Just a few sneak peek photographs from Nicole and Keith’s awesome wedding day!
What a great day! You could feel the love between Laura and Jesse. They have been together since they were teenagers and the amount of respect of their love among their families was just awesome. Laura and Jesse met in 8th grade, and grew up in the same town. They started hanging out after school and getting to know each other and their love just grew.
They really put a lot of themselves into this day and wanted to remember it for the rest of their lives and with the help of their family and friends they made that a reality.
Thanks so much for having me as you photographer!
P.S. They are Bruins fans so they get HUGE bonus points from me!
Wentworth by the Sea Wedding of Ashley and Jeff: The wedding day started wonderfully with Ashley and Jeff getting ready at Wentworth by the Sea. Ashley and her mom were so cute and I loved that she had her mom as her matron or honor. She and her mom are truly best friends and their relationship really touched everyone around them. Jeff and his buddies and his dad who looks exactly like him were just a fun bunch of guys and were enjoying every minute if being with Jeff and his happiness of marrying Ashley later that afternoon.
The started wonderfully with the couple getting ready at Wentworth by the Sea. Ashley and her mom were so cute and I loved that she had her mom as her matron or honor. She and her mom are truly best friends and their relationship really touched everyone around them. Jeff and his buddies and his dad who looks exactly like him were just a fun bunch of guys and were enjoying every minute if being with Jeff and his happiness of marrying Ashley later that afternoon.
The ride from the hotel to the church was taken in a beautifully restored Rolls Royce. One of my favorite images from the day is when Ashley and her dad had just gotten out of the car and she's looking at the church and all her bridesmaids and her dad is looking at her.
The wedding ceremony highlight has to be the "kiss" when Jeff really planted one on Ashley. Check out the priest and his face and gesture as they really kiss for a long time. After the recessional I loved that they wanted to get a photo with her grandmother who is 95. They really stressed to me that they wanted that picture and knowing how much it meant to them it really made it one of the most special photographs of their wedding day for me and I know for them as well.
After the ceremony we went out to the beach near Wentworth by the Sea and captured some awesome portraits and formals before changing locations and finishing the groups on the gorgeous grounds of the hotel. I loved the difference in the two sets of images. ONe was iconic rocky coast of New England and the second set was on the beautifully manicured gardens of the Wentworth. The tree that they are kissing under reminds me of the types of places you can find when photographing around New Orleans
The reception was just a fun time where time flew by. The speeches were touching and hilarious and I still laugh when Ashley's dad Scooter told the story of how Jeff told him the first time he met him that her loved Ashley. He then paused and told us all that Jeff had a little too much fun that night and also told Scooter that her loved him as well. The room roared with laughter and when things quieted down he told Jeff that they loved him and were happy to welcome him to the family.
The dancing part of the reception included everyone and I mean everyone out on the dance floor. The band "Now and The Forevers" really rocked the reception as you can tell from all the smiles out on the dance floor.
I’d like tho thank Ashley and Jeff for including me as part of their wedding day. It was a blast from the moment I walked in that day until I left and your family and friends really knew how to help you celebrate your wedding day.
Here are a few from my engagement session with Alyssa and Ryan. We squeaked it in. We had a rainy few days and it blew quite a few leaves down and then we managed to squeeze the time in on a Sunday morning before more rain/mixed snow. It was meant to be and they look great and the park still had color!
A sneak peek of Meghan and Henry and their wonderful family on their wedding day. This was a great day and a lot of fun from getting ready at Meg's house to the dancing at the Valley Country Club. Little Henry was the co-star along with his mom and dad and you can see the love in their happy family.
I met Megan and Jason a few months ago and right of the bat I knew they would be an awesome couple to photograph. They were laid back and fun and really wanted their day to something where everyone connected and had fun. We chatted for a while and then she mentioned she grew up in our neighborhood and that they both went to Bishop Feehan here in town and that's where they initially met. That gave me a moment of pause as our oldest is a senior in high school and it made me wonder if we might already have met his wife ten hears down the road. It's such a small world with so many strange connections.
The wonderfully talented Allana Taranto was my second photographer for this wedding day and we both had a blast with everyone we met and photographed! The wedding day was an absolutely gorgeous summer day and Saphire Estate really did a great job in setting up the outside area for the ceremony and providing an amazing space for dinner and some crazy dancing. These folks really knew how to dance and her brothers made me feel like I might have to get back into slam dancing!
There was a lot of emotion through the day from tears to laughter and everyone really got into the spirit of the day and all I saw from the time I arrived was family and friends celebrating alongside Megan and Jason.
Thanks again for having me as part of your day!
The Queset House wedding of Morgan and Brandon really let their personalities come through on their wedding day. The Ames Free Library in North Easton owns the Queset House and this is the first year they are doing events and the mansion is historic and really brings through the old New England charm. They really did their homework in finding a fun unique place for all their family and friends to celebrate. The Queset Gardens was the location of the nuptials which was a short walk from the mansion through some large pine trees. The party got started with a beautiful lawn cocktail hour followed by can awesome dinner T-Bones Roadhouse which served up some of the best BBQ I've had north of Louisiana. The night really got rocking when Brandon and Morgan took to the dance floor with their friends and was still going strong was we headed out.
Sebec Lake Maine Family Vacation v.10 was a success! This was out tenth year of taking all the kids to Maine for one of our two summer vacations so that we can relax and spend time with my folks at the cabin on Sebec Lake. Lots of things have changed during that time and we went from bringing four kids to five when Zachary arrived in 2006.
I bought a Kindle and read 3 books while sitting down on the water. There was nothing better than mixing a classic like "East of Eden" with a Tom Clancy thriller. I've read photo manuals, wedding and photography blogs and magazines all year and it was nice to give the noodle a break.
started the vacation of with a trip to Bucky's Meat Market and Stutzman's Farms for some unbelievable vegetables for all of our home cooked meals. Some of my favorite times during the week were preparing dinner and sitting down with the family with no time constraints.
We spent our two rainy days seeing a movie in town at Centre Theatre and another cloudy rainy day taking the kids up to Moosehead Lake on a moose safari. Yes, we were lucky and saw one on our way up to Rockwood.
The other 5 days were sunny were spent fishing, swimming, grilling, and ice cream at Butterfield's each day. WeWe had a few long boat rides the length of the lake and wound up at the head of the lake near Packards Camps and the kids went swimming in the river.
This was one of the more laid back vacations to Maine and was what the doctor ordered for Heather and myself after a crazy first half of the year.
Wow, was I excited to see Jamie and Greg's wedding featured on Style Me Pretty Massachusetts! This was a gorgeous wedding that Jamie and Greg envisioned and executed to perfection! I absolutely loved working with The Aldrich Mansion, Flowerthyme, Antoio's Bakery, and Out of The Box, and all the other talented vendors who were pulled together to help celebrate Jamie and Greg's Aldrich Mansion Wedding in Warwick, RI!
Hotel Marlowe Wedding of Eddie and Rachael: What an awesome couple. I really got to know them before their wedding during their Wellesley College Engagement Session so I was pretty psyched up for their wedding this past June at the Hotel Marlowe which a a gorgeous and unique boutique hotel in Cambridge, MA.
The day started out with Meg photographing the guys and me photographing the ladies in the hotel. I was so happy the Eddie and Rachael had a first looks and it really allowed them to have some quality time with their family and wedding party before the craziness of the wedding day began. The area outside the ballroom was gorgeous and provided a great place to shoot some formals after the first look.
Outside ceremonies can be at the mercy of nature in New England and the day could not have been better. Bald blue skies and a nice 80 degree temperature with a little sea breeze. I loved the family touches having each set of parents reading passages during the ceremony. From the ceremony we did some exploring and found some great nooks and crannies near the Hotel Marlowe property. My favorite was under the bridge with the tile "red coat" mural depicting a scene from the Revolutionary War.
Before heading into the Hotel Marlowe wedding reception I had a few minutes to spend with Rachael and Eddie on the gorgeous red couches in the lobby area so they could have some alone time and couple portraits. I headed up to the reception to await the couple and their Star Wars "The Imperial March" entrance music. That entrance really set the tone for the reception and there was even a surprise with one of Eddie's brothers serenading the couple while playing acoustic guitar. This was only the first serenade as Eddie's buddies then surprised us later with another group song which had everyone in stitches with laughter.
I just want to thank you for having me and Meg as part of your wedding day. You are both awesome and generous people and it was a pleasure photographing your engagement and wedding!
Father's Day; My father is someone I look to for guidance and love and he has been the major male figure in my life for as long as I can remember. Dad was at my camp outs, scout meetings, football and hockey games, ceremonies, concerts and everything else. He would say he has two feet so he could stand on one and kick me in the ass with the other. He was right. I was an unmotivated kid and lived in a comfortable middle class family and cared more about girls and sports than "real life". I remember his long talks and his guidance as I became a young man. If it were not for my Dad I would not be a college graduate. My Dad grew up with his grand-parents and his mom. The only male figure that I would call a father figure to my Dad would be his Grandfather Stanley. I remember my great-grandfather and even though I was 11 years old when he passed away, I still remember the grief that my father suffered. My great-grandfather was a no-nonsense farmer from rural Maine and you can see his influence on Dad to this day. My father broke the cycle of absent fathers and I am thankful for his life lessons.
Dad took care of his mother in high school and they eked out an existence. He worked to support his family and I cannot imagine the stressand responsibilities that he faced as a teenager. The only time my Dad saw his father was when he drove through town with his new girlfriend on his side. It was a small community and the kids made fun of him as divorced parents were not common in 1950's Charleston, Maine. I was embarrassed as a teenager because my dad was picking me up from football practice. I was a "man" and I didn't need my Dad. He was patient and accepted my crazy teenaged behavior and never belittled me because he knew I foolish I was at the time.
I remember the night in 1982 when he was called that his father died. There was grief and a sense of something that could never be recovered and then he found out later that week that he had been left one dollar in the will so that he could not contest it. His father had moved on and re-married and had children after abandoning my Dad and Grams. It's the one time I can recall him crying. He was asking my mother how his own father could hate him so much. My grandfather was buried in the Higgins cemetery in Charleston, Maine and he did not have a grave stone. My father was the one who purchased the head-stone because he chose to do the "right" thing. I have never talked with my Dad about that time and I don't even know if he's aware that I heard him crying and talking with my mother that one night. I just remember that sometimes you have to do the right thing even under the most dire situations.
When I was at Maine Maritime Academy I got into some trouble and called my Dad. He was angry and upset, but what hurt the most was his disappointment in me. What did my Dad do? He came to school and helped me through my most difficult time in my life. He gave me the proverbial kick in the butt, but he was there and helped ensure that I would graduate. If it had not been for my Dad I would not have fought to stay and graduate from college. I would have been your typical kid floating through life.
Dad graduated from the University of Maine. He went to college on a Blaine House Scholarship which required him to teach in an rural part of Maine. His mother and father did not go to college and when my mom and dad went back for their high-school reunion they were the only couple where both their children had graduated from college. I still remember my sister getting a nurse kit as a little girl, Dad returned it and got her a doctor's kit and told Leigh that she should strive to be anything she wanted to be. Today my sister is an M.D. and practices medicine in Maine. My Dad was a high-school principal for many years and I know from talking with the kids that he pushed everyone to fulfill their potential.
After graduation I moved to Louisiana for almost ten years. During that time my Dad and I were separated my 2000 miles. We talked on the phone several times a week and visits by my folks were frequent as I could only go to Maine once a year. I remember the day I found out that my son Mac has hemi-paresis like it was yesterday. I called Dad and he had a meeting of several people in his office. He heard my voice crack and cleared his office and spent the afternoon talking me off the ledge of craziness and grief for my little boy. Some parents would not take the call during work, but typical of Dad he did. He had learned the hard life lessons as a boy and young man and was still there for his thirty year old son in his time of need.
I have watched my Dad for 43 years now and his lessons have made me a better Dad in my own right. In 2006 we made a family decision for me to leave the corporate world and these past three years have enabled me to become the Dad I have always wanted to become. I am a teacher and photographer. I used to work in the maritime industry where I would travel all the time. Now the only time I travel is for family vacations. I am daddy-daycare in the summer for five children 17 to 6 and I cannot think of a better job.
My oldest son plays on a travel team for soccer and this year it was literally a part-time job with getting him ready for college recruiting. It was easily 25 hours a week with travel. When people ask me how I can do these crazy things for my children I think back to 5 AM practices at the Alfond Arena in Orono, Maine. My dad would wake me up at 3 AM and drive me down there because that was the only time we could afford ice time as a team before our season started. I think back to those times and tell people that I am doing no more than my dad did for me. He still has two feet and if I didn't measure up as a Dad he'd still plant one directly in my butt.
The last photograph is their wedding portrait taken inside the Baptist Church in Charleston, Maine on December 23rd, 1967. Mom and Dad chose to have a B&W album because it was 300.00 instead of color at 500.00. They should be thankful, I can't imagine what color prints from the late 60's would like like 45 years later? I think it's amazing that so many images from their album are timeless.
Happy Father's Day to my Dad!
A wedding is something that does not happen very often for families. I get many requests for photographs that include everyone that is attending the wedding. I use several methods to do this from shooting from a balcony, shooting from a step ladder, or taking several photographs from left to right and then stitching them together in Photoshop. I love these photographs because they have the entire wedding surrounding the bride and groom or the guests in entirety hanging out.
Getting these types of photographs are easy to take, but require some planning so make sure you send me a note before your wedding. I may need a ladder or scout out the area so I can find palace to photograph your wedding party from an elevation like a hill or balcony.