Jillian and Michael began the day with a little breakfast and a trip to the spa before the wedding festivities at Lough Eske Castle. The weather was a nice surprise given the expected rain this time of year in Ireland. The anticipation as they prepared to see each other at the ceremony was exciting. After a quick celebratory drink post-ceremony, we began on our adventure throughout Donegal’s gorgeous countryside. Just after sunset and dinner, we wandered into The Reel Inn, where Jillian and Michael were greeted with cheers, beers and open arms from all these wonderful new faces. The band even played a song for them, so we could technically call it their “first dance.” Even one of the fellas quietly and beautifully sang them a love song. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t get misty-eyed from all of this. What an honor it was to travel from Worcester, MA to Donegal, Ireland with Jillian and Michael. I really admire their love and humor, and was happy to tell the story of their wedding adventure, not just for them, but also their family and friends back home.
We arrived in Dublin bright and early, ready for the adventure to Donegal. We explored the country side as we trekked the 3 hour excursion to the Lough Eske Castle, where Jillian and Michael were to marry. The narrow, curvy roads got the best of me [insert end result of motion sickness here]. There was an unanimous decision for me to ride shotgun the remainder of the drive. Shortly after our arrival to the Castle and a nap, we ventured to the town of Bundoran, so Michael could catch some waves, meet up with a some locals and enjoy some tasty beers. There was an air of excitement knowing that the following day they would be getting married. This was just the beginning. Stay tuned for Day 2: The Wedding.
One fine afternoon, I met with Sandy and Dave for their engagement session at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary. It was our first time officially meeting in person, but I knew from the moment we spoke on the phone that we were going to have a blast working together. Soon after the session began, it felt like we were being stalked by various creatures; I’m sure they just wanted in on the action, too. After our little adventure, we went out for some yummy beverages to celebrate an end to a great session and things to come. I’m excited for their wedding this year at Harrington Farm!
Victoria and Jeremy got married just outside of Newport, RI, in Middletown, at Sweet Berry Farm. The ceremony took place under overcast skies in an aisle amongst rows of Golden Apples. The reception kicked off with a wonderful surprise for Jeremy, from Victoria and her dear friend, Dan, performing Neutral Milk Hotel’s, “In the Aeroplane Over the Sea.” It’s one of the first songs Jeremy sang to Victoria when they first began dating. It was a beautiful moment to watch. Just look at Jeremy’s face as she sings. Moments before sundown, the sky beautifully cracked open just enough for us to capture some more sweet photos. Soon after we got back into the ceremony, the tots were dominating the dance floor and pie was filling everyone’s bellies. Such an excellent day to be a part of!
Ashley and Lance love to have some serious fun! We ran around Somerville laughing the entire time. Well, except when we came across, “Sad Owl.” Damn you, Sad Owl! A frothy, post-session beverage at Bronwyn cleared that right up! I had a wonderful afternoon with these two. See you this spring for your wedding at The White Room at Crompton Collective!
Kristal and John’s wedding at Meadow at Red Ridge Farm was like a rom-com that ended with a wild, fun party. I’ve known John for many years via the local music scene, but really got to know Kristal more leading up to the wedding. All I can say is that these two are madly in love. To photograph their wedding was some kind of wonderful; surrounded by their friends and family, it most certainly was. Congrats, you crazy kids!
Mal and Chris’ adventurous Brooklyn engagement session took us from the industrial/residential neighborhood of the hotel, where I was a guest, to the subway, and then to Prospect Park. Everywhere we turned, we found something cool, so we kept turning. I had a wonderful visit with these two lovebirds in their neck of the woods, err, city. The next adventure is their wedding this weekend, in one of my favorites cities, Philly, at the MAAS Building. It also marks the conclusion of my 2015 wedding season. What a sweet year!
Tessa and Nick got married one morning at Harrington Farm, in Princeton, MA. You could feel the excitement, anticipation and nervousness as the time for their ceremony drew near. There were tears and laughter throughout. Toward the conclusion of the reception, Tessa’s father surprised everyone with a song he wrote for the two of them. It honestly was the sweetest thing. Tessa and Nick had such a heartfelt, jovial day; I was honored to be a part of it, as I’m sure everyone in attendance was too. Congrats!
Wedding Venue: Harrington Farm
Floral Design: Seed to Stem
DJ: Douglas Welch – Artisan DJ Productions
Cake Artist: Betty Casey – On the Rise Bakery
JoP: Claire Miller
Allie and Andrew met while running. From there, their relationship grew at a steady pace and Andrew soon proposed. For their session, we moseyed about Wellesley, MA and ended the session in the fashion they met. They recently married on the summit of Wachusett Mountain. I can’t wait to share photos from the wedding, but for now, here are my favorites from their engagement session.
I met Rachel and Corey for their engagement session at Rosedale Farms & Vineyards, in Simsbury, CT. Such a beautiful location! Corn fields, lazy river, flower bridge, lots of wonderfulness; it’s going to be a playground for their wedding photos this weekend. We had so much fun on their session, as well as getting to know each other more, too. Can’t wait to see you two again!
I met Beth and Steve for their short but sweet wedding at Cambridge City Hall. After spending some time with their families post-nuptials, the three of us wandered down Mass Ave to the Charles Hotel, in Harvard Square where they met everyone for lunch. My time with them was short, but I had a wonderful time photographing them. Congrats!
Victoria and Jeremy wanted to go on a little adventure at Purgatory Chasm, Sutton, MA; they brought great love and humor along with them. I had such a wonderful time with this “cliffhanger” in the woods that it makes me eager to shoot the sequel to their story this weekend at Sweet Berry Farm. Here are some favorites from their session. Enjoy!
Ever since Alison and R.J.’s engagement session last year, I’ve been anticipating their wedding at Zukas Hilltop Barn. Their day was lighthearted with a wonderful merriment. They couldn’t have asked for a better day with family and friends. Congrats!!
Also, a big thanks to my awesomely talented friend, Ashley, for second shooting with me.
For Kristal and John’s e-session, we took a trip to Salem, MA for a little date. We enjoyed some quality time together as we paced around the city, sipped some drinks, nibbled on some sweet potato fries. Wait, this sounds like I’m dating them. I’ll just stop there. This weekend is their wedding at The Meadow at Red Ridge Farm in Salisbury, MA and I seriously can’t wait! See you soon!
One evening, I met Steph and Nick for their engagement session at their family lake house in central MA. The setting was so quiet and serene, I wanted to relax by the water in the hammock with the two of them, but three’s a crowd. Glad, I didn’t hop in there because the best thing ever happened. A semi-hammock flip. Yes, I captured it. And yes, they were OK. They somehow managed to end with a kiss, too. True pros, I tell ya. It made for a great animated .gif. -see below-
I had a fun time with these two and I’m really looking forward to their wedding on Sunday!
Alison and R.J.’s Harvard, MA engagement session was held on a gorgeous afternoon. From Alison jumping off a wall into R.J.’s arms, to sipping some sweet wine during a blue, cloudy sunset, great times were had. I look forward to their wedding this Friday at Zukas Hilltop Barn in Spencer, MA. Please enjoy some of my favorites from the session.
So before I get into this post a bit, I want to explain the most bizarre coincidence that began the very moment Ariana and John’s ceremony started at Race Point Beach, Provincetown, MA. Something Mother Nature provided the perfect recipe of time, humidity and temperature for. Recipe for what, you ask? The Nuptial Flight. Read up, before you continue on. Those are not dust spots on my sensor or a dirty lens. Those are thousands of flying ants mating mid-flight as Ariana and John said their vows. Sure, everyone was flailing their arm around like dancing muppets, but they carried on with the ceremony. It wasn’t as distressing as you’d expect…as long as you kept your mouth closed.
So enough about the ant orgy; let’s get back to Ariana and John. After the ceremony, we drove as far away to the dunes on the opposite side of the infested beach for lively photos of this wonderful duo. The reception at the quaint Ceraldi, in Wellfleet, MA, was chosen for their delicious, locally harvested fare and intimate atmosphere. Good times were shared with family and friends.
Sure, I had to peel ant wings off my arms and vacuum out my camera bag at days end, but I loved working with these two. Thanks for having me on your interesting, beautiful day!
Oh, and if you want to see some video a guest took at the wedding, click here to see a clip on RightThisMinute. It sort of went viral. Enjoy!