RANDY & LIZ

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September 15th, 2015 Permalink

Manchester, NH

We recently photographed an amazing wedding in New Hampshire, and due to popular demand, I decided to add it to the blog (even though we have shot many other amazing weddings recently, all of which are blog-worthy).  This gorgeous event was held at the bride’s parents’ farmhouse in New Hampshire.  I had worked with the bride before (she was a bridesmaid at one of our weddings a couple years back), and it was an honor to be invited to photograph her wedding this year!

How they met…

Liz and Randy were two lost New Englanders living in New York, when their paths crossed at a Halloween Party of a mutual friend.  They did not know it then, but it was at that moment that they realized they had found what they both had always been looking for.  Soon thereafter they realized they shared similar passions in cooking, testing one’s boundaries with spicy food, and a good cocktail.  As their spring hikes turned into summer beach days, Liz and Randy began to fall in love with the simple things in life and each other.  Liz turned Randy on to the joys of a five-story walkup in the East Village, while Randy introduced Liz to the nautical wonders of Long Island.  However, something they truly bonded over was the love they had for Randy’s daughter Cate, and their lifelong friends and family back home in New England.  After 3 years of dating Randy asked Liz to marry him at an old lighthouse on the rocky shores of Newport.  Of course, she said, “Yes”, and here we are on their wedding day!

Before we start, let me just commend Liz and Randy up front for having a knack for picking out amazing vendors (though, I suspect they received a few suggestions from their wonderful wedding planner, Lori Walter).  Everyone who took part in this wedding was AMAZING.  Seriously.  As a photographer who has shot tons of weddings, we’ve seen our share of the good and bad.  It’s not uncommon to see great quality from someone with less than a professional attitude.  I saw no such combination at this wedding.  The work was very professional all the way around, and each and every vendor was so incredibly accommodating and kind that I wanted to be their best friend!  Enough said, but I’m putting links up in case you are looking for some great vendors.  The gorgeous flowers were by Sorella Flower Company.

 

Hair by Michelle Joyce Hair, and Makeup by Dollface Boston.  They did an incredible job with this part of the preparations!

A special note from Randy to Liz…

At her parents’ home… what an incredible spot for a wedding.  And Liz, you were absolutely stunning.

 

Randy and his groomsmen got dressed at The Centennial Hotel in Concord.  I loved Randy’s blue suit; it looked great on him and it was a nice contrast with the rest of the wedding party.

The ceremony took place at St. George Orthodox Cathedral in Manchester, NH.  This church was quite a sight to behold!

 

 

Liz’s brother was the Koumbaro (the official sponsor) at their Greek Orthodox wedding.

Husband and wife!

The bridal party Coach and the Bentley transport were provided by Grace Limo.  I love these images of Liz and Randy; the Bentley really fit the day… a lot of beautiful antique details throughout.

 

Beautiful ladies and handsome men!

 

 

The bride and groom hopped into the Bentley and took a trip to Beech Hill Farm for some ice cream (and a few photos) prior to joining the reception.

 

 

Dinner was served family-style, provided by Magic Foods Catering.  Some of the best food we’ve ever tried!  That beautiful wedding cake was by Jacques Pastries in Suncook, NH.

 

Music was provided by Boss, and they were really incredible.  They had the dance floor going from even before the reception officially started, right to the very end.

 

 

 

What’s a Greek wedding without Greek dancing?  This photographer adores photographing Greek dancing!

 

 

 

It was an amazing day; Liz and Randy, we enjoyed every moment of working with you.  Both of your families were wonderful to work with, as well.  We felt right at home.  May you have a long and happy life together as a married couple.  I can’t wait to share more of your images with you!

 

Other vendors not mentioned elsewhere in this post:

Bartenders:  Dee Luxe Bartending

Photo Booth: Photo Booth NE

Tent:  Exeter Events and Tents

Restrooms:  New England Restrooms

Guest Transportation:  Premier Coach

 

 

JAMES & CORTNEY

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June 25th, 2013 Permalink

New Gloucester, ME

We haven’t had a lot of time for blogging this year, so forgive me for not posting more of our events online!  We just started a family in January 2013 (our little boy’s name is Nicholas), and our little miracle takes up most of my free time these days!  Thankfully I found time to post about this beautiful wedding that we had the pleasure of photographing.  James and Cortney are an awesome pair.  We had spent time in the Old Port getting to know each other, so I was looking forward to this event.  They are some of the kindest, fun people you will ever meet.

As for their love story, these two met each other when they were 16 years old at a high school basketball game.  James and Cortney came from Rival high schools, Skowhegan and Cony, respectively. They didn’t let the rivalry stop them from spending as much time as possible together on weekends.  They attended separate Maine colleges but were together at every opportunity (James would drive down to UNE to see Cortney in snowstorms against her wishes!)  9 years into their relationship James proposed to Cortney during a horse drawn carriage ride through Central Park in New York City. Cortney was shocked that James could keep a secret from her! She, of course, said,”Yes”!!!

 

 

 

Cortney’s bouquet was wrapped with her grandmother’s rosary beads.

 

One beautiful couple!

So, let me share a little about Cortney’s awesomeness.  The party bus got stuck in traffic, and was 1 (one) hour late to pick her up from the hotel to take her to the ceremony!!  I was a part of their wedding day planning, and she had planned in ample time for any snafu that might occur so she didn’t have to feel the pressure of being rushed at any point on the actual wedding day.  Well, that went out the window, but this lady hung in there, and greeted the limo driver with kindness and class when he showed up.  While we waited, Cortney kept her chin up and held on to her sense of humor about the issue at hand:

Finally, we made it to this beautiful little chapel, and the rest of the day went off without a hitch!  The ceremony took place at Cortney’s alma mater, UNE, at the Ludcke Auditorium Chapel in Portland.  James’ father, Reverend Mark Tanner, married the two of them, and made their ceremony that much more meaningful.

I love Cortney’s dad’s expression as he gave her away…

 

Husband and wife!!!

The reception was held at the exquisitely manicured Pineland Farms campus in New Gloucester, Maine.  Black Tie coordinated the event, and provided a beautiful spread of local and organic cuisine.  It threatened to rain, but held off long enough for us to get some amazing outdoor images before the reception.

 

I think these two girls will be best friends for life, after seeing their friendship up close on Cortney’s special day…

 

 

This first dance was incredible; James & Cortney are amazing dancers…

 

 

Sincere thanks to the two of you for making us a part of your day!  I can’t wait to share the rest of your images with you!

JOHN & VINCENZA

March 21st, 2013 Permalink

Topsfield, MA

Congratulations, guys, on winning the honeymoon vacation on TLC’s “Four Weddings”!  Your wedding was truly beautiful, and (not that we are partial) we fully expected you to win!!  Seriously, this wedding was crazy… Four Weddings did not even begin to cover all the wonderful details we had the pleasure of photographing.

Of  course, the sum of a wedding is not the dress, details, or the reception party; the most important part of the whole day is the commitment being made before God to love and support each other for the rest of this life.  John and Vincenza have a deep commitment and love for each other; their wedding carried great meaning far above all the beautiful details of the day.

The venue, Willowdale, is one of my favorites.  It is an old stone mansion in Topsfield, MA.  They have a gorgeous little courtyard where they had planned for an outdoor ceremony, but because of hurricane Sandy, the ceremony was moved inside the reception tent.  I love Vincenza’s dress; it suited her so well, and she looked amazing in it!

 

 

 

This tub is in the master suite at Willowdale; Enza’s three bridesmaids were her nieces, and her sister was the matron of honor.

 

John and Vincenza had a first look session prior to the getting married; by this time the house was filled with guests in the other rooms, awaiting the ceremony.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The bride and groom decorated the mansion with personal photographs…

Not only was the cake stunning, it was sooo delicious!!

 

 

 

 

 

Cute moment:

 

The up-lighting in the reception was gorgeous.

 

 

 

 

 

After the cake was served, an espresso bar opened, along with a buffet of Italian cookies:

 

Then, fresh cookies and milk shooters; we had some on the way out, and they were still warm from the oven.  If I got to go back and do my wedding all over again, I would definitely do this!!

More goodies…

The dancefloor was jam packed the entire night; the DJ did an awesome job, and we had so much fun photographing this crowd.  Thanks, John & Enza for inviting us to share in your wedding day!!

 

JOHN & VINCENZA’S ENGAGEMENT SHOOT

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February 28th, 2013 Permalink

Beverly, MA

 

Before I go on with these engagement photos, I have to let you know that this couple will be featured on TLC’s “Four Weddings” episode on March 1, (this Saturday), so be sure to tune in and see all the awesomeness that was their wedding.  Following the episode, I will post photos from their gorgeous event, but I don’t want to spoil all the fun by posting their wedding images, first.  In lieu of the wedding photos, we have some equally awesome engagement photos to feature…

These two are so ‘meant-for-eachother’!  They met at work… it seems Vincenza was seeing someone else, and John just never gave up on her.  Eventually, they finally started seeing eachother, and the rest is history.  They are both Italian, full of fun, quirkiness, and life!

When we first met, they said they were drawn to photos that are unique and out of the ordinary (much like themselves), so needless to say I was super excited to work and create with them.   The setting was a park by the ocean in Beverly, MA; it is a wonderful little spot I didn’t know about until John & Vincenza enlightened me.

 Much like our other couples, I instantly fell in love with these two and felt like they were family by the time we finished the session.  I was already looking forward to the wedding, and had the feeling these two really knew how to throw a good party.  Wedding photos coming, soon!

 

 

NICK & MARISA

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August 24th, 2012 Permalink

Saco, ME

 Nick and Marisa are high school sweethearts.  They met their junior year, and have been together, ever since!  They both recently graduated from the same college, and were eager to start out life as husband and wife.  Nick proposed in 2010 in Kennebunkport, ME, the same beach where Marisa’s dad proposed to her mom.  They decided to enjoy the engagement for a year, and then started making wedding plans in 2011. 

I met these two last year for the engagement session, and I knew they would be fun to work with on the wedding day.  They are both genuinely nice people, and so in love that it just made my job so easy!  I would basically tell them where to stand, and they would take care of the rest!

Marisa and Nick chose to have a First Look Session, prior to the wedding ceremony:

 

 

I love this moment at the altar:

This is one of the cutest photo booths I have ever seen!  Besides having wall paper and frames for the photos, the walls were adorned with pictures from their parents’ and grandparents’ weddings.

Marisa and her younger brother on the dance floor…

 Thanks, you two!  The wedding was wonderful; can’t wait to share all the rest of your images with you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RYAN & BRITTANY

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August 23rd, 2012 Permalink

Bar Harbor, ME

 

Brittany and Ryan met through mutual friends at a party.  Sparks flew instantly, and they have been together, ever since!  After a couple years of dating, Ryan decided to make it official, and ordered an engagement ring.  He was planning to propose at the site where they first met, but when the ring arrived, he couldn’t wait.  He proposed as soon as he saw her later that day, and Brittany agreed to become his wife!

These two were married at the Harborside Hotel in Bar Harbor, ME.  Bar Harbor is one of my very favorite vacation spots in Maine.  The town is right on the water, and all the places you’d want to go are within walking distance.  A short drive from downtown Bar Harbor will take you to Acadia National Park, where you could spend all day biking, boating, kayaking, rock climbing, or driving to the top of Cadillac Mountain.  We always suggest this spot to friends/family who visit us from out of state.  When I first spoke with Brittany about her wedding plans, I was excited to hear that she would be having her wedding in Bar Harbor.  What an amazing spot for a destination wedding!

I love these custom-designed hangers from Etsy.com!

All of these ladies (besides each being extremely photogenic) were so sweet, and lots of fun to work with…

The ceremony took place on the deck at the Bar Harbor Club Pool House, overlooking the ocean.

The reception was held in the pool house:

 Danny DeBruin with Northeast Event Design provided DJ services, as well as the photo-booth, and the amazing uplighting at this event.  As always, he did a wonderful job!

Floating lanterns were lit and sent off at the end of the night!

 Thank you both for inviting us to photograph your wedding day.  It was beautiful, and we thoroughly enjoyed being a part of it! 

 

 

 

 

ROBBIE & LIANNA

July 24th, 2012 Permalink

Beverly, MA

These two are some of the kindest people I think we have ever met!  I met them at a wedding we were photographing last year, shortly after they had been engaged.  They were looking for wedding vendors, and I was happy to agree to be their photographer.  Lianna and Robbie make such a wonderful pair, and when you spend time with them, you go away feeling loved (even if you just worked with them for a day)!
 
Here’s a little of their story:
 
Lianna and Robbie met at work (Hartford Investment Management Company) shortly after Lianna started working there after graduating from college.  Since she didn’t really know anyone and needed to find a new place to live, she approached Robbie in his cubicle because he looked “young” and she thought he might have a friend or know someone looking for a roommate.  He did not, but proceeded to help her look for an apartment and tried to get her a deal on rent at an apartment complex where he used to live.  This brief interaction blossomed into a fast friendship and soon more.  They even had to date “under the radar” at work and it was so hard to keep people from being too suspicious and nosey!  They have so much in common and share the same passions and ideals.  Lianna had never met a guy as considerate and caring as Robbie, and he described her as “the one” from the get-go.  They fell for each other very quickly and haven’t stopped!  After 5 years of dating, Robbie finally asked Lianna to marry him on their annual Caribbean trip, which happened to be in Barbados.  Of course Lianna said yes, and now here they are!!

They recently married at a private, ocean-side residence in Beverly, Massachusetts. 

I loved Lianna’s color choices!  The bouquets and flowers arrangements were done by Dogwood Floral Design.

Normally, when guests step into the aisle, it creates a problem for us because our camera’s view can be obstructed.  In this case, they were very thoughtful to create the perfect frame as I was photographing the recessional; I love this resulting photo!

 This wedding, being on family property, required so many vendors to make the wedding come together.  Everyone did their part beautifully, and from beginning to end, this event was magnificently planned!  Mitchell at Making the Day was the wedding planner; he did an amazing job, and was so easy to work with.  Two Chefs are better than one catered, and the food was amazing!  

Cake, courtesy of Montillio’s Bakery… it was absolutely gorgeous!  The dance floor was alive from the second the music started playing; when I would glance at the DJ (Greg Sowa), he either had a big grin on his face, or was dancing a little, himself…  he obviously enjoys his work, and kept things going all night!

Thanks, Lianna & Robbie, for being so easy to work with!  We loved being a part of your wedding day!!

 

Thanks to all the other vendors who helped make this day possible:

Special Events of NE

North Shore Bartending Service

Local Motion of Boston

Restroom Rental

 

 

RICHARD & AUTUMN’S ENGAGEMENT SHOOT

July 10th, 2012 Permalink

Spring Point Lighthouse, Maine

I recently had the pleasure of photographing a friend’s engagement session (she used to be one of the teenagers in the youth group at our church, but is now an adult, and almost married)!  How time flies by!  Some of you may recognize her, since she has accompanied our team intermittently as our (very gifted) second photographer.

Autumn and Richard met seven years ago at a Christian youth camp when they were both in high school.  Though they knew each other through many mutual friends, they were never very close.  Richard became a popular and fun college guy, and Autumn was quiet and still in high school, so they just didn’t connect early on. 

In the summer of 2011, both Autumn and Richard went back to the same camp as volunteer staff and the sparks flew, instantly!  After camp, they started talking on the phone every night and were out on their first date within a week.  He was leaving the next month to go back to Lee University for the last semester of his senior year, but they decided they were ready to start a relationship, anyway.  Their relationship went the distance, and after Richard moved back to New England, they were able to see each other in person much more frequently!

In May of 2012, Richard took Autumn Spring Point Lighthouse, which overlooks the city of Portland.  They both love Portland and plan to have a ministry there in the future.  Richard quoted Jeremiah 29:11 to Autumn, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord.  Plans to prosper you and not to harm you; plans to give you a hope and a future.”  He said he believed that verse was true for them and their future together, and then pulled out a ring!  Autumn was happy to say, “Yes”, and they will be married in October of this year.  They are excited to start their life together, pursuing their shared passion for ministry to young adults in their church in Manchester, NH.

In case you were wondering, yes, they did lift Spring Point Lighthouse off the rocks.  It is quite a small lighthouse.

 

You two are so much fun together; can’t wait for the wedding!

 

HEATHER & MIKE

June 29th, 2012 Permalink

Falmouth, Maine Wedding

It has been a while since I posted any of my work, because we are in full-swing wedding season!  Weddings and engagement sessions take up most of my time, so I have not been able to post as much as I’d like.  However, I had a few minutes today, so I thought I would share some favorites from this wedding! 

Heather and Mike are so well suited for eachother; not to mention, the camera absolutely loves them.  To read a little about their story, check out their engagement photos, here.

It was the perfect summer day, lightly breezy, partly cloudy, and about 72 degrees.  This is why I love shooting weddings in Maine!

Heather photographed the men prior to the wedding, so we could have a peek at their preparations:

These two chose to have a First Look Session prior to the wedding.  It is a wonderful way to calm the pre-wedding jitters.  The bride and groom meet in a secluded spot to see eachother for the first time on the big day, hug, and catch their breath.  This type of session is a regular occurrence these days, as many couples want to get some photos completed before the ceremony, as well.  It makes the day much smoother, in terms of allowing the couple to enjoy cocktail hour (after the ceremony) with their guests, rather than spending the entire time taking photographs.

Now, on to the ceremony!

Any guess who Heather got her million dollar smile from?

 

A sweet moment during the father/daughter dance.

Thanks, Mike and Heather, for the invitation to photograph your wedding.  You two were so much fun to work with; can’t wait to share the rest of your images with you!

MATT & ELIZABETH’S ENGAGEMENT SHOOT

May 31st, 2012 Permalink

Freeport, Maine

Meet Matt & Elizabeth.  These two are so perfect together… all we did was stand back and capture the love on camera during this engagement session.  Matt resides in NY where he attends law school, and Elizabeth’s home is in Maine.  They hadn’t seen each other in a while prior to this photo shoot and were so excited about getting some time together.  I’m not sure they even noticed I was there taking their photos!

These two met on Thanksgiving of 2010 where they were working as volunteer EMT’s at Kennebunkport EMS.  They spent most of that Thanksgiving Day shift talking and watching old medical shows on hulu.com (must have been a slow day at work)!   After their first meeting, the next time they saw eachother was when Matt came to stay with his family during winter break.  They kept running into each other in random places, including at an EMS conference in Philadelphia.  During the summer of 2011, Matt was home in Kennebunkport all summer.  Elizabeth spent six weeks living at the fire station in Kennebunkport, while taking summer classes at her nearby college.  Once Matt noticed that Elizabeth was at the fire station a lot, he made it a point to spend his free time there! 

 

 

 In December of 2011, Elizabeth was having a difficult week at school in the midst of finals.  One Saturday, Matt called and asked for a ride from the airport because he was flying home.  She was completely surprised that he was coming to Maine, but she threw on some clean sweats and headed to the airport.  She parked in the cell phone lot and waited for him to get off the plane.  Instead of getting in the passenger’s seat of her car, he came around to her door and asked her to get out.  Then, right there in the airport parking lot, he got down on one knee and asked her to marry him (of course, Elizabeth said, “Yes”)!  These two will be married in February of 2013 in Freeport, Maine.

No engagement is complete without solidifying the deal with a cute, fuzzy puppy!  Meet the new addition to this soon-to-be-family:

 

 

Thanks, Matt & Elizabeth, for allowing us to tag along during your recent get-together!  We can’t wait to photograph you all dressed up on the wedding day in (hopefully) a winter wonderland!