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It was such a treat to spend the afternoon with Anna and Stef for their Jamaica Plain engagement. I met them at their apartment, and was welcomed with a cup of Stef’s special order English breakfast tea to warm up from the damp and drizzly fall weather. These two like playing games together (Stef proposed to Anna with the assistance of Bananagrams), so they settled in for a round. After a little cuddling on the couch and a brief appearance by their cat, we headed out for a walk toward Jamaica Pond. To our delight, the rain had passed and the sun was working its way out. We made our final stop at a colorful mural before calling it a day.

laid-back documentary engagement session playing games
relaxed at home engagement session playing games
relaxed at home engagement session with cat
sweet at-home Jamaica Plain engagement session
authentic fall engagement session at Jamaica Pond
authentic fall engagement session at Jamaica Pond
silly authentic fall engagement session in Jamaica Plain
classic same-sex engagement portrait in Jamaica Plain
Jamaica Plain engagement portrait with mural

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Jess and Chris brought me to one of their favorite places, World’s End in Hingham, for their engagement session. This is where they take their puppy for hikes, and where Chris proposed to Jess. We wandered the different paths, lingered at the bench where they got engaged, admired the colors of the changing foliage, and soaked in the glorious sunshine just before sunset. My goal during engagement sessions is always to create candid and affectionate images that feel true to the couple, as well as a few more classic portraits that will please parents and grandparents. At one point during our time together, the light was so dramatic that I couldn’t resist playing around with something a little different, and asked Jess to channel her inner Beyoncé (which she did exceptionally well between a few giggles).

engagement portraits with fall foliage at World
relaxed fall engagement session, Hingham
relaxed fall engagement session, Hingham
happy engagement session at World
fall engagement session at World
dramatic light during an autumn engagement session at World
moody fall engagement photos at World

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Rebecca and Craig are oenophiles and historians, so we met up for a glass of wine before hitting the streets for their Beacon Hill engagement session. I recommend that my clients do something fun or go out for a drink before the engagement session, so it was a no-brainer for them to head to one of their favorite Boston wine bars – Bin 26 Enoteca.

It’s always fun to walk through Beacon Hill; I love the old world feel, and am always noticing something new. To get to know my clients better, I’ll often ask lighthearted questions along the lines of “If your fiancé/e was a _______ what would he/she be?” Of course with Rebecca and Craig, I had to ask what varieties of wine they’d be, and there was no hesitation in their responses. According to Craig, Rebecca would be a zinfandel, and I think Rebecca said Craig would be some kind of pinot – but the answer was lost to my ears by the immediate laughter of how accurately each described the other.

affectionate Beacon Hill portrait
laughing engagement photos in Boston's Beacon Hill neighborhood
relaxed engagement photos in Boston's Beacon Hill neighborhood
relaxed engagement photos in Boston's Beacon Hill neighborhood
engagement photos in Boston's Beacon Hill neighborhood
relaxed engagement photos in Boston's Beacon Hill neighborhood
silly and authentic engagement photography in Boston's Beacon Hill
moody rainy Beacon Hill engagement photography

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What stands out most about Kate and Josh’s wedding is the joy they brought to the day, and the intense sense of connection between the two of them and with all who shared in the celebration. They wore huge grins, gave big hugs, spoke heartfelt vows, tipped their heads back in laughter and lived each moment to its fullest.

I started the day with Kate at her parents’ home, and loved seeing her and her sister Britt helping each other get ready. Britt painting Kate’s nails, Kate helping Britt with her necklace, Britt zipping and buttoning Kate into her dress. Kate decided on her jewelry at the last minute, looking through her mom’s jewelry box and selecting an antique jade necklace and silver cuff bracelet that had belonged to her great grandmother. Kate’s dad drove her to the Beverly Yacht Club, where she and Josh shared a few private moments before taking some relaxed portraits and then joining the rest of the wedding party and their families for group photos. They held the ceremony at the historic First Congregational Church, just a short walk away. Kate and Josh returned to the yacht club by boat, joining the cocktail hour which was held on the lawn under a grey sky. Thankfully, the rain held off until everyone moved inside for emotional toasts, delicious dinner and energetic dancing.

Bride gets ready at home in Marion, MA.
Bride gets ready at home in Marion, MA.
Sisters getting ready at home before the wedding.
Sisters getting ready at home before the wedding.
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Massachusetts documentary wedding photography, father drives daughter to first look
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Massachusetts documentary wedding photography, first look at the Beverly Yacht Club
Massachusetts documentary wedding photography, first look at the Beverly Yacht Club
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Massachusetts documentary wedding photography, Beverly Yacht Club
Massachusetts documentary wedding photography, Beverly Yacht Club
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Massachusetts documentary wedding photography, Beverly Yacht Club
Massachusetts documentary wedding photography, Beverly Yacht Club
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Massachusetts documentary wedding photography, First Congregational Curch, Marion MA
Massachusetts documentary wedding photography
Massachusetts documentary wedding photography, First Congregational Curch, Marion MA
Massachusetts documentary wedding photography, First Congregational Curch, Marion MA
Massachusetts documentary wedding photography, bride walks down the aisle at the First Congregational Curch in Marion
Massachusetts documentary wedding photography, First Congregational Curch, Marion MA
Massachusetts documentary wedding photography, First Congregational Curch, Marion MA
Massachusetts documentary wedding photography, First Congregational Curch, Marion MA
Massachusetts documentary wedding photography, mother of the groom reacts during the ceremony at the First Congregational Curch, Marion MA
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emotional Massachusetts wedding photography, First Congregational Curch, Marion MA
emotional Massachusetts wedding photography, First Congregational Curch, Marion MA
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Massachusetts documentary wedding photography, bride and groom recess following the ceremony at the First Congregational Curch, Marion MA
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Marion, Massachusetts documentary wedding photographer, Beverly Yacht Club
Marion, Massachusetts documentary wedding photographer, Beverly Yacht Club
Marion, Massachusetts documentary wedding photographer, Beverly Yacht Club
Marion, Massachusetts documentary wedding photographer, Beverly Yacht Club
Marion, Massachusetts documentary wedding photographer, Beverly Yacht Club
Marion, Massachusetts documentary wedding photographer, Beverly Yacht Club
Marion, Massachusetts documentary wedding photographer, Beverly Yacht Club
Marion, Massachusetts documentary wedding photographer, Beverly Yacht Club
Marion, Massachusetts wedding photographer, Beverly Yacht Club
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Massachusetts documentary wedding photography, Beverly Yacht Club
Massachusetts documentary wedding photography, Beverly Yacht Club
Massachusetts documentary wedding photography, Beverly Yacht Club
Massachusetts documentary wedding photography, Beverly Yacht Club
Massachusetts documentary wedding photography, Beverly Yacht Club
Massachusetts documentary wedding photography, Beverly Yacht Club
Massachusetts documentary wedding photography, Beverly Yacht Club
bride and groom hold hands during toast, Massachusetts documentary wedding photographer, Beverly Yacht CLub
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Massachusetts documentary wedding photography, guests dance at the Beverly Yacht Club
Massachusetts documentary wedding photography
Massachusetts documentary wedding photography, guests dance at the Beverly Yacht Club
Massachusetts documentary wedding photography
Massachusetts documentary wedding photography
Massachusetts documentary wedding photography
Massachusetts documentary wedding photography
Massachusetts documentary wedding photography, bride dances with father at the Beverly Yacht Club
Massachusetts documentary wedding photography, bride dances with father at the Beverly Yacht Club
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Massachusetts documentary wedding photography, guests dance at the Beverly Yacht Club
Massachusetts documentary wedding photography, guests dance at the Beverly Yacht Club
Massachusetts documentary wedding photography, guests dance at the Beverly Yacht Club
Massachusetts documentary wedding photography, guests dance at the Beverly Yacht Club
Massachusetts documentary wedding photography, guests dance at the Beverly Yacht Club
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Massachusetts documentary wedding photography, guests enjoy the party at the Beverly Yacht Club
Massachusetts documentary wedding photography, guests enjoy the party at the Beverly Yacht Club
Massachusetts documentary wedding photography, guests enjoy the party at the Beverly Yacht Club
Massachusetts documentary wedding photography, bride and groom enjoy their reception at the Beverly Yacht Club
Massachusetts documentary wedding photography, Beverly Yacht Club at night

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I love getting to spend time with couples at their engagement session, learning about their story and seeing how they interact. Kelsey and Greg have been together since high school, which is pretty amazing in my book. When I asked Kelsey about what attracted her to Greg, she told me that no one can make her laugh the way Greg does, and I got to see that in full effect. We walked along Commonwealth Ave, through the Public Gardens, and into Beacon Hill for their Boston engagement session, celebrating the city they live in now. I’m already looking forward to their hometown wedding next fall at the Duxbury Bay Maritime School!

engagement portrait on Commonwealth Ave, Boston
an engaged couple shares a laugh on Comm Ave in Boston
an engagement portrait featuring the architecture of Boston's Back Bay
an engaged couple shares a laugh during their engagement session on Comm Ave in Boston
a sweet engagement portrait under the willows in the Boston Public Garden
a moody black and white engagement portrait in Beacon Hill
sharing a laugh in Beacon Hill, Boston

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