I had never even heard of the Lake Mansfield Trout Club until Meg mentioned she’d love to spend time there for her engagement session, and boy, I’m glad we did. I’ve seldom seen such a beautiful place in Vermont, and Vermont is pretty gorgeous on the whole. Meg’s grandparents are members at the club, and she convinced her whole family to come up for the weekend during the session so she and Nick could hang out with everyone before and afterwards. I loved exploring around this historic property, especially in the boathouse, where Meg and Nick found a locker with their future family name, Bouchard! It was also a treat to get to meet most of Meg’s family and get excited about the September 2019 wedding, where we will reunite for more celebrating.
When I started at the Valley News on job trial in 2011, Sarah, a reporter also on job trial, was my fellow newbie. We were quickly known as "The Sarahs" in the newsroom, and often paired up for assignments (perhaps the editors thought that two young, tall girls named Sarah would confuse our subjects). Throughout the years we worked together, whether covering a new year's day yoga retreat or an arraignment at the courthouse, I quickly came to see Sarah as an incredibly hard worker and a good friend. Since she moved to Boston a few years ago to be a teacher, we've kept in touch, seeing each other every few months whenever one of us is in the other's neighborhood.
For as long as I've known Sarah, Brad has been by her side. They met and started dating at Indiana University, and shortly after Sarah made the move to Vermont, Brad started medical school in Boston and came up often to visit Sarah. Brad was one of the easiest people to get to know- he's affable and an incredible listener, and just down-right kind.
It was such a treat to spend the evening traipsing around Boston with my two friends, laughing our way through the session, and finishing the night with dinner and drinks. Jeff and I can't wait to photograph their wedding next June at the Indianapolis Public Library in Indiana!
From the moment I met up with Jenn and Bryan at Tatte in Beacon Hill on Sunday, they pulled me into an exuberant conversation. We spent the afternoon roaming around Beacon Hill, Boston Common, and the Boston Public Gardens, beating the heat by drinking lemonade from a stand in the park, and Jenn and Bryan even whipped out their salsa dancing moves! We then drove up to Wedgewood Pines Golf Course in Stow, where they'll be getting married in October. We chased the evening light in a pair of golf carts and ended the evening with a final dance on the golf course.
Joanna and Toben reached out a few months ago to see if we could all meet up and collaborate on a mini session so they could get a sense of what working with us was like before their wedding next month. Because they're an adventurous couple (they both quit their jobs and spent four months in New Zealand, Australia, and Hawaii last year!) and let us choose the location, we picked a favorite spot of ours, the Path of Life Sculpture garden in Windsor, Vermont. We talked about their wedding and their recent life changes (they just moved to the Upper Valley, which we're pretty excited about) over beers, then walked over to the sculpture garden, where we navigated the giant hedge maze and ran up and down hills in the fields surrounding the nature-inspired sculptures. We can't wait for the live music and handmade truffles at their wedding in Brandon in just a few weeks!
Spending time with Theresa and Tiffani is like going to the best kind of party- the sort where you feel like you've known everyone there for your entire life, though you've just met, and everyone can't stop laughing. When they're not cuddling on the couch watching crime dramas or hanging out with their equally hilarious group of friends, Theresa and Tiffani work as social workers, and I can't imagine how lucky their clients feel to be working with them.
We spent Saturday afternoon chasing light and water around the White Mountains, eating Twizzlers, and applying copious amounts of bug spray during the engagement session that felt just as much like a hangout as a photo shoot. Can't wait for their wedding at Ohana Camp in September!
This weekend, as Jeff worked hard to finish building our house, I flew to California to photograph Jordy and Eric in some of their favorite places. While Jordy and Eric grew up on the East Coast and are getting married there this summer (we're excited to photograph their wedding in Killington in August), they wanted to have photos in the place they're currently living and working to document this slice of their lives together. We caught up as we drove to Big Basin State Park, and laughed (and got lost a little), while hiking through the brilliantly green redwood forest. We chased the sunset to the beach, where we were lucky to have the most perfect light as we ran around the shoreline. What an epic weekend with the best collaborators!
We've been good friends with Sydney's family for several years- I've had the pleasure of going on some crazy trail rides with Sydney's mom, Lianne, and her sister, Quinn, and Jeff has collaborated with her dad, Peter, on woodworking projects, so we were thrilled when Sydney and Ben asked us to photograph their wedding in Norwich, Vermont next year.
I was extra happy on Friday morning when they brought their Corgi puppy, Louie, as a surprise, and she jumped in the canoe as we drifted along my favorite pond to take pictures. When we came ashore and photographed in the woods, Louie ran around in happy circles around Sydney and Ben, keeping all of us entertained. We ended the session right across the street from Sydney's family's home, at the Strafford Meeting House, where the surrounding trees were at their peak fall color.