And now part two of Alaina and Josh’s summer wedding at Plimoth Plantation! After the ceremony, we did a few more photos near the barn and then the couple was able to enjoy their cocktail hour and see all of their guests. The reception was in the tent, right there on the water, such a beautiful location.

Ceremony: Hornblower Gardens, Plimoth Plantation, Plymouth, MA

Reception: Outdoor tent at Plimoth Plantation

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We were doing some photos next to the barn, and this little guy (or gal?) decided to come over and say hello.

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A bit of an emotional first dance… from Alaina: Dancing with Josh for the first time was so much fun. It was so surreal, we have never felt closer.

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No, this was not posed! I love capturing little moments in-between like this.

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The party was awesome, we barely left the dance floor, same with the guests. The food and drink was great, everything was just a dream.
I would agree, a perfect day!

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What were your first reactions to the photos? Oh we loved them!!!! They came out so beautiful! We praise you for capturing such amazing moments especially during our ceremony. We didn’t even notice you take them!

What is one suggestion you have for other couples who are planning their weddings? My one suggestion would be not to sweat the small things. Leading up to the wedding I thought I would notice if something went wrong or if something wasn’t set up right, but you really don’t. Just relax and enjoy your day because you only have it once.

Florist: JN Floral Design

Cake: Fratelli’s

DJ: NuImage

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What a busy and wonderful wedding season it’s been! It’s been a little while since I’ve blogged a full wedding post, and I couldn’t think of a better way to start than with Alaina and Josh’s picture-perfect, love-filled wedding at Plimoth Plantation.

We started with some getting ready photos (of both the guys and girls) at the Hilton Garden Inn, then went to the Hornblower Gardens at Plimoth Plantation for the first look before the ceremony. Everything was just so perfect!

Ceremony: Hornblower Gardens, Plimoth Plantation, Plymouth, MA

Reception: Outdoor tent at Plimoth Plantation

The italicized excerpts below are from the bride herself, Alaina.

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How did the day start? Well I had 4 hours of sleep so I was running on pure excitement. My bridesmaids and I had coffee and muffins (later turning into mimosas and lunch) in the bridal suit that morning while beginning hair and makeup. Josh had lunch with his groomsmen and went back to his best mans room to get ready.

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What a gorgeous wedding party! And I love how they had two shades of pink.

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How did you feel during the ceremony? I was surprisingly okay during the ceremony. It was before it when I heard Canon in D and watching my bridesmaids walk down the garden steps that I got emotional. My dad was crying too which didn’t help my tears. During the ceremony I was just giddy and so happy.

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Our goal of the wedding was to have everyone feel our love and feel loved in return. We wanted everyone to enjoy themselves and just have a great celebration. I made sure our guests knew how much we appreciated them through the program thank you’s and little tokens throughout the wedding. I wanted the wedding to be as personal as possible. The ceremony was the most important part for us because it was there we said our I Dos. Where we became one. It was so perfect.

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Part Two will be up soon!

Florist: JN Floral Design

Cake: Fratelli’s

DJ: NuImage

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Thankful for you

November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving! I try to practice gratitude in my daily life for all of the little things (snuggling with my kids, a perfect sunset, that perfect chocolate chip cookie ;))… but I don’t think I could overstate just how grateful I am to be able to do what I do. When I first started out ten years ago, put together a simple website, and a little ad up on craigslist as a photographer starting out, I couldn’t imagine where it would take me. I’m so thankful for my wonderful clients who let me do what I love! Here are my amazing 2015 wedding clients… and I have to say that when I get comments like these, it’s just the icing on the cake!

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

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Thank you so much, the photos are amazing! We are so happy!
I know its going to take us some time to digest it all, I just wanted to reach out and thank you for our fabulous photographs.

Tai & Chris, Barn at Gibbet Hill Wedding

 

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These are absolutely tremendous! I can’t even begin to tell you how happy we were to see such beautiful photos that are so completely true to the experience of the day. We both laughed AND cried looking at the amazing moments you captured over the course of the afternoon and evening. Thank you so much! We’ve sent the link out to our families, and everyone is having a terribly hard time narrowing it down to the favorites they’d like prints of, since everything is just so good!
Thank you again, we couldn’t have asked for a better photographer. These are truly something else.

Katherine & Alex, Arnold Arboretum Wedding

 

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There’s so many beautiful photos to choose from! Everyone loves your work!
I don’t know how I’m going to choose 100 for the album! May take me a while!

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These photos are so fantastic. We could not be more pleased with how they all came out — you did such a great job!
Jane & Daniel, Pierce House Wedding (with photo from DeCordova Sculpture Museum)

 

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It has been a pleasure working with you. Thank you again for capturing these lifetime moments for us in such a beautiful manner.
Meg & Phil, Shattuck Golf Club Wedding

 

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The pictures are amazing! Thank you so much.
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Thank you so much for being apart of and capturing our special day. We are absolutely thrilled with all of the pictures!
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Thank you! I LOVED the pictures!!
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I can’t thank you enough for capturing the day so perfectly. Thank you SO much- these images are absolutely amazing!
Emma & John

 

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Yay, I’m so excited! Jacob and I just spent a lot of time looking through all of them and reminiscing. We love them so much, you did such a great job and I feel like you didn’t miss anything!
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Thank you so much! These are wonderful – you really did a fabulous job and I can’t wait to talk with David and Carrie and Paul about what we want to order.
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Thank you so so much. All of the pictures are amazing and I cannot wait to look at them for years to come!
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Wow!!! We are delighted. Start to finish, working with you was a delight and the photos are fabulous. I am thrilled with how well the barn worked as a backdrop for the portraits — that was my vision all along. I am also grateful you arrived in time to take pictures of the reception tent; I completely forgot to task anyone with that specifically, and by the time we got there after the wedding it was already completely disheveled. We would have been happy with just a few nice photos, but you got so many I hardly know how to think about what we’ll choose to print… Plus, it’s lovely to revisit the ceremony through your photos. You have such a great eye.
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Thank you so much! The photos are all gorgeous and it’s so fun to look through all of them and relive the day!
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Although I’m happy for the break that the holidays and winter bring, I can’t wait until next wedding season!

 

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I love photographing weddings in New England. I get the best of all worlds! Casual beach weddings, modern city weddings, country farm weddings, but really there are so many unique and historic estates and other places you can get married in and around Boston. Since 2015 marks my ten year anniversary of being in business, I have been thinking back on some highlights and my favorite places to shoot at so far. I’m going to do a quick round-up of them here.

 

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Heather and Tom’s engagement session at the Crane Estate at Castle Hill

 

 

Castle Hill at Crane Estate

I’ve been to the Crane Estate a few times for Engagement Sessions, not yet for a wedding, but I’m hoping, someday! I can’t say enough about how amazing this venue is… Just breathtaking with the view from the mansion down over the rolling hills and to the sea. So dramatic. We were able to photograph Heather and Tom’s session here at just the right time of evening to catch that golden light.

Engagement Session at the Crane Estate

 

 

 

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Winter wedding at Commander’s Mansion in Watertown

 

 

Commanders Mansion

Just a hop, skip and a jump from Boston, in Watertown, is the Commanders Mansion. When I was there for Stephanie and Wally’s December wedding, they had the place decorated to a T, with so many details you just didn’t know where to look.

Wedding at the Commander’s Mansion

 

 

 

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Jo and Mark’s spring wedding at Glen Magna Farms

 

 

Glen Magna Farms

Such a hidden gem! When I lived in Beverly, I had no idea this was right next door in Danvers until I was lucky enough to shoot my first wedding there. From the historic house, to the gardens and farm, to the manicured lawns… You can’t go wrong at Glen Magna Farms, especially for a spring wedding when the Wisteria is out.

Glen Magna Farms Wedding

 

 

 

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Gore Place Estate wedding

 

 

Gore Place

Gore Place is not only “the Monticello of the North,” but also a working farm with goats, chickens and sheep. Not that I got to see much of that side shooting weddings there! It makes a spectacular backdrop with the mansion in the background, out on the lawn. For Cori and Max’s wedding, they chose to have their ceremony out on the front lawn, with the chuppah under the tree there. It was beautiful! And just wait until you get inside to see the rooms, which are decorated with period pieces.

Gore Place Wedding

 

 

 

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Lani and Chris’ book-themed wedding at Hammond Castle

 

 

Hammond Castle

So much fun at Hammond Castle! Careful, you can get lost here. Truly a unique venue on the Northshore, in Gloucester. Not only is it a castle, but it’s right on the water! Gorgeous views.

Hammond Castle Wedding

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Katie and Chris’ nature themed wedding at the Lord Jeffrey Inn

 

 

Lord Jeffrey Inn

You don’t see many completely outdoor receptions (at least I don’t), but the Lord Jeffrey Inn has the most beautiful spot on its rooftop for such an occasion (just hope for no rain!). Katie and Chris had such a beautiful June evening for an outdoor wedding, and I was happy to photograph it for them. Absolutely love the outdoor fireplace.

Lord Jeffrey Inn Wedding

 

 

 

 

 

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Natalie and Andrew’s wedding at the Lyman Estate, Waltham


 

 
Lyman Estate

Yet another beautiful historic estate for a wedding in Massachusetts! It seems like if you throw a rock from Boston you might hit one. Anyhow, this has been one of my favorite estates… Sometimes the older places are kind of dark, but Lyman is light and airy, with big windows and beautiful colors. And then there’s the grounds and gardens, really just perfection all around.

Lyman Estate Wedding
 

 

 

 

 

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Massachusetts winery wedding at Nashoba Valley


 

 
Nashoba Valley Winery

I love love love winery weddings. I briefly lived outside of Napa/Sonoma valleys in California, and I think that’s when I fell in love! Being in New England, winery weddings are a little more rare, but Nashoba Valley Winery is a great spot, with an amazing dinner at J’s Restaurant!

Nashoba Valley Winery Wedding

 

 

 

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Wedding at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem


 

 
Peabody Essex Museum

This might be one of my favorites… top five, at least. I mean, a wedding at an Art Museum, for an art geek like me… I’m in heaven. And the Peabody Essex has a little bit of something for everyone, with it’s most recent renovations.

Peabody Essex Museum Wedding

 

 

 

 

 

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Liz and Jim’s wedding at Plimoth Plantation


 

 
Plimoth Plantation

Most people in Massachusetts visit Plimoth Plantation in fourth grade and then forget about it! But, it is a perfect wedding venue… They have the beautiful gardens, the water, a barn… and tented or inside reception.

Plimoth Plantation Wedding

 

 

 

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Derby Hall wedding photos outside of Salem’s Old Town Hall


 

 
Salem Old Town Hall

Another one close to my heart… As my husband and I did our wedding photos in Salem, right outside the Salem Old Town Hall in Derby Square. You don’t have to love all things Halloween (even though I certainly do) to love Salem!

Salem Old Town Hall Wedding

 

 

 

 

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Jess and Dwayne at the Stevens Estate


 

 

Stevens Estate

The Stevens Estate is actually right near me in North Andover, Massachusetts (I’m just over the border in NH), so I’m always happy to head over there! They have a beautiful set-up in the tent (chandeliers! love it), and the woodland trails, the grounds and estate itself are beautiful backdrops.

Stevens Estate Wedding

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sudbury, MA wedding at the Wayside Inn

 

Wayside Inn

From their website: “Longfellow’s Wayside Inn is proud to be the oldest operating Inn in the country, offering comfort and hospitality to travelers along the Boston Post Road since 1716.” 1716! You can’t get more historic than that. There are also lots of fun places nearby for a photographer! There’s the classic New England schoolhouse, as well as the old Grist Mill, not to mention the gardens!

Wayside Inn Wedding

 

 

 

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Meg and Sean’s summer wedding at Willowdale Estate


 

Willowdale Estate

If you’ve been following my blog at all, you might know that Willowdale is absolutely one of my favorite places for a wedding! I’ve been lucky enough to photograph seven amazing weddings there, over my ten years in business, and I’ll be there again in about a month. The estate itself has lots of Craftsman-style touches, and the outside terrace is a beautiful spot for a wedding ceremony. I love the boardwalk near the river, too! (Also, did I mention the cookies? Just trust me)

Willowdale Estate Wedding

 

 

 

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Searles Castle wedding in Windham, NH


 

 

Searles Castle

A castle on a hill… In New Hampshire. Sure, why not! As you wend your way driving up the curvy and tree-lined driveway to the castle, it takes your breath away. It’s really a unique place to have a wedding, and the combination of the ceremony with the castle backdrop with a beautifully tented reception just makes it so easy for a photographer!

Searles Castle Wedding

 

 

 

 

 

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An October wedding at the Portland Company in Maine


 

 
Portland Company

A little further afield, in Portland, Maine, is the Portland Company Complex. Unassuming on the outside, it has this raw modern factory loft feel inside. But it still feels pretty warm and cozy (especially with 200 of your closest friends and family).

Portland Company Wedding

 

 

 

 

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Newport wedding at Hotel Viking


 

Hotel Viking

Another one further from Boston, but I couldn’t leave it off this list – the Hotel Viking in Newport, RI. It very conveniently comes with its wood-beamed chapel for the wedding ceremony, and your choice of several ballrooms for the reception. Everything about Hotel Viking is a photographer’s dream! They take you on a little ride to the seacoast (or wherever around Newport) for photos, but at Kristen and Mike’s wedding we did quite a few photos just around the hotel, and I certainly wasn’t complaining!

Hotel Viking Wedding

 

 

 

 

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