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Travis Benjamin | This Is Five

It has been quite some time since I got my camera out to take photos of my little man, he's not exactly the easiest to corral into nice clothing and look at the camera for any given amount of time! We started out the morning chatting about how I wanted some new photos to love on, and then a bit of time later brought it up again, and we made it outside! Yes my kid is just as difficult to get in front of the camera, so when you have your family sessions, don't you worry! Everyone goes through the same battle!

And here's a little side by side throw back photo! I just can't even!  Each month of Travis' life I got out the little lego truck, plopped him in, sun or snow, and shot! Look at that size difference! One month to Five Years!

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Last Years Photos! > Apple Orchard

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Sabrina + Felix | Surprise Proposal | Flag Hill Winery Distillery

 

Have I spoke recently about how much I love, love?! I did... well okay, I still do! Proposals are quickly becoming a high favorite moment of mine, and Felix and Sabrina's surprise proposal at Flag Hill Winery and Distillery in Lee, New Hampshire is no exception! When my husband and I got engaged, we took photos of course, because even 11 years ago, selfies were a thing! But lets just say the photo... could be better! I would have loved to have the moment documented by a professional photographer to have for a lifetime! Your engagement, your wedding and your babies, three milestone moments that each deserve special attention. 

I was contacted by Felix about a month before the special day, which was also the weekend of their six year anniversary, so sweet! In that month we tossed around locations, times and plans. Felix settled upon Flag Hill Winery once knowing not only how gorgeous it was, but also how the two could really make a special date out of the outing. Wine tasting, surprise proposal, strolling hand in hand among the vines. Perfect night out! 

The day of the proposal could not have been a more beautiful day full of blue sky, and huge smiles!


Thank you so much Felix for allowing me to be a part of such a special day in you and Sabrina's lives! It was truly and honor! Sabrina congratulations on catching yourself a true gentlemen! 

 

Flag Hill Distillery + Winery Couples | Flag Hill Wedding Package

 

Calling all Flag Hill Winery and Distillery couples! Did you know that because I love Christa, Maddie and all of Flag Hill so much, I have decided to offer a special booking package for all Flag Hill Weddings! I know, exciting right!  Now you can get an amazing package at an amazing venue with an amazing photographer! A photographer that has an amazing relationship with all bridal coordinators, and knows the in and out of the whole place, plus you may gain access to a hidden area too! How could you pass it up! 

Or maybe you are just checking out Flag Hill as a wedding venue, but you haven't been asked/asked  yet?! Check out this surprise engagement! Maybe even leave it up on a certain someones browser, to just ... stumble upon.


Below are some great shots from a handful of recent Flag Hill Weddings, you will find many months and seasons of beauty covered.   

Not only will you get six amazing hours of coverage but you also get a complimentary engagement session included! That way we can really get to know each other, practice all those awkward "how do I stand, " "where do I look" moments right out of the way! I will guide you through the entire session and again right through your wedding day photos! 

Here are some amazing examples of Flag Hill couples at their engagement sessions! Engagement sessions are scheduled in the evening time just before sunset, and these sessions are ranging in location from Newburyport,MA to Wagon Hill Farm in Durham, NH, Prescott Park, Portsmouth, NH and even a hidden find of the Apple Orchard in Epping, NH. 
 

Want More Info??

Send me or Christa over a message now to get all the nitty gritty on the details! Or shoot me an email below! Then make sure to get over and follow me in Instagram @AmyBrownNH and @AmyBrownNH_Life for more of my life with my little one!
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Also, go check out this blog post about how to beat the rain on your wedding day! 


Can't forget a pic of the best second shooter and wedding cordinator around! 

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As always find more of the wedding and engagement sessions on the blog! 

 

Sandra + Michael | Wedding | Flag Hill Distillery + Winery | Lee, NH

 
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Rain before and rain after, yet not a single drop on this gorgeous Flag Hill Winery and Distillery wedding day! Sandra and Michael's New Hampshire wedding day could not have been more perfect, if it were hand picked! 

Twenty one person bridal party... twenty one! This was by far the largest wedding party that I have been honored to photograph, and they were amazing! Now as any of my couples can attest too, I speak a lot ahead of time that I like to help ensure that a wedding day runs as smooth as possible, and with that avoid any "herding of cats." Yes... let twenty one cats out and then try to wrangle them back together, look in one direction, smile, and don't blink! That is often how large bridal party portraits and family portraits can feel like, but not this group! Everyone was so cooperative and genuinely sweet and loving to their friends the bride and groom. ( You have a great group Sandra and Michael! ) 


Thank you Sandra and Michael for the honor of being your wedding photographer, you two are so genuinely sweet and your bridal party was so welcoming and friendly! If I ever had to handpick a massive bridal party, I would deffinetly choose your friends agani and again! 


Wonderful Vendors

Wedding + Ceremony Location | Flag Hill Winery + Distillery
DJ | A Main Event - Matt Perez
Wedding Photographer | Amy Brown Photography
Wedding Officiant | Kelsey Smith
Bridal Rings | Zales
Bridal Gown | Modern Bride
Tux | George's Apparel
Bridal Hair | Timeless Salon + Spa
Bridal Make-Up | Joya Beauty

Cupcakes | Benson's Bakery 
Bouquets + Boutioneers | Creative Gardens



 
 
 

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Burying The Bourbon | Southern Tradition | Chasing Away The Rain

 
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There is an old southern folklore that says if you bury a bottle of bourbon at the site where the bride and groom are to be married it won't rain on their wedding day. The tradition states that this must be done exactly one month before the wedding, the bottle must be completely full, and it must be buried upside down! The bottle should be dug up post-ceremony and enjoyed with the bridal party, so really this is a winning idea no matter the outcome! 

Now hustle on over to Flag Hill, beg and plead that you can "borrow" a bit of their woods line, and get yourself a bottle of bourbon! 

 

Sandra + Michael | Engagement Session | Wagon Hill | Durham, NH

 

The answer is yes. Any time a couple asks, " Can we bring our dog?" Yes. Absolutely!

Gatlin is one of the sweetest dogs I have ever come across, totally laid back, zero bark and 100% love!  I also do believe that he was completely up for an engagement session tag along at an amazing open field location of Wagon Hill! Talk about open spaces to run! 

Okay so back to the real reason we were at Wagon Hill, an engagement session for the ever so adorable in love, mom and dad of Gatlin.. I mean Sandra and Michael! It only ten short days I will be documenting these two declare their love to each other at their Flag Hill Winery wedding! Ten Days Y'all! I can not wait, these two are so sweet and so in love!

 
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Jocelyne + Cody | Engagement Session | Wagon Hill

 

Nearly six month to the day and these two will be tying the knot and dancing into their future at Rivermill at Dover Landing! I love when couples choose different seasons than that of their wedding for their engagement session and as these two will wed in fall, a spring session seemed very fitting! The seasons in New Hampshire are to beautiful to skip over!

It really doesn't seem to matter the time of year or the season that we are in, for ever time I visit Wagon Hill in Durham, NH I am always falling in love with every bit of its acres! Early in the New Hampshire spring season trees are still bare of foliage, and with that, the sun can pop so beautifully out from behind them. The glow, oh the glow! Wagon Hill + New Hampshire Wedding Photographer + The Glow! = Bliss! 


 

 

After The Wedding Must Have | Album | Amy Brown Bride

 

Months and months of your time goes into planning for your beautiful New Hampshire wedding, and now the day has come and you are officially MARRIED! Now what?! .... Now you need to preserve those beautiful images!

If you are an Amy Brown Bride then I know that you will already have all of your gorgeous images safely on an online album for you to share forever, but lets be real, there is just something special about holding an item in your hands. Nooks and tablets of all kinds may be taking over, but you wont see libraries closing down anytime soon... why? Because physical items matter, and there is a special feeling to holding a book, or a wedding album in your hands. 

This is why I suggest that all my couples order an heirloom album, these albums will not separate or fall apart with time, these albums, like your marriage, will hold true and solid. Each thick page  displays your love on classically beautiful lay flat binding allowing for full panoramic images. 

Albums can be ordered in many size combinations, but the classic options being  8x8 , 10x10 and 12x12.

Cover options range from many shades of linen to leather. One of my favorite cover options, is the distressed leather, it arrives with the presence of already being wrapped in history, just like your relationship. 

Each album also arrives in a linen keepsake box, for safe storage at home and in travel. 
 


The above album is:
 8x8 square
Leather bound in Distressed Timber
20 Pages holding 40 Images


 

Beautiful Details | Invitation

 

It is no lie that I absolutely love my details time during the wedding day. I get to sit down and play with your beautiful dress and gorgeous jewelry,  what is not to love?! A key part of bringing your day full circle when it comes to documentation is incorporating your invitation with your details. When you stop and think about it, this is the first thing your guests see, it sets the stage for your day before they even arrive! In the off season I love to check out all the beautiful options that my brides are given while searching for invitations. I came upon Basic Invite and, fell in love with their quality cards, and awesome new designs! Check out below two of my favorites, clean and real wood invites! 

Yes CLEAR and WOOD! How fun right! Also even better, the fact that they are not through the roof in cost! 

 

I love how both the wood grain and clear acrylic can go from rustic to chic simply with how you choose to style the rest of your day. Pair either with a beautiful vineyard wedding or backyard farm gathering, and perfection! 

Check out Basic Invite for more gorgeous invitations, and don't forget to save an clean invitation suite for me on your wedding day! Better yet, mail me one! 

 

Seacoast New Hampshire Wedding Photographer | 2017 Wrap Up

 

One of the best things about being a New Hampshire wedding photographer is watching the beauty of the seasons change from one session to the next. Couples engagement session can be scheduled any time from contract to wedding month, and I always love looking back and comparing the seasons between the two.

How beautiful is it to have full NH fall colors in an engagement session and then full summer greenery come wedding day, or beautiful apple blossoms in late spring to the gorgeous golden oak trees at an autumn wedding.

New Hampshire really does spoil us with the beauty of seasons. 





Full Engagement Session   |   Full Wedding

Keep an eye out for this gorgeous wedding in
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Thank you to all the amazing couples that have entrusted me with documenting their most important day, it means the world to me and I enjoy every moment! 

 

DIY Guest Book | Amy Brown Brides Create | Basic Invite

As the New Hampshire wedding season is coming to an end yet again, I like to look back at all of my beautiful weddings. This year I have noticed a common theme of D.I.Y. guest books. I love anything D.I.Y because it helps take a base black and white wedding and makes it 100% you. This year I have seen "guest hearts", "guest corks" and even "guest planks" A few years back I even had a couple with a "guest bench!" 

This got me to thinking of how else a bride could take a traditional guest book and make it special. Traditionally guest books are a simple satin covered book with lines for a guest to sign with their name and a message. After that the book makes its way home to the hope chest or book shelf and is rarely seen again! How sad! 

I do love how brides have began to make these more couple specific, but the common denominator that I have been seeing is that guests are only signing their name. This comes to be more of an attendance list that a real love message moment. I could not have been happier when the perfect solution presented itself! 

A guest book address book! 

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Colleen + Adam | Engagement Session | Wagon Hill | Durham, NH

 

Adam and Colleen are super sweet, and when I met them at Flag Hill Winery for our initial meeting and found out that they had only been engaged less than a month, I knew we were a fit! I mean talk about efficient!! Efficient, and gorgeous, I mean look at Colleens GORGEOUS hair! Hair like that combined with the gorgeous fall foliage is what NH wedding photographers dream of! 

I then found out that they were about to fly off on a two week trip around England, to spend time will all of Adams family there, and that is when I asked if possibly I could fit in their luggage, I mean everyone needs a traveling family photographer right!? Anyone who knows me, knows I have a slight obsession with everything England, it may even be a bit unhealthy... but hey i'm in love! 

We met up just shy of one year to their wedding date, for their engagement session at Wagon Hill, in Durham, NH. The grounds are stunning and the fact that we were bouncing around ten other photographers was no surprise. They even brought along a little extra love with a brown nose, and four legs, just wait until you see him! 
 

Colleen and Adam I am honored that you have chosen me to document your gorgeous wedding day at Flag Hill Winery, it is going to be a beautiful day! It was great to also be able to meet your little furry baby Porter, he really was so well behaved and the best! 


Engagement Location |  Wagon Hill Farm
Wedding Location | Flag Hill Winery + Distillery

 

Michiko + Tyler | New Hampshire Fall Wedding | Flag Hill Winery | Lee, NH

 

Fall in New Hampshire. Period.

This NH wedding is 100% pure beauty and full of so much color it's amazing!   The trees at Flag Hill Winery were in their full glory for this October wedding, and we were blessed with a beautiful 65 degree day! 

Michiko and Tyler tied the knot beneath the vineyards, color filled oak trees and surrounded by so much love.  From a blissful first look with her dad, to a tear filled aisle walk to her groom, it is very apparent that Miko is deeply loved by the men in her life! 






Wonderful Vendors

Wedding + Ceremony Location | Flag Hill Winery + Distillery
DJ | Main Event - DJ Will Smith
Wedding Photographer | Amy Brown Photography
Assistant Shooter | Loreen Kelley Photography
Wedding Officiant | Janet Moriarty
Bridal Rings | Jareds The Galleria Of Jewelry
Bridal Gown | 125 Bridal  
Tux | Mens Warehouse
Bridal Hair + Make Up | Statix
Cake | Chickadee Hill
Bouquets + Boutioneers | Tigrelilly Floral Boutique



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Renee + Kenney | New Hamphire Wedding | Flag Hill Winery + Distillery

 

Not even the chance of rain could bring these two down off of cloud nine! Thankfully the rain skirted right around us at Flag Hill Winery, never even spitting a drop, and the wedding day went off without a hitch!

From the very first moment that I met Kenny at the couples engagement session, I could tell just how much he truly loved every ounce of Renee, when he said "whatever you would like", he truly meant it! This love became even more apparent to me as this wedding day unfolded. 

From the sweet moments of their first kiss, to the aw stricken reaction as Renee walked down the aisle, these two are so in love.

Their beautiful little Ms. Savannah may or may not have tried to walk away with the show, and possibly a lantern, mid ceremony, but man wait until you see how stinkin cute she was while doing it! 






Amazing Vendors

Venue  | Flag Hill Distillery + Winery
Photograhper | Amy Brown Photography
Assistant Photographer | Trayce Gregorie Photography
Bridal Gown | Precious Memories
DJ | 617 Productions
Bride + Groom Rings | EB Horn
Florals | Tiger Lilies 

 


 

Renee + Kenney | New Hampshire Wedding Photographer | Wagon Hill Engagement Session

The light! The Love! The Adorable Daughter! 
Kenney and Renee were joined by their daughters at their engagement session, and sweet little Savannah just stole the moment! Wagon Hill in Durham, NH totally delivered for this gorgeous August engagement session, just check out that light! These two are so sweet, and it is so apparent from the very first moment of seeing them together, just how much Kenney loves Renee and I am totally in love with his constant efforts to make her smile and giggle.  I can not wait for their Flag Hill Winery + Distillery Wedding in September! 

Meaghan + Talon | New Hampshire Outdoor Wedding | Flag Hill Distillery + Winery

 

The weather was a perfect 75 degrees, the sun was shining and the vines at Flag Hill Winery + Distillery, Lee, NH were in their full bloom glory, this day was destined to be gorgeous! The bride and all the special women in her family were all preparing while sipping champagne at The Wingate Salon and Spa in Stratham, NH But... before we get to all the beautiful photos and sweet love story can we rewind it back ten days. 

Not even two weeks prior to the wedding day and the bride is in emergency surgery to remove her appendix, then one day before her wedding, just prior to her rehearsal, shes teaching a cycle class! Girl what?! She then continues the wedding day by dancing the night away! 

So really and truly the fact that they met at a gym, and Talon fell in love while being razzed by the ever so sweet bride for not keeping up with her and then that Talon popped the question while the two were on a 6:30 am run while on vacation in St. Croix should come as no surprise because umm beast mode! And yes I said on vacation ... and run .... and 6:30 AM all in one sentence. 

Then after the excitement of the proposal wore down a bit .... they finished their (way to early) run with burpees and squats. hese two get it done! 

Wondering where Talon was keeping the ring... nope not the pocket.... his shoe. Yep that's love, running with a "rock" in your shoe to start and then putting a foot sweat ring on your finger. xoxo

Now for the pretty day!  

Meaghan + Talon thank you so much for the opportunity to document your beautiful day! It was truly a beautiful day full of so much love and fun! 


Amazing Vendors From The Day

Wedding Ceremony + Reception | Flag Hill Distillery + Winery
Wedding Planner | Christa Phaneuf
Wedding Photographer | Amy Brown Photography
Assistant Photographer | Loreen Kelley Photography
Wedding Flowers | Fruition Flowers
DJ | DJ Shyne ECF Entertainment 
Bridal Gown | Madeleines Daughter
Bride + Groom Rings | Gold Rush
Bride + Maids Jewelry | Luxa Jewelry  
Wedding Officiant | Loving Uncle Don Bulens

 

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"! [...]

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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

 
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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. 

I would imagine the planning process to get nearly a dozen friends on a ferry out to the Isles of Shoals for a surprise engagement is quite tedious. Never mind the fact that one friend actually missed said ferry and had to stay incognito as she hid just feet from the couple on the later ferry trip. Once they finally docked, and made their way on to the island, Mike dropped to one knee and with all their friends watching he asked Lauren to be his forever wife.

Awwww!

Now hours and hours and hours of planning later here we are at the quintessential New Hampshire farm wedding. The grounds were transformed from a deeply loved backyard farm to a beautiful wedding venue. The bride began her day with her ladies at her family home while the groom did the same with his men, the two did not meet until they came face to face down the aisle. 


Amazing Vendors Involved In This Beautiful Day

Photographer | Amy Brown Photography
Assistant Photographer | Loreen Kelley Photography
Venue | White Gate Farm - Epping, NH
DJ | New England Event DJ
Wedding Officiant | Ryan Joyce
Floral | Tiger Lilie's
Wedding Gown | Madeleine's Daughter
Grooms Suit | Calvin Klein
Brides Bridal Set | Bellman's Jewelers
Reception Tent + Tables | Exeter Rent All
Catering | The Common Man