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I haven’t stopped thinking about this image since I made it last weekend at Alex and Noah’s wedding in the Berkshires. Alex had just walked down the aisle, turned to kiss her dad, then her mom. As her dad moved to take his seat, their hands lingered for a moment, arms stretching out. In a split second, I changed focus and composition, and prayed that I got it in the single frame I was able to make before the moment was over.

the hands of the bride and her father at the top of the aisle

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Laurel and Bear wanted to combine their love for their family and friends with their love of the outdoors, music, and good food during their wedding. I thought Laurel was tempting fate when she told me it wasn’t allowed to rain on her wedding day, but they were blessed with a spectacular summer day in the mountains of New Hampshire at the Bluewater Farm. Laurel got ready in a tiny cabin overlooking Bradley Lake, while people bustled in and out. She walked down the mountain aisle with her dad, to the sound of bluegrass and birds. A friend who is a poet wrote and delivered a poem during their ceremony, which was held in an outdoor chapel overlooking Mt. Kearsarge. Throughout the evening, guests enjoyed the views from the lodge deck, could stroll down to the lake, or play corn hole and horseshoes on the lawn. The toasts were a particular treat to hear, as both the bride and groom have known their best man and maid of honor since infancy, and we heard a little one-upmanship about who knew when “s/he’s the one” first. After dinner, the Grippo Funk Band kept the guests dancing. Laurel and Bear wanted to make sure to have lots of guest candids, so I stayed through the end of the night, and had fun experimenting with a few different lighting set-ups. The exclamation point to the evening came in the form of a super moon, and Laurel and Bear and I slipped away to make a few portraits of them with the moon rising over mountain and lake.

sign for Bluewater Farm
lodge at Bluewater farm
view from cabin at Bluewater farm
bride is fanned while getting ready
bride has lipstick applied
bride hands gown to mother
bride puts on wedding dress in cabin
guitar player at wedding ceremony
bride walks down mountain path
mountain vew of wedding ceremony framed by towering pine trees
reading duringwedding ceremony
bride and groom walk up aisle in outdoor chapel
bride and groom on mountain path
bride and groom in field with beautiful light
guests during cocktail hour at Bluewater Farm
wedding guests enjoy mountain and lake view
wedding guests play cornhole
bride holds glass of champagne
father of the groom toasts the couple
bride and groom react to toast
best man delivers toast
guests react to toast
maid of honor delivers toast
father of the bride delivers toast
groom and friends laugh during reception
wedding guests play horseshoes
friendly battle of wedding guest cell phone photographers
cake cutting
first dance in lodge under bistro lights
father daugher dance
guests dance under bistro lights
wedding guests enjoy evening outside the lodge at Bluewater farm
bride and groom on Bradley Lake
bride and groom on dock at Bradley Lake
guests dance in the lodge at Bluewater farm
guest sings with band
guests dance
guests dance in Bluewater Farm lodge
empty tables under wedding tent after dark
bride and groom with the supermoon on their wedding
tambourine and cowbell at the wedding reception
funk band parades through dancefloor at wedding
bride laughs on the dance floor
guests dance in lodge
guests dance in lodge
guests dance in lodge
bride dances with fan
guests watch dancing
guests dance
guests share a moment on the edge of the dance floor
groom dances with friend
bride and groom seen through bistro lights
Bluewater Farm lodge at night

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  • Mary H Michetti - Very nice time! Great pictures;-)ReplyCancel

  • Gail Fitzpatrick - <3ReplyCancel

  • Meg Beturne - awww I love it! what a beautiful night!
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  • Donna Fitzpatrick - A day perfect in every way! All the best to Laurel and Bear. ReplyCancel

  • Lorraine Keating - It was such a special night for two of the coolest people I know! Beautiful in every way! Great photos!ReplyCancel

  • Debbie Hatter - Fantastic! Thank you so much for sharing.ReplyCancel

Jess and Eric are in the midst of a big year. Not only are they planning a wedding, but they’ve recently purchased their first house together. We started their engagement session there, making some relaxed portraits in the backyard. These two enjoy spending time together outdoors and are currently working towards a goal of hiking all the Four Thousand Footers in NH. We couldn’t make it up there for an engagement session, so instead headed to the Middlesex Fells. Not quite the mountains, but beautiful nonetheless!

casual backyard engagement portrait
casual backyard engagement portrait
relaxed engagement portrait not quite American Gothic
relaxed Middlesex Fells engagement portrait
outdoors engagement session near Boston
Middlesex Fells sunset engagement portraits
relaxed outdoors engagement portrait

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I’m so excited to share this fun, slightly-untraditional-but-still-traditional wedding today. You see, Allison is one of the best friends I’ve made since moving to Boston. I started the day hanging out with her and her bridesmaids, playing Cards Against Humanity as people cycled through the hair and make-up stations. As both she and James are into history (a slight understatement, since Allison just completed her PhD), they were smitten with the Gothic Revival architecture of Bigelow Chapel, on the grounds of Mt. Auburn Cemetery. They decided to not see each other before the ceremony, which was officiated by one of their oldest friends. The extra long pause before Allison entered the chapel (she couldn’t hear the change in music) had James sweating (or maybe it was just the July heat). Following the ceremony, we took some portraits on the grounds of Mt. Auburn (so lovely) and then headed in to Harvard Square for drinks with the wedding party at the Legal Seafoods Terrace Bar. There are no pictures of that here, as I was officially “off the clock” so I could also enjoy myself as a guest. The reception was held at Silvertone in Boston, and I have to thank and credit Kristen Scheuler for taking most of the reception images. It was such a fun and relaxed wedding, and really allowed these two southern transplants to show off the city they now call home.

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bride getting ready at Mt. Auburn cemetery
bride getting ready at Mt. Auburn cemetery
bride getting ready at Mt. Auburn cemetery
aunt excited to see bride in dress
Mt. Auburn Cemetery Bigelow Chapel
groom hugs mother at start of wedding ceremony
Mt. Auburn Cemetery Bigelow Chapel wedding
Mt. Auburn Cemetery Bigelow Chapel wedding photography
bridesmaids look on during wedding ceremony
parents during wedding ceremony
parents during wedding ceremony
exchange of rings during wedding ceremony
exchange of rings during wedding ceremony
groom kisses brides hand on altar
bride and groom leave Chapel following wedding ceremony
formal portrait of bride and groom with both families
formal wedding party portrait
relaxed portrait of bride and groom
relaxed portrait of bride and groom
silly portrait of bride and groom
Silvertone wedding photography
Silvertone wedding photography
Silvertone wedding photography
Silvertone wedding photography
Silvertone wedding photography
Silvertone wedding photography
Silvertone wedding photography
Silvertone wedding photography
Silvertone wedding photography
Silvertone wedding photography
Silvertone wedding photography
Silvertone wedding photography
Silvertone wedding photography
Silvertone wedding photography
Silvertone wedding photography
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Silvertone wedding photography
Silvertone wedding photography
Silvertone wedding photography
Silvertone wedding photography
Romantic documentary wedding photography first dance

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We started Joydita and Simon’s engagement session on their couch – the first piece of furniture they’ve bought together – one of those little, uncelebrated milestones in a relationship. Their cat made a brief appearance, lured in front of the camera by the promise of treats. We then meandered to and through Cabot Woods, a nearby park in Newton where there were all sorts of photographic possibilities. These two are so sweet together; I loved seeing how they leaned into each other and made each other feel more comfortable in front of the camera. I’m already looking forward to their Pride-and-Prejudice-inspired wedding this fall. Joydita really knows her way to a Jane-Austen-lover’s heart!

engagement portrait at home with cat
relaxed engagement portrait at home on front steps
engagement portrait in field in Newton MA with beautiful light
engagement portrait in field with beautiful golden light
woodsy New England engagement portrait
relaxed and authentic engagement photography
engagement portrait in Newton MA

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