30 Jun 2008 10:45 am
Jennifer & Devon (June 28, 2008)
I love Gloucester. I have fond memories of fishing there as a kid, with my grandfather, in the misty harbor that always smelled of salty sea air. So I was super excited when Saturday’s wedding brought me to the Gloucester of my youth - misty and romantic. Even more exciting, however, was getting to hang out with Jennifer and Devon, at all of the awesome locations that they selected!
We started out with Jennifer and her bridesmaids at the Captain’s House Bed and Breakfast in Rockport. We spent the first hour laughing, joking, and (oh yeah) taking photos of Jennifer and her bridesmaids getting ready. Then Devon and all of the family showed up for family photos. We planned a moment for Jennifer and Devon to see each other for the first time, then we climbed all over the rocks at the oceans edge getting photos of the adventurous bride and groom.
After photos, it was off to the Cruiseport in Gloucester for the ceremony (and reception). The Cruiseport is a beautiful venue located right on a wharf where the fishing boats dock. So after the ceremony, we headed right outside to the cool industrial buildings that surrounded the Cruiseport for some awesome photo locations. Because we’d done all of the family photos before the ceremony, we had lots of time to explore the location and create some really cool photos…and we still got Jennifer and Devon back in time to enjoy a bit of the cocktail hour!
Then it was dancing, and partying, and enjoying the awesome food that the Cruiseport served up!
Click here to see a few more photos: http://www.pbase.com/jamisonwexlerphoto/jendevon
26 Jun 2008 09:30 am
Introducing Ben! (June 25, 2008)
Please join us in welcoming the newest member of our family!
Benjamin (Ben) Clifford Wexler
Born June 25, 2008, 5:57 PM
8lbs, 12oz, 21in
Melanie & Ben are recovering nicely at Framingham Union Hospital.
23 Jun 2008 02:27 pm
Caroline & Justin (June 21, 2008)
Caroline and Justin’s wedding was a bit of a nail biter for me. With baby #2 due on Saturday, I was a little scared that I would get the call to drive Melanie to the hospital in the middle of their ceremony. Fortunately, Andree Kehn (awesome photographer from Maine and a personal friend of mine) was on hand to back me up. And even more fortunately, the baby held off, so Caroline and Justin got the benefit of two photographers!
We started out with Caroline and her girls at her parents’ house in Northbridge where she was just finishing up with her makeup (”I look like a cat” she exclaimed with a happy smile), and getting dressed. After a few photos, we headed to the beautiful Trinity Lutheran Church in Worcester. In a region of old dark churches, Trinity was so bright and cheery! It was a beautiful venue.
After a quick receiving line and a few photos in the church, we headed to the reception at Zukas Hilltop Barn in Spencer. As soon as we drove up, I realized that I wanted to get the bride and groom into the hayfield for the photos. Despite our collective fear of ticks, and at least one fear of snakes in the group (I won’t divulge who was scared of the snakes!), Caroline and Justin traipsed through the waist high grass like troopers!
We made it out of the hay field without any bites, and went into the reception where the food was delicious, and music was thumping, and the crowd was ready to celebrate Caroline and Justin’s happy day!
Click here to see a few more photos: http://www.pbase.com/jamisonwexlerphoto/carolinejustin
Ceremony: Trinity Lutheran Church, Worcester, MA
Reception: Zukas Hilltop Barn, Spencer, MA
Makeup: Jess Mansfield from 126 Post Salon
Flowers: Holmes Shusas
Entertainment: Champagne Toast DJ
Also, a special thanks to Andree Kehn from Andree Kehn Wedding Photography for helping me out this weekend!
19 Jun 2008 07:29 pm
Bri & Travis Engagement Portraits (June 18, 2008)
Summertime, and the photography’s easy…or at least easier…or at least there’s more light to work with. So I met Bri and Travis for their engagement session on a Wednesday evening after work. Little did we know the adventure that lay in store for us!
Since Bri and Travis live near one of my favorite settings for location portraits, I suggested we meet there. Normally this location is perfect because it is open to the public, and features many acres of waterfront, lush green forests, and a lovely garden surrounding an abandoned old mansion that’s straight out of “Clue”! After wandering around a few of my favorite spots, we ended up on the porch of the mansion. Out of curiosity, we peeked in the windows, and someone tried one of the doors. To our surprise, it opened.
What followed was probably the most daring engagement session that I have ever been a part of, as Bri and Travis sacrificed the cleanliness of their clothes to the decades of dirt in the mansion. As we explored every room, we took full advantage of the unique character of the location, from the old marble batthtub in an upstairs bathroom, to the dried up old flowers still in vases on the kitchen counter.
03 Jun 2008 10:10 am
Kerry & Mark (May 31, 2008)
Kerry and Mark didn’t just throw a wedding, they planned an entertainment extravaganza that’s sure to be the talk of all of their friends for years to come. Don’t believe me? Let me quickly run through the events during the 13 hours that I spent with them:
The day started normally enough, with Joe (my co-photographer for the event) and I arriving at the Hilton Boston Financial district for the respective bridal/groomal preparations. While Joe went off with the guys, I hung out with Kerry and her bridesmaids during the makeup and dressing. After a few bridal portraits of Kerry, using the awesome art deco decor of the Hilton, I hopped in a limo with Kerry and her parents for the ride to Our Lady Help of Christians church in Newton.
The ceremony went off without a hitch, and Kerry and Mark vowed their eternal love for one another, and Kerry’s dad serenaded the crowd with a beautiful version of “The Love Song”. I now pronounce you…a receiving line…a few quick photos, and Joe and I were in the limo again for the ride back to Boston with the newly married couple. We took our time getting back, stopping for photos at Fenway Park and the Boston Public Garden, before meeting the family back at the hotel to finish the formals.
Then we all got on an amphibious Duck Boat and took a tour of the city, including a nice float on the Charles River. After the tour, the Duck Boat dropped us of in front of the New England Aquarium, where the guests were gathered outside, waiting to be admitted to the cocktail hour in the Aquarium. That’s when Mark put on a microphone, and began gathering the crowd in for a juggling show. That’s right, the groom and two of his friends put on a juggling show for all of their guests, complete with multiple stunts (including knocking a flower out of the brides mouth), and concluding with flaming batons!
But the night was just getting started. Excited from the juggling spectacle, everyone moved inside to enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeurves in the main aquarium, while the divers frolicked with the sharks and giant turtles in the tank. Very cool! Then everyone moved outside to the pavilion for the reception. That’s where I was greeted with the site of 7′ balloon sculptures of the bride and groom behind the head table! The reception was hopping, between the thumping music, the roast of the groom, and the balloon Kerry and Mark making it to the dance floor, it was a PARTY.
And while we were sad to see it end, it was awesome to have the chance to unwind a little with Kerry and Mark on the walk back to the hotel, and take some more fun (more fashiony) wedding photos with them featuring Boston at night.
Click here to see a few more photos: http://www.pbase.com/jamisonwexlerphoto/kerrimark
Also, a special thanks to Joe Ciarcia from Symphony Photography for co-shooting with me out this weekend!