Stonehurst Estate Wedding, Meredith & Chris: With Sweet Love and Devotion

Meredith and Chris met playing indoor soccer together, although they never really noticed one another until Meredith’s weekly ride fell through. In classic rom-com tradition, even though it was nowhere near on his way, Chris gave Meredith rides to and from soccer for two months. They managed to bond over music, went to some concerts together, and as they say, the rest is history! These two love sports (both watching AND playing) – Chris described Meredith’s soccer playing style as “not the most technically gifted soccer player on our team but it was clear that what she lacked in skill she more than made up for with a fierceness derived from a semi-psychotic hatred of losing.” It could be said they both have a bit of a competitive streak. ūüôā So what happens when two competitive, outdoorsy, funny people meet and fall in love and get married? They plan an amazing New England wedding with some of the BEST toasts I’ve ever heard in my ten years of photographing weddings.

Meredith and Chris chose the historic Robert Treat Paine Estate, Stonehurst, for their wedding venue and it did not disappoint. It’s a beautiful old New England estate designed through a collaboration between two Boston-based craftsmen: architect Henry Hobson Richardson and landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted (Olmstead designed Central Park and Boston’s Emerald Necklace). The venue offers amazing ceremony options, gorgeous spots for photos, and a fabulous patio for cocktail hour. Thankfully, Mother Nature was kind to us the day of Meredith & Chris’ wedding and we were able to take advantage of all of it! Meredith and Chris opted to do a First Look, so once everyone finished getting ready, we got Chris into position to see his bride for the first time. She took his breath away. We managed to fit in all the wedding party and family photos before the ceremony, too! That worked out perfectly because Meredith and Chris’ Best Men gave their toasts during cocktail hour instead of during dinner. When Meredith’s brother spoke, he transitioned from talking about Meredith to talking about Chris and suddenly pinched the bridge of his nose and wiped away some tears and said, “Why am I crying over you?!” Meredith and Chris doubled over laughing. It was a perfect wedding moment. Throughout all the speeches, Meredith & Chris were so expressive. You might not be able to hear the words through the photos, but you can certainly feel the emotion! And then, surrounded by historical portraits blended with Meredith & Chris’ wedding decor, they spent the rest of the night celebrating with their family and friends!

To pull off an amazing wedding you need to pull together an awesome team of vendors! Here’s the team that helped Meredith & Chris create the perfect wedding day…

Hair & Make-up: Bella Hair, with Leah

Florist: Holmes Shusas

Catering: Classic Catering with Boxer Clarke

Bartender Services: JPN Assoc., with Leo Lafarge

DJ: Brian Delac, Murray Hill Talent

Officiant: Judith Wright, friend of Chris’

 

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Wells Beach Senior Portraits, T: Meet Me In The Crowd

Most schools “suggest” you go to a specific photographer for your senior portraits, or they make the requirements so specific that it discourages you from going to someone else. But, even if you have to use your school’s photographer for your yearbook photo, there’s nothing stopping you from hiring someone to photograph the senior photos YOU want. Ditch the coat and tie and hit the beach. Wear your sports uniform in some photos. Team up with a friend and do a few photos together. There are so many options these days. Why not take advantage of it? I’ll still make sure to get some yearbook appropriate photos, but it’s nice to get a little variation!

Since this senior’s family has a home on Wells Beach in Maine, we did his senior session there. He and his cousin are both seniors, so I photographed them both at the same time. It will be really exciting to see what this senior does with his life – he’s already running his own business, so the entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well with him. These kids are in the thick of it now! Soon they will be hearing back from their colleges (if they haven’t started already!). And let the countdown begin!

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Wells Beach Senior Portraits, B: Gold and Silver Shine

Seniors are just on the cusp of everything amazing. I love hearing about their plans and not-plans. I love hearing about the college search and the reasons why they chose the schools they did. I mean, you’re talking to a girl who decided not to apply to a school because it had too many trees. And talking to seniors is literally like getting in a time machine and traveling back to when I was their age. It feels like all those intervening years just disappear and suddenly I’m yapping about my experiences. Meanwhile, I applied to colleges on a typewriter, so the seniors just stare at me all googly-eyed, like “wtf is this old lady yammering on about?!” Regardless, I’m so excited for them, that they have all this life ahead of them. Graduating high school is such an important milestone, no matter what you decide to do next! Sigh. I think that’s why I love photographing seniors – there’s just this flicker of electricity – fear and excitement all rolled into one.

This senior is a track star and super baker. And when she “grows up”, she wants to be a detective! How awesome is that?! Beauty and brains right here. Her family has a home in Wells Beach, Maine and it’s always been a special place for them, so it made sense that we’d use that as our background. Her cousin is also a senior so we did his photos the same day. You’ll see them in the next post.

It’s not senior photo season yet, but if you’ve got a junior in your life, they’re going to need them in the summer or fall. Feel free to send them my way!

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Wells Beach Family Session: The Colors Slip Into the Sky

This family wins for being my “lives farthest away” family. Some of them live in Hawaii and some in Santa Barbara, but we all started out together in the same MA town. Every summer they come back to spend some time in Wells Beach. I love that people who live in two of the most beautiful locations in the US travel all the way back to Maine for vacation! That is some Maine love right there, and I know how they feel! Traveling to Maine for a family session isn’t my usual, but I love driving up every year to memorialize their family tradition. Through our annual sessions, we’ve watched the family grow, starting from when the oldest was just one! Now there are three little girls. The coastline may stay the same (to the naked eye), but the kids change every year –¬† taller, less teeth, more teeth, more talking, and the occasional cartwheel. The adults never seem to age! Funny how that happens.

*I chose the title song lyric because a) I believe that’s what happens when you watch the sunset, especially over the water, and b) because for some reason I have a distinct memory of listening to it (probably over and over again) at their house when we were kids. I also remember their very fancy tiny Apple computer, but that doesn’t have anything to do with anything other than it’s a neat little memory packaged up in my brain where maybe my grocery list should be.
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Grandparents deserve a photo, too, and I love the connection in this one. As much as I love a nice family portrait (I mean, I take them all the time), I appreciate what a caught moment like this tells us about the people in it.
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Lexington Maternity Session: To Find In Your Eyes My Best Surprise

When you’re pregnant, there are days it seems to last forever and you just can’t wait until the whole ordeal is over. You’re hot. You’re cold. You’re sore and achey. You have heartburn. You’re peeing every few minutes. And eating like it’s going out of style. But whether you do it once or five times, in the scheme of things, it goes by so quickly. Before you know it, you’re holding that wriggly new human in your arms. I have had the pleasure of photographing this family for years, from wedding to maternity to first baby, and now to second baby. Mom and I wanted to make sure we captured some special moments between her and her first baby before the new baby made his debut. And when mom saw these photos for the first time, she said, “These photos are meaningful in a way I can’t put words to.” Years from now, I want this little one to look at these photos with her mother and to recognize the utter love and devotion that’s palpable in every image.

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A Boston Seaport Engagement Session, Christine & Chris: I Hear the Whole World Turning

Permanent smiles. That’s what I think about when I look at these photos. Christine & Chris smiled every time they looked at each other. And trust me when I say they both have awesome smiles. The proof is in the pudding. Or, in this case, the photos. They made my job easy – there’s nothing I love more than photographing a couple so in love they just grin from ear to ear the entire session!

Their wedding was going to be on the Cape, so we chose Boston’s Seaport district for their engagement session – a nice complement to beachy wedding photos. Engagement sessions are a great way for me to get to know the couple, and vice versa, so it was really nice to just stroll around and chat while occasionally stopping in a fun location for photos. I first met Christine way back when I photographed her sister Erin’s wedding¬†in 2011! Yikes! It meant the world to me that after all these years, Erin would pass my name along to her younger sister.¬† But before we get into all the wedding goodness, you need to experience the glow this couple brought to their engagement photos! And it seems fitting to post this on Valentine’s Day!

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South Shore Newborn Session, Baby J: Before You Cross the Street, Take My Hand

I photographed Cassondra & BJ’s wedding. Then I photographed their son F when he was a newborn. And now I get to show off these beautiful photos of their newest son, Baby J. Together, we’ve been capturing their family history – these sweet moments and interactions that they’ll be able to look back on years from now. The way Big Brother gently kissed him and stroked his head. The way they all snuggled together. The way mom & dad made sure that Big Brother knew how loved he was, too. It melted my heart and I loved being able to give them the gift of these memories! And Baby J was truly the perfect subject! Awake, asleep – he was right at home in front of the camera!
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Cambridge Newborn Session, Baby A: She Knows I Love Her So

Mom & Dad are absolutely over the moon to finally be holding this little girl in their arms! Little Miss A is a rainbow baby, so you know they had been waiting a long time for her. Babies are such a celebration of life and hope and endless possibilities! This little one was an absolute doll during her entire photo session! She just slept and slept and slept. And when she wasn’t sleeping, she was eyes wide open and content! It was awesome. You may recognize her parents from their maternity session a little bit ago. There’s nothing I love better than photographing a family as they grow!
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This little one is a rainbow baby, so we made sure to incorporate this beautiful wrap into our session.
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Martha's Vineyard Wedding, Maile & Patrick: Our Bed of California Stars

“We took forever, and then moved really fast.” That’s the quote Maile & Patrick used on their wedding website to describe their relationship. This was a marriage essential decades in the making. But fate/the universe/coincidence made these two wait until the timing was *just* right.

They married on Martha’s Vineyard at a private home, where their ceremony overlooked both a pond and the ocean. Shuttles picked guests up at their hotels and dropped them off at the head of a long dirt road where they then walked about 1/4 mile to the ceremony site. When it came time for the ceremony to begin, Maile would make that long walk by herself, holding on to her bouquet and her white dress as she walked towards the family and friends who came to witness her exchange vows with the love of her life. When she neared the clearing, she was joined by her father and her & Patrick’s daughter to walk her the rest of the way down the aisle. Patrick, Maile, and her father all wore traditional Hawaiian maile leis,¬†the most traditional wedding lei. It was a small (and beautiful) symbol of Maile’s heritage (and of course, her name). The ceremony was officiated by a good friend as¬†their guests gathered around to watch. After the ceremony, all of the guests walked back up to the main house where the reception was taking place. Maile & Patrick took their time, partially because I made them for photos, but partially so they could soak it all in. In the craziness of a wedding day, it’s really special to have some time when it’s just the two of you (and a photographer with a zoom lens).

To help her pull off a perfect island wedding, Maile enlisted by emily b., an amazing group of wedding planners and designers who really helped execute her vision. All of the little details – little sprigs of lavender tied with leather around the napkins, a cool wood beer tap, champagne & oysters at the ceremony – the list is endless! Maile & Patrick enlisted the help/participation of all their talented friends to help pull the day together and as a fun detail, they posted photos and bios of everyone at the reception site. It was like a wedding website brought to life! And if you weren’t already impressed, the reception was amazing – great food, great music, gorgeous location, happy people, lots of dancing! Maile and Patrick just radiated joy the whole night. They weren’t even fazed when someone knocked their wedding cake over! And I swear it wasn’t me! When I said good-bye at the end of the night, I could feel myself tearing up. Sure, being pregnant probably played a small role, but when you see two people so happy together, so happy with the life they created together, and continue to create together every day, and you simultaneously just truly wish them a lifetime of genuine happiness and know they found it, it’s hard NOT to get emotional. And all I can say to them is, Maile & Patrick, congratulations a million times over, and on the days when you drive each other crazy, look at each other and know that even in that moment, it was 100% worth the wait.

Wedding Planner: Kristin Burgess, by emily b.

Dress: Nicole Miller for BHLDN

Veil & Earrings: BHLDN

Hair: Taryn Smith, friend of the bride

Make-up: Katie Nisbet, friend of the bride, out of Influx Salon

Leis: Cindy’s Lei Shoppe

Cake: Jess Michaud, friend of the bride

Tent: Big Sky Tent Rentals

Catering: Clambakes, Etc. 

Donuts: Back Door Donuts

Pies: Morning Glory Farm

 

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Castle Island Engagement Session, Aubrey & Paul: The Music Is Just Starting

When I arrived at Castle Island¬†in South Boston for Aubrey & Paul’s engagement session, it was teeming with humanity. Really. I wasn’t sure we’d be able to find any nooks where there weren’t kids playing catch, old ladies sitting under umbrellas, or families picnicking. Lucky for me, Aubrey & Paul didn’t seem to care. They chose Castle Island as their location because Aubrey used to live nearby, AND it’s where Paul proposed¬†(some little boy actually peed on him right before he proposed, so that’s a fun little detail). We made the most of Castle Island’s shorelines and Fort Independence! I love just strolling around a location and stopping whenever I see a good place for photos. It’s a casual approach to engagement sessions, and it gives everyone a good chance to chat and catch up! Paul loves airplanes, so we made sure to get some cool photos with the planes landing at Logan.

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