chatting and laughing the majority of the night with just each other. They found common ground in both attending college in Virginia, Boston sports, and their love for dogs. As the evening came to a close, Ashleigh hopped in a cab with Alyson to head home. Without Ashleigh knowing, Alyson took it upon herself to text John Ashleigh's number and suggested he take her out for pizza and beer (the way to my heart). We went out on our first date the following week and the rest is history!

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Tell us the proposal story~

Ashleigh graduated as a Physician Assistant from MCPHS University in Boston on May 6th, 2017 and all her family from Virginia came to town to celebrate. Ashleigh was absolutely over the moon to have the ones she loved most around for the weekend, but little did she know how her graduation day would play out. Graduation took place at Gillette Stadium on the most rainy, dreary, cold day in months - of course! Ashleigh was so grateful that everyone, including John's wonderful parents, endured the terrible weather to watch her cross the stage that morning. Following the ceremony, everyone decided to grab a late lunch at Brewer's Fork, a restaurant around the corner from Ashleigh and John's condo in Charlestown, MA to dry off and grab a bite. The day had carried on with more rain, but as lunch wrapped up the sun finally started to peak through the clouds. John suggested that we head to our condo to freshen up, relax, then meet up with the rest of the group again for dinner in a few hours. Once they got back to the condo, John suggested they head up to the roof deck to enjoy some of the nice weather and he would bring up Ashleigh's graduation present. Ashleigh thought to herself, "Oooh maybe a new purse? New jacket? Watch?" as she stood with her back to the roof deck stairs, facing the Boston skyline with her hands covering her eyes in excitement. John whispered to "turn around" and Ashleigh found him on one knee with a gorgeous ring in hand. According to John, Ashleigh did not say "yes" for several minutes, sobbing and hugging him instead. She finally said yes, through more tears of happiness, and she spent the next hour staring at the ring in disbelief. To cap it off, neighbors across the street on their roof deck saw John proposing and recorded the entire thing! They spent the rest of the night sipping champagne, opening gifts, and celebrating with our wonderful family and friends!

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What details are you most excited about for your wedding?

Location! Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyard is our dream venue, nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Charlottesville, VA - rolling hills, greenery, and stunning views. (Ashleigh is from Chesapeake, VA, hence why the wedding is being held in VA)

Where are you getting married?  A. Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyard in Charlottesville, VA

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What look were you going for in your engagement session?  Light, airy, romantic, natural, not too "staged", authentic, personal

Do you have any tips or advice for couples getting ready for their session?   Have a beer or two beforehand! John and I wish we had done this in order to loosen up a little during the shoo

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How was your overall session experience?

Awesome. Christian was professional but also relate-able. He could tell we were "nervous" and stiff at first, and gave us tips along the way. He was conversational and friendly, and even let us stop for a quick beer during our session to get the nerves out.

Boston Engagement Photography with Stephanie and Justin

It's always great to get out and shoot engagement images with couple in their neighborhoods.  Although Stephanie and Justin don't still live in Fort Point, it's still very special.  It made it so easy to create with them as well as get some fun shots by their favorite places.  Including a frequent haunt of Justin's, Sportello. 

Here are a few sneaks as well their story...

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Tell us the proposal story~

We were vacationing in Maui and after enjoying our day trip on the Road to Hana, we ended up at the top of Mount Haleakala for the sunset...it's a dormant volcano and the views over the clouds are surreal. As the sun was setting, Justin proposed - it was a great ending to a great day!

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What details are you most excited about for your wedding? EX. cake, vendors, location, etc.

We're most excited about being with our family and friends for the long weekend. Oh, and the late night pizza and wings station at the Reception.

Where are you getting married?  Buffalo, NY

Where is the reception?  Hotel @ the Lafayette

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Do you have any tips or advice for couples getting ready for their session?

Strangers are so nice when you're getting engagement photos done! Typically people in Boston won't even look at you, but for some reason everyone was SO friendly. We also recommend Christian because he's fun, extremely personable, and you'll definitely laugh when he's on the ground or in the middle of the street getting his best shots. Enjoy!

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How was your overall session experience?  We had so much fun. Thank you to you and Melissa and hope you had the best time at the Red Sox game :)

Engagement Photography in the Back Bay with Dan and Megan

Usually when we book clients for their weddings we meet at least once.  With Dan and Megan I didn't get to meet them until they came to Boston for a short trip and our engagement shoot.  We had a blast, starting with a quick beer in the Back Bay and then out to the streets to shoot.  Here are a few sneaks from the shoot as well as their story. 

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How did you two meet?  On the internet. That's not weird anymore, right?

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Tell us the proposal story~

While walking out the door en route to a Saturday night dinner, Dan asked Megan to wait while he grabbed something to show her before they left -- a valet ticket from their first date that he had (supposedly) just found. Megan stared at the ticket, amazed that he'd kept it for almost three years, when Dan pulled a ring out of his pocket and asked her to marry him. Megan can't remember much else, other than saying yes.

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What details are you most excited about for your wedding?

We're excited about the venue, which is Dan's alma mater. We're excited about all our vendors (especially Christian and Melissa). And we're excited to dance the night away with all of our favorite people. Oh, and we're pretty psyched to marry each other, too.

Where are you getting married?  The Roxbury Latin School (West Roxbury, MA)

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What look were you going for in your engagement session?  We wanted a look that captured both the urbane aesthetic of Boston and our casual, jovial dynamic.

Do you have any tips or advice for couples getting ready for their session?  Be yourselves, don't think too much, and have fun with it!

How was your overall session experience?

We truly enjoyed spending time with Christian before (and during) the session; he made us feel comfortable, which made the experience that much more fun. Not only did he come prepared with a vision for the shoot that mirrored our own, he guided us from start to finish while executing that vision.

Lara and Charles' sunrise engagement in the South End

It was a blast, last week walking around the South End with Lara and Charles.  We started just after sunrise and some coffee to make some engagement images.  I love this neighborhood and the cool little areas to shoot in.  It's even better with a couple so in love.  Even if they are somewhat tired.  Here are a few sneak peeks as well as some words from the couple.   

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How did you two meet?

We met on line and then saw each other in person for the first time at a local wine bar. The mood was fun and relaxed, and I could tell that he was a special person I wanted to get to know.

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Tell us the proposal story~

We drove out one Saturday to our favorite spot on Plum Island. We climbed to the top of one of the bird watch towers. Right as the sun was setting, I turned around to face Charles and he asked me to marry him.

What details are you most excited about for your wedding? EX. cake, vendors, location, etc.

Charles and I are not from the Boston area, so the most exciting part of our wedding for me will be to introduce all of my family and friends to Charles and to celebrate with everyone together.

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What look were you going for in your engagement session?

We wanted a natural look right in the setting of the South End, our new home together.

Do you have any tips or advice for couples getting ready for their session?

Our suggestion is to let loose and have fun with it!

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Engagement in the Park with Vanessa and Alex

It's incredible to witness the love and compassion shared between couples getting ready to get married.  Vanessa and Alex were no exception.  From the first shot they were not only comfortable and flirting with each other but for most of the day, I couldn't have paid them to stop smiling.  As crazy as it sounds we don't always get such warm and fun feelings in front of my lens.  It was a pleasure to make some great images for their engagement session.

Here is a little sneak peek along with some words from Vanessa and Alex about their story. 

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Tell us the proposal story~

When we first starting dating we binge watched Rocky Balboa. In the movie I told Alex how much I loved the scene when Rocky proposes to his wife. So fast forward four years we were at home one night and Alex ask me for a favor and when I walked over to him he started to recite the same lines from the movie and got down on one knee.

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What details are you most excited about for your wedding?

We are excited for the venue and the reception. We can't wait to dance the night away with our amazing DJ. Also we are dying to see our photos of the entire day.

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Where are you getting married?  Gloucester

Where is the reception?  Cruiseport

What look were you going for in your engagement session?

Summer greenery with city background. Casual look being ourselves and also some formal pictures for clean dressy look.

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Do you have any tips or advice for couples getting ready for their session?

Be natural and laugh a lot. Enjoy each other and remember what you are there for, Marrying the person that you love and that you found the person to spend the rest of you life with.

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How was your overall session experience?

It was fantastic!!!!! It was a pleasure to work with Christian. He made us feel comfortable and ourselves. His eye for his work is amazing and we trusted his advice.

Jennifer & Shaun's Perfect Garden Wedding

This wedding was beyond perfect. Although there were threats of rain all day, and we did get a little sprinkle here and there, it couldn't have ruined the day. In fact, it made some amazing clouds (yep those are real) and we were able to get some adorable shots of Jen and Shaun with their umbrellas!  Scroll through to watch a sneak peek as well as read all about their day!

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Generally we don't like to recommend either way on having a first look on your wedding day, unless of course lighting can be an issue.  We really try to keep this up to each couple and how they envision their wedding day, for some that can mean a traditional wedding with no peeking and for others, they would prefer to attend cocktail hour and get through pictures ahead of time.  For Jennifer and Shaun they definitely were in the opinion of the latter. 

And we have to say, selfishly that their decision definitely worked in our favor!!!  Not only were we able to take our time, but we actually got to take advantage of several vignettes of gorgeous property that the Tower Hill Botanic Garden had to offer!  This may be the most creative shots we have had the pleasure of getting on a wedding day!  And as you can see from the shots, we were with an amazing couple that were enjoying their wedding day bliss!  The expressions and emotions we were able to document were pure photographer's gold!

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Not only had they decided to do a first look, but during the first look they chose to exchange books with their vows written in them, for the other to read.  It was so beautiful, we were getting choked up just witnessing it!  We were so lucky that weeks prior to the wedding, we were able to accompany Jennifer and Shaun, not only to their venue visit, but also down to the dam where the first look took place.  So on the day, we all knew exactly where we wanted it all to take place!

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Almost immediately after we finished at the dam, those incredible clouds began to open up and sprinkle.  Luckily, not too much that we had to run for shelter though.  In fact we even had the chance to grab a few last shots at the top of the dam before heading off to the venue for more pics!

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If you haven't had the chance to visit the Tower Hill Botanic Garden, I recommend it!  Not only is it a gorgeous place to spend a relaxing afternoon strolling through the gardens, it also has a super yummy restaurant as well!  And one of the must have spots for the couple was an installation called the Wild Rumpus outside of the gardens.  It was an amazing stickwork sculpture by internationally acclaimed artist Patrick Dougherty and his team of volunteers.

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After finishing up with creatives it was off for the ceremony!  With the groom's brother as the officiant, it was extra special and so personal!

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The timing was perfect, after exchanging their vows and sharing their first kiss as a married couple, we were able to shoot wedding party and family formals in the lower garden.  As we turned to walk back the rain started!  Luckily, it started out slowly so we were able to make it inside without getting soaked!

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We were even able to run outside later for a gorgeous sunset during the reception and a picture perfect Happily Ever After!  Congrats to you both! 

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Hair Stylist: Rebecca Bater – The Beauty Parlour at 505 Boston Post Road West, Marlborough, MA 01752 Phone: 978-430-3584; Email: salonrb@comcast.net

Makeup Artist: Christy Lavallee – Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co. 58 Main Street Sturbridge, MA 01566; Web: http://www.makeup-artistry.com/; FB: https://www.facebook.com/MakeupArtistrybyChristy/

Dress: David’s Bridal Natick; Web: http://www.davidsbridal.com/; FB: https://www.facebook.com/davidsbridal/

Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal Natick; Web: http://www.davidsbridal.com/; FB: https://www.facebook.com/davidsbridal/

Tuxes/Suits: Men’s Wearhouse – Solomon Pond Mall 601 Donald Lynch Blvd, Marlborough, MA 01752; Web: www.MensWearhouse.com

Shoes: Macy’s – Natick Mall 1245 Worcester St, Natick, MA 01760; Web: www.Macys.com

Flowers: Bouquets - DIY w/great grandmother’s costume jewelry by mother of the bride

Coordinators: Brittni Menard

Entertainment: Bear Fight; Web: http://www.bearfightlive.com/wp/; FB: https://www.facebook.com/BearFightLive

Transportation: AA Transportation Shrewsbury, MA; Web: http://www.aatransportation.com/; FB: https://www.facebook.com/pages/AA-Transportation-Company/135255773190249

Food: Tastings Caterers – 5 Crestwood Dr. Framingham, MA 01701; Web: http://tastingscaterers.com/; FB: https://www.facebook.com/tastingscaterers

Alcohol: Tower Hill Botanic Garden 11 French Drive Boylston, MA 01505; Web: http://www.towerhillbg.org/; FB: https://www.facebook.com/TowerHillBG/

Lodging: Beechwood Hotel 363 Plantation St. Worcester, MA 01605; Web: http://www.beechwoodhotel.com/; FB: https://www.facebook.com/BeechwoodHotel/

Cake: Tastings Caterers – 5 Crestwood Dr. Framingham, MA 01701; Web: http://tastingscaterers.com/; FB: https://www.facebook.com/tastingscaterers

Décor: DIY by bride & mother of the bride

Tables/Linens: Be Our Guest Party Rental 24 Blue Hill Ave. Roxbury, MA 02119; Web: http://www.beourguestpartyrental.com/; FB: https://www.facebook.com/BeOurGuestInc

Invitations: DIY by bride

Christine and Jimmy's Classic Misselwood Wedding

Christine and Jimmy were looking for a classic, timeless wedding and I don't think they could've executed their day more perfectly!  The setting was gorgeous, not to mention the beautiful bride and groom!  I love the classic tux and Christine's glamorous, classic bateau neckline, chiffon gown.  Here is a little sneak peek of their dream wedding!

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If you don't remember this amazing couple, check out their fun engagement session from last fall, here

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I know you are all dying to find out all of the awesome vendors that made this wedding so brilliant, you know, besides us!  :)  Check below to see the full list!

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Salon: Mirror Mirror by Monica- Newburyport, MA

Dress: Jenny Yoo

Bridesmaid Dresses:  Bill Levkoff

Tuxes:  The Black Tux

Shoes:  Jimmy Choo

Flowers:  Les Fleurs

Lighting:  SociaLight

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Entertainment:  Ripcord

Transportation:  WebbTrans

Food:  Fireside Catering

Lodging:  Salem Waterfront Hotel

Invitations:  Rob Charlton, Goosefish Press

 

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Tara & Naren's Summer South Asian Western Fusion Wedding

We love shooting weddings, but we have to admit throwing in a wedding that is different of unique to spice things up is always fun for us to shoot!  Melding two cultures and ceremonies will definitely achieve just that!  Tara and Naren chose the Tirrell Room to celebrate their love, starting off with Naren on a white horse for his baarat, and then going into a traditional Hindu ceremony.  Tara changed it up though, bringing her influence with the traditional white dress mixed with jewelry from India.  She looked flawless!!!  The followed up the first ceremony with Tara's brother doing traditional Western vows and the kiss to seal the deal!

Let's start from the beginning of this love story though...

"We first met just after Naren moved back to Tucson to start residency. We met during his rotation at the hospital I worked at.

We got engaged in Tucson the day after Christmas. We had gone to the same neighborhood Christmas light display together every year since we met and he proposed while my family was in town for Christmas with us. Unbeknownst to me, he arranged for his local family and friends to be there and celebrate with us too. .

Since then we have moved cross country to Ohio, planned the wedding in Massachusetts, started new jobs, and are most looking forward to traveling and continuing life together."

We normally get to meet our couples on several occasions before the big day, between engagement sessions, timeline meetings and going through planning details, but with Tara and Naren living cross country we only were able to communicate through email, phone and one squeezed in meeting with Tara while she was in town.  We have to admit it is always a little nerve-wracking sharing such an intimate day when you haven't had that time to build a relationship, but this was definitely not the case with Tara and Naren.  Somehow we felt as if we had known them forever!  They are the sweetest couple!  And after meeting their friends and family we understand how they became that way, they were all so amazing!

With the help of the incredible staff at the Tirrell Room, we were able to show the above slideshow during dinner on their wedding day!  We hope you enjoy, make sure to check out their full list of vendors below!

Photography- Christian Pleva Images
Florist- Bride's sister in law's mother Kathy Jacobs
Wedding Location- The Tirrell Room

Mandap- Prasang Decororators
DJ- Sakshi with Silk Events
Dress Salon- Alfred Angelo dress bought at and altered by Michael's of Boston in Pembroke
Cake- Bride's sister in law Emily Reilly

Hair and make-up- Solangh with Charlotte Phinney Group

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Rachel and Dario's Elegant Willowdale Wedding

This wedding was definitely one we needed to blog!!!  They thought of everything! The amount of handmade details that the couple incorporated required some additional credit and applause!!!  We just couldn't let all of that hard work go unnoticed after just the day of!!!


Rachel and Dario don't live in Boston now, but they are both from the area originally, finally meeting at Harvard while attending there.  I don't think I can give the story justice retelling it, especially after hearing it during their ceremony.  This couple was truly meant to be.  The attention they give each other, knowing the other so well and anticipating their next move throughout the day was an incredible thing to witness.  We are including a sneak peek below so you can witness the magic yourself!  Make sure you scroll down to see the incredible list of vendors that helped the couple and their families truly make a fairytale wedding!


Salon: The Makeup Artists, Wakefield, MA,
https://www.facebook.com/The-Makeup- Artists-111441773398/

Dress: Dress by Robert Bullock, https://www.facebook.com/Robert- Bullock-Bride- 584274081683429/, Designer Loft in New York, New York, https://www.facebook.com/designerloft/


Bridesmaid Dresses: Dress by Bari Jay, https://www.facebook.com/BariJayFashions/ The Ultimate, Peabody, MA, https://www.facebook.com/TheUltimateProm/


Tuxes/Suits: bought at Brooks Brothers, Somerville, MA


Shoes: Shoe’s by Badgley Mischka,  https://www.facebook.com/BadgleyMischka/                  Macy’s


Jewelry: Earrings by Ti Adoro, https://www.facebook.com/tiadorojewelry/                                        Kleinfeld’s in New York, NY, https://www.facebook.com/KleinfeldBridal/


Flowers: Les Fleurs, Andover, MA


Lighting: Ryan Designs, Narraganansett, RI https://www.facebook.com/ryandesignsri/


Coordintors: Amy Sleeper, Willowdale Estate, Topsfield, MA https://www.facebook.com/WillowdaleEstate/


Entertainment: Entertainment Concepts, DJ Greg Gates, Georgetown, MA


Transportation: McGinn Bus Company, Lynn, MA https://www.facebook.com/McGinn-Bus- Company-Inc- 201848159832596/


Food: Willowdale Estate, Topsfield, MA Grandmother of the Bride and Mother of the Groom will be making some desserts


Alcohol: Willowdale Estate, Topsfield, MA


Lodging: Double Tree Inn, Danvers MA,


Cake: Jenny’s Wedding Cakes, Amesbury, MA , https://www.facebook.com/jennysweddingcakes/, Flowers on cake from Les Fleurs


Décor: Bride and Mother of the Bride, Flowers from Les Fleur Tables/Linens: Willowdale Estate, Topsfield, MA,


Napkins: online at http://www.tablelinensforless.com/


Invitations/Menu: thermographied stationary from The American Wedding (online), https://www.facebook.com/theamericanwedding/                                                                        hand finished by Mother of the Bride using https://www.cutcardstock.com/, https://www.paperandmore.com/, http://www.acmoore.com/


Escort Cards: put together by Mother of the Bride, wax seals -, envelopes-


Calligrapher- Chez La Mariée, by Natalie O’Dell, Lexington, Virginia, https://www.facebook.com/ChezLaMariee/


Favors- Knudsen’s Caramels, Red Wing, Minnesota, https://www.facebook.com/knudsenscaramels/


Custom Hangers- Hangers By Design, by Carol Gelman