June 2011


Weddings29 Jun 2011 08:36 am

Part two of my Pennsylvania adventure took place with Sara & Brian on the beautiful rolling hills of the Spyglass Ridge Winery in Sunbury, PA.

But before the rolling hills came into sight, we began the day at Sara’s suite at the iconic County Cupboard Best Western in Lewisburg, PA.  That’s where I found Sara and her bridesmaids popping the cork on a bottle of champagne for a pre-wedding celebration.  After the cheers everyone finished dressing.  The bridesmaids were color matched, but had unique dresses that were each beautiful.  They were topped, however by Sara’s beautiful gown, which here mother had worn.  Reminiscent of classic Hollywood, Sara looked like a movie star when she slipped into it.    Once dressed, we were ready for a few photos of Sara, before heading downstairs where a party bus was waiting to take everyone to the Winery.

Many of the guests were already there when we arrived, taking advantage of the lawn games that were set up.  Before long, an announcement was made, and everyone gathered around the lovely tree on the banks of a picturesque pond where the main event was set to occur.  The bridal party made their way through the gathered crowd, to a medley of Beatles songs, and  the wedding was in full swing.  Serenaded by Sara’s dad, the couple professed their lifelong love, and made their way back through the excited crowd who were cheering and handing them an open bottle of champagne (but no glasses).  They didn’t let that stop them from drinking it, though!

And the fun was only beginning.  Sara, Brian, and I took a long walk through the vineyard, taking advantage of the awesome outbuildings, green vines, and tall grass on the surrounding farms.  When we returned to the lawn, the games were still hopping, and the crowd was waiting to start the dancing and celebration.  And start they did, carrying on the fun until well into the night…

 Country Cupboard Best Western Lewisburg PA  Wedding Photos

Country Cupboard Best Western Lewisburg PA  Wedding Photos

Country Cupboard Best Western Lewisburg PA  Wedding Photos

Spyglass Ridge Winery Sunbury PA Wedding Photos

Spyglass Ridge Winery Sunbury PA Wedding Photos

Spyglass Ridge Winery Sunbury PA Wedding Photos

Spyglass Ridge Winery Sunbury PA Wedding Photos

Spyglass Ridge Winery Sunbury PA Wedding Photos

Spyglass Ridge Winery Sunbury PA Wedding Photos

Spyglass Ridge Winery Sunbury PA Wedding Photos

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Weddings21 Jun 2011 09:12 am

Become a wedding photographer…see the world…spend time in exotic locations with beautiful people!  At least that’s what the recruiting poster said when I joined up.  OK, not really, but this job has brought me to some awesome places.  And this weekend I got to put another sticker on my trunk as I spent the day with Christine and Chris in beautiful Lewisburg, PA.

I started the day with Christine and her bridesmaids at the Country Inn & Suites where the bridesmaids took turns alternately applying her makeup, and feeding her fruit.  Once she was fed and fabulous, it was time to get dressed and head out for photos.  Since the hotel was packed with wedding guests, we snuck out a side door, where the towncar was waiting to take us to a cool old barn for a few pre-ceremony shots of Christine and her bridesmaids.  Then it was time for the main event.  The ceremony was beautiful, with fantastic natural light filtering through the windows of Bucknell University’s Rooke Chapel, and featured an awesome indie rock song that a couple of the guests wrote and performed just for the couple.  Properly serenaded, they sealed the deal with a kiss, and walked down the aisle as husband and wife.

Outside a car was waiting to take us into downtown Lewisburg for a photo session.  Our first stop was the historic (and super cool) Campus Theatre, where the marquis shouted out its congratulations.  Then we headed down to Soldier’s Park, taking advantage of the unique Lewisburg streetlights and taking a walk on the bridge that crosses the Susquehanna river.  Our last stop, was the beautiful garden courtyard of the Packwood House, where we found a bench that was just perfect for snuggling.  And the adventure was just getting started.  After the photo session we headed back to Bucknell University’s Terrace Room, where the party was only awaiting the guests of honor.  Once they arrived it kicked into full swing!

Country Inn Lewisburg, PA Wedding Photos

Country Inn Lewisburg, PA Wedding Photos

Lewisburg, PA Wedding Photos

Rooke Chapel Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA wedding photos

Rooke Chapel Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA wedding photos

Rooke Chapel Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA wedding photos

Campus Theater, Lewisburg, PA Wedding Photos

Lewisburg, PA Wedding Photos

Lewisburg, PA Wedding Photos

Lewisburg, PA Wedding Photos

Packwood House, Lewisburg, PA Wedding Photos

Packwood House, Lewisburg, PA Wedding Photos

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Kids & Families17 Jun 2011 09:45 pm

Last week Kelley and Dennis welcomed their new baby girl, Abigail into the world.  This week I had the privilege of meeting her for the first time, and taking her very first portraits.  She is already the perfect model!

I first met Kelley and Dennis when they were preparing for their New Year’s Eve wedding a couple of years back.  I was honored to get to hang out with them then, and even more so when the contacted me and asked me to chronicle the first year of Abigail’s life.  And we are off to a great start!  We began the session in Abby’s nursery, where the cool green walls, and the lovely window light provided a great background for the photos.  Then it was across the hall to Kelley and Dennis’ bedroom, and a rich red chair where Abby made herself quite comfortable.  When we headed downstairs, I noticed an awesome pink bookcase in her playroom, and she was kind enough to chill out on a shelf.  Then we hung out in Dad’s study for a little while before heading into the kitchen where the beautiful diffused light wrapped around our little star.  Amazingly, and with a lot of credit to Kelley for her feeding strategy, Abigail was awake the entire time!  I’ll bet she took a good nap afterward, though :)!

Wakefield, Boston MA Newborn Portraits

Wakefield, Boston MA Newborn Portraits

Wakefield, Boston MA Newborn Portraits

Wakefield, Boston MA Newborn Portraits

Wakefield, Boston MA Newborn Portraits

Wakefield, Boston MA Newborn Portraits

Wakefield, Boston MA Newborn Portraits

Wakefield, Boston MA Newborn Portraits

Wakefield, Boston MA Newborn Portraits

Weddings13 Jun 2011 05:22 pm

Rhode Island might neither be a road or an island (talk amongst yourselves), but it was the perfect place for Kristen and Andy to tie the knot on Saturday!

I started the day with Kristen and her bridesmaids at the Marriott in Providence, Rhode Island.  With  seven bridesmaids, the suite was bustling with preparation. After 5 minutes, however, it was clear why Kristen was so popular, as her enthusiasm and contagious smile constantly lit up the room.  They were also lightning quick at getting dressed, and before we knew it, we were ready to take the short drive to Cranston for their ceremony at Holy Apostles Church.

The church was beautiful, with high wood ceilings, and was filled with a busload or two of Kristen and Andy’s favorite people.  It was a bit rainy outside, but as Kristen and Andy proclaimed the lifelong nature of their relationship it was sunny in the church.  And some of that must have carried over into the outside, because the rain held off while we took photos of the wedding party, even allowing us to get to the Alpine Country Club, and drive a golf cart all over the property without a drop of water in Kristen’s hair!  In fact, but the time the rain started up again, we were all dry and happy inside, dancing to the music of the great band, eating great food, and enjoying great company!

Marriott Providence Downtown Wedding Photos

Marriott Providence Downtown Wedding Photos

Marriott Providence Downtown Wedding Photos

Holy Apostles Church Cranston RI Wedding Photos

Alpine Country Club Cranston RI Wedding Photos

Alpine Country Club Cranston RI Wedding Photos

Alpine Country Club Cranston RI Wedding Photos

Alpine Country Club Cranston RI Wedding Photos

Alpine Country Club Cranston RI Wedding Photos

Alpine Country Club Cranston RI Wedding Photos

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Weddings09 Jun 2011 07:20 am

Have you ever about a couple spending time behind bars on her wedding day?  On Saturday, Christina and David did just that…but it  wasn’t the bars of a jail cell.  It was the bars of the cool old bank vault at the Society Room in Hartford CT (and they weren’t locked in)!

Before cracking the safe, I started out with Christina and her bridesmaids getting ready in her suite at the Residence Inn in Hartford MA.  I arrived just as everyone was getting dressed, so after a few photos of Christina getting laced up, jeweled up, and shoed up by her bridesmaids, we were ready for a few portraits.  The beautiful light coming in through the 2 story window was perfect.  After a few photos, we headed across the street to the Society Room, where David was already waiting to see his bride for the first time.  That was where we discovered the safe…and took full advantage of the unique location!

The ceremony took place in the main hall of the Society Room, where the high ceilings and Victorian splendor of the old building were the perfect background for the elegance of the wedding.  It was not so elegant that the couple couldn’t have fun, though, and they laughed and smiled their way through the beautiful ceremony.  Once married, we quickly worked through a few family photos before Christina and David headed into the cocktail hour to mingle with their guests.  Then the fun really started as the newly married couple made their way down the staircase and onto the dance floor.  And they never left it…

Residence Inn Hartford Wedding Photos

Society Room Hartford Wedding Photos

Society Room Hartford Wedding Photos

Society Room Hartford Wedding Photos

Society Room Hartford Wedding Photos

Society Room Hartford Wedding Photos

Society Room Hartford Wedding Photos

Society Room Hartford Wedding Photos

Society Room Hartford Wedding Photos

Society Room Hartford Wedding Photos

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Weddings02 Jun 2011 09:12 am

Sunday dawned bright and sunny with a preview of summer in the air…perfect for the Milena and Sam’s garden wedding at Tower Hill Botanical Garden in Boylston, MA.

My day started at the Westin Copley Place in Boston MA, where Milena and her bridesmaids were enjoying the royal hair and makeup treatment at the hands of their awesome stylists.  In the meantime, Andree Kehn (fantastic Maine wedding photographer, and my compadre for the day) was working her photographic magic with the guys at Milena and Sam’s Cambridge apartment.  Fun ensued on both fronts right up until it was time to depart for the country where the green acres of Tower Hill Botanical Garden awaited.

The ceremony took place on the beautiful lawn, with the descending sun shedding its golden rays on the proceedings.  While Milena and Sam were pledging their lifelong love as if nothing was amiss, I couldn’t help but notice a couple of guests on their hands and knees combing the grass.  More on that later.  With a kiss and a pair of big smiles, the newly married couple headed up the aisle and greeted all of their guests.  Once all the guests had been hugged, we were getting ready for the family photos, when I looked behind me and saw an entire crowd of guests on their hands and knees in the same patch of grass.  Soon there was a loud cheer and huge looks of relief on Milena and Sam’s face, as the ringbearer delivered Milena’s wedding ring!  Seems it had fallen off the pillow on the trip down the aisle!

After all of that excitement it was time to relax for a little while, so I set off with Milena and Same for a walk around the lovely grounds and some photos of the two of them together.  After a leisurely swing, we found a field full of tall grass catching the last rays of sunset.  That was our cue that it was time to head inside and get the party started.  As the evening progressed, the guests danced and celebrated and the bullfrogs outside sang along their approval.

Westin Copley Place. Boston MA Wedding Photos

Tower Hill Botanical Garden, Boylston MA Wedding Photos

Tower Hill Botanical Garden, Boylston MA Wedding Photos

Tower Hill Botanical Garden, Boylston MA Wedding Photos

Tower Hill Botanical Garden, Boylston MA Wedding Photos

Tower Hill Botanical Garden, Boylston MA Wedding Photos

Tower Hill Botanical Garden, Boylston MA Wedding Photos

Tower Hill Botanical Garden, Boylston MA Wedding Photos

Tower Hill Botanical Garden, Boylston MA Wedding Photos

Tower Hill Botanical Garden, Boylston MA Wedding Photos

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