Maggie and Alex's Wedding || Bedford Village Inn || Bedford, NH

I had been so excited for Maggie and Alex’s wedding since we did their engagement session in the fall. These two are just so much fun and the absolute sweetest people ever. After I drove up to Bedford, New Hampshire that morning I was so excited to see there was a fresh layer of snow on the ground. Something I knew that Maggie had been hoping for to add a special something for photos. I started with details up in Maggie’s hotel suite, and then all the ladies came up after getting their hair and make up done at the Luxe Salon. These ladies were so cheerful and relaxed, it was such an easy and awesome start to the day. Maggie read a letter from Alex that made her tear up, and then read a bit out loud for her ladies. Everyone was just saying how sweet it was, and it started the day off showing what a beautiful connection Maggie and Alex have. I had my second photographer Lorna Stell hanging with the guys and capturing that fun. After capturing a few group photos of the ladies in the suite, it was time for Maggie to get into her gorgeous wedding dress. Maggie looked like a model in her dress, and with that fur shawl, she was a stunning winter bride.

Once she was ready, Maggie and I walked over to where she and Alex were doing their first look. On the way she kept getting greeted by family and friends who were absolutely thrilled to see her. Everyone kept saying how beautiful she looked, giving her hugs and high fives. We had Maggie wait behind the building while we got Alex into place, and then one of my favorite moments of the day happened. When Maggie and Alex saw each other for the first time that day, they were both crying and grinning from ear to ear. These two were so happy to be in each other’s presence that day.

After taking couple’s portraits of just the two of them, to which both of them were amazing to be walking around in the snow for photos, we grabbed the rest of the wedding party. The wedding party all had a good laugh over something that Maggie and Alex told me to bring up, and then we grabbed photos of just the ladies and the guys. This was such a fun group, and everyone was giggling the whole time.

With family portraits, we made sure to do them close to the entry way so that people could run in and out (it was January in New Hampshire after all). This group was so efficient that we finished all the portraits early, so that the group could have some downtime before the ceremony.

The ceremony was beautiful, with Alex crying when he saw Maggie walking down the aisle and Maggie crying as her dad walked her down the aisle. There were lots of laughs during the ceremony, and then tons of cheers and excitement when these two awesome people tied the knot.

The reception started with lots of big family portraits, and then came Maggie and Alex’s introduction, which was greeted with booming applause and cheers. These two shared a sweet first dance to “Your Song” which by the way is a favorite song of mine. After their first dance we had some amazing speeches by their family and friends. It started with Maggie’s dad, who gave such a touching speech about Maggie growing up until now, and had everyone crying. Next, Alex's siblings Ravi and Carly gave a speech that both cracked a few jokes and also honored the memory of their sibling who passed away. Maggie’s cousins shared a speech with memories of Maggie which made everyone laugh a lot, and then finally sang to her the song “Maggie May.” The last speech of the night was by Alex’s best man, his longtime friend Ricky. He had everyone cracking up, and then also made quite a controversial comment in the room of agreeing with Alex that Tom Brady was the best quarterback of all time. The Philadelphia contingent of the wedding guests was not happy about that, but personally it made me laugh (since I’m both from Philly and am a Patriots fan).

The dancing kicked off with Maggie and her dad dancing absolutely beautifully and having such a lovely moment just the two of them. After that Alex and his mom danced to “Home” by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. It was a dedication to his brother that passed because that was his favorite song. These two did a whole choreographed dance to it, and even now when I hear that song it makes me smile thinking about this sweet moment with Alex and his mom. This is what kicked off the dancing for the night, and the whole floor filled up immediately. This was a group that absolutely loved dancing, and had so much fun with it. The last photos captured that night were when I sneaked Maggie and Alex out for a few last photos underneath the twinkle lights outside. These two were just so sweet, and I loved that this was the last group of images from the night, just the two of them enjoying being together. Congratulations again Maggie and Alex, thank you so much for being the best first wedding of 2019 that I could have asked for!!

 

Vendors:

Venue: Bedford Village Inn || https://www.bedfordvillageinn.com/

Church: Bedford Presbyterian Church || https://bedfordpresbyterian.org/

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

Hair and Makeup: Luxe Salon || https://www.bedfordvillageinn.com/luxe/

Florals: Celeste’s Flower Barn || https://www.celesteflowerbarn.com/

Band: Clockwork Band Boston || http://clockworkboston.com/

Wedding Dress: BHDLN || https://www.bhldn.com/

Bridesmaid Dresses: Lulu’s || https://www.lulus.com/bridal

Suits: Suit Supply || https://us.suitsupply.com/en_US/home

 
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Constance and Steven's Stepping Stone Ranch Wedding || West Greenwich, RI

Constance and Steven were my second couple that were planning their wedding from afar (Jen and Buzz were the first couple). These two are from California, and did an awesome job planning their wedding in Rhode Island. 

When I arrived at Stepping Stone Ranch on their wedding day, there was a sea of fog everywhere. It made the entire area look a bit spooky and mysterious. While the guys were getting ready and people were arriving luckily the fog lifted a bit and we had a break by the time the ceremony rolled around. When Constance and the bridesmaids arrived, they got out and then Constance changed up her ride. The ground was kind of wet and muddy, so Constance had the idea of pulling up to the aisle in a white convertible. By the way, this was one of the coolest entrances I have seen to date. 

After her amazing entrance, Constance's cousin Julian officiated their ceremony. This is something I really love, when the officiant knows the couple really well. He talked about their relationship, and the first time he met Steven. These two then shared their personal vows, which included the story of their first date in which Constance was running late but Steven just knew she was worth the wait. Their first date story was so charming and you can just see how these two balance each other out, each one of them are a great complement to the other. 

After the ceremony, these two left in their white convertible and it looked just like a fairy tale. We did a few portraits of just the two of them before heading back to the others. They just looked so happy and full of love. 

One of my favorite parts of their wedding day was after their entrance to the reception, when they did their first dance. They did their first dance to the song, "Perfect Day" by Lou Reed. I loved this because this song is a meaningful song to my boyfriend and I as well (he put this on a cd he made me at the start of our relationship). So seeing this song used as a first dance song, made me tear up a bit because it is such a beautiful song (that means a lot to me as well). 

The speeches by the Best Man, Blake, and Maid of Honor, Wendy, showed just how well these two friends know this couple, and just how much appreciation they have for their relationship. It was incredibly sweet. After the speeches, there was a break for dinner, in which we snuck Constance and Steven out for a few sunset photos. 

After dinner was when the real party started, this group had so much fun on the dance floor. This group didn't have to be asked twice to get on the dance floor. Everyone was up and having fun. 

To end the night, we did a sparkler exit. This was a bit of a challenge because we had to do this on the road, so every time a car came, we had to all move. After 10 minutes of this, we finally got a break and could do the sparklers, a perfect fairy tale ending to this beautiful couple's amazing wedding day. Congratulations again Constance and Steven, I know you two will have so much fun and joy in your marriage :) 

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Vendors: 

Venue: Stepping Stone Ranch || West Greenwich, RI || http://www.steppingstoneranch.com/

Coordinator/DJ: A-ROK Entertainment || http://www.djarok.com/ || arokent@hotmail.com

 

Jennifer and Dave's Esplanade Engagement Session || Boston, MA

I met Jennifer and Dave on a warm, and extremely windy day in early September. Despite the wind, we got lucky with the gorgeous golden hour light. The Esplanade was a perfect place for Jennifer and Dave's engagement session.

We were able to capture photos with some of the Boston skyline, the Charles River, and the nature of the Esplanade. These two are adorable, and clearly love each other so much. They are definitely each other's yin and yang, fitting together so well as a couple. We spent our time walking to a few different areas, starting off near the Community Boating building and then heading over across some of the little bridges on the Esplanade. These two were so ready for anything, including dancing on the docks near the river.

It makes me feel so warm and fuzzy just thinking of the lovely September engagement session, even though it's currently pretty cold in Boston. I think I'll just be here re-living this engagement session until it's warm again. I'm so so excited for your wedding in April Jennifer and Dave, cannot wait to capture more of your love story!! 

 

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