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Meghan and Justin, Married!

It was the weekend of the Masters Golf Tournament….and I drove from warm sunny South Carolina to Boston, to find it exactly how I remembered it….unpredictable temps but pulsing with excitement.  It was also the wedding weekend of Meghan Kelley and Justin Barrett, to be held at the beautiful Alden Castle in Brookline, Massachusetts.

Meghan’s family is already familiar to me, as I worked in her Aunt Barbara’s successful Headlines Salon and Day Spa on Cape Cod for just under 10 years.   Barbara has been a very important part of my success, and still is.  I photographed their entire family, in the upward numbers of almost 30, and it was then that I saw Meghan and Justin together.  He joined in on some of the family set ups and fit in perfectly.  I knew he would be a permanent addition when I saw the rapport he had with not only Meghan, but her brother and father, and the rest of the family.  So when I received the message from Meghan that she was looking for a wedding photographer, the grin on my face went from ear to ear.  I was so excited to hear of their plans, and the venue, which, for years, I drove by every night on my way to night classes at photography school, also happened to be her great grandmother’s residence when she was young.  Done deal there.  And it did not disappoint.  Holy moly, the preservation of the castle, with modern touches.  Nothing short of spectacular.  As was everything about the day.

Thank you, Barbara O’Neil for referring me to Meghan and Justin!  And to the amazing couple for having me share in your special day!  And it could not be better, having my friend and mentor, Kristin DeLeo Chalmers, photograph this special day with me.

 

Moorman Family, Atalya Castle, Murrells Inlet

Low country offers so many beautiful backdrops for family portraits.  The locations are endless as I learn everyday.  People from all over the country, heck, the world, to relax and marvel at the wide beautiful beaches and the historical nature of our coastal region here.

When someone contacts me to do a family portrait…especially when there are young ones, I always say, let’s get the formal family photos done first.  Then we can have fun!  The children, depending on their ages, basically run the show.  It’s all about managing expectations.  And the fun just keeps on and on!

Thank you Anna for reaching me to do this for your inlaws!  Your girls are so shy!!  Ha ha!!

I love my job.  

Bridal Show Prep

 

 

 

 

I’m so proud to be a part of the beautification team at Mirage Hair Studio.  Today we practiced hair and makeup trials, to prepare for the Iheart Radio Wedding Expo at the end of the month.  Our team will be making 10 to 12 models runway ready for the fashion show.  Stay tuned for that….but our very own Marie made for the perfect vintage bride.

Hair by the ever fabulous Kelli Roe Philo

Makeup by the fierce Katie Wolfe

Our model is color and blonde expert, Marie Cusaac

Love my job.  Oh, and I get to take pretty pictures….

 

 

Victoria and Grant, Married!

New England never disappoints with beautiful historic venues for couples.  Pierce Farm was an impressive location, as much as the couple!  Victoria and Grant were married in the garden on the grounds of this 19th century Gentlemen’s farm.  They entertained their guests on the lawn overlooking the spectacular mansion in its glory during cocktail hour, while portraits were being taken.  The reception was held in the post and beam barn on the side of the property.

Needless to say, I fell in love with this couple instantly!  The love shared between them and all of their families and friends was undeniable!  Congratulations to the beautiful couple!  Thank you for having me spend your day with you!

Special thanks to Stephanie Killmeier Dozois for photographing this day with me.

 

Melissa and Steve, Married!

Here are Melissa and Steve, Mr. and Mrs. Young!!  Now this, was a wedding!  Melissa and I are pretty close to being family, as we worked together for a number of years at Headlines Salon and Day Spa.  I was so excited that she wanted me to photograph her wedding, for a multitude of reasons.  The most important, she had found the love of her life, and I loved hearing about him and all of the things he was bringing to their relationship.  I had only met Steve in passing, but had heard so much about him and his family that I just knew this would be something special.  He was her lumberjack from New Hampshire with a huge heart.  The photos speak for themselves.  I was moved by all of Melissa’s personal touches that she put into this heartfelt day, her excitement was completely infectious.  And by it being held at his family house…..a quintessential New Hampshire colonial with a detached barn chock full of collectible goodies, worthy of auctions that you see on television.  I couldn’t wait.  And, I was ultimately moved by the love shown by him and his family to her and hers.  Plus, what could be better than traveling to New Hampshire for Columbus Day weekend?  And watch this beautiful union take place?  See some great friends?  Hmmmmmmm……not much.  Someone pinch me!!

Congratulations to you both.  Love you!!!