28 Apr 2008 09:40 pm
Michelle & Nate (April 26, 2008)
Saturday’s wedding proves what a small world we live in. I received a referral from a photographer friend of mine in the area who was already booked for the date. Since Michelle and Nate were planning their wedding from out of state, we had a phone consultation, and we hit it off immediately. When she called to book me for her wedding, she mentioned that she had talked to one of my former brides, who her fiance was friends with. Turns out that Nate is from Lewisburg, PA, (my wife, Melanie’s home town), and that he was also friends with my sister-in-law in High School.
So I hadn’t met Michelle and Nate in person before Saturday, but they turned out to be just as cool as they sounded on the phone. We started the day at Michelle’s parents house in North Smithfied, RI. As I was driving up to the house, I noticed one of their neighbors had placed an old couch on the curb - of course that was too good of an opportunity to pass up! Next we headed to the American-French Genealogical Society in Woonsocket, RI for the ceremony. The AFGS was one of the coolest locations I’ve yet photographed. It’s a decommissioned church from early last century, that looks like it did when it was first built. Like taking a trip back in time. Between the old fashioned classroom and the upstairs gym/theatre, we made the most of the excellent location. But we weren’t done yet. Before heading to the reception, we stopped in downtown Woonsocket to grab some photos in front of the historic Stadium Theatre. Then it was off to the Coachmen’s Lodge in Bellingham, MA, for a fun evening of dinner and dancing!
Click here to see a few more photos: http://www.pbase.com/jamisonwexlerphoto/michellenate
Ceremony: American-French Geneological Society
Reception: Coachmen’s Lodge
Flowers: Park Square Florist
Entertainment: Ocean State Sound DJ’s
24 Apr 2008 02:50 pm
My “Little” Brother - the Eagle Scout!
He did it! My 17 year old brother, Michael, put in all of the hard work and dedication necessary to earn his Eagle Scout badge.
So I loaded up Luke and Melanie, along with Wexler baby 1 3/4 (who seems to go with us everywhere now), and flew the friendly JetBlue skies down to my native town: the redneck paradise of Ocala, Florida.
It was great to see all of my family again. In addition to my Mom and Michael, my middle brother, Stephen, and his wife, Lisa, still live in Ocala as well. Joining us from MA was my Aunt Susan.
What a cool thing the Eagle Scout award is. I’ve heard of it, but I never realized what a big achievement it really is. Seems like everyone in the local, state, and national government was lining up to congratulate Michael. He received letters and certificates from the current and past Presidents’ Bush, congressman, and government agencies like the FBI and USDA, the armed forces, etc. There was a full album of them by the time I arrived. At the official ceremony, which took place at Grace Presbyterian Church, there were representatives from the city government, city police, sherrif’s department, fire department, school board and a few local civic clubs, all of whom spoke their congratulations and give Michael more plaques, certificates, proclamations, and awards. By the end of all of the celebration, I’ll bet he could cover every wall in his room with all of the items he was awarded. It was a very cool experience.
Then we vegged.
15 Apr 2008 10:47 am
Becca & Sean (April 11, 2008)
This weekend I had the privilege of capturing the multi-state wedding celebration of Becca and Sean.
We started in Norton, MA, at Becca’s parents home, where Becca’s natural beauty was accentuated with the help of makeup artist, Kristi Martin. Once Becca was dressed and ready, we stepped into the back yard to take a few photos. After a quick walk around, I found a cool green shed that Becca’s grandfather had built years ago, and decided to make it the backdrop for a few bridal portraits.
After the photos were done, we moved on to the Trinitarian Congregational Church of Norton, for a beautiful ceremony. Then it was into the cars for a drive to Lincoln, RI, where we all met up again at the Kirkbrae Country Club. During the cocktail hour, while all of the guests were warmly nestled in the country club, Becca and Sean’s family and wedding party braved the chilly evening temperatures for the sake of the photos. Even after their family and friends had gone inside, Becca and Sean, endured the elements to take advantage of the awesome outdoor locations that Kirkbrae offered.
We got them inside soon enough, though, and the rest of the evening was one giant party!
Click here to see a few more photos: http://www.pbase.com/jamisonwexlerphoto/beccasean
Ceremony: Trinitarian Congregational Church
Reception: Kirkbrae Country Club
Makeup: Kristi Martin
Flowers: Designs by Anne
Entertainment: DJ Kupah from Urban KINETIKS
Also, a special thanks to Michael Umansky from Reflections Photography in northern New Jersey for making the trek all the way up to help me out this weekend.
06 Apr 2008 06:28 pm
Jennifer & John (April 5, 2008)
This weekend marked the season opener for my 2008 wedding season with Jennifer and John’s wedding at Cyprian Keyes Golf Club in Boylston, MA . I’ve been looking forward to Jennifer and John’s wedding ever since we did their engagement photos in Worcester this winter. They’re such a fun, laid-back couple…and talented to boot. Jennifer planned every detail of the wedding, and made most of the gorgeous decorations that festooned the ballroom, the ceremony room, and the grounds of the country club.
The day started in the bridal suite at the country club, with Jennifer getting her hair and makeup done with her mom. We then moved downstairs to the hardwood paneled Music Room for the intimate sunset ceremony. After the ceremony we rushed outside to take advantage of the waning light on the grounds. I gotta give a lot of credit to Jennifer for hiking over the muddy paths in her heels to get to the locations I selected for the portraits! After the photos, we headed in for the reception, eating a delicious dinner and dancing the night away. I even got to share the fun with Stacey Doyle, a good friend and one of my favorite photographers, who joined me for the day. It was a great start to the season!
Chick here to see a few more photos: http://www.pbase.com/jamisonwexlerphoto/jenniferjohn
Ceremony/Reception: Cyprian Keyes Golf Club
Makeup: Vicki & Ilana from Hey Good Look’n Salon
Flowers: Skaff Floral Creations
Entertainment: DJ Dave Wiley
01 Apr 2008 04:59 pm
I don’t think I can dance, but these girls can!
When my friend (and awesome photographer) Stacey Doyle invited the StootStyle group to photograph the girls at a dance school, I jumped at the chance…well not literally - I REALLY can’t dance!
The girls of Carolyn Dutra Dance Studio (in Warwick RI) were amazing though. Ranging in ages from 4-16, they were all so much fun to work with. Their enthusiasm was contagious, and their natural grace made it really easy to create beautiful images. Carolyn was a very gracious hostess, not only organizing all of the girls, but also opening up the costume room to us. And Jenny DiMucci made the girls all look like movie stars with her mad make-up skills.
I was joined by ShootStyle photographers Stacey Doyle, Alicia Williams, and Michelle Turner, and, as always, their enthusiasm and the sense of fun they brought to the shoot made it that much more enjoyable. None of us had photographed dancers before so challenge of doing something new added to the excitement.
Thanks to the dancers, the photogs, Jenny, Carolyn and Juliette (who introduced us to the studio, where she also teaches).
Here are a few of my images from the day:
01 Apr 2008 11:56 am
ShootStyle - One Bad Ass Group of New England Photographers!
…or at least we like to think we are ;).
A couple of years ago I started to get to know a few local wedding photographers through online forums and local get togethers. They seemed like a decent bunch, and were super helpful to someone who was just entering their arena. So when a friend of mine volunteered to pose in her wedding dress, with a shotgun, in front of an old, burned out mansion, I asked a few of them to come along. We had a blast (but not a literally), and started to look for opportunities to get together to learn from one another, share our tips and techniques, and drink beer.
Fast forward a few years and several more fun shoots later, and we have decided to make our escapades a little more public, and a lot more official like.
So today I’m pleased to announce ShootStyle, a collaborative effort between 6 top New England photographers, who have different styles but the same goal: to create kick ass images! I’m joined in this endeavor by Earl Christie of Earl Christie Photography, Stacey Doyle of Stacey Doyle Photography, Jeff Newcum of Jeff Newcum Photography, Joe Ciarcia of Symphony Photography, Alicia Williams of Cordele Photography, and Michelle Williams of Michelle Williams Photography. You can see some of the projects we have completed together at the new ShootStyle website: http://www.shootstyle.com.
Aside from my excitement at being included among such a distinguished list of really great photographers, why am I sharing this here? I’m glad you asked! ShootStyle gives me a bunch of advantages that I can pass on to my clients:
First off, these guys are my primary backup. If I break my leg the day before your wedding, these are the folks that I will call first to help me out. So you can be assured that my replacement will be a top shelf shooter who’s also fun to drink beer with (not that they would be consuming any at your wedding). We also assist each other on occasion when one of us has a weekend free, so you may end up with more than one ShootStylist at your wedding!
Second, when we get together we all learn stuff from one another. So ShootStyle is making me a better photographer - which means that I will be even better equipped to take awesome photographs at your wedding!
Third, when I am aready booked for a wedding, I have a built in group of talented photographers, any one of whom I would have loved to have had shoot my wedding, to send prospects to. So rather than having to send a rejection letter, I can send a recommendation letter.
Anyway, that’s the scoop on ShootStyle, stay tuned for more of our goings on throughout the year!