For the second year in a row I am excited, honored and humbled to receive this honor. It’s a much needed morale boost for me right at the tale end of wedding season when things are winding down. Thank you to all that voted and all those who continue to tell others about my work. This is a huge honor because it took many votes from my supporters, clients and peers.
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Clarese and Andrew were married on September 16th, with a ceremony and reception at the Grafton Inn in Grafton, Vermont.
I spent most of my time prior to the ceremony with Clarese and her bridesmaids and bridesman, while my second shooter, Kathryn O’Kane, was with Andrew and his groomsmen. I did check in with Andrew quickly before the ceremony, too.
Some of my favorite images came from that “getting ready” period, like the moment I caught Clarese staring at her dress. It was obvious she was lost in the excitement of emotions of the day. I also loved the image of the bridal party helping Clarese get ready. All hands on deck!
Grafton Inn Wedding Photography
Once Clarese and Andrew were ready, it was time for the ceremony. The Grafton Inn had done an amazing job decorating the hallways with swag specific to these two—it had a sort of rustic elegance, especially in the garden. The flowers and floral headpiece worn by the bride were beautiful as well; the entire effect felt nothing short of magical.
Of course, no wedding is complete without a few guests of honor. The wedding was officiated by Richard McGonagle, a Hollywood film, video game, and TV actor. And the other guest of honor was the co-ring bearer—their dog. I always love when a couple includes their pets in the ceremony, and their dog looked amazing in a floral crown to match Clarese.
After the ceremony, Clarese and Andrew were able to party the night away with their friends and family. At one point, the bride and her maid of honor danced to their favorite song from their childhood—which ended up being my favorite moment of the whole night.
Of course, for as much activity as there can always be during a wedding, it’s those quiet moments that mean the most. The bride and groom were able to find a private moment away from the reception that turned out to be another one of my favorite images of the day. There’s something so special when a new husband and wife can take a moment and simply enjoy a moment alone.
Clarese & Andrew, thank you for giving me the honor of being your wedding photographer. I wish every wedding experience was like yours: classy people, a rustic location, and a stunning couple.
The Dress designer Alvina Valenta
Florals by Halladay’s
Groom’s Suit by Brooks Brothers
Maia and Sidney were married on July 2nd, with a ceremony and reception at the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya in Mexico.
I had been excited about this wedding ever since Sidney proposed to Maia. He had the most amazing Paris proposal planned out, and he brought me along to cover it. I was so impressed by these two and their love story as I covered that proposal, and I’ve been looking forward to this new chapter in their lives.
Of course, this wedding was also special for me on a personal level. Maia is my cousin, and she’s been supportive of me and my career since the beginning. She always said that I would get to shoot her wedding someday—and now that day had come!
Riviera Maya Destination Wedding
Almost all of Maia’s and Sidney’s family members flew down to Mexico to be there for this happy occasion. It was great to be around this huge crowd—it turned into a week-long party with everyone gathered together like that.
On the day of the wedding itself, I went back and forth between Maia’s and Sidney’s hotel suites, since I was shooting the wedding entirely on my own. But even with how busy I was, I made sure to take the time to get pictures of Maia in her dress. She had retrofitted her mother’s dress to wear for the wedding, which was especially important to her because her mother, Djidji, had passed away years ago, and she wanted to have a tribute to her in the wedding. At one point, I was even able to snap an image of Maia holding a picture of her mother on her own wedding day wearing that same dress.
Of course, my personal favorite moment was when the cigar makers came out. They rolled personal cigars for everyone, and I got a great shot of Sidney puffing on the cigar.I was definitely a unique touch.
Maia & Sidney, it was an honor to photograph your wedding. Thank you for being some of my biggest fans since day one.
Event Design Behind the design
Invitations, day of details and printable by Ten Penny Creative
Lidia and Sean were married on August 29th, with a ceremony and reception at Blissful Meadows in Uxbridge, Massachusetts.
I started out the day with Lidia, who had the most amazing smile on her face that stayed through the whole day, while my second shooter, Jenee Cook, was with Sean capturing his “getting ready” ahead of the first look.
Lidia had specifically picked out her favorite sneakers—some Converse Chuck Taylors—to wear as a joke specifically because Sean can’t stand Chuck Taylors. She loved being able to play a joke on Sean before the wedding had even started, and his reaction was nothing short of priceless.
That playful mood from the first look never left the two of them, either. They were obviously caught up in each other and in enjoying each other’s presence, as you can tell from the picture of Sean lifting Lidia up into the air during the portrait session. It just felt so genuine—completely un-staged. Their spontaneity and constant ability to surprise me with their natural laughter made photographing these two a breeze.
That fun was present throughout the whole day, from the mason jars Lidia and Sean drank out of to the air guitar that Sean played during the party. Sean can seriously rock that air guitar. It really does make my job as a wedding photographer so easy when I have people like this, who are so willing to put themselves out there and be funny and goofy. I loved every second of time I spent with them.
Lidia & Sean, I left your wedding feeling like I had just left my own family’s event. That’s all I could ever want on any given day. Thank you for being awesome people and for letting me be your photographer at the start of this new chapter in your lives.
Caitlin and Rob were married on June 13th in 2015, with a ceremony in Falmouth, Massachusetts, and a reception at a historic oceanfront estate.
This oceanfront venue was incredibly special to the bride and groom because it was picked out by Caitlin’s dad, Lawrence. Lawrence had vacationed at this home often, and always envisioned his daughter getting married there. So, there was a lot of special significance to the place. What’s more, there was some real history behind the estate. It was said to have once been the home of the Anheuser Busch family, with the stables still standing in their original location. What a treat to photograph!
I spent the first few hours with Caitlin and her “bro of honor,” her brother, Conor. She had decided to have Conor take the place of a traditional maid of honor, and the obvious affection between the two of them was a delight to photograph. Meanwhile, my second shooter, Jenee Cook, was with Rob and his best man as they got ready.
These two were so easy to photograph during their portraits on the beach. Caitlin was all smiles, and her Marilyn Monroe beauty coupled with Rob’s rugged good looks made my job easy as pie. Add to that the stunning Cape Code background, vintage furnishings by Boston Rustic Wedding Rentals, and the florals by Beach Plum Floral Design, all I had to do was point and shoot!
The whole day was filled with laughter and joy. During the ceremony, the last ring bearer, Will, was starting down the aisle when, all of a sudden, he decided to dash toward the altar. You could hear the guests laughing when it happened, but I love those unplanned moments.
And speaking of unplanned moments. . . . The strong Cape Cod winds proved to be too much for my photo booth that day. The winds knocked it down, so I had to scramble to repair it. Thankfully, an anonymous friend of the family came to the rescue with tools to help me get it back up and running. The whole time, Caitlin was the ultimate “Bride-Chilla.” She was so understanding and helped me to stay calm and focused on resolving the issue.
There were so many little moments throughout the day like that: unplanned, unprompted snatches of time that truly made this wedding unique. For example; just after the ceremony, a lady bug landed on Caitlin. You couldn’t ask for a better lucky charm for your wedding day!
I also loved the moment when Rob tried to get his wedding band off his finger to show Caitlin the special engraving on it. He couldn’t get it off at first, and we had a good laugh about it.
Really, Rob stole the show so often when I was capturing the photographs of the day with the look he was giving Caitlin all the time. So often, I caught him gazing lovingly in her direction. My favorite moment was when he suddenly decided that he wanted to give Caitlin a foot massage during their newlyweds portrait session. It was a unique and beautiful moment that perfectly captured their love.
Caitlin & Rob, you two look like a couple straight out a bridal magazine. Thanks for letting me document your midsummer night’s dream (not in the Shakespearean sense). It was so much fun being your wedding photographer!
P.S. Caitlin, you are one heck of a good corn-hole player
Caterer: Creative Entertaining
Florist: Beach Plum
Dress: Simone Carvalli
Cake Artist: Munchkin’s Munchies
Rings: Bellestar Jewelry in Pembroke, MA
Tuxes: Men’s Warehouse
Tent and Rentals: Undercover Tent and Party Rentals
Specialty Rentals: Boston Rustic Wedding Rentals