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Clarese & Andrew Grafton Inn Wedding

Grafton Inn Wedding Flavio Debarros Photography

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!

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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.

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Vendors

The Grafton Inn

The Dress designer Alvina Valenta

The Dress shop Cristina’s Inc.

Florals by Halladay’s 

Hairstylist and Makeup by B Lovely Beauty Studio

Groom’s Suit by Brooks Brothers

   

Katherine & Jose the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle Wedding

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Katherine and Jose were married on November 19th, with a ceremony at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle and a reception at the St. Regis in Washington, DC.

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I spent all my time before the ceremony with Katherine while my second shooter, Yuri, was with Jose. I was so glad I got to spent that time with her, too, because some of my favorite images are from that “getting ready” time. I love the image of Katherine sitting on the red couch laughing with one of her bridesmaids. It’s a snapshot of pure joy. I also love the image of her in the horse and carriage with her ring-bearer—it’s another moment of togetherness in a wedding full of honest affection.

Probably the most memorable moment of the whole day was when Katherine’s mom helped her into her dress. I could see the two of them have an extra special bond, and when I look back on this wedding, that moment still stands out to me.

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I can’t say enough wonderful things about the cathedral the wedding ceremony was held in, either. The Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle was by far the nicest church I’ve ever shot in. I couldn’t get over the grandeur and the beauty of it. From the majestic high ceilings adorned with carvings and murals to the red carpet of the aisle, this cathedral was timeless– like a moment carved out of history. When Katherine walked down the aisle, she looked like royalty. As a photographer, I often get to explore new places and new venues, and this is one church that I’m not going to forget.

So many people came together to make this wedding memorable, including the day-of wedding coordinator, MeSoiree LLC. They did an amazing job making sure everything went smoothly. The St. Regis hotel was amazing as well—and provided my favorite moment of the whole day in a ceremonial champagne bottle opening. The guy used a sword to open the bottle.

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Jose & Katherine, I don’t know what it is about the two of you that makes me feel like I got to work for a celebrity couple, but somehow, you made even crossing the street feel like a glamor shot! Whatever that ‘something’ is, I know it’ll take you far in life.

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Vendors

St. Regis

Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle

Day of Wedding Coordinator MeSoiree LLC

   

Maia & Sidney Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya Wedding

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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!

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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.

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Vendors

Event Design Behind the design

Invitations, day of details and printable by Ten Penny Creative

   

Lidia & Sean Blissful Meadows Wedding

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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.

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Vendors
Florist: 77 Blossom Shop
Bride’s shoes : Converse

   

Celia and Joe – Dominican Republic Wedding

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Celia and Joe were married on June 4th on the beach in Punta Cana, with a reception at the Melia Caribe Tropical in the Dominican Republic.

As a destination wedding photographer, I was thrilled to travel to the Dominican Republic with the bride and groom. The morning of the wedding, I spent the first 3 hours bouncing back and forth between the bride’s and groom’s suites to document them preparing for the day. Even though I was doing a lot of running around, some of my favorite images for this wedding came from the getting ready portion of the day. I love the black and white image of Celia in her robe dancing around as well as the photo of her making silly faces and enjoying drinks with her bridesmaids.

That is how you should always feel on your wedding day; happy, carefree, and just enjoying yourself.

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After the ceremony, we headed out for a portrait session on the beach. Joe spotted a random passerby with a donut-shaped float and grabbed it for some pictures. Again, this bride and groom weren’t afraid to have fun! Their hilarious photo made the Huffington Post List: “19 Straight-Up Awesome Wedding Ideas You’ll Wish You Thought of First.”

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The couple’s friend, Roni, did an amazing job as the DJ for their wedding. As a surprise for Celia and Jow, she had organized friends to hire Grace Évora to sing at the wedding! Grace is a huge, international star. He made a huge, surprise entrance before he went on to sing several songs at the reception.  

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My personal favorite moment was a bit quieter. During the best man’s speech, he mentioned a story of a loved one who had passed. I swear, the entire crowd was brought almost to tears.

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I also loved photographing Celia and Joe the day after their wedding when they both jumped into the pool wearing their full wedding outfits. It was yet another moment where Celia and Joe didn’t take themselves too seriously. I love photographing couples who know how to let loose and have fun.

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Celia and Joe, words cannot describe how honored I am to have been chosen to photograph your wedding. I had a hand in shaping the lasting record of one of the most important days of your life, and I don’t take that lightly. Thank you for having me.

Vendors:

Invitations/Printed Signage/Welcome Bags: Ten Penny Creative
Singer: Grace Évora