Spring

Melissa & Rocco :: Wedding & Reception at Arrowhead Acres in Uxbridge, Massachusetts

Melissa and Rocco were introduced to me by Melissa's man of honor, Nick, who I first met in 2010 at Tarryn & Sean's wedding. Knowing how awesome THAT wedding was, you could understand my undying excitement to capture Melissa and Rocco's wedding! Many months of planning later, Melissa and Rocco tied the knot on April 14, 2012 at Arrowhead Acres in Uxbridge, Massachusetts. I don't think I could have asked for a better way to kick off my 2012 wedding season!

I first heard from Melissa almost a year in advance of their wedding day. Not meaning to sound like a dating website, but we hit it off right away and made plans to get together here in Maine. My husband and I met with Melissa and Rocco over lunch; the boys chatted about their mutual obsessions (meaning anything with an engine) while Melissa and I chatted about their wedding day plans (and whispered about her wedding dress). And, with that, the countdown to their day was on and it flew by faster than any of us thought it would. April 14th arrived and I don't think that there is a bride (& groom) in the world who was blessed with a more perfect spring day than these two. The birds were chirping, the sun was shining, and the temperatures were simply perfect; not chilly enough to make you reach for a coat, but not so warm to turn your glistening glow to anything more than just that. The only way their wedding day could have been more perfect is if poor Melissa hadn't been struck by a nasty head cold, but she was a trooper and you couldn't even tell that she was feeling under the weather.

Here is a tiny sneak peek of the photographs from their gorgeous day. To see more, head over to my Facebook page (and don't forget to "like" the page while you are there)!

Melissa and Rocco, thank you so much for giving us the honor of capturing your wedding day! And, Melissa, I hope that you start to feel better as soon as possible and that you two can head to your honeymoon in Puerto Rico as soon as possible.

 

Getting Ready: Courtyard Marriott Hotel in Lincoln, Rhode Island  | Ceremony & Reception: Arrowhead Acres in Uxbridge, Massachusetts | Bakery: SweetWorks in North Attleboro, Massachusetts | Florist: Friend of Melissa & Rocco | Hair & Makeup Artist: Arnie Pethjan from Salon Gina Cho in Milford, Massachusetts | DJ Service: Paul Payeur from SoundStream in Woonsocket, Rhode Island  | Officiant : Justice of the Peace Jeanne Hauge from “Memorable Ceremonies” in Uxbridge, Massachusetts | Transportation: RockStar Limo in Newport, Rhode Island | Bridal Gown Designer: Alfred Angelo Bridal

 

Patrice & Aaron :: Wedding at Clay Hill Farm, Ogunquit, Maine

Patrice and Aaron were married on May 21, 2011, which was one of the only sunny, gorgeous days that Maine had seen in quite a while. I dare say that Patrice's prayers for 70 degrees and sunny were granted! The whole day was absolutely perfect from the amazing birdhouse theme capped off by brilliant birdhouses made by Aaron and his father and step father all the way to the music provided by Music Fantasy Weddings from North Hampton, New Hampshire. And Clay Hill Farm in Ogunquit, Maine, was absolutely perfect and a stunning location for Patrice and Aaron to start the next chapter of their lives together. Here is a sneak peek of what is to come. Be sure to check out my website and "like" my Facebook page in order to keep up to date and see other sneak peek photos.

Clay Hill Farm in Ogunquit, Maine, was an absolutely picture perfect place for these two love birds to tie the knot. Every single detail was taken care of and you could not have asked for a better day. The food was amazing, the cupcakes were to die for, and the estate itself was breathtaking. Rachel, the wedding coordinator from Clay Hill Farm, and her crew were absolutely fabulous!

Aaron is such an amazing guy. He knew that Patrice's grandfather wouldn't be able to make the trip to Maine. So, knowing that his (now) wife would be missing him, he drive to New York a couple weeks ago and filmed her grandfather sending his best wishes for the couple (including a line about the fact that if Patrice changed her mind he'd "take care of it" because "that's what Grampas do"). Patrice was completely surprised and there was not a dry eye in the house.

Bob and Nancy Fauci from Music Fantasy Weddings kept the dance floor hopping all afternoon and entertained the guests with an awesome game to give away the amazing bird house centerpieces that Aaron and his [now] father-in-law had made. It was definitely a battle because everyone wanted them!

A tradition for Patrice's family is to break out the chicken hats her grandmother made and dance in them, in her honor, to the "chicken dance" song. She has passed away now, but she was definitely there in spirit during this crazy rendition of it. You have to love the hats!

Thank you again, Patrice and Aaron, for letting me be a part of such an amazing day. You two are so perfect for one another and I think every single one of your guests can testify that your love was flowing strong today. You are so amazing!

Happy Spring!

I dare say that we can officially welcome Spring of 2011. Here in Maine the buds are popping, the lilies in my flower beds are starting to reach for the sun, and my husband's allergies are driving him crazy. Ahh.... spring! It is such a great time of year. Time to air out the house from being sealed up all year and time to plan the outdoors projects. For photographers in Maine, it is time to get ready for the up coming wedding season (it takes a hardy bride to tie the knot in Maine in the winter).

For me, Spring time is always a chance to wipe the slate clean and to start off with a fresh plan, both personally and professionally. As many of you know, I have been teaching digital photography at a local community college for this academic year. It has been an incredible journey and an amazing addition to the teaching I already do at the public high school level. I have loved nurturing my students' love of photography and teaching them how to better their skills. Although cliché, I truly feel that I have learned as much from them as they have from me this year. It has been quite a trip! Tonight I wrapped up teaching my last class for the college. But, before hanging up my professor title for the time being, my classes headed outside to a local park to capture the new flora and fauna as well as the roaring river. Here are my favorite shots that I captured during our trip out.

The photo on the left (below) is actually a pin hole photo that I took using an adapter on my digital camera. If it looks "fuzzy" to you, you aren't the only one. It so much fun combining one of the oldest photography tools with one of the latest and greatest.

Thank you to all of my students who made my year as a professor such a blast. I am sad to see it come to a close, but I'm looking forward to focusing on my own shooting more now. Keep in touch and never stop shooting!

The countdown is officially on. Less than two weeks until the wedding season officially kicks off for me. I am so excited for it to start! I'll be shooting in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont and venues that range from lake side ceremonies to a "castle" on a hill before 2011 wraps up. It's going to be an awesome year!