Samantha and AJ have been together for seven years. They met in college, and have faced good and challenging times together since then, through graduate programs, new jobs and moves. They told me that they are “truly best friends and already part of each other’s families,” and very excited to make it official later this summer. They’re getting married in Newport, and on a recent trip to Jamestown to visit AJ’s family and do some planning, we met up for their engagement session, starting in the backyard and then catching sunset at Fort Wetherill State Park.
“Keep two of the most important things that matter to you on that day in the fore-front of your mind, and let everyone else take care of the rest, because everything will be okay, and you can’t control everything yourself. Also, we both learned to put a lot more trust in our vendors (especially you guys!); after all, you are the professionals! It’s easy to forget that sometimes.” – Iva & Andrew
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Words of Wisdom is an ongoing series in which recently married couples share their best bits of wedding advice.
With the saffron colored scarves draping the chuppah swept up in the wind, everyone beneath gathered close, cupping their hands to shield the nascent flame of the unity candle. This sense of beauty and community is what sticks with me when I think of Wendy and Ajay’s Stonehurst wedding. Their very personal ceremony on the lawn was led by a friend, and included a moment for all the guests to exchange greetings. Their family and closest friends stood with them in lieu of a wedding party. A reading from The Little Prince was echoed visually in a small tattoo of an illustration from the same book on Wendy’s wrist, which I spied during their portrait session.
It was important to Wendy and Ajay to create a wedding that was true to them and honored Wendy’s Jewish and Ajay’s Indian background. These two love hosting dinner parties, and wanted to bring that feel to their wedding. They worked closely with Forklift Catering to craft a menu that incorporated both of their culinary traditions. With help from friends, they even had their wedding cake brought all the way from India. Later on the dance floor, guests participated in the hora, Bollywood dancing, and the Goan mando.
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I was smitten with Melissa and Ben from their very first email last fall. Melissa wrote with great humor and love about their plans for their New Hampshire wedding, their families, and the two of them. She shared “We are both deeply nerdy in very different ways. He loves sci-fi and video games. I studied poetry in graduate school and somehow am now a software engineer (life is weird). We met when we worked for Apple, me at the Genius Bar and him on the sales floor. It was not love at first sight (he messed up my name upon introduction and I sassed him for it. ahh, young love!), but every day since then has been a joyful adventure. We are so delightfully perfect for one another despite being so very different.”
As a photographer, I have a little running list of places at which I’d like to photograph, some close to home, some more far-flung. I was thrilled when Melissa and Ben mentioned the Mass Audubon Habitat in Belmont as a potential site for their engagement session, as it’s a place they enjoy visiting together and it’s been on my list. We met one warm evening, followed the paths through forests and fields, saw birds and bunnies, and made portraits along the way. I loved hearing about their relationship, seeing their easy smiles and laughs, and the contrast of Melissa’s red hair with the surrounding greenery.
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Emily and Kevin grew up in Duxbury, and the beach is their happy place. They go in all seasons, and bring their dog. But nothing quite compares to a summer evening on the beach, with the gentle breeze, lapping waves, and smell of salt in the air as the sun wanes and colors the sky in candy hues. On one such evening, I met up with Emily and Kevin to make some relaxed engagement portraits. The only thing brighter than Emily’s smile was the brilliant sunshine.
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