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Corey and Rafaela's Portuguese Wedding in Ludlow, Massachusetts

Corey and Rafaela were married at St. Elizabeth’s Parish in Ludlow, Massachusetts on April 27, 2019 and held their reception at the Ludlow Portuguese Club. It was a beautiful early spring day when all of the trees were just started to open up after a long winter. We did have to dodge a few rain drops but the overcast sky made for great photos.

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Rafaela got ready with her bridesmaids at the MGM Springfield, while Corey spent the morning with his best friends and closest family at his Avo's house in Ludlow (Avo is grandmother in Portuguese). Both spaces were a dream to work in. The MGM was full of swank while his Avo’s house was packed with old world charm.

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They had a full Catholic mass for their wedding ceremony, led by Reverend Msgr. Homer P. Gosselin. Corey’s parents each did a reading and there was live music throughout the mass. One of my favorite moments from this wedding was the look on Corey and Rafaela’s faces when they saw each other for the first time. It lasted through most of the ceremony and I was able to capture a few of their loving glances.

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After the ceremony, we went to Springfield City Hall to take photos of the couple and their bridal party. I used a super wide lens for some of these photos so I could really capture the size of the inside and out of this building. I love the staircases and the concrete steps outside. It’s really a classy location with a lot of variety to play with.

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We returned to the Ludlow Portuguese Club for the reception. Corey’s father is on the board at the club, and Corey and Rafaela had their first date there a few years ago. We made sure to snap a few photos of the couple upstairs in the bar as a nod to that first encounter.

It was such a pleasure to work with these two and I’m sad that this wedding is over! Congratulations Rafaela and Corey, I wish you a lifetime of love, health and happiness.

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Vendors:

Church - St. Elizabeth’s Parish

Venue - Gremio Lusitano / Ludlow Portuguese Club

Dress - Q Look bridal

Make up - Dani

Hair - Rachel

Suits- Jeffrey’s suit rack

Florist - Flowers by Webster

Cake - Atkin’s Farm

Catered by - Tony and Penny's

Lighting / Decor - CJC lighting and production

DJ - Jesse Paulo

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Summer Camp Sweethearts - Arlyn and Alex's Playful Wedding in the Berkshires

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Arlyn grew up in Australia and spent her summers at Camp Hazen in Chester, Connecticut. She and Alex met as campers there and fell in love. After enduring a very very long distance relationship, Alex proposed to Arlyn and they decided to marry in the United States.

They were married in a newly renovated theater originally built in 1880 by George Westinghouse in Lee, Massachusetts, called The Playhouse. According to the property managers, the eclectic performance space “once served as a theater for America's greatest innovators, with visitors from President McKinley, to Nikola Tesla and Lord Kelvin”.

The venue was a bright and airy space decorated with local artifacts, photographs, and unique art pieces — a subtle reflection of Alex and Arlyn’s playful and sophisticated romance.

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The drive to the Playhouse is everything you’d expect when driving to a wedding venue in the Berkshires. You get off the main road and are immediately given a perfect view of rolling hills, glass-like lakes, lazy farm lands, and mountains flecked with the earliest signs of spring. Alex and Arlyn wanted to treat their guests to a celebration that felt like a destination wedding and this was the perfect location to pull that off.

We stepped away from the festivities for a few minutes to take a few portraits along Laurel Lake and in some of the open fields near the venue.

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In attendance were all of their closest camp friends and family from near and far. The ceremony was officiated by a close family member. It was short, sweet, and personal. They had a lovely reception featuring heart warming speeches, games and a spread of finger food for the guests to enjoy. I loved working with them and their silly camp friends. Congratulations Arlyn and Alex! I wish you a lifetime of happiness!

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Vendors:

dress: bhldn
hair and makeup: Danielle Pierce Beauty
venue: The Playhouse
caterer: Savory Harvest Catering

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.

Forever Faria - Mena and Dan's Ludlow, MA wedding

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Filomena and Dan grew up in the same town but only started dating after moving around the country as single, free spirited people. Eventually, they got together and moved down south to build a life together. Despite their home base being in a place where it’s warmer, they decided to hold their ceremony and reception back home in Ludlow, Massachusetts.

If you grew up in Ludlow, like me, you probably grew up going to really big Portuguese weddings at the Ludlow Portuguese Club. My mom and dad had their reception there, as did myself and my husband. Many of my friends and family also had their receptions there. It’s a great place for the community to host really big, memorable parties.

Mena and Dan wanted to share their love with their family and friends by hosting them at this venue.

Mena and Dan were married at the Congregational First Church of Christ in Springfield, Massachusetts and held their reception at the Ludlow Portuguese Club in Ludlow, Massachusetts. Photos following the ceremony were taken at Springfield City Hall. MGM Springfield hosted the bridal party and also guests traveling from out of town. The reception was catered by the Villa Rose and a special appearance was made by the Hartford Raincho of the Hartford Portuguese Club, a traditional Portuguese music and dance troop. When the dance floor opened, I set up an open air photo booth to photograph friends and family.

The entire day was so fun and I could not have asked for a more beautiful and loving couple to close out a super eventful year.

Congrats Mena and Dan! I wish you a lifetime of love, health and happiness!

To see more images, view the full round up of favorites here!

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Dress: New York Bride and Groom / Essense of Australia

Suits: New York Bride and Groom

Bridesmaids dresses: Dessy

Hair: Tiffany Duchesne

Make-up: Divine Elegance Beauty Boutique

Cake: Theme Cakes by Jolene

Entertainment: Hartford Raincho

Signage: E+B Creative

Flowers: McClelland’s Florist

Caterer: Villa Rose

Wedding Coordinator: Helena Braz

Second Photographer: Tara Sullivan Photography

Photobooth Photographer: Emma Welford

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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

Kasi + Rob | Holyoke, MA

Kasi and Rob were married on May 26, 2018 at the Delaney House in Holyoke, Massachusetts. 

Their ceremony took place in one of the the venue's beautiful gardens. They had a super fun bridal party, a mix of family and friends from all over the United States.

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Kasi and Rob are both active in the military. They've been stationed in two different places over the years but are now going to be living together. One big happy family! Kasi's children call Rob "dude". They were over the moon to be a part of their union. It really was so sweet to capture their excitement!

Congrats to the both of you and thank you for choosing me to tell your story! I wish you a lifetime of love and happiness!

Vendors:

Venue - The Delaney House
Cake - The Delaney House
Dress - David's Bridal
DJ - AFter Hours Entertainment
Second Photographer - Erin Long

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