Sunday, June 27, 2010

Rachel and Evan: Wedding

As I walked into Rachel's suite that Sunday morning of her and Evan's much-awaited wedding day, I was immediately enveloped in the warmth and wonderful energy that mark the women in her life. And I felt so at home there--I swear, I was in my own revelry of memory listening to the songs playing from Rachel's ipod--it could have been my ipod! And that feeling was with me throughout the day, as I cried like a dork behind my lens. I had the help of amazing husband and wife photography duo Tony and Anna Yu, who ROCKED IT OUT along side me (see their amazing work sprinked all over this post and slideshow). I think I can safely say, we left no moment un-captured.

Rachel and Evan met in college at Tufts University, and they decided the beautiful Tufts campus would be a meaningful location for their photos. They chose to have their first look under a brick arch called Bowen Gate. The lore is, if you kiss someone under Bowen Gate, you will end up marrying him/her. Rachel and Evan kissed there in college, and so it was the perfect place for Evan to first behold his bride, in all of her gorgeousness on their wedding day. And oh my was she stunning! Rachel has such poise and presence, and the loveliest features: flawless skin, rosebud lips, high cheekbones--she looks like she stepped out of a 1940s black and white film...The reception was at the coolest location, Springstep Studios in Medford, and the modern architecture and bold colors made for lots of fun for me and Team Yu.

Every touch throughout the day was personal and hand-made, and artfully and carefully chosen. Rachel and Evan are very sentimental, and very in love, and every aspect of the day was thought-out and meaningful: the rituals, the traditions they incorporated to honor their Jewish heritage, the importance of their families, the significance of their public declarations to one another. As I told Rachel, the wedding "had me at hello:" I laughed, cried, and sang along all day. Here's to a couple whose partnership is a reminder that true, enduring love exists. Enjoy the (many) photos below...

Tony captured this shot of their emotional first look...

The lore of Bowen Gate ringing true!

Rachel in all of her glam. You are a model, girl!

Rachel and Evan incorporated many traditions from their Jewish heritage into the day. Lovely Anna captured the shot on the right.

And her hot hubby caught this one looking down through the window of the Atrium one floor above.

On the right, another dazzling perspective from Team Yu!

Rachel's grandparents holding photos from their own wedding days...

Some advice from Rachel's grandmother for her new grandson-in-law. She had spunk. I loved her vibrant rainbow pants suit!

I love the shallow depth of field in this shot by Tony.

One of the most tender moments of the night was when Rachel sang to her new husband. It was a capella, and she stared into his eyes the whole time. So touching.

And of course, the slideshow (be sure to turn up your volume to hear the song!):

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Debbie and Dan: wedding

Debbie and Dan were married at the Waterview in Monroe, CT on Memorial Day weekend, just after the setting sun peeked through the clouds for the first time all day. Debbie is the sister of one of my close college friends, and I was struck by how alike they look. Though I had only met Debbie once before, all day, I felt like I was looking at an old friend though my viewfinder. Like her big sis Marji, Debbie is smart, funny, sincere, and exceptionally lovely and sexy. I was joined by sweet and talented photographer, Liza Erario, who added her warm personality and eye for striking moments. It was a pleasure spending the day with Debbie and Dan and their wonderful families, and I'm happy to present some of my favorite shots from the day...

I couldn't help but grab a few pre-dress portraits against the red sofa.

I couldn't decide which shoe shot I prefered, so here's another.

Debbie and Dan's sweet first look...

A beaming Debbie captured by my awesome second shooter, Liza.

The Clark Eno Band was fabulous, as was gorgeous Marji delivering her clever, charming toast.

And lastly, the slideshow...Be sure to turn your volume up!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Amanda and Scott: Engagement

I met up with Amanda and Scott in the Seaport district on a hot May evening, and we had so much fun exploring the area. Amanda and Scott were excellent sports as I convinced them to lean against peeling walls next to trash heaps, and sit on fish-smelling piles of ropes....But with Amanda's fabulous bright yellow heels and button nose, and Scott's cute smile (as I told him, he had the adorable-ness of Eliot from ET going on) they were so much fun to photograph. I can't wait for their 10-10-10 wedding!

Amanda brought me a bouquet of calla lilies, which was such a kind gesture--and they bloomed for a full month!

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Jenny and Kevin: engagement

I absolutely adore this couple. So far, I have photographed Jenny as a bridesmaid twice: her friend Megan's wedding, her sister Lisa's wedding, and this summer I will be shooting her friend Katie's wedding. But in October, it will be Jenny's turn to donn the white gown--and I can't wait! Jenny and Kevin are wonderful; they are down-to-earth, nature-loving, athletic--modeling may not be their favorite way to spend an evening, but they were awesome. We were all over the place. We started at their home with a couple "family portraits" with their adorable doggies, then went to the Lynn Woods Reservation, then to the beach in Marblehead, and since Kevin, a fireman, had to work that evening, we finished our shoot with a couple shots at the firehouse, which I LOVED...

I spotted their names in cement in front of the garage...

Kevin's gear--his shift was just about to begin.

We had some onlookers while at the firehouse...