5 Things I Loved About Brittany + Sam’s Wedding
5.) Brittany chose to get ready at her apartment in Rowley, Massachusetts opposed to a hotel because she wanted to be in her own surroundings… Cats, vintage carpets, plants, candles, macrame decor, big leather couches (a very bohemian feel—which was her through and through).
4.) Her Bridesmaids had Floral Hoops. Her Maids and Matron of Honor had lush floral bouquets.
3.) She brought Oriental Carpets from her house to the ceremony site and placed them down the aisle and under the arbor for an added touch.
2.) A fun and energetic Father/Daughter dance was a great way to end “formalities” and open up the dance floor.
1.) The Details!! There were so many. From the floral decor and macrame on the arbor, to the “party animal” escort cards (which she bought, cut and spray painted herself), the gold-dipped feathers that she hand-coiled with needle-nose pliers and gold wire (these were placed at everyone’s table) and the Peacock Chairs (which were a Craigslist find she drove 6-hours roundtrip for).
Bonus Thing I Loved: Her Dad saved a bottle of Dom Perignon that was given to him in the hospital as a gift the day she was born. To her surprise, he brought it to her wedding, had the uncle that gave it to him do the honors of popping the bottle, and they used that champagne to toast.
A warm Friday afternoon in August. The light was perfect, the breeze took off the edge, the venue was to diiee for and my couple, their entourage and Baby Gigi could not have been more fun.
The color palette for the girls was my favorite combination… Blush pink for bridesmaids and champagne sequin for the Maid and Matron of Honor. The guys wore black tuxedos and the Groom, white suspenders with his.
This venue is probably one of my new favorites to shoot at solely based on it’s location ON the beach. What’s better is that the interior was just as nice–from a killer bar area to bright white and airy rooms inside–it was perfect for the photographer who love airiness and neutrals.
From the get-go we planned Alicia + Carl’s ceremony start time around the sunset to guarantee golden hour lighting during their formal photos. (I love when my couples ask for input on stuff like this!) That golden hour light with these two did not disappoint!
Hoping to shoot here again soon! Two big thumbs up to Longwood Venues on this one.
Venue: Newport Beach House
Dress Designer: Allure Bridals
Dress Store: Pure Bliss
Beauty: Sarah Elizabeth Artistry
Floral Designer: Bostonian Florist
Congrats, you’re engaged! One question we always get from clients when booking their engagement shoot is “what the heck do we wear?!”. Do you go with something more formal? Casual? What about hair and makeup? And how is he supposed to dress? The questions are endless, so we’ve come up with a list of do’s, dont’s and maybe’s so you’ll love your photos til death do you part.
Do bring multiple outfits… Don’t wear too many patterns.
Variety is the spice of life my friends! And sometimes outfits shoot way differently on-camera than they might look in your mirror at home. We always suggest a full outfit change for our girls and at least a shirt change for our guys. I usually like the idea one casual outfit and then one on the dressier side. In terms of patterns, we have “a one pattern rule” which says that there should only be one pattern for every three people in a group. So if your fiancé goes with a patterned shirt, pick a solid color found in that pattern and rock it. Winter accessories (hats, scarves) are the exception to the rule 😉
Do wear something flattering… Don’t wear a bodycon.
You’ll want to pick something that compliments your figure, but also looks good on camera. As much we hate to say it, it’s true… the camera really does add ten pounds. Check out this article from Business Insider that highlights a GIF showing how a man’s face changes when different camera lenses are used. If you’re doing an open air shoot (on a beach, in a field, etc.) we highly suggest going with something a little bit flowy for one of your outfit choices. It will allow for movement and playfulness and will create some truly beautiful shots.
Do get your hair and makeup done… Don’t forget a manicure, too.
We would say about a quarter of our clients get their hair and makeup done for their engagement shoot. Some use it as a trial/test run for their big day while others just want to soak up the whole experience and feel their absolute best. Don’t forget to get your nails done too for the engagement ring close-ups 😉
Do invest in something new… Don’t try to be anyone but yourself… Maybe have a beverage beforehand.
Engagement photos only happen once, so we always suggest using it as an excuse to go shopping. Take your time finding the right outfit that you’re excited to show off and make sure it screams you. If you’re not wearing something that you’re comfortable in, the camera will only maginify that. A glass of wine, shot or beer beforehand never hurt anyone either 😉
Bride + Groom: Beth and Eric
Dress: A redesigned version of the Bride’s Mother’s wedding dress
Venue: Rivermill at Dover Landing
Flowers: Drinkwater Flowers + Design
Paper Goods, Stationery + Signage: Simply B Prints
Calligraphy: FXA Calligraphy
Vintage Camper: @PearlPopUp
Tables + Chairs: Exeter Tents
She (Ruth) was born and raised in Toronto, Canada and him (Christian) in Exeter, NH. She flew from Canada to Boston for work, and within the first hour of landing, she met Christian who was working for a rental car company right outside of Logan Airport. Fast-forward six years, and I was shooting their wedding at Curtis Farm in Wilton, NH.
I’ve shot some AMAZING weddings, but this one tops the list for so many reasons.
1.) THE ENERGY. As the parents, groom, wedding party and bride walked down the aisle their guests cheered (loudly) and clapped for each person. The groom literally danced down the aisle, hitting reached-out hands as he made his way to the front. This positive, happy and high energy totally set the mood for the day. During their reception, Ruth + Christian mentioned all of happiness and positivity they felt around them. Before you knew it, every single person under that tent was holding hands up high and cheering for them.
2) THEIR STORY. Christian slyly got Ruth to ask him out based on a bet. His boss at Enterprise told him that if she took him to dinner he could take the next day off. Their first date lasted 6 hours and spanned several bars in downtown Boston. But because Ruth only took him out to a drink (or several) he still had to go into work the next day.
That same night, as Christian was walking Ruth back to her car they saw a huge line of people in the mall waiting for a video game release. He suggested it would be fun to pretend to propose to her in front of everyone. She agreed and they got fake engaged that night. Little did they know they would be marrying each other six years later.
3.) THEIR STYLE. Well the most obvious piece here—her hair and that dress! Because Ruth’s bridal party was scattered across North America, she told them to go on an Australian website (ShowPo.com) and pick out any dress to wear for the wedding. The only rule? It must be white. The girls also wore matching tan strappy wedges. As for the boys? Christian had eight guys in his entourage. His four friends wore suspenders and his four brothers did not, creating a little bit of distinction between the two groups.
4.) THE MCs. The two guys they had helping with transitions throughout the day were two of Christian’s good friends from home. One of them is a commercial airline pilot, so while on the microphone he would imitate his “pilot voice” and it was hilarious.
5.) THE EXECUTION. From the custom-made concert tickets (instead of escort cards) that coincided with legendary artist centerpieces to the vintage couches set up as little lounge areas across the property, the set-up and attention to detail was a photographer’s dream.
6.) PARENT DANCE. Christian’s mother had passed away when he was younger. Ruth lost her father, who had been ill for some time shortly after meeting Christian. Together these two lit candles in memory of their parents and danced to Elvis’ song, An American Trilogy. It started slow and sad (I don’t think there was a dry eye under that tent), but towards the end of the song Elvis starts belting out and repeating “Glory” and “Hallelujah.” The two started spinning each other around on the dance floor. Smiles came across their faces. They were jumping up and down and the whole room watched these two find so much comfort and spirituality in that moment together. That dance was such a rollercoaster ride full of so much emotion.
7.) ICE CREAM TRUCK. Instead of a traditional cake, they had an ice cream truck roll in after dinner. I’m loving this food truck trend.