I received a call just a few weeks ago from Meg telling me that she and her mate Jay were going to elope at the Omni Mount Washington Hotel in Bretton Woods, NH. It was going to take place on a Thursday and it would be just the two of them.
One of my favorite type of weddings to shoot are those who elope. There are many reasons, but I just love the intimacy that goes along with just 2 people tying the knot. The other reason is that we have plenty of time for whatever the bride and groom want...and we went all over the property with Meg & Jay.
When I started I was able to get a few images of Meg as she was finishing up getting ready...then it was quickly off for the ceremony...Jay was waiting patiently by the Presidential Foyer area of the hotel (where the ceremony was going to take place)...accompanying Jay was little Fiona...Meg & Jay's sweet little dog who was a part of the “bridal party” dressed in her pink :)
The ceremony had the traditional vows and rings...but it also had a unity candle and wine box ceremony (inside the box there is a bottle of wine along with 2 love letters to be opened in the future). After the ceremony it was off for a sleigh ride through woods...literally...a romantic ride through the snow around the property...a great way to kick off a marriage!
After we warmed up a bit we were off to do pictures on the grounds...we were able to catch the sunset hitting the mountains (it makes the mountains turn almost pink) as a great way to send our couple...into the sunset :) We wish Meg & Jay all the happiness in the world!
So you just got engaged...congrats to you and yours! Now its time pick your wedding date and select a venue. Once those items have been squared away most people will now start working on selecting the various vendors (photo, video, DJ, band, florist, etc) that are needed. One of the first things people take care is the photography and video. So you jump online and do some quick research and schedule the face to face appointments.
So many times couples have come into the studio and have said the following things to me: “your our first meeting so we don't know what to ask”, “we've never done this before (being married), so we don't know what we should ask or say”...although those are fair statements...my strong recommendation to you is be prepared to have a consultation before the actual consultation.
4 steps to take before your consultation:
Before going into a consultation with a photographer/videographer make sure that:
1. you have seen their work and love it – from their website, Facebook and Pinterest
2. Read up on any reviews...what do other couples think of the company
3. Set a budget – What is your balance between the investment and the importance of quality work
4. Have an idea of what you are looking for in terms of coverage and final product. Are you looking to keep things basic (just the files) or are you looking for albums, canvases, etc. The more focused you are the easier it will be to find the right person or company for you.
Once your at the consultation:
5 real world questions to ask during the meeting -
1. What happens in case of an emergency? Specifically what are your emergency plans? - this is important to know the company you are dealing with has thought this out and has a logical plan. If the company doesn't have a solid plan, they may not be the right one for you.
2. If photo and video come from different companies how do you work together? - I always tell people you have 1 aisle to walk down and 1 aisle to walk back and you have at least 2 people trying to get the shot...it helps if photo and video have worked together many times and can work in harmony
3. What is your turn around time for delivering the photos and video after the wedding? - Asking this will help manage your expectations on when things are delivered.
4. Have you shot at my venue and if not please tell me how you would prepare yourself for our wedding? This will help you gain some insight into experience and planning
5. How do you manage the actual day of our wedding? What is your style for managing the day? - This will help you understand the demeanor of the person or company taking the images and does that fit your personality and get the job done.
I hope this helps you out...any questions please send me a message at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 603.566.7911. Enjoy the journey of planning for your special day :)
Bethany & Adam were married a few weeks ago near the heart of downtown Portsmouth, NH at a cozy place called The Hotel Portsmouth. It was an intimate wedding (which we love) with just very close family attending.
We started out doing just a touch of the getting ready then it was off to do a first reveal. Adam was a little nervous to say the least, and it was a very sweet private moment for the two of them. Since there was limited time left in terms of daylight we immediately jumped into the car to a nice private area of downtown Portsmouth. Its right by city hall and we stumbled upon this spot while doing an engagement session earlier this year. For such a busy little city this area is quiet and quite picturesque.
Once we got back it was time for the wedding ceremony (once they warmed up :). One of the moments we relish capturing is the raw emotion just before the ceremony starts...In this case Bethany's dad was sweetly caught up in the moment as they were about to walk down the isle. Once the ceremony started they exchanged vows and rings and after there was a celebratory toast! We wish our happy couple all the best life has to offer.
Danielle & Ryan were married on a perfect fall day at St. Mary's Church, Jefferson, MA with their reception at the beautiful Harrington Farm, Princeton, MA. The scenery at Harrington Farm was just amazing for our photo + video session, and we got the most remarkable sunset!
Cocktail hour was held outside under a tent, and the reception had all the makings of a great party. Lively introductions, first dance, speeches and toasts, cake cutting and then plenty of dancing. The day could not have been more perfect and we feel honored to have been able to share in it. Here's their Sneak Peek. We wish you all the happiness in the world!
Kara & Derek were married on a crisp fall day at the very scenic Dell-Lea in Chichester, NH. Kara & Derek have this amazing energy about them and their love runs incredibly deep so it was an honor to witness and document their special day.
So when it came to photos, we covered everything from basic bridal preparation all the way through the reception. They also did a first reveal so that we could get most if not all the pictures done ahead of time.
Here are some of the image from our intial session :)
As you can see there is just an amazing free spirit about both of them...
The ceremony was light hearted and fun with Kara and her Dad walking down the isle...even though Kara & Derek had already seen each other you can just see him beaming from ear to ear...one of the really cool aspects of the ceremony was that both Kara & Derek did their vows seemingly together. Usually its one person goes first then the other...but in this case they mixed it up nicely...very well done :)
after the ceremony we were able to do some fun bridal party pics along with some additional photos of Kara & Derek :)
The reception included the introductions, and a high energy first dance along with speeches and toasts...one of the bridesmaids was celebrated for coming to the wedding all the way from China! There was fun and dancing all night long...we wish Kara and Derek all the best and happiness in the world!
Christine + Frank got married on a beautiful fall day in late-September at St. Francis in Medford with a reception at The Andover Country Club. Every so often, we get the chance to get to know a couple deeper than the initial phone consultation and booking and sometimes we even become good friends. Leading up to the big day I had several phone conversations with Christine about all sorts of topics and she even hooked us up with Game 6 World Series tickets and we were lucky enough to see the big win in person at Fenway. So when the day finally arrived, I couldn't wait to share in such a momentous moment in Christine + Frank's lives.
Such a fun, loving couple, the day was amazing. Christine + Frank, Thank you for letting me share in your day and provide you with a one of a kind wedding video! Much love to you both and here's to years of happiness!
Wedding Location: The Andover Country Club
DJ: Drew Rissler @ Get Down Tonight Entertainment
Cake: D'Amici's Bakery
Flowers: Exquiste Linen and Florals
Melissa and Patrick got married on the perfect fall day in mid-September at Zorvino Vineyards in Sandown NH. Heartfelt hand written vows, amazing little details, a ROCKING air guitar intro, and just an all around amazing couple to spend the day with made making this Sneak Peek so very easy. Instead of the traditional dinner, they had a cocktail reception complete with mini-sliders and Mac + Cheese martini bar which allowed their guests to mingle and dance more, not to mention YUMMY! =)
Thank you for letting us share in your day Melissa + Patrick! Much love to you both and here's to years of happiness!
Wedding Location: Zorvino Vineyards
DJ: Tommy Demers @ Get Down Tonight Entertainment
Flowers: Britton Designs
Amanda & Brad were married at one of the more scenic rustic place to get married Stonewall Farm, Keene, NH.
We had a chance to get to know Amanada & Brad before the wedding by doing their engagement images and what we learned is they are an easy going fun loving couple who just happen to appreciate great photography...near and dear to our heart! :) We covered the day from the bride and groom getting ready through the early part of the reception.
One of the many things we appreciated is that Amanda & Brad had a nice manageable bridal party consisting of 1 maid of honor and 1 best man...and that was it...I know, I know having 10 on each side is fun, but its nice to see something more intimate from time to time.
The ceremony had an awesome fall foiliage background and was performed by a good friend of the bride and groom...even one of the readings had a personal connection with Brad's mom filling that role.
After the ceremony we were able to get these photos:)
We loved the open concept of the reception room as we captured the first dance, toasts and parent dances. Erin our day of coordinator did a great job of keeping this in order and we want to wish Amanda & Brad all the happiness in the world!!
Danielle & Ryan were married on a picture perfect (pun totally intended) day at St. Mary's Church, Jefferson, MA with the reception at the beautiful Harrington Farm, Princeton, MA. They utilized our services for both photography and video to which we covered most of the day from bridal preparations through the reception.
We started of by meeting up with Danielle and the bridesmaids at Doubletree Hotel in Leominster, MA. We photographed all the details and candid moments, but what Danielle wanted to do was a first reveal to her dad. If you are not familiar with this process its where the father of the bride gets to see his daughter in her wedding dress for the first time. These images came out absolutely amazing...one of the images you can see Danielle out of the corner with her reflection in the mirror as dad is awaiting...just magical.
As we made our way to St. Mary's Church Danielle and dad took a Rolls Royce and some images from the ceremony:
As we made our way to Harrington Farm we took advantage of the scenery to get some of these images:
The reception had all the makings of a great party. Lively introductions, first dance, speeches and toasts, cake cutting and then plenty of dancing. Cindy, the lead coordinator at Harrington Farm made everyone feel welcomed including us :) We wish Danielle and Ryan all the happiness in the world as a married couple!