Thursday, July 16, 2009

The Rouillard Family

I had so much fun with this family! I was referred to Kerri by her sister Megan, a former colleage of mine from Lowell High, and whose sweet family I photographed in the fall. Kerri and I spent over a month scheduling and rescheduling the shoot due to the wet and unpredictable spring we had...But we finally got lucky and scored a glistening, perfect evening to meet for their portraits. Oh my goodness what a gorgeous family. Kerri stepped out of the car, and with her chestnut hair, striking green eyes, and navy polka dot dress, she was just the right amount of feminine beauty to compliment her family of boys! She and her husband Ryan are the proud parents of three beautiful, energetic boys, ages three and under (they had three in the time it took me to have two!). Little Nate, their newest addition, is only a month younger than Maeve. The boys were very busy, energetic, and so very precious. They warmed right up to me, and within minutes, were flashing their charming smiles and bringing me flowers. And as you can tell from the photos below, they easily succeeded in melting my heart!

Look at that lens flare--love it!

Aiden and Sean brought their much-loved, well-worn stuffed animals along for the shoot. Adorable!

Look at those tiny hands!

Maeve has this same blanket--in pink, of course.

I think I have this same shot of Kerri's sister Megan and her little boy!

Maeve's Baptism

We had little Maeve baptised over a month ago, and I am finally putting up some images (and a slideshow, check it out below). Poor little Maeve, her Mommy is so busy with work and moving, she gets her blog post a month later (luckily, she forgives me, and is, in fact, babbling and bouncing and squirming in my arms right now). It's amazing what this month has held for her; she had only just learned to sit without support at the baptism, and now just a month later, she is right on the verge of crawling. This morning she actually "crawled" a step or two forward. Her baptism was special because her godparents, Uncle Chris and Aunt Brooke, came all the way from New York to attend--and they brought her baby cousins, Samantha and Sheridan. We kept the baptism small and cozy, but in the Wertz family, that still means a party! All of her aunts and uncles on the Wertz side made an appearance, and we even got a girl cousins photo, with all nine granddaughters (plus Arianna, my neice Kim's daughter). It was such a lovely day for Maeve; she was the sweetest little angel in her white gown, and she was on her best behavior during the ceremony, looking up at the priest in wonder and curiosity as he poured the water. I love you to pieces, my sweet and curious little angel. You will always be my baby, and I will never forget how wonderful it feels to hold you, how you nestle into the crook of my neck when I pick you up...and the feel of your soft, downy head against my cheek.

Had to include the rosary beads Aunt Kristin made for her.

Gotta have some holy looking cupcakes (thanks mom)

The slideshow is set to the song "Daughter" by Sean Forrest, a close friend of my brothers, and founder of Movin' With the Spirit, the mission in Haiti that my brother Sam is living right now (he and Kristin are living in Haiti, and will be there for over a year). It is a touching song, and so appropriate for this show, as it shows the faces of the many lovely Wertz daughters (their Papa would be so proud to see it)...

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Caitlin and Eric: wedding

I still haven't put up some of my favorite images from Caitlin and Eric's beautiful wedding day in Durham, NH over a month ago. I blame it on the chaos of buying/selling/moving, which has usurped my entire spring/summer so far! Caitlin and Eric were married in the same church my brother and his wife Kristin were married two years ago, so it was sentimental for me to be back there. One of the most special aspects of the day was that Caitlin's mom MADE Caitlin's wedding dress--and the sweet white eyelet dresses of the flower girls (the bride and groom's adorable nieces). In fact, she was putting finishing touches on the dresses that morning when I arrived, so I got to see the artist in action! What a precious and meaningful gift for her daughter. Eric is so tall, and one thing I loved about them was the way he curled down to be as close as possible to his bride--they beamed at each other all day, and it is obvious that they are simply home in one another's arms.

Could they look any happier?

Caitlin's adorable niece had this look of wonder in her eyes all day.

The priest hit the dance floor and didn't leave for the whole evening. Love it!

The very touching parent dances had me weeping behind my camera.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Courtney and Eric

I have been waiting for Courtney and Eric's nuptials for two years, so I was more than thrilled to bop down to Falmouth (one of my favorite places to shoot a wedding) for their big day--and it was just perfect. Courtney is one of the sweetest brides with whom I have worked; we became fast friends right away, and have been emailing ever since she booked me nearly two years ago. Needless to say, the wedding meant a lot to me. I will be back to fully report on the event (and of course, share some of my favorite images), but for now, I am so excited to put up their slideshow to give you a lil' taste of the day's sweet moments!

p.s. Thanks to my dear friend Trish for suggesting the perfect song to compliment their story!

Thursday, July 02, 2009

Leah and Lance: wedding

Appending to my last post, here are some of my favorite shots from Leah and Lance's wedding in Falmouth. Their energy and passion for life (and each other) is invigorating. They are both in the Coast Guard, and they left the church through a sword arch, and even had a Coast Guard boat drive-by. They all lined up along the deck and saluted the newlyweds--a really sweet moment. The day went beautifully, despite (or perhaps because of) Leah's assigning the term "groomzilla" to Lance. He was the planner extraordaire, complete with strict orders, lists, schedules, and all around military precision. I love a groom who is into the planning! And it all paid off; everything went without a hitch, and it was one of the only sunny days we've had in the last month--how lucky. My friend Tara, a.k.a. my lovely "Vanna" assisted me and captured some amazing shots; it's fabulous to have her perspective. L & L, I wish you a lifetime of the same fun, adventure, and passion that just exudes from you now!

I love the side-swept hair...and flowers, my favorite!

The shot on the right is by Tara--stunning.

The First Congregational Church in charming Falmouth center.

Their names written in sand--love it!