Gretta and Chris were in Boston from Chicago and decided to have their engagement photos done while they were in town. It had rained fairly heavily the day before, but luckily things cleared up just in time for our session. We had a great time wandering around the Public Garden before heading over to Beacon Hill and then down to the Charles River.
I met Chessie & Andy while we were all in grad school at Simmons College in Boston. We were all studying Library Science and wanted to be archivists. I ended up leaving the program after a year, realizing it wasn’t for me (and going on to get my MFA!), but the both of them were 100% doing what they loved.
I remember sitting with Chessie in the student lounge and her telling me about the cute guy that she had seen and being really excited. If you’ve been to library school, you know it is predominantly women and there’s a serious cute guy shortage. They ended up talking and getting to know each other, and hitting it off!
So obviously I was so excited when they asked me to be their wedding photographer! Chessie & Andy had their wedding at the Loring-Greenough House in Jamaica Plain, MA. It was a perfect blend of their love of books, vintage, and cute details. I could tell how much detail and planning went into making it 100% representative of their relationship and the things they love. Instead of cake for all of their guests, they had a cupcake truck from the Cupcakory (and the peanut butter one was to die for). Chessie ordered handmade paper flowers from Etsy as well as vintage wedding eye glasses from there as well. Guests could find their place settings in repurposed card catalogues, and each table had handmade cut book sculptures on them. The whole wedding was perfect for them in every way, and I had so much fun!
Special shoutout to my second photographer, Ashley from She of the Woods.
This June I had the pleasure of photographing Justin & Christina’s intimate vineyard wedding at the Thirsty Owl Wine Company in the Finger Lakes area of upstate New York. I headed first to Ithaca College to photograph them and their families on the campus; it was where they both met. :)
They held a small gathering of family and friends at the winery where they had their ceremony and we shared dinner and wine. I had known Justin for quite sometime online but we had not yet met in person, so it was nice to be welcomed so warmly.
The venue is located directly on Cayuga Lake in Ovid, NY which made for beautiful golden hour and sunset photos. After dinner, we took a moment to wander through the grapes to take some portraits and so they could take some time to be together one-on-one. :)
Last Labor Day weekend, I had the great pleasure of second shooting Becky & Kyle's wedding for Cambria Grace. It was at the beautiful and historic Codman Estate in Lincoln, MA. I've photographed many weddings at different estates around New England, but I think the Codman might be my favorite. It was full of surprises, like the breathtaking hidden garden full of Victorian statues and a lilypad-filled pond where the couple had their ceremony. To make the day even better, the flowers were designed by Boston Pollen and the event styling and coordination by Laura Wells. Everything was flawless. With the threat of rain all day, the overcast skies made for a soft glow all afternoon.
This set of photographs is particularly special to me because Mary and Shawn are good friends of mine and I was lucky enough to be invited to be a part of their day.
A little over a year and a half ago, I was spending the day at the Topsfield Fair with Mary and two of our friends, Moriah and Shannon. We split a fried onion blossom and pet farm animals while Mary told us about the first date she had scheduled for later that night. Little did we know, she would be meeting her future husband - Shawn! They bonded over beer (Shawn works at the Harpoon brewery in Boston) and after whirlwind romance, they were engaged. Embracing the untraditional, Mary and Shawn decided that they wanted to elope in Iceland with a private ceremony for just the two of them to share. To celebrate here in Boston with their friends and family, they decided to throw an offbeat send-off party a few days before flying out. Renting out Camp Denison for the weekend in Georgetown, MA, Mary and Shawn had a beautiful and truly rustic handmade party. Gathering in one of the cabins the day before, I helped them arrange flowers and make DIY decorations and favors. It was a beautiful weekend and I'm so happy for the both of them!
Nick and Kristen had both their ceremony and reception at the Winslow Estate on Cape Cod, MA. I spent the day shooting for Kellie Ryan and had so much fun. Nick and Kristen are one of the most fun-loving and happy couples that I've had the pleasure of working with. Between the bridesmaid's writing a rap song for Kristen (and performing it while everyone was getting ready), and the groomsmen doing dramatic readings from the books inside the estate, it was pretty much non-stop laughing and smiling the whole day.
Pat and Meg had a beautiful sunny wedding in western Massachusetts. I had the pleasure of shooting their celebration with Cambria Grace, one of my favorite local photographers. I started the day off by photographing Pat getting ready at his parents' house in Westfield, MA. before heading to St. Mary's Parish for the ceremony. The couple had their reception at Ranch Golf Club in a beautiful barn-like building that opened up to a barbecue outside in the yard. A beautiful day! And can we talk about that Claire Pettibone dress?
It's still snowing here in Boston, can you believe that? There seems to be no better temporary cure for the snowed-in blues than to look at all the weddings from warmer and sunnier seasons. I had the pleasure of shooting Ronnie & Vanessa's wedding with Paul Blackmore in downtown Boston right on the waterfront. Ronnie and his groomsmen got ready in the Boston Harbor Hotel before heading out with me to the Rose F. Kennedy Greenway for photos. After the wedding, the couple and all of their guests headed out for a harbor cruise on the Odyssey.
The snow is still coming down here in Boston and I've been thinking about warmer days. Beth & Jill got married last summer with a small and intimate DIY ceremony at Stage Fort Park in Gloucester, MA. The day started out warm and grey but luckily, the sun came out just in time and they ended up having a beautiful day. With help from their friends, everything was lovingly made by hand, which made for a unique and personal ceremony. I had a great time getting to know and sharing their day with them!
My first stop was Allie and Sam's apartment in Brookline to capture the groomsmen getting ready, while Allie got ready at the Estate. Both were laid back and fun-loving, and I had a great time helping to capture their day.