Japan 2014

Eric and I spent our anniversary in Japan, which for me, was 13 years in the making. I studied Japanese in high school, and as it turns out, if you are not an American citizen and your work visa runs out, the U.S. government doesn’t hesitate to deport you. So off went my teacher, and our class trip, but I digress. Back to Japan! It’s incredible, and I would absolutely move there given the chance. I’ve already Googled: “Teaching English in Japan.” The Japanese are the most polite people on the planet, and their country is one of the safest in the world. Not to mention it’s clean, well organized, and incredibly efficient.

In just six (action packed) days, I’m an intense traveler. We got a taste for Tokyo, Kyoto, Koyasan, and Osaka. We saw cities, the countryside, the mountains, overnighted in a Buddhist monastery (amazing right!?) Ate crazy fun foods, and absolutely fell in love with Japan. So without further ado, here is just a tiny sliver of what we saw during cherry blossom season, two weeks ago. (All shot on the Fuji x100s, for my photographer friends.)

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Anthropologie’s BHLDN at Chestnut Hill

Last week I had a blast shooting an event and fashion show for BHLDN (Anthropologie’s sister brand.) The Chestnut Hill store is the fourth shop-in-shop for BHLDN, which combines my two favorite stores, Anthropologie and BHLDN. When Eric and I got married 3 years ago, BHLDN had just opened their online store a month before we left for our wedding, so I quickly snatched up a killer necklace, but if I could have wore one of these dresses, I would have been a very happy camper. There’s always the renewal! Fast forward 3 years and I had the opportunity to immerse myself in all of their pretty little things (as well as Foret Design’s florals) for an evening, and check out their newest looks for the season.

Here is just a taste of the evening, and ladies, if you haven’t chosen your dress and/or bridesmaids dresses yet, definitely stop by the store to see these pieces, and more, in person!

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Featured Work

Over the summer I was honored to be a part of an editorial shoot for Bliss Celebrations hosted by the Cyclorama. Together with an amazing team of vendors, all who knocked it out of the park, we brought a fabulous birthday bash to light. Executive Chef Kevin Marsland of MAX Ultimate Food made several incredible dishes, all of which I regretfully didn’t have a chance to sample. And Food and Pastry Chef Mark Soliday of Confectionery Designs provided the killer desserts you’ll see below.

Now can we talk about those orchid lamps!? Event and Floral Designer John Orton is the brain child of those stunners! And last, but definitely not least, no shindig would be complete without Rentals Unlimited whimsical details you’ll see all throughout these pages, and invitations by Papers. (Cover photography by Carla Ten Eyck.)

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In addition to the styled shoot seen above, Jeremy and Josh’s wedding at the Peabody Essex Museum also graced the pages of the 2014 edition! Check out their feature below, and be sure to peruse my original blog post from their wedding HERE!

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Featured Work

One of my favorite weddings from August was featured on Carats & Cake today! Katie and Andy held their celebration at the Darrow School in Upstate New York, which made for a unique dorm room experience for their guests, and a killer backdrop for photos. Check out my full blog post HERE!

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where it all started

I know Valentine’s Day gets a bad rap for being a “Hallmark holiday” but any day that celebrates eating chocolate, and being in love, is a good day in my book! So here’s to those who will get engaged today, and to those who have been in love, or hope to be!

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