In honor of Valentine’s week, let me share some of the many reasons why I love being a wedding photographer.
Juliana and John held an intimate wedding, with only their families present, at the MIT Chapel in December. Juliana’s parents flew in from Brazil, and John’s parents and siblings came in from across the country. It was the first real snow of the season here in Boston, and despite a few delays, everyone made it in time. Their nieces were so excited to be a part of the celebration, and they hurried back and forth from where Juliana was getting ready below to the chapel upstairs. Following the ceremony, a round of high-fives, and portraits, the group headed to Catalyst for a relaxed lunch to celebrate.
If you like what you see, and are interested in having me photograph your MIT Chapel winter wedding, please get in touch.
“Do the engagement session! We scoffed at this before… we thought it was just for vanity and not necessary, but it was very helpful for us learning how to be in photos and for giving you feedback on what we liked. We loved having the group photo after the ceremony and appreciated the advice to have our officiant guide everyone. Also, advice for brides: use tons of hairspray!” – Wendy
Click to see more from Wendy & Ajays’s Stonehurst wedding.
Words of Wisdom is an ongoing series in which recently married couples share their best bits of wedding advice.
Being a wedding photographer, especially this time of year when I’m hearing from lots of newly-engaged couples, is a little like being on a series of first dates. There’s the spark of interest, the first (usually e-mail) contact. You share a little of your story and I share a little of mine. Maybe there’s an instant sense of ease and understanding, a feeling like you’ve found someone you’re supposed to know, and an excitement that you’ll get to know more of them. That’s how I felt when I heard from Melissa and Ben, and was so thrilled to be invited to photograph their New Hampshire wedding this past fall.
Looking back on my notes from the day, the phrase that stands out is “heartfelt everything.” Melissa and Ben were very deliberate in their wedding choices, including touches both sentimental (Melissa donned a necklace worn by three generations of brides in her family) and humorous (Ben’s Batman cufflinks). It was important to them to have an inclusive celebration and invite the full participation of their guests. A family friend led the service, during which their parents and guests were asked to affirm Melissa and Ben’s union. During the reception, their siblings delivered sweet and funny toasts, Melissa and Ben shared their wedding cake with Melissa’s father (who was celebrating his birthday), and her brother sang a slow song to open the dance floor to all the guests. And throughout the day, what made it really sparkle, were the gigantic smiles of Melissa and Ben as they soaked it all in.
If you like what you see, and are interested in having me photograph your New Hampshire wedding, please get in touch.
Wedding schedules don’t always take into account the position of the sun. So many other things take precedence – like when your venue is available and what tone you want for your celebration. A brunch wedding (and I love brunch weddings) is clearly not going to include sunset portraits ;) But for engagement sessions, it’s wonderful to have the freedom to take advantage of the best light. My favorite light is closest to sunset or sunrise, the soft pastel light when the sun is just below the horizon or the dramatic golden glow when the sun is low in the sky.
Caitlin and Tom opted for a sunrise engagement session at Duxbury Beach, which is quickly becoming one of my favorite places to photograph. We met on a cool October morning, with a nearly-full moon still lingering in the sky. Given the early hour, we had the beach to ourselves – an empty canvas to fill with their love.
If you like what you see, and are interested in having me photograph your sunrise engagement session, please get in touch.