Kelsie and Brian's Wedding || Alden Castle || Brookline, MA

It was a beautiful fall morning when I headed to the Hotel Buckminster in Kenmore Square, to meet Kelsie and her bridesmaids. When I arrived I could tell the energy was so positive and full of joy. Everyone was so excited for the day ahead, and Kelsie was all smiles. It was so cool to photograph these ladies and look out to see Fenway Park right there. It was such a fun start to the day, and I knew that it was going to be an awesome wedding day by just the start of it.

After the ladies finished up hair and makeup, we headed over to Kelsie’s parents’ room for her to put on the wedding dress. It was a beautiful throwback to the 1920s, so much gorgeous beading and it fit Kelsie perfectly. Once we got on the bus over to Alden Castle, the ladies were so excited. Shortly after I grabbed Kelsie and we headed over to the Emerald Necklace to do Kelsie and Brian’s first look. I cannot tell you how excited these two were to see each other. You could see the joy in their eyes, and there were lots of happy tears while seeing each other for the first time. They took a few steps away to read each other cards that they wrote, and it was one of the sweetest moments of the day. These two are so completely each other’s match, and you could tell how thrilled they were to get married. There was a funny moment when some local geese started walking up really close to them while they were reading their cards, but luckily they didn’t notice.

We walked around the Emerald Necklace area with many congratulations from passersby until we heard loud cheers coming from the stairs near the MBTA T station.  That’s when the entire wedding party cheering as they walked arrived for some more fun portraits. This was such a fun-loving, awesome group to work with.

The ceremony in Alden Castle was beautiful, with both of Kelsie’s parents giving her away and Brian absolutely beaming to see Kelsie walking down the aisle it was a lovely start the ceremony. There were lots of laughs throughout and then they were officially announced as a couple. Right after the ceremony, Brian and I got Kelsie to come outside where he gave her a gift I was hiding for him. Brian had bought Kelsie a ring that she had wanted for the wedding as a gift, and it was a perfect surprise for her. The two laughing and smiling, walked into their cocktail hour together on “cloud 9.”

The reception started off with an amazing sequence of entrances by the wedding party, everyone showing off their awesome dance skills and the room erupted in cheers when Kelsie and Brian walked in. They started into their first dance to the song, “Tenerife Sea” by Ed Sheeran. It was such a beautiful first dance, with the two of them looking so insanely happy that it made me tear up a bit. There were really beautiful dances with Kelsie and her dad, and then Brian and his mom, and then the speeches started. Kelsie’s sister and maid of honor, Allison started with a beautiful speech in which she started tearing up, which then made a lot of us tear up. It just showed how close those two are, and what a great sister relationship they have. It was followed up with a speech from Brian’s best man, Alex who had everyone in stitches. He decided to end it with a gift of “icing” the two of them and himself.

From there the party got started with a special surprise for Kelsie’s sister. It was her birthday, so they brought out a cupcake with a candle on it and everyone sang “Happy Birthday” to her. After this everyone went into full dancing mode. This wedding had everyone up on the dance floor, I saw a dance contest between Kelsie’s grandmother and one of the younger guests. It was by far the best end to my 2018 wedding season that I could have asked for. It was such a beautiful and amazing wedding ceremony, followed by an insanely fun reception. Congratulations again to you two Kelsie and Brian, I know you will have a long and happy life together!

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Vendors:

Venue: Alden Castle, a Longwood Venue || https://longwoodvenues.com

Second photographer: Lorna Stell || https://lornastell.com

Florals: Kinship Floral || www.kinshipfloral.com

Hair and Makeup: Shana Cherico and Samantha Lombardi

Dress: Kleinfeld Bridal || www.kleinfeldbridal.com

Michelle and John's Wedding || Oceanview of Nahant || Nahant, MA

I first met Michelle and John at their engagement session on a warm September day at the beach, the kind of warm day that doesn’t usually occur in September. After talking over the phone it was so nice meeting them in person and getting to know them and their son Ryan who came along for their session. I could tell from this first interaction with them how sweet and loving they were towards each other and towards Ryan.

On their wedding day, it was a beautifully sunny day a bit windy but beautiful. I met Michelle in their hotel and while photographing details I found this beautiful heart-shaped box that said on the inside “Thank you for our unending love, laughter, and support on this day and all the days of my life. -Love, Ryan.” I just about cried reading that because that was so sweet. I loved that this was the common thread for their wedding day, it was the start of their new family dynamic and Ryan was such a big part of that.

After Michelle got on her dress, we headed down to Nahant where John and her would share their first look on the beach. Ryan was almost as excited as John to see Michelle, grinning from ear to ear when she arrived. I just loved how happy the two of them were to see each other, just beaming.

We quickly captured bridal party and then family portraits as the wind kicked up and the temperatures sunk down and then headed over towards their venue, Oceanview of Nahant. The ceremony was held outside, and offered quite a few laughs when the wind would blow a few things around including Michelle’s veil. There was a beautiful part of the ceremony that included Ryan. One of the cutest parts was when Ryan thought they were going to be announced he started grinning and jumping up and down.

I grabbed Michelle and John for a few quick portraits after the ceremony and then everyone went inside to be in the warmth. After a fun cocktail hour, the bridal party danced their way into the reception room. Michelle and John shared a beautiful first dance, which by the way they totally rocked (they are amazing dancers). We were treated to speeches from Michelle’s sister and John’s friend, which were sweet and loving. After the parent dances, which were another beautiful moment of the night, with Michelle sharing her dance with her father and then her father’s partner to the song “Michelle” by The Beatles, and John sharing a wonderful dance with his mom. After that the fun dancing started and the group danced their way to the end of the night. Congratulations again Michelle, John, and Ryan, it was such a beautiful day, and I’m so happy for you and your family!

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Vendors:

Venue: Oceanview of Nahant || https://oceanviewofnahant.com/

Second photographer: Lorna Stell || www.lornastell.com

Makeup: Katie McGowan Makeup || www.katiemcgowanmakeup.com

Hair: Vivid Salon || https://vividbeautysalon.com/

Florals: Evan’s Wedding Flowers || https://evansflowers.com/

DJ: 617 Weddings || 617weddings.com

Cake: Frederick’s Pastry || www.pastry.net

Jackie and Kevin's Wedding || Eastern Point Yacht Club || Gloucester, MA

Jackie and Kevin’s wedding celebration started a few days earlier on Thursday evening, when I helped capture their welcome party for family and friends traveling from further away. Both Jackie and Kevin have international relatives that flew in for the celebration which made it even more special. The morning of their wedding brought beautiful weather, perhaps the best fall day you could ask for. When I arrived at Eastern Point Yacht Club, Jackie and her bridesmaids were having fun already in their adorable matching robes. I started with all of the details in the most beautifully sun drenched room. After capturing all of the little details, I captured some fun group photos of the ladies outside on the deck and then Jackie started to get into her wedding dress. Jackie had her mom and her maid of honor helping her into her dress, and each took a turn in helping to button all of the buttons she had up the back of the dress. Jackie was seriously beaming from this moment on. One of the most special moments was when Jackie after stepping into the dress with all of her jewelry on, went out to show her bridesmaids and her mom. There were more than a few happy tears in that moment, it was so sweet seeing how excited each one of her friends and her mom were for her.

From here, I grabbed Kevin and we got in position for the first look. Jackie and Kevin were so sweet together seeing each other for the first time that day. They were both filled with smiles and joy. This carried over to the bridal party photos we took with the rest of their crew, and my second photographer even headed out on a boat with the guys. Definitely some of the most unique bridal party portraits. We captured some beautiful family portraits before the ceremony (another perk of doing a first look is having time to do all of these portraits before the ceremony), and then hid the bride and groom away for the big moment.

The ceremony was filled with lots of laughs, lots of mentions of rats in old apartments, and lots of sweet moments between Jackie and Kevin. Their officiant, Matt Sachs, did an awesome job, and had everyone captivated. After officially being announced, these two were absolutely ecstatic. One of my favorite photos from their wedding day is from right after they were officially married, the two of them are just grinning from ear to ear.

After sneaking Jackie and Kevin out for some sunset photos, they called an end to cocktail hour with the help of a tiny canon. It was so loud, something you would never know just looking at it. With that, their beautiful reception started and their bridal party danced their way into the tent. The reception started with their first dance, and Jackie and Kevin spun their dance away delighting everyone. These two were so sweet and had such a beautiful first dance. This was followed by a speech by Jackie’s dad who had everyone in stitches, and also recognized how much work Jackie’s mom Anne put into the wedding day as well. After a brief break for salads, we then were treated to two of the most sincere and lovely speeches by Jackie’s MOH, Julie, and Kevin’s best man (and brother), Bryan. Both had so many sweet stories of how close they are to the two of them. I definitely think they both win for some of the most beautiful and touching speeches I’ve heard to date.

Later on, Jackie and her dad shared their father/daughter dance, and Kevin and his mom shared a dance as well. This kicked off the awesome dancing portion of the night. This group had no problem getting up and having fun to every song. Such a fun group and a wonderful end to the night. Congratulations again Jackie and Kevin, I know you two will have many travels and adventures to come!

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|| Vendors ||


Venue: Eastern Point Yacht Club || https://epyc.net/
Second Photographer: Mary St. Pierre
Event Planner: Chancey Charm || www.chanceycharmweddings.com
String Trio: Occasional Brass & Strings || www.occasionalbrass.com
Videographer: Films by Andy || www.filmsbyandy.com
Cake: Mayflour Confections || www.mayflourconfections.com
Tent and Rentals: The Event Co. - New England || https://rentent.com/
Florals: Garden Designs by Kristen || www.gardendesignsbykristen.com
Hair and Makeup: Luxebar / Mane & Mani || www.maneandmani.com