Greta has been a friend of mine for over six years now. I told you how we met in their engagement post. What I didn’t tell you was how on one of our runs, a few months before she met Jeff, she said something to the effect of, “You’re going to photograph my wedding. I don’t know who the person will be that I’ll be marrying, or when, but I know you’ll be there.” This September her wish came true.
Jeff & Greta were married on a beautiful late summer day at Mount Hope Farm in Rhode Island. Peter and I stayed on the property. I woke up early to see a beautiful fog being slowly burned away by the rising sun. I knew it was going to be a good day. Then off in the distance I spotted a pink shirt running up the road amongst the trees. Greta was on her wedding day run – of course.
These two were completely surrounded by supportive friends and family. The toasts by their close friends were heartfelt and personal with some ribbing, but mostly lovely things to say about the both of them. Jeff danced an emotional dance with his sister, while Greta and her dad danced up a storm and had everyone laughing. We grabbed them around sunset for a few photos and to give them a few minutes to take it all in. Those are some of my favorite moments of the day.
Peter and I were so honored to be there to see our friends make it official. We’re looking forward to see how their story continues.
When I first moved to Boston (many years ago), I met David’s mother when I began photographing real estate for her. A few years later I photographed David’s sister’s wedding, and even photographed David for his business. When it came time to find a photographer for his own wedding, I was told he immediately thought of me. It’s wonderful to be there for so many big and small moments in the lives of one family. I don’t take it for granted at all.
Cailin & David are so easy to be around, which makes photographing them just as easy and the resulting photographs feel honest and true to them. Their wedding was on a beautiful day on the last full day of summer at the Dane Estate. In fact, their first dance song was “September” by Earth, Wind and Fire. Perfect!
Some details: They had a first look with each other and then one with their dog, who wasn’t able to stay for the festivities. The ceremony was performed by a good friend, which makes it easier for the personal stories to come out and the happy tears to flow. Many of Cailin’s family traveled from overseas, including Scotland. I loved seeing a fair amount of tartan in the crowd. To keep her dad close to her she wrapped his favorite tie around her bouquet. The evening ended with most everyone gathering round and singing an Oasis song together. I absolutely sang along from behind my camera and loved every second.
Last September we had the pleasure of visiting Western Mass to photograph Sara & Andrew and their Quonquont Farm wedding. During my photography school days I lived out that way and loved exploring the winding back roads of the area. I only lived there for one year, but it still feels like going home whenever I’m out that way.
We really enjoyed getting to know Sara & Andrew – and their dog Moose. They’re fun loving and genuine people. We’re grateful they allowed us to see how much they obviously care for one another and let us photograph their love.
Happy Anniversary (and a few days), Sara & Andrew!
I’ve known Greta since the fall of 2013. She was the manager for my first ever Boston Marathon team. Over the years we’ve met up for morning and afternoon runs in Brookline and along the Charles. We’ve supported each other through races and life events. On our runs, I listened to Greta talk about her relationship with Jeff – how it grew and changed over time. And now they’re getting married this weekend!
I’m so excited and honored to be there to watch it all happen and to photograph this day for my good, good friend.
Jeff & Greta each brought a best friend along in their relationship together. Zoe and Bodie luckily get along really well. We had to get them in on the family photos, so we did two shoots – one in their neighborhood, and one downtown. The bench they’re sitting on is the bench where Jeff proposed last December.
Crickets. I hear them outside, but I hear them in this space as well. I’m not going to make any promises, but I’m hoping to share a lot of shoots in the coming weeks and months. Such as these photographs, which were taken last summer on Martha’s Vineyard. Kayla & Tucker are getting married tomorrow. Sometimes I work better under pressure.
These two are just great. They showed us around the island and let us play with light, and the best part for me, I got to stand in water while taking their photos.
This was our third Overbrook House wedding and it was wonderful. What I love about the Overbrook House is how each wedding can be as unique as the couple who plans the celebration. They’re all so personal and intimate – and tons of fun. As will happen sometimes – it rained on Lindsey & John’s wedding day. The rain and summer heat did not get them down at all. They rolled with it all – changing their ceremony location from outside to in, which created a cozy space for a very emotional ceremony. Then the celebrations continued under the tent – and back to the dance hall…for dancing!
A few favorite things about their wedding day:
How much Lindsey & John were game to go out in the rain. Their photos show how the day actually was – which is real and great.
The art Lindsey created that was tied in together on their welcome sign, invitation, and even bottles of wine.
John practicing a song he had written for Lindsey before they did their first look – and then his performance during the reception.
There was so much of Lindsey & John, and the life they’ve created together, infused in their day. That’s the way to do it.
Some of the people who brought their day together:
It’s been almost a year since I last posted a wedding. Which is crazy to me because 2018 was filled with amazing couples and their beautiful weddings. Starting today I’m going to rectify the situation with showing you Becca & Nick’s day.
Their wedding was held in Castine, Maine. Peter and I had never been to Castine before and now we know we have to go again. It’s like stepping back in time a bit. Everything seemed quieter and calmer on the streets and shoreline of Castine. Becca grew up going there in the summers with her family and has happily brought Nick into the fold. They met on a research boat in Greenland. They told the whole story in their pre-wedding post. It’s a good one. Definitely check it out.
Being married by the sea seemed perfect for these two. However, storms and winds threatened to make their outdoor ceremony very eventful, so they chose to have their ceremony at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Castine, but not before doing a first look at their original ceremony location – Ft. Madison.
After the ceremony they made their way through the town to their reception at The Wilson Museum by way of an antique Saxon, driven by a friend of Becca’s family. Following cocktail hour, guests were led to dinner under the tent by a horn procession. Heartfelt toasts and lots of dancing finished up the evening.
Becca & Nick’s day was planned by the lovely Sarah Goodwin of Daisies and Pearls. The beautiful floral arrangements were by Michelle Peele Florals. Hair and Makeup were by Ariel Johnson. The delicious and beautiful food was by Trillium Caterers. The music that got everyone dancing was performed by the fantastic Sugarbabies (who we had the pleasure of seeing at our last wedding of the year as well). They’re one of our favorite bands for sure.
Congratulations, Becca & Nick. Though it’s a few months later – you’re still newlyweds!
We’ll be heading out to Western Mass this weekend to celebrate with Sara & Andrew at Quonquont Farm – almost exactly five years to the day we celebrated with Maura & Aidan in the same lovely place. A few weeks ago, in between their move from California to Connecticut, we met up with Sara & Andrew on the North Shore to hangout. We ended up with a beautiful sunset over the harbor in Marblehead. Crossing our fingers for another beautiful day on Sunday. And now, I’ll let Sara & Andrew tell you a bit about how they met.
Where and how did you meet?
Andrew: We first met at a beach north of Boston called Phillips Beach. It’s located in the seaside town of Swampscott, where I grew up. We met the summer after we each had graduated from college. I moved-in with my parents while I waited for a sublet in Somerville and Sara moved in with her sister and her family in the town next door, Marblehead. We ended up at Phillips Beach due to our mutual friend Hannah, who’d invited each of us. Andrew went to Middle and High School with Hannah and Sara knew her throuigh college. Now Hannah is toasting us on our wedding day!
Sara: I won’t be redundant since Andrew’s answer covers the details about how we met, so I will instead describe how we reconnected! Due to the complications of life, we went through a really painful breakup in 2012. I would make comments to my mom and sister every once in a while about how much I missed Andrew and thought we should be together; at first they didn’t take me seriously, but they finally urged me to get in contact with him if I felt so strongly. We spoke every once in a while over the next few years, but we were never in the right place at the right time about rekindling our relationship. We both moved away from Boston for graduate school.
On Mother’s Day in 2015, I was with a friend working at a coffee shop in Berkeley (Philz, the best coffee ever!), where I was living for graduate school, and stepped outside to call my mom. All of a sudden Andrew walked by! I gasped loudly and hung up on my mom. Andrew was visiting friends and said that he was on high alert since everywhere he turned that day, he thought he might run into me – and then he actually did! We ended up going for a 3 hour walk, and we both spilled our hearts out. He then left to meet back up with his friends and travel back to MA. About 2 weeks later, I flew to see him – and the rest is history 🙂
Andrew, What was it about Sara that first impressed you or caught your attention?
Well….I’ll be honest and say that I can still remember the way she looked in her bathing suit. More so, I noticed her easy smile, the way the sun reflected off the water and lit up her eyes, and her playfulness and humor.
Sara, What was it about Andrew that first impressed you or caught your attention?
One of the first things that drew me to Andrew is his natural ability to take such good care of everybody around him. This manifests itself in many areas of life (including his career as a social worker), but I first noticed his love for hosting other people in his home. Andrew is an amazing cook and always invites people over for dinner. I think that this warmness is very emblematic of his values, and is one of the (many) reasons I can’t imagine spending my life with anybody else.
What are you looking forward to the most about your wedding?
Andrew: As much as I’m honored that our family and friends will be celebrating with us and witnessing and supporting our vows to each other as partners in marriage, I’m also really excited for the brief moments of intimate togetherness: our vows under the chuppah, our brief yichud afterwards, our first dance, and taking a brief break from the party to watch the sunset. I also really enjoy dancing! 🙂
Sara: When I think about our wedding day, I picture us under the chuppah holding hands, and looking out for the first time to all of our family and friends who have traveled to witness our commitment to each other. I think this will be such a beautiful moment and I get chills just thinking about it.
This weekend we’re heading up to Maine for the second time this summer to celebrate with Carly & Alex. This is a special one for us. Two years ago we photographed the wedding of Greg and Julie, Carly’s sister, in the same place – Kamp Kohut. The summer camp has been run by Carly’s family for a couple of generations, and Carly is continuing in that tradition. Carly suggested us to her sister and Greg after being a guest at Karla & Todd‘s wedding, who we’ll also see this weekend. It will be quite the reunion for us!
As I mentioned in my last post, one of the things I enjoy about my job is getting to know our couples – hearing about them individually, how they are together and how they met. I thought it would be fun to learn a little bit about each couple before their wedding day in their own words.
Where and how did you meet?
We met in 2014 in Israel on Birthright, although we were both living in Boston at the time. It was an eight day trip during one of the more intense times over the last few years where the country was really on edge and preparing for an attack. It took about 3 days into the trip for us to actually start speaking with each other, but we hit it off right away. On the way back to JFK, Alex had asked for a ride back to Boston and was introduced to Carly’s parents before the 1st date even occurred. Alex and Carly’s dad Dan hit it off immediately, speaking for almost the entire 4.5 hour ride back while Hanna, Carly’s childhood friend, sat in the backseat telling Carly’s mom Lisa all about Alex. We are so lucky to have Hanna celebrating with us at our wedding and signing our Ketubah, and our friend Sarah, who we met on our trip and helped orchestrate the proposal, will be marrying us!
Alex, What was it about Carly that first impressed you or caught your attention?
She has an infectious smile and generous personality. I can always spot her in a crowd because her face lights up and she does this cute little head turn thing along with it.
Carly, What was it about Alex that first impressed you or caught your attention?
Alex’s eyes definitely caught my attention first (and that of the whole group as he was given the superlative of “Best Eyes” by the group!) but sadly so did his clothing choices. He wore these bright red swishy pants that can be seen in our first photo together. Unfortunately Alex still has them, but thankfully they don’t get worn very much anymore!
What are you looking forward to the most about your wedding?
We are most looking forward to celebrating with all of our favorite people being in our favorite place. We are sad to be missing a few key people in our lives but know they are here with us in their own way. We are so happy to be starting our married life together with all of these special people in this special place.
Hello! It’s been a while. Engagement shoot and wedding season is here, so there are photos to share. To start though, this is a shoot I did with Becca & Nick back in December at the Middlesex Fells Reservation. What I remember most is laughing a lot, which just so happens to be one of my favorite things to do. On this muggy day in Boston, it’s funny to see snow on the ground and ice on the reservoir.
One of my favorite parts about my job is meeting so many different people and hearing their stories – where they grew-up, their interests, and of course how each couple met. I thought it would be fun to get to know a bit about each couple before their wedding day in their own words. This is the first couple that I’m doing this with and Nick was kind enough to send his answers along when Becca was out of town. Without further adieu, I’ll let Nick take over.
Where and how did you meet?
We actually met while doing research in Greenland. I was finishing up my PhD in Seattle, and was planning to join a lab a Woods Hole Oceanographic where Becca was getting her PhD. The scientist who ran the lab asked if I’d like to join them to collect some data in eastern Greenland in August 2013, and I said sure! So I flew out from Seattle to meet the lab (having not met any of them before) and Becca was among the group. We immediately loaded up a small ship with our science gear and headed out into the fjord for 2 intense weeks of data collection near the ice sheet. You live in really close quarters and work super long hours on these trips, so it was a pretty full-on first meeting experience!
As I mentioned, I didn’t know anybody on this trip before I stepped off the plane, but I immediately felt a connection with Becca. Being on one of these research cruises stuck on a tiny boat for weeks you get to know people really fast, and I was super happy that Becca was there. We worked, ate, talked, hungout together during all our waking hours for the whole trip and by the end I knew she was really special. I had to go back to Seattle for a few months after Greenland, but knowing that Becca would be in Woods Hole made me really excited for a cross-country move!
What are you looking forward to the most about your wedding?
Both of us are incredibly excited for the wedding. We are really excited to get to celebrate our relationship with all our friends and family. I can’t speak for Becca, but I imagine her answer would be the same – that we are most excited to get all our friends and family – people spread out all around the world – together in one place for the weekend. We can’t wait!
We can’t wait to celebrate with them either! Their wedding is later this month in Maine and we’re really looking forward to it.
The evening before the last (right, the last?) snow storm in Boston we met up with Samantha & Josh for a stroll along the Charles River. After living in a couple of different cities, they’ve found their way back to the Boston area. Documenting this phase of their lives with the city as a backdrop seemed fitting.
We also wanted to give them a little warm up in front of the camera because these two are getting married this Sunday! Looking forward to seeing Lesley & Courtney and Danielle & Jeff too!