Ashley + Mark at Smith & Wollensky

Ashley and Mark had one of the most unique weddings I’ve had the opportunity to be a part of. First of all, they had a SURPRISE wedding! 30 of their closet family members and friends were invited to a “party” at Smith & Wollensky, nothing more, nothing less, but approximately 45 minutes into cocktail hour, Ashley snuck away to change into a wedding dress. Most, if not all, of the guests saw it coming, but the confirmation still brought a smile to everyone’s face, and I loved being in on the secret!

Their favorite four piece band from New Orleans, Fritzel’s New Orleans Jazz Band, also joined in on the festivities, and kept the crowd on their feet throughout the night. Mark and his kids are no novices in the music department either, music filled the night with original songs dedicated to the couple, covers of current favorites, and a clarinet duo by Mark and his daughter.

Finally, I joined Ashley and Mark at their new home (but more accurately) on their beautiful sailboat Hope, for a portrait session and sunset sail around Wings Cove, near the Cape. Seriously, could my job be any cooler!? Thanks for sharing such a neat experience with me!

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Ceremony + Reception: Smith & Wollensky
Event Designer: Dwayne Ridgaway
Band: Fritzel's New Orleans Jazz Band

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Hawaii Wedding Photographer

Although based in Boston, and raised in the Midwest, I grew up around Hawaiian culture, both on the islands and back home in Wisconsin. My dad was one of the whitest Irish men you would have ever met, but he fell in love with Polynesian culture back in the early 80s, even teaching himself much of the Hawaiian language through song (he was a killer singer and performer.) So my parents (a used car salesman and a factory worker) would scrimp and save everyday so we could spend as much time on the islands as possible, and for these experiences, I am forever grateful.

Now as an adult, I have returned with my husband Eric a few times (my heart still belongs to the Pacific) and as much as we love Boston, we’re hoping to slowly begin a transition to the islands, while still maintaining a home base on the East Coast. So here’s where you come in! Are you, or do you know someone getting married on the islands in the next year or two? If so, please send them my way, as I am waiving all travel expenses (a huge savings) for the first few weddings I book.

Mahalo!

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Adrienne + Harley at Belle Mer

One of my favorite things about shooting weddings is the unpredictability. Sometimes you end up with a hurricane, sometimes a dress doesn’t fit, and sometimes a chuppah collapses, moments before the ceremony. (Adrienne and Harley ended up with the latter.) But it’s what happens in these moments that is the true essence of a wedding. Friends and family come together and fix the little (or sometimes big) imperfections that create your story. Weddings are never perfect, in the literal sense of the word, but they can be your perfect, even if a tent collapses. (Yes I have seen all of these things happen.) So live it up and enjoy!

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Ceremony + Reception: Belle Mer
Dress: Monique Lhuillier
Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Flowers: Winston Flowers
Makeup: Jennie Kay Beauty
Hair: Suzie Mello
Band: Good Will And Them Apples

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Laura + Justin at the Jonathan Edwards Winery

Laura emailed me a week out from her and Justin’s wedding, after she had regretfully read the weather forecast of heavy rainfall, with a dose of flooding mixed in. But in true wedding fashion, everything changes (for better or worse) and they ended up having a glorious day at Jonathan Edwards Winery, one of my favorite New England venues.

Everyone brought a lot of laughter to the party, with a few tears of joy. And in the end, Laura and Justin had fabulous (rainfree) shindig!

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Getting Ready: Mystic Marriott Hotel & Spa
Ceremony + Reception: Jonathan Edwards Winery
Flowers: Hana Floral Design
Hair + Makeup: Red Door Spa
Dress: JLM Couture
Band: Beantown

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Kerryn + Joe at The Ritz Carlton

Although my studio is on Newbury Street, it’s rare for me to actually work in city, so this was my first time at The Ritz Carlton. And I have to say, working in Boston is lovely, when I’m not driving! That being said though, we still found ourselves in Bruins and Red Sox traffic, so we made a quick pit stop at the Public Garden for photos, and simply walked the rest of the way to the Ritz. Thanks for showing me a good party guys, I love a groom with some moves!

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Ceremony: St. Mary's Parish
Reception: The Ritz Carlton
Makeup: Katrina Hess
Hair: Grant Paquin
Flowers: Lotus Designs
Videography: MapleLoft Studios
Custom Suits: Nova Fashions
Stationary Design + Production: Inviting Company
Jewelry: Bostonian Jewelers

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