When Laura and Keith spun onto the dance floor and flawlessly flowed into a routine of dips, lifts, and twirls, no one had any idea that they'd only taken TWO dance lessons (they told me most people take about ten). Natural talent, or perfect chemistry? We bet on the latter, as the couple, who confessed before their wedding they felt shy and awkward in front of the camera absolutely stunned us when it came time for portraits and they easily fell into each other's arms. Smiles and quiet gestures were exchanged between Laura and Keith all day as they sailed from their wedding at St. Dennis Church in Hanover, to their reception at the Dartmouth Skiway. We like to wonder if this was the way it was from the moment they met at the Ray School in Hanover, where they were both working (alongside both their mothers, who knew each other long before they did!), this quiet, serendipitous connection close to where both had grown up. When editing our favorite moments from this wedding, an obvious theme surfaced: so many smiles! Whether they were exchanged between Laura and Keith, family members, or with the newest generation of children, it was obvious that joy abounded.
Every time I met with Carmel and Daniel over the Winter/Spring this year, I'd leave with the biggest smile on their face. They're quite possibly the easiest people to talk to for hours on end about absolutely everything, and despite being some of the smartest people I've met, they're goofy and non-intimidating.
Daniel also proposed to Carmel in the coolest way possible- via hawk, which delivered a gorgeous antique engagement ring straight to Carmel while on a casual hike. After said epic proposal, the couple decided they wanted an intimate wedding with their closest friends and family, as hanging out with their best people was their top priority. The setting: Carmel's parents' newly built modern home on the banks of two rivers tucked in the countryside of Dover, New Hampshire, which not only created an incredible backdrop for photographs, but also fostered a laid-back garden-party vibe. Jeff and I absolutely loved hanging out with everyone and visually exploring this stunning corner of the universe.
When Attie inquired a year ago, she immediately shared her vision for her and JD's wedding with me. In our first phone call, she described a hidden lavender farm tucked in the middle of the Cape, muted jewel tones for each of her bridesmaids and Iron & Wine and Nick Drake to be played during the ceremony. I was immediately excited and have been looking forward to this day for quite a while. It was such a delight to get to know both Attie and JD over the past year and watch their vision come to life as we've met up at their apartment in Brooklyn and talked over the phone.
With a 100% chance of rain forecast for Saturday afternoon, everyone was apprehensive that the entire day would have to be held at the tent, but by the time Attie had put on her dress, the rain stopped, with a cool, gentle mist drifting about, perfectly tying their vision together, and allowing the ceremony, photos, and a whimsical scavenger hunt for the younger guests to take place outside.
With all these details, I almost forgot about how calm, collected, and go-with-the-flow Attie and JD were the entire day- the perfect co-collaborators in what can only be described as a magical day.
When I met Ali and Kenny for brunch in their Washington, DC neighborhood a few months ago, I didn't want it to be over. Before we got around to talking wedding details, we talked forever about just about everything, and it was so easy to feel like I had known them both for years. We got the same feeling from their family and friends over the two days we photographed their wedding festivities at Basin Harbor, where Kenny and his family grew up vacationing (It's always a treat to get to photograph more than one day or a wedding weekend as we get to know everyone extra well).
Not only did Ali and Kenny have wonderful company surrounding them, they had the best weather, and Jeff and I enjoyed finding moments in the abundant golden light around Basin Harbor, and watching vacationers jump on the water trampoline, paddleboard, and swim. Their band, A House On Fire, filled the dance floor the entire night, and Kenny's parents created the perfect finale by surprising everyone, Ali and Kenny included, with a fireworks show over the harbor.
Held on Molly's parent's friend's property with stunning views of the surrounding mountains, Molly and Terrence's wedding wasn't just a celebration of their marriage- it was also a celebration of transition, and a goodbye party. A week ago, Molly and Terrence moved out of their Boston apartment and sold most of their belongings. In a week, they'll head off on a six-month trip in their beloved campervan, Moonbeam, which they lovingly modified for longterm life on the road, and when they return, they'll settle in for a more rural life in Vermont (which we're pretty pumped about). Thus, last night's beautiful evening was a wedding/going away party/pre-roadtrip celebration.
Jeff and I have never met a couple as similar to ourselves as Molly and Terrence- Molly's the social, bubbly, sweet one, and Terrence is the quietly curious, witty, jack-of-all-trades. We loved how they brought their talents and personalities together to create the most comfortable, welcoming wedding for everyone involved (including us), and how everyone crowded the dance floor after a pizza dinner as the sun set.
Sarah and I have a lot in common, besides our first name. Both our first real job ever was at the Valley News, and we were officially hired on the same day. I think our editors thought it was funny to send along two brown-haired girls named Sarah to the same assignment and confuse our subjects. We became fast friends and bonded over our love for the Beatles (she was one of the first to recognize our business was named after a Beatles song), and our shared experiences together as young newspaper workers. After she moved down to Boston to become a teacher, I got to know Brad well, and loved going out with them to their favorite Jazz bar and having long conversations about politics and the healthcare industry. Brad is currently in medical school and I love talking to him about his perspective on the medical field culture. Basically, they're some of the best people Jeff and I know, so when they asked us to come to Indiana and photograph their wedding in the state where they both grew up and went to college, we were thrilled to be even more of a part of our friends' lives.
Sarah and Brad knew for a long time that they wanted to get married at the Indianapolis Central Library- it melds their shared interest of constant learning and reading with a beautiful building in the heart of Indianapolis. The ceremony took place in the hundred-year-old ornate reading room, with natural light streaming through big windows, and progressed to the modern, light-filled atrium for the reception. We loved how the entire day was about honoring their friends and family- plenty of time was spent beforehand hanging out with their wedding parties, Sarah's grandmother, who wasn't able to be there in person, was present through FaceTime throughout the ceremony and Sarah stopped to wave to her as she walked down the aisle with her father, and Sarah and Brad took plenty of time during their reception to spend time talking to all their guests before they hit the dance floor.
We have two types of clients: those who we've been lucky to call our friends before we were hired to photograph their wedding, and those who became our friends through the wedding photography journey. Rachel and Jon are in the former camp- Jon is a former colleague of mine from my days as a photojournalist at The Valley News, and it was there that I learned his wonderfully dry sense of humor and sweet personality. Through Jon, I met Rachel when she'd come up to New Hampshire to visit during their long distance relationship and immediately fell in love with her easygoing personality.
The greatest thing about photographing friends' weddings is we always learn something new about our buddies. Last night, while at the newly-built District Winery in Southeast DC, surrounded by Jon and Rachel's best people, we learned that they are really good, energetic dancers, and didn't stop dancing until the band played the last song, "Purple Rain."
A fond tradition we look forward to every year is traveling a few weeks before wedding season- it not only gives us something to look forward to each year, but it also gives us a fresh perspective to launch into our working season with. Going to Europe has been a dream of ours for years, and this year, we were able to bring it to life. We decided on France, Switzerland, Germany, and Copenhagen, and learned the railway system, walked over 100 miles, ate dozens of croissants and baguettes and met some really cool people.
Part of our travel always involves our passions, so besides taking lots of photographs, we spent an afternoon on a river in France where Jeff could fly fish, and a day at an idyllic Icelandic horse farm in Germany where I took some riding lessons (and we both took lots of photos).
While we have the fewest photos from our time in Copenhagen, it was our absolute favorite part of the trip- biking around such a beautiful, friendly city was the highlight of an incredible trip.
From their initial inquiry this past winter, I knew Susannah and James would be a lot of fun to work with. They're both teachers, and spend each summer as camp counselors at idyllic camps in the same town but on different lakes. As Susannah says, "we're a couple that doesn't take ourselves too seriously." Despite the cold April day, we had more fun in an engagement session than I had in a while, with Susannah and James being totally up for anything, including acting out scenes from Titanic and randomly striking fake sexy poses. Jeff and I can't wait to celebrate with them in June 2019 at Lanakila and Aloha Hive!
St. Patrick's Day in Boston is a sight to behold- the sidewalks full of people decked in green, the lines to every bar going around the block, and the hooting and hollering from enthused revelers echoing in the streets. On this particular March 17th, an altogether different event was going on thirty-some floors above the city sidewalks. White roses glowed in the sweet light of dusk, framing an unmatchable floor-to-ceiling view of the city. A reverent quiet hung in the air as Becky and Zach said their vows under the prayer shawl that belonged to Zach's grandfather. It was the part of the day Becky said a few weeks before that she was most looking forward to, and that moment went above and beyond everyone's expectations.
Gorgeous views and decor aside- what made this wedding for us was working with Becky and Zach- they're smitten with each other and are some of the kindest, calmest people we've met. I (Sarah) loved spending time in Boston with them in the months before the wedding, collaborating to find the perfect spot for a first look (we got super lucky!), walking the streets from Hotel to Venue, and drawing schedules up over coffee.