Intimate Woburn Wedding with Kristina and Guy

The wedding season has finally begun after a long and dreary hibernation!  We couldn't have started with a more emotional wedding to kick off the season.  When we first met with Kristina and Guy for their photography consultation, we all hit it off immediately.  As we got to know them further, it was clear that these two were some of the most caring and amazing people we know!  That was solidified even further when they called us to let us know they had decided to change their wedding date.  Changing dates can always be a little nerve wracking, making sure it works for everyone involved and finger crossed that we haven't been booked for the new date!  We were luckily available, especially because this was no normal change of date situation.  They wanted to change their date because some of the most important people to them had failing health and they couldn't imagine their day without them.  I mean seriously, are these not the nicest, most thoughtful people ever!?!?!  Their new plan was to tailor their day back, move it up and have the memories they had always dreamed of for their day. 

The day finally came this past Saturday, and it started a bit earlier than most wedding days for us.  While Christian had done the timeline meeting with Kristina and Guy, Guy had mentioned he wasn't sure if his grandfather would be making it to the church.  After a long, crowd cry (Christian is a complete sap for those of you who haven't witnessed it yet) Christian had offered to kick the day off at Guy's grandfather's house before the getting ready shots.  So we did just that!  It was such a wonderful way to start off, and also the cutest display of love between his grandparents that we were able to capture!!! 


From there, we moved on to Kristina for getting ready shots and if you thought the water works were over, you were wrong!!  Kristina looked stunning and was so relaxed as she was having her make up done.  While she finished up, we moved on to shooting the details of the day.  Kristina had a great idea to include in these pictures, the framed photo of a dear aunt of hers that had passed.  Little did she know that her family had also included a locket on her bouquet of her as well as a grandfather.  There wasn't a dry eye in the room when she discovered it.  Once we all pulled ourselves together, it was time to get in her dream dress, reading her groom's card and then we were on our way to the church!


After a beautiful ceremony that was also with a long time friend, we had some family pictures at the church.  But, there was still someone missing.  We jumped in the car to make a special stop to Kristina's grandfather to include his as well.  The minute he saw this beautiful bride walk through the door, he was overwhelmed with emotion.  Every aspect of this day was so thoughtful.  That isn't even a strong enough word to describe how incredible it was and how meaningful the memories will always be to them.  It was even inspiring and eye opening as a witness to live each day to the fullest, always cherish those around you and never take anything or anyone for granted.  I'm in complete awe of this couple and how truly extraordinary they are.  Make sure you read below to learn their story, and watch their same day slideshow. Congratulations again to you both!


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

Kris - I started working with Guy's sister Sarah in the fall of 2013. We were infant teachers together. She had been telling me about her little brother for quite some time and how we would "hit it off". It wasn't until mid-June of 2014 when Guy dropped into visit Sarah at work that I would finally meet this mystery brother. I thought he was cute, so she dared me to ask him out on a date because "he liked forward girls".  I sent him a Facebook message asking him
out for drinks but it took him 3 days to reply because he didn't have a smart phone (and continued to not have one until this past fall! Lol!). Our first date was at Margarita's in Waltham, on the outdoor patio along the Charles River.  We have been inseparable ever since!

Guy – My meeting with Kristina was impromptu as I was bringing my sister Sarah an iced tea at her work. I got lost and went into the wrong classroom since Kristina’s and my sister’s classrooms were across the hall from one another. As I entered Kristina’s classroom by accident, I witnessed her coddling two babies in her arms while rocking another to sleep in a crib with her foot. Not only was I impressed by what I was seeing but I distinctly remember how beautiful Kris looked too. I don’t even remember saying any words but I remember my face feeling hot from embarrassment of potentially ruining nap time in her classroom. I apologized, exited the classroom, and went into my sister’s classroom. I thought about Kristina for the next three days and harassed my sister about her. Then I saw she messaged me on Facebook and was elated!

When did you know he/she was the one?

Kris - I knew Guy was "the one" after our third date. I met Guy at his house after work on July 2, 2014 (yep, I remember the date and everything!). We grabbed a bite to eat then went to go watch the fireworks in Medford. On the way home, it was starting to look gray and gross, but we pulled into an empty lot and talked on the grass for 2 hours watching the lightening and storm roll in. When I said the storm was right above us, Guy gave me a ton of flak for
being a chicken and we walked back to the car together. As soon as he opened the door to let me inside, it began to pour out! Guy went running to the driver's side and then held my hand. It was that night - the way it was so easy to converse with him, laughing at one another's dry sense of humor, watching a thunderstorm (my favorite!!) - when I knew I could be with him forever.
Guy – Kristina is a very open person. She expressed herself honestly and fully so I got to learn about her future goals and values early on. But the moment I knew she was special was after viewing a firework show in July 2014 with her.  We had been driving back to my house when I decided to take an unannounced detour. We sat on a blanket in a business parking lot laughing and talking like we had known each other for years. The rain clouds moved in but I assured her that we were safe for a bit more time. After getting rained on and admitting that I was wrong, Kristina and I shared more laughs and stayed up all night. As I stood in the driveway waving and watching her leave late that night, I couldn’t help but feel a strong sense of belonging. I couldn’t wait until the next time that we saw each other.


Tell us about the proposal.

Kris - Guy and I knew we wanted a future together. We had talked about it and moving forward with our relationship. Our plan was to get engaged and fully move in together after Guy graduated from law school. There wasn't a timeline, but it was in the works. We also talked about using my late aunt Josephine's setting, which she left me before her passing. It wasn't until my 18th birthday that my Nonna gifted me the set telling me "how proud Auntie
Jo was of me and that she wanted me to have this when I turned 18." I then gave it to my parents and told them that my future fiancé should ask their permission to marry me and give him the ring to use. On Thursday, June 1, 2017, I had an awful migraine. I met Guy over at his parent's home in Waltham sometime in the afternoon. He had begged me to get ice cream but I was a huge grump and declined - to then go and take a nap. Guy woke me up and said he
had dinner reservations, so I reluctantly got ready to go to dinner. It was a warm evening, so I was surprised when Guy got dressed in a dress shirt with sport coat. He even took the sport coat inside the restaurant, "in case I got cold." That's a frequent occurrence so I didn't think twice. We shared a delicious Italian dinner at Biagio's on Moody Street then Guy insisted "we get Pizzi Farm ice cream, my favorite" Despite being so full, I agreed to get ice cream
then bring it back to his parents' house to play with his nephew Logan. On our way home, Guy pulled into the very same lot where we had watched the thunderstorm back in July 2014. We ate our ice cream on the grass, when he decided to go back to the car to grab napkins. He came back and said "this letter came in the mail for you." Seeing the return address, I recognized it as my Uncle Mark's. My Uncle Mark is the widower of my late godmother and aunt
Josephine, who passed away from breast cancer in 2006. I opened Mark's letter and the heading read "The Proposal" I immediately burst into tears! My Uncle Mark wrote me a letter describing how he picked out the diamond for my aunt, how he told my grandparents about the engagement, and surprising her in Chicago to propose to her. I never knew the story behind their engagement, and I finally got to know what happened that day. After reading the
letter, Guy dropped down to one knee, said some words I don't really remember, and proposed. I was stunned and ecstatic to begin a new chapter of our lives together. Guy also used the diamond from my aunt's engagement ring setting and put it in a brand-new setting of my own. A perfect mixture of past and present, old and new - a piece of her always with me. It was the best day of my life (until our wedding day!)!

Guy – I was not nervous about the proposal because I knew that Kristina was my soulmate. The actual moment could not have been more perfect. I got down on one knee, told her why I thought we were soulmates, promised to care for her for life, and placed a very special ring on her finger.


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

Kris - what I love most about Guy is his passion. Whether it's his work, his philanthropy, or basically anything-Guy gives it 110%. Guy looks at every new situation and even obstacles with the drive and perseverance to get through anything and everything. He has a heart of pure gold. Guy's passion about life sparks a fire within me to always do my very best as well.

Guy – Kristina’s love for family and huge heart for children are two of the many reasons why she is an amazing woman. I have always dreamed of a loving, warm house full of children, and Kristina shares that dream with me. She would do absolutely anything for her family or for a child in need. She is extremely caring and empathetic.


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

Kris - Guy has this super addiction to Smartfood. His talent is being able to eat a party sized bag in one sitting. It drives me crazy because all I can smell is that stinky cheese smell all over our apartment!
Guy – Let’s just say that grace is not Kristina’s middle name. lol But one of the silliest yet cute things she constantly does is make funny noises when she bumps into something or drops something. It’s a high pitch “oowww” and I die laughing every time I hear it.


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

Kris - besides getting married, I'm looking forward to having our closest family and friends around us celebrating our love. It feels amazing to find your life partner, but it's even better with the support of all of those you love as well!
Guy – I’m looking forward to seeing Kristina walking down the aisle at the church with her father. I can’t wait to see her in her dress.

Engagement Photograpy in Boston with Le Anna and Tyler

When you choose to shoot engagement photos in Boston over Marathon weekend, you have to be ready to see some runners.  I met Le Anna and Tyler close to the Mass Ave Bridge for our shoot on the Friday before the Marathon.  When we walked over the bridge it was hard to find a clear spot with all the runners out and I love this first shot capturing this great couple as well as a happy guest!  We then walked over to Fenway Park to be met with a equally large game day crowd. 

I had an incredible time with Tyler and Le Anna's engagement photography.  I can't wait for their wedding.  Here is a little snaek peek from our shoot as well as some word from the couple about their story! 



How did you two meet?

Tyler and Le Anna met over a tequila shot at Cask'n Flagon near Fenway Park.


Tell us the proposal story~

Tyler proposed to Le Anna in front of the Royal Palace in Madrid, Spain on 9/4/17 while they were on a vacation.

What details are you most excited about for your wedding?

We are most excited about how symbolic the wedding will be in our relationship, and are really looking forward to celebrating 33 floors up overlooking one of our first date sites (Faneuil Hall for the Tree Lighting).


Where are you getting married?  St. Leonard's Church

Where is the reception?  Harborside Salon at 60 State Street


What look were you going for in your engagement session?

We chose two outfits for our engagement session, the first was more formal - we wanted something sophisticated and timeless. The second was more fun and meaningful to us as a couple. There was one summer we practically lived at Fenway park, are both Sox fans, and reminisce sometimes about some of the best summertime games watching the Sox. Furthermore, we both cannot wait to watch the Sox play the Houston Astros on Sunday 9/9/18 (the day after our wedding at Fenway Park), and wanted to tie that into the engagement shoot.


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

Don't worry about the day! There are a lot of things you can't control (weather being one of them). Just remember what is important (your significant other), and enjoy the moment!

How was your overall session experience?

We had a great time at the session! The experience was informative and a good practice run for the big day!

Spring is here!!!!!.....Or is it?

Hello!!!!  Long time, no talk!  Does anyone else feel like they are waking up from a long slumber?  I know we aren't quite there when weather is concerned but we are eager to shake off that winter glum and get things going!!!  As I sit here on my computer, gazing out the window I can see little glimmers of sun popping through the trees and I know that the trees are ready to blossom as well!  As we dream of warmer days and outdoor activities, we have decided to just will it so! 

So, to get things moving we have decided to roll out "Meet your Photographer Mini Sessions"!  We understand the anxiety, pressure and worry when it comes to choosing your photographer.  Even though we are photographers, we have been in the same place you are.  Worrying if you are making the right decision, is it the right time, will your personalities mesh, do they fit your style?  I'm sure all of these questions have gone through your mind.  What if you could "try out" your photographer before making that big commitment?  Would it ease your mind?  We think so!

We have decided to do just that!  For a limited time, you can schedule your "Meet your Photographer Mini Session"!  What does that mean exactly?  First off, would be a phone conversation, although we would love to meet and shoot everyone, we want to make sure we are a good fit and we are available on your day to begin with!  Once we all feel good about that first chat we can talk about shooting!  Shoots will be in the Downtown Boston area for just 15-20 min.  Remember this isn't an engagement shoot, but I guess you would call it a trial shoot!  You never know, maybe you hate our sense of humor or vice versa!  :)  We can all walk away feeling good, either really excited about your engagement shoot and working together on your wedding or you will have just had a fun little session with your honey and an excuse to get extra PDA!  So you are probably waiting for the important stuff, how much is it...did I forget to mention?  IT'S FREE!!!!!!

Again, just to be clear, this won't be for everyone that calls and is looking for a session.  We would love to shoot everyone but need to make sure we are all a good fit!  Also, by no means is this a requirement to book!  If you already know that we are kick ass photographers and you are already aware of how silly and fun we can be while shooting, you can still book us from the get go, for both wedding and engagement!  Now, let's get shooting!  If we all will this weather to go away and for sunny days to begin I'm sure it will!  Contact us today to book your session before everyone else figures this out!  :)  Here are a few shots from the last "Meet your Photographer" session!

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Darren and Joevrose and the rainy day in New York

We had an incredible time in New York City with Darren and Joevrose for their official engagement photography.  We hit some amazing spots from Dumbo in Brooklyn to Midtown NYC. 

I had the pleasure of being there in Boston to capture Darren's proposal, so it was incredible for Melissa and I to spend the day shooting all around the City with this amazing couple.  I can't wait for thier wedding this year!  Here are some sneak peeks from the shoot as well as a few words from the couple about their story!


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How did you two meet?

Darren and I met through a mutual friend. He met his best friend, Sebastian, growing up in New York City playing High School Football. I later met Sebastian during college. Darren and Sebastian continued to play football in college, but now instead of playing with each other, they were playing against each other.

Despite the collegiate rivalry, Darren and Sebastian stayed in touch, visiting each other at the end of football season and throughout the year. During one of those visits Sebastian introduced me to Darren - a genuinely nice, thoughtful, and caring person.

After that first meeting, we stayed in touch. Messaging each other back-and-forth through Facebook Messenger, the original dating app circa 2008. Darren made it clear that he was interested in dating, but I wasn’t quite sure I wanted date, so I politely declined his offer. As resilient as he is, he didn’t take no for an answer, staying in touch while we both studied abroad and all through Senior year of college.

I guess he finally got the message, as we lost touch after graduating college. I would check in with Sebastian from time to time, and would ask about Darren. Sebastian knew what I was asking and told me Darren was “off the market”. The news made me sad, but it would be unreasonable to think he would be waiting for me to make up my mind.

About a year later, life looked a lot different, Darren was “back on the market” - thankfully. He and Sebastian were coaching a youth football program in New York City. Me and my best friend, Yaritza, were planning a separate trip to New York City and while in town Sebastian invited us to watch one of the games. Knowing that Darren would be with Sebastian on the sidelines made me extremely nervous and I almost cancelled on watching the game. Yaritza, being the voice of reason thought the game would be a good way to reconnect and maybe could lead to things in the future.

How right she was - going to New York was PERFECT. Things went better than I could have expected. After the game, we talked for a while, exchanged numbers and have been together ever since.

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Tell us the proposal story~

Our entire relationship has been long distance. Those in similar situations understand how precious and sometimes rare time together can be. We often try to carve out large chunks of time to see each other for vacations or sometimes even “staycations”. So in July, Darren asked me to take the week off leading up to the Fourth of July. I wouldn’t have thought anything of it, except we were staying in Boston, my hometown and he was planning the entire trip.

I suspiciously agreed to his plan. During the activities-filled week, we really enjoyed each other’s time. On the day of the proposal, Darren wanted to plan a picnic on the lawn of the Boston Public Garden. Unfortunately, the morning was rainy and I put a fork in his plans as I didn’t want to risk the chance of getting wet.

The New York v. Boston rivalry has always been at the center our relationship including me trying to convince him to move to Boston. So when Darren suggested we spend time in downtown Boston so he could get to learn more about the city, I immediately agreed. In that moment, the sun seemed be trying to make an appearance so we packed our rain jackets and set off to explore downtown.

After walking aimlessly for about 2 hours, the experience was a lot less exciting than I had hoped for. Frustrated, I asked what we were doing and Darren calmly reminded me that we were enjoying each other's company. We continued to walk to the Boston Public Garden where we sat near the edge of the water and talked for a while.

When we were getting ready to leave, we stood up and Darren took me by the hands - professing his love and admiration for me. At first I didn’t think anything of it until he took the plunge! He got on one knee and from that point the reality of the entire week set in.

To my surprise, Christian, our amazing photographer, was across the water and was able to capture this magical moment. Darren surprised me with dinner and a bouquet of beautiful red roses at Grill 123, where we had our first date. But the surprises didn't end there, the next morning he brought me to brunch where all our friends were waiting to celebrate with us. Then on the following day, his entire family came in from NY and both of our families were able to enjoy a beautiful day celebrating together in Boston. My heart was full and the love we felt was endless, it was truly the best weekend of our lives.

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What details are you most excited about for your wedding?

We are most excited about our ceremony being at the top of the mountain and having all of our guests enjoy a scenic ride to the top.

Where are you getting married?  Sugarbush Resort, Warren, Vermont

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What look were you going for in your engagement session?

We chose NY because we had already taken proposal pictures in Boston and both cities have meant so much to the both of us throughout our relationship.

We had a bunch of outfits planned, but in the end we both ended up wearing the outfits that we had picked out for each other while shopping the night before the shoot.

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How was your overall session experience?

Darren and I are planning our wedding, 800 miles away from each other, in the midst of a full time job, law school and graduate school applications. Needless to say, things are pretty stressful. Christian and Melissa are really flexible and completely down to earth and really helped us stay calm and enjoy the moment, even though things didn’t go as planned.

Dave and Kerri's Fabulous Portsmouth New Hampshire Wedding

When we tell people we are wedding photographers, the most common response we get is, "Oh my gosh that must be so fun!  You get to hang out and have fun at weddings every weekend!".  Most people don't understand the many struggles of this passion we live.  The countless timelines that seem to go out the window, the next day wedding hang overs from not drinking at the receptions, but instead never sitting down, or getting a chance to drink water!  The list goes on and on, that being said we still wouldn't trade it for the world!


This weekend though, it was an incredible change to be shooting a wedding that DID understand all of those struggles because they are wedding photographers as well!!!    Dave and Kerri chose to get married in Portsmouth, New Hampshire and we were the lucky ones that were blessed to document the day.  Not only were we blessed, but incredibly humbled and honored.  To have fellow artists that not only like your work, but trust you on such a huge day is more than flattering!


The day ran so smoothly and although a little chilly, Kerri was prepared with the most gorgeous cape that was actually her first purchase, even before the dress!  Walking through Portsmouth after their first look was a blast, laughing and joking the whole time.  It was so easy, especially since it seemed as if they knew each shot we were going for as soon as we started to pose them so we were able to shoot quickly and get back to the heat of the hotel.  The couple was able to relax and warm up before we watched them exchange vows in front of their family and friends.  It was a beautiful ceremony with the most perfect soul mates and the party afterward at Mombo Restaurant was a great way to top off a fabulous day.  Thank you both again for choosing us with such a honor, we love you guys! 

Don't forget to scroll down to read this couples' beautiful love story in their words and watch their same day slideshow!


If you were to ask either of us what we have found with each other, you’d get the exact same answer. “I love that I have someone who I can share my love of photography with. My love of travel. My love of baseball. My love of adventure. I have found My Person and it’s an amazing feeling.”



Yes, it all started at a photography conference. And it built into an amazing friendship. And it developed into the kind of relationship neither of us had ever dreamed we could have. We both know that after a lifetime of searching, we have each finally found the one we are supposed to be with. We have found the person we can be ourselves with, let our guards down with, laugh with, plan with, dream with, and work with.


Holiday Season is Here!!! ~Mini Sessions in the North End

It seems to sneak up on us every year, the holiday season!  Where does the time go?!?!  The time when we scurry through our Facebook photos and our phones, frantic for a family shot to order Holiday cards.  We know the struggle, so to help this year we are doing MINI SESSIONS!!!!

We are offering just 15 slots this year in The North End, Friday, December 8th and Sunday December 10th, both from 10 am to 2 pm.  It's a quick and easy session, 20 minutes grabbing some fun shots and including 10 images for digital download!  Images will be edited and turned around so you have them within days, to allow time to use them for your holiday card!!

So if you are looking for a quick, fun and easy way to get those Holiday cards out of the way, make sure you text to reserve your spot!  Only 15 available so make sure to snag yours before it's too late!!!

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Charles and Lara's Intimate Boston Wedding at SRV

We met Lara about a month before her big day, still unsure if she even needed a photographer for her full day.  Her and her fiance Charles were having a intimate wedding at SRV in the South End of Boston.  Within weeks we managed to fit in her initial consultation, and engagement session, a preview party and timeline meetings all leading up to the big day!


We fell in love with this couple immediately!  Watching them in the way they look at each other, attend to each other and those loving looks between them was wonderful!


When the big day finally came we were faced with a few challenges, a groom feeling a little under the weather and a first look and creative time that was on and off rain!  We made it work, using umbrellas until it just got too much to handle, it's good luck though right?


We were so impressed with the team at SRV, not only did they have to move the ceremony inside at a moments notice, but throughout the night watching them work was amazing!  The ceremony was beautifully done, and one of the most touching we have witnessed. 


Make sure you watch the day of slideshow we showed on the night and scroll down to get all of their vendor info!


Salon- Bradley & Diegel 77 Newbury St.

Dress- Derek Lam

Tuxes- Brooks Brothers

Shoes- Groom- Allen Edmonds

Jewelry- Groom Cufflinks- Tiffany and Co.


Flowers- Hanaya Floral Design

Entertainment- Sam J.C. Lee Music

Food/Alcohol/Cake- SRV Boston

Lodging- Sheraton Boston Hotel

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Tatijana and Steve's Fairytale Gloucester Wedding

Has anyone else noticed that fall has become the new summer for weddings?  From September through November we are completely slammed sometimes with three weddings in a weekend and then engagement shoots filling in any time we have in between.  That being said, I completely understand the appeal in fact we had our own wedding during the same time!  The cooler temperatures, the beautiful colors and the general coziness with food and drink that go along with fall is amazing as well! 


Tatijana and Steve saw the same attractiveness with a fall wedding and was well on their way to planning it when we first met them in February 2016.  Tatijana is one of the most organized brides I have met but somehow still relaxed as she planned a fairytale wedding. 


We first really got to know this couple during their engagement shoot that April around Boston.  Although it was rainy and overcast on that day, they didn't let it get the way of a wonderful session! (check it out here)  One of the best things about doing engagement sessions with our clients is that we really develop a relationship with them before the big day, making the wedding day even more fun for us and relaxed for them!


Luckily on their wedding day we didn't have the same challenges as their engagement session and the day ran smoothly!  They had opted for a traditional wedding, waiting until Tatijana walked down the aisle before Steve got to see his beautiful bride. 


There is always a reaction from the groom as his soon to be bride walks down the aisle, but it's even better without it!  Although, Steve tried to shy away from his emotions and hold them in I was still able to capture his overwhelming love for Tatijana!


Tatijana made an unbelievably, stunning bride!  When she walked into the church and the natural light flooded in, perfectly highlighting her love, excitement and anticipation it somehow made her look even more beautiful. 


Their full mass ceremony at St. Ann's Church was so moving and before we knew it they were ecstatically recessing out of the church as husband and wife and on our way to take wedding party photos!


The wedding party was ready for their close ups and were such troopers as the ladies somehow hiked up the rocks with their heels and long dresses! 


Our final stop was the Cruiseport Gloucester for shots with the newlyweds in the ship yard!  We absolutely love the contrast between the white wedding dress (or blush in this case), the tux and then the grittiness of the ship yard makes for an amazing backdrop for an editorial shoot!


We loved spending the day with this amazing couple and their friends and family, thank you for allowing us to document your day and being so patient through the crazy season!


Tia and Paul's North End Boston Wedding

You've heard us say it before but working in our neighborhood, the North End of Boston somehow is always a little extra special to us.  Not only do we love seeing our fellow North Enders happy and in love, but it never fails that once we meet people booking their wedding, that then we see them and their families all of the time!!!  It's wonderful sharing such a special day! 

Tia and Paul were married at Sacred Heart Church in North Square and danced the night away at The Royal Sonesta, it was a perfect day!  But I'll let them tell you their story...(but don't forget to watch the day of slideshow and scroll all the way day to check out the incredible vendors from the day!)


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

We grew up together. We've known each other our whole lives and started dating in high school. We shared the same group of friends in from middle school on. Thankfully our two friends convinced us to start dating when we were in high school


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

I  think we can both agree that we can't remember not knowing we would be together. I know I knew for sure that paul was the one before I graduated from college. At that point, we'd already completed so many accomplishments together and I couldn't imagine not having him by my side.


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?-

Apparently Paul had been planning this for a while but I had no idea it would happen that day. Paul worked really hard to come up with a plan to surprise me and I parked in a tow zone and managed to get my car towed and screw up all of Paul's plans for the day. Long story short-Paul proposed in a tow lot in Roxbury and it was perfect. When we got home to tell my mom and grandmother, all of our friends and family were at my house waiting to surprise me! They were all in on the plan.



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

Paul has the biggest heart of anyone I know. He's does everything to keep me (and our dogs) happy..laundry and dishes included! -Tia

I love that no matter what happens, Tia always finds a way to make me laugh.-Paul


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

Tia is always so confident that she knows every lyric to every song but usually she just makes up all the words.-Paul

Paul thinks he can dance and will often try to prove it, hopefully there won't be too many pictures of that!-Tia


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

We can't wait to have all of our friends and family together to celebrate our wedding. Also, we can wait to see each other in church! I think that's when it will feel real!!


Photography- Christian Pleva Images
Video-Black Tie Video                                                                                                                    Dress Designer-Allure
Dress Salon-Precious Memories
Photo booth- Alterego Photobooth                                                                            Lighting/monogram- Allstar uplighting                                                                           Transportation - ATR Limo                                                                                                                 Ice sculpture- Brookline Ice and coal                                                                               Donuts- Kane's donuts


Make up- Lauren Vitale MAC cosmetics                                                                                          Hair- Rob Martelli-Avanti Salon                                                                                                   Florist-Lotus Designs
Ceremony Location-Sacred Heart Church Boston
Reception Location-Royal Sonesta hotel Cambridge
Band- NightShift


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.


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! 


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?". 


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! 


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!


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!


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! 


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! 


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!  


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!


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. 


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!


Salon:  Roberts Salon Belmont

Dress:  Justin Alexander

Suits:  Hugo Boss

Shoes:  Badgley Mischka

Flowers:  Sunny Florists

Lighting:  Design Light

DJ/Photo Booth:  DJ Baltazar

Food/Tables/Linens:  Gourmet Catering

Alcohol:  Gordon's Wine

Cake:  Oakleafe Bakery

Decor:  PEAK

Lodging:  The Envoy Hotel

Ceremony/Reception:  John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum

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!


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!!


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!


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.


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!


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."


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!


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!


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. 


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. 


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. 


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!


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. 


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!


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!


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!


Tuxes:  Men's WearHouse


Lodging:  Suites at Silver Tree

Dress:  Martina Liana- Savannah GA

Bridesmaid Dresses:  Christina Wu- at Potomac Bridal Hagerstown MD 



Food:  Chanteclaire Farm

Decor/Table Linens:  Chanteclaire Farm

Coordinators:  Chanteclaire Farm

Entertainment:  Chanteclaire Farm


Lighting:  Chanteclaire Farms

Flowers:  Farmhouse Fete

Shoes:  Kohl's - Jennifer Lopez


Salon:  Kimberly Grubbs- Poetically Brushed

Transportation:  County Caravan

Jewelry:  Swarovski


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


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!


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


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!


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!


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! 


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! 


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.


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!


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!


Salon: Verde Boutique Salon in Braintree, MA
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 Twenty-Three- West-226244420908093/
Lighting: Rob Alberti Event Production
Entertainment: Unique Sounds Entertainment
Food: Pinehills
Alchohol: Pinehills
Lodging: Hotel 1620 in Plymouth Harbor ( / Mirbeau Inn and Spa
Cake: Piece of Cake in Plymouth MA / Cake-Plymouth- Ma-

Invitations: Shine Wedding Invitations