Caitlyn + Jim | Surprise Engagement | Flag Hill Winery Lee, NH

I officially love surprise engagements! I mean really anything surprise is a blast to photograph, because those emotions are so real! When I received my first email from Jim, a month and a half out from the engagement day, I was so giddy with excitement! I reached right out to Christa at Flag Hill Distillery and Winery and she was equally excited, because well, we love, love!! 

On the day of, I was a total creeper and was hiding behind the trees to watch Jim and Caitlyn's tour of the vines and the animals on the property and then jumped under the cover of the tent to hide as they came around the corner to "The SPOT" This is where I strolled out to "be the vineyard photographer" and got everyone together for a great photograph of the tour group, "for the website"!

" Let's just get a quick shot of you two together!"

Yes, Girl it is happening! ^ 

Probably one of my favorite moments, notice Jim's hand... he's mid sentence saying " but I haven't asked yet!" Caitlyn was too excited and jumped up to his arms yelled Yes right away! Adorable! Then the tears really started! 


We had to of course follow it up with an impromptu mini engagement session!


Had to finish out with this total candid shot, ^ yep, it's hitting her,
SHE'S GETTING MARRIED!!!


A big thank you to Jim for reaching out about documenting your special day, it was an absolute blast to be able to watch and shoot! Caitlyn, congratulations!  With all that work and planning to make this such a memorable day for you, he's definitely a keeper! 

Also thank you to Flag Hill Distillery and Winery for having such a beautiful venue! 

Tips For Better Wedding Photos | New Hampshire Wedding Photographer

Everyone is always full of tips and tricks for a smoother wedding day, but this is not really that. These tips are going to be from the perspective of the photographer to ensure many beautiful photos for your albums, because who doesn't want that! 


1. Look Up

I know this sounds super easy and silly to even mention, but it's worth mentioning. Brides as soon as you start down the aisle, look up at me. Mention it to your father too, because for some reason as soon as a bride and her father start down the aisle, instantly eyes drop down. I know it's nerves, and nerves will get the best of all of us... I too have a great shot of my father and I staring at the ground, but fight the urge. Look up at me, look past me to your groom, make eye contact with him, take it all in! This is the moment that all your planning has been for, this is your moment. I mean really how do you want to miss seeing this reaction?! [...]

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Lauren + Mike | New Hampshire Farm Wedding | Epping, NH

It was a perfectly sunny New Hampshire July day, when they gathered among the peach trees and blueberry bushes in front of loving family, friends and a horse or two, and took the vow to care for each others heart as one. 

It sounds straight out of a love story right?! Well it pretty much was! The bride and groom actually had their first date in Kindergarten, be it was only for cheese and crackers at the snack table, but per the maid of honors speech the bride was smitten from second grade on.  [...]

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Marissa + Roland | New Hampshire Vineyard Wedding | Flag Hill Distillery + Winery

Marissa and Roland are married! The two tied the knot at the ever so beautiful Flag Hill Winery and Distillery in Lee, NH.  Flag Hill is one of my favorite locations to shoot at, not only are the grounds beautiful, being NH's largest vineyard, but the people are some of the best to work with! Christa and Maddie and their entire team are top notch!

The moment I walked into Marissa's bridal suite in Durham, New Hampshire I was welcomed by a cool, calm and collected bride while each of her maids and mama casually lounged, chatting away. From that point on I knew this was going to be a great day! [...]

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Michiko + Tyler | Engagement Session | Epping, NH Orchard

I am in love! If I could shoot engagement sessions in New Hampshire apple blossoms for the rest of my days I totally would!! I mean come on, just wait until you see these two!! In late October these two will tie the knot in a beautiful fall wedding at Flag Hill Winery & Distillery in Lee, NH. From beautiful spring blossoms to fall foliage, these two are capturing all the beautify that is New Hampshire seasons!  Flag Hill is by far one of my favorite venues, with amazing people and gorgeous scenery.  With the combination of this adorable couple and that venue it is destined to be a fabulous day!  This apple orchard session also had me thinking, how GORGEOUS would it be to have a wedding right in the pathway among the blossoms! Sign me up! 

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Personal | Travis Benjamin | New Hampshire Apple Blossoms

Little man, I love you. I love your spunk, I love your love, and I even love your questions... Most the time.  As a New Hampshire photographer and mother I know all to well how fast kids grow and change so when I stumbled upon there GORGEOUS apple blossom trees just down the road from me I knew I had to come back and shoot there!

With a little coercing and bribery we made out way and we made it through the whole session without a grass stained knee! That happened on the way back to the car.

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Adriana + Alvin | Portsmouth Country Club | Wedding | Greenland, NH

Being a New Hampshire wedding photographer means that you have to be prepared for any weather. As any New Hampshire native knows, it could be sunny one moment, raining the next and depending on the season snowing the next! Leading up to this wedding the weather was beautiful and sunny and the night before the sky just opened up! I was concerned as to how the bride would handle it, but she was a champ! She focused on her beautiful day and the fact that she was going to be marrying her boyfriend of TEN YEARS!  The love was real, and the couple was truly all about enjoying their day and becoming one! [...]

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Marissa+ Roland | Engagment Session | Portsmouth, NH

Prescott Park, mid bloom, has got to be one of the most beautiful settings to shoot in on the seacoast of New Hampshire. I am all about the coast line and the sand, but these gardens just pop like no other! I have a feeling that any other seacoast New Hampshire photographer would agree that they would jump each opportunity to shoot here, no matter how many times it may be! [...]

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Bridal Session | Sarah Brown | Crane Estate Ipswich, MA

Gorgeous WAGS Worthy Bride - CHECK!
Gorgeous Pnina Tornai Gown - CHECK!
Gorgeous Estate Background - CHECK! 


I can't help but to be completely in love with this gorgeous bridal session! The beautiful bride, Sarah Brown, who should totally be on the WAGS TV show, and I ventured down to the ever so beautiful Crane Estate in Ipswich, MA and as soon as we pulled around the corner of the property, I knew it was going to be amazing! [...]

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Newburyport, MA | Engagement Session

I am not sure if there could have been any more of a perfect place to have this sweet couples engagement session than downtown Newburyport, MA. They have a love of water, boats and very clearly each other! With each kiss or hug Meaghan leaned right into Talon and I could not help but smile every time! So sweet!! Their feelings for each other came across in the most genuine of ways. [...]

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New Hampshire Engagement Session | Wagon Hill | Durham, NH

I absolutely love shooting engagement sessions, or really any session at Wagon Hill, in Durham, New Hampshire, the landscape is just so beautiful! This location really has so many options from the gorgeous garden at the entrance to the gorgeous Bay views at the back! As soon as I met this couple and we spoke about their upcoming farm wedding, and how they both attended school at UNH, I knew that Wagon Hill was the place for them and I was so happy when they agreed! [...]

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My Wish For You | Personal

My husband and I have recently purchased a new home, and we are in the midst of giving it the love it needs, and earlier today I spent my afternoon re installing outlets and light switches and it got me to thinking about my father. It has been nearly three years since my dad has passed and hardly a day goes by that I do not see something or do something that reminds me of him... and god how scary it is when I do something and realize, yikes I am my father daughter! The following is a post that I wrote on my personal Facebook page and it started the ball rolling of what my wish is for you. My wish for my son and each of you newly engaged and newly married couples is that you find a spouse that CHOOSES you. 
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Wedding Package Walk Through | What The Coverage Looks Like

Once a contract is signed with Amy Brown Photography we get right to work scheduling out the time leading up to your day! The first thing we will need to schedule is your engagement session, i will then also schedule in my planner two additional questionnaires that I will have you fill out. These will have general questions from your day, allowing me to give proper credit to vendors that are included.


With all Amy Brown Photography packages you will receive a complimentary engagement session. This is a great time to get to know each other and really get comfortable. It always makes for a more relaxed wedding day when we have worked out the "new person" jitters before hand! I suggest you think of a special place that means something to the two of you or maybe even just a place that you feel is beautiful. If you can not think of a location then we can absolutely come up with a location together!  [...]

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New Hampshire Wedding Photographer | Featured on Parsimony Vintage

I am so excited to announce that Becky & Chris' New Hampshire farm wedding has been featured on Parsimony Vintage!

This couple are long time friends of mine and even longer friends of my husbands so it was an absolute treat to be able to document their gorgeous day! Their wedding was held at Becky's family farm in Newfields, New Hampshire and the entire day turned out beautifully! [...]

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Seacoast New Hampshire Wedding Photographer | Tips For A Seamless NH Wedding Weekend! | Seacoast To White Mountain Wedding | PART TWO!

PART TWO of Tips for a seamless New Hampshire Wedding!
 

Whether you are having a New Hampshire seacoast wedding or a White Mountains wedding everyone could use a little direction on planning a seamless wedding weekend! The following are ten more tips to help you along your way!

 

11. Plan your hair for your ceremony location, meaning beach = wind and white mountain peak = wind. So if you are planning a New Hampshire beach wedding ceremony in Rye or if you plan to say your I Do's at the top of Cathedral Ledge in the NH White Mountains, you can almost guarantee that you will have a breeze blowing through your entire ceremony, which will be very refreshing come summer time, but plan ahead and tell your salon that an updo is a must! Otherwise you will be fighting that hair the entire time and in every picture afterwards!

12. Can you hear me?! If you are planning an outdoor ceremony it would also be a great idea to consider a sound system. I am not talking a great huge system but a simple one microphone and speaker set up. Being that an outdoor wedding will not have the same acoustics as an indoor church wedding, your voice may need a little help to travel. We want all of your guests to hear ever word from your heartfelt love soaked vows.  [...]

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New Hampshire Wedding Photography | Tips For A Seamless Wedding Weekend! | Seacoast To White Mountain Weddings

As a New Hampshire wedding photographer I spend an exorbitant amount of time reading through many wedding magazines and I thought I would pick and pull and add my own two cents about ways to plan for a great, bump free New Hampshire wedding weekend!

Lets jump right in!

1. Do not cut your hair within two weeks of your wedding, this also goes for you spouse! No one wants to look back at their wedding photos and cringe at that "just cut hair" look or even worse, feel its so short but have no time for it to grow back a tad! Along those same lines, this is not the time to radically change your daily cut look!

2. Do not start tanning like a crazy person, this goes for both spray and beds! Not only will you look like a gorgeous Oompa Loompa, but unless your spouse and every person in your bridal party tans also, you will standout like a sore thumb. We want you to stand out for your beauty, not because you give people a craving for Doritos!  [...]

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New Hampshire Vineyard Wedding | Jen + Rob | Surprise I Do! | Flag Hill Winery | Lee, NH

A surprise wedding!! What?! I know!! The original email inquiry read Engagement Party Coverage, but at that moment little did I know that it was no engagement party I would be documenting!

Two weeks prior to this gorgeous day it was snowing ... yup snowing in April, because well it's New Hampshire. This state sure is lucky that summer and fall are beautiful here, because winter and mud season spring sure are lacking!

The last thing I was expecting that week was to be scheduling an outdoor wedding ceremony at Flag Hill Winery in Lee, New Hampshire, but I was very happily mistaken! [...]

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New Hampshire Wedding Photographer | Flag Hill Winery & Distillery | Prefered Vendor | Lee, NH

I am so excited to announce that I will be working with Flag Hill Winery & Distillery as a preferred vendor, and I can not wait for the many weddings I will get to document and couples I will get to fall in love with there!

If you are still on the look out for a beautiful wedding and reception location you truly owe it to yourself to check this vineyard out. It's hard to believe that my husband and I actually checked out Flag Hill nearly 8 years ago for our wedding, prior to deciding to do an elopement style day, It was beautiful then and is even more gorgeous now.

While you are there make 100% sure to partake in a wine tasting and most definitely take home a bottle of their amazing Cayuga Sparkling White Wine! It is so light and sweet and a perfect way to toast to your futures together! [...]

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