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Libby + Ari // A Tupper Manor Wedding // Beverly, MA

I originally met Libby and Ari during their fall Boston engagement session. We walked around their neighborhood and through the Esplanade by the Charles River, grabbing portraits along the way. They were very sweet and I could tell from this first meeting that I would love shooting their Tupper Manor Wedding. Fast-forward to September 2016 and the big day has arrived. A peach theme is carried throughout the venue – from floral arrangements to the cake to the actual peaches on the tables, it was a beautiful site. The couple chose to do a first look in order to spend more time with guests during the cocktail hour. The expression on Ari’s face as he sees Libby for the first time speaks volumes about their love. This connection carried throughout the day, during the beautiful outdoor ceremony, the emotional speeches and our sunset stroll on the beach. The reception was the definition of fun. When you book one of Boston’s best bands, Clockwork, you are guaranteed to dance you’re a$$ off. And dance they did – on chairs (hora), with grandparents, with friends, and with each other. A beautiful wedding indeed. Best wishes Libby and Ari!

A word from the bride: Ari’s from San Francisco and I’m a native New Englander, but we met while studying at Oxford in 2009. We were tempted to have a destination wedding in England, but settled for serving Pimm’s cocktails here in Massachusetts instead.

venue: Tupper Manor
caterer: Tupper Manor
florist: Lilac & Lily Floral Design
cake: Jenny’s Wedding Cakes
hair: Beauty Entourage
gown: Melinda by Sottero & Midgley
bridesmaid dresses: assorted
groom’s tux: 9tailors
ceremony musicians: Occasional Brass & Strings
band: Clockwork Boston
invitations: Inviting Company
officiant: Rabbi Joe Eiduson and The Reverend Alanna Van Antwerpen
honeymoon: Prince Edward Island, Canada

Hallie + Matt // Grace Restaurant Wedding // Portland, Maine

When I met Hallie and Matt, I could tell they were going to be a fun couple to work with. Not only were they gorgeous subjects, but they were kind hearted and easy going. Our first shoot together was actually a fall engagement session where we strolled through the Old Port and West End of Portland, grabbing a few casual portraits along the way. Similar to this session, their wedding day weather was ideal for shooting outside. I first met Hallie at The Regency, while my associate Ben worked with the guys at a home nearby. We had beautiful light filtering through the windows at the newly renovated hotel and took full advantage with a few bridal portraits of Hallie. How ‘bout that wedding dress?!

When it was time for the ceremony, everyone headed over to the beautifully renovated former church, Grace Restaurant. By having their ceremony later in the day, we were able to take full advantage of the golden hour of sunlight both on the water and at a local park. Down at the dock in Falmouth we ran into a friend of mine, who offered to take us out on a boat for portraits on the water. This kind gesture rewarded us with some great images and an opportunity for Hallie and Matt to reflect on their amazing day. A quick stop at Maine Audubon Park for a bit more variety in their images and then it was back to Grace for a phenomenal reception. The spacious venue was dramatically lit for the reception. Guests were treated to some of the best food in all of Portland. As a wedding vendor, I’ve eaten many tasty meals throughout the years but the ribeye at Grace is definitely one of the best. I highly recommend visiting. Following dinner, a few kind words and laughs were shared during the speeches and then it was time for some fun as guests danced the night away with the happy couple. Congrats to Hallie and Matt! I’m truly blessed to work with the sweetest couples!

Rachel + Jason // Inn on Peaks Wedding

In my meetings with Rachel leading up to her Inn on Peaks Island Wedding, I gathered that she was very organized, focused on wedding traditions, and that spending time with friends and family were very important to her. Working with Rachel and Jason on their wedding day was a truly joyous experience. I was able to see the special bond that they shared between one another and also the compassion and love that they had for those who came to celebrate with them. I loved that Rachel’s father had added a personal touch to the traditions of the day – not only had he handpainted the Ketubah presented to the couple but he also constructed the Chuppah under which they were married. During the hora, a few of the stronger guests lifted the couple into the air as guests danced around; then the parents of both the bride and groom got in on the action as well. One of our favorites, the Bob Charest Band played late into the night, interacting with guests in their own personalized way. There’s something magical about weddings on Peaks Island. From the salty air and crashing waves on the ferry, to the spectacular sunsets looking back towards Portland, the island is the perfect destination for Maine weddings. Jason and his team are always fantastic to work with, seamlessly orchestrating the wedding events throughout the day.

how they met: Rachel and Jason met back in 2011 in Boston when Rachel was finishing up college and Jason was working for an education company which required him to travel around the country. Lucky for them, a mutual friend moved to Boston and introduced the two of them. Although, they actually go all the way back to 2005, when they met for about 30 seconds on the 3rd floor of Jason’s college dorm when Rachel was visiting her sister, Anna (who was in the same dorm as Jason in college) . Jason claims not to remember this encounter, but Rachel remembers it quite well.

After a truly amazing first date, Rachel and Jason soon began dating. Their 4 years dating included various stints of long distance, a trip to Turkey, and three great years in San Francisco. After being far from home they decided to move back to the east coast to start the next chapter of their lives. After being in NYC together for only a few short weeks, Jason proposed on pier 25 in Tribeca, overlooking the Hudson River.

Congratulations Rachel and Jason! I wish you both the best in your journey together and around the world (they have quite the honeymoon planned)!

venue: Inn on Peaks
caterer:Inn on Peaks
florist: Fiddleheads
hair and make-up: Ollo Salon
gown: David’s Bridal
bridesmaid dresses: David’s Bridal
suits/tuxes: Macy’s
transportation: Casco Bay Lines
band: Bob Charast Band
accommodations:Inn on Peaks, Hyatt
invitations: Scotti Cline Designs
officiant:Rabbi Gary Berenson
honeymoon: Japan