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Ian and I went to Italy at the beginning of May to celebrate (almost) five years of marriage, and our 30th birthdays. Since coming back, the question we’ve received most is “what was your favorite part?” I don’t have a good answer, because I loved it all. On just the second day of our trip, I asked Ian when we could come back. Here’s a little bit about our first two days, with more posts to come from our other destinations.

Sights: Roman ruins, Vatican city
Sounds: vendors hawking selfie-sticks, car horns
Smells: roses and orange blossoms
Tastes: antipasti, pasta, gnocchi, artichokes, gelato, Amaro
Feels: hot sun, one of the oldest roads in the world hard under our feet, wonder at the grandeur of it all

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When I first chatted with Esther and Jake, they described themselves as ambitious (Jake works in intelligence, and Esther is an Olympic gold-medal rower) but laid-back. They are also clearly very excited to be getting married, and are planning for a fun and relaxed celebration on the Cape this September. These two currently live in DC, where they enjoy building things together, cooking, going on adventures (exploring their hometown, hiking in Shenandoah, visiting local wineries) and spending time with their 18-month-old puppy. They both have ties to Massachusetts too – Jake grew up on the Cape, and Esther is a Harvard grad. On a recent evening, we met up for their engagement session at Harvard’s Weld Boathouse and then strolled along the Charles River.

Harvard engagement photography
Weld boathouse engagement photography
Weld boathouse engagement photography
intimate Cambridge engagement photography
Charles River engagement photography
Charles River engagement photography
Charles River engagement photograph
Charles River engagement photography

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Spring’s return signals the start of wedding season in New England. While I photographed a few weddings this past winter – with snow-covered grounds and brides wrapped up warmly against the cold – my wedding season doesn’t begin in earnest until this weekend. From this Saturday forward, I’ll be photographing a wedding (or sometimes two) nearly every weekend until the end of October. When most others are planning their vacations, I’m putting in my long hours. Documenting a different love story every weekend. Creating thousands of photos every weekend. Pushing myself to become a better photographer every weekend.

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This year, I’m excited to be returning to a number of unique wedding venues at which I’ve previously photographed, including the rustic Friendly Crossways Retreat Center, the elegant Willowdale Estate, the industrial Charles River Museum and the nautical Duxbury Bay Maritime School.

I’m also looking forward to photographing weddings at a number of new-to-me venues, including the Endicott Estate, West Bridge Restaurant, Puritan & Company, the Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center, Codman Estate, Tiverton Meeting House, Harvard Club of Boston, Corinthian Yacht Club, Cape Cod Maritime Museum, Pierce House, and Nahant Country Club. I’m particularly excited to be traveling to Ann Arbor, Michigan, where I’ll photograph an entire wedding weekend.

Of course, beautiful locations are just one of the many things that inspire me at a wedding. What truly keeps me going through the long days – that leave me footsore and heart-happy – are the moments that I witness. The excited faces, big hugs, shared looks, tender kisses – every moment filled with emotion. I can’t wait for all these anticipated and unanticipated moments to unfold in front of my lens!

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There’s nothing quite like holding a wedding album in your hands. I recently delivered an album to a client, and got to sit with her as she slowly looked through it the first time. I couldn’t stop grinning at her reactions and reminiscences. “What a gorgeous day it was… I love this photo… look how happy James is in this one…I think that was my favorite part of the day…”

The album they chose is a new offering – a slim flushmount album. Layout options in flushmount albums are endless, and I especially like the ability to feature panoramas that stretch seamlessly across two pages. The pages are made of archival photographic paper, mounted back-to-back, creating thin semi-flexible pages.

Their album is 10×10 in a black silk cover and with a 4×4 cameo image on the cover. They also ordered two duplicate 8×8 albums for their parents (to be sent in time for Mother’s day). For comparison’s sake, the image directly below shows an 8×8 and 10×10 slim flushmount album (each with 58 pages) perched atop a 12×12, 30 page matted album. The slim flushmount album is also a little easier on the pocketbook than a traditional matted album.

Example of albums offered by Boston and New England wedding photographer Kelly Benvenuto
Example of albums offered by Boston and New England wedding photographer Kelly Benvenuto
Example of albums offered by Boston and New England wedding photographer Kelly Benvenuto
Example of albums offered by Boston and New England wedding photographer Kelly Benvenuto
Example of albums offered by Boston and New England wedding photographer Kelly Benvenuto

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