Top 12 of 2012

January 8, 2013

I just migrated my old blog and had to re-post this.  This is actually from before the new year.

Another one bites the dust…. goodbye 2012.   The end of the year is always a good time for reflection, and to look back.  Here’s a look at my favorite wedding photos from 2012.

Number 12

A simple, stark, silhouette in the city seems so special. Say that 12  times really fast  : )

Number 11

I love Photographing The Proposal.  It’s always a moving experience.  I imagine the couple’s future together, their kids, their stories, their memories of this day that will forever be visualized by this photo.  I’m so honored to be a part of something like this.

Number 10

This was a special photo that I worked on with the bride and groom.  They wanted something different and unique for their engagement session, something fun and loose.  The bride and I went back and forth and settled on this idea:  The bachelorette party meets the bachelor party at a bar… chaos ensues!  Thanks go out to the folks at The Field in Central Sq.

Number 9

Another special shot that I thought up for the couple.  I wanted to create a dreamy romantic fantasy that looked really cool.  I spent hours picking off all of those flowers petals!  Thanks to Blue Guava florist that came through last minute with all the flowers.

Number 8

This idea was inspired by the bride’s Pinterest board.  Thanks Pinterest!

Number 7

This photos was satisfying because of the contrast and the dark tone.  It’s refreshing to switch it up sometimes, especially in the wedding world when everything is all white, all the time (not that I have a problem with all white, as you’ll see in Number 5).  This photo was inspired by The Artist movie.

Number 6

I Do love this shot!  This was a hilariously funny moment… and set of photos.  I set up a mock-up of that old game show The Newlywed Game. I asked the couple all sorts of silly questions and used words like “whoopy”!

Number 5

My homage to Kasimir Malevich’s White on White, with a wedding spin on it.  (what can I say, I was an art major!)

Number 4

Super warm couple!  They were truly like this all day, happy, smiling, joyous… and in love!

Number 3

She was a little shorter than he was, if you can’t tell, so I thought it would be cute to play that up… voi’la.

Number 2

The late day sunlight was at a perfect angle and the tree was so bright and boisterous.

Number 1

I’m so proud of my state (of Massachusetts that is, my insomnia… not so happy with that).  This couple flew in to Boston from Texas to get married.   I feel like this photo says a lot; the happiness, the love and joy, the triumph, the journey.  I love it.

Talent and personality reign king!  A few months ago I met the ladies at Elegant Aura Wedding Planning and Bridal Fitness.  It’s been so great to get to know them  that I wanted to share what might be a great opportunity for my brides and grooms. In addition to being very talented, Alison and Elizabeth are such honest, genuine folks.  They are the kind of people that others want to be around… and work with.  If you’ve been thinking about hiring a wedding planner or a personal trainer, check them out here. I love before-and-after photos!

for the kids

December 18, 2012

Decidedly December

December 17, 2012

I love my clients!…. and choosing a wedding photographer is apparently a lot like dating, and falling in love – it’s all about chemistry!  This couple was especially great; down-to-earth, genuine, good hearted and totally in love.  I’ve been fortunate in that almost all of my clients and myself have been well suited to work together.  I think that comes through best in the candid photos. Congrats to the newlyweds!

Twinkle, Twinkle

November 8, 2012

The candles, the stars and the city lights all twinkled on this clear November night in Boston. These two high-school sweet hearts started the day at The Ames Hotel and tied the knot at the majestic State Room in Fanueil Hall this past weekend. Locals and tourists alike may recognize the Boston theme in Make Way for Ducklings card holders, Mike’s Pastry’s desserts and of course The Old State House (built in 1713, it is the oldest surviving public building in Boston).  This couple has a special place in my heart.  The first photograph I took of them was when the groom was actually proposing to her.  It was a really exiting and emotional event for me to witness.  Various photo sessions later, we find ourselves at the wedding, where the emotional height of the proposal comes full circle.

Cake: I Dream of Jeanne Cake, Flowers: Michele Bernard, Dress: Priscilla of Boston, Favors: Mike’s Pastry, Band: Flipside, Ceremony Music: Intermezzo Players, Videographer: Rebecca Curtis, Officiant: Dan Griffiths, Tuxes: Richard Lewis Tuxedo, Hair and Make-up by Kashmir and Laurie from Viselli Santoro

Fall, In Love

November 6, 2012

Engagement sessions in the fall totally rock and I had a lot of fun with this one.  I love the balance of getting the emotional part of a photo and the technical. I feel so satisfied when I get that perfect joyous, laughing expression… as well as the perfect background, lighting,  and pose.

Dappled Light and a Setting Sun

September 27, 2012

The blue sky was cool but our hearts were warm for this late summer wedding.   I love sharing weddings where the couple is especially in love.   I saw them often holding gazes of each other… smiling.   Also, I hadn’t ever shot a tented wedding at The Villa in East Bridgewater and was very impressed. The lounge decor was clean and chic, the food was delicious and the staff there were especially  professional. The location for photos was also perfect with dappled light and back lit trees… a photographer’s dream. Congrats the the newlyweds!

Wedding Etiquette

September 13, 2012

I came across some info on Etiquette Police that I thought would be good to share.  I edited out some of the most obvious ones, but do let me know if there is anything on here that you never knew.

1. If yours is the only name on the wedding invitation envelope don’t bring a guest or children with you.

2. It is better to be slightly overdressed than under dressed for a wedding.  Men can always remove a jacket or tie and women can remove fancy jewelry.

3. A gentleman’s right arm is the arm of courtesy. A lady, therefore, traditionally walks on his right. When outside on the sidewalk, the gentleman walks on the side nearest to the traffic. The exception is when the bride is on the groom’s left side during the wedding ceremony.

4. At most ceremonies, the guests stand when the bride enters. Take your cue from the mother of the bride or from the officiant. Remain standing until the officiant asks you to be seated.

5. When addressing a letter to a married couple, it makes no difference at all whose name should be stated first, the husband’s or the wife’s; either name can be stated first.

6. QUESTION: Are gifts expected at engagement parties?
ANSWER: Gifts shouldn’t be expected at engagement parties. Traditionally, engagement gifts are given only by very, very close friends and immediate family – traditionally to the bride ONLY,  and then, not at the engagement party.

7. Guys should always open doors for his date – This is perhaps the most basic rule of male etiquette out there. Whether she is about to enter [the wedding reception] his car, restaurant, a club, or anyplace with a door, guys should always hold it open. Open the door, step to the side while the lady passes through. Ladies – at this point, smile and thank the guy.

8. When walking with a lady, if you encounter a revolving door, guys should enter it first so that they can push the door.

9. When walking into a room or walking to seats at a theater, the lady goes first, both into the room and the row of seats. Similarly, in a restaurant, hostess leads you to a table, the lady precedes the guy.

10.  Don’t assume that the couple knows you’re coming to their wedding. You must send back your reply card or RSVP (Please Respond) before the “Reply by” date. If you cannot attend the wedding, still you are obligated to respond before the RSVP date and let the couple know.

11. Proper etiquette dictates the wedding rehearsal dinner be hosted by the parents of the groom. If this is not possible however, there’s nothing wrong with other relatives, the parents of the bride or even the Happy Couple themselves doing the honors. Typically the rehearsal dinner is attended by the wedding officiant, the bridal party, and close relatives of the couple.

12. According to traditional etiquette, the order of the traditional and most formal receiving line is as follows:

Mother of the Bride
Mother of the Groom
Bride
Groom
Maid of Honor
All of the Bridesmaids

Traditionally, no men stood in the receiving line, except for the groom, of course. However, not everyone is concerned with maintaining the highest level of tradition, and it is acceptable to alter the form of the receiving line if desired. Today, couples may create any number of variations of the receiving line.

13. A wedding gift registry allows the couple to go to shops of their choosing and list the items they like. This way the couple doesn’t receive a gift they don’t want and no money is wasted. The proper etiquette for informing friends and guests about your registry is to ask your bridesmaids,close friends and relatives to spread the word. It is NOT proper to include registry information with your wedding invitations.

14. Traditionally, the bride and groom will be the first to dance as their special song is played softly. As the music continues to play, the father of the bride will cut in on the groom and dance with his daughter. The groom asks the bride’s mother to join him in a dance and together they grace the dance floor.

The Lux Bridal Fashion Show

September 9, 2012

I was at The Lux’s Wedding Expo where they had a fashion show today… which was a great success.  It was held at The Taj Boston hotel which is really beautiful.  Lots of quality vendors like Emily’s Make-up Designs, DJ Rob Peters, and great prizes.  Here are a couple of pics from the fashion show.

This was such a fun shot to make happen.  One of my brides had this great idea to photograph the entire bridal party instead of an engagement session.  We worked together to develop the idea and here it is, Bachelorette Party Meets the Bachelor Party!