29 Sep 2011 06:50 pm
Jen & Tim’s Wedding at St. Columbkille in Brighton MA and the Hyatt Harborside in Boston MA
If red skies at night = sailors delight, then there must have been some delighted sailors on the morning following Jen & Tim’s wedding reception! The glowing, red, sunset that graced us over the Boston skyline that evening as Jen & Tim enjoyed cocktails with their guests at the Hyatt Harborside in Boston, MA, was one of the most spectacular that I have ever seen…almost as spectacular as the wedding day itself!
I arrived at the Hyatt Harborside just as Jen was being seated in the makeup chair, right by the window overlooking the Boston Harbor. After a few minutes of makeup application, while I moved around the room getting photos of Jen, her bridesmaids, and all of the details of the preparations, she moved over into the hair chair, and I moved down one floor to take photos of the guys. It didn’t take long to capture the fellas with their tuxes, football games, and specially imported Yuengling Lager, and I was back up with Jen and friends just as she was stepping into the dress. That gave us a few minutes to capture some photos of Jen, while her hair, makeup, and dress were still perfectly unspoiled, then it was downstairs, where a giant stretch Cadillac Escalade with open gull doors was waiting to take us to St Columbkille Parish in Brighton, MA.
We arrived, just as the guests were all seated and ready for the ceremony to begin. It was a lovely mass with the dimly lit church casting a romantic glow over Jen & Tim as their lifelong commitment became “official”. They walked down the aisle as husband and wife, and waited on the steps to greet their guests with hugs and smiles as they exited. After a few photos on the church steps, it was time for the guests to give them a send off with a shower of bubbles, as then ran for the limo. Once inside the monstrous conveyance once again, we headed beck into Boston for a stop at the Boston Public Gardens for a few romantic photos of the happily married couple, before reaching our final destination at the Harborside Hyatt at Boston’s Logan Airport. There we discovered a discarded couch behind the tent, and a couple of discarded gas cans behind that…and, of course, we had to incorporate them into some photos! While we were pretending to create a fiery show, mother nature was busy showing us up with the spectacular sunset that reached its peak at the tail end of the cocktail hour. With the last streaks of red still in the sky, and a couple of triumphant fist bumps, Jen & Tim made their way into the reception, where the fun was just about to begin.
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27 Sep 2011 09:40 pm
Beth & Geoff’s Wedding at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA
When you have the perfect venue, and a dress that matches the antique elegance of that venue, than there’s no need to go outside on your wedding day. And that perfect storm of elegance came together on a rainy Friday for Geoff and Beth’s wedding at the Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA
I arrived at Willowdale, just as a steady trickle of the principals started to convoy in and head up to their respective “ready rooms”. One of the things I love so much about Willowdale is that the bride’s party and groom’s party get separate suites on the same floor, so I have a chance to spend time with both of them before the big event. Bouncing between both rooms, I got the rare opportunity to enjoy the pre-wedding dressing festivities from both sides. Which made it seem to go by even faster then normal. Before I knew it, Geoff was waiting on the landing of the grand staircase for his first look at the splendidly attired Beth.
After a romantic moment together, they headed downstairs where the family was waiting for photos in the great hall. Then I got to spend some time with Beth and Geoff together, using the unique locations of the mansion to showcase their love for one another. We even got to slip outside for a couple of minutes, the rain giving us a brief reprieve. From there, it was indoors again, where the newly built conservatory was filled with guests awaiting the start of the ceremony. A chamber orchestra played as Beth’s dad escorted her down the aisle of the brightly lit room. Geoff was waiting to marry his beautiful bride, accompanied by the wedding party and his brother, ordained for the event. The ceremony was full of personal anecdotes, and stuffed childhood friends, and ended, as all wedding ceremonies should, with a kiss and lots of smiles. A few more photos, then the newly married couple joined their guests for mojitos at the cocktail hour. And that was just the start of the fun. The cocktail hour bled over to the reception, where Beth & Geoff showed off their ballroom dancing moves, then their dance club moves as DJ Greg from Entertainment Concepts kept the perfect music spinning well into the night.
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21 Sep 2011 07:15 pm
Lindsey & Brian’s Wedding on Thompson Island in Boston, MA
As a wedding photographer, I get to see a whole lot of beautiful places throughout New England, and I try really hard not to play favorites. But if I were to be honest, I’d have to tell you that one of my favorite places in all of Boston is Thompson Island. It is like the best summer camp that I never got to go to as a kid…and going there feels like catching up! So I was super excited to be on the ferry this weekend heading out to Thompson Island with Lindsey and Brian as they prepared for their wedding.
But I’m getting ahead of myself. My day started at Lindsey and Brian’s beautiful townhouse in Boston’s Back Bay, where their family was gathered for hair, makeup, and coffee! After a bit of fun at the homestead, we all loaded up in taxis and headed over to the ferry dock for the boat ride over to the island, feeling a bit like the little boat that could as we motored past the giant cruise ships and container vessels that shared the pier. After a perfect trip across the harbor, we were greeted by a sign proclaiming Lindsey & Brian’s wedding day affixed to the pier amidst a big arrangement of hops - a preview of the awesome floral design that went into the wedding thanks to Natalie and her Whim Events crew. From the pier, we headed up to the Commander’s house, and everyone picked a room to change into their wedding finery. Brian, being a guy, was dressed the fastest, and was waiting outside when his soon-to-be bride appeared in her lovely gown. After they had a moment to share, we loaded up on a golf cart and headed off to explore the island together.
So, if Thompson Island is like the best summer camp, the staff are like the best summer camp counselors! They know the island inside and out, and are willing to share them. Our tour of the island took of to a cool little glade, where the high grass and funky trees provided some really awesome backgrounds. Then we headed to the ruins of an old root cellar, where the building stones made it look like an old fort from a movie about pirates. Then it was up to a bower that was recently constructed as a photo spot. Finally we headed to the old brick camp buildings themselves. Since it was the middle of the day, the light was a bit harsh around the front of the buildings, so I explored around back and found a couple of really cool spots near the dumpsters! Not put off by the change of scenery, Lindsey and Brian were totally game to pose by the abandoned old lockers and the cool, overgrown shed.
Our tour complete, we were ready to get on with the business that brought us to the island in the first place. The ceremony was set up under a large oak tree in the middle of the island’s orchard. An uncle was ordained for the occasion, and gave the ceremony an extra personal touch as Lindsey and Brian said their “I Do’s”. After a kiss to seal the deal, the newly married couple headed back through the crowd waving custom “terrible towels” to the music of a live steel drum band. After a few photos we joined the guests at the pavilion that was also festooned with the coolest floral arrangements and accented with hops. In front of the pavilion, guests played lawn games while the sun set over the best view of the Boston skyline around. Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, the awesome band, Clockwork, started the reception proper, and it was a whirlwind of fun from there. From the musical toasts to the campfire out front, to the Michigan State fight song instead of a first dance, the party was uniquely Lindsey and Brian, which meant a boatload of fun. But Lindsey had saved one more surprise. Just into the second dance set, she appeared in a second dress, almost as stunning as the first, and a whole lot easier to dance in! And Dance she did, until it was time for the ferry to take us back to the real world.
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16 Sep 2011 05:33 pm
Gina & Josh’s Wedding at Our Lady or Loreto in Worcester, MA and Lake View Pavilion in Foxboro, MA
“It’s all bout the shoes!” was what Gina told me when I arrived at her parent’s home in Worcester, MA to photograph the bridal preparations. And with all of the miles that those shoes had to travel on her wedding day, she wasn’t kidding!
For starters, Gina’s parents’ home was host to all of the hair and makeup and champagne drinking and dressing and primping and laughter that accompanies the hours before a wedding. Amidst all of that excitement, Gina was able to slip into her dress and I was able to grab a few photos of her before everyone had to load up into the stretch Cadillac that arrived to take everyone to Gina’s childhood church, Our Lady of Loreto in Worcester, MA. When we arrived, the guests were all in their seats, awaiting Gina’s grand entrance. And they didn’t have long to wait. With the chords of the strings and organ, Gina and her Dad walked down the aisle hand in hand to meet the waiting Josh at the altar. The ceremony took on even a more personal note as one of Gina’s childhood friends, now a priest, pronounced them husband and wife.
After a few photos at the church’s rosary garden, we piled into our vehicles to travel to our second destination: Harvey’s Farm in Westborough, MA. We didn’t pick Harvey’s farm just because it was jam packed with great photo spots…we chose it because the wedding was jam packed full of Harveys! The farm had been in Josh’s family for generations. So it made the perfect backdrop for the family photos and the romantic portraits of Gina & Josh, as we explored the property from the covered bridge to the greenhouse to the giftshop. Upon exhausting all of the photo opportunities that the farm had to offer, it was back to the vehicles for the journey to Foxboro, where the Lake View Pavilion awaited us. Gina & Josh had saved the best for last. Amidst the palatial interior festooned with lovely hanging linens, and giant silver candleabras spilling over with beautiful flowers, Gina’s shoes found a place at last that was as elegant as they were. And they showed their thanks by giving their wearer magical moves on the dance floor all evening long!
Oh, and I can’t forget a photo of the fabled footwear!
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14 Sep 2011 05:55 pm
Corinna & Aaron’s Wedding at Granite Links Golf Club in Quincy, MA
Most of us have to work at looking good in front of the camera. In fact, a big part of my job is helping people to feel comfortable in front of the camera so that they can look their best in the photos. When I met Corinna and Aaron for their engagement portrait session this winter, it was very clear that this was a couple that didn’t need any help…they were naturals. And at their wedding this weekend I found out that it ran in the family!
The day was already cloudless and perfect when I arrived at the Quincy Marriott where Corinna was already having a great time hanging out with her bridesmaids and family. After a few photos of everyone enjoying themselves, I had the rare opportunity to hang out a bit with Aaron and his groomsman who were getting ready one floor down. Then it was back up to Corinna’s room where she was just stepping into her gown and accessories. With everyone dressed and ready, we headed out into the hotel, where the cool modern decor provided some great backdrops for the modern elegance of Corinna’s attire.
Modern elegance captured on “film”, we were ready to head over to the Granite Links Golf Club, where Corinna & Aaron’s friends and family were already gathered in the tent, admiring one of the best views of the Boston skyline around. As the sun began to set over the City of Beans, Corrina and Aaron became man and wife in a ceremony where the beaming smiles on the couples faces competed with the bright, setting sun for brilliance. And what’s the first thing you should do when after you have gotten hitched? Why hop on the back of a golfcart for a ride, and that’s just what we did! One of the coolest things about the Granite Links Golf Club property is the ruins of an old mill building just down the hill from the main building, and that’s where the three of us headed for their first romantic portraits as husband and wife. From there it was back up the hill for a few family photos, then into the tent for the celebration. As they entered into the reception and began their first dance, the sun finished its decent giving them a brilliantly colorful backdrop that was a fittingly perfect ending to a perfect day.
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Kids & Families
08 Sep 2011 08:22 am
Abigail’s Three Month Portraits in Wakefield MA
I love doing baby’s first year sessions. It’s so amazing to see how much a new little person changes in the few months between the photo sessions. And little Abigial is no exception. When I met her three months ago, she was barely a week old, and was really only interested in eating and sleeping. When I saw her again this week, she was interested in the world around her, smiling and interacting with Mom and Dad and the friendly new person that came to visit!
When I arrived, Abigail couldn’t decide on an outfit for her photo shoot, so she started the session with her favorite pair of pampers and her best smile. It was enough to capture some great photos of her rolling around on her blanket and smiling with delight. From there she donned a simple white onesie and showed me her playroom, pausing for a moment to pose with Mom’s Nurse’s hat. From there we headed up to her bedroom, where she showed me how amazing her mobile was, then we hung out for a bit in one of her drawers before heading across the hall to cuddle with Mom and Dad in their bed for a while. By then she was starting to get a little hungry, so we took a break for a small snack before heading back downstairs for her final outfit change. By then, the milk and the hard work of the shoot worked its magic, and Abigail drifted off to dreamland.