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Maine Coast Elopement Nubble Point

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What does a bride wear to elope on thanksgiving morning at Nubble Point in York, Maine? Insulated Carhartt overalls & white cape, obviously. I slipped out in the morning to meet these two lovebirds at Nubble Point in York.  It was a windy, beautiful, cold and ultimately quick little ceremony that culminated in a champagne in the back seat of the truck.

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A week before Thanksgiving, I received a facebook message from Melissa asking me what I was up to Thanksgiving morning.  She had remembered that we were to be in Portland, Maine with family that week.  She and her long time love had decided to elope!  They love Maine and were just wondering if I might be able to come down to document their ceremony.  Sounds fun, I thought. Then I looked at the weather. Yikes.

A few years ago at a family session in December, I realized that my poor fingers weren't that useful when the weather dipped below 20.  And I made a note to that I did not want to schedule any more outdoor shoots when it was that cold.  But Thanksgiving morning in Maine was slated to be 8 degrees, negative 6 in the wind chill.

How could I take pictures if I couldn't properly hold my gear?  Carhartt Sherpa Mitts to the rescue!  I bought these amazing mitts - and figured out all my settings before I got out of the car so I could operate everything with my fingers still inside.

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It was a quick and lovely ceremony.  While the weather was indeed bracing, I kept warm enough nestled in my down coat.  The bride also wore Carhartt - a pair of insulated bib overalls completed by heels and white fur trimmed cape and muff.  It was perfectly Melissa.  A friend of the couple married them and then we all hopped in the back of their truck for a champagne toast before we went to our respective Thanksgiving dinners.

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Larz Anderson Engagement Portraits

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Sharing a few of my favorite image from a recent engagement portrait session, aka a Boston prewedding photoshoot, at Brookline's Larz Anderson Park.  We had a beautiful afternoon on the grounds of the former Larz Anderson estate.

Larz Anderson was one of the places that we went to as kids - specially to the outdoor skating rink at the very top. Huge expanses of lawns, fields and a sweeping views of Boston's skyline - though even from Brookline the city seems small.

What's the difference between an engagement shoot and a prewedding photoshoot?  The clothes.  At an engagement portrait session,  the couple wears everyday clothes - or really maybe better than everyday but not formal.   For a prewedding photoshoot, they wear their full formal wedding attire - wedding dress, suit or tux and have hair and make up professionally done and usually have flowers too.

Engagement or pre wedding photos? Which one is best for you?   While most of our couples prefer a more casual look and feel, some couples prefer prewedding photoshoots in their wedding wardrobes so they can spend more timing getting portraits without the constraint of the wedding day.   This is also a good option to consider if you feel that location (as I do!) is important to telling your love story.

It's not about looking like the perfect couple, it's about being who you are both as individuals and as yourselves.

Case in point, this couple wanted to dress as they would on their wedding day and chose to do a prewedding shoot here in Boston.  Though the ceremony will be held overseas with their families, they wanted to get portraits made in the city where they met.

We were able to capture a mix of traditional, casual and candid at our Larz Anderson prewedding photoshoot.  Congratulations to these two who have big things on their newly shared horizon!

I really love both engagement photoshoots and prewedding photoshoots.  In the time between deciding to get married and actually getting married, it's lovely to take some time to think about who you two are together right now.  Of course it's a chance to get comfortable in front of the camera and with your photographer  - but it's also a chance to learn about each other (check our our Visual Voice sessions!) to spend time together and to create a visual record of your lives outside of the ritual of the wedding day itself.

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In Which a New Family Makes it Legal or Getting Married at Boston City Hall

Weekday Wedding Ceremony at City Hall

And she brought the balloons.

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Tis the season of getting married at City Hall!  I seem to be heading to Boston's Government Center a fair amount in April and May. In fact, I am pretty sure I did a wedding there the last time we had a Friday the 13th in April.

I was in SF when this mother-to-be/bride first called to ask about wedding photography for a Boston City Hall wedding.  WE hit it off on the phone, and ended up chatting second semester stories.  As Boston is such a small city, we had more than a few things in common.

Getting Married at Boston City Hall

I adore photographing around Government Center and Boston City Hall - the layers of Boston's history are everywhere.  From any viewpoint, you can spot different architectural eras, development and style.

There’s a lovely quiet excitement at City Hall weddings.  I offer weekday wedding coverage that includes photographing the ceremony and a fun portrait session with our fair city as the backdrop.

Interested getting married at Boston City Hall?  It’s easy.  Go to Boston City Hall at least three days before your wedding and complete the Marriage Intention Form at the Registrar’s Office.  When you can return to City Hall, you can pick up your marriage license and tie the knot!

Want to learn more about our Boston City Hall Wedding packages?  Let's Connect!


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A Very Small Downtown Boston Wedding

A Very Small Downtown Boston Wedding

It's been a very long roll out to Spring.  We've all been feeling it.   Earlier this month I had the pleasure of photographing  a very small downtown Boston wedding.  So small that the only people in attendance were a brother and their amazing little dog.  Which really makes for a guest list of one human, one canine.

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The newlyweds will plan a larger reception with their families later, but I understood completely when they told me that they really just wanted to be married and with their out of sync work schedules that they decided to get married on the day they were both off, which happened to be a Wednesday.  And there's no reason a Wednesday isn't as good a day as a Saturday or a Sunday to get married.

It was windy.  And you may remember if you've been in our fair city this "spring," that the brisk breezes have most definitely been blowing.

We met at their apartment and then connected with the officiant.  The brides wanted to get married across the street from their apartment, at the fountain behind the Prudential center.  It was a beautiful civil ceremony, each bride reading their own vows.

I'm sure you have been to, or perhaps even had, a big wedding.  There is something to be said for doing it up.  But there is also something beautiful about pairing everything down to the moist essential.  Your fiance.  Your brother. Your dog.  The city where you met and fell in love.   These kind of intimate celebrations are wonderful, immediate and emotional.

 

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A Video! Behind the Scenes with Me

This one has been quite some time in the making, and in finally sharing!  I was able to work with my friend and neighbor Kevin at Fort Point Media to capture some behind the scenes at two shoots (one in Fort Point and a lovely New Year's Eve Boston City Hall wedding).  Kevin also got me into the studio for a little voice over.

https://vimeo.com/226986969

 

 


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Indoor Engagement Photos Boston

Boston Indoor Engagement Session

New England winter.  Outdoor shoots. Yikes.  While you could throw caution to the wind and shoot outdoor, there are many months that you, and I, would rather cozy up inside.   A and N wanted to do an indoor engagement shoot in Boston even before we knew it would be a chilly Sunday afternoon.  After scouting out a few places, I fell in love with the light and atmosphere at Fort Point's Oak + Rowan.  We once lived across the street from this space when it was Twelve Chairs.  Now a brick and beam lofty industrial space that makes the most of its window light - the space is both comfortable and modern. (and the dessert menu . . . . trust me.)

If you want to rock your Boston engagement portraits like these two without fretting about plan B for weather,  start thinking about doing portraits in beautiful spaces like this!

Of course, you don't have to go to a bar or restaurant.  Other Indoor Locations in Boston to Shoot Your Engagement Photos - your place, one of the many universities we have in Boston or across the river (perhaps you once attended one of them), the Butterfly Place is one of my favorites!

 

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Loved this session!  These love birds were amazing.  A late afternoon.  A Rent-the-Runway dress. A welcoming staff at Oak + Rowan.  Perfection.

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