Married: John + Courtney

When I met with Courtney forever ago to chat about the wedding plans she mentioned wanting a barn wedding but not knowing where to go. We went over all the barns in Eastern Massachusetts but none was quite right. Finally one day she emailed me that they had booked Granite Ridge in Norway, Maine, and oh what a gorgeous venue it is! I love Maine and might just move up there some day. The views from the top of the hill were amazing and we were truly out in the middle of nowhere. I’ve been luck enough to know John and Courtney for a long time so it was a huge privilege to get to spend the entire day with them. These two are incredibly kind, fun people and they clearly make each other very happy! Congratulations to two amazing people! xoxo

Killer country details – the flowers, favors and signs were all DIY! These guys were busy!
Courtney and her bridal party looked fabulous in plaid up in the lodge!
Someone was very interested in all the bride’s finery
Getting dressed
Meanwhile Frank spent some time with John and his crew. They had some fun with taxidermy…
Here’s Johnny!!
This guy was looking good
I LOVED that Courtney’s brother Nick was a “brides man” and John’s sister Alicia was a “grooms maid” – who says you can’t mix up bridal party members??
Looking good!
Courtney you’re kinda gorgeous – and those boots are amazing!
Pup Chara made an appearance!
Happy =)
We caught the pretty sunset over the mountains 
The barn at Granite Ridge is pretty awesome and it was all dressed up for the night
Table with a view
The newlyweds’ first dance
Father and daughter
Mother and son
Party time!
I snuck outside for a few minutes to catch this view through the windows
Oh, Maine. You’re so pretty. SO many stars after the sun disappeared behind the mountains.
The End!

Married: Brian + Caitlin

What a perfectly beautiful day it was for Caitlin and Brian’s wedding! Everyone was calm and happy as they got ready to go. The pastor at St. Pius X Church in Milton was amazing and the Fontbonne choir provided beautiful music. Caitlin is a Fontbonne Academy alum and I loved that she brought in the choir to sing! Venezia in Boston is tucked out of the way on the water – the view is amazing. The newlyweds are honeymooning in Antigua right now – I hope they have a fabulous time! Here’s a peak at their wedding day =)

Caitlin’s dad had decorated the room for getting ready festivities – so adorable!
I love finding little things around the house, like old photos and notes about the wedding day <3
Finishing touches
A little support <3
I LOVED this moment – the maids’ reactions were so emotional
Notice her mom’s wedding photos on the wall? <3
Down the road George spent a few minutes with Brian and the guys before heading off to church
We ran over to Venezia as fast as we could to catch the last few seconds of dusk before total darkness. The clouds were rolling in over Boston.
Luckily there was an amazing old warehouse nearby (I’m obsessed with this wall). At night having a great textured background can make a huge difference!
Inside the Beautiful Venezia ballroom was ready to go.
Brian and Caitlin had their DJ David Solimine of Good Times Unlimited invite the parents and bridal party out to join in for their first dance. 
Mmmmm cake
The dessert table at Venezia was impressive. I really didn’t want to take pictures of it, I wanted to feast!
Caitlin and her dad <3
Brian and mom were having a good time!
Party time!
This group knew how to enjoy themselves!
So happy for you two! Congratulations! xoxo

Married: Luke + Kristina

I pretty much knew from the moment I met Luke and Kristina that they were awesome. I mean, she traveled to Ethiopia with the Peace Corps, climbed Kilimanjaro, and has a smile that never quits. He left his regular job to build bicycles (crazy awesome ones), loves good beer, and has a killer beard. Together they laugh a lot and make you feel like an instant friend. These two put a lot of themselves into their wedding day with help from friends and family, and it was such a fabulous day! Thank you guys for letting me be part of your wedding!

I started off saying hi to Luke and his best man Jan a the hotel. LOVED the attire!

It’s not often the groom upstages the bride in footwear, but I mean…his shoes have donuts and french fries on them. Amazing.
Kristina’s beautiful flowers, picked from the florist’s own backyard!
Finishing touches on the beautiful bride. It was fun getting to see both Luke and Kristina getting ready since I often only see the girls. Perk of getting ready in the same place!
Stop it right now. SO PRETTY
Over at Hyland Orchard and Brewery things were ready for the hilltop ceremony. 
This dragonfly decided to join in
Our flower girl was feeling shy =)
Luke sang and played guitar as his bride walked down the aisle…it was pretty awesome. I had to remind myself not to just stop and listen! Kristina was clearly pleased with it!
The ring bearer needed a moment
Luke’s father officiated and did a fabulous job
Married! As the father of the groom put it, “big smooch now!”
<3 family
Nothing to see here. Just a groom riding a bike that he built down a crazy hill.
Remember their epic engagement session? The bikes are back! Had to recreate a few favorites =)
Down to the brewery! SO much to see at this venue!
And out to the orchard. So beautiful
The ladies (and Luke)
Time for their “bikes and beer” reception!
Obsessed with this cake topper
The toasts were highly entertaining 
Furry friends!
After they traditional father-daughter dance, Kristina and her dad were joined by her brother for some pretty amazing air guitar dancing
Shoe game!
The end! xoxo

Tewelde - wowowowowwowowo!!!September 11, 2015 – 8:40 am

Family Portrait FYI: What Do I Wear?

The end-of-summer/fall portrait season is upon us! Time to squeeze in those last precious days at the beach and start gravitating toward farms and orchards for the exquisite New England Autumn. As I get ready for this busy season full of families getting together for Christmas card images and treasured keepsake photos I can’t help but notice the most popular question I get from families after they book a shoot: “what do you recommend we wear??”

There is not right or wrong answer but I might be able to help you make the best choices for YOUR unique family. Here are a few tips!

1. Consider the season and location

If we are shooting at the beach the first week of September you probably won’t be bringing along those riding boots and leather jackets. You want to feel comfortable and confident in whatever you choose. Sandals and dresses, shorts and chambray shirts are always safe for the beach! Once the leaves start changing start thinking of boots and layers so you’re comfortable and appropriate.

2. Check the weather

This is a tricky one because our weather changes so quickly. Decide on your family’s foundation items and just have some cardigans on hand if it gets chilly. Too hot? Roll up those sleeves and jeans, or swap out for basics like khakis shorts and maxi skirts. If it’s raining we can still have fun – just grab some rain boots and umbrellas! Wind can be a big challenge so if the breeze feels strong try a simple undo for long hair so you aren’t constantly having to pull it out of faces.

3. Don’t feel like you need to match

It is totally not necessary to color coordinate everyone; in fact, having the entire family in the exact same outfit can take away from the personality of your crew. If you really like having the same palette or you’re trying to compliment a room in your home try using that one color as the theme but adding pops of color and accessories, as well as different shades of the color. Don’t be afraid of bright colors and patterns! Avoid text and characters so you don’t date the photos but if you love that orange chevron go for it! I love when families get bold and give each person a different look.

4. You can’t go wrong with navy

Still unsure? Colors that never fail are navy, neutrals like grey, black and tan, or pastels like soft pink and baby blue. Denim and chambray are both trendy and versatile. Add a bright necklace or scarf or a fun bow tie with a collared shirt if you’d like some brighter details.


Ready to schedule your family’s session? September is nearly sold out and we are looking into October and November! Weekends are especially sparse so call or email to get a good date. Enjoy the last couple weeks of summer!

Married: Patti + John

SO on Saturday I went to the playground, checked out some antique cars, walked in the woods, and got snow cones at an ice cream truck. Playdate with the kids you ask? Oh no, it was the incredibly fun wedding of Patti and John! This couple had no fear of dirtying the wedding (incredibly gorgeous) dress or missing out on cocktail hour – they were so happy to be together and were thoroughly set on enjoying the heck out of their big day. Thank you Erin for helping me capture some awesome moments. Congratulations to a fabulous couple!

I personally loved the Munchkins paired with Champagne – classic combo
Yeah you really did look awesome Patti =)
Saying hi to her wonderful dad, Jack
This bride looked STUNNING. I am thoroughly obsessed with her dress.

A few doors down John was spending his pre-wedding moments with his special little ladies <3

I thought they were too calm and well behaved so I instigated a little jumping on the bed with dad
Over at L’Andana it was time to get married
The humidity made rings a little challenging!
Loved that Erin was able to hide in the audience and capture this unique angle 
We high tailed it to the car so we could go find some fun places for photos. The newlyweds drove =)
There just happened to be an adorable fair happening nearby, so we checked out the cars
Two shots at the same time – fun dual perspective!
Swinging! Yes we may have kicked a toddler off for a few minutes…
The early evening light filtering through the trees was pretty cool
Back at L’Andana the space was looking gorgeous
Some humorous and emotional toasts
And then…party time
It was a fabulous day and I’m so happy for you two! Thank you for letting me be a part of such a special day. XO