Engagement Pictures in the South End, Boston, MA :: Stephanie + Rob

Friday, May 26, 2017

I recently spent a lovely evening with Stephanie and Rob walking around the South End for their engagement pictures. We started with a glass of wine at Barcelona (if you haven't eaten the tapas and small plates there, run don't walk!), strolling along the streets, stopping at Coppa (another excellent dining location) and even making a stop to pick up Stella the dog for a picture.

Stephanie and Rob were working at the same hospital. They both remember the first time they saw each other; the attraction was immediate. There was much conversation and maybe just a little flirting. During a particularly tough shift, Stephanie announced that she'd definitely need a glass of wine at the end of the day. When she finished, Rob was waiting (despite his shift being over hours earlier) to take her for that glass of wine. They'll get married at Rosecliff in Newport, RI later this year and I can't wait!

Stephanie and Rob, I hope you like this handful of favorites! Super excited for September!

Westin Boston :: Mehndi Celebration :: Hannah + James

Monday, May 15, 2017

When your wedding celebrations take place over the whole weekend, you get two blog posts. So today I can't wait to share Hannah & Jimmy's Mehndi Celebration at the Westin Copley Place, Boston, MA and next up will be the wedding pictures at the Fairmont Copley Plaza.

Now would be a good time to mention the crack team of Boston's best wedding professionals that Hannah and Jimmy chose:
Alexis of Unique Weddings by Alexis was the wedding consultant and she couldn't have been more delightful to work with, so organized and calm and kept us all in the loop.
Christian and the team at Brighter Lights Media are one of my favorite videography teams, their films and trailers are just amazing.
Camille & Kelly of Artistic Blossoms worked magic with the flowers and Rishi Bawa of Silk Events was a joy to work with, the dancefloor (on both nights) was packed!

Hannah and Jimmy were so excited to see each other:

We walked across the street to the Fairmont Copley (where the Saturday celebrations would take place) for a handful of pictures. I could have photographed Hannah all day (and Jimmy was looking pretty sharp too). 

Back at the Westin Copley Square, the celebrations were underway:

Jimmy entered the ballroom to the beat of the drum, skilfully played by Rishi: 

Jimmy might just win the award for "most joyous groom ever"

Hannah came in next:

Dancing, mitai, delicous food, performances and more dancing ensued (and this is just part I! wait until part II).

Boston Marathon Proposal :: Bonnie + Josh

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

I feel like a little squirrel waking up from hibernation. Actually, I don't think squirrels hibernate, maybe they just sleep a lot, so we have that in common. What I'm trying to say is that wedding season is upon us and I'll be blogging again. Are you excited? You should be, there's some really good stuff on the way....

About a week or so before the Boston Marathon, I received a call from Josh who was planning to surprise his girlfriend Bonnie by proposing after she crossed the finish line. Proposals are one of my very favorite things to photograph so of course, I agreed to be there.

Bonnie and Josh live in Austin, TX and Bonnie had hoped that Josh would be able to travel to Boston with her. Josh came up with an elaborate story of food poisoning (his mom and sister were in on the plan and were bolstering the story with posts about Gatorade on his facebook page). So Bonnie was running along thinking she'd just meet up with her running club friends after the race.

Josh had actually flown into Boston the night before and as Bonnie finished, she made her way to the meeting area. And then she saw Josh. Who was supposed to be sick at home in bed. 

What are you doing here?!?!?

Hugs and congratulations. 

And then the big question:

Bonnie said yes!

Bonnie still had no idea I was there, so I just kept photographing as Josh explained how he'd planned the whole thing and thoughtfully offered her a little chair he''d brought .with him. Your feet have to hurt after 26.2 miles, right?

While we were waiting for Bonnie to finish, Josh was telling me that the army will be transferring him to a different station soon, and he couldn't stand the idea of leaving without having told Bonnie how he felt and asking her to marry him. When I'm photographing, I'm so in the zone, thinking about exposure and composition and other technical stuff but I swear someone was chopping onions in the vicinity and I had to wipe away a few tears. 

Congratulations Josh and Bonnie! Thank you for choosing me as your Boston Marathon Proposal Photographer!

The Estate at Moraine Farm Wedding Photographer :: Alexa + Chris

Monday, November 21, 2016

It's Monday! It's Thanksgiving on Thursday! Do you have your turkey? Your marshmallow-topped green beans (sorry, can't figure out that most American dish)?

Why not take a break from grocery list planning and start your week in the very best way, with the wedding of Alexa and Chris at The Estate of Moraine Farm?

Jacqui and Hannah from The Salon on Haven made everyone look fabulous!

Audrey was hanging out with Chris and the guys, sometimes getting dressed can be a three-person job ;) 

But there's always time for a little single malt Scotch...

Chris sent over a surprise gift for Alexa (a beautiful monogrammed purse in return for the custom oak whiskey bottle she'd sent earlier) but the words in his letter were the most meaningful, saying how he couldn't wait to see her, he knew she'd look beautiful in her wedding dress but she always looks beautiful no matter what she's wearing. 

Alexa was helped into her stunning Allure wedding gown from Ve'Lace Bridal by her bridesmaids dressed in their wonderful blue dresses by Alfred Sung. 

Alexa's parents, Sal and Mary, seeing her for the first time as a bride.

Alexa and Chris wanted to spend as much time as possible with their friends and family so they wisely chose to do a first look and take all of the formal pictures before the wedding ceremony. Chris was pretty happy to see his almost-wife! And Alexa was just as happy. 

We had a few minutes before we were joined by the wedding party for pictures. 

Stylish wedding party.

We were joined by both families who couldn't have been happier for Alexa and Chris. 

The Estate at Moraine Farms is my new most favorite north shore wedding venue. The grounds are amazing with hidden gardens, wide lawns, ocean front and wonderful staff.

Alexa and Chris incorporated a unique salt ceremony into the day, they mixed two different types of sea salt to make a unique salt blend. 

Two minutes of "just married" pictures before Alexa and Chris joined everyone for cocktail hour.

Guests enjoyed lawn games, the most delicious hors d'oeuvres and champagne and cocktails by Fireside Catering, I should take a second to mention how amazing Amy and the Fireside team were to work with! 

How adorable are these little escort card/potted succulents? All of the flowers were by the fabulous Karla Cassidy Designs

When you're planning your wedding timeline and deciding on the times, it's wise to look up the time of sunset on your wedding day. In an ideal world, it's kind of magical to have cocktail hour in the last hour of daylight so your guests get to enjoy sunset and then by the time they're seated, it'll be dark outside for your first dance. Once it's dark, twinkle lights, uplighting and candles all look so much more amazing. 

Newlyweds dance for the first time: 

Fabulous toasts: 

We took a few moments to head outside for nighttime pictures with the warm golden lights of the tent behind us.

I don't usually post pictures of cake but when the cake is by Cakes of Occasions (and the part of the wedding that Alexa was most excited about, well, except the actual marrying part) with four different flavors and filings then it's worth a picture...

Alexa danced with her proud father: 

I'm a pretty discerning person when it comes to music, I see the very best bands and DJs most weekends so it's rare that I add someone to my list of recommendations. Well, DJ Sam Lurie of TSG Weddings was AMAZING. Of course Alexa and Chris had some influence over the amazing 80s playlist during cocktail hour but the dancefloor was packed and the uplighting was fabulous.

Congratulations Mr & Mrs T! Thank you for choosing me as your wedding photographer, it's been an honor! From the initial phone calls to the stories about the proposal and the engagement shoot (plus adult beverages!) at the Hyatt. It's been so much fun and I hope you like this little handful of pictures, there are literally HUNDREDS more :)