27 Aug 2010 01:33 pm
Courtney and Adam’s Wedding at The Cruiseport in Gloucester, MA
Part two of my double header weekend brought me to Gloucester, MA, where a cool old marina, a cool old car, and a hot young couple got together to have a wedding!
I began the day with Courtney and her bridesmaids in an awesome little treehouse of a suite at the very top of the Cape Ann Marina Resort and Spa in Gloucester. Makeup and dressing whirled by, and before we knew it, all of the girls were dressed and ready to go. Just in time for Courtney’s dad to walk in the room for an emotional meeting with his daughter. Next thing you know we were tromping down the stairs to the ground floor where a classic Mercedes convertible was waiting to whisk Courtney away to the Cruiseport. But not before we took it over to the junky side of the marina for a little photo shoot!
Then it was down the road to The Cruiseport, where Adam awaited the arrival of his bride. As the guests gathered in the downstairs room, Courtney smiled all they way down the aisle, and all the way through the ceremony. Having said “I do”, we headed outside together, using the beautiful, sailboat filled harbor, and the industrial buildings as the background for their photo session. Quick as a flash we were done, and inside for the end of the cocktail hour. The cocktail hour led to the reception where food was delicious and the music was thumping. Amidst the dancing and revelry, we took some time to head outside to play with sparklers and explore the night!
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25 Aug 2010 05:36 pm
Christine and Patrick’s Wedding at the Intercontinental Hotel in Boston
Friday’s wedding brought me to Boston where the wedding of Christine and Patrick felt like a bit of a family reunion for me. Over the last couple of years, I have had the honor of photographing many of the weddings in Christine’s circle of friends, and it was great to see Christine again as well as two of my past brides who were standing in with Christine as her bridesmaids. But this time, I didn’t start with the girls! My day began a few blocks away with Patrick and his groomsmen as they got ready in a friend’s Charlestown apartment. Guys are born with this gene that enables them to get ready in minutes flat, and it didn’t take long for Patrick to be fully dressed, complete with Tiffany’s cuff links (a gift from Christine). The other thing about guys is that, if we can’t figure out how to do something, we turn to technology to teach us how. When the bow tying hit a snag, it was YouTube on the iPhone that showed the way!
So it didn’t take long for me to make it to Christine and Patrick’s apartment, where the girls were demonstrating their “Wonder Twin” powers with the rings that Christine had given them. Wonder twin powers indeed, as the dressing and preparations moved along like a well oiled machine. Before I knew it, they were all ready, and the classic 1960’s vintage limo was awaiting downstairs. So a few photos taking advantage of the great light in the apartment, and showing off Christine’s cooking skills :), we headed dlownstairs for the girls’ cover shoot with the car. Cover shoot covered, I walked the two blocks down to St Mary’s Church in Charlestown to await the ceremony.
And what a perfect ceremony it was. St. Mary-St. Catherine of Siena in Charlestown is one of the most beautiful churches I have ever worked in. Also one of the coolest, as was evidenced by the Labradore Retriever who oversaw the ceremony from the back of the sanctuary! As Christine and Patrick became husband and wife, he signaled his approval by sleeping soundly. Luckily the rest of the crowd had a more traditional way of showing their approval, cheering and clapping as Christine and Patrick walked back down the aisle hand in hand. Back into the cool old Limo, we headed over to the Intercontinental Hotel in Boston where the city lights and cool bronze animals were waiting to star in their photos, and a night of dancing and celebration was waiting to break out!
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Ceremony: St. Mary-St. Catherine of Siena, Charlestown
Reception: The International Hotel, Boston
Video: Rick Macomber of Macomber Productions
Entertainment: Night Shift
17 Aug 2010 06:01 pm
Mary and Bob’s Wedding at St Mary’s in North Attleboro, MA
I really luck out with the best couples that a wedding photographer could wish for, and Mary and Bob are prime examples of that. First, Mary asked for me to be creative…she said that she didn’t want the same wedding photographs that everyone else has. Next they picked really cool photo locations, suggesting her Grandmother’s beautiful old Victorian house as a backdrop for the “formals”. Finally they scheduled a LOT of time for photos. It was the perfect recipe for fun photography!
I started the day at the Hawthorne Suites in Franklin MA, where Mary and her bridesmaids were having a grand old time finishing up their hair and makeup and donning their beautiful green bridesmaids dresses. Mary was the last to get dressed in the elegant white gown that she chose for her wedding day. On the way to Mary’s suite, I noticed that the hotel laundry was right across the hall. It was the perfect location for Mary and her girls to pose for their fashion magazine cover shoot! Then it was time for Mary and Bob to see each other for the first time, so we headed downstairs where the guys were waiting. While Bob waited under a beautiful willow tree, Mary approached him from behind, calling his name when they were only a few paces apart, and the two enjoyed an emotional moment together while the wedding party and I watched from a distance.
With Mary and Bob united, they all jumped into a waiting limousine and headed over to Mary’s grandmother’s house in North Attleboro for the family photos. Mary had picked this location because of the beautiful Victorian home and the lovely green backyard with a cool old red shed. We took a few photos around the yard and ended up on the back porch of the home. That’s when I noticed the BBQ grill and the old lawn chair and a spark of an idea started to form. When a bridesmaid poked her head out of the back door, I noticed an old fireman’s hat hanging in the hall, and I new it had to make an appearance in the photos!
And the rest of the day just became more and more fun. From the ceremony at the beautiful St Mary Parish in North Attleboro, to the 2nd round of Mary and Bob’s photo session at Lake Pearl Luciano’s in Wrentham, MA, to the amazing food and fun at the reception in Lake Pearl’s ballroom. I could spend paragraphs writing about it all, but suffice it to say that it was fun and emotional and energetic, and…..perfect!
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Ceremony: St Mary Parish, North Attleboro
Reception: Lake Pearl Luciano’s, Wrentham
Flowers: Judy’s Village Flowers, Foxboro
Dress: Bridal and Gift at Sheer Style, Attleboro
Tuxedos: Carl Anthony Tuxedo, Cranston
Cake: Montilio’s Cake Shoppe, Brockton
Entertainment: DJ Sonny Entertainment, Stoughton
Kids & Families
11 Aug 2010 06:53 pm
Sally, Don, and Luke’s Family Portraits in Gloucester MA
Sunday, I had the opportunity to drive up to Gloucester, MA, for the sunset family portrait session with Sally, Don, and Luke (with an appearance by Cooper, their 10 month old, 100 lb Labrador Retriever).
We began in the beautiful backyard of their waterfront home, walking down to the granite patio where the wrought iron furniture and the harbor behind provided the perfect backdrop. With the tide out, we decided to wander down to the mud flats, using a cool old rowboat for our next scene. Back up in the yard, Luke showed me how he made a wish in the fountain (he wished for Mickey), then we wrestled Cooper into a couple of photos before piling into our cars and bribing Luke with ice cream into a few more photos at Plum Cove Beach. The beautiful sunset put the perfect ending to our session as Luke and family headed out for the promised ice cream!
05 Aug 2010 08:22 am
Jen and Jason’s Wedding at St. Mary Parish in Chelmsford, MA, and Gibbet Hill Barn in Groton, MA
The Barn at Gibbet Hill is one of my favorite venues. I mean, c’mon, how cool is it to have your wedding reception in an old barn, on a farm with real cows in the fields! So I was excited to head back up to Groton for Jen and Jason’s wedding this weekend. I was also excited to have my good friend and awesome Maine wedding photographer, Andree Kehn along to help me out.
I met Jen and her bridesmaids at her brother’s beautiful home in Chelmsford, MA, where the big picture window in the den provided perfect light for makeup…and photos. Soon all the ladies were made up, and dressed in their wedding finery, and we were ready to have Jason come over to see his bride for the first time. Once the tears were dry, we headed outside for the family photos in the back yard. Then we headed up a wooded trail to Jen’s parent’s house, where a “Harrington Lane” (the family name) sign greeted us, along with a huge rock that proved the perfect backdrop for the girls to pose for their “Vanity Fair” cover. By the time we arrived back at the “staging” house, the limos were arriving to take the group over to St Mary Parish in Chelmsford, MA.
The ceremony was perfect, with Jen and Jason promising their lifelong love in front of an assembled crowd of their friends and family. Newly married, they marched down the aisle to the waiting limo, and we headed off to Groton. Next door to the Gibbet Hill Barn there are bunch of old buildings belonging to the Lawrence Academy, and it was here that we headed for their portrait session. A quick lap around one of the buildings revealed the words “Home Sweet Home” scrawled in graffiti on a six foot concrete wall, and when inspiration struck, they were both willing to brave the narrow ledge and climb up on the wall! They made it off the wall without injury, and we headed off to the barn together to start the party. The barn was busting at the seams when we arrived, and the guests were soon to raise the rafters with their dancing and celebration.
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The day wouldn’t have been as successful without the help of these fine folks:
Ceremony: St Mary Parish, Chelmsford, MA
Reception: The Barn at Gibbet Hill
Flowers: Flowers by Steve
Entertainment: DJ Bob Belanger