Engagement Pictures in the Arnold Arboretum :: Erin + Nate

Friday, May 22, 2015

Nate decided to make himself a profile on Match.com, his approach was fairly specific laying out all of his likes, dislikes, quirks and foibles. He wasn't a fan of "winking" figuring it just meant that someone couldn't be bothered to message you.

Erin decided to make herself a profile on Match.com also. She took a slightly different approach putting out a fairly generic profile, in her words, "casting a large net!"

Nate thinks he may have seen Erin's profile but it didn't really tell him anything about her. Erin saw Nate's profile and figured what the heck, and messaged him. Nate was glad that Erin messaged him because before they knew it they were "talking" back and forth and making plans to meet up in person.

First date protocol is often coffee or a glass of wine allowing you to make polite excuses if it's not working out or to suggest lunch or dinner if it is. Based on their messaging, Nate and Erin had a feeling their first date might be different. So they went all in with a Red Sox Yankees game at Fenway Park - meaning they would be stuck with each other for a minimum of nine innings.

On reflection, Red Sox fan Nate said he hadn't realized that being from Long Island, Erin would likely be a Yankees fan. I think it's telling that neither of them remember the final score. Nate does remember Erin's "little black dress", Erin corrects him and explains it was just a sundress that happened to be black. Nine innings in one hundred degree weather wasn't quite enough and the night continued with drinks and dinner.

Later that week, thinking that the date had gone really well, Erin asked Nate if he'd like to join her for a walk in the Arnold Arboretum. Nate apologized and said he was kind of busy. Erin was sad. 

Nate countered asking Erin if she'd like to be his "plus one" at an upcoming wedding. Yup - meeting ALL of his friends on the second date and having a pretty fabulous night of talking and dancing. Things continued at this pace with Nate meeting Erin's parents on the fourth date and staying with them in Vermont. Erin also met Nate's parents and even better - all of the parents now hang out! 

Erin and Nate will be married in August at the beautiful outdoor chapel of St Ann's Episcopal Church in Kennebunkport, Maine. It will be a wonderfully intimate wedding with just their closest family and I can't wait to be their wedding photographer. Also - it's on a Thursday. And you know I've been saying that Thursday is the new Friday for YEARS. Erin and Nate - I hope you like this handful of my favorite pictures - LOTS more in the gallery winging it's way to you now! See you in a few months!

Wentworth by the Sea Hotel Wedding Pictures :: Ashlee + Eric (Part II)

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

If you missed the first part of Ashlee & Eric's wedding then you can click here:
Wentworth-by-the-Sea Hotel Wedding Pictures
to catch up and right now I'm back with the wedding ceremony which was beautiful officiated by their friend Gary (who was responsible for getting these two together with the help of his wife Molly)

Not sure that Ashlee or Eric could have been any happier!


Having wisely chosen to do a first look so they could enjoy cocktail hour with their friends and family we took just 2 minutes to take a few "just married" pictures before heading back in for champagne and hors d'oeuvres.

After a most enjoyable cocktail hour with music by the always fabulous Clockwork (they killed it with a packed dancefloor all night too!), guests picked up their escort cards (from Maine-ly New Hampshire in Portsmouth, NH) and made their way inside the Wentworth Ballroom for the wedding reception: 

Stunning wedding cake by Jacques Pastries

Beautiful centerpieces by Jardiniere. Helpful tip - when planning your seating arrangements always have a low centerpiece on your own table - tall centerpieces will block your reactions during the toasts! 

The newlyweds were announced:

Ashlee and Eric went straight into their first dance which was rather fabulously choreographed to "At Last" by Etta James: 

Toasts were up next and it took MOH Alison a little while to compose herself! 

We snuck outside for five minutes of night time pictures!

Back inside Ashlee danced with her proud father:

The dancefloor was officially opened and it was PACKED: 

Congratulations Ashlee & Eric! What an amazing day! It was an absolute honor and pleasure to be your Wentworth Hotel NH wedding photographer! Wishing you both a lifetime of love, laughter, health and happiness!!! Fun fact - the above picture was taken at 10:59pm!

Next up I have a beautiful Arnold Arboretum Engagement session and then a beautiful rustic Maine wedding at Migis Lodge!

Wentworth-by-the-sea Wedding Photographer, New Castle, NH :: Ashlee + Eric (Part I)

Monday, May 18, 2015

Today is a most excellent day. Not only is it my BIRTHDAY but it's also the day I kick off the 2015 wedding season on the blog! And I'm starting with a rather spectacular one - Ashlee & Eric's Wentworth-by-the-sea wedding extravaganza!

Let's begin with some details to set the scene for this Wentworth-by-the-sea wedding:

Soiree in Andover, MA designed the most beautiful wedding stationery suite:

Ashlee had not one but two pairs of cream Kate Spade shoes - heels and then the most adorable little flats for dancing - smart move! 

Just a little hint of the gorgeousness that was Ashlee's wedding dress from Madeleine's Daughter in Portsmouth, NH. FEATHERS!!!!!

Audrey photographed Eric enjoying a custom beverage and getting ready to see Ashlee:

Ashlee was in the most talented hands for hair with Lena from Hair That Moves and for make up with Joanne of Joya Beauty. Also a big shout out to Christina and Beth of CMD Event Design:  Ashlee was helped into her dress by cousin and MOH Alison (who was one of my 2010 brides, it was lovely to see so many familiar faces at the wedding!), love Diane's expression seeing her daughter as a bride:

Seriously? Who looks like this in real life??!?! And did I mention the feathers?!?!?

Ashlee and Eric really wanted to enjoy cocktail hour and their reception and spend as much time with friends and family as possible so they chose to do a first look and take all of the formal pictures before the ceremony. Loved their reactions and emotions:

Ashlee and Eric not only look pretty fabulous together, they are also one of the most relaxed and happy couples I have ever had the pleasure of working with, it was a joy to watch them all day!

We were joined by the bridesmaids and groomsmen for wedding party pictures out on the porch (beautiful flowers by Jardiniere): 

The first weekend of May was still a little chilly so we used the shelter of one of the large covered porches for family pictures. Ashlee & Eric's families were also incredibly lovely to work with:

And forgive me for leaving you on a cliffhanger but if you want to see the most personal and moving wedding ceremony along with tons o' fun and dancing at the reception you'll have to come back tomorrow. I'm cutting out as I want to go drink some champagne (did I mention it's my birthday?!?) but I'll back back with part II tomorrow!

 Oh go on then, one more of the almost-newlyweds:

If you missed the engagement pictures then you can see them here: North End Engagement Pictures