Archive for September, 2015

September 29, 2015
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after several years of photographing weddings, I don’t encounter many surprises. due to my fondness for paperwork and my lists.. so many lists, and timelines, and meetings, and yet another list here and there, I leave for a wedding feeling like I know essentially what the day will bring. in over 12 years, I have yet to experience what I did as I was en route to berlin… it was raining hard, that was for sure, but that’s unfortunately the norm during the late summer here on the shore. no, it was the chiming of my cell phone, alerting me that a tornado was coming, and that I should seek shelter. now. I kept driving and called my friend and wedding planner extraordinaire, ethan, who was with our bride melissa in the cottage of the historic atlantic hotel. ‘yes, we heard the same thing…’ he said calmly, ‘everything is fine’….. debris was scattered all over the highway but as I pulled into berlin, the storm had passed and when I met up with melissa, she was calm as could be. ‘I figured if rain is good luck for a wedding day, then a tornado warning is really something!’ she said with a smile. soon after, she and I were on our way to the main hotel for her first look with josh and after many hugs, kisses through laughter, and a few happy tears, they descended to the main ballroom to become man and wife. ethan had shared some special events with me prior to wedding day, and I was looking so forward to photographing them both. the first was a piñata – ethan had said that all melissa knew for certain, was that she wanted one at her reception. done! and second.. josh and melissa are expecting a baby and their wedding cake was playing double duty for a gender reveal. only melissa’s mom and ethan knew what color the cake would be so when the first piece was removed, everyone waited excitedly to see what josh and melissa were having.. (spoiler alert! it was blue :) ) and I don’t think anyone was happier than big sister katie. from start to finish, this couple was such a wonderful example of focusing on what matters the most during wedding day.. your friends, your families, but most importantly, each other. I am so excited for all of you and wish you so much happiness as your family grows and new journeys begin!

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September 21, 2015
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I have a theory that has evolved over the years and this season especially, it’s tried and very true. I think that couples find the wedding photographer who is a good fit.. it just happens. the same, I believe, holds true for having the most amazing clients who just ‘get’ what I do. they’ve almost always seen our work before they contact us, but then we meet them and something just clicks. in the case of kara and brandon, I was smitten with them as soon as we said hello. we met up at her family’s beach house for their e-session and even before we started shooting, they had me laughing… this is a trend that would continue through their wedding day. they are so head over heels in love but are also each other’s best friend. and the way they came to become ‘them’ is a story that was retold throughout the day… a snowstorm. although they had been friends for a little while beforehand, it was during the epic ‘snowpocalyse’ of 2010 where like turned into love and led them to this day. when they are together, they laugh, they wipe away happy tears, they catch each other’s eye, and they never let go. caitlin and I were so happy to spend this day with them, their awesome friends, and their wonderful families. I am looking so forward to the next time I get to see the two of you! I wish you so much love, joy, music, and fun in your life together! xo

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September 15, 2015
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although I’ve known mom lindsey for years, the first time I ever worked with the browns as a family was 3 years ago for wyatt’s newborn session. and then right around this time last year, we met up in cambridge for their maternity session as lindsey and alex anticipated the arrival of their second son, kyle. so as I met them on the beaches of ocean city, it was so neat to meet kyle who is one of the happiest toddler’s that I’ve ever met, and to see kyle running and laughing as he played on the sand ~ he’s grown up SO much! the weather was absolutely ideal for this time of year and the boys were so wonderful to work with.. as were lindsey and alex, of course! I always love the time that I am able to spend with them. I am looking so forward to all of the changes that our next session will bring!

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September 14, 2015
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a few weeks ago, I posted my cousin caitlin’s grey t-shirt session. and while we have been wanting to photograph that session for over a year now, there was another reason we got together that day. 7 years ago, caitlin and jamie were married and to commemorate this occasion, caitlin wanted to do a session in her wedding dress as a surprise for him… and she was all in! laying down in the sand? yep! going in the ocean? alrighty! allll the way in?? indeed! I had the best time with her as we worked and laughed on the beaches of assateague. and now that their anniversary has passed, I am so happy to share some of the images from our session. I love you cousin and am so proud of you! xoxoxo

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September 04, 2015
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mary and her daughters, anna and sarah, live in my neck of the woods in upstate new york where I grew up. so I know firsthand how welcome warm weather is for us northeasters.. and throw in a beach, too? we are in heaven. they were visiting the shore for a vacation and mary wanted to document this fun time with her girls. we met for the first time on a beautiful day on chincoteague island which is one of my very favorite places. immediately, the girls were giggling and chatting me up – which I absolutely loved. I know that even to this day, I get shy in front of a camera – so to have kids who are comfortable and don’t hesitate to play a little during a session is so great!  I loved this session and the hugs that I got as we said good bye :) I hope to see all of you again!

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September 02, 2015
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laura and todd’s wedding was all about the people they love… including each other. obviously :) from the moment that I arrived at the church, I was introduced to mothers, sisters, brothers, nieces, nephews, and cousins.. lots of cousins. everyone had gathered on this gorgeous late summer day for one reason ~ to celebrate laura and todd. I met with them earlier this year and immediately fell a little bit in love with them – they are both so nice and have senses of humor that are similar to mine. we spent a little time talking about their wedding, but for the most part we chatted away like friends who had known each other for awhile. the big day was no exception – neither of them were nervous, although laura sometimes struggled with holding back her happy tears which I always love. as the ceremony began, the light and airy sanctuary was the ideal place for the two of them to vow forever to each other in front of family and friends. we all headed to renditions golf club for the reception and although I had visited prior to their wedding, this was my first time photographing this venue and it’s gorgeous! with stone bridges, wooded hideaways, and creamy light, it was perfect. as the night continued, neither todd or laura could take two steps before hugging up a family member or dear friend.. they were just so happy to be surrounded with so much love. and I know that it’s this love that they will take with them into this new chapter of their lives together. I am so happy for you both and wish you so much love and joy!

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