Engagement Photography at Bancroft’s Castle on Gibbet Hill

There is so much to say about our engagement photography with Becca and Brendan.  We met Becca a few years ago while working with her sister for her engagement and wedding.  Over the years we've become incredibly close to her family and Becca was even so kind to make our wedding cake when Melissa and I tied the knot in 2016.  

So it was an absolute honor when Becca and Brendan asked us to shoot their upcoming amazing wedding this December at The Barn at Gibbet Hill

For now we set out to make some beautiful images for them at the top of the hill at Bancroft's Castle.  After walking, what felt like strait up the mountain and nearly dying from the hike, we started with capturing these two so clearly in love.  It was the perfect time to shoot, heading rite into sunset. 

I loved working with Becca and Brendan and can't wait for their wedding.  Here are a few sneak peeks and some words from the couple about their story. 

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How did you two meet?

In April of 2011, our friends Alyssa and Bobo introduced while walking on gershom ave in Lowell going to a party at Umass Lowell. We got to know each other over the summer and started dating officially dating in August.

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Tell us the proposal story~
In December the week after we moved into our new house, I was driving home from work when Brendan called and said, “Do you want to go get a Christmas tree?” I excitedly said, “Yes(!), but I want a potted tree.” Brendan having no idea what that was asked me and I said it’s a Christmas tree in a pot that we could plant later that spring. (Meanwhile on Brendan's end, he had already bought a Christmas tree that I didn’t know of and he was already on his way home.) He said, “Do you know where we can get a potted tree?” And I said yes. Then he said, “I’ll have to call you back.” He then drove back to Christmas tree lot he bought the tree and had to explain to the sales woman that he planned to propose to his girlfriend but she wanted a potted Christmas tree. The woman said, “We don’t usually return trees but however in your situation, we understand.” So after returning the tree Brendan ended up buying two bouquets of flowers because he felt bad. Finally we meet and buy a potted tree and as we leave it’s started to rain... continued-

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When we get home it was starting to get dark and now poring so we drove up to our deck thinking that was the best option for carrying in the tree but when we tried to move the tree from the bed of Brendan's truck and it was immovable. I swear it was easily four hundred pounds! So then we decided to back his truck up to the fronts steps which was only four steps to the front door which seemed easy enough but who were we kidding! It was awful we couldn’t lift the tree to get it in the house!! Safe to say this night wasn’t going as Brendan planned yet I had no idea still at this Point. I kept apologizing and awkwardly laughing because I don’t think this would be that difficult but it was a terrible idea. Needless to say after about two hours we finally got it inside then house. After that we sat on the couch exhausted and he said, “let’s decorate!” I said who are you kidding I’m tired but he convinced me to put the lights on and then as he was handing me a wrapped box he said, “ I bought you an ornament and I would like it to be the first one on the tree. As I opened the box I read what it said and froze because I couldn’t believe what I was reading. Inside the box was a crystal ornament that said “MARRY ME?” I turned around to see him kneeling there with a ring and the rest was history.

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What details are you most excited about for your wedding?   I am most excited about finally marrying Sheehan and definitely the cake because I get to make my own wedding cake!

Brendan is most excited for the ceremony and the whole day.

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Where are you getting married?  The Barn at Gibbet Hill!

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What look were you going for in your engagement session?

We were looking for something to truly capture the personalities of Brendan and I. But we also wanted to capture Gibbet Hill in the spring/summertime atmosphere because it is absolutely stunning no matter what season it is.

Do you have any tips or advice for couples getting ready for their session?

Just to have fun and try to be themselves. Don’t try to hard to look perfect because no one is. Everyone is beautiful in their own way and the photos that capture true people are the ones worth taking.

No matter which outfit you choose or where you take them really doesn’t matter it’s the person whose in the photo with you that matter most

How was your overall session experience?  Our experience was absolute amazing!! Wouldn’t change anything!

Engagement Photography in Boston and the Crane Estate With Nicole and Brett

Shooting engagement photography at two locations, one being in Boston and the other the Crane Estate in Ipswich, can be a little challenging, especially if you're trying to accomplish everything in a few hours.  Well, Nicole and Brett were up to the challenge.  We started early in the morning at at the Public Gardens, making some beautiful images with this amazing couple and their dog.  We then jumped in the car and raced to Ipswich and the Crane for more engagement photography.  A change of location wasn't nearly enough for this incredibly stylish couple.  They moved to formal attire to sweep the grounds and make incredible engagement pictures in this fantastic location. I want to add a special thanks to Caitlyn Ward of @cweventsanddesign and  https://www.facebook.com/cweventsanddesign/  Nicole's event planner and an incredible help throughout the entire shoot!

 

Here are a few sneak peeks from our session as well as a few words from the couple about their story. 

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How did you two meet?

Brett and I were both out with friends on a Saturday night, at the same bar and never ran into each other. When I was hailing a cab with one of my friends, Brett came up to me and introduced himself, I let the cab go to continue talking to him. We exchanged numbers and the next morning I got a text from him asking me to go to a Red Sox vs. Yankees game with him that night. I happened to be at my sisters engagement party that day and wasn't sure if I'd make it back into the city in time, I asked my sister if she minded if I left a little early to go on the date and she joking replied "you better marry this guy", we went on 4 dates that week and have been inseparable since.

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Tell us the proposal story~Brett surprised me with a trip to SoHo House in Miami for Valentine’s Day. Two days before we were supposed to leave, Boston was hit with a huge snow storm and our flight was cancelled not once, not twice but three times. Brett was so worried about us not being able to fly out and I didn’t understand why, I figured we’d get there eventually, little did I know, he had an engagement ring in the other room and was planning to propose in Miami! After many phone calls with multiple airlines, the snow let up and we were able to make it out of Boston not much later than originally planned. After arriving in sunny Miami we were sipping frozen cocktails by the pool when Brett told me he made me a hair appointment for that night before we went to dinner. Thinking Brett was just being sweet and also ensuring I’d be ready to go on time (I may have a slight tendency to take my time getting ready and on occasion, tend to be “fashionably late”) I didn’t think too much into it and was excited for my appointment. After getting ready we got a drink at the hotel’s outdoor bar which was decorated with vintage fans, string lights and endless amouts of green plants and flowers. Before heading to dinner Brett had to get something from our room, while I was freshening up he asked me to come around the corner, when I did, he was down on one knee, with palm trees and the beautiful ocean behind him he confessed his love for me and asked me to marry him!

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What details are you most excited about for your wedding?

Walking down the isle at St. Leonard's and seeing Brett at the other end.
The ballroom at the Fairmont with a sea of roses and candlelight
Dancing the night away with all our friends and family
Speeches

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Where are you getting married?   St. Leonard's Church

Where is the reception?  The Fairmont Copley Plaza - Grand Ballroom

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What look were you going for in your engagement session?  Romantic, dreamy, fairytale-esque

Do you have any tips or advice for couples getting ready for their session?

Just have fun and laugh - bring towels and water if it's a hot day!!

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How was your overall session experience?

We loved our session with Christian!! We both had so much fun and would do it again in a heartbeat. We're both DYING to see the photos!!!

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A walk through the Arnold Arboretum with Laura and John

It wound up being a beautiful day for engagement photography at the Arnold Arboretum with Laura and John.  Maybe a little toasty in the sun for mine and John's taste though.  They wanted a little touch of green for their session and picked the right spot.  A nice contrast to their upcoming wedding in the Seaport of Boston.  Here are a few sneak peeks and a few words about John and Laura's story. 

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How did you two meet?  We met on the Saint A's tennis team... If you ask us who was better, we'll each give you a different answer. When we met up a few years later, we reconnected instantly and it was like nothing had ever changed!

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Tell us the proposal story~  While in Vegas for Laura's birthday in May of 2017, we had planned a helicopter ride from The Strip, over Lake Mead and the Hoover Dam, and landing in the Grand Canyon. While standing on the edge of the canyon, overlooking the Colorado River, John said we made a good decision taking the helicopter ride, and that he was going to make an even better decision. He got down on one knee, Laura said yes, and the rest is history.

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What details are you most excited about for your wedding? EX. cake, vendors, location, etc.

We are extremely excited to show off some dance moves. The dance floor always brings everyone together, and we couldn't be more excited to dance and celebrate with everyone we love!

Where are you getting married?  Seaport Hotel Boston  Where is the reception?  Seaport Hotel Boston

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What look were you going for in your engagement session?

We knew we wanted the engagement shoot to be in nature to contrast with the wedding venue in the Seaport District. The goal was to really let our personalities shine through!

Do you have any tips or advice for couples getting ready for their session?

Relax, have fun with it, and make a day of it. We made the day into an adventure starting with the photoshoot and ending with drinks in the Seaport.

How was your overall session experience?

Trust Christian! It's obvious he has an eye for how photos will look and he is extremely observant and conscious of the surrounding environment. He gave good direction and made it very easy.

Beacon Hill Engagement with Samantha and Chris

Samantha and Chris were the perfect couple to shoot with for their engagement photography session.  They were so affectionate, comfortable and so visibly in love, it made my job easy.  I just had to sit back and capture these two simply enjoying each other.  I think it all shows in their images. Here are a few sneak peeks from our session together in Beacon Hill, as well as a few words about their story from the couple!

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How did you two meet?

I'm a flight attendant and at that time I was based and living in San Francisco. Chris was half way through his first year at Suffolk Law School. I had a layover in Boston, so the crew and I decided to go to Champions to watch the Broncos/Patriots AFC Championship game. We found standing room at one of the bar tables since the whole place was packed. Chris and his friend were sitting at that same table. We were all hungry and trying to find out what was good on the menu. Chris told me anything but the burgers were good. He was wearing a Pats hat so I of course started to talk smack about football with him. We ended up hanging out with the whole table of people after the game. Chris and I exchanged numbers then a month later I came back to Boston to watched the Super Bowl together. Summer came and went. I never thought a relationship would happen because we of course lived on opposite coasts. I had received a parking ticket and was trying to find out my legalities in my situation. I was thinking of who I knew that was a lawyer and immediately thought of Chris. We talked about what I could do then Chris told me I should come back to Boston so he could take me out on an actual date. So, I decided to pick up another trip to Boston. We went to my first Red Sox game and the rest was history. Six months later I put in my transfer to the Washington base and moved across the country to our first apartment in East Boston.

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Tell us the proposal story~

I always take Chris on layovers any chance we can get. I decided to pick up a Paris trip since he had never been. He was really stressing out about the probability of not getting a seat on the flight. I kept telling him to relax and that he can always come another time. I had no idea he was planning to propose to me. He ended up making it on the flight. I worked the red eye flight so we arrived in Paris early the next morning. Instead of getting some sleep, Chris and I met up with the crew and decided to head straight out to explore. It was supposed to be raining all day so our first stop was at the Louvre where we walked and got lost on multiple floors trying to find the Mona Lisa. After we finally found the painting I wanted to get a lock to put on the Pont des Arts, also known as the love lock bridge. I realized I had no Euros to get a lock at one of the little kiosks, so we had to find an ATM. It started to rain on the way to the ATM and felt like we were never going to find it. We finally found one and went back to get our lock. It was a small golden lock that we wrote our initials on with a sharpie. We found the rest of the crew and got them to take pictures of us with our lock.

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I was showing one of the girls from the crew how to take a "boomarang" on Instagram so we could get one of us throwing our keys into the river. As I walked away Chris whispered to her that he was going to propose. He came back and got on one knee. There was a man playing the accordion while everyone on the bridge clapped as i kissed him and said yes. As soon as I wiped all my happy tears the sun came out and turned into a beautiful sunny day. I called my parents, of course they already had been waiting for me to call, and then we strolled through the Latin Quarter stopping at various restaurants to celebrate with bottles of Rosé.

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What details are you most excited about for your wedding? EX. cake, vendors, location, etc.

We are mostly excited for the location. We love Jacksonville and I can't wait for all our friends and family to visit and have a great time.

Where are you getting married?  Jacksonville, Florid  Where is the reception? Florida Yatch Club

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What look were you going for in your engagement session?

We wanted an intimate setting but beautiful location. Since Boston has meant so much to us in our relationship we figure around acorn street would be perfect area.

Do you have any tips or advice for couples getting ready for their session?

Have fun with it and relax. You don't want to be stiff in your pictures. Be excited! I mean you fell in love that's what this is all for!

How was your overall session experience?

We had so much fun in our session. Chris always knows how to make me laugh, but it was fun when Christian would laugh along too. Christian makes you feel very comfortable in front of the camera and has great tips on how to pose.

Sunrise Enagagement Photography on the Boston Harbor

I often offer to shoot at sunrise when I have clients that want to do engagement photography in the city or at the beach.  However at this time of year I forget that sunrise may be pretty early.  Like 5:12 am!  Most couples don't dare to meet me that early but Chelsea and Garth were the exception.  As I was standing at the Boston Harbor Hotel, cursing myself at 4:45am, I was seeing the start of of the beautiful orange ball rise up above the harbor in and incredible fashion, as to say "Good Morning!" I couldn't wait to meet this daring couple at 5am.  They were amazing and incredible troopers walking all around the Harbor and Downtown to make some images.  Here are a few sneak peeks from our session and some words from the couple about their story. 

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How did you two meet?

The year was 2009 and we met in high school on a class field trip to tour the University of Connecticut for honors students. We had been in the same classes the whole year and had never really noticed each other. I heard him behind me coughing and, in offering him a cough drop, we laughed about the trials of allergy season. The school was both of our top choice for colleges and we bonded over how excited we were to visit the school.

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Tell us the proposal story~

On May 24, 2018 Garth attempted to propose several times and failed miserably. Earlier in the week he surprised me with a trip to the aquarium and we had dinner at the Palms Restaurant. He was gonna propose and then changed his mind at the last moment about the location. He then made reservations on the night cruise, The Odyssey, where, to my surprise, he had planned dinner. He apparently had tried to get a table with romantic flowers and champagne, however, those had all been reserved very quickly. Side note: When we arrived on the boat, we actually sat next to the couple that had gotten one of the last special tables with the champagne and flowers. Once on the boat, we had a great time. We went to the deck and look at the water and we had a delicious dinner and desert- everything was going great. Then Garth had decided he was going to propose while the waitress took a photo of us for the night. The waitress took the photo, handed Garth the phone and he showed me the picture. He asked me what I thought of it and after a second of barely looking at it, I said, "It looks fine". He asked me to take another look at the picture and see if there is anything else that I like about it. Garth had carefully placed the ring on the table so that I could see it, but I didn't. All night, until we got off the boat and started to head home, I hadn't seen the ring in the picture or anywhere else. As we're walking to the car, Garth tells me to take out my phone and look again at the photo. I do, and he points out the obvious ring sitting on the table. He then pulled out the ring, got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. I immediately said "YES!" and called my mom, my sister and texted it into my family group chat. It was the best night EVER.

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What details are you most excited about for your wedding?

We are both excited about all of the possibilities that come along with planning a wedding. We're planning it for October 2019, so we have a while to plan! Garth and I are both the first children in our families to get married and this is a really exciting time for us and both our families. I am most concerned with planning aesthetics and finding the perfect location and Garth is really excited about picking the caterer and tasting cake. We really both wan to get married in a place that means something special to us and reflects who we are as a couple.

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What look were you going for in your engagement session?

For our engagement shoot, we really wanted to reflect our love for this city and we have started to build our lives here in Boston. We also love the ocean and boats, which is where Garth (almost) proposed. We wanted to have a shoot that really combined our personalities and how we plan to grow together in the future.

Do you have any tips or advice for couples getting ready for their session?

Think about places that really represent you both. It can be easy to get really caught up in the aesthetics and what other people have done, but what looks best is probably something that brings out the best in you.

How was your overall session experience?

It was great! Christian was fantastic and really knew what to suggest for all of the looks we were looking for in the pictures.

Beautiful Oceanside Wedding With Arianna and Daniel

I had the incredible opportunity to spend an amazing day with Arianna and Daniel this weekend.  The Oceanside nuptials were truly beautiful and topped off by an outstanding day for a New England wedding.  Here is a sneak peek of the day and some words about this amazing couple. 

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Ari & Daniel met November 21st 2012 the day before Thanksgiving and it was love at first salad!

For those of you that do not know their romantic love story it goes a little something like this:

That night was a Masconomet high school reunion at the affluent establishment known as TGI Friday's. Ari graduated from Masco and although Daniel did not go there he had many friends from Masco as he grew up in the Town of Boxford (as did Ari).

Anyways, Daniel was at The Hardcover Restaurant with a friend watching the Bruins game while enjoying their delicious salad bar equipped with all the accouterments necessary for a perfect salad (a personal favorite of Grandpa Gallagher). It is their that Daniel caught a glimpse for the first time of the gorgeous Ari.

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After putting enough salad in a bowl to feed a family of 8 he returned to the bar to tell his buddy about the incredible girl he just saw. He wanted to introduce himself to her but, being the gentleman he is, did not want to be rude and interrupt what seemed to be the most casual dinner in the restaurant consisting of two beautiful girls, salads and multi-colored drinks with umbrellas to protect the ice cubes if it rains (and the girls...).

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Daniel then had to take another look because he could not believe his eyes. He had never seen anyone (in The Hardcover Restaurant which is quaintly nestled on Rt. 1 in Danvers, MA right across from Costco) so beautiful in his life. So he got up went back to that salad bar and brought enough food back to feed half the restaurant. It was at this point the bartender leaned over to Daniel and said, "Buddy, I have never said this to anyone in my entire life, but if you throw out that salad like the one before, you're cut off from the salad bar" Phew!! At least it wasn't the regular bar ;)

The two beautiful ladies eventually paid there check and left the premise. Daniel saw the other girl that was sitting with Ari and realized the world was in fact gracious and he would have a chance to get to know her at the reunion.

 

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The best part of the story, Ari and Daniel both remember seeing each other from across the restaurant. They connected and it truly was love at first sight. They slowly made their way to each other dodging other friends and trying to peel their feet off the ever so lovely and clean floor of TGI Friday's.

They said their goodbyes at the end of the night in which Daniel finally asked for Ari's number in which she said "OF COURSE I THOUGHT YOUD NEVER ASK!!!"

After that, they talked every day. And from then on, C'est la Vie!!

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Wedding Proposal In The Air Over Boston Harbor

I had the most incredible experience this weekend with Cristina and Daniel shooting a very surprised future bride, 1200 feet over the Boston Harbor.  Needless to say Cristina was extremely happy with the question, but not as happy as Daniel was with the answer. 

The shoot started with the couple taking a tour of Boston by air and me posing as a photog shooting with Boston Helicopters to update their website.  It was amazing flying over the city, with the incredible anticipation of what was going to happen. 

Thanks again to Daniel and Cristina for allowing me be to be a part of their fantastic moment and a big thanks to Oskar at Boston Helicopters for all of his help and a great tour!

Here are a few sneak peeks and some words from the couple about their story!

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How and when did you guys meet?

We met in 2017 on a emergency response mission for our work. Neither of us had ever seen each other on any previous jobs, but one day she came up to me to ask me a question and I abruptly told her I wasn't looking for her, but another person was. That was the first time we ever spoke to each other. We joke about it now, but honestly, I was so nervous that this gorgeous woman was coming up to talk to me that I just acted like I didn't care at all. 

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What was the first thing that attracted you to one another?

Cristina tells me that the first thing that she was attracted to were my eyes. Additionally, with some social media homework, she found a picture of me where she said my hair was perfect and that was it.

The first thing that attracted me to her was her smile. She has one of those smiles that can light up the darkest of rooms. It's beautiful, endearing, and contagious. 

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When did you know that they were the one?

Shortly after we had started talking, I got sick and was actually hospitalized. Things were looking pretty grim there for a while and my parents even flew in to see me. When she was able to, she came to see me in the hospital. At one point we were laying in the hospital bed and I just knew that this was the woman who I was going to spend the rest of my life with. It was one of those slow motion life altering moments where everything changes. 

 

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For her it was after I was released from the hospital. Keep in mind this was right before Thanksgiving and my parents were still in town so I thought it would be nice to spend a few days around the area since I was still pretty tired. I couldn't think of a better Thanksgiving then to be with my parents and this woman who I knew was the one so I asked Cristina and my parents to spend Thanksgiving together. She told me it was at that moment that she knew I was absolutely serious and that she already had love for me in her heart, but that wanting her to spend the holiday with my parents really cemented everything into place. 

 

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Why did you choose to propose where you did?

Cristina is a lover of all things exciting. She loves roller coasters, helicopters, and all of that exciting stuff. I however, like to keep my feet planted on the ground more. I had run through a few ideas of where to ask her (at a Red Sox game, underneath the trellis at the Christopher Columbus Park, etc.) but then I came across a helicopter ride proposal. I knew that it was exactly what she deserved and it would show her how much she meant to me. It turns out that she said Yes and I found out that I love helicopter rides. 

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North End Engagement Photography with Toria and Lewis

Here is a quick sneak peek from Toria and Lewis' engagement photography in my favorite place in Boston.  The North End offers beautiful alleys and streets to shoot, especially with fantastic couples like these two.  We had some fun and I can't wait for their New Years Eve Wedding at the Four Seasons!

Here are a few images and some words from the couple about their story. 

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How did you two meet?

We actually met at the Bristol lounge in the Four Seasons (which is where we are getting married) It was Lewis’s cousin Kendell’s birthday and Toria is a friend. She asked if I had any friends to set Lewis up with.. so I said what about me?!

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Tell us the proposal story~

We were in Napa California. After a long day of wine tasting we had reservations for dinner at our hotel. It was also the Patriots season opened so of course Toria wanted to watch the game. Lewis had to get her to leave earlier so said his parents sent us a nice bottle of champagne to have before dinner. They walked down to a secluded part of the hotel outdoors to a table with champagne cheese and strawberries. With a photographer hidden in the trees Toria popped the bottle and Lewis popped the question.

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What details are you most excited about for your wedding?

 We love food and wine so we wanted to get married at not only a beautiful venue but a place that’s known for its exquisite culinary expertise and service. We are also super excited to celebrate New Years will all of our friends and family and the confetti cannon that will shoot out at midnight!

Where are you getting married?  Four seasons Boston

Where is the reception?  Four seasons Boston

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What look were you going for in your engagement session?

We wanted it at a location that meant something to us. Lewis lived in the North end of three years and has a boat on the waterfront so we wanted that special connection. We decided to dress a little more formal to match the feel for our black tie wedding.

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Do you have any tips or advice for couples getting ready for their session?

Wear something you are comfortable in and just have fun. Christian does all of the work to make you look good so you don’t have to worry about posing or looking a certain way.

How was your overall session experience?

The session was great. We talked to Christian for about a half hour since it was the first time we met so it made us super comfortable. Then walking around we found spots to take pictures. Christian was a great director and made the experience easy and fun!

Intimate Woburn Wedding with Kristina and Guy

The wedding season has finally begun after a long and dreary hibernation!  We couldn't have started with a more emotional wedding to kick off the season.  When we first met with Kristina and Guy for their photography consultation, we all hit it off immediately.  As we got to know them further, it was clear that these two were some of the most caring and amazing people we know!  That was solidified even further when they called us to let us know they had decided to change their wedding date.  Changing dates can always be a little nerve wracking, making sure it works for everyone involved and finger crossed that we haven't been booked for the new date!  We were luckily available, especially because this was no normal change of date situation.  They wanted to change their date because some of the most important people to them had failing health and they couldn't imagine their day without them.  I mean seriously, are these not the nicest, most thoughtful people ever!?!?!  Their new plan was to tailor their day back, move it up and have the memories they had always dreamed of for their day. 

The day finally came this past Saturday, and it started a bit earlier than most wedding days for us.  While Christian had done the timeline meeting with Kristina and Guy, Guy had mentioned he wasn't sure if his grandfather would be making it to the church.  After a long, crowd cry (Christian is a complete sap for those of you who haven't witnessed it yet) Christian had offered to kick the day off at Guy's grandfather's house before the getting ready shots.  So we did just that!  It was such a wonderful way to start off, and also the cutest display of love between his grandparents that we were able to capture!!! 

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From there, we moved on to Kristina for getting ready shots and if you thought the water works were over, you were wrong!!  Kristina looked stunning and was so relaxed as she was having her make up done.  While she finished up, we moved on to shooting the details of the day.  Kristina had a great idea to include in these pictures, the framed photo of a dear aunt of hers that had passed.  Little did she know that her family had also included a locket on her bouquet of her as well as a grandfather.  There wasn't a dry eye in the room when she discovered it.  Once we all pulled ourselves together, it was time to get in her dream dress, reading her groom's card and then we were on our way to the church!

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After a beautiful ceremony that was also with a long time friend, we had some family pictures at the church.  But, there was still someone missing.  We jumped in the car to make a special stop to Kristina's grandfather to include his as well.  The minute he saw this beautiful bride walk through the door, he was overwhelmed with emotion.  Every aspect of this day was so thoughtful.  That isn't even a strong enough word to describe how incredible it was and how meaningful the memories will always be to them.  It was even inspiring and eye opening as a witness to live each day to the fullest, always cherish those around you and never take anything or anyone for granted.  I'm in complete awe of this couple and how truly extraordinary they are.  Make sure you read below to learn their story, and watch their same day slideshow. Congratulations again to you both!

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Tell us how you first met- who, what, when, where, why?  Give us the dirty details-

Kris - I started working with Guy's sister Sarah in the fall of 2013. We were infant teachers together. She had been telling me about her little brother for quite some time and how we would "hit it off". It wasn't until mid-June of 2014 when Guy dropped into visit Sarah at work that I would finally meet this mystery brother. I thought he was cute, so she dared me to ask him out on a date because "he liked forward girls".  I sent him a Facebook message asking him
out for drinks but it took him 3 days to reply because he didn't have a smart phone (and continued to not have one until this past fall! Lol!). Our first date was at Margarita's in Waltham, on the outdoor patio along the Charles River.  We have been inseparable ever since!


Guy – My meeting with Kristina was impromptu as I was bringing my sister Sarah an iced tea at her work. I got lost and went into the wrong classroom since Kristina’s and my sister’s classrooms were across the hall from one another. As I entered Kristina’s classroom by accident, I witnessed her coddling two babies in her arms while rocking another to sleep in a crib with her foot. Not only was I impressed by what I was seeing but I distinctly remember how beautiful Kris looked too. I don’t even remember saying any words but I remember my face feeling hot from embarrassment of potentially ruining nap time in her classroom. I apologized, exited the classroom, and went into my sister’s classroom. I thought about Kristina for the next three days and harassed my sister about her. Then I saw she messaged me on Facebook and was elated!

When did you know he/she was the one?

Kris - I knew Guy was "the one" after our third date. I met Guy at his house after work on July 2, 2014 (yep, I remember the date and everything!). We grabbed a bite to eat then went to go watch the fireworks in Medford. On the way home, it was starting to look gray and gross, but we pulled into an empty lot and talked on the grass for 2 hours watching the lightening and storm roll in. When I said the storm was right above us, Guy gave me a ton of flak for
being a chicken and we walked back to the car together. As soon as he opened the door to let me inside, it began to pour out! Guy went running to the driver's side and then held my hand. It was that night - the way it was so easy to converse with him, laughing at one another's dry sense of humor, watching a thunderstorm (my favorite!!) - when I knew I could be with him forever.
Guy – Kristina is a very open person. She expressed herself honestly and fully so I got to learn about her future goals and values early on. But the moment I knew she was special was after viewing a firework show in July 2014 with her.  We had been driving back to my house when I decided to take an unannounced detour. We sat on a blanket in a business parking lot laughing and talking like we had known each other for years. The rain clouds moved in but I assured her that we were safe for a bit more time. After getting rained on and admitting that I was wrong, Kristina and I shared more laughs and stayed up all night. As I stood in the driveway waving and watching her leave late that night, I couldn’t help but feel a strong sense of belonging. I couldn’t wait until the next time that we saw each other.

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Tell us about the proposal.

Kris - Guy and I knew we wanted a future together. We had talked about it and moving forward with our relationship. Our plan was to get engaged and fully move in together after Guy graduated from law school. There wasn't a timeline, but it was in the works. We also talked about using my late aunt Josephine's setting, which she left me before her passing. It wasn't until my 18th birthday that my Nonna gifted me the set telling me "how proud Auntie
Jo was of me and that she wanted me to have this when I turned 18." I then gave it to my parents and told them that my future fiancé should ask their permission to marry me and give him the ring to use. On Thursday, June 1, 2017, I had an awful migraine. I met Guy over at his parent's home in Waltham sometime in the afternoon. He had begged me to get ice cream but I was a huge grump and declined - to then go and take a nap. Guy woke me up and said he
had dinner reservations, so I reluctantly got ready to go to dinner. It was a warm evening, so I was surprised when Guy got dressed in a dress shirt with sport coat. He even took the sport coat inside the restaurant, "in case I got cold." That's a frequent occurrence so I didn't think twice. We shared a delicious Italian dinner at Biagio's on Moody Street then Guy insisted "we get Pizzi Farm ice cream, my favorite" Despite being so full, I agreed to get ice cream
then bring it back to his parents' house to play with his nephew Logan. On our way home, Guy pulled into the very same lot where we had watched the thunderstorm back in July 2014. We ate our ice cream on the grass, when he decided to go back to the car to grab napkins. He came back and said "this letter came in the mail for you." Seeing the return address, I recognized it as my Uncle Mark's. My Uncle Mark is the widower of my late godmother and aunt
Josephine, who passed away from breast cancer in 2006. I opened Mark's letter and the heading read "The Proposal" I immediately burst into tears! My Uncle Mark wrote me a letter describing how he picked out the diamond for my aunt, how he told my grandparents about the engagement, and surprising her in Chicago to propose to her. I never knew the story behind their engagement, and I finally got to know what happened that day. After reading the
letter, Guy dropped down to one knee, said some words I don't really remember, and proposed. I was stunned and ecstatic to begin a new chapter of our lives together. Guy also used the diamond from my aunt's engagement ring setting and put it in a brand-new setting of my own. A perfect mixture of past and present, old and new - a piece of her always with me. It was the best day of my life (until our wedding day!)!


Guy – I was not nervous about the proposal because I knew that Kristina was my soulmate. The actual moment could not have been more perfect. I got down on one knee, told her why I thought we were soulmates, promised to care for her for life, and placed a very special ring on her finger.

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Tell us the one thing you love most about each other-

Kris - what I love most about Guy is his passion. Whether it's his work, his philanthropy, or basically anything-Guy gives it 110%. Guy looks at every new situation and even obstacles with the drive and perseverance to get through anything and everything. He has a heart of pure gold. Guy's passion about life sparks a fire within me to always do my very best as well.


Guy – Kristina’s love for family and huge heart for children are two of the many reasons why she is an amazing woman. I have always dreamed of a loving, warm house full of children, and Kristina shares that dream with me. She would do absolutely anything for her family or for a child in need. She is extremely caring and empathetic.

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If you feel comfortable, share with us something silly or quirky the other person does-

Kris - Guy has this super addiction to Smartfood. His talent is being able to eat a party sized bag in one sitting. It drives me crazy because all I can smell is that stinky cheese smell all over our apartment!
Guy – Let’s just say that grace is not Kristina’s middle name. lol But one of the silliest yet cute things she constantly does is make funny noises when she bumps into something or drops something. It’s a high pitch “oowww” and I die laughing every time I hear it.

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Besides getting married, what's the one thing you are looking forward to on your wedding day?

Kris - besides getting married, I'm looking forward to having our closest family and friends around us celebrating our love. It feels amazing to find your life partner, but it's even better with the support of all of those you love as well!
Guy – I’m looking forward to seeing Kristina walking down the aisle at the church with her father. I can’t wait to see her in her dress.

Engagement Photograpy in Boston with Le Anna and Tyler

When you choose to shoot engagement photos in Boston over Marathon weekend, you have to be ready to see some runners.  I met Le Anna and Tyler close to the Mass Ave Bridge for our shoot on the Friday before the Marathon.  When we walked over the bridge it was hard to find a clear spot with all the runners out and I love this first shot capturing this great couple as well as a happy guest!  We then walked over to Fenway Park to be met with a equally large game day crowd. 

I had an incredible time with Tyler and Le Anna's engagement photography.  I can't wait for their wedding.  Here is a little snaek peek from our shoot as well as some word from the couple about their story! 

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How did you two meet?

Tyler and Le Anna met over a tequila shot at Cask'n Flagon near Fenway Park.

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Tell us the proposal story~

Tyler proposed to Le Anna in front of the Royal Palace in Madrid, Spain on 9/4/17 while they were on a vacation.

What details are you most excited about for your wedding?

We are most excited about how symbolic the wedding will be in our relationship, and are really looking forward to celebrating 33 floors up overlooking one of our first date sites (Faneuil Hall for the Tree Lighting).

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Where are you getting married?  St. Leonard's Church

Where is the reception?  Harborside Salon at 60 State Street

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What look were you going for in your engagement session?

We chose two outfits for our engagement session, the first was more formal - we wanted something sophisticated and timeless. The second was more fun and meaningful to us as a couple. There was one summer we practically lived at Fenway park, are both Sox fans, and reminisce sometimes about some of the best summertime games watching the Sox. Furthermore, we both cannot wait to watch the Sox play the Houston Astros on Sunday 9/9/18 (the day after our wedding at Fenway Park), and wanted to tie that into the engagement shoot.

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Do you have any tips or advice for couples getting ready for their session?

Don't worry about the day! There are a lot of things you can't control (weather being one of them). Just remember what is important (your significant other), and enjoy the moment!

How was your overall session experience?

We had a great time at the session! The experience was informative and a good practice run for the big day!

Spring is here!!!!!.....Or is it?

Hello!!!!  Long time, no talk!  Does anyone else feel like they are waking up from a long slumber?  I know we aren't quite there when weather is concerned but we are eager to shake off that winter glum and get things going!!!  As I sit here on my computer, gazing out the window I can see little glimmers of sun popping through the trees and I know that the trees are ready to blossom as well!  As we dream of warmer days and outdoor activities, we have decided to just will it so! 

So, to get things moving we have decided to roll out "Meet your Photographer Mini Sessions"!  We understand the anxiety, pressure and worry when it comes to choosing your photographer.  Even though we are photographers, we have been in the same place you are.  Worrying if you are making the right decision, is it the right time, will your personalities mesh, do they fit your style?  I'm sure all of these questions have gone through your mind.  What if you could "try out" your photographer before making that big commitment?  Would it ease your mind?  We think so!

We have decided to do just that!  For a limited time, you can schedule your "Meet your Photographer Mini Session"!  What does that mean exactly?  First off, would be a phone conversation, although we would love to meet and shoot everyone, we want to make sure we are a good fit and we are available on your day to begin with!  Once we all feel good about that first chat we can talk about shooting!  Shoots will be in the Downtown Boston area for just 15-20 min.  Remember this isn't an engagement shoot, but I guess you would call it a trial shoot!  You never know, maybe you hate our sense of humor or vice versa!  :)  We can all walk away feeling good, either really excited about your engagement shoot and working together on your wedding or you will have just had a fun little session with your honey and an excuse to get extra PDA!  So you are probably waiting for the important stuff, how much is it...did I forget to mention?  IT'S FREE!!!!!!

Again, just to be clear, this won't be for everyone that calls and is looking for a session.  We would love to shoot everyone but need to make sure we are all a good fit!  Also, by no means is this a requirement to book!  If you already know that we are kick ass photographers and you are already aware of how silly and fun we can be while shooting, you can still book us from the get go, for both wedding and engagement!  Now, let's get shooting!  If we all will this weather to go away and for sunny days to begin I'm sure it will!  Contact us today to book your session before everyone else figures this out!  :)  Here are a few shots from the last "Meet your Photographer" session!

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Darren and Joevrose and the rainy day in New York

We had an incredible time in New York City with Darren and Joevrose for their official engagement photography.  We hit some amazing spots from Dumbo in Brooklyn to Midtown NYC. 

I had the pleasure of being there in Boston to capture Darren's proposal, so it was incredible for Melissa and I to spend the day shooting all around the City with this amazing couple.  I can't wait for thier wedding this year!  Here are some sneak peeks from the shoot as well as a few words from the couple about their story!

Enjoy!

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How did you two meet?

Darren and I met through a mutual friend. He met his best friend, Sebastian, growing up in New York City playing High School Football. I later met Sebastian during college. Darren and Sebastian continued to play football in college, but now instead of playing with each other, they were playing against each other.

Despite the collegiate rivalry, Darren and Sebastian stayed in touch, visiting each other at the end of football season and throughout the year. During one of those visits Sebastian introduced me to Darren - a genuinely nice, thoughtful, and caring person.

After that first meeting, we stayed in touch. Messaging each other back-and-forth through Facebook Messenger, the original dating app circa 2008. Darren made it clear that he was interested in dating, but I wasn’t quite sure I wanted date, so I politely declined his offer. As resilient as he is, he didn’t take no for an answer, staying in touch while we both studied abroad and all through Senior year of college.

I guess he finally got the message, as we lost touch after graduating college. I would check in with Sebastian from time to time, and would ask about Darren. Sebastian knew what I was asking and told me Darren was “off the market”. The news made me sad, but it would be unreasonable to think he would be waiting for me to make up my mind.

About a year later, life looked a lot different, Darren was “back on the market” - thankfully. He and Sebastian were coaching a youth football program in New York City. Me and my best friend, Yaritza, were planning a separate trip to New York City and while in town Sebastian invited us to watch one of the games. Knowing that Darren would be with Sebastian on the sidelines made me extremely nervous and I almost cancelled on watching the game. Yaritza, being the voice of reason thought the game would be a good way to reconnect and maybe could lead to things in the future.

How right she was - going to New York was PERFECT. Things went better than I could have expected. After the game, we talked for a while, exchanged numbers and have been together ever since.

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Tell us the proposal story~

Our entire relationship has been long distance. Those in similar situations understand how precious and sometimes rare time together can be. We often try to carve out large chunks of time to see each other for vacations or sometimes even “staycations”. So in July, Darren asked me to take the week off leading up to the Fourth of July. I wouldn’t have thought anything of it, except we were staying in Boston, my hometown and he was planning the entire trip.

I suspiciously agreed to his plan. During the activities-filled week, we really enjoyed each other’s time. On the day of the proposal, Darren wanted to plan a picnic on the lawn of the Boston Public Garden. Unfortunately, the morning was rainy and I put a fork in his plans as I didn’t want to risk the chance of getting wet.

The New York v. Boston rivalry has always been at the center our relationship including me trying to convince him to move to Boston. So when Darren suggested we spend time in downtown Boston so he could get to learn more about the city, I immediately agreed. In that moment, the sun seemed be trying to make an appearance so we packed our rain jackets and set off to explore downtown.

After walking aimlessly for about 2 hours, the experience was a lot less exciting than I had hoped for. Frustrated, I asked what we were doing and Darren calmly reminded me that we were enjoying each other's company. We continued to walk to the Boston Public Garden where we sat near the edge of the water and talked for a while.

When we were getting ready to leave, we stood up and Darren took me by the hands - professing his love and admiration for me. At first I didn’t think anything of it until he took the plunge! He got on one knee and from that point the reality of the entire week set in.

To my surprise, Christian, our amazing photographer, was across the water and was able to capture this magical moment. Darren surprised me with dinner and a bouquet of beautiful red roses at Grill 123, where we had our first date. But the surprises didn't end there, the next morning he brought me to brunch where all our friends were waiting to celebrate with us. Then on the following day, his entire family came in from NY and both of our families were able to enjoy a beautiful day celebrating together in Boston. My heart was full and the love we felt was endless, it was truly the best weekend of our lives.

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What details are you most excited about for your wedding?

We are most excited about our ceremony being at the top of the mountain and having all of our guests enjoy a scenic ride to the top.

Where are you getting married?  Sugarbush Resort, Warren, Vermont

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What look were you going for in your engagement session?

We chose NY because we had already taken proposal pictures in Boston and both cities have meant so much to the both of us throughout our relationship.

We had a bunch of outfits planned, but in the end we both ended up wearing the outfits that we had picked out for each other while shopping the night before the shoot.

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How was your overall session experience?

Darren and I are planning our wedding, 800 miles away from each other, in the midst of a full time job, law school and graduate school applications. Needless to say, things are pretty stressful. Christian and Melissa are really flexible and completely down to earth and really helped us stay calm and enjoy the moment, even though things didn’t go as planned.

Dave and Kerri's Fabulous Portsmouth New Hampshire Wedding

When we tell people we are wedding photographers, the most common response we get is, "Oh my gosh that must be so fun!  You get to hang out and have fun at weddings every weekend!".  Most people don't understand the many struggles of this passion we live.  The countless timelines that seem to go out the window, the next day wedding hang overs from not drinking at the receptions, but instead never sitting down, or getting a chance to drink water!  The list goes on and on, that being said we still wouldn't trade it for the world!

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This weekend though, it was an incredible change to be shooting a wedding that DID understand all of those struggles because they are wedding photographers as well!!!    Dave and Kerri chose to get married in Portsmouth, New Hampshire and we were the lucky ones that were blessed to document the day.  Not only were we blessed, but incredibly humbled and honored.  To have fellow artists that not only like your work, but trust you on such a huge day is more than flattering!

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The day ran so smoothly and although a little chilly, Kerri was prepared with the most gorgeous cape that was actually her first purchase, even before the dress!  Walking through Portsmouth after their first look was a blast, laughing and joking the whole time.  It was so easy, especially since it seemed as if they knew each shot we were going for as soon as we started to pose them so we were able to shoot quickly and get back to the heat of the hotel.  The couple was able to relax and warm up before we watched them exchange vows in front of their family and friends.  It was a beautiful ceremony with the most perfect soul mates and the party afterward at Mombo Restaurant was a great way to top off a fabulous day.  Thank you both again for choosing us with such a honor, we love you guys! 

Don't forget to scroll down to read this couples' beautiful love story in their words and watch their same day slideshow!

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If you were to ask either of us what we have found with each other, you’d get the exact same answer. “I love that I have someone who I can share my love of photography with. My love of travel. My love of baseball. My love of adventure. I have found My Person and it’s an amazing feeling.”

 

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Yes, it all started at a photography conference. And it built into an amazing friendship. And it developed into the kind of relationship neither of us had ever dreamed we could have. We both know that after a lifetime of searching, we have each finally found the one we are supposed to be with. We have found the person we can be ourselves with, let our guards down with, laugh with, plan with, dream with, and work with.

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Holiday Season is Here!!! ~Mini Sessions in the North End

It seems to sneak up on us every year, the holiday season!  Where does the time go?!?!  The time when we scurry through our Facebook photos and our phones, frantic for a family shot to order Holiday cards.  We know the struggle, so to help this year we are doing MINI SESSIONS!!!!

We are offering just 15 slots this year in The North End, Friday, December 8th and Sunday December 10th, both from 10 am to 2 pm.  It's a quick and easy session, 20 minutes grabbing some fun shots and including 10 images for digital download!  Images will be edited and turned around so you have them within days, to allow time to use them for your holiday card!!

So if you are looking for a quick, fun and easy way to get those Holiday cards out of the way, make sure you text to reserve your spot!  Only 15 available so make sure to snag yours before it's too late!!!

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Charles and Lara's Intimate Boston Wedding at SRV

We met Lara about a month before her big day, still unsure if she even needed a photographer for her full day.  Her and her fiance Charles were having a intimate wedding at SRV in the South End of Boston.  Within weeks we managed to fit in her initial consultation, and engagement session, a preview party and timeline meetings all leading up to the big day!

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We fell in love with this couple immediately!  Watching them in the way they look at each other, attend to each other and those loving looks between them was wonderful!

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When the big day finally came we were faced with a few challenges, a groom feeling a little under the weather and a first look and creative time that was on and off rain!  We made it work, using umbrellas until it just got too much to handle, it's good luck though right?

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We were so impressed with the team at SRV, not only did they have to move the ceremony inside at a moments notice, but throughout the night watching them work was amazing!  The ceremony was beautifully done, and one of the most touching we have witnessed. 

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Make sure you watch the day of slideshow we showed on the night and scroll down to get all of their vendor info!

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Salon- Bradley & Diegel 77 Newbury St.

Dress- Derek Lam

Tuxes- Brooks Brothers

Shoes- Groom- Allen Edmonds

Jewelry- Groom Cufflinks- Tiffany and Co.

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Flowers- Hanaya Floral Design

Entertainment- Sam J.C. Lee Music

Food/Alcohol/Cake- SRV Boston

Lodging- Sheraton Boston Hotel

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Tatijana and Steve's Fairytale Gloucester Wedding

Has anyone else noticed that fall has become the new summer for weddings?  From September through November we are completely slammed sometimes with three weddings in a weekend and then engagement shoots filling in any time we have in between.  That being said, I completely understand the appeal in fact we had our own wedding during the same time!  The cooler temperatures, the beautiful colors and the general coziness with food and drink that go along with fall is amazing as well! 

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Tatijana and Steve saw the same attractiveness with a fall wedding and was well on their way to planning it when we first met them in February 2016.  Tatijana is one of the most organized brides I have met but somehow still relaxed as she planned a fairytale wedding. 

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We first really got to know this couple during their engagement shoot that April around Boston.  Although it was rainy and overcast on that day, they didn't let it get the way of a wonderful session! (check it out here)  One of the best things about doing engagement sessions with our clients is that we really develop a relationship with them before the big day, making the wedding day even more fun for us and relaxed for them!

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Luckily on their wedding day we didn't have the same challenges as their engagement session and the day ran smoothly!  They had opted for a traditional wedding, waiting until Tatijana walked down the aisle before Steve got to see his beautiful bride. 

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There is always a reaction from the groom as his soon to be bride walks down the aisle, but it's even better without it!  Although, Steve tried to shy away from his emotions and hold them in I was still able to capture his overwhelming love for Tatijana!

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Tatijana made an unbelievably, stunning bride!  When she walked into the church and the natural light flooded in, perfectly highlighting her love, excitement and anticipation it somehow made her look even more beautiful. 

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Their full mass ceremony at St. Ann's Church was so moving and before we knew it they were ecstatically recessing out of the church as husband and wife and on our way to take wedding party photos!

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The wedding party was ready for their close ups and were such troopers as the ladies somehow hiked up the rocks with their heels and long dresses! 

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Our final stop was the Cruiseport Gloucester for shots with the newlyweds in the ship yard!  We absolutely love the contrast between the white wedding dress (or blush in this case), the tux and then the grittiness of the ship yard makes for an amazing backdrop for an editorial shoot!

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We loved spending the day with this amazing couple and their friends and family, thank you for allowing us to document your day and being so patient through the crazy season!

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Tia and Paul's North End Boston Wedding

You've heard us say it before but working in our neighborhood, the North End of Boston somehow is always a little extra special to us.  Not only do we love seeing our fellow North Enders happy and in love, but it never fails that once we meet people booking their wedding, that then we see them and their families all of the time!!!  It's wonderful sharing such a special day! 

Tia and Paul were married at Sacred Heart Church in North Square and danced the night away at The Royal Sonesta, it was a perfect day!  But I'll let them tell you their story...(but don't forget to watch the day of slideshow and scroll all the way day to check out the incredible vendors from the day!)

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Tell us how you first met- who, what, when, where, why?  Give us the dirty details-

We grew up together. We've known each other our whole lives and started dating in high school. We shared the same group of friends in from middle school on. Thankfully our two friends convinced us to start dating when we were in high school

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When did you know he/she was the one?  Was there something he/she did? etc-

I  think we can both agree that we can't remember not knowing we would be together. I know I knew for sure that paul was the one before I graduated from college. At that point, we'd already completed so many accomplishments together and I couldn't imagine not having him by my side.

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Tell us about the proposal.  Did you see it coming, how long was it in the planning? how did you feel? nervous, excited, freaking out?-

Apparently Paul had been planning this for a while but I had no idea it would happen that day. Paul worked really hard to come up with a plan to surprise me and I parked in a tow zone and managed to get my car towed and screw up all of Paul's plans for the day. Long story short-Paul proposed in a tow lot in Roxbury and it was perfect. When we got home to tell my mom and grandmother, all of our friends and family were at my house waiting to surprise me! They were all in on the plan.

 

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Tell us the one thing you love most about each other-

Paul has the biggest heart of anyone I know. He's does everything to keep me (and our dogs) happy..laundry and dishes included! -Tia

I love that no matter what happens, Tia always finds a way to make me laugh.-Paul

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If you feel comfortable, share with us something silly or quirky the other person does-

Tia is always so confident that she knows every lyric to every song but usually she just makes up all the words.-Paul

Paul thinks he can dance and will often try to prove it, hopefully there won't be too many pictures of that!-Tia

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Besides getting married, what's the one thing you are looking forward to on your wedding day?

We can't wait to have all of our friends and family together to celebrate our wedding. Also, we can wait to see each other in church! I think that's when it will feel real!!

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Photography- Christian Pleva Images
Video-Black Tie Video                                                                                                                    Dress Designer-Allure
Dress Salon-Precious Memories
Photo booth- Alterego Photobooth                                                                            Lighting/monogram- Allstar uplighting                                                                           Transportation - ATR Limo                                                                                                                 Ice sculpture- Brookline Ice and coal                                                                               Donuts- Kane's donuts

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Make up- Lauren Vitale MAC cosmetics                                                                                          Hair- Rob Martelli-Avanti Salon                                                                                                   Florist-Lotus Designs
Ceremony Location-Sacred Heart Church Boston
Reception Location-Royal Sonesta hotel Cambridge
Band- NightShift

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At Home with Baby Lincoln

We have the wonderful opportunity to watch some of our wedding couples as their families grow and an even bigger blessing of shooting some of those milestones!  Recently we had the incredible chance to see Dave and Andrea's new baby, Lincoln and attempt to shoot newborn pictures without disturbing him too much!  It's been so beautiful to not only shoot Dave and Andrea for their engagement session but also their gorgeous Berkshires wedding (check them out here...and here).  I have to say we were so humbled to shoot the next step in their lives and even better was seeing all of the memories we have been included in all throughout their home!  From framed gift prints, to framed canvases, fine art clusters and their brilliant wedding album it was so rewarding to see it all being displayed so timelessly.

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Newborn photography can be a little tricky, you have to get the little nuggets at just the right time, usually within the first eight days.  And then hope that you are there at a time that they are sleepy enough to prop them just the way you want without upsetting them too much! 

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We were pretty lucky to start out, little Lincoln was snoozing away even as we moved him all around, put lights on him, stripped him naked and got the lens right in his face, can you imagine trying to nap through all of that?!?!  Eventually our luck ran out though and Lincoln was ready for company!  I love the expressions we caught of him as his eyes started to squint open seeming to say, "What are you trying to do to me?". 

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It's pretty difficult to get connection with the camera at this age, but he was modeling it up for me.  Looking right into the lens with those gorgeous eyes! 

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But, I have to say my absolute favorite is this last one from the sneak peek...Blue Steel!  I love it so much and love that Dave and Andrea allowed us to document such precious first days of baby Lincoln!  Thank you, we love you guys!  Make sure to scroll below to read some from the proud Mama and Papa!

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What was the first thing you thought when you saw your baby for the first time?

He is perfect

Have we done a session before? If not, skip ahead. If so, tell me roughly how long ago our last session was and something you remember from our shoot. 

Our wedding and you know we think the world of you guys

What was your favorite part of the session?

Lincoln peeing and pooping on mom

How was your experience having your newborn photographed? Were you nervous or worried before? How did it turn out? 

We were never worried. We knew he was in good hands because we trust you guys. We wish he was a little more sleepy. 

What would be your advice to someone getting newborn photographs taken?

Get them done. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity that you shouldn't miss out on. after only a month he is so different and awesome. 

What's the first thing that ran through your mind when you both found out you were pregnant?

No way it happened that quickly.

 

Engagement Photography at Colt State Park with Sakshi and Suman

Rhode Island must have some of the most beautiful coastline in New England.  I recently had the opportunity to shoot for some engagement photography with Sakshi and Suman at Colt State Park in the beautiful town of Bristol, RI.  With the leaves turning and the absolutely fantastic day it all made for an incredible setting to capture this couples' love.  This time of year is always a little bit of a gamble with the weather in New England but the day was tremendous.  I love working with couples that are so obviously comfortable and in love with each other. 

Here are a few sneak peeks as well as some words from the couple about their story. 

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How did you two meet?

We met during our internal medicine residency in Buffalo, NY. We started as good friends, relying on each other for advise and support, with a lot of mutual respect. Eventually that friendship blossomed into a wonderful romance and partnership!

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Tell us the proposal story~

Our parents were in town and we had planned a picnic that morning at a park stretching along the Niagara River - a secret retreat of ours. Suman arranged it so that we would arrive ahead of our parents with breakfast, and wait for them by a gazebo on the pier.
We walked along the pier and sat there just talking as we always do, when Suman surprised me with his proposal and a ring, carefully stashed away in his pocket, all the while afraid I might knock it into the river. Our dear friend Mirko had been hiding in the trees nearby taking photos, and wonderfully captured the moment Suman proposed!

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What look were you going for in your engagement session?

Fall is our favorite time of the year and we really wanted to capture the gorgeous colors. Colt State Park is a beautiful location with lots of great trails, picnic spots, and beaches.

Do you have any tips or advice for couples getting ready for their session?  Make sure to have fun and not take yourself too seriously.

How was your overall session experience?   Great! Christian does an amazing job placing you in a setting and letting couples interact naturally. He was very flexible, easy to work with and made us feel comfortable through the whole process.

Sunsrise Engagement Photography with Ari & Daniel in the Back Bay

I had the opportunity it get up nice and early last week to join Ari and Dan for a sunrise shoot in the Back Bay of Boston.  I love engagement photography at this time of the day.  The light is amazing and the city is quiet and just coming to life.  

The best part of the shoot was experiencing the love and joy these two have for each other. We had a great time walking, talking and of course making some pictures.  Here are a few sneak peeks along with a few words from the couple about their fun story!

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How did you two meet?

Ari & Daniel met November 21st 2012 the day before Thanksgiving and it was love at first salad!

For those of you that do not know their romantic love story it goes a little something like this:

That night was a Masconomet high school reunion at the affluent establishment known as TGI Friday's. Ari graduated from Masco and although Daniel did not go there he had many friends from Masco as he grew up in the Town of Boxford (as did Ari).

Anyways, Daniel was at The Hardcover Restaurant with a friend watching the Bruins game while enjoying their delicious salad bar equipped with all the accouterments necessary for a perfect salad (a personal favorite of Grandpa Gallagher). It is their that Daniel caught a glimpse for the first time of the gorgeous Ari.

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After putting enough salad in a bowl to feed a family of 8 he returned to the bar to tell his buddy about the incredible girl he just saw. He wanted to introduce himself to her but, being the gentleman he is, did not want to be rude and interrupt what seemed to be the most casual dinner in the restaurant consisting of two beautiful girls, salads and multi-colored drinks with umbrellas to protect the ice cubes if it rains (and the girls...).

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Daniel then had to take another look because he could not believe his eyes. He had never seen anyone (in The Hardcover Restaurant which is quaintly nestled on Rt. 1 in Danvers, MA right across from Costco) so beautiful in his life. So he got up went back to that salad bar and brought enough food back to feed half the restaurant. It was at this point the bartender leaned over to Daniel and said, "Buddy, I have never said this to anyone in my entire life, but if you throw out that salad like the one before, you're cut off from the salad bar" Phew!! At least it wasn't the regular bar ;)

The two beautiful ladies eventually paid there check and left the premise. Daniel saw the other girl that was sitting with Ari and realized the world was in fact gracious and he would have a chance to get to know her at the reunion.

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The best part of the story, Ari and Daniel both remember seeing each other from across the restaurant. They connected and it truly was love at first sight. They slowly made their way to each other dodging other friends and trying to peel their feet off the ever so lovely and clean floor of TGI Friday's.

They said their goodbyes at the end of the night in which Daniel finally asked for Ari's number in which she said "OF COURSE I THOUGHT YOUD NEVER ASK!!!"

After that, they talked every day. And from then on, C'est la Vie!!

 

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Tell us the proposal story~

While vacationing in Paris, France Daniel popped the question at the Pont Alexandre III bridge. With a veiw of the Eiffel Tower in the back and a bottle of Chardonnay, the moment could not have been more perfect.

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What details are you most excited about for your wedding?

We are so excited to experience our special day with the people who love us the most! Having so many friends and family members all over the country and world it is very important to both of us that we are able to have them all there to celebrate with us on our special day!

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What look were you going for in your engagement session?

We wanted to be in the city and be able to enjoy a beautiful fall day with our favorite photographer :)

Do you have any tips or advice for couples getting ready for their session?

Just be yourself and giggle along the way! We had a great experience taking these pictures!

How was your overall session experience?

Wonderful, Christian is awesome and goes out of his way for a picture, we are so excited to see how they came out because we has such a blast taking them!