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Maddy and Matt first crossed paths in high school, and started dating in college. When I first met them, they told me about some of the adventures they shared, including a tipsy exploration of the Lincoln Monument, more recent trips to London and Paris, and a proposal under the twinkle lights along Commonwealth Ave. I met up with them this fall at their loft building for their East Boston engagement session. I couldn’t pass up the beautiful light in the stairwell, so we made a few portraits there before heading toward the shipyard to explore the art, architecture and views. It was a bit of a blustery day, but it was that much better for snuggling together.

artful East Boston engagement photography
East Boston engagement photos
colorful East Boston engagement photo
East Boston engagement photo with Boston skyline
industrial East Boston engagement photos
moody East Boston engagement photography

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You know that heart fluttering feeling when you read a love story? I felt that way from the time Erin and Doug told me about their first planned date – just a drink after Erin finished her finals – turned into a two hour dinner and walk home through a snowy Boston. I got that same feeling hearing how they make each other feel safe and loved, and give each other faith that things will work out.

Some of the things that make Erin and Doug happy are fresh air, wide open spaces, and sharing a great meal and good wine with a group of family and friends. They brought these loves to their wedding celebration, with a stop at the historic Powder Point Bridge for photos, cocktail hour overlooking Duxbury Bay at sunset, and a delicious meal served under glowing lanterns at the Duxbury Bay Maritime School.

It was clear during the planning that their families are really important to them. They wanted the day to feel like a family reunion, so they skipped some of the formalities you sometimes see. When I asked about a bouquet toss, the answer made me laugh out loud – “Erin is going to try awfully hard to avoid a bouquet toss, since her throwing anything at a target, let alone backwards, is a sad thing to witness.”

Duxbury, Massachusetts documentary wedding photography
groom's boutonniere is pinned by his mother, at their home in Duxbury, Massachusetts
groomsmen share a laugh before the wedding
groom kisses his dog before departing for the wedding
backyard family portrait, Duxbury, Massachusetts documentary wedding photography
groom and groomsmen before the ceremony, Duxbury, Massachusetts documentary wedding photography
groom and groomsmen before the ceremony, Duxbury, Massachusetts documentary wedding photography
groom and groomsmen before the ceremony, Duxbury, Massachusetts documentary wedding photography
bride shows her dress to family
bride's parents react to seeing her in her wedding dress
bridesmaids react to seeing bride in dress
backyard family portrait, Duxbury, Massachusetts documentary wedding photography
bride and bridesmaids, Duxbury, Massachusetts documentary wedding photography
bride and bridesmaids, Duxbury, Massachusetts documentary wedding photography
bride and bridesmaids, Duxbury, Massachusetts documentary wedding photography
bride departs for church, Duxbury, Massachusetts documentary wedding photography
Duxbury, Massachusetts documentary wedding photography
groom escorts mother down the aisle, Duxbury, Massachusetts documentary wedding photography
bride walks down the aisl with her father, Duxbury, Massachusetts documentary wedding photography
parents watch the wedding ceremony of their children, Duxbury, Massachusetts documentary wedding photography
wedding ceremony in First Parish Church, Duxbury, Massachusetts
wedding ceremony in First Parish Church, Duxbury, Massachusetts
wedding ceremony in First Parish Church, Duxbury, Massachusetts
family portrait on Powder Point Bridge, Duxbury, MA
wedding party on Powder Point Bridge, Duxbury, MA
bride and groom on Powder Point Bridge, Duxbury, MA
bride and groom on Powder Point Bridge, Duxbury, MA
bride and groom chat with passerby on Powder Point Bridge, Duxbury, MA
the view from the Duxbury Bay Maritime School
wedding reception details at the the Duxbury Bay Maritime School
wedding party shares a toast before joining cocktail hour
cocktail hour at Duxbury Bay Maritime School
cocktail hour at Duxbury Bay Maritime School
cocktail hour at Duxbury Bay Maritime School
group photo of all wedding guests during cocktail hour at the Duxbury Bay Maritime School
bride and groom share a moment during cocktail hour at the Duxbury Bay Maritime School
portrait of the bride and groom on the docks of the Duxbury Bay Maritime School
portrait of the bride and groom on the docks of the Duxbury Bay Maritime School
Duxbury Bay Maritime School, documentary wedding photography
wedding reception at the Duxbury Bay Maritime School, documentary wedding photography
wedding reception at the Duxbury Bay Maritime School, documentary wedding photography
wedding reception at the Duxbury Bay Maritime School, documentary wedding photography
wedding reception at the Duxbury Bay Maritime School, documentary wedding photography
wedding reception at the Duxbury Bay Maritime School, documentary wedding photography
wedding reception at the Duxbury Bay Maritime School, documentary wedding photography
Duxbury Bay Maritime School, documentary wedding photography
wedding reception at the Duxbury Bay Maritime School, documentary wedding photography
wedding reception at the Duxbury Bay Maritime School, documentary wedding photography
wedding reception at the Duxbury Bay Maritime School, documentary wedding photography
wedding reception at the Duxbury Bay Maritime School, documentary wedding photography
wedding reception at the Duxbury Bay Maritime School, documentary wedding photography
wedding reception at the Duxbury Bay Maritime School, documentary wedding photography
wedding reception at the Duxbury Bay Maritime School, documentary wedding photography
wedding reception at the Duxbury Bay Maritime School, documentary wedding photography
wedding reception at the Duxbury Bay Maritime School, documentary wedding photography
wedding reception at the Duxbury Bay Maritime School, documentary wedding photography
wedding reception at the Duxbury Bay Maritime School, documentary wedding photography
wedding reception at the Duxbury Bay Maritime School, documentary wedding photography
wedding reception at the Duxbury Bay Maritime School, documentary wedding photography
wedding reception at the Duxbury Bay Maritime School, documentary wedding photography
wedding reception at the Duxbury Bay Maritime School, documentary wedding photography

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I met up with Liz and Alexis on a recent afternoon at their condo in Roslindale, because of course their kitty needed to be in some of their engagement photos! Alexis and Liz are lucky to live near Arnold Arboretum, and they showed me some of their favorite spots, including the view of the Boston skyline, and the grove of pine trees. I’m excited to be photographing their wedding next summer at the Codman Estate, where they’ve planned lawn games and an epic dance party.

happy and relaxed at home engagement portrait in Roslindale
happy and relaxed Arnold Arboretum engagement portrait
casual engagement portrait in Arnold Arboretum
casual Arnold Arboretum engagement portrait with Boston skyline
relaxed engagement portrait in Arnold Arboretum
sweet Arnold Arboretum engagement portrait of a same sex couple
autumn silhouette at the Arnold Arboretum
fall engagement portrait under the ginko trees at Arnold Arboretum

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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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