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!" Read More
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!
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!! Read More
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"! [...]
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?! [...]
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. Read More
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! [...] Read More
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! [...] Read More
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! [...]
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. [...] Read More
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! [...] Read More
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. Read More
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I am so excited to announce that the beautiful wedding of Jen & Rob at the ever so gorgeous Flag Hill Distillery & Winery in Lee, NH has been featured! Read More
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