“Between every two pine trees there is a door leading to a new way of life.”
- John Muir

And this is where Margaret and Tom took the leap into the next stage of their life together, among the trees, as well as their family and friends. It was very important to Margaret and Tom to keep in the forefront their love of nature, and it was an easy choice to have their wedding at Fox Point in Newington (where Margaret grew up), a beautiful spot overlooking the Piscataqua River, with lots of wooded areas.

The couple were absolutely surrounded by love the whole day, with so much singing, lovely tributes to the couple by so many, and lots of cute little ones!

Wedding Ceremony and Reception: Fox Point, Newington, NH

I asked Margaret to answer a few questions about the wedding.

How did you meet your partner?

Tom and I first met because he was a friend of one of my sisters. Our paths crossed at various times while I was still in college and we were both always dating other people. One winter I was caretaking in an AMC hut and he came to visit for the night with my sister. She had to leave the following day but he stayed for another night and we spent the day together. We baked cookies and he taught me how to use an axe. That was the beginning.

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How did the day start?

For Margaret the day began with breakfast at her parents house with all her sisters and nephews. For Tom the day began with breakfast with his family at his parent’s rental house. Then we all met at Fox Point to set up everything. It was A LOT of work and our families helped us set the tables and arrange everything. Then Margaret jumped off the dock into the bay for a quick swim before going back to her parent’s house to have her hair done.

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We had to get some shots with Margaret and Tom’s beloved dog!

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What were your goals for your wedding day?

Tom’s answer: “Marrying you.” :) But aside from that, one of the things we cared about the most was having all of the people we loved together in one place. We both have big families and lots of friends and were excited to bring all of them together to celebrate with us. We also envisioned being outside, in a place that was really special to us, and having a super fun party that reflected our values in terms of food choices and sustainability. We tried really hard to stick to that.

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So much singing throughout the ceremony, so much joy.

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From Margaret: I’m pretty sure I was shaking the whole time. It was sort of unbelievable to stand up in front of so many people and when I think about it now I kind of can’t believe I did it. But seeing Tom waiting for me was a really special moment. And I loved saying our vows. There was a lot of weight behind them and that was really powerful to feel.

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After the ceremony the couple wanted a few minutes alone out on the “point” of Fox Point to reflect on the day and enjoy each other’s company as husband and wife before the photos began. It was pretty windy out there, but I’m glad I was able to capture a few photos of them out there, with the sun streaming in behind them.

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Margaret with her nephews – no nieces so far!

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So many amazing toasts!

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Group hug after an emotional toast from Margaret’s dad.

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What is one suggestion you have for other couples who are planning their weddings?

Enjoy more! The planning is stressful, but it will all come together. Our wedding was particularly a lot of work because all the set-up was on us. We didn’t just show up to a place. It was really fun to do it that way, but oh man, lots of work.

I would suggest slowing down and taking pauses through the planning, and during the actual event. A friend told me to take two mental photographs that day, one during the ceremony, and one during the reception. I am SO glad I did that because those moments are embedded in my mind. It forced me to slow down and take it all in. Bottom line: be mindful. Enjoy it.

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So much love at Margaret and Tom’s wedding – some of their friends reprised a popular song for the couple and sang/played it for them.

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During the first dance I was nervous that everyone was watching us. But I also thought, “thank god we practiced dancing in our kitchen while washing dishes!” It was pretty magical to dance a rocking jig together publicly.

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It was incredible to see ourselves on that day, and all of the things that were going on around us. It’s really true when people say that your wedding goes by in a blur. The whole thing happened so fast that we are grateful to be able to look back and re-create the day in our minds. The photos capture some of the most magical moments that i don’t ever want to forget.

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During the party, well it was super overwhelming to try and say hello to everyone but so incredible to have all our people together! It was wicked fun, good food, good music, and I loved the dancing.

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Tom and I had no idea what we were looking for in a photographer so that was challenging at first. But we didn’t have any hesitations about you. We loved your photo journalistic style and the idea of telling a story with photos.

We loved working with you because it was easy! You were easy to talk to and plan with before the wedding, and on the day of you just did your thing and took some great photos! I had never really worked with a photographer before so it was a funny concept to have someone there just taking pictures of us. But you made me feel at ease and all went smoothly.

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Florist: Spring Hill Designs, VT

Cake: Old Village Bakery, North Conway, NH

Band/DJ: Jay Boucher

Caterer: Heritage Food Truck

Officiant: Chris Jablonski

Invitations: Elizabeth Graciano-Smith

Dress: Madeleine’s Daughter, Portsmouth, NH

Hair/Makeup: ­­­­­­­­­­­Alyssa Vachon, Inside Out, Dover, NH

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I love going into a wedding day and feeling the frenetic, anxious anticipation of everything starting. I’m usually in a hotel room or someone’s home, surrounded by lots of women and girls who are running around doing last minute touch-ups, fixing hair, trying to find that *one* small piece of an outfit that is missing. Or maybe they’re taking polls – on which earrings to wear, how to tie a bow in the back of the dress, and which shoes go best with that dress. Usually there are Moms getting teary eyed looking at their daughters. Or the groom has forgotten something and someone needs to get it to him ASAP! Or the two year old flowergirl has (always) taken the flowers out of her hair! Then, voila, the bride steps out into the room all dressed, prepped and ready to go and everyone goes silent (or maybe more crying or squeals of delight!). People usually ask me “is it always this crazy?” Yes and no. It’s always different, but I like to see the ways that it is always the same. The same joy and anticipation, the beginning of the beginning.

And of course Danielle and Matt’s wedding day was no different – such a fun and happy atmosphere while everyone was getting ready, the waiting, the sigh of relief and the laughter and tears when they first saw each other down the aisle.

This was a really fun wedding for me! When we first met, Danielle talked about how they were nervous about having their photos taken, but thankfully, after their laid-back engagement session with me a few months prior, they knew it would be easy! Everything goes by in such a flash on the wedding day, honestly you don’t even have much time to worry about having your picture taken. I do like to take a few moments with each couple and give them some breathing room, and a chance just to be, take it all in. Those are some of my favorite shots! And having that beautiful fall foliage at Zukas Hilltop Barn definitely does not hurt.

Getting Ready: Southbridge Hotel, Southbridge, MA

Ceremony: Notre Dame Church, Southbridge, MA

Reception: Zukas Hilltop Barn, Spencer, MA

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There’s this really cute little garden area up on a hill besides Zukas – we got a few nice shots there, and then this is probably my favorite view of the October foliage.

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Matt did the design on the back of the placecards!

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Tears (from everyone) during Danielle’s sister’s toast.

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And a very musical toast from Matt’s side!

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The expressions on the kids’ faces in these cake-cutting photos are priceless – haha!

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An awesome party – congratulations Danielle & Matt!

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Florist: LadySlipper Designs

DJ: Greg Bedard

Hair: ­­­­­­­­­­Gina Joubert

Makeup: Kimberly Fosher­

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January 25, 2017

“Photographers deal in things which are continually vanishing and when they have vanished there is no contrivance on earth which can make them come back again.” – Henri Cartier-Bresson

This is what it’s all about for me! I love photographing weddings… there are always the same beats, the same routines, very similar timelines for the day. But then again they are all so different! And capturing these vanished moments is what I absolutely live for on a wedding day. Yes, I’ll admit it, I have lots of fun shooting beautiful portraits and seeing all the amazing details… but those moments. Often times the ones in-between. I turn away for a minute to adjust my camera settings, you think I’m not paying attention as you laugh together or that knowing teary-eyed look your mom gives you while you’re getting ready. So much to witness and capture! Love love love.

So, that brings me to this: every January I have the time to go through all my weddings from the previous year and pick out some of my favorites for the WPJA (Wedding Photojournalists Association) contest.

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Happy New Year!

January 3, 2017

I know 2016 has been getting a bad rap… Honestly I don’t put too much stock into the numbers on the calendar and lump a whole year into whether it was good, bad, terrible or terrific. All I know is that every year, I get to be a part of many couples’ happiest day yet, and it is always my honor and privilege to do so. Thanks to everyone for a beautiful 2016, and I’m looking forward to whatever 2017 has in store for us.

 

Meredith & Chris – Wedding at Castleton, Windham, NH
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Melissa & Jamil – Wedding at Indian Pond Country Club, Kingston, MA
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Brett, these pictures are absolutely STUNNING!!!!! I’m so extremely happy with them, they are beautiful! ❤
I need to make sure everyone knows about your amazing work! We are over the moon with everything you’ve done for us! Thanks a bunch!!

 

Sara & Rob – Wedding on the lake, Milton, NH
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Kate & Eric – Larz Anderson Park Wedding
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Thank you so much for yesterday! We were so relaxed and had so much fun because we knew you were on top of everything and took care of it all for us. It has been amazing from the very beginning, and I cannot tell you how grateful we are to have you as our photographer! Thank you!

 

Shannon & Chris – Wedding at the International, Bolton, MA
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The gallery blew me away! We are so pleased and cannot thank you enough!

 

Tara & Seph – Wedding at the Hellenic Center, Ipswich, MA
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Caroline & Matt – Wedding at the Boston Winery
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I am SOOO obsessed with the photos so far. I am beyond excited to see them all!! Your work was by far the best part of our wedding. Thank you SO much!!!

 

Emily & Alex – Wedding at Grace Restaurant, Portland, ME
Maren & Eli – Wedding at Grey Shingles, Wolfeboro, NH
(can I just say how excited I was to see these beautiful ladies in these awesome non-traditional wedding dresses? Gorgeous!)
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These are…
FANTASTIC!
Such a pleasure to re-live the day. You knocked it out of the park.
Thanks again, you rock!
Best,
-Eli & Maren

 

Nicole & Todd – Swampscott Beach Wedding
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Kristin & Ross – Wedding at the Habitat, Belmont, MA
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I don’t know what to say – we absolutely love every picture and the turn around time was so quick! Thank you so much! I don’t think we could have chosen anyone better to capture our day and we hope to be able to work with you again in the future!

 

Margaret & Tom – Wedding at Fox Point, Newington, NH
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Meaghan & Eric – Wedding at the Dennis Inn, Dennis, MA
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Trish & Greg – Wedding at the Chanler at Cliff Walk, Newport, RI
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Danielle & Matt – Wedding at Zukas Hilltop Barn, Spencer, MA
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YAY! these are WONDERFUL! Thank you so much for everything!

 

Radha & Aaron – Backyard wedding by the sea in Rockport, MA
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Stefanie & Richard – Wedding at Gore Place, Waltham, MA
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Andy & Rob – Wedding at Lyman Estate, Waltham, MA
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