28 May 2009 12:16 pm
Paula & Jeremy’s Engagement Portraits in Copley Square, Boston
On Sunday, I had the chance to meet up with Paula and Jeremy in Boston for their engagement portrait session. With rain in the forecast, we wanted a location where we could shoot outside, but duck inside should the heavens open. As it happened, we got a little too brave, but I’m getting ahead of myself!
We met in front of Back Bay Station, and walked right to Copley Square. After a few photos in the square, it quickly became evident that, being Memorial Day Weekend, we were going to have a big audience in all of the normal haunts. So we packed up our things, and headed out in search of a quiet corner of the city. As it happens, we found the perfect spot - a quiet little street (ok, an alley) right next to the Christian Science center. It was just what we needed to create beautiful photos. But it was a little farther off from the covered places we originally chose the city for…as we found out on the walk back, when the clouds couldn’t hold it any longer and let loose on us! Paula and Jeremy never lost their smiles, though…even when dripping wet!
24 May 2009 12:40 pm
Cheryl & Mark’s Wedding at Gibbett Hill Barn (May 22, 2009)
Summer came a little early this year - just in time for Cheryl and Mark’s wedding at the Gibbett Hill Barn in Groton, MA.
We started the day at Cheryl and Mark’s beautiful home in Westford, MA. As soon as I walked in to the house, I knew that it would be the perfect backdrop for awesome portraits. Cheryl and Mark have quite the knack for decorating, and bright natural light flooded in to windows in every room. When I arrived at the home, Cheryl’s hair and makeup was perfect, and she was ready to get dressed. As soon as she was dressed we did a tour of the house, using the variety of wall colors throughout the house as backdrops for bridal portraits. Then we headed outside for some family portraits. While outside, I noticed the beautiful light in the patch of woods next to the house, and Cheryl was adventurous enough give it a go.
Soon it was time to head over to the Gibbett Hill Barn in Groton, MA for the ceremony and reception. The ceremony was on the lawn outside the barn, just as the sun was starting to set. As Cheryl and Mark professed their love, the golden sunset light bathed the ceremony, and the cows mooed their approval from the field above. After the ceremony we did a lap around the property, giving Chery and Mark a little break from the day, and capturing their first portraits as a married couple in the process.
Then we headed inside the barn for the party. Led by DJ Jon Mansfield, Cheryl and Mark’s family and friends toasted their new marriage, then danced and celebrated. Before the night was through, Cheryl was in a pair of cowboy boots, and the crowd was doing their best country line dance!
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Ceremony/Reception: Gibbett Hill Barn, Groton, MA
Hair/Makeup: Escape Spa, Billerica, MA
Flowers: A Belvidere Florist, Lowell, MA
Entertainment: DJ Jon Mansfield
14 May 2009 04:59 pm
Kelli & Chris’ Aruba Wedding - Part 2
So you saw a few of the photos I posted on Monday, now it’s time for the rest of the story (does that age me?)
I landed in Aruba on Thursday afternoon, and arrived at the Hyatt Regency Aruba with enough time to stroll the beach for a little while before meeting up with the family and walking over to the Aqua Grill for the rehearsal dinner. I was immediately treated like one of the family with various folks bringing me Amstel Brights (the local beer of choice…super refreshing). Then I was treated to the largest, and most delicious chunk of Chilean Sea Bass that I have ever encountered…at least until the reception, where another amazing piece of sea bass found its way onto my plate (but I’m getting ahead of myself).
The next morning was Kelli and Chris’ wedding day. In the morning we met in the lobby, and took a taxi caravan to the government building downtown for the civil ceremony that is required under Aruba law. It was a beautiful little ceremony with only Kelli and Chris’ immediate family all tearing up throughout. After the ceremony, we sent the family back to the hotel while we stayed in the colorful and historic downtown area for some photos.
Then I had a little break, before meeting with Kelli and her bridesmaids in her suite for her makeup and dressing. The suite was abuzz with the girls all getting ready for the main event. As soon as Kelli was dressed, we headed downstairs to meet with Chris (after all, they were already married!), and used the beautiful grounds of the resort for a portrait session, followed by family photos. Then we all headed town to the beach for their sunset ceremony with all of the guests. As the sun was setting, we took a few more minutes for beach portraits, then we headed right up to the outdoor deck for the cocktail hour. The reception followed with dancing, acrobatics, the aforementioned sea bass, and a great wedding singer with the voice of Anonio Banderas.
After an evening like that, you’d think that we would all want to sleep in the next day. Instead we were up early the next morning, with Kelli and Chris dressed in thier wedding attire once again. This time we headed for the beach…and got a little wet :).
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11 May 2009 03:41 pm
Kelli & Chris’ Aruba Wedding - Part 1
My wedding this weekend was a little sunnier, a little sandier, and a lot longer than my average event. That’s because I spent three days with Kelli, Chris, and 40 of their closest friends and family in beautiful Aruba at the Hyatt Regency Resort.
As you can imagine, with three days of shooting, 2 ceremonies, with 2 portrait sessions, a reception, and a day after photo session on the beach (and in the ocean), I have a LOT of photos to share. Way too many for one blog post. So I’m chopping this one up, over a couple of different posts and a couple of different days.
I’ll be sharing the story of the wedding over the next couple of posts, but here’s a quick sneak preview of a few of my favorites so far!
Keep your eyes peeled for a bunch more over the next few days!
05 May 2009 05:37 pm
Kerry & Mark’s Cape Cod Wedding (May 1, 2009)
It’s always exciting for me when I get a chance to do the wedding of a second family member. It feels a bit like a reunion, where you get to see a lot of familiar smiling faces! So it was awesome to have the chance to photograph Kerry and Mark’s wedding. I photographed Kerry’s sister, Maura’s, wedding in 2006, and felt immediately welcome again with the family…and I got to meet Maura’s new little son!
We started the day at the Cove Motel in Orleans, MA…a charming little motel right on the water. After spending a little time with the girls getting ready, we headed outside and took all of the family photos we could without the bride and groom seeing one another. Then everyone loaded up on a trolly for the short ride to the church.
The ceremony took place at St Joan of Arc Church in Orleans. I love that church! In addition to being very bright inside, it’s also very accessible, with lots of room to move around and shoot from a variety of different angles. It was a perfect celebration.
Then it was back on the trolley for a leisurely drive to the Wequassett Inn in Chatham. Upon arriving at the Wequasett, we decided to use the beautiful fireplace room for the family photos. Quick as can be we moved through the family photos, and took off for a tour around the building with Kerry and Mark for their first portraits as a married couple. Between walking on the wet grass and tucking into the fog of the kitchen exhaust fan, they were super adventurous! After our circuit, it was back into the Wequassett for the party, the food…and the candy :).
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Hair/Makeup: Salon 54 in Provincetown
Florist: Kelley’s Flowers in Wellfleet
Ceremony: St Joan of Arc Church in Orleans
Reception: Wequassett Inn in Chatham
Entertainment: DJ David Millar