Engagement Pictures in Salem, MA :: Janelle + Rob

Friday, November 21, 2014

I recently spent a chilly fall afternoon in Salem, MA with Janelle, Rob and their adorable dogs:

Here are Coda and Tessa on their best behavior:

Rob was on Match and he wasn't too impressed with his experience. He'd had a bunch of bad dates and was about to unsubscribe. He figured he'd do one last search before he logged off and so at 2am in the morning he changed all of his criteria and did a final search. One profile popped up - Janelle's…

Janelle had just joined Match and she was still a bit skeptical of the whole process. Rob's email came through just after 2am and she was going to ignore it but her sister insisted she write back.

For the next month Janelle and Rob emailed back and forth and finally Janelle suggested they meet in person. Janelle admits that even before meeting Rob in person she had pretty strong feelings just based on their writing.

Their first date of sushi was extended to a movie and as they said goodbye Janelle thought Rob might kiss her goodnight. Rob explains he was brought up to be a gentleman and so he politely shook Janelle's hand and wished her a pleasant evening.

There were a bunch more dinner dates and movie nights and a great relationship and finally Janelle & Rob moved in together. Rob would routinely check in with Janelle and say "Are you SURE you want to to spent the rest of your life with me?"

Rob initially planned a big proposal in Faneuil Hall with flash cards and family members but when it came down to it Janelle and Rob were folding laundry. Rob asked his usual "Are you sure you want to spend the rest of your life with me?" question and Janelle laughed and replied "Sure!" like usual. Rob asked again and Janelle kept folding clothes. She turned to say, "Why do you keep asking me this?!?!?" to find Rob down on one knee holding out an engagement ring. Janelle & Rob - I hope you like this handful of pictures! Lots more to come! I can't wait for your wedding at Renaissance Golf Club in Haverhill, MA next year!

Wedding Photographer :: The Barn at Gibbet Hill Wedding Pictures :: Janine + Nancy

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Happy Thursday! Did you know that Thursday is the new Friday? And Friday is the new Saturday? I have some favorites from a great wedding to share with you today - Janine and Nancy chose to have a wonderfully intimate Thursday wedding at the Barn at Gibbet Hill in Groton, MA

As I arrived Nancy was just heading over to the Barn to get ready and drop off some additional fall decor including hand carved pumpkins:

You might notice a lot of blue color featured in this post. Janine and Nancy asked their guests to wear "something blue" along with sapphire blue jewelry and blue invitations and programs: 

Nancy & Janine's fur babies were also included in the wedding, here's Bruin waiting to head over to the barn. 

But first, Nancy had some thoughtful gifts to give out:

The always fabulous Joanne of Joya Beauty was making everyone look and feel beautiful: 

Janine's father sees her for the first time:

Nancy got dressed and had more gifts, this one for her Mom:

If you haven't been to The Barn at Gibbet Hill then you're missing out! It's a beautifully restored 100-year old barn overlooking rolling green grassy hill with gamboling cows. You don't even have to be invited to a wedding to visit as The Gibbet Hill Grill is a pretty fabulous restaurant:

Janine and Nancy really wanted to enjoy as much time as possible with their friends and family at cocktail hour so they decided to do a first look and take all of the formal pictures before the ceremony. They were both SO happy to see each other:

How excited do you think Nancy and Janine were to get married? :) They make such a sweet couple:

The rolling green hills of Gibbet Hill make the perfect setting to take a little walk:

We took some relaxed family pictures: 

Janine and Nancy had an amazingly fun bunch of bridesmaids and best people:

The almost-newlyweds heading back to the barn to hide out from arriving guests:

Janine wisely wore flip flops so she didn't sink into the grass for the pictures but it was now time to slip on her fabulous Betsey Johnson shoes:

Ceremony programs and personalized bags of rice to throw for guests:

Bruin wore a blue bow tie as ringdog and Jersey had her blue tutu on as flowerdog :) 

Nancy couldn't stop smiling as Janine walked toward her:

I love the cows just hanging out in the background:

The wedding ceremony was super thoughtful and personal. Janine's brother acted as the officiant, Janine and Nancy wrote their own vows and they incorporated knot-tying to signify the strength of their relationship:

A surprise for Janine! Nancy plays hockey and her fellow hockey players brought their hockey sticks to form a little recessions arch:

Cocktail hour was out on the deck and guests enjoyed all sorts of yummy food along with a signature cocktail - the Janini Bellini!

Home crafted boxes containing custom m&ms acted as escort cards and favors: 

Inside the barn everything looked beautiful including the cupcake tower with mini Bruin & Jersey models:

Janine and Nancy made their way into the barn and danced their first dance together:

Happy toasts! Now would be a good time to mention that I was working alongside some of the Long Haul Films crew - in this case it was actually Chris & Lucy (along with Megan) who are heading up Long Haul Films UK now! 

I loved the plans for dinner. Janine and Nancy worked with (the always amazing) Gibbet Hill team to come up with all sorts of amazing small plates and food stations - Guinness braised short rib and mashed potato, seared scallops and lemon remoulade, jalapeƱo mac n' cheese and more! SO good!

Parent dances:

Guests enjoyed cupcakes AND hot apple cider donuts: 

The dance floor was opened and Dave of Good Times Unlimited kept the music playing!

And then they lived happily every after!

Janine & Nancy - thank you so much for choosing me as your photographer. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know you both (not to mention Bruin & Jersey!) - wishing you a lifetime of love, laughter, health, happiness and long walks on the beach in Ogunquit!