Shawna and Kevin's Fenway Engagement Session || Boston, MA

I met Shawna and Kevin on one of the nicest days at the end of March, this was after all of those random snow storms that had me questioning living in New England through the winters.

These two asked to do their engagement session in an area that meant a lot to them. For this area was the official/unofficial start of their relationship. Cask and Flagon was where they spent time together before officially starting their relationship and Fenway was also the start of that as well.

I loved the story of their “first” date. Shawna bought tickets to a Red Sox game, and it turned out that they arrived the wrong day for the game. Luckily they got in to standing room, and Kevin said that was their first date, but Shawna thought they were just friends at that point. A few more times hanging out together and their relationship blossomed (officially or unofficially). Either way it was the start of something amazing, and their relationship grew from there.

These two are so comfortable to be around, you can tell they have a solid foundation to their relationship and have so much laughter and love involved in it. While these two are New Yorkers right now, they will be heading back to the area in the few months leading up to their wedding in the fall. Hopefully leading to the attendance of many more Red Sox games in their future. I cannot wait for their wedding in October, it will be such a special and fun day :)

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Engagement guide

For all of my summer and fall weddings, engagement session season is ramping up and I wanted to just put together a few tips for all of my amazing couples, or any couples that might be gearing up for their engagement sessions. 

First off, engagement sessions should be super easy and low stress. That is what I want to say to all of my couples. It really is a fun day of capturing photos, and getting to know each other. I like to spend the first 10-15 minutes just talking about how the wedding planning is going, what you two have been up to since our booking meeting, and just having a general chat about life. Since we will be working together so closely on a very important day in your life, I want everything including the engagement session to be easy and fun for you. 

So here are a few tips for all of you lovely engaged couples to make sure the engagement session goes smoothly, that you have fun, and get beautiful photos of you two to share leading up to your wedding day. 

* What time of day is best for your session?

Since the light is the most beautiful in the few hours after sunrise and before sunset, these are the times that I recommend. The time right after sunrise and before sunset is called the "golden hour," because you get a beautiful golden light that seriously makes your photos stand out even more. 

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What should we wear? 

The first tip I would give you is to stay true to who you are, so make sure to stick to your style first and foremost. However, you are taking photos that you may share leading up to the wedding day, so I would say stick to your style but dress it up a little bit as well. You don't want to come off too matchy-matchy, so generally pick a color palette that you like and stick to colors in that palette. Avoid having too many patterns, so it isn't too busy. Dark colored pants tend to look better, and I would say just generally look to see if the clothes you have work work together. If all else fails, use neutrals such as black, white, gray, etc and pair those with one or two non-neutral colors that work together. 

If you book a longer engagement session, you can do two looks: one that's more formal and one that's more casual

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Should we bring props? 

If there is something that makes you two unique as a couple, such as that you are avid readers, or love eating a certain kind of food, you should definitely bring a prop that incorporates that to your engagement session. If you two love eating donuts, bring some donuts because that would make for some awesome photos that show you two as a couple. 

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Can we have our pets be part of the session? 

Totally!! I have personally captured quite a few engagement sessions that include pets. Pets are a big part of your life, they are really a part of your family. So it's natural to want to include them in photos that show you embarking on the next part of your life. One thing that I would recommend if you bring your pet, is to have another person with you two that can hold your pet so that we can get a few photos of just you two. Also, make sure that if you bring your dog, that they got a good walk before the session. That always helps dogs to be more cooperative for the camera :) 

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What happens if there is inclement weather? 

I have captured some truly adorable engagement sessions where it rained, or wasn't the most ideal weather. You can truly make your engagement session amazing in inclement weather as well, and I encourage my clients to keep their session in the rain or in the snow. Having said that, if it's unsafe for you to be outside, then definitely postpone your session. I generally try to have a rain date set for engagement sessions, but if you are coming from out of town then it's best to try to still do your session that day. 

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As I said in the beginning of this post, what I want the most as a photographer is for you to enjoy your engagement session, to have fun, and let me capture your love for each other.  Every couple is unique, and I want to make sure you have a great session that captures how special and one of a kind you two are! 

Courtney and Jane's Wedding || Harbor Lounge || Provincetown, MA

I was introduced to Courtney through her co-worker (another one of my 2016 wedding clients, Matt). The first time I met Courtney and Jane was at Wired Puppy. We spent the whole time talking about how they met and their lives together. Courtney and Jane met when Courtney walked into Jane’s “GI Jano Bootcamp” at Healthworks in Back Bay. They were friends for a couple of years and then started dating. One of the cutest things is that Courtney says that Jane is the yin to her yang and makes her a better person, and Jane says that Courtney is an old soul with an enormous capacity to love. These two just fit together like puzzle pieces.

While talking to them the first time I met them, Jane and Courtney told me all about the amazing one year trip around the world that they took in 2011 (which by the way I am so jealous of and want to do someday. These two traveled around Central America, South America, Africa, Europe, and Asia. One of the most unique parts of their wedding was their rings, which were made from the wood from the Kauri tree that they saw in New Zealand on their trip around the world.

The day was the perfect crisp, fall Provincetown day.  We started off the day with Courtney and Jane’s family and friends who stayed with them at The Inn at Cook Street. There were group photos, tequila shots, sharing fond memories, and just general fun and merriment. It was a great way to see these amazing relationships that Jane and Courtney have, all of the people starting off their wedding day were just so happy and excited for them.

From there Courtney, Jane, and I walked down the street to try to get a few photos of the two of them as close to the shore as we could. By perfect timing, as we were walking down the street, a resident who lived right on the water offered up his outdoor deck next to the water for them to take photos on. This was so great, it allowed Courtney and Jane a beautiful moment with just the two of them and I was lucky enough to be able to document this moment for them.

Their ceremony and reception took place at Harbor Lounge, and their ceremony space was so cool. The Harbor Lounge has an outdoor deck that juts out on the beach almost to where the water starts. So Courtney and Jane walked out through all of their friends and family to cheers. The ceremony was officiated by Jane’s sister Jill, who by the way totally killed it. Jill, you could definitely make being an officiant your second job, because you were amazing. Jill had everyone in stitches, and as you can see below had Courtney and Jane cracking up throughout the ceremony. In addition to Jill, Courtney’s mother Fran and Jane’s mother Lauretta spoke during the ceremony and even made me tear up a little bit. Their ceremony was the perfect mix of laughter, emotion, and joy.

Their reception was filled with drinks, food, and celebrations. There were special cocktails, an oyster shucker, and a cupcake tower. The coolest décor items at their reception were photos of the two of them from different occasions in their life spread all around Harbor Lounge, it gave you a feel for all of the many adventures they had been on.

After the reception, we participated in what is my favorite thing about a lot of Provincetown weddings, walking down Commercial street with the couple’s friends and family forming our own little parade. It’s such a cool tradition, Courtney and Jane got all of their friends and family to walk down the main street in Provincetown yelling out in celebration of their marriage. Everyone all the way down Commercial Street was congratulating them, yelling back, and one of the best moments was when Courtney and Jane high-fived a passerby. It was the perfect end to an amazing wedding day for the two of them. Congratulations again Courtney and Jane, I know your future will be so love-filled and also filled with many more travel adventures. 

Vendors

Venue: Harbor Lounge || www.harborlounge.com || harborlounge@gmail.com

Oyster Raw Bar: Brad Kaplan || Iona Seafarms || 508-349-8201

Catering: Liz Lovati || Angel Foods || www.angelfoods.com || lizlove17@gmail.com