Nauset Beach Backyard Wedding | Emma & Harrison

Emma & Harrison’s wedding was exactly the kind of wedding we love to be a part of and capture. To begin, it happened at a place that’s important to them – in this case, Emma’s late Grandmother’s home on Nauset Beach. It also happens to be the same place where they met three years earlier (to the month), and where Emma’s mom and dad were married (the best!). They asked Harrison’s uncle to officiate. Standing under a chuppah made by Harrison and friends, they spoke vows they had written themselves, and used rock, paper, scissors to decide who would go first in saying them.

Beyond the ceremony, which was beautiful, we appreciated how comfortable Emma & Harrison were with being themselves in front of us. They allowed themselves to be vulnerable, which gave us so many emotional moments to capture. Their photos show pure joy. I’ll let them do the talking.

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Event Planner: The lovely Stephanie Diaz of Cape Cod Celebrations |  Location: Private Home on Nauset Beach  |  Dress: Ines Di Santo from L’Elite  |  Groom’s  Suit: A. Ermenegildo Zegna  |  Hair & Make-up: NY hair & Co.  |  Invitations & Paper Goods: Smock Paper via Rugg Rd. Paper  |   Florals: Fancy Flowers by Meredith  |  Caterer: Season to Taste  |  Baker: Cottage Street Bakery  |  Bridesmaids Dresses: Amsale via L’Elite  |  Band: The Marsels

Friendly Crossways Wedding | Danielle & Jeff

This was a wedding jam-packed with so many great moments. Personally I loved it because we had two of our previous couples there – Ariel & Drew and Lesley & Courtney. Danielle was a bridesmaid in Lesley’s wedding and she repaid the favor. The entire wedding day took place at Friendly Crossways. We love having everything happen in one location from getting ready to dancing. It makes for a calm day that flows really well. Danielle & Jeff had a friend officiate which is a great way to create a ceremony filled with connection. And their first dance was choreographed by Jeff’s sister. It was fantastic! To top it all off – the food was delicious – dinner and the pies all prepared by the owners of Friendly Crossways.

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Event Planner: Mary Turner of Friendly Crossways  |  Location: Friendly Crossways  |  Dress: BHLDN  |  Groom’s  Suit: Suit Supply  |  Hair & Make-up:  Charlotte Phinney |  Invitations & Paper Goods: Minted  |   Florals: Barbara Rietscha of Field and Vase |  Caterer: Friendly Crossways  |  Baker: Mary Turner of Friendly Crossways  |  Bridesmaids Dresses: BHLDN  |  DJ: DJ Zeke

Arnold Arboretum Engagement | Ashley & Keith

Hello all! Believe it or not, I’m still around. This space has been pretty silent this year, which I plan to change in the coming weeks. This summer in particular was a hectic and emotionally overwhelming one for me. I’ve been distracted personally, which has led to me neglecting a few things – this blog being one of them. I’ve still been shooting though! In fact, we’re off to the Cape tomorrow to photograph Ashley & Keith’s wedding. Before we head off, I wanted to share a few from the pre-wedding shoot we did with them back in May. Trees were just beginning to bloom and the temperature was much like it was today – cool and beautiful.

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Location: Arnold Arboretum

New York State Wedding | Mariam & Thomas

Mariam & Thomas’ wedding had so many of my favorite things – a beautiful setting; family involvement – Mariam’s brother officiated and both of Thomas’ brothers gave toasts that were heartfelt and hilarious; and a past couple of ours as guests. We met Mariam & Thomas through Abby & Paul. Mariam was Abby’s bridesmaid, and Abby reciprocated by being a co-maid of honor for Mariam.

This wedding was quite the tearjerker for me – especially when it came to Mariam & her dad. Before going out to see Thomas for the first time, Mariam walked down the staircase to her dad waiting at the bottom. He held a photograph from the day Mariam was born. Woo-boy. Tears – the great kind.

It’s the little details that make a wedding day specific to the couple. Mariam put a pin of her grandfather’s, who is no longer around, in her hair. I also loved the idea that Thomas had for Mariam. He wrote her four letters that were given to her as the day went along – leading up to their first look. I’m sure they will keep those to look back on years from now.

Thank you Abby & Paul – and thank you Mariam & Thomas for having us their to celebrate with you.

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Event Planner: Elizabeth Edwards of Tarrytown House Estate |  Location: Tarrytown House Estate |  Dress: Naaem Khan  |  Groom’s Tux: Generation Tux  |  Hair & Make-up: Just B Beautiful  |  Invitations & Paper Goods: Rachel Marvin  |   Florals: Julia Rosa  |  Baker: Sweet Lisa’s  |  Bridesmaids Dresses: Hayley Paige Azalea  |  Groomsmen: Generation Tux  |  Band: ETA Music

Take a look back at Mariam & Thomas’ Boston engagement shoot.

Brides – Before a First Look

When I talk with a couple for the first time, I explain that our style is somewhat low-key. We’re there to document the day as it happens. We don’t want to impose ourselves on the day, but rather be there to observe. That being said, I also explain that a well thought out timeline with buffer room, allows the day to flow naturally and gives the space for surprises to happen.

That extra space also gives us time to take some portraits. Candid photographs tell the story of the day, but I think portraits are important too. They tell the story of who you were on that day. They also give us a bit of time to slow down from all the bustle of getting ready. I often ask everyone to leave the room – to quiet the space and allow for the realization of what the day is really about to sink in. Sometimes there’s a nervous laugh, other times there are tears. And sometimes there’s a calm that takes over the space we’re in. All of it I love, because all of it is real.

I have weddings to show you starting next week. For now though, here are three portraits from this wedding season.

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Firefly Field Wonder

I shared this image on my Instagram account earlier today, but I thought it deserved to be larger. I used to write personal posts a lot on my old blog. My life evolved and I found myself not wanting to share much of what was happening to me personally. Last year my dad died and I just felt heavy. Not wanting to bring anybody down, especially those of you looking for a photographer for a joyous occasion, I shied away from mentioning it much.

I’ve been thinking lately how everybody has something, or will have something happen to them during the course of their lives. These things may wreck you for a while, then you evolve. You evolve into a different version of yourself. I’ve done it once before when my mom died and I came out stronger and more aware of the life I wanted for myself. My dad dying ten years later reminded me of that all over again. It’s only been a little over a year, so I’m not certain where this evolution will take me yet.

From my Instagram post:

When Peter and I were first starting to spend time together, much of that time was spent riding around in cars – sometimes into the wee hours of the morning. This drove my mom crazy, I’m sure, but there were songs to listen to, and so many conversations to be had – everything was new. Life seemed wondrous and completely open to so many possibilities. Perhaps it’s because lately I’ve been feeling the opposite that I’ve been thinking back to that time in my life a lot more. So many things seem to be disappearing and time feels like it’s closing in. I need wondrous back in my life.

One of those summer nights we were driving around, we took a turn onto Shades of Death Road. For you non-New Jerseysians, yes – that is an actual road name. It’s in a rural part of the state and winds through farmland. Peter was driving and I was gazing out the passenger window when I saw something amazing – a field of fireflies. The night was warm and muggy – apparently the perfect weather for lightning bugs. They were all over – in the trees, in the tall grass, midway between both. There were thousands of them. It was one of the most magical sights I had ever seen. We were so excited at what we found, we took my brother, and my mom, and friends to see it too.

There were a couple times over the recent years we went back, but the fireflies weren’t as many. A few weeks ago we were home on a particularly muggy night, with a full moon too, and we decided to go and see what we could see. As we drove down the road there were a few here and there…and then we arrived at our spot – fireflies everywhere! I long to be in that moment – in that space of wonder once more.

Jamaica Plain Brewery Engagement | Julia & Francis

Waaaay back last November I met Julia & Francis at Ula Café in Jamaica Plain near Sam Adams to meet them for the first time. They were in the area for Thanksgiving and getting a few wedding things accomplished while they were here. We only had that morning to meet until their wedding (which is tomorrow!), so even though it was bitterly cold out, we went for it. Turns out a brutally cold day leads to cuddling and laughter – the best combination for photos.

Backyard Wedding on the South Shore | Lesley & Courtney

Lesley & Courtney were married on the South Shore in Hull, at Courtney’s family home along the water. The day was beautiful, as you’ll see, and filled with close friends and family, and so many tears of joy. Their wedding was almost two years ago. How have I not blogged their wedding?! I needed to show you all this lovely day because three (3!) of the weddings I’ll be showing you in the next few weeks are because of these two wonderful people. I can’t thank them enough for being so supportive of our photography. They are amazing champions of what we do. Thank you, Lesley & Courtney!

Here’s a look back at their pre-wedding session too.

Event Planner: Bride and Friend of the Bride (Hi, Emily!) |  Location: Private Home  |  Dress: Allure Couture  |  Groom’s  Suit: Jos A Bank  |  Hair & Make-up:  Make Me Up Bridal  |  Invitations & Paper Goods:  Minted |   Flowers from: Stow Greenhouses – Arrangements by: Bride and Family  |  Caterer: Stoked Pizza Co   |  Bridesmaids Dresses: BHLDN  |  DJ: Dave Becker DJ Plus  |  Sailcloth Tent: A Tent 4 Rent

Jamaica Plain Engagement | Danielle & Jeff

This weekend Danielle & Jeff are getting married at Friendly Crossways! We’re looking forward to celebrating with them very much – and even more so because two of our past couples will be there as well…Ariel & Drew, who were married at Mass MoCA and Lesley & Courtney, who had a wonderful celebration at Courtney’s family home in Hull.

A few weeks back we met up with them near their new neighborhood in Jamaica Plain to warm them up for photography on their wedding day. We quickly found out they didn’t need any practice. These two were super comfortable and just had fun being with each other, which is exactly what I hope for in every shoot we do. We roamed around Arnold Arboretum and Jamaica Pond on that super hot 97º day. Remember? With all the rain we’ve been having I forgot we had a glimpse of August.

Happy weekend everyone!

Quissett Yacht Club Wedding | Sarah & Steve

I remember speaking with Sara on the phone and her telling me about the plans for her and Steve’s wedding. It was going to be in September (a day before mine and Peter’s anniversary) and it was going to be at an old yacht club in Falmouth (Peter and I were married at an old yacht club in New Jersey). She and Steve sounded like the perfect fit for us, and I’m so glad they had us there to document their day.

Sarah is from Texas and Steve is originally from New Jersey (it really is a wonderful state). His parents have since moved up to the Cape and one summer these two met when they were both in Falmouth. They currently live in Texas, but a wedding on the Cape seemed like the perfect place. They chose the Quissett Yacht Club by The Knob, which gives you views of Quissett Harbor, where they had their ceremony; and Buzzards Bay, where everyone witnessed a magnificent sunset before the reception began. One of their dogs even enjoyed a dip.

As someone who has experienced parent loss, I take notice of how parents who are no longer around are included in a wedding day. Sarah’s father passed away a little over a year and half before their wedding. They included a photo of him that was placed on a seat during the ceremony. His photo was brought to the reception as well. At some point when everyone was dancing, I noticed the frame next to a bottle of Shiner Bock – Sarah’s Dad’s favorite beer, and smiled knowing that he was there celebrating in his own way. I think it’s important to find ways for them to be present.

Lastly, they had their favorite singer, Lucas Jack and his band travel up from Texas (and St. Louis) to play their wedding. As you can imagine, they were fantastic. We have so much fun when a band at a wedding is good, and these guys were amazing. Definitely check their music out.

Congratulations again, Sarah & Steve. Here’s a bit of what their wedding day looked like.

Groom watches as bride walks down the aisle at Quissett Yacht Club wedding.

Event Planner: Rita Pacheco |  Location: Quissett Yacht Club  |  Dress: L’elite Boston  |  Hair & Make-up: Pura Vida  |  Invitations & Paper Goods:  Pink Polka Dot |   Florals: Ivie’s  |  Caterer: Clambakes, etc. |  Baker: Windfall Market |  Bridesmaids Dresses: J. Crew  |  Band: Lucas Jack

Mother’s Day

This Mother’s Day I want to remember my mom by celebrating all of those mothers whom I’ve had the pleasure to meet and photograph over the years. My mom was a photographer herself, and definitely passed her passion for documenting with a camera on to me. This weekend I’m spending my time going through boxes and drawers (and more boxes), packaging up all the photographs that my mom took over her lifetime. I really can’t imagine not having all these moments to look back on. Photography is what I do to support my family, but it’s so much more. Photographs are a way I can time travel, and I do love spending my time traveling back.

Much of my professional career has been after my mom died. She gave me the gift of photography, but she also gave me the gift of appreciating small moments – the fleeting ones. Without her around I know I’ve become more aware of those moments in not only my own life, but in the lives of the people around me. In a way, she’s made me an even better photographer. I’m always looking for the quick glances, the lips pressed together to keep from crying, the moments of sheer joy.

So, here’s to my mom – Donna Kimmerer. Here’s to all the mom’s who are with us in spirit. And here’s to all the moms (and moms-in-law) of our couples over the years. I’ve truly loved documenting your smiles and tears – and those sweet dance moves. Happy Mother’s Day!

At Home Family Session | The Andersons

I’m really enjoying family sessions lately. I encourage the people I’m photographing to basically do things as normal – play, read books – just have fun! Those are the moments that tend to be forgotten over time – and the ones I want everyone to be able to look back on.

It’s even more fun when it’s a family that I’ve known since the beginning. We photographed Hank and Mary’s wedding on Block Island a few years ago, and we even photographed Hank’s brother’s wedding this past fall when Kyle married Kaidy in Kennnebunkport.

Hank, Mary, Chip and Clarence had me down to their home in Connecticut in February. We hungout one Saturday morning – doing normal Saturday morning things – plus a few portraits outside.

If you’d like me to come and spend some time photographing your family, get in touch