August 2011


Weddings30 Aug 2011 04:50 pm

What do you do when the wedding you have spent countless months planning happens to coincide with the arrival of a hurricane?  Well if you are Liz and Kelly, you get married anyway, face the storm with smiles and grace, and throw one heck of a party!

Our adventure began in Liz’s suite at the Copley Marriott, where the ladies sat for makeup, grabbed a bite of lunch, and dressed in their beautiful dresses.  Liz shined brightest of all in her lovey laced gown accented by a necklace custom made for her using a family heirloom gemstone as the centerpiece.  With the rain quickly approaching, the soft diffused light in the suite was beautiful as we took a couple of minutes to capture some bridal portraits of Liz (and the custom groom bear she made for Kelly).  The sky was still somewhat bright as Liz and her girls loaded into the limousine to head to the church, but as they traveled the few short blocks to The Cathedral of the Holy Cross, the rain began to fall.  Luckily, the church was dry…and HUGE.  It was the largest church I’ve ever photographed a wedding in, and one of the grandest.  And it was the perfect place for Liz and Kelley’s friends and family to gather to witness their joining.  The damp outside didn’t dampen Liz and Kelly’s spirits as they became husband and wife, and the gathered guests cheered them on as they held hands and headed down the super long aisle together.

But even with everyone’s spirits high we still had to problem solve a bit about the photos.  We’d planned to take some time at the Public Gardens for photos, but since none of us wanted to get soggy before the reception, we decided to keep things indoors.  Remembering the awesome interior design of the Renaissance Hotel Boston Waterfront, I suggested we head down there…and we couldn’t have asked for a more perfect location.  After the bridal party shared a quick drink at the bar together, we explored the hotel, taking advantage of the awesome modern backgrounds that the hotel provided for some romantic portraits of the Liz and Kelly.  From there, it was right across the street to the Boston Exchange Conference Center, where the cocktail hour was just about to begin.  And that’s when the party really started, hurricane be darned!

Copley Marriott Boston MA Wedding Photos

Copley Marriott Boston MA Wedding Photos

Cathedral of the Holy Cross Boston MA Wedding Photos

Cathedral of the Holy Cross Boston MA Wedding Photos

Cathedral of the Holy Cross Boston MA Wedding Photos

Renaissance Hotel Boston Waterfront Wedding Photos

Renaissance Hotel Boston Waterfront Wedding Photos

Renaissance Hotel Boston Waterfront Wedding Photos

Renaissance Hotel Boston Waterfront Wedding Photos

Renaissance Hotel Boston Waterfront Wedding Photos

Renaissance Hotel Boston Waterfront Wedding Photos

Renaissance Hotel Boston Waterfront Wedding Photos

Boston Exchange Conference Center Boston MA Wedding Photos

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Weddings24 Aug 2011 08:33 am

Fall might be just around the corner, but there was still a little summer left to make this weekend beautiful on Cape Cod for Melanie & Pat’s wedding at St Patrick’s Church in Falmouth, MA.

I met Melanie and her bridesmaids at the Coonamessett Inn in Falmouth, MA, where they had a cottage all to themselves for the pre-wedding fun.  The charming little cabin was packed to the seams with ladies, and dresses, and makeup, as everyone made ready for Melanie’s grand appearance.  Before long, everyone was dressed and ready to take a few photos around the Coonamessett’s lovely grounds.  But before we headed outside, I snuck Melanie into the cottage’s kitchen, where the beautiful light coupled with the cool, old fashioned wood paneling made a perfect background for a few bridal portraits.  A lap of the yard gave us some more awesome backgrounds, with Melanie showing off her natural modeling chops!  Our tour ended up at the bar (as all tours should), where the bridesmaids gave me their best movie star poses for their magazine cover shoot.

Then it was off to St Patrick’s Church, where Pat and the guys were welcoming guests and escorting them to their seats.  Once everyone was seated, the organ music began and the ceremony kicked off with the bridesmaids making their way down the long aisle followed by Melanie and her Dad.  From there, however, all of the attention was on Melanie and Pat, as they pledged their lives to each other before all of the assembled witnesses.  With a kiss, the deed was done, and the guests all headed out to the Coonamessett to begin the party while we took a few family photos at the church.  With the family photos done, we still had a bit of time before the reception began, so we loaded into the party bus and took a short drive up to the Nobska Point Lighthouse for a few romantic portraits of the newly minted spouses.  Once there we discovered that a perfect storm of beautiful light, beautiful backgrounds and (of course) a beautiful couple converged to make the romantic portrait session easy!  From the lighthouse, we headed down to the beach, where a walk in the sand was the perfect finish to our time together.  And after all of the relaxing, we were ready for some music, and dancing, and food, so we headed back to the Coonamessett, where all three were waiting in abundance!

Coonamessett Inn Falmouth MA Wedding Photos

Coonamessett Inn Falmouth MA Wedding Photos

Coonamessett Inn Falmouth MA Wedding Photos

Coonamessett Inn Falmouth MA Wedding Photos

Nobska Point Lighthouse Falmouth MA Wedding Photos

Nobska Point Lighthouse Falmouth MA Wedding Photos

Nobska Point Lighthouse Falmouth MA Wedding Photos

Nobska Point Lighthouse Falmouth MA Wedding Photos

Nobska Point Lighthouse Falmouth MA Wedding Photos

Nobska Point Lighthouse Falmouth MA Wedding Photos

Nobska Point Lighthouse Falmouth MA Wedding Photos

Nobska Point Lighthouse Falmouth MA Wedding Photos

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Engagements18 Aug 2011 08:40 am

My second stop on my wedding free weekend, was the Boston Public Gardens for LC and Dave’s engagement portrait session…well, we got to the public gardens eventually :).

We met at The Four Seasons, and decided that, with all of the Saturday activity on the garden, we would head in the other direction for a couple of blocks to spy out a few different locations around the hotel.  Right away we were drawn to a small garage area, with these great little in-wall fire hydrants with little hearts on them.  Then there was a cool old building that looked like a castle, complete with drawbridges, then an alley behind it.  It wasn’t long before we found ourselves taking photos in a rundown parking lot that had seen its better days.  Feeling like we had captured enough urban decay, we decided to change it up a bit and headed over to the Public Gardens.  With the sun starting to set, the lushness of the Public Gardens was the perfect yang to the yin of the street shots…and the perfect location for LC and Dave to show off their romantic moves!

Boston Downtown Engagement Portraits

Boston Downtown Engagement Portraits

Boston Downtown Engagement Portraits

Boston Downtown Engagement Portraits

Boston Downtown Engagement Portraits

Boston Downtown Engagement Portraits

Boston Public Gardens Engagement Portraits

Boston Public Gardens Engagement Portraits

Boston Public Gardens Engagement Portraits

Boston Public Gardens Engagement Portraits

Boston Public Gardens Engagement Portraits

Boston Public Gardens Engagement Portraits

Kids & Families15 Aug 2011 08:18 am

Weekends when I don’t have a wedding are always a little exciting, but this weekend was particularly so because I got to photograph nine month old Brayden!  Brayden is the firstborn son of Deanna & Scott, whose wedding I photographed, in 2007, and whom I have seen countless times since then since at weddings of a cadre of friends that they encouraged to hire me.

So it was almost like a family reunion as I met them at their home in Charlestown, MA.  Right off the bat, Brayden demonstrated his natural modeling abilities as he showed me his favorite toys, and chased his four legged cousin, Izzy, around the living room.  Next we checked out his bedroom, the lovely natural light filtering in through the windows showcasing his big brown eyes.  From there we headed up to the roof deck, where he posed for a few photos with mom and dad.  It was on the roof deck that we espied a little patch of grass in front of an ivy shrouded fence across the streat, and we headed over to take advantage of the awesome location it offered.  Being in Charlestown, we decided to finish the session down at the navy yard, with the cool old brick buildings and the harbor providing a perfect backdrop.

Charlestown Boston MA Baby Portraits

Charlestown Boston MA Baby Portraits

Charlestown Boston MA Baby Portraits

Charlestown Boston MA Baby Portraits

Charlestown Boston MA Baby Portraits

Charlestown Boston MA Baby Portraits

Charlestown Boston MA Baby Portraits

Charlestown Boston MA Baby Portraits

Charlestown Boston MA Baby Portraits

Charlestown Boston MA Baby Portraits

Charlestown Boston MA Baby Portraits

Charlestown Boston MA Baby Portraits

And joining us for the session was Brayden’s Auntie Kelli and Uncle Scott, whose wedding I was also lucky enough to be a part of, and their labradoodle, Izzy.  What follows is possibly one of the most awesome photos that you might ever lay eyes on in your lifetime…that’s right, it’s a labradoodle on a canon!

 Charlestown Boston MA dog Portraits

Weddings11 Aug 2011 09:45 pm

Part two of my double header weekend happened in my favorite town in MA…Grafton.  Of course, I might be a little partial because I live there too.  So Lyndsay and Brett’s wedding was a neighborhood affair!

I began the day at Lyndsay and Brett’s Townhouse, just down the road from my own.  I arrived just in time to take a few photos of the dresses and accoutrements before it was time for the girls to don them.  Once they were wearing said attire, we headed outside, using the great field right off their deck as the background for some bridal portraits.  Adjacent to the field was a really cool old barn, and since there were no fences or posted signs, we decided to walk over…after all, who can say “no” to a bride on her wedding day :).

Then it was time to head over to St Joseph’s Chapel at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA for the ceremony.  Holy Cross has one of the most grand cathedrals in MA, and it was the perfect location for Lyndsay and Brett to declare their lifelong commitment to each other.  Adding a personal touch to the ceremony, the Mosignor who presided over the event was Brett’s uncle!  After walking down the aisle, married, the happy couple stopped on the church steps and awaited their friends and family for a group photo of everyone at the wedding.  After a few more family photos at Holy Cross, I headed off with Lyndsay & Brett back to Grafton for their first portraits as husband and wife.

I drive through Grafton Common daily, and I’ve spent a lot of time wishing I had a bride and groom to photograph in the great little nooks and crannies that our quaint little town has to offer.  So it was awesome to be able to take a lap around our little downtown with Brett and Lyndsay.  It was meaningful to them as well, because Grafton Common was where Brett popped the question.  While I could have spent hours roaming the Common, soon it was time to head to the reception at Highfields Country Club in Grafton, MA.  There we were greeted by the wedding guests, and they were ready to party.  The entire evening was full of fun and laughter, but the night really kicked into high gear when Brett hit the dance floor with his five brothers!

Grafton, MA Wedding Photos

Grafton, MA Wedding Photos

Grafton, MA Wedding Photos

Grafton, MA Wedding Photos

Holy Cross Worcester, MA Wedding Photos

Grafton Common, Grafton MA Wedding Photos

Grafton, MA Wedding Photos

Grafton, MA Wedding Photos

Grafton, MA Wedding Photos

Grafton, MA Wedding Photos

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Credits:
Ceremony – St. Joseph Memorial Chapel at Holy Cross
Reception  - Highfields Golf and Country Club
Limo – AA Transportation
Florist – Danielson Flowers
Hair and Make-up - Mocine Hair Salon and Day Spa
Cake - Custom Wedding Cakes by Penny

Weddings09 Aug 2011 07:04 am

Part one of this weekend’s double header, found me on beautiful Cape Cod with a perfect day for Melissa & Evan’s Wedding at the always awesome Popponesset Inn in Mashpee, MA.

I began my day with Melissa and her bridesmaids at the New Seabury condo they had rented for the occasion, where the hair and makeup chairs were busily populated by the girls in preparation for their debut.   Soon everyone was dressed and ready to be shuttled over to the Inn.  Melissa decided to take the 2nd trip, which gave us some time to take a few bridal portraits around the condo before heading over ourselves.  Evan was waiting for us when we arrived, and we took a few moments for him to see his bride for the first time. Then the three of us headed across the street to the small “town” of shops for their romantic wedding day portrait session.  There we found all sorts of cool nooks and crannies for their photos.  On the way out we met the bridal party, and a cool car in the parking lot gave us a perfect location for us to show just how cool they all were.

The ceremony was under the awesome blue and white striped tent nestled in the sea grass dunes.  The cool sea breeze blew in as one of Melissa and Evan’s best friends (ordained for the day) presided over the fun and loving ceremony.  The ceremony ended (as all should) with a kiss and smiles, and the happy newly wedded couple headed up the aisle and directly into the cocktail hour…greeting their friends and family as the post-ceremony celebration began.  Since we’d done most of their photos before hand, we only needed to escape for a few moments with their families and wedding party to take some beach portraits right before they were introduced into the reception.  And what a reception it was, with the DJ keeping the crowd on the dance floor all night, and the gathered guests showing off their moves!

Popponesset Inn Mashpee MA Wedding Photos

Popponesset Inn Mashpee MA Wedding Photos

Popponesset Inn Mashpee MA Wedding Photos

Popponesset Inn Mashpee MA Wedding Photos

Popponesset Inn Mashpee MA Wedding Photos

Popponesset Inn Mashpee MA Wedding Photos

Popponesset Inn Mashpee MA Wedding Photos

Popponesset Inn Mashpee MA Wedding Photos

Popponesset Inn Mashpee MA Wedding Photos

Popponesset Inn Mashpee MA Wedding Photos

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Weddings03 Aug 2011 02:49 pm

This year has been an interesting one for me in that I have had the opportunity to photograph several nine-to-five weddings, and I have to say - I like it!  There’s a different feel to an afternoon reception, and that was especially true of Rose and Joe’s wedding at the Codman Estate in Lincoln MA.  Featuring an awesome brunch of french toast and ham, complete with warm maple syrup…and fresh lemonade and iced tea, the meal was a reflection of the uniqueness of the event, and the uniqueness of the couple.

My day started at the European styled Aloft Motel in Lexington MA, where the always awesome Kimberly Fosher was working her craft in the makeup chair.  With much fun and laughter, the girls went through their pre-wedding preparations.  Once fully prepared, we headed over to the Codman Estate in Lincoln, MA where Rose got dressed and ready for the wedding.  With Rose dressed and the guests gathered in the Italian Garden behind the house, everything was set for the ceremony.

And just like the rest of the day, the ceremony was uniquely Rose and Joe, with Rose walking down the garden path to Chicago’s “Will You Still Love Me” while guests fanned themselves with programs featuring custom designed artwork by Rose herself.  So it was no surprise that their vows were both deeply heartfelt, and completely their own.  Once spoken, they sealed the ceremony with a kiss, and headed down to the end of the garden to greet their friends and family.  Speaking of friends and family, the first photo on their list was a group shot where I perched precarioulsy on top of a rickety ladder to capture the entire family (about 40 people). After that, the rest of the photos were a cinch, working our way through the family and bridal party until only Rose and Joe remained.  After a few minutes with the newly married couple (who needed no direction in showing how much they were in love), we headed back to the carriage house where the aforementioned french toast and ham was warming up…as were the hits of the 80’s that the DJ kept spinning all afternoon!

And remember that ladder stunt I spoke of?  That wouldn’t have been possible without the help of awesome Boston wedding photographer, Earl Christie, who photographed the day with me, and ensured that I didn’t break my neck!

Codman Estate Lincoln MA wedding photos

Codman Estate Lincoln MA wedding photos

Codman Estate Lincoln MA wedding photos

Codman Estate Lincoln MA wedding photos

Codman Estate Lincoln MA wedding photos

Codman Estate Lincoln MA wedding photos

Codman Estate Lincoln MA wedding photos

Codman Estate Lincoln MA wedding photos

Codman Estate Lincoln MA wedding photos

Codman Estate Lincoln MA wedding photos

Codman Estate Lincoln MA wedding photos

Codman Estate Lincoln MA wedding photos

Codman Estate Lincoln MA wedding photos

Codman Estate Lincoln MA wedding photos

Codman Estate Lincoln MA wedding photos

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Credits:
Ceremony/Reception: The Codman Estate, Lincoln, MA
Coordinator: Pink Orchid Weddings
Makeup: Kimberly Fosher