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

Jen and Buzz's Liberty Hotel Wedding || Boston, MA

The first time that I talked to Jen, I instantly bonded with her. It was one of those conversations that just flowed without pause, and I immediately wanted to book her as a client (because frankly it felt like talking to a friend). When the day came that I finally met Jen and Buzz (whose real name is Kevin, but everyone calls him Buzz) in-person, it was like being around two friends I haven't seen in a while. Jen and Buzz are so sweet and warm, you cannot help but like them right away. 

A few days later, I arrived at The Liberty Hotel on a very windy day to capture their wedding day for them. I arrived where Jen was getting ready with the bridesmaids (who were her sister and Buzz's sister) and the mothers. Everyone was so nice to me right away, basically welcoming me in as if they knew me. Shortly after when Jen was ready, we went down one level in The Liberty Hotel to do Jen and Buzz's first look. Little did we know, Jen's dad was also down there and we got to do a little father-daughter first look as well right before Jen and Buzz's first look. Jen and Buzz were so overjoyed seeing each other for the first time in their wedding attire. The grins on their faces were so big, and they just kept laughing and beaming. It was the cutest moment ever. 

From there I headed down to the ceremony site (but not without a quick photo of the bridal party walking through the lobby). The sky looked a bit threatening, but there was no rain and the wind dwindled down during their ceremony. The ceremony was full of so many sweet moments, and I particularly loved their vows to each other. It was so personal and made everyone there both laugh and shed a couple of tears. Once the two said I do and kissed, they again were grinning from ear to ear and just beaming with joy and love.

The Liberty Hotel had champagne for them waiting and we headed out to take a few photos of just the two of them. These two had so much fun, and kept joking about taking dramatic photos with their champagne and the wooden doors. We even got a few "American Horror Story" style dramatic photos in front of the entrance to The Liberty Hotel. 

After their couple portraits, and a bunch of family portraits (which were so sweet) the reception began with some fun dancing in by all of the parents and siblings, which then lead into Jen and Buzz's first dance. These two then welcomed all couples on to the dance floor and then there was a break for dinner. Shortly after that speeches were given by Jen's dad, Buzz's mom and step-father, and Buzz's sister. There were so many sweet stories shared, including how Buzz's mom actually knew Jen before Buzz did, as her teacher. Their families were so sweet and including, I felt like an extension of their family and it was so lovely. After speeches and cake cutting, the fun dancing part started. It was Buzz and his mom who ushered in the dancing by cutting quite a mean rug themselves, which got everyone else on the dance floor. It was one of those weddings that made me so very glad that this is what I get to do. I was able to capture so many lovely relationships in their lives, and it just made my heart soar. Jen and Buzz, congratulations again, I know you two will have all the happiness in the world. 

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Vendors: 

DJ: Peter Hallisey w/ Sound Choice Events || contact@bostonsoundchoice.com || 617-909-4700

Harpist: Molly McCaffrey || mollymccaffrey@gmail.com || 401-207-7494 || www.mollymccaffreyharp.com

Cake: Rachael Lang of Cardinal Dessert Co. || http://cardinaldessert.com/

Wedding Dress: BHLDN || http://www.bhldn.com/product/annabelle-dress-ivory

Topper: BHLDN || http://www.bhldn.com/product/itala-topper

Headpiece: BHLDN || http://www.bhldn.com/bride-veils-headpieces-halos-headbands/rosales-halo/productoptionids/d6588c0c-04f9-46b0-b5da-0086a7a09584

Earrings: BHLDN || http://www.bhldn.com/shoes-accessories-jewelry-earrings/maria-opal-earrings/productoptionids/d6588c0c-04f9-46b0-b5da-0086a7a09584