Tracy and Ra's engagement photography in the Back Bay

I had a great time getting to know Tracy and Ra during our walk around the Boston Commons and Beacon Hill.  We even had the opportunity to go up on a random passerby's roof deck around sunset.  Here are a few pre-wedding images from our shoot along with a few word from the couple about their big day!

Enjoy!

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How did you two meet?

He noticed me from afar during my best friend and his brother's wedding. Now we are all about to be family. The rest is history.

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

    A. We are absolutely most excited about seeing all of our guests! We have close friends and family coming from all over the country and cannot wait to have everyone under one roof!  

  • Where are you getting married?  Andover Country Club

  •  Where is the reception?  Pailin City Restaurant

  • What look were you going for in your engagement session?  Casual and chic.

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

Laugh with each other, enjoy the moments and just be entertained by the experience! It'll feel like you're in a movie, but absolutely use that opportunity to channel your personal quirks and humor, silliness and live in those moments with each other. Christian makes the experience easy-going and fun!

Q. How was your overall session experience?

We loved the flexibility that came with just getting to know Christian's style of shooting and really incorporating our own care-free spirit into the shoot. We weren't very particular about specific style or location as long as it captured the essence of Boston. We ended up freelancing our way from the commons, to the garden and making our way up to the height of beacon hill where Christian was able to capture the amazing skyline. His ability to artistically use our surroundings to make our experience unique to our own style was truly a fun and great experience. Christian is truly a mastermind at what he does!

South Asian Bride Magazine Publishes Us!- Take a look back at Ryan and Rekha's Boston Public Library Engagement Session

It couldn't be better timing....while we wait for tomorrow's snow storm to hit we are reminded of Ryan and Rekha's engagement session.  That day wasn't even forecasting snow and it ended up being so magical!

South Asian Bride Magazine decided to publish their session today and we are overwhelmed with gratitude!  We love engagement sessions, each couple getting to show their personalities and places they love!  When we get clients that want to share their sessions with the world and have people that want to pick it up and share it, it gets even better!  Someone REALLY has to love their sessions to share, that and referrals have to be the biggest compliments for us!  Thank you to Ryan and Rekha for not only choosing us to shoot this amazing session but also wanting to share it!  Make sure you click through to read their whole story and see the full session!!!

http://www.southasianbridemagazine.com/rekha-ryan-boston-public-library-engagement-session/

We've changed our look!

This time of year is amazing.  Shooting less and somehow working more.  So i descided to take on the challenge of a complete overhaul of our website.  I'm loving the new look and feel but would love to know what you think.  Be nice!  Let me know if you see a need for more changes, or want to see something more I haven't included. 

Click into the link below and check out the new site!  Thanks for the look!

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Engagement photography with Bhakti and Kedar downtown and the North End

A lovely session with Bhakti and Kedar just before the hear to India for their fantastic wedding.  We hit a few spots around the waterfront and the North End.  Here are few sneak peeks from our session as well as a few works from the couple. 

How did you two meet?
We met during our Masters program at Northeastern University.

It was our first day of the voice ip class when we met and had a conversation..

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


Just be yourself. Be in the moment and enjoy it!

Tell us the proposal story~


It was a random Thursday after work when he suggested to grab a bite from a Mediterranean place outside northeastern university. The restaurant is opposite to the northeastern building but he somehow managed to keep me on the other side of the road. He kept me engaged in casual talks without realizing that we had entered northeastern uni campus. We started walking inside the campus remembering our student days and how we met outside Dodge hall(this is where our voice class was conducted) for the first time.
He then took me outside Dodge hall at the spot where we first interacted and went down on his knees to give me the best gift of my life!

How was your overall session experience?

The experience was great! Christian was very friendly and easy going during our session which made us feel very relaxed and comfortable. He gave us some good tips and tricks which helped us a lot to pose naturally. We shot around north end and I like the fact that Christian let me decide the location. He also asked us few times if we had something in our minds particularly.

Thanks for making the process so smooth and easy!

Liz and Piotr at the Boston Public Library

This was a fantastic shoot at the Boston Public Library.  Liz and Piotr came up from New York to spend a weekend in Boston and we set up some time to run through the BPL and make a few shots.  It went great rite up until security asked us to leave.  LOLSo here are a few from our shoot and a few words about the couple from them!  Enjoy

How did you two meet?


Piotr & Elizabeth met through mutual friends at Northeastern University their freshmen year. They immediately hit it off - and the rest is history! After graduating college they moved into their first apartment together in South Boston. They lived there happily for three years before moving to Brooklyn, NY where they currently reside with their two cats. Although New York has been a fun adventure for the pair, Boston will always hold a special place in their hearts. This is the city where they met, fell in love and began their lives together. To celebrate their five year anniversary, Elizabeth & Piotr wanted to come back to Boston for a photo shoot. They felt it was the perfect way to reflect on where their story began and to celebrate all that is yet to come.

They chose the Boston Public Library as a venue because of its timeless elegance, romantic architecture and elegant ambiance.

Piotr says his favorite thing about Elizabeth is her kindness toward others.
Elizabeth's favorite thing about Piotr is his ability to always make her smile.

What look were you going for in your engagement session?

We were hoping to achieve a classic, romantic look for our anniversary pictures.

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

Although we went into this with a loose idea of what we wanted, it is so important to relax during the actual session and trust your photographer! Placing our trust in Christian allowed us the ability to have fun and focus on the excitement and romance of the experience. He was able to take our vision and run with it! We can't wait to see all the magic he created!

Tia and Paul's North End Boston Engagement photography

Here is another fantastic couple from the North End I had the opportunity to make some images with.  Tia was such a trooper for braving a fairly cold day in Boston, but not terrible for January.  Here are a few sneak peeks from their shoot and a little about their story from the couple.  Enjoy! 

How did you two meet?

Paul and I have known each other our entire lives. Both growing up in the North End, it's hard not to know everyone. First, we became good friends in middle school. We started dating early in high school and have been together ever since!

Tell us the proposal story~

After almost a decade of dating Paul planned a surprise proposal on a beach after work one Tuesday but, I accidentally parked in a street cleaning zone and my car was towed that day. I had managed to unknowingly interfere with all Paul's plans for the day/night but, he played it cool. Once we got to the tow lot Paul got down on one knee with one of my best friends there to capture the moment. I couldn't figure out why he chose such a romantic spot like the tow lot but, he had planned a surprise engagement party for when we got back to my house with all our family and friends where they were all waiting! It was the perfect ending to a VERY hectic day!

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

Honeymoon! We're also very exited to share this day with some many good friends and family.

Where are you getting married?  St. Leonard's church Boston, MA

Where is the reception?  Royal Sonesta Hotel in Cambridge, MA

What look were you going for in your engagement session?
We wanted to take pictures that were able to show important spots to us like where we grew up and also captured us looking natural with some beautiful scenes around us!

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

Just laugh! Taking photos can sometimes feel unnatural. Having a great photographer that helps you relax, feel comfortable and laugh can make everything go smoother!

How was your overall session experience?

Amazing! We can't thank you enough for being so patient with us and so talented too!

Boudoir Experience Contest!!

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What is included? On location session lasting up to 2 hours with unlimited poses and outfit changes. All lightly edited images. Prints and products are sold separately.

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Aimee and Jeff's New Year's Wedding at the Omni Parker Boston

Happy New Year!

We had the pleasure of sharing the first day of 2017 with Aimee, Jeff and many of their friends and family.  Their beautiful winter wedding at the Omni Parker House was not only gorgeous but just really fun!  Here is a sneak peek along with our video we shared at the reception last night.  In addition a few words about our couple and their story!

Thank you guys for the opportunity to spend an amazing day with you!

 

Tell us the proposal story~


We were away on a family vacation in Bar Harbor, Maine. I had never been, but Jeff had grown up visiting Bar Harbor. His Aunt Sally and Uncle Peter owned a hotel there so Jeff and his family went up frequently for family vacations. It was the second to last day of the trip, September 3rd (Free Tom Brady Day) and we went for a hike with my son, James, our dog, Captain America, and my dad. It was a long day of activities and we were starving. Jeff insisted, which he rarely does, that we go to Jordan's Pond House for a late lunch. Jeff and my dad parked the car together, while James and I went to put our name in for a table.

Come to find out - Jeff was actually asking my dad for his permission to propose to me! We all sat down and ordered lunch and then my dad took James for a walk around the pond. Jeff, who never wants to take pictures, asked the waitress if she would take ours...and she actually said NO! She said she was too busy and I was laughing at Jeff because he NEVER asks to have our picture taken and the one time he does, the waitress said no! Jeff quickly grabbed my hand and brought me out to the lawn in front of the pond and asked a couple sitting by the lawn to take our picture - I was giving him a hard time because we were all sweaty and gross from the hike and then all of the sudden he was down on one knee in front of the whole restaurant! I could not believe it and I kept saying really!?! really!?!?

Jeff had to finally say -- can you say yes already! So I did and everyone started clapping. It was perfect. My dad and James came back from their walk and we shared the news with James, who was as excited as I was. Older women at the restaurant kept coming over to the look at the ring and congratulate us. We went out that night to celebrate just the two of us, but as luck would have it, Jeff had a fantasy football draft. So I listen to live music and drank champagne, while Jeff did his draft at the restaurant and the rest is history in the making :)

What details are you most excited about for your wedding? EX. cake, vendors, location, etc.
A. We are most excited about sharing the day with our family and friends. Jeff and I both come from huge families with tons of aunts, uncles and cousins. We can't wait to celebrate with all of our favorite people under one roof.

Make-Up: Virginia Franklin

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Hair Salon:

http://www.studio9boston.com/contact.html

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Dress:  Designer is Watters https://www.watters.com/watters/brides/

Store: http://www.cristinasbridal.com/

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Bridesmaid Dresses: jim hjelm by hayley paige

Tuxes/Suits: Vera Wang

Shoes: Kate Spade

Jewelry: Kate Spade (earrings), Tiffanys ( ring and bracelet)

Flowers: Winstons (decorated by Hotel) and Flowers by Darlene http://www.fruitnflowers.com/

Lighting: http://www.allthatevents.com/

https://www.facebook.com/AllThatEvents/

Coordintors: Alison Rose

Entertainment: http://www.allthatevents.com/

https://www.facebook.com/AllThatEvents/

Food: Omni Park House, Boston, 60 School Street

Alchohol: Omni Park House, Boston, 60 School Street

Lodging: Omni Park House, Boston, 60 School Street

Cake: Omni Parker House – Boston Crème Pie

Décor: Winstons (decorated by Hotel) and Flowers by Darlene http://www.fruitnflowers.com/

`Laura & Dave's Salem Hawthorne Hotel Wedding

We love fall weddings....I mean how can you beat the temperate weather, beautiful colors and of course the leaves!!!  It does always seem to be a bit tricky trying to plan for those colors and leaves though, whether it comes early or late you can never be quite sure.  I'm not sure if that was a big concern for Laura and Dave, but it definitely was beautiful!  I was admiring the amber tones, with the perfect setting glow of the sun as we shot their first look and creatives in Salem. 

Again, another perfect couple that was so laid back and stress free on their day!  Although the day, may have been a bit chilly, the gorgeous shawl that Laura had kept her feeling warm and looking absolutely flawless! 

The Hawthorne Hotel was awesome, well the whole team of vendors that worked to make this day perfect for them, were all so great to work with!  (make sure you scroll to the bottom, so you can book them too!)  The ceremony was so touching and I'm not sure if it was a happy accident, but the light that shone through Laura's veil looked like movie set lighting!!!  Just adding to the romance, as if more was needed! 

Below is a little bit about Laura and Dave's story and of course a slideshow as a little sneak peek!  Congrats to you both and I hope you are enjoying your first Holiday season as a married couple!

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

We met at work four years ago. A colleague and friend took me out for my birthday and invited Dave. We hit it off that night and the rest is history. 

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

After about a year of dating we kind of knew each other was the one. When you know, you know! 

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?-

We had talked about getting married so it wasn't a complete surprise. Dave took me away for the weekend to the Berkshires and he proposed outside with a picnic he prepared. It was perfect. 

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

Laura - What I love most about Dave is how fun he is to be around. We could literally be doing nothing and I still laugh and have good time with him.

Dave - What I love most about Laura is her positive attitude.

6. Besides getting married, what's the one thing you loved most on your wedding day?
The dance floor! Everyone was up and dancing the entire night, it was so much fun.

 

Photography- Christian Pleva Images
Florist- Flower by Darlene
Ceremony Location- Hawthorne Hotel
Reception Location- Hawthorne Hotel
DJ- Greg at CZone Entertainment
Dress Salon- Blushing Bride
Bridesmaids Dresses- Blushing Bride
Tuxes/Suits- Men's Warehouse
Shoes- Nordstrom
Jewelry- Nordstrom

St. Mary's Church Holden Wedding- Jennifer and Zoltan- Harrington Farm Wedding Photography

As I sit surrounded by a roaring fire, twinkling Christmas lights and the band softly playing Holiday music in the background, I can't help but reflect on how amazing this day has been.  Christian is across the room, with his stake firmly planted for the best view of toasts and I am in a trance...getting distracted from our day of slideshow to listen to Jennifer and Zoltan's friends and family laugh in response to the most touching speech, by Zoltan's brother, Attila. 

The day has run so smoothly and even though it was insanely windy and cold up here at the beautiful, Harrington Farm, the entire bridal party was ready to go without complaints!  Timing was spot on all day and although many winter weddings we would recommend a first look for timing reasons, we had no trouble at all!  Hair, makeup, bridal party, transportation...everything somehow was perfectly scheduled and even with a shorter day we had plenty of time to create shots throughout the day!

Both Jen and Zoltan had agreed ahead of time that they were both only doing cards to eachother before the wedding.  So when we were ready to leave the bridal suite to start the getting ready shots with the guys, Jen had to slip us a surprise box to give to Zoltan with strict instructions.  "Don't let him see this before reading his card.". 

Zoltan finished reading his letter, and we completed our mission by excitedly grabbing the wrapped package and waiting for him to open it.  She had come up with the most thoughtful gift, a journal she had secretly been writing in for months.  She gave instructions as to what pages to read, which we left him alone to read.  The funny thing was, that he failed to mention he had done something equally thoughtful...

I'll leave his surprise between them, but you can clearly see by her reaction that it was a good one!  I love how real this moment was and feel almost like we didn't deserve to be there to capture it...although of course I'm glad we were!!!

The ceremony was flawless, watching these two declare their love in front of loved ones and God and completing such a beautiful sacrament was chill worthy. 

Then it was on to the incredible Harrington Farm property to capture golden hour and a quick photo sesh!  Can you believe how lucky we were with the light?!?!?  Not to mention model worthy clients! 

I think the cold actually even helped us in this case....Jen and Zoltan were so cold and trying to keep each other warm I don't even think they noticed the camera!  Not that it mattered, they are in post wedding bliss, even now as I glance across the room, I can see them looking into each other's eyes and completely immersed in love and happiness.  In just one main course from now, we will be showing them the below slideshow for them to relive the moments and events of such an important day.  You both look amazing and we are so happy for you!  We can't wait to show you the slideshow!  Congratulations and thank you for allowing us to be a part of your day!!!

Amanda and Gary's South shore wedding at the Blackrock Country Club

This couple and this wedding were all kinds of amazing!!!!  We started the day with shooting the details, just as a normal wedding day would start, but with a twist...we actually started before anyone was there!  It was a little too calm for us, we aren't used to not being in the midst of the craziness that goes on in the bridal suite!  So we were fully prepared for a whirlwind of craziness once the girls all arrived, hurrying to get dressed and ready...think Home Alone, as they got ready to go to the airport.  What completely threw us off though, was how cool and collected the mood was when they got there!!!  It was such a nice way to ease into the day, and Amanda looked radiant as she finished her look by stepping into her dream dress.  Later in the day she gave me some insight into the shopping of that very dress.  When she first started to look online at dresses, she had pinned this very dress, being the first one that really caught her eye.  Fast forward to when she actually started trying on dresses and she completely fell in love with this Pronovias gown, not knowing it was that same dream dress she had pinned!!!  It was definitely meant to be, just like marrying the man of her dreams!!!

If we thought Amanda was calm....it was nothing compared to Gary!  He was so easy going, looking to us as to when and where to go next.  He was so thrilled to be marrying Amanda that nothing was going to bother him!  It was such a pleasure to watch these two all day long.  From their first look, to the moment Amanda walked down the aisle, they were an inspiration to couples everywhere!  You couldn't help but see the love and happiness that oozed from these two all day long!!

Although, we didn't have snow for this winter wedding, the weather wasn't exactly warm.....  Amanda wore the most adorable fur stole to keep her warm, (you know just as a back up to the arms of her husband to be)  as we walked around the property to do creative pictures.  The light that was just starting to set was gorgeous, casting a warm glow to an already stunning backdrop.

At the top of the post we shared the day of slideshow that we showed right before parent dances from what we had shot and edited so far in the day.  The slideshow was great but I do have to say there was a downfall.  The fact that we weren't able to include the pictures of the Irish step dancers that performed later in the night!!!  They were insane!!!!  So talented and with so much energy...I honestly was so happy and impressed I almost cried...don't ask me why.  Either way, you will have to tune in later for an update with pictures of their performance! 

Congratulations again to you both, we were honored to be a part of your day!  I hope you enjoy watching the slideshow again and again to relive your day! 

Annmarie and Dan's Boston engagement photography

One of the best parts of our jobs (aside from being a part of people's special day) is being invited into circles of friends.  You do one wedding, you meet their friends, they get engaged and it begins again!!!!  Dan was actually a groomsmen in Ella and Marty's wedding at the State Room last August (here's a reminder of that awesome wedding!)  http://www.christianplevaimages.com/boston-photographer-blog/boston-wedding-photography-state-room.  So when we got a call that they wanted us to shoot their engagement session we were thrilled!!!!  Enough about us, here's their story!!!!

How did you two meet?
A. We met in Shenannigans on St Patrick's Day - a typical Irish romance!

Tell us the proposal story~

I came home after a long day at work to find candles lighting the staircase up to our apartment. When I reached the landing, Dan was there on one knee. I was so excited and it didn't stop there. Later that night I yelled "I'm engaged!" out the car window to anyone I could see. We were on our way to dinner with our good friends Ella and Marty, which actually turned out to be a surprise engagement party!

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

Getting married by the ocean with all our friends and family by our side, not to mention the amazing band we booked! We can't wait to dance all night long.

Where are you getting married?  Clearwater, Florida

Where is the reception?  Hyatt Regency

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

Relax, have fun with it, and don't be afraid to have a drink or two before (or after, like I did - 2 bottles of Prosecco to be exact).

 

We had a blast shooting with you guys and trying to keep warm and then getting to see you again at Amanda and Gary's wedding last weekend!  We hope you like the sneak peek!!!!

Boston Engagement shoot with Davi and Nish

How did you two meet?   We met at a party at Harvard through mutual friends

Tell us the proposal story~

A few weeks before the proposal, Nish told me that his company was hosting a “Spring Gala”. As a busy medical student, any excuse to dress up was something to look forward to. The evening of the “Gala”, Nish asked me to meet him by the Boston Commons so that we could go to the party together. As we started to walk through the park, it began to snow - it was as if Boston was giving us our own winter wonderland! The Commons has always been our favorite place to go for walks, have picnics, and play in the snow! When we got to the other end of the park, I realized that the gazebo was lit up with candles and I thought “Wow, that’s nice; someone lit up the gazebo.” That’s when Nish led me inside, got down on one knee, and asked me to be his wife. After I said "Yes, of course!", we headed home and found our families and dearest friends waiting there to celebrate with us! Needless to say, it was the best day ever!

What look were you going for in your engagement session?

Fall photos with some staple Boston views

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

Sophia and Michael's North End engagement shoot

Fall and winter are always busy times to shoot in the North End.  The fall colors with the warm tones of the brick and the general bad-assery of the entire neighborhood is just awesome!  Whenever a couple chooses the North End for their shoot we are always pumped!  Not to mention, the commute isn't bad either!!!!

Sophia and Michael had another storybook start....crowded room with a fateful look that resulted in a ZING!!!!

We met through a mutual friend. Michael and I were both attending a close friends birthday party down at the Seaport District. As soon as we locked eyes and started talking we both felt a strong connection. We've been inseparable since.

The proposal story is always our favorite part when we are meeting with a couple.  Just imaging all of the planning, the secret shopping trips, advice from friends and family and then on to the day of...the excitement, nerves, anticipation and pure bliss!  No couple can ever retell the story of this day without an infectious smile and dreamy look in their eyes.  Here is their proposal story....

It was a cold, rainy day filled with surprises. Michael had planned a lunch date down by the Seaport where we had our first date. I was reluctant to go at first since my father was feeling a bit under the weather that day (thinking back now, I'm sure he wasn't quite ready for what was about to happen). Once my father heard I was reconsidering Michaels plans he convinced me that he was fine and for us to still go about our day. After our romantic lunch, Michael was set on walking around the waterfront in the rain. As we strolled through Rowes Wharf Michael unexpectedly had stopped as I continued to walk ahead. Once I realized I was walking alone I turned around to find Michael down on one knee asking me to marry him! I was in complete shock as tears of joy filled my eyes and I of course said, Yes!

Their May wedding will take place in St. Nectarios Greek Orthodox Church in Roslindale, with the reception at Lakeview Pavilion in Foxborough and we already know they are envisioning their day with their perfect venues, but we wanted to know what else they are looking forward to!

The full experience. We try and savor every moment since we know how fast the day will come and go. We are so excited to celebrate our love with all our family and friends.

Ok guys, now tell us about your session...was it everything you were hoping for??

We wanted our photos to capture our love, in the city that we love so much - Boston.  We both really enjoyed working with Christian. Throughout our session there was no awkward moment and Christian provided great direction. We cannot wait to see what he will capture on our Wedding day.

We can't wait for your wedding day to see you marry your soul mate and start your lives together!!!  And of course, for us to shoot all of it!!!!

Sunrise in the North End with Zahra and Ahmed

We passed by each other in a hallway at Harvard Medical School. Sounds romantic, right? Depends on who you ask - we first passed by each other, and I smiled at him. Ahmed likes to say, "I just thought to myself - ok, I still got it." As luck would have it, I passed by him again in a different spot a few hours later that afternoon - but this time I didn't smile. I like to think it was a subtle punishment. But we quickly figured out that we had 'known of' each other, and actually had exchanged emails over work-related things months before. We had our first coffee together a few days later, and it's been 2+ years of a wonderful roller coaster since. The first words I ever said out loud to him were, "I expected you to have more of an accent." 

It already sounds like a setting from a romcom doesn't it?!?!?  Normally I start our blog posts with talking about how great the couple is, how perfect the setting and how great they look on camera....but starting out with how Zahra and Ahmed met in their words seemed so much better!!!  And if you think how they met was movie magic, wait until you hear the proposal story.....  Wait...on another note, am I the only one that creates movies in my head?!?!?!?!  Everyone does that, right???  Either way, on to the next part of our love story...

Now that we're in the generation of algorithm advertising, I have to give Ahmed the benefit of the doubt on this one. He proposed in August, but I sort of had known it was coming for the last several months. We would be watching a funny YouTube video and 4 small advertisements for rings would pop up every time. I pretended not to see, but I think he knew that I knew. I also knew when a notification popped up on his calendar, "MB" - my mother's initials - and he became really vague and suspicious about a 'work meeting' he had on a Saturday morning. Turns out he was working with my mother for months to settle on buying an engagement ring from her home city of Karachi in Pakistan, and he wanted to make sure she liked it too. Apparently the two of them snuck around multiple times without me knowing, going ring shopping and looking at designs. Well done, guys. It meant the world to me that he took the time to involve my mother in the process, and get the ring from our city back home in Pakistan.

But back to the proposal. I love the Olympics, and one evening after work Ahmed told me to come to Harvard Medical School since he was watching the sprint relays (my favorite event) with some former colleagues. I got into the building and was about to enter the hallway (the same hallway where we passed by each other for the first time) - and he was standing there, smiling. I immediately knew what was going on when he started talking but I got so nervous and shy that I knocked down a frame that was hanging on the wall! We definitely want to take a look at those security tapes. But that night was perfect - no fanfare or pictures or grand gestures - just us.

One of the best parts of our jobs is getting a glimpse into other cultures and traditions and how they celebrate the love and joining of two people in marriage.  When we asked Zahra and Ahmed about what they are most excited about for their wedding, they told us about how they plan to celebrate....

The best part of the wedding has already started to happen - and it's the mixing of our Pakistani/Indian and Palestinian families and cultures. At the traditional engagement ceremony a few weeks after he proposed, our communtiies came together for the first time and there was just a beautiful appreciation everyone had for the other's traditions and rituals. This is something we are also planning to do for the wedding - incorporate cultural colors and decorations from both countries, and really try to create a sense of coming together and celebration of not only us, but even more importantly the places we come from. We are also just so excited to have our families spend more time together. Being across the world from each other is not always easy, but we Skyped Ahmed's family into the engagement ceremony and started a new trend! They will be here for the wedding, and we are beyond excited.

In our cultures, there's no such thing as a one-day wedding (for better or for worse!) We are doing a 'Henna Night' of color and dancing in Boxborough on Friday, followed by the Ceremony and Reception on the water at the Danversport Yacht Club on Saturday.

Now tell us about your session!!!  What were you envisioning, how was your experience, tell us everything!!!!!!

We were going for the classic fall coat in the fall chill in the fall streets look, inspired by Ahmed's favorite Bob Dylan album cover. Some elements of fashion splashed with some elements of fun.

We are both naturally a bit awkward in posed photos - but Christian did a fantastic job trying to get a balance of artistic shots and natural interactions - so just have fun with it. Be natural in the settings he creates, and they will come out beautiful! And definitely try to choose a location that means something to you in some way.

We both love walking around the North End in the mornings, so Christian's suggestion of a sunrise shoot was perfect! There were only a few cars in the streets here and there, so we got to walk around and interact with one of the most beautiful parts of Boston with a lot of freedom. I loved the variety Christian envisioned for each shot, and his improvisation kept us laughing the entire time. I think I 'almost' fell in love with Ahmed all over again.

Thank you both for spending the morning and starting your day with a camera and a bossy photographer!  :)  We love the finished product and hope you do as well!  Can't wait for part two in the Spring!  Enjoy!

Fall Maternity photography in the park with Jen and Stephen

It's always a pleasure and such a compliment when we have friends ask us to shoot special moments in their lives.  Jen and Stephen are some of our very best friends, first meeting when they were looking for a photographer for their engagement and wedding.  At first we just met Stephen as he popped into our old studio to get info, I don't think we actually even met Jen until the day of their shoot! 

Since that time, they have been such a big part of milestones in our lives.  They have been there through ups and downs, and even standing up for our son's baptism and first communion.  Not only that but just recently they both stood up in our wedding!  It was our turn to repay the favor and create some beautiful photos to document such a beautiful time!  Debuting soon, will be their much anticipated first baby and we can't wait! 

We were really lucky that the fall leaves held on for us just a little bit longer so we were able to capture the foliage before we were left with bare trees!  We were able to walk around the Public Gardens laughing and joking and really just taking the chance to hang out while we shot away!!! 

We hope you guys enjoy the little collection of photos we put together from our adult field trip!!!  We love you both and can't wait to meet your little one soon!

Sunrise engagement shoot in Boston with Jennifer and Zoltan

I always love it when I have a couple daring enough to get up before sunrise to meet for a shoot.  The light is fantastic and there is never anyone around.  I had a great time with Jennifer and Zoltan in Piers Park in East Boston. I love the view looking back into Boston and this couple made it easy on me to make some great images.  Here are a few sneak peeks and some words from the couple about their story!

How did you two meet?

We met at work, but really through a mutual friend. We are actually attending that friend's wedding this weekend, and he's marrying someone HE met also at the same office! Something must have been in the water...

Tell us the proposal story~

I was very anxiously awaiting the proposal for 2-3 weeks before he did it. We had Thanksgiving coming up, and I knew we would be with our whole family (his and mine), and it would be so great to celebrate with them. I literally expected him to be on one knee around every corner. By the time Thanksgiving day came around, I was completely distracted by the day, and forgot about the proposal completely. We were at my parents house and at about 11am, before anyone else showed up, I popped a bottle of good champagne (an annual Thanksgiving tradition) and at that moment, Zoltan called me upstairs to "help him with something". Immediately, I figured he must have spilled something or broken something up there and he needed my help to clean it up. As I entered the little room we stay in at my parents, I saw a million tiny candles, roses and MORE champagne! I was TOTALLY surprised and completely blown away. Shortly thereafter, the rest of my family and his arrived and we had the BEST day celebrating and starting on the wedding plans.

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

Very excited about the venue and the time of year. Harrington Farm is beautiful and I have always really loved the holiday season. Christmas time is magical, and the time of year made the color scheme very easy! The barn feel of Harrington Farm blends perfectly with the rustic Christmas theme.

Where are you getting married?  St. Mary's Catholic Church in Jefferson, MA

Where is the reception?  Harrington Farm in Princeton, MA

What look were you going for in your engagement session?

Nothing in particular. I guess fall casual. We love living in East Boston and we spend a lot of time in that park. I'm excited to have some professional photos with the city in the background. It's such an incredible view of the city we love.

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

Try not to do the same pose in every photo. Relax and the pictures will look more natural.

Amanda and Jeffs Boston Pre Wedding Shoot

We had the pleasure of shooting Amanda and Jeff when they came up to Boston for our wedding earlier this month.  Amanda is my second cousin (I think that's how it works) :).  The whole family came up to Boston, partied with us and we decided to do a little engagement shoot while they were here.  We will be shooting their wedding next year in Maryland and we can't wait!  We had a great time, although I was mostly catching up with her mom about our childhood antics....  So here are a few sneak peeks for the shoot along with a few words from the couple. 

Enjoy...

How did you two meet?

Being lacrosse players at Pfeiffer University; we knew of each other before we actually met one evening during a evening out.

Tell us the proposal story~

On November 13, 2015 we took the pups hiking at George L. Smith State Park. Over the 5 miles Jeff kept trying to find the perfect spot to ask THE life-changing question. Having no idea of Jeff's intentions I was determined to keep hiking further and not stop. When he did find a spot to stop for water there was a tick crawling on him, Bianca's [one of the dogs] chin was bleeding and it all seemed way to hectic for such a perfect moment to occur. The hiking went on. Until we all were finally relaxing on a floating dock did Jeff convince me to get the dogs some treats. When I turned around he was on one knee asking for my hand! It all fell into place and could have not asked for a more beautiful personal moment to be any better. We instantly started saying fiancé in our best French accent.

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

We are very excited to have our family all together to celebrate our day and party hard! We love to dance and are looking forward to the dance floor!

Where are you getting married?  Chanteclair Farms

 

What look were you going for in your engagement session?

The casual and natural us captured within Boston's north end!

Do you have any tips or advice for couples getting ready for their session?  a shot of Jameson!

 

 How was your overall session experience?

Amazing! It was great to get together with Christian and Melissa in order to get to know them as well as them see us behind the lens! We now feel more prepared for our wedding day photos!

Worcester Engagement Session with Jennifer and Shaun

Living and working in Boston, sometimes it's really nice to get out to other areas.  I had the pleasure to shoot an engagement session with Jennifer and Shaun near their home in Worcester.  Even in the rain, we had a blast in this beautiful park and made some wonderful images.  Here are a few sneaks and some words from the couple on their story.  Enjoy!

How did you two meet?

We worked in the same group at the same company. Jen waited patiently for me free, then I shaved my sadness beard and the rest is history!

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Tell us the proposal story~

I had a plan - I had the day before Christmas eve off and would prepare this great dinner while Jen was at work...or so I thought. Jen ended up working from home that day so I had to improvise. After Jen went to bed, I took our Scrabble game and spelled out “Will You Marry Me” (luckily all the letters were there). The following morning, we made waffles with our heart-shaped waffle iron, and then I asked Jen if she wanted to play Scrabble. I was worried she would think this extremely suspicious, but she agreed. When she opened up the box the question was facing her. I struggled mightily to get the ring out of my sweatpants. I knew she would say "yes," but I was SO NERVOUS anyways.

Worcester Engagement Photography

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

We both love our venue, but I think we are most excited for our live band - Bear Fight. Also the food from Tastings Caterers, it is amazing.

Where are you getting married?   Tower Hill Botanic Garden

What look were you going for in your engagement session?

We go to Green Hill park in Worcester for picnics and love the outdoors in fall, so we wanted photos that would reflect the time we spend there. We chose Christian because we wanted more of an artistic touch vs. your average engagement photo.

Worcester Engagement Photography

Do you have any tips or advice for couples getting ready for their session?
Figure out what you want to wear well in advance so you can save yourself some stress.

Get ready to look at your betrothed - a lot. Like more than ever before.

Think of funny things you can say to each other to keep the mood light and to create genuine looks of happiness in your photos.

How was your overall session experience?

It was great! To be honest, I expected it to be awkward and it was not at all. Christian made us feel really comfortable and even though it was raining a bit we rolled with it and it went well.

Melissa & Mark's Fall Engagement Session

I am so excited to get right to the story with Mark and Melissa!  We send out a little blog form to all of our clients to get a little background on how they met and the proposal before we put up their sneak peeks, and reading through this one was so romantic!  From the way it was written, to the story itself, was just incredible!  This couple and their adorable son are just perfect, but I'll let you decide for yourself after reading their story....I know you'll agree!

Newburyport engagement photography

How did you two meet?
After 17 years in Florida, I decided to move home. My earliest memories are being in our family home in Revere Beach, and since then I've always had a calling to come back. So, with I found a cool loft in Chelsea, packed a U-Haul, and prepped meals for the 23 hr trip. Little did I know that in less than 72 hours I would meet the woman I would spend the rest my life with, (and almost wreck her brand-new car with the U-Haul - but that's a story for another time).

Upon returning to the loft, with my groceries, I ran into somebody outside the building that caught my attention. I thought she was a redhead (she's blonde), but she was super cute and I thought now is the best time to meet new friends!

Nights on the roof deck turned into Sunday drives Newburyport, sunrises in Nahant, dinners at ECCO, Madeline Island, Nicaragua, and the happiest days I've ever experienced in my 32 years on this earth. Then, our son entered our life, strengthened our love, and solidified our desires to spend the rest of our lives together. Our family is our everything, and we'd want it no other way.

Newburyport engagement photography

Tell us the proposal story~
Melissa and I had a Sunday 6am maternity shoot in Winthrop. Little did she know, the outfit she picked out was missing something. See, when she got out of the shower, and came back to the room, our favorite song was playing and a wooden box was in front of her. Engraved were her future initials and snippet of the vows I will say to her. Still a bit confused she opened the box and saw the ring box. It was then that she turned around to me (who was in one knee) asking her to marry me.

Newburyport engagement photography

What details are you most excited about for your wedding? EX. cake, vendors, location, etc.
Our beautiful church, St Pius V (where our son was baptized), our reception venue (the Smith Barn), but mostly our friends and family that will share in our wonderful day.

Where are you getting married?

St Prius V

Newburyport engagement photography

Where is the reception?
Smith Barn (Peabody)

Newburyport engagement photography

What look were you going for in your engagement session?
We were just being US.

Do you have any tips or advice for couples getting ready for their session?
Find a location, plan a day around it (we went apple and pumpkin picking afterward), and have fun!