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When you’re in a long distance relationship, you make the most of every opportunity to be together. Kathryn and Ian are in that boat, with medical school and work keeping them a few hundred miles apart. So when we met up for their Old Stone Church engagement session last fall, on a rare weekend together, all they wanted to do was love on each other. Sometimes, the best thing that I can do as a photographer is to give a couple some space, and wait for the magic to happen. It was wonderful to see the smiles they exchanged, the way their fingers twined and how they leaned in close. They were soaking up each minute together. Kathryn and Ian have had a long engagement, and I’m excited to be with them in June as they close this chapter and embark on their marriage together at the Turner Hill Estate.

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Annelise and Niklas met at church in Cambridge. At first, the timing didn’t seem right. Niklas was finishing business school, and planning a move to California for a dream job. His eyes were set on his goal.

But he had caught Annelise’s eye. As we learned during her sisters’ toast, she followed the adage that the way to a man’s heart was through his stomach. So one time when Niklas was sick, Annelise cooked him a big pot of soup. His eyes were opened.

They started their relationship, which soon turned into a long distance relationship. But less than a year later, Niklas was back in Boston and the two were engaged.

Annelise and Niklas share a love of the outdoors and visiting museums. The Fruitlands Museum was the first wedding venue they visited, and they knew its natural beauty was ideal setting for their fall wedding, where they were excited to gather everyone they loved together in one place.

The ceremony, under a warm fall sun and with a beautiful view, was led by their pastor. Their family and friends provided music during the service. After, guests enjoyed cocktail hour on the terrace as the sun set over the valley.

One of the indelible images in my memory of their wedding is the joy on Annelise’s face as they entered the reception tent. This was followed by their wedding waltz – a tradition in Sweden, where Niklas grew up.

Dinner was bookended with toasts from their parents and siblings that were both loving and light-hearted. Finally, the dance floor opened with a mix of American and Swedish music.

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When I first heard from Julie and Kevin, they told me that they love to laugh together. And at their North End engagement session last October, it didn’t take long to see how true that was. We met up at Parla, a neighborhood bar with a cool vibe where they are regulars. They toasted each other, snuggled up, and almost immediately started laughing.

Our next stop was the waterfront, where these two often walk on the weekends. In Christopher Columbus Park, we caught a glimmer of golden light under the iconic arched walkway and took in the boats in the harbor. We then continued our stroll, and ended up near the New England Aquarium, where we made a few more relaxed portraits – nothing stiff or contrived. Given how much fun their engagement session was, I know their wedding this June at the Harry Parker Boathouse is going to be a blast!

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Mary sat in the weak window light of the overcast day. She opened the envelope with her name on it, and took out two handwritten pages. Earlier, her hands had danced with nervous, vibrating energy as her friends helped with her sash and the flowers for her hair. Now, the pages stilled her hands. For this moment, everything slowed as she read Andrew’s words.

Mary arrived to the small country church she had grown up attending. She and her bridesmaids were full of smiles and anticipation. But as she reached the door to the church, her face crumpled. The weight of the moment descended, and she turned to her brother for a hug. While Mary hadn’t planned on anyone walking her down the aisle, she asked him to make this walk with her. Weddings can be so full of emotion, and sometimes it’s your own that catch you off guard.

Andrew greeted Mary at the altar with a huge smile, which she returned. After the vows and the kiss, they welcomed their guests together on the porch of the church. As children threw rose petals, Andrew and Mary dashed to the vintage Trans Am he had spent the previous year restoring. They roared away, waving to the guests.

We met at the overlook above the Fruitlands Museum to make some portraits of the two of them along with the car. I loved the way the breeze picked up Mary’s dress and the ribbons of her lush colorful bouquet in some of the images. Andrew was only too happy to cuddle her close from the cold.

During the reception, we heard about how Andrew and Mary met, and how that story of meeting at Dunkin’ Donuts landed them on Boston.com. But more importantly, we heard about how these two balance each other and are such good friends and partners. And then the party really got started, with family and friends all out on the dance floor.

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De-del-dee! My phone chirped next to my bed. Reaching for it in the dim of early morning, I looked at the screen and saw the words I’d been anticipating for days. “Ghenya’s in labor. We’re on our way to the hospital.”

Two months before, I’d received an email from Ghenya, one of my past brides. She told me that she and Jonathan were expecting. She asked if I’d be willing to photograph the birth of their son. I’d never seen a birth before – somehow not even “The Miracle of Life” in high school health class. It was an intimate, life-changing moment they were inviting me to witness, and I was both thrilled and nervous. As a wedding photographer, I’m lucky to document a lot of big life-changing moments. But this was different. I said yes, not exactly knowing what I was signing up for.

So on an early Sunday morning, I got out of bed, double-checked my pre-packed camera bag, and made some coffee while I waited for confirmation that I should also head to the hospital. It was a long day of waiting – for me and for them – as they were sent home from the hospital when things stalled. As day turned to night, my sister, an OB, advised me to get some rest.

De-del-dee! My phone again, waking me up at 1:34am. “This is for real,” the text from Jonathan said. I threw on the clothes that I’d left by my bed, and headed out into the cold January night.

I arrived at the hospital, the labor and delivery floor quieter than anticipated. Ghenya and Jonathan joked that it wasn’t so quiet half an hour earlier, before the epidural kicked in. The nurse encouraged us all to get what rest we could.

A little after 6am, and things quickly ratcheted up. A brief and intense series of pushes brought baby Theo into the world at 6:41am. Ghenya and Jonathan’s tears were matched by my own behind the camera. Love, wonder and joy etched in sharp relief on their faces. A moment defined by before and after. A new life. A miracle. All the clichés that no longer sounded cliché.

The nurses weighed and measured Theo, and Ghenya nursed him for the first time. An hour or so later, their two older boys came in to meet their new brother before going to school. Cuddling him, the younger one whispered “I’m going to take such good care of you.” Oh my heart.

Two days later, I returned to the hospital to join them for their journey home. They carefully bundled Theo into warm clothes and his carseat. Jonathan queued up “Just the Two of Us” on the stereo. The weak, winter sun shone as they pulled into the driveway and strode up the snowy walkway. A quiet sense of contentment settled over them as they brought him into his nursery, the fulfillment of a dream.

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