I honestly don't know how to start telling you about this amazing couple....there are people that you come across in life that leave you in complete awe, and this is an example of just that. We first met Erin last year. When she first reached out to us, she was looking for a photographer to help her in an incredible feat...finishing graduate school and at the same time, deciding to start a non profit. Originally, from California she had been a part of an extraordinary organization, a camp for children both currently being treated for cancer as well as those who have been off treatment for years. Once Erin had settled in to her life in Boston and looked for a similar organization, she found none that were quite the same. So on top of her current workload she decided to build one from scratch!!! Fundraising, organizing and submitting all necessary paperwork to become a nonprofit, she did it! As of August of this year, Camp Casco held their first week long camp with no cost to the campers and their families!!! We were so impressed with her drive and determination and were honored to be there to document part of camp life!!!
On another note, while all of this was going on Erin's fiancee, Mike proposed!!!! We were ecstatic to meet Mike and be chosen to document their wedding. For their engagement session, they chose the Larz Anderson Park in Brookline giving us not only the skyline of Boston, the remaining leaves of fall hanging on, but also some great hills to roll down!!!! (which Erin and Mike took full advantage of to close out the session!) Here is what the couple had to share about how they met...
"Mike and I met on an online dating website! He was finishing up his Ph.D. at MIT and I had just started graduate school at Harvard. Both of us felt we wanted to date but were spending so much time at school it was hard to meet anyone outside of the lab. After bonding online over a shared love of spicy food and Will Ferrell, Mike took me on our first date to hot pot in Beacon Hill and we've been together ever since!"
and of course the popular topic of the engagement...
"We were in San Diego last Christmas to spend the holiday with my family, and the night before, Mike gave me a gorgeous book full of pictures of us and things we had done together. He titled the book "Green Pasta and Wine", as a play on Dr. Seuss's "Green Eggs and Ham", and captioned all of the pictures corresponding perfectly with the original story. The book ended in "would you, could you, with a ring?" I obviously said I would, I could!
The next day, we went to my parents' house to celebrate the holiday. Mike had gotten shirts printed for each of my parents saying "Best Father-in-Law" and "Best Mother-In-Law", as well as a "Grandma-In-Law" trucker hat for my grandma. As they opened their gifts, the look of surprise on their faces was priceless as they realized what they meant! It meant so much that he proposed in such a meaningful way and that we were able to celebrate with my family in person."
On advice for other couples, Erin took our advice to use the opportunity for a makeup trial and went to the fabulous, Paula Tierney at A Matter of Face in the North End. She mentioned how great it was to feel great and not have to worry about touch ups! You looked gorgeous, Erin! We still aren't sure if that glow came from the make up or how Mike made you light up!!!!
Here are a few of our favorites, we hope you enjoy them with friends and family over the holidays!