Oh boy. I have so much to say! These weddings are pulling at my heart strings big time this year!
Stephanie and Cam had a wedding planned for 2020. They decided to put on the brakes due to the pandemic and wait it out so they could have the wedding they've always dreamed of. Fast forward to July 30th, 2021 and that day came true!
Their wedding was epic! They lucked out with perfect weather after a super rainy July. I started with Cam at his childhood home. He practiced his vows, got dressed, had a toast with his buddies then headed out to a bar by their venue. I then sprinted over to Stephanie who was getting ready with her ladies at the hotel, twenty minutes from the venue. Everyone was so calm and chill until it was time to go! They beat me to the venue where we were graciously welcomed by the Grand View staff. Stephanie and her ladies were able to have a bite and some champagne while they waited anxiously for the ceremony.
Grand View in Mendon, MA is so, so beautiful! And the timing of their ceremony was during that golden hour so it was spectacular!
As Stephanie made her way down the stairs with her Dad on her arm, Cam couldn't help but wipe away his tears. Their officiant, who was also the MOH's husband, was given less than 24 hour notice to put together a speech for the bride and groom. The couple received a sudden cancelation, but boy did he step up! He had everyone in stitches, including Stephanie and Cam (and me!) I think he may have found a new side gig!
After the ceremony, we took the wedding party and family over for photos while the other guests enjoyed cocktail hour. Everything was so close, the staff was able to bring over beverages and apps while we took photos. I'm seriously obsessing over this venue!
Stephanie and Cam were welcomed into the reception with a standing ovation, guests twirling their napkins in the air! They made their way onto the dance floor to the theme of Star Wars. I'm not sure if it could even be heard over the roaring crowd!
After their first dance, the best man and maid of honor gave their speeches. Cam chose his Dad to be his best man, so his Dad had to decide whether to give his speech as a "Dad" or "best friend". He decided to do it as his Dad and boy, it's still bringing tears to my eyes! Cam joined the army right out of high school and climbed the ranks so quickly, he was almost immediately deported. It was a really hard time for his Dad, he barely slept as he waited for his safe return. Watching his Mom's expression as he spoke told me that she was all too aware of this feeling. It was all just very touching and so incredibly special to have his Dad up there giving his best man speech.
Then Katie stepped up to bat and like her husband, she delivered! You'll notice in my photos that Stephanie is wearing a U shaped ring with blue lights while on the dance floor. Her Mom was worried that she'd get too hot while dancing, so she gifted her with her own personal AC unit that she could wear on the dance floor! So this is a thing. Stephanie runs hotttt and all her friends know it. So here we are with Katie's speech. She describes a night out with Stephanie, at the club, they're dancing and having some drinks... when they all go to the restroom to freshen their make up, take some selfies, and whatnot. All of her friends are by the mirror and over under the air dryer is Stephanie, cooling off her face and body! I'm not doing this story justice, but the way Katie told and acted it out was hilarious! And let me just say, this girl took her role seriously! She had Stephanie's back in every way! Helped me with photos of her dress, getting her ready, got her husband to marry them, and then came the dance floor. If you didn't know Katie, now you know Katie! She is like a party starter! Everyone was clearly ready to party but she kept it rolling! I applaud you, Katie and hope you can make it to all of my future dance floors! ;)
Ok, I've said a lot. This was a really special wedding that had build up like you wouldn't believe! I hope you partied all weekend, Cam and Steph! I hope you're still celebrating! I feel so lucky that I got to capture which I'm sure is one of the best days of your lives!
Venue: Grand View in Mendon, MA
Dress: Your Dream Bridal
Hair: Beauty Boston Artistry
Make up: Beauty Boston Artistry
DJ: Craig Fowler from All That Events
Harpist: Mary King
Cake: Gerardo Italian Bakery
Second Photographer: Nicole LeBlanc
I learned during the ceremony that Karla has had her eye on Evan since elementary school! I don't know what took him so long but he eventually came to his senses. They are simply adorable and compliment each other so well!
The forecast suggested thunderstorms all day. And yes, they appeared but when we needed them to go away, away they went! The luck is certainly on their side!
Karla looked amazing! I looooooved her dress! Her best friend did her make up. Karla said, "I don't even need to look in the mirror."
Karla and Evan wrote notes to each other, which they read before their ceremony. Karla blatantly admitted that his was better, as she wiped away her tears. If it's true that he made her wait all that time, then she deserves it!
It was Evan's turn to wipe away the tears when he saw Karla walk down the aisle with her Dad. He's so cute. It was clear to everyone how smitten he is with Karla. The way he looks at her, holds her, dances with her. They truly have something special!
This wedding did not stop after I dragged my body home and into bed. Nope! They kept the night going hours after! So hopefully these photos will draw back some memories of this epic day!
Thank you for having me capture all the emotions! I have lots more to come and I cannot wait to share them with you! Cheers to a beautiful future together! Thunderstorms and all!
Make up: @vanessa_pasq
Dress: Lastrina Girls
Rings: Stevens Jewelers Lashbrook Designs
Lauren B Jewelry
Suit: Mens Wearhouse
Florist: Mark Henry Florist
DJ: Jesse Paulo "New Image"
Cake: The Latest Kraez
Caterer: Twin Hills Country Club
Venue: Twin Hills Country Club
Limo: Bill's Limousine
Second Photographer: Nicole LeBlanc
Here we go! Welcome back, weddings!
Can I just start this off by saying how much I missed this?! The thrill of capturing a wedding day never disappoints. All the preparation, the nerves in getting there, the excitement of the big moment, the spectrum of emotions - to be witness to it all is just the coolest thing and I'm so grateful!
Amanda and Keith clearly put a lot of time and effort into making their day as spectacular as they could and it showed! The venue, the flowers, the food - I could tell that they were creating a day to remember! I was noticing their choice in vendors through out the day and how excellent they were! I mean, I was literally taking notes for my brother and his fiance!
After getting ready in the bridal suite, Amanda chose to do a first look with her Dad and Stepdad. She looked stunning! Both were clearly so proud of their little girl! Speechless!
Cool as a cucumber, Keith broke into tears when he saw Amanda step into the aisle. With all eyes on her, she was locked into Keith who was trying his best to hold back his tears. It was as though it was just the two of them in that room for those split seconds.
They joined hands, said their vows, exchanged rings, and sealed it with a kiss! Quick and sweet and off to party!
After family portraits, we took the wedding party outside in the heat for a quick portrait session. After being isolated from family and friends all year, everyone was so excited to be together!
DJ Nicki Nell introduced the parents, the wedding party, and the new Mr. and Mrs. Harris! The reception had begun and the dance floor was rockin! A family tradition, everyone was given sunglasses and formed a conga line to three specific songs. Someone will have to remind me of the songs - I know one was Sunglasses at Night. Darn, what were the other two? Comment below! I just loved that tradition. It definitely got everyone on the dance floor! So fun!
My personal favorite of the night was when the DJ handed Amanda a fog blaster! Her reaction was priceless! I'm still laughing!
Sending you big hugs, Mr. and Mrs. Harris! You did it! Hold onto those sunglasses because your future is BRIGHT! ;)
Venue: Boylston Rooms
Dress: Pearl Bridal in Holyoke, MA
Suits: Men's Wearhouse
Hair/Makeup: Vivid Salon & Spa Westfield, MA
Catering: Myer's Catering
Florist: Feather and Bloom in Suffield, CT
DJ: Visual Sound Productions - Nicki Nell
Rings: Hannoush Jewelers
Cupcakes/Cake: Frosted Swirl Cupcakes, Westfield, MA
Second Photographer: Nicole LeBlanc
I decided to kick off the season with a mini session at Ferjulian's Tulip Field in Hudson, MA. The original day was postponed due to weather but it was worth the wait! Blue skies, sun, and a fresh breeze!
When I saw on Facebook that Ferjulian's was willing to host photographers and their clients, I had to jump on it! Ferjulian's Farm is a photographer's goldmine and it holds a special place in my heart. I got to work at the stand through out my high school years. To this day, it was one of my favorite jobs! Certainly a lot of work, but so rewarding! I loved being outside with the flowers and the fresh smelling produce.
Thank you so much to all of the families that came out! Some familiar faces, some new! You guys rocked!
And of course, thank you to the Ferjulian Family for allowing us to use your beautiful grounds for this session. My clients and I were so grateful and are crossing our fingers that you allow it again!
Like so many towns and cities around the country, Hudson had a peaceful demonstration tonight to acknowledge the injustice of George Floyd's death and so many before him. A Mom in town organized the event saying she needed to do something! (Thank you so much, Julie!) It was so wonderful to see the heartfelt signs and chants of the people of Hudson, gathering for such a powerful purpose!
A change is going to come - OH HELL YES IT WILL!
This was so fun! I loved reading your stories and learning a little bit about you during this lonely time of quarantine. I hope these images brought a smile to your kids' faces! I know here at my home, my kids have good days and bad. It must be so incredibly confusing for them!
Together, we were able to support many locally owned small businesses, including the Hudson Food Pantry! I can't wait to use those gift cards you sent! Haberdash, Rail Trail, Kith & Kin, Cafe 641 - you'll see me running when this is all over! Truly, very generous people out there!
Thank you to Tara Mapes for creating these incredible backgrounds and for bending the rules to allow me to use parents' photos! I know a bunch of you had a lot of fun getting out there for your photo shoots! The costumes, props, and poses were phenomenal!
I'm so excited to add this to my list of services! They'll make such great gifts for birthdays and other special events!
This all came about because a client of mine asked if I'd do something special for their daughter's fifth birthday. It was such a hit, I decided to do it for my kids! Their eyes lit up like I hadn't seen in a long time. I knew I had to share that!
If you have an idea that's been itching you, share it with me! We're all trying to navigate this quarantined lifestyle together. It's fun being able to connect with new ideas and I certainly love to make people feel special!
Take care, everyone!
Mother's Day Special - Quarantine Style!
As we continue our quarantine, finding creative ways to offer services from our home, I offer you this Mother's Day Special! I want you to dig out your favorite portrait with your Mom, take a photo of it with your phone or camera and email it to me! I'll create this water color digital painting for you to print as a gift for your Mom! It would look great inside of a cool, vintage frame or on a homemade card!
Yah, that's me in the lower right with my Mom and sister from the 1980's!
Like my previous offer, this is a complimentary gift from me to you! I ask that you support me by supporting other locally owned small businesses by purchasing a gift card. And please like my facebook page, follow me on IG @tarasullivanphotography, and leave a review!
I would recommend getting your orders in by Sunday, if you want a printed gift for Mother's Day. I highly recommend Artifact Uprising for this project. They use a nice, soft paper that would compliment this water color image well. I will keep this offer active until Mother's Day, May 10th.
Please EMAIL me so I can be sure to keep track of your submissions! Thank you so much and take care!
***your images may be used in Tara's social media and/or website***
***THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUBMISSIONS! BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR MORE OFFERS - COMING SOON!!!***
Hey there, friends and family!
I'm offering a "quarantine special"! I really wanted to do something extraordinary for the kids during this pandemic. Something they can be excited about and maybe even feel empowered!
So what am I offering? I'm asking YOU to be MY photographer! I want you to send me photos of your kids! I'll use one of your photos to create an image for your child that is going to make them say WOW! You know as much as I do that kids have the greatest imaginations, so just picture their reaction when they see their fantasies come to life! Petting a unicorn, slaying a dragon, riding a dinosaur, or reading a book to a grizzly bear!
I'll be working with graphic artist, Tara Mapes. She creates the most fantastic backgrounds! Normally, graphic artists don't allow photographers to use their backgrounds with photos they didn't capture, but Mapes is making an exception during this crisis! As a non-essential worker, I can't offer photo sessions, but I can ask you to take the photos for me! Send me your photos and I'll create an image for your child that they'll treasure forever!
Before you run out and start taking pictures, message me with your thoughts and ideas.. your child's interests, their age, costumes you may have (avoid any branding!) I can also make suggestions with lighting and positioning. We'll come up with the coolest image ever!
How much, you ask? At this time, it's FREE! You'll receive a high res image with rights to print as you please. If you'd like to support me, I'll happily accept a gift card from a small locally owned business. #supportsmallbusiness
Please take care and stay home! We'll get through this together!
***One child per image***
***Photos may be used in TSP's social media sites and/or website***
Somebody call 911! Shawty fire burning on the dance floor - whoa!
And that shawty was Lisa on her wedding night!
Lisa was my ten year old daughter's dance teacher and you guessed it - they performed last Spring to Fire Burning on the Dance Floor by Sean Kingston dressed in their fire-lady attire. Without any hesitation, Lisa did it in her wedding gown at her reception and I have to say - it was wayyy cuter!!! ;)
I knew the dance floor would be hotttt when Lisa and Harry asked me to photograph their wedding and boy do I love a dance party!
When they asked me to be their wedding photographer, I invited Lisa and Harry to our local brewery to get to know them a bit and talk wedding preparations. Harry appeared to be the complete opposite of Lisa. A man of few words, not quite the dancer Lisa is, but he is clearly so very much in love with her! Watching him read their letters to each other before their ceremony and then his reaction when she entered the church - wow. My eyes welled up too!
Lisa's day started at Sereni Salon in Hudson, MA. Hair and make up with her lady crew! Lisa gave her girls ring pops for bling! Then we headed to her childhood home where they got dressed and ready to go to the ceremony where they were to meet up with the guys, family, and guests.
Lisa and Harry shared a private "no peek" moment at the church where they exchanged letters. Such a special moment before two people make such a big commitment to each other! They wiped away their tears, gave a sweet little hand squeeze, and a "see ya up there!"
When Lisa entered the doorway of the church with her Dad to walk her down the aisle, stoic Harry broke into tears. Pretty sure she took his breath away!
Their ceremony was given by Lisa's childhood priest - the very same who baptized her! He traveled from Buffalo, NY to be there! They treated him like a member of their family. He was in their family photos and traveled along to Boxborough to join us for the reception! Even gave the blessing before dinner!
After the ceremony, family stuck around for a few photos in front of the church, then we were off to Acton Arboretum with the wedding party! Fall graced us with it's beautiful palette for some gorgeous backdrops! If you haven't been to Acton Arboretum, now is the time to go! It gets better and better every year!
Off to Boxborough Regency Hotel for some yummy food, drinks, and dancing! A really cool space that makes you feel like you're outdoors. Lots of trees, sky lights, gazebos, water, and gotta love those twinkly lights! Unique Sounds Entertainment had everyone dancing - even Harry's grandmother who could get "lower" than him!
Cheers! to Lisa and Harry on a perfect wedding day! Thank you for having Laura and I there to capture it all! We wish you the happiest ever after!
Venue: Boxborough Regency Hotel
Dress: Gigi's Bridal
Suit: Jos. A. Bank
Hair and Make up: Sereni Salon
DJ: Unique Sounds Entertainment
Rings: Lisa is carrying on her grandmother's rings
Harry's is from Rustic & Main
Second Shooter: Laura Donia Photography
A perfect early Fall wedding! Well worth the wait! These two families now joined together as one, through Monica and Johnathan.
After getting ready in separate homes, they met at St. Michael's Parish in Hudson for their ceremony. Monica struggled to get Johnathan's ring on, but she did it! A perfect kiss and they were off in their sweet ride to Old Stone Church in West Boylston for some photos.
Old Stone Church is gorgeous with it's historical structure surrounded by water but is often swarmed with visitors. We lucked out! We even had time to catch a few shots on the swing!
We made it back in time to catch the tail end of cocktail hour at the Chocksett Inn in Sterling where they spent the rest of their night celebrating with good food, drinks, and music! This crowd was ready to party!
I hope you can re-live these moments through your photos. This was certainly a day you'll never forget!
Congratulations, Monica and Johnathan!
Monica's Dress: Alexandra's Boutique
Johnathan's Suit: Men's Wearhouse (Vera Wang)
Hair: Melissa Packard
Make up: Cynthia Knotch
Catering: Chocksett Inn & Old School House Pub
Venue: Chocksett Inn
Florist: Frugal Flower
DJ: Eduardo Alves
Capturing memories for me and for you!