One of my favorite seasons is upon us – oyster season! A couple of weekends ago we were hosting Peter’s cousin who mentioned she likes oysters, which meant we just had to go and get some. We went to Island Creek Oyster Bar in Kenmore. Sitting at the bar, looking at all the oyster farm paraphernalia, reminded me of this shoot we did a few years back.
We met up with Melissa & Peter at Island Creek Oyster Farm in Duxbury. We were taken on a tour of the farm – starting out on ICO’s Oysterplex; then a tour of the area on a skiff with a stop by one of the beaches; and finally on the salt flats, where we dug up our very own oysters and shucked them right there…in our waders…with salt water and sand covering our hands. Such a fantastic experience! I would love to do more shoots like this one. Who’s up for putting waders on?!
When I spoke with Kristie & Maclaine for the first time, they told me they envisioned an intimate wedding with a classic old New York feel. They wanted to have a meaningful ceremony officiated by very good friends, enjoy a great meal with their guests, and after dinner spend time chatting with everyone while jazz musicians played. Dancing could happen, but conversing with cocktails in hand would also be encouraged. At least that’s how I remember it. And if my memory serves correctly, then they pulled it off quite well!
We carved out some time to make our way to Central Park – specifically A Tree House for Dreaming, which was in full bloom. We even popped back out to the street at dusk to get a little more of that city feel. These two really did it right. They focused on what was important to them, and let the day truly sink in moment by moment.
Event Planner: Assetou Gaudissard of New York Paris Connection | Location: Pratt House | Dress: Elizabeth Fillmore | Groom’s Suit: Hall Madden | Hair & Make-up: Liza from Miss Harlequin | Invitations & Paper Goods: Eli Scheer | Florals: Starbright Floral Design | Caterer: Feast & Fetes | Ceremony Harpist: Juilliard Performers | Reception Music: Jazz Quartet
We’ve been fortunate to meet many new couples through our past couples. Kristie & Maclaine heard about us from Casey & Eli. We knew if Kristie and Maclaine were friends with Casey & Eli (who also happen to be very good friends of ours) we were going to get along well. Since they live on the West Coast, our first chance to meet them was the evening before their wedding in NYC. There was a chance of showers, so we found a spot that could work well in all weather – Bethesda Terrace in Central Park. I do love Boston and the landscape of the New England coast, but I must admit that spending an evening roaming around Central Park – listening to buskers and taking in the city, made me want to move there. Or – more people can have us photograph their weddings (engagements, families, etc.) in NYC and we’ll just visit more often. (Get in touch!)
I often get asked if the complimentary pre-wedding shoot can be taken out of a wedding package. Meeting our couples before their wedding day is really important to us. The photographs we’re able to capture, with all the emotion of the day, comes from our couples feeling comfortable with the cameras and knowing us a bit (even if just for a couple of hours the day before the wedding).
Check back on Wednesday for Kristie & Maclaine’s wedding photographs at the Pratt House in NYC.
Emma & Harrison’s wedding was exactly the kind of wedding we love to be a part of and capture. To begin, it happened at a place that’s important to them – in this case, Emma’s late Grandmother’s home on Nauset Beach. It also happens to be the same place where they met three years earlier (to the month), and where Emma’s mom and dad were married (the best!). They asked Harrison’s uncle to officiate. Standing under a chuppah made by Harrison and friends, they spoke vows they had written themselves, and used rock, paper, scissors to decide who would go first in saying them.
Beyond the ceremony, which was beautiful, we appreciated how comfortable Emma & Harrison were with being themselves in front of us. They allowed themselves to be vulnerable, which gave us so many emotional moments to capture. Their photos show pure joy. I’ll let them do the talking.
Event Planner: The lovely Stephanie Diaz of Cape Cod Celebrations | Location: Private Home on Nauset Beach | Dress: Ines Di Santo from L’Elite | Groom’s Suit: A. Ermenegildo Zegna | Hair & Make-up: NY hair & Co. | Invitations & Paper Goods: Smock Paper via Rugg Rd. Paper | Florals: Fancy Flowers by Meredith | Caterer: Season to Taste | Baker: Cottage Street Bakery | Bridesmaids Dresses: Amsale via L’Elite | Band: The Marsels
This was a wedding jam-packed with so many great moments. Personally I loved it because we had two of our previous couples there – Ariel & Drew and Lesley & Courtney. Danielle was a bridesmaid in Lesley’s wedding and she repaid the favor. The entire wedding day took place at Friendly Crossways. We love having everything happen in one location from getting ready to dancing. It makes for a calm day that flows really well. Danielle & Jeff had a friend officiate which is a great way to create a ceremony filled with connection. And their first dance was choreographed by Jeff’s sister. It was fantastic! To top it all off – the food was delicious – dinner and the pies all prepared by the owners of Friendly Crossways.
Event Planner: Mary Turner of Friendly Crossways | Location: Friendly Crossways | Dress: BHLDN | Groom’s Suit: Suit Supply | Hair & Make-up: Charlotte Phinney | Invitations & Paper Goods: Minted | Florals: Barbara Rietscha of Field and Vase | Caterer: Friendly Crossways | Baker: Mary Turner of Friendly Crossways | Bridesmaids Dresses: BHLDN | DJ: DJ Zeke
Hello all! Believe it or not, I’m still around. This space has been pretty silent this year, which I plan to change in the coming weeks. This summer in particular was a hectic and emotionally overwhelming one for me. I’ve been distracted personally, which has led to me neglecting a few things – this blog being one of them. I’ve still been shooting though! In fact, we’re off to the Cape tomorrow to photograph Ashley & Keith’s wedding. Before we head off, I wanted to share a few from the pre-wedding shoot we did with them back in May. Trees were just beginning to bloom and the temperature was much like it was today – cool and beautiful.
Location: Arnold Arboretum
Mariam & Thomas’ wedding had so many of my favorite things – a beautiful setting; family involvement – Mariam’s brother officiated and both of Thomas’ brothers gave toasts that were heartfelt and hilarious; and a past couple of ours as guests. We met Mariam & Thomas through Abby & Paul. Mariam was Abby’s bridesmaid, and Abby reciprocated by being a co-maid of honor for Mariam.
This wedding was quite the tearjerker for me – especially when it came to Mariam & her dad. Before going out to see Thomas for the first time, Mariam walked down the staircase to her dad waiting at the bottom. He held a photograph from the day Mariam was born. Woo-boy. Tears – the great kind.
It’s the little details that make a wedding day specific to the couple. Mariam put a pin of her grandfather’s, who is no longer around, in her hair. I also loved the idea that Thomas had for Mariam. He wrote her four letters that were given to her as the day went along – leading up to their first look. I’m sure they will keep those to look back on years from now.
Thank you Abby & Paul – and thank you Mariam & Thomas for having us their to celebrate with you.
Event Planner: Elizabeth Edwards of Tarrytown House Estate | Location: Tarrytown House Estate | Dress: Naaem Khan | Groom’s Tux: Generation Tux | Hair & Make-up: Just B Beautiful | Invitations & Paper Goods: Rachel Marvin | Florals: Julia Rosa | Baker: Sweet Lisa’s | Bridesmaids Dresses: Hayley Paige Azalea | Groomsmen: Generation Tux | Band: ETA Music
When I talk with a couple for the first time, I explain that our style is somewhat low-key. We’re there to document the day as it happens. We don’t want to impose ourselves on the day, but rather be there to observe. That being said, I also explain that a well thought out timeline with buffer room, allows the day to flow naturally and gives the space for surprises to happen.
That extra space also gives us time to take some portraits. Candid photographs tell the story of the day, but I think portraits are important too. They tell the story of who you were on that day. They also give us a bit of time to slow down from all the bustle of getting ready. I often ask everyone to leave the room – to quiet the space and allow for the realization of what the day is really about to sink in. Sometimes there’s a nervous laugh, other times there are tears. And sometimes there’s a calm that takes over the space we’re in. All of it I love, because all of it is real.
I have weddings to show you starting next week. For now though, here are three portraits from this wedding season.
I’m currently booking 2018 and 2019 weddings. Get in touch! I’d love to chat and learn about the two of you.
I shared this image on my Instagram account earlier today, but I thought it deserved to be larger. I used to write personal posts a lot on my old blog. My life evolved and I found myself not wanting to share much of what was happening to me personally. Last year my dad died and I just felt heavy. Not wanting to bring anybody down, especially those of you looking for a photographer for a joyous occasion, I shied away from mentioning it much.
I’ve been thinking lately how everybody has something, or will have something happen to them during the course of their lives. These things may wreck you for a while, then you evolve. You evolve into a different version of yourself. I’ve done it once before when my mom died and I came out stronger and more aware of the life I wanted for myself. My dad dying ten years later reminded me of that all over again. It’s only been a little over a year, so I’m not certain where this evolution will take me yet.
From my Instagram post:
When Peter and I were first starting to spend time together, much of that time was spent riding around in cars – sometimes into the wee hours of the morning. This drove my mom crazy, I’m sure, but there were songs to listen to, and so many conversations to be had – everything was new. Life seemed wondrous and completely open to so many possibilities. Perhaps it’s because lately I’ve been feeling the opposite that I’ve been thinking back to that time in my life a lot more. So many things seem to be disappearing and time feels like it’s closing in. I need wondrous back in my life.
One of those summer nights we were driving around, we took a turn onto Shades of Death Road. For you non-New Jerseysians, yes – that is an actual road name. It’s in a rural part of the state and winds through farmland. Peter was driving and I was gazing out the passenger window when I saw something amazing – a field of fireflies. The night was warm and muggy – apparently the perfect weather for lightning bugs. They were all over – in the trees, in the tall grass, midway between both. There were thousands of them. It was one of the most magical sights I had ever seen. We were so excited at what we found, we took my brother, and my mom, and friends to see it too.
There were a couple times over the recent years we went back, but the fireflies weren’t as many. A few weeks ago we were home on a particularly muggy night, with a full moon too, and we decided to go and see what we could see. As we drove down the road there were a few here and there…and then we arrived at our spot – fireflies everywhere! I long to be in that moment – in that space of wonder once more.
Waaaay back last November I met Julia & Francis at Ula Café in Jamaica Plain to meet them for the first time. They were in the area for Thanksgiving and getting a few wedding things accomplished while they were here. We only had that morning to meet until their wedding (which is tomorrow!), so even though it was bitterly cold out, we went for it. Turns out a brutally cold day leads to cuddling and laughter – the best combination for photos.
Lesley & Courtney were married on the South Shore in Hull, at Courtney’s family home along the water. The day was beautiful, as you’ll see, and filled with close friends and family, and so many tears of joy. Their wedding was almost two years ago. How have I not blogged their wedding?! I needed to show you all this lovely day because three (3!) of the weddings I’ll be showing you in the next few weeks are because of these two wonderful people. I can’t thank them enough for being so supportive of our photography. They are amazing champions of what we do. Thank you, Lesley & Courtney!
Here’s a look back at their pre-wedding session too.
Event Planner: Bride and Friend of the Bride (Hi, Emily!) | Location: Private Home | Dress: Allure Couture | Groom’s Suit: Jos A Bank | Hair & Make-up: Make Me Up Bridal | Invitations & Paper Goods: Minted | Flowers from: Stow Greenhouses – Arrangements by: Bride and Family | Caterer: Stoked Pizza Co | Bridesmaids Dresses: BHLDN | DJ: Dave Becker DJ Plus | Sailcloth Tent: A Tent 4 Rent