Can I just start this off by saying how much I love my job? I mean, someone pinch me!
This front-yard, back-yard, whole-yard wedding was a joining of two families who clearly have had a long history. Kelly and Joe met at an early age, but pretty much always knew that they were meant for each other. Waiting until the timing was right, they finally joined hands in marriage in the front yard of Kelly's parents' house on Saturday August 10th, 2019 surrounded by their friends and family.
After much (MUCH) planning, Kelly decided to clock out on Friday when it was time for her manicure. The food and drinks were ordered, her guests were on their way, the tent and tables were set up - time to enjoy the ride!
I arrived shortly after noon on Saturday to capture Kelly getting ready in her childhood home. She had returned from the salon with her hair in place, ready for her friend, Missy to do her makeup. When it came time to put on her dress, nerves ran high! Things got real! After a few deep breaths, she was ready to roll!
Kelly, her maid of honor, Jamie, and I hopped in my car to head for Wood Park. There, we met up with Joe and his best man (also brother), Jeff for their first look! Joe looked so dapper in his suspenders and Sperry's! I felt them both fall at ease once they saw each other.
After a brief session at Wood Park, we headed back to the house to get ready for the ceremony. Joe and Kelly requested that their Pastor, Rosanne give the ceremony. I imagine it was just as special for her, as it was her first time marrying a couple in a backyard wedding! After they exchanged their rings, they faced their guests to a great applause, then sealed it with a kiss!
After a long and harmonious receiving line, we continued with photos, dancing, drinking, and eating! The front yard consisted of dancing and rocking out, while the backyard was quiet with a roaring bonfire, ready for toasting marshmallows and making smores!
The toasts by the best man and maid of honor pulled on everyone's heartstrings! Kelly's Mom also gave a great toast, thanking everyone for being there. She had something else up her sleeve though! She coordinated a singing duo with Joe's Mom and had everyone participate with the lyrics hidden at each table! The photo of Joe and Kelly's reaction after hearing this announcement is quite possibly my favorite! I'm literally still laughing!
The night ended with their guests holding sparklers down the driveway, as Kelly and Joe headed off to continue the celebration back at the hotel with friends. The perfect way to make an exit!
Thank you so much for inviting me to capture your day!
Dress: Style des Reves - Barbara Kerner
Wedding Day Coordinator: Something Bleu (Julie Jensen)
Bar: Bacon's Spirits
Catering: Firefly's BBQ and friend, Julie Snyder
Flowers: Indian Head Farm PYO
Tent: Taylor Rentals Sudbury Division
Cake: friend, Maggie C.
Hair: Roc's Unisex Salon in Marlborough, MA
Make up: friend, Missy
Suit: Men's Wearhouse
Rings: Hannoush Jewelers
July 27th came and went too fast! Jentri and Brian's wedding day was beyond special! It took place in a spectacular backyard by the Connecticut River, with so many personal touches. Brian's Dad, Tom and his wife, Kristen hosted and provided immense help in preparing for the day - I'm sure all along remembering what it was like to be married in that same backyard!
Jentri set up her gear at the dining room table to do her make up and hair while a whirl wind of preparations swarmed around her. We decided to have a first look behind the house giving Jentri and Brian a moment before the festivities began.
Flowergirl, Stella kicked off the ceremony riding in a little buggy that was a tradition in the Warner Family. Jentri made her grand entrance riding in the back of a 1987 BMW Beamer convertible sporting white framed retro round sunglasses that stood out from top of the hill. I have to say, that was the best entrance I've seen from a bride and I think her guests would agree!
Stella's Dad, Adam was their JP. He had us all laughing, helping us forget about that hot sun bearing down on us. A long time friend of Jentri and Brian, they knew he'd put together something entertaining and special. They were right! It was so personal with his own life experience and with his relationship with Brian and Jentri. At one point, a boat drove by and gave a toot toot in celebration. Adam didn't drop a beat and gave his own cheer back at them!
After a fantastic KISS, we all dispersed for drinks and food. Family stayed for a few photos and with their new rings, I took Jentri and Brian to take some portraits by their beautiful arch, trees, and of course the river.
I left them for some time alone. As I was walking toward the tent, I turned back to see them standing so perfectly under their arch, leaning on each other, just watching their guests mingle. It's one of my favorite photos from the day. I can remember reminding myself on my wedding day to take the time to step back. Take it in! It's just amazing to see all your favorite people together in one place.
At one point, one of their guests came up to me and said "Hey, I have a drone. Do you think they'd want an aerial photo of their party?" Ummmm, heck yah, guy!! So we got everyone out in front of the tent to take the shot - I hope I get to see it! That was a fun surprise!
The night just kept getting more and more special. Beautiful performances from their parents, the dances, the food, and entertainment! I left after a quite spectacular array of fireworks, but the celebrations continued through out the night and well into the weekend.
Too fast. Jentri and Brian, I was elated when you asked me to capture your wedding day. I loved meeting your families. Apparently, Jentri comes from a line of photographers who were all eager to discuss photography with me! Especially her Dad! I loved it!
What an awesome day. Thank you from the bottom of my heart - I wish you a lifetime of loving memories! Cheers!
(I apologize for not catching the names of the vendors - please tag yourself!)
With thunderstorms and high winds in the forecast, Kacey assured me in an email that everything would run smoothly for their outdoor wedding. I don't know how she did it, but there was not one bump! It was spectacular! The sun was shining, birds were chirping, and everything was in place! Everyone arrived in a joyful mood, happy to soak up the sun as they watched Kacey and Danny unite as husband and wife.
The Gardens at Uncanoonuc Mountain in Goffstown, NH is such a special venue especially for those garden enthusiasts! The ceremony took place under a gorgeous, stand alone pine tree, not far from the sweet cottage where guests could munch, enjoy a beverage, and feel the cool from the AC. I took Kacey and Danny to the rose garden for their photos - Kacey's favorite spot! After dinner, guests were welcomed out back with a huge bonfire, games, and music!
It was just incredible. I loved watching Kacey and Danny enjoy their day - so clearly smitten over each other! Their guests jumped right in when it was time to play a game, roast a marshmallow, or dance on the dance floor! Something for everyone.
Thank you so much for choosing me to capture your wedding day! Cheers, to a happy, healthy life together!
Dress: David's Bridal
Hair: Trends of Fashion Antrim, NH
Suit: Tommy Hilfiger
Rings: Danny's Mom! Lisa's Lovelies
Flowers: The Bride! Kacey did a marvelous job!
Catering: Roots Catering Hooksett, NH
Cake: Fredrick's Pastries
Venue: The Gardens at Uncanoonuc Mountain
A backyard wedding, planned to a T!
Family and friends travelled from all around to celebrate Cathy and Roland. Their love was utterly contagious! I mean, there was no denying their affection for each other! The endless kisses! The way they gazed into each other's eyes! I cannot emphasize it enough - IN LOVE! I'd find myself grinning ear to ear in awe of their happiness!
Everyone helped out. Serving the food, playing the music, hair and make up, bartending... everyone had a role and if not, they were ready to step in! A true family affair!
Cathy and Roland purchased this home nearly two months ago, knowing that they'd be married there. Roland built an arbor for them to be married under. It leads into hiking trails through conservation land. I can only imagine what it will be like to look out into their backyard, day after day, with such happy memories!
Cheers, Cathy and Roland! To a beautiful future ahead and wonderful memories to be cherished!
Roland's suit: Men's Wearhouse Manchester, NH
Cathy's gown: Pure Bliss Bridals Newburyport, MA
Hair: Kathryn at Slate Salon and Spa Epping, NH
Make up: Julie Anderson Washington
Flowers: Inkwell Flowers Newmarket, NH
Cake: Harvey's Bakery Dover, NH
Catering: Huntspoint BBQ Epping, NH
Tent: Baystate Tent and Party Rental in Tewksbury, MA
Justice of the Peace: Amy Cann
On May 22nd, my Buppa passed away. I still tear up at those words. I wrote a speech that I spoke at his funeral, but I've delayed writing this because this needed some time.
Nearly a year ago, Buppa's wife who I call Mamas, passed away. She passed away in their home. Buppa thought she was still sleeping in her chair when my Mom came over to visit. "It happened too fast", I remember Buppa saying while laying in his bed in rehab.
Buppa fractured his hip after falling in his bathroom this past March. This fracture lead to many other complications and eventually, his defeat. I believe Buppa tried his hardest to live a life without Mamas. He would go to the senior center, meet up with a group of local veterans, stay longer at family parties. There was a pep in his step that said, "I'm a bachelor now!"
He tried. Life had other plans. After a few trips to the hospital and endless doctor appointments, he lost touch with those new friends and found new ones in rehab.
Those final days in rehab were something I'll never forget. His sister flew in from Wisconsin, his brother from Florida. They thought they were there for a cheerful get well visit, but instead they were there to see him go. I walked in to his room that Tuesday morning to see him and I knew he was leaving.
My route home took me by his road. I had brought my camera with me with intentions to take photos of him with his brother and sister. As I came upon his road, I knew I had to go to his house and capture these corners that would remind me of him forever. He left for rehab right before St. Patrick's Day, one of his favorite holidays. So perfect. He left it with all his Irish decorations around his home. Below are some that I've chosen to share with you.
The chair where he ate all of his meals. You can't sit there, that's Buppa's chair.
The chair he would nap in. That's Buppa's chair.
The chair he'd read the paper and listen to the birds chirping. That's Buppa's chair.
The chair he'd watch his favorite shows and watch us open presents at Christmas. That's Buppa's chair.
Looking at these photos, I can hear the creak in the floor, the squeak of the door, the smell of his after shave.
Over the past few months, we really dove into his home, Buppa's life. It was emotionally cleansing to throw away much of the clutter and hold onto the things that would always remind me of him. It had to be done, but it also helped us find closure.
His home went on the market today. I took the photos for the listing. As I went around from room to empty room, it came to me that he's not there anymore. It's time for a new, lucky family to lay out their decorations, make new aroma's in the kitchen, host parties, mow the lawn, plant their favorite flowers, and create new projects around the house.
Oh Buppa, I miss you so much!
Just bare with me as I start off on a tangent... After graduating high school, I decided to get the heck out of my hometown. Like a lot of high school graduates, I wanted to live on my own and explore what's out there. I promised myself I'd never return!
Ten years later, I returned with a baby on the way, a ring on my finger, and a new mortgage to boot! It was one of the best decisions I could've made. Little did I know, that many other high school graduates decided to do the same! The smart ones never left! ;)
As word spreads about my photography, I'm reuniting with many! They're welcoming me into their homes, I get to meet their newborns, capture milestones, and spend every minute with them for their wedding day!!! I feel so incredibly lucky to be able to reconnect with them (my people!) in such a personal way!
With that said, Leah was one of those graduates that convinced Nate that our hometown was the place to be! It really is, Nate! I'll contend to that!
Leah and Nate came to me last Fall and asked me to photograph their wedding. "Of course!" I knew this would be a TON of fun! But they also had a special surprise! Their daughter was due by the end of the year, so we held a maternity/engagement session during that prime time Fall foliage!
Just in time for Christmas, Baby Allison arrived!!!
Leah and Nate were smart and prepared much of their wedding day details before Allison's arrival. Mind you, they were preparing for a baby, a wedding, and working full time jobs - and may I say, looking A+ the whole time! - these guys did a fantastic job and deserved the best wedding day ever! Just short of a sunny blue sky, I'd say they had a pretty awesome wedding that lasted the whole weekend!
I applaud you, Mr. and Mrs. Ellis! I wish you and your whole family lots of love and happiness! Thank you so much for inviting me to capture these special moments!
Press "PLAY" and enjoy the slideshow! :)
Venue: Wedgewood Pines Country Club Stow, MA
Hair: Jolene Yates from Images Salon
Make-up: Liz Collins from Maven Hair Company
Gown: Giggi's Bridal Hudson, MA
Tux: Men's Wearhouse Northborough, MA
DJ: Chris Profenna 617 Boston DJ
Flowers: Frugal Flowers Sudbury, MA
Cupcakes: Bean Counter Shrewsbury, MA
2nd Photographer: Kate Brindley
It was my honest pleasure to capture Ashley and Frederico's wedding day! These two planned a beautiful wedding! Ashley got ready with her ladies at her parents' house, while Fred and his guys got ready back at their place, just a short ride away. As it was time to leave for the ceremony, the rain came down hard! Ashley's sisters did what they could to keep her dry as she entered the church! The ceremony took place at St. Michael's in Hudson performed by Father Tony, all in Portuguese!
Like luck would have it, the rain cleared as we headed over to Butternut Hill Golf Club in Stow, MA for the reception. I loved this place! Their coordinator was awesome! Ashley and Fred's dog, Jax made an appearance for photos!
The newly weds were announced and they marched right onto the dance floor, surrounded by their parents and wedding party for their first dance. Without missing a beat, they continued with the father daughter and mother son dances. Never fail, I wipe away the tears!
Two fantastic speeches were then made by the maid of honor, Ashley's sister and best man, a dear friend of Frederico's. Ashley's sister spoke in english, then translated in Portuguese!
Everyone was ready to party and that they did. Overjoyed to be together, the dance floor was pumping, drinks were flowing, and everyone had a smile on their face!
Congratulations on a beautiful wedding day! Thank you so much for inviting me to capture it all!
Venue: Butternut Farm Golf Club
Hair & Make up: Jade Silvestri Hair & Make up Co. Worcester, MA
Gown: Giggi's Bridal Hudson, MA
Suit: Jos A Bank Northborough, MA
DJ: Eduardo Alves
Videographer: Visually Sound Pictures
Cake: Peppers Artful Events
Flowers: Frugal Flowers Sudbury, MA
Second Shooter: Lindsey Topham
My husband and I celebrate our ten year wedding anniversary today! Bryan and I chose to elope and have a wedding party with friends and family a year later. Three years later, we went on our honeymoon to Ireland! Way to spread it out, right?! All such wonderful memories!
As I shoot more and more weddings and engagements, I wish we had hired a photographer to capture that time in our lives. We simply had limited funds. We had a baby on the way and were on the market for a new home. Several guests at our wedding party were kind enough to take photos and share them with us. We're forever grateful for those photos!
I filmed our elopement with my little point and shoot, but it's actually quite long and painful to watch. My hair, my outfit, it was hot, I was pregnant! We did it in an old barbershop on a weeknight, after work. It's hard to hear over the traffic driving by. So romantic!
We walked away finding the experience a lot more special than expected. Our JP recited a poem written by Robert Browning, 'Grow old along with me'. Bryan and I had never heard it before, but in Bryan's proposal, he asked if I would grow old with him. To have this beautiful poem spoken made the dusty, sweaty, loud wedding day extra special!
In 2011, Bryan and I went on a four day honeymoon to Ireland. We stationed in Dublin, taking trips to the Cliffs of Moher and beautiful hiking trails nearby.
In 2014, we had our second child. Taking family portraits with a timer was no longer an option. Last Fall, I decided it was time we get a professional photographer to take our family photos. Thankfully, my dear friend, Lindsey Topham agreed to a family photo swap! I cherish these photos and have them printed all over my home. I printed them as gifts for grandparents too!
As a photographer, I found great value in getting in front of the camera. I loved being guided around, spending this time with my family, and receiving these great images that I will forever keep on my walls!
Our ten year anniversary was upon us and I knew that we needed to take the time to hire a professional photographer to do our photos. It's hard being intimate in front of the camera, letting your true colors shine. I've seen Ali Pettiti Towle in action and knew she'd be a perfect fit for us! She was even game to get up at the crack of dawn to get that beautiful morning light! I looooove these so much!!! Go to Ali's blog to view more!
Being married isn't easy. It takes work to keep the love alive, work as a team, agree to disagree. I feel so fortunate that Bryan entered my life. He came at a time that I had given up on being in love. We had been together for less than a year when our daughter, Chloe decided to press us to make a decision. Jumping head first into a life that was completely new to us as husband and wife, parents, and home owners.. this was shocking, to say the least. It took a lot of adjusting. We never gave up though! Through our up's and down's, we stayed true to each other. I cannot wait to see what our future holds! The best is yet to be!
Sybrand is taking his knowledge and experience in business and applying it to his passion, wildlife photography! A South African native, he has gone on a number of photo safari's. He knows where it's at, so to speak. So now it's time to lead the way!
Ummm, yah. I'm not going to lose this guy's number! #willassistforsafari
For his headshot session, he asked if we could do a bit of business with a bit of casual. Limited (not so limited) by his apartment, we did just that! I love working within clients' homes because it can be so much more personal and comfortable. Your clothes are there, props, a bathroom, a changing room! Snacks! ;)
It's really where you'll be most comfortable and excited to have your photos taken.
Baby Ava arrived in March. Here, she is 13 days old. Welcomed by her big sister, Emily and proud Mom and Dad!
This was one of our first "real" Spring days. That day you couldn't wait to get out to do yard work? Yah, that day. I think it's safe to say Spring is really here now. Flowers are in bloom, the grass is turning green, we're sneezing every five minutes. Ahhh, Spring! :)
Well this was such a treat to be able to do Ava's newborn photos. Their home was just so beautiful and full of light! Always such an honor to capture this moment before they really take off and grow before your very eyes!