Saturday, July 30, 2011

Britt and James {Sturbridge, MA Wedding}

Britt and James were married on an evening in late June at the historic Publick House in Sturbridge, MA. The inn is so charming, with it's dark beams, winding hallways, charming nooks around every turn, and of course, the beautiful grounds. Despite the dreary forecast, the rain held off so that we could venture outside for portraits before we were out of light. Britt was absolutely stunning in her antique lace dress that fit her long, lithe body like a glove. My favorite moment was the look on James' face when he saw his bride come through the grand barn doors. He was definitely not at home "romancing on camera," but it was a testament to his love for her that he stuck it out, especially when I had them snuggling on command in front of an audience of his guy friends! (Thanks for being such a great sport, James). Britt and James are both high school teachers, and they chose purple and black as their wedding colors because those are also the school colors--paying homage to the scene of their meeting! They were surrounded by a circle of family, friends, colleagues, and even teammates (Britt is a basket ball player and coach), and it was so obvious from the joy and love in that room (and on that crowded dance floor!) that their marriage is off to an amazing, supportive start. Take a peek at some of the day's highlights...

Look at this gorgeous girl!

The flower girl "warming up" with twirls before the start of the ceremony...

The classy wedding party...

A sweet, emotional moment between Britt and her dad.

For more, take a peek at the slideshow...

Congratulations Britt and James, and thank you for the honor!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Caroline and Greg {Peabody Essex Museum Wedding}

Caroline and Greg were married on a perfect day in June on Boston's North Shore. I was lucky to have my favorite partner along side me, friend and fellow photographer Tara of Tara Lynn Sen Photography as well as talented videographer (and friend) Ken of Cupid Video Productions. We walked into the hotel on the morning of the wedding and bumped right into the handsome, tux-clad groom. He was beaming from ear to ear. While Tara did some portraits of him, he talked of the rehearsal the night before, saying "I would have married her right there." Sometimes you just get that "right" feeling about a couple, and a sense that their marriage is going to be built on something very strong--Caroline and Greg are no exception! Their devotion to one another was apparent all day long, during their tearful ceremony, throughout our portraits at Castle Rock Park in Marblehead, in the emotional toasts by family members, and while they danced together all night long, smiling endlessly. It was the first time I had shot a reception at the Peabody Essex Museum, and it was gorgeous, with art and historical artifacts at every turn, and dinner and dancing in the grand East India ballroom. It was a racuous party, the dance floor was filled the entire evening, and the newlyweds were right in the center of the crowd, so obviously in love and blissfully happy.

Portraits of the dashing groom captured by Tara...

Caroline, you are gorgeous!

Love the twining tendrils of hair (she totally has mermaid hair).

Sassy lasses.

Greg's "by the power of Greyskull" moment.

This is the staircase that leads up to the ballroom.

The following two shots were captured by the amazing Tara Lynn Sen.

This fun shot is by Tara as well.

Take a peek at the slideshow...

Thursday, July 07, 2011

Natalie and Jordan {Cape Cod Wedding}

Natalie and Jordan were married along the coast of the Cape on a blustery day in June. Natalie and Jordan hail from Chicago, but chose the rustic romance of Cape Cod, and a sprinkling of charming cedar-shingled cottages for their seaside wedding. I adored Natalie and Jordan at first sight. Natalie is a wedding photographer herself (as well as an actor) and Jordan is a musician; thus, we were a meeting of artists--a fact that made Natalie and Jordan all the more alluring, fun, and interesting to photograph. They couldn't be more smitten with each other, and that was apparent all day long. Natalie was breezy and calm when I arrived, and impressively did her own hair and makeup, her sister's hair and makeup, and her mother's makeup--as she and her also theatrically talented friends sang beautifully along with her ipod. I love this girl! Natalie's only anxious moment came when she was in her dress ready to roll--she just couldn't wait to see her groom. And once she did, in one of the sweetest first looks I've witnessed, she was back to her centered, calm self--yet blissfully happy. I remember her saying more than once, even as the rain fell on her filmly dress and "just curled" locks: "this is the happiest day of my life." They kept exhanging these adorable grins, the sweetest of which were during the ceremony that was officiated by Natalie's father (who took the role of host for the night). There were so many personal, artistic touches throughout the evening: friends performing live during the ceremony, a custom photobooth made by Jordan's father, not one but TWO pairs of hot pink heels, punch in ribboned mason jars, every detail was perfect. And even as the wind pummeled at the tent, it was the place to be: the band was rockin,' the lobster and clams delicous, the tent lit up vibrantly by colorful lanterns, and best of all, Natalie and Jordan on the dance floor, caught up in each other and the of those couples you just know are going to love each other fully and openly every day.

And now for their slideshow....