For some couples, wedding planning can be a lengthy process. For Autumn & Zach, that wasn't the case! When Autumn's dear mom called me a few months ago to excitedly share that Autumn & Zach were getting married. I first met Autumn and her family three years ago when her sister, Jacqueline, married Joshua. Even since then, I have been looking forward to the day that I would be able to work with all of them again. Needless to say, I just could not say no when I was asked to capture Autumn & Zach's wedding, too!Read More
With less than a day to go before Kelly & Kevin get married (YIKES!), I wanted to take a look back at their engagement portraits we took in October 2014. We planned their session to coincide with the foliage and Mother Nature awarded up for a gorgeous day for exploring downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Kelly & Kevin are lucky enough to call the area home, so they wanted to be sure that their engagement photos represented that aspect of their life together. From visiting Prescott Park with a super adorable picnic basket and blanket to the steeple of the North Church, we certainly captured what makes Portsmouth so awesome (and made me question why I don't spend more time there myself!). With the city covered, we took off to Great Island Common in New Castle, New Hampshire, in search of foliage and the amazing coastline. We certainly hit it out of the park with both! Watching the sunset behind the trees made for the most gorgeous light ever. Add in the ocean breeze to blow Kelly's hair around a bit and it was the perfect way to wrap up the day.
I cannot believe how fast the past year has flown by since you first contacted me, Kelly & Kevin. I am so excited to see you both on Saturday!
Poof! There went the past year. It's crazy how fast time flies. It feels like just yesterday I was arriving at the Cascade Spa at Mill Falls in Meredith, New Hampshire, to meet Lesley, her sisters, and her mom as they were primping for Lesley's lakeside ceremony to John. It was one of the most perfect days of the entire summer: perfect temperatures, low humidity, no chance of rain, and fluffy white clouds sporadically dotting the sky.
With their hair perfectly primped and their make up finished, off we went to Moultonborough to assemble the finishing touches. Lesley's adorable, cocktail wedding dress was a match made online; she knew instantly it was what she wanted before even trying it on. Given how perfect it was for the day, I dare say she chose well! The purple sash complimented the flowers blooming around the family camp where they held their wedding surrounded by their immediate family. With Lesley's brother in law providing the music, her sister performing the ceremony, tearful speeches given, and the rings exchanged (including the band John made for himself) they were finally married!
Lesley & John's friends joined them to celebrate the newlyweds. Canoe rides around the lake. Corn hole toss with their personalized boards and bean bags. Absolutely delicious food and incredible cupcakes from Magic Food Catering and Events in Center Harbor in New Hampshire. Lovely florals arrangements practically everywhere you looked. And fly fishing at sunset. The day was the unique and perfect celebration of Lesley & John's love for each other.
Lesley & John, thank you so much for having me there with you for your wedding. It was so great to see everyone once again. I hope that the past year has been filled with lots of adventures, fishing, and lakeside chats. Happy anniversary!
Sometimes I sit down to write my blog posts and I just can't come up with the words to express what I want to say. So it takes me a while to craft the post before I click publish. For Meaghan & Chris, it really comes down to love because, in the end, I love these two people so much than trying to put all my emotions in to writing about their gorgeous, snowy, winter wedding back in January... well, it's impossible. And so, months later, I know I just need to do it and cross my fingers that it comes across ok.
For me, Meaghan & Chris' wedding was personal. Chris is one of my husband's best friends. They've been coworkers for years now and we've spent a lot of time together and, as such, have a lot of history. Chris asked Alan to be one of his groomsmen. Having him in front of my camera instead of behind one of them as my assistant/second shooter was funnier than I can say. As for Meaghan, our relationship has a much shorter timeline. I first met her last year after Chris had been absolutely raving about her to Alan. She brought out a side of Chris that we hadn't seen before. She made him mushy and lovey and goofy right off the bat. If a girl could do that to our truck, mud, and motorcycling loving friend... I knew I had to meet her. What I hadn't expected was just how much I would connect with her through our shared love of Harry Potter and Legos in addition to being my gal pal while our guys were hanging out. When Chris proposed, Alan and I were so elated for them both, especially since it had been clear to us for a while that they were a once in a lifetime match for each other.
Fast forward through a couple whirlwind months of planning (and getting their engagement photos taken care of) and it was time to seal the deal. They wanted a winter wedding complete with big, fluffy snowflakes. They dreamed of temperatures a bit above freezing so that they could stand to be outside super quickly for photos. And they got it all. It was an absolutely spectacular day from start to finish! The entire event was held at the White Mountain Hotel & Resort at the base of Whitehorse and Cathedral Ledge in North Conway, New Hampshire. The view is absolutely stunning just about everywhere you look from the cliffs behind you to the view across the valley at Cranmore. Meaghan got ready with her ladies and mom in the bridal suite, which was absolutely massive! I dare say it was bigger than all of my first apartment. It was crazy! Chris, meanwhile, went for one last drive with his cousin/best man on the Kancamagus Highway before walking down the aisle. It was the perfect way to start the day for both of them.
When it was "go time", all of Meaghan & Chris's friends and family filled the hotel lobby awaiting their first glimpse at Meaghan. Chris and his guys waited patiently for her entrance. Emotions were high. I was smiling so much in excitement for the two of them. When Chris saw his bride for the first time... you could just see the love pour over his face. The was meant to be. This moment. This day. As Meaghan walked down the aisle at her dad's side, his pride radiated out as he looked at her. And Meaghan... oh, Meaghan. The pure joy and excitement was so crystal clear. There was no way that she could smile any more than she was. Happiness feels like such an understatement. The ceremony itself was perfect and topped off with vows that they wrote to each other. Then there was the kiss. Oh, that kiss! I think everyone in attendance just melted from it. Meaghan included. Good job, Chris!
Immediately following the ceremony, I whisked the newlyweds outside to capture them at the base of Whitehorse Ledge before the light fell. I am SO jealous that they had this view for their day! Talk about incredible. Cliff behind them and a view of the valley in front of them. Gorgeous, new, white snow everywhere you could see. I love you, Mother Nature.
Once we had finished the family portraits in the dining room and the bridal party portraits outside (quickly enough that the ladies didn't freeze!), it was time to really get the party going! With the majority of the guests staying right at the hotel, the celebrating lasted well in to the night. Highlights of the evening included a very big announcement, Meaghan's dad hitting the dance floor next to his baby girl, some swanky moves from Meaghan's Aunt (hot stuff!), nighttime portraits under a starry sky, and a bridal and bouquet toss that left everyone in stitches. What many missed was the snow angels they attempted at the very end before heading to bed for the night. Yes, they were completely in their wedding attire. Yes, it was very cold for dear Meaghan.
Dearest Meaghan & Chris, thank you, once again, for letting both of us be a party of your day and for letting me be there to capture it all. We are truly blessed to have you two in our lives and we know you two are meant to be together. We can't wait to see what the rest of 2014 brings because we know that your wedding was just the start of one awesome year for you both.
Although their final gallery has been posted for a while and they've received their cute mini albums, be sure you check out their sneak peek over on my Facebook Page and hit like while you are there.
And, to anyone else planning a winter wedding, I'm your gal! I super, duper love winter weddings!
Date: January 19, 2104 | Getting Ready, Ceremony & Reception Location: White Mountain Hotel & Resort in North Conway, New Hampshire | Bridal Boutique: David's Bridal | Groom's Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Caterer: Stone Cove Catering | Ceremony & Reception Music: Double Platinum Celebrations | Event Coordinator: White Mountain Hotel & Resort in North Conway, New Hampshire | Florist: Dutch Bloemen Winkle | Officiant: Denis Duprey | Hair & Makeup: Jill Daigle from Adalia Salon in Westbrook, Maine
Beth & Kevin tied the knot on November 17, which wrapped up my 2012 wedding season. The weather forecast was for showers and cold temperatures. Fortunately, we missed out on the showers, but the meteorologists were certainly right on with the cold temperatures. It was chilly out! Once they were both ready and the finishing touches had been put together, they decided to do a first look and see each other before the walk down the aisle. They were gushing they were so happy. It was such an amazing moment!
With the sun setting so early this late in the year, we captured their family portraits in the lobby of the Hampton Inn & Suites in Exeter before heading over to the main event at Camelot at the Holy Grail in Epping, New Hampshire. Now, I had never been to the Holy Grail, but oh. my. goodness. I dare say I will be making a trip back. Camelot itself is a quaint, thatched roof building styled as if it was straight out of Ireland. The courtyard in between Camelot and the restaurant was the perfect location to capture more portraits of the (almost) newlyweds as we awaited the arrival of the rest of their guests. Once everyone was ready, we proceeded inside of Camelot to make their perfect union official.
And perfect was how the evening went. From the tears shed as Beth & Kevin said their vows to each other to the precious flower girls gazing on during the ceremony to the jingle of the bells ringing as the couple were pronounced as married (which was a touching tribute to Beth's father who, before he passed, said he would be there on the big day "with bells on"). It had everyone in attendance smiling, laughing, and celebrating well in to the night.
Congratulations, Beth & Kevin, and thank you so incredibly much for letting me play a role on your big day.
Be on the lookout for all of the photos to be ready shortly. In the meantime, here is a sneak peek from their wedding day. To see more, be sure to head over to my Facebook page and hit the “Like” button!
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And, because I can't help but share them again, here is a flashback to their "Trash the Dress" session we did in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and Footbridge Beach in Ogunquit, Maine. It was another spectacular day and a blast to capture their love again after the big day.
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P.S. Happy 100th post, Blog!
Happy first anniversary, Crystal & Jason (& Brandon)!
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Autumn and Janet were married in an intimate, beachside wedding on the beautiful coast of Rye, New Hampshire. They got ready to walk down the aisle at the gorgeous Hilton Garden Inn in Portsmouth, New Hampshire just doors aways from each other. It was hard to tell who was more excited: Janet for her tux and boots or Autumn for her stunning dress. Not to mention the shared excitement of everyone just thrilled to see them getting married!
The sunset ceremony was absolutely perfect. The moon rising over the horizon behind them while the sun set in front of them. The light was gorgeous! The ceremony was very personal for Autumn and Janet. My favorite piece was that they had all of their guests chose a small rock from the beach prior to Autumn walking down the aisle. During the ceremony, they gathered all of the rocks in a basket to signify their loving and supportive friends and family that were surrounding them on their special day. Such a great idea!
Autumn and Janet, thank you for letting me play a roll on your day. I hope that you are basking in the glow of newlywed-ness! Congratulations!
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Not wanting to miss out, we got together again after the wedding and honeymoon to capture photos in those beloved locations much like we had envisioned for a couple months prior (minus Brittany's longer hair thanks to the post marriage chop, which I loved!). Here is a sneak peek of the magic that we caught during our session together. I love these two super bunches! I dare say you can just feel how in love they are. Ahhh.... *happy sigh*
The bridge shot below was one of our "really want to take" shots for our time together. Unfortunately, the bridge was closed and it was VERY clear there would be no walking on the bridge deck itself. However, never underestimate the power of a white dress and a really determined photographer. And a construction guy who wasn't afraid to get yelled at my his boss for letting us jump the barricades. :-)
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It has been a couple weeks, but I still felt that it was appropriate to give my baby sister a proper "blog" send off. Being three years apart in age, we've always been tied together through thick and thin. We went to boarding school together and then eventually followed each other through our Bachelor's degrees at the same University. We even lived in the same town for a while, her in her apartment and me with my husband in our house a few miles away. Saying we are close is an understatement. My husband never had to worry about my father when we were dating. He had to worry about my sister.
So you can only imagine my reaction when her plan for after graduating from graduate school became to go to a far away land for at least a year to teach English. Heartbreak would be putting it lightly. But she went at the end of July. Before leaving on a jet plane, our mother had just one last request for some family photos. My mother does not ask for anything. Ever. So, with my tripod in hand and a well trained assistant (my husband), we snapped a portraits at my childhood home. This is a tiny look at what came from the session.
To my sister: I miss you more than I could ever begin to tell you. The next eleven months, fifteen days, four hours.... could not go by fast enough. I can't wait until you come home again.
And that is how the whole day was. Filled with this glow that emanated from all of their loved ones that traveled from far and wide to be there to witness the start of this new chapter. Coming home to Lani's hometown and the backyard of her parent's gorgeous home was a natural decision. The entire day fit them like a well worn, toasty winter glove.
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Lani and Nathan (and family), thank you so much for letting me be a part of your day as your two families officially joined together. You are absolutely incredible individuals and a power house as you come together. I am incredibly honored to have been there to witness it. I cannot wait to see where your adventures take you next. I know it will be amazing.
Keep your eyes open for more photos from their day in their gallery on my Facebook page for even more photos from their sneak peek.
Ahhh... Brittany and Dan. Where can you start with two people as absolutely adorable as them? Brittany: The next Martha Stewart. Seriously. The details of their day that she spent the past two years working on were nothing short of amazing. From the ornately folded paper boutonnieres to the fast spinning pinwheels carried by her bridesmaids to the absolutely lovely beachy centerpieces.... it was just incredible. Dan: He is the perfect balance to Brittany. He's a geeky guy (like me) and can bring serenity to the chaos that crafty minds typically have. His love for Brittany is so deep. While standing in front of him while waiting for his bride to get to him during their first look, he just kept saying how badly he wanted to turn around and see her. I practically cried just then!
And thus was how the day went. It was perfect. It was emotional. It was filled with loved.
Brittany and Dan tied the knot on the beach at Great Island Common in New Castle, New Hampshire followed by a tented reception on the lawn under a gorgeous tent. The party kept on going all that way until sunset thanks to an awesome ice cream cart, delicious barbeque food, and even a mean game of limbo. I dare say that all of the guests just didn't want to ever leave! I know that I certainly didn't!
Check out more of their sneak peek photos on my Facebook page (don't forget to "like" it!) as well as in their gallery sneak peek on my website. Stay tuned for their full gallery any day now. :-)
Congratulations to Brittany and Dan! Thank you so much for letting me capture your day. I cannot wait until we get together again!
Date: June 4, 2011 | Bridal Gown Boutique: Occasions Bridal (No longer in business.) | Officiant: Linda Muse | Venue: Great Island Common in New Castle, Maine | Event Coordinator: JEM Events | Florist: Deb Sousane | Hair & Makeup Stylist: About Face Salon & Spa | Catering: Famous Dave's of Manchester, New Hampshire | Ice Cream Cart: Golicks Dairy Bar | Tent & Rentals: Exeter Rent-All | Disc Jockey: NRG Entertainment Company, LLC
I dare say that Crystal never missed a single detail. They gave her son, Brandon, a necklace during the ceremony and said vows with him. She included a kids table to keep all of the munchkins occupied. The centerpieces were made of birchbark with fresh lilacs from their hometown in Maine. The candy bar was stocked with all of their guests' favorites. Her dress was absolutely incredible and fit in perfectly with the Castle (I'll point out that she bought her dress prior to William and Kate's nuptials). Crystal's mother made the wedding cake (talk about a talented woman!) and Jason's mother helped with the favors and other details of the day. Add the amazing weather to the mix and you have the recipe for their perfect wedding.
Thanks you, Crystal and Jason (and Brandon), for letting me capture your special day together. You two have taken a long path to get here, but I dare say it was so worth it in the end.
Here is a sneak peek of some of the hundreds of images from their day. Don't forget to check out their gallery on, and "like", my Facebook page. The rest of their photos can be seen in their full gallery on my website (if you have their password).
As another post to revisit my couples that were married this summer, here is a sneak peek at what is in store for Amanda & Justin who were married on September 5 at the Mountain View Grand Resort in Whitefield, New Hampshire.