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Hilltown Love - Winter Couple Session in Ashfield Massachusetts

Michael and Sydney were married on June 2, 2018 at Red Gate Farm in Ashfield, Massachusetts. Over the holidays, Michael reached out to me to see if I’d be available to take some photos of the two of them at their home over the winter. They didn’t hire a photographer for their wedding and Michael wanted to surprise Sydney with a couple session for Christmas. These sessions are a great way to reconnect with your partner. I loved that they were open to that and that they were excited to throw on their wedding clothes one more time to celebrate the day.

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I’ve been to Ashfield a handful of times. Once to photograph my friend’s farm and another time to camp. It’s a beautiful place for two free spirited people like Michael and Sydney to call home. They both grew up in Texas, met in college, travelled around a bit, and then decided to move to the Northeast. For kids from the south, I’d say this is a pretty raw commitment to New England life. Ashfield has no cell service, tons of farm land, dirt roads, swimming holes, and is a popular place for western mass artists and thinkers to tuck away in the woods.

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I arrived at their house one Saturday morning in late March. The snow had melted in my town, but as soon as I pulled into Ashfield I noticed that old man winter was still holding on. Of course, I lost my GPS signal on the way and was driving around aimlessly for a bit. I rolled down my window at the sight of every dog walker to ask for directions like it was 1998, and still could not find their street. Finally I saw a happy couple standing at the end of a long muddy road. I pulled over and thankfully it was Michael and Sydney! They had a feeling I was lost and walked out to the main road to flag me down.

I parked my truck at the end of the road, and fearing I’d get stuck halfway down the muddy driveway, walked the rest of the way to their tiny cabin in the woods.

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When I arrived I learned that Sydney had woken up with a cold and was trying desperately to ignore feeling sick for the session. We spent some time inside drinking tea and eating toast. We talked about their wedding, how they met, and the beautiful property they call home. I snapped a few photos indoors and when she built up the energy to go outside, she effortlessly threw on her wedding dress and ran out in the snow for me!

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I photographed some of the details from their wedding day. Rings, handkerchiefs they used for place settings, invitations, funny notes and drawings in their guestbook, and a few polaroids from the big day. I especially loved how Sydney’s dress showed signs of the fun they had at their wedding, dancing in the barn down the road from their cabin.

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I loved all of the one on one time I had with these two. They were incredibly sweet, funny, and adventurous. Being able to photograph them in their little cabin on such a beautiful winter day was an extra treat. Congrats you two! I wish you a lifetime of happiness!

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Your Wedding Photography Timeline

Your Wedding Photography Timeline

If you recently got engaged (congrats!) you are probably gearing up to devote your entire life to planning your big day. You’ve probably seen some friends or family go through this, or at least have seen the movie bridesmaids so you probably know that this can turn into a full time job.

As your wedding photographer, I feel that it is super important that after you book me I don’t drop off the face of the planet until a month before your wedding, so there are many points throughout the year or two that we connect to talk details or sort through any questions you may have.

Here is a helpful timeline I share with couples at our initial meeting so they can get a sense of what the time will be like between the moment I am booked to delivery day and beyond.

Andrea and Chris - Ludlow, MA Wedding

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Andrea and Chris were married at St. Elizabeth’s Parish in Ludlow, Massachusetts on a gorgeous late summer day. All of their closest friends and family attended the ceremony.

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The bridal party followed me to the Ludlow Mills afterwards for photos. I always get excited when couples are into using this space.

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They ended the night with a super fun reception at Europa in Ludlow. There were toasts, cake, and of course, dancing! Congrats you two, I wish you a lifetime of moments as sweet as these!

Laughter + Love - Meghan and Shawn's Hotel Northampton Wedding

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Meghan and Shawn celebrated their marriage among lifelong friends and family in a beautiful ceremony at the Hotel Northampton. There were many moments of laughter, highlighting how much fun the bride, groom, and their friends have together.

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With the laughter there was also love. There was not a dry eye when Shawn got down on one knee, said vows, and presented Meghan’s daughter Emma with a ring too! (I may have had a hard time seeing through my lens)

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After the ceremony, the wedding party and groomsmen gamely followed me around Northampton so we could get some amazing photos including stopping traffic in the middle of Northampton to take a photo on the rainbow crosswalk!

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The whole celebration ended with a reception filled with touching speeches, good food, dancing and even more fun!

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Meghan and Shawn, I wish you a lifetime of love and happiness! Congratulations!

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Vendor Info:

Hair by Monica Dos Santos

Make-up by Marisa Rakouskas

Dress by David’s Bridal

Bridesmaid Dresses by David’s Bridal

Suits: Jeffrey’s Suit Rack

Venue: Hotel Northampton

Flowers: Mark Henry

Centerpieces: Durocher Florist

DJ: Jose Escribano

Cake: Gregory’s Pastry Shop

Rings: Hannoush Jewelers

Second Photographer: Tara Sullivan

Happy with a Chance of Showers | Thom + Cassandra | Ludlow, MA | 8.18.18

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You never know what the weather will be like the day you get married. On Cassandra and Thom’s wedding day the skies decided to open up and join in the celebration! They were married in an outdoor ceremony, performed by the groom’s childhood friend, at the groom’s family home. Getting a little wet did not seem to dampen anyone’s spirit!

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Luckily, Cassandra and Thom are creative, resourceful people and surround themselves with other creative and resourceful people. We had to shift some of the wedding timeline to get the photos that they wanted but we made it work!

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Their wedding and reception was full of beautiful details, laughter and fun! Congratulations!

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Vendor Info:

Hair and Make-up by Brush. Salon
Dress by David's Bridal
Bridesmaid Dresses by David's Bridal
Flowers by Ivy Lane Floral Designs
Venue: Ludlow Portuguese Club
Band: Milltown Bandits

Emma + Mark | Springfield, MA Wedding

Emma and Mark have been partners for many years now, and recently they decided that they wanted to be married, but without all of the hubbub of a big wedding. They chose to get eloped at Springfield City Hall in Springfield, MA on May 4, 2018.

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Emma is a knitwear designer, sewer, photographer, and all around creative. She and I met at WEBS where we worked in the multimedia and photo department. Emma has been making a lot of her own clothes this year, and decided to make her own wedding dress as part of the Me Made May event this month.

She said, "I wanted something modern, not a typical wedding dress so I could wear it other times but something classic over trendy." 

I personally think it turned out so lovely and really captured her creative spirit!

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We've had a pretty long winter here in western Massachusetts, and spring really did wait for their wedding day to arrive. EVERYTHING was in bloom! After their very short ceremony by Grace Ceremonies at city hall, we spent an hour at Forest Park taking photos and admiring spring at its best.

Congratulations Emma and Mark! I'm so happy for you! 

Hair by Village on Main

Dress Cardamome by Deer and Doe Patterns

Fabric Cotton + Steel, from their collection designed by Rifle Paper Co

Emma's Engagement ring by Rachel Pfeffer

Tattoo Rings by Charon Art

Christina + Josh | Sturbridge, MA

Christina and Josh were married at the Publick House in Sturbridge, Massachusetts on May 28, 2017. This was a super fun wedding!  Big thanks to Tara Sullivan for all of her hard work as my second shooter.

Venue: Publick House
Dress: Pearl Bridal
Hair: Monica Dos Santos