The most common fact our clients confess to us when we talk to them the first time is some form of “we HATE getting our picture taken.” In fact, all three of the couples featured in this post told us this in our first few conversations with them. So why did they opt to have an engagement session? Engagement sessions or mini sessions are an awesome way for us to get to know each other better, learn about the places our couples love, and a way to practice taking couples photos together. Since we use fun prompts and break up the session with hanging out, we often hear “that was surprisingly fun!” after a session, and folks go into their wedding not dreading (and maybe even getting excited about) that part of their wedding day. We photographed all of these sessions in the past six weeks in Boston, MA and Providence, RI- can’t wait to photograph all six of these awesome, energetic people at their weddings this year in Vermont, Connecticut, and Boston!
Jeff and I met Kelsey and Fred at Kelsey’s sister Kayla’s wedding last August, and we liked them immediately. Kelsey is the perfect mix of sweet and sassy, and makes it easy to fall into an interesting conversation right away. The best word to describe Fred is friendly- at his future sister-in-law’s wedding when he wasn’t on the dance floor, he was initiating conversation with total strangers, fully invested in learning their stories.
Working with two easy-going people and already knowing Kelsey’s close-knit family made us excited to photograph this first wedding of the year at the Capitol Plaza in Montpelier. Some of our favorite moments included Fred’s emotional reaction to seeing his future wife walk down the aisle (and all of his sweet happy tears shed throughout the day), the mercifully mild April day that allowed us to explore around the Capitol for photos after the ceremony, and Kelsey’s spirited niece, Rebecca, who had stolen the show at her other aunt’s wedding last year, and didn’t disappoint yesterday. Thank you Kelsey and Fred for giving us a fun start to the wedding season- we’re so excited for what this year will bring!
Every year, we assign a one-word resolution for our business as a focus and motivation. The word this year was growth. Photographing 22 weddings and 3 elopements from March to December in eight states, we had both our busiest and most traveled year as a company. One of the biggest things Jeff and I focused on was fine-tuning our individual styles to further compliment each other and provide each client with a vibrant, varied body of work. Jeff found a unique voice during the portrait sessions while I worked on finding elegance in minimalism in both candids and details.
To further the quality of our work and relationships with each couple, we expanded our trips to Boston, New York, and DC, visiting almost every one of our couples before their wedding days to get brunch, drinks, or explore their city. This was a highlight of the year- forging long-lasting friendships and helping each other become even more comfortable and acquainted with the fabulous people we photograph. When our couples open their lives up to us, we see the unique ways they incorporate their personalities into their celebrations, and love finding those otherwise looked-over moments.
I don’t think we’ve ever laughed so much and been so excited to look at images after each wedding- we’re so grateful to each one of our clients who give us these incredible opportunities and pushed us to become better photographers and people. We can’t wait to see how this continues in 2019!
There was no better way to end our biggest and best wedding season ever than with Francesca (known as Chessy by her friends and family) and Adam’s Christmas wedding in York City this past weekend. Not only was their wedding in the fabulous holiday destination spot of New York, their reception was right off Fifth Avenue, in the historic University Club right in the midst of New York’s shopping district. As guests dined, there were stunning views of shoppers bustling and twinkle lights strung on every tree in sight on the streets seven stories below. The band serenaded Chessy and Adam with “All I Want For Christmas Is You” as they entered the festively decorated ballroom, filled with Roses, Amaryllis, and sparkling trees and snowflakes. Later, couples slow danced to “I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas” and donned Santa and Elf hats while partying hard late into the night.
All these festive details would’ve been enough to keep us happy, but to top everything off, Chessy and Adam themselves were the loveliest couple, the perfect combination of organized (every photographer’s dream!) and super kind. We lost count of how many times they checked in on us to make sure we were having a good time as everyone else and to thank us for being there. But honestly, we wanted to thank them for giving us the opportunity for a December adventure in our favorite US city with the loveliest people and making us feel just as much apart of the party of the winter as any of their guests.
As Joi and Michael danced together for the first time yesterday in a photography studio in Brooklyn, their audience consisted of a unicorn, Bernie Sanders, the characters of the board game Clue, Dr. Pepper, a few cats, a viking, Waluigi, the Kool Aid Man, and a number of other costumed revelers, who, just a few hours earlier, had been finely dressed guests quietly sitting at their church ceremony. From the beginning of their wedding planning, when they approached us last November at our mutual friends’ Steve and Nicole’s ceremony, Joi and Michael knew they wanted to honor both their families and their own unique relationship by mixing tradition with their own new ideas. Thus, the two were married in a Catholic ceremony with Fillipino traditions interspersed throughout the Mass, traveled to their reception from Manhattan to Brooklyn via the subway, sang “That’s Amore!” with Michael’s enthusiastic relatives, and danced the night away with all their guests in costumes to celebrate Halloween. It was likely the most unique day we’ve photographed.
Joi and Michael have been dear friends of ours since we met them in our first year at RIT- we were lucky to have them as guests at our own wedding six years ago, and have loved watching each other grow in each others’ photography careers over the years. I initially met Joi and Michael in different friend circles and as we took photo classes together, modeled for shoots for each other, and grabbed tacos and drinks I began to hear tidbits about the other in each of their conversations as time went on. Being the instigator I am, I obviously prodded each of them for more details and pushed for them to spend more time together. Since they began dating while in college, they’ve been the perfect mix of sweet and sarcastic. Joi brings out the sweetness in Michael’s goofy self, and Michael’s antics keep Joi giggling away.
Being a wedding with two of our close friends, it was also an impromptu college reunion, juggling shooting duties with catching up with old friends. Totally understanding this, Joi and Michael kept prodding us during the reception to put our cameras down and hang out with our buddies, and we definitely spent a bunch of time on the dance floor and laughing with friends. It was a perfect ending to our Summer/Fall wedding season.
Kat and Dan’s wedding gave us the opportunity to visit Jeff’s home state at one of the finest times of year: the golden-lit season of late October. For a few days we traded rugged mountainscapes and frost-nipped mornings for rolling farmland and milder days, and it was a delight to explore these landscapes throughout the day yesterday.
I met Kat while we were both photography students at RIT and we reconnected two years ago at Hannah and Andy’s wedding, where she was a bridesmaid. She started dating Dan a little while later- they connected over their passion for food and their city- Baltimore- among other things. Jeff and I were able to meet up with them this summer at one of ours, and their favorite places: Ocean City, Marland, where we realized they absolutely adored each other in their own unique, quiet manner.
For Kat and Dan, their wedding centered around three important pillars of their relationship- family, their home state of Maryland, and good food. The setting of the wedding, Kat’s brother’s farm a 30-minute drive from Baltimore, was the perfect place for their low-key wedding complete with a family-style dinner prepared from a food truck. We loved reconnecting with Kat and Dan and some of our close friends who were also at the wedding while we caught the perfect light throughout the late-fall day.
Most weddings are the product of months, if not years of planning, and we love watching all the hard-fought details to come together in each wedding we photograph. Our favorite thing, though, are the unexpected events that come with each wedding, making the day even better than what each couple and their families had hoped for.
Sophie and Nick’s wedding is the perfect example of the unexpected defining the day. After watching the weather and dodging raindrops all day, they decided to take the chance and continue to hold their first look and ceremony outside in a field overlooking Breadloaf Mountain, which was covered with the season’s first coat of snow. I thought we were lucky enough when the sun come out just as Sophie walked out to see Nick for the first time that day, the golden light permeating their meeting and throughout our time photographing them both. The best was yet to come. As the ceremony began, a light rain started falling, but quickly dissipated, replaced by sunlight and the brightest rainbow we’ve ever seen. All the guests gasped and Sophie and Nick turned to see their unexpected centerpiece at their ceremony. The rainbow stayed for several minutes and we kept catching people asking each other “how about that rainbow?!”
Few couples could outshine the rainbow we saw on Saturday, but Sophie and Nick are an exception, especially on the dance floor. Throughout the day they were the calmest and sweetest presence to be around. At night, however, when everyone moved to the barn for dancing, Sophie and Nick transformed into dancing machines, twirling each other- and many of their guests- back and forth between the wooden beams of the barn. There were so many good parts of this wedding, we’ll let the photos show the rest.
When they aren’t busy getting married at a remote summer camp in Maine, Amanda and Kevin live in Fairbanks, Alaska, which is a real bummer from our perspective because we really wish they were our neighbors. Simultaneously humble and hilarious, they make you both giddy with laughter and comfortable being around them.
Amanda and Kevin are also competitive weightlifters and we loved how their vows included things like “I’ll always be there to spot you and cheer you on when you reach a new PR” and we naturally had to include some flex-off photos by the lake.
The most important thing for the couple was that their friends and family were comfortable and had a good time- they weren’t phased by details or little nuances that often get people stressed throughout a wedding day, so of course the weather was perfect, the leaves were at full color, and the entire day went smoothly without anyone ever wasting time worrying about it before the fact. We loved how kids were welcome guests at the event and were fully embraced in every activity throughout the weekend- after all, a summer camp is the perfect place for everyone at any age to feel welcome and at home.
The best meal I’ve had so far this year was mid-Summer with Emily and Greg at Barcelona Wine Bar. I made the couple choose all their favorites, and we shared several plates together over a few beers while we talked about their wedding. I loved the food, but the conversation was what really made my night. For Emily and Greg, their happy place is sharing good food with friends, and I loved watching their personalities shine in the place they were most comfortable. Because of this, it made perfect sense for them to host their wedding at Barcelona Wine Bar and to merge culinary perfection with their celebration. Instead of a formal sit-down dinner, there was constantly good food and drink available throughout the restaurant so guests could graze while they socialized, danced, and watched Emily and Greg say their vows.
When we were in the planning stages, Emily and Greg mentioned how they wanted to have a first look where they’d feel comfortable and not in so much of a public place. After some brainstorming, we decided a lovely, quiet bar would be a perfect setting for an intimate first look, and they began their quest, trying out bars around Boston, texting me photos every weekend so I could gauge the lighting, and convincing owners of their original scheme. They finally found Pammy’s, an absolutely gorgeous but still down to earth restaurant and bar in Cambridge. The staff were beyond accommodating and the venue was perfect for a quiet first look and drinks afterwards.
It was also a treat to get to spend the day with Becky and Zach, who we photographed earlier this year at the Stateroom Boston for their stunning wedding, and who introduced us to Emily and Greg.
In the moments after their wedding, Dylan could not stop looking at Christine with awe and admiration and saying “you’re my wife!” Christine and Dylan have known each other for ten years, since meeting in college in Buffalo, NY, but the way they are around each other is more representative of the excitement and energy that a couple newly in love carries. The relationship that has developed over time was still evident under that excitement, as the two were solidly a team throughout their wedding planning and their day, doing everything side by side.
Christine and Dylan’s wedding was exactly like them: low-key (both), sweet (Christine), and playful (definitely Dylan). The West Mountain Inn’s laid-back atmosphere and the perfect fall weather created the perfect environment for a relaxed celebration that culminated in everyone packing the dance floor in the beautiful barn on the property. For Christine and Dylan, this was one of two big events in a week- on Friday, they’ll close on their first home together, tucked in the woods near Brattleboro- so much to celebrate!