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Sarah and Jeff | Photographing a Church Landing Wedding

Posted by Peter Clayman on Tue, May 16, 2017 @ 03:00 PM

 

Church Landing, New Hampshire Wedding, Peter Claymen PhotographySarah and Jeff were married on April 22nd, with a ceremony at St. Charles Church in Laconia, NH, and a reception at Church Landing in Meredith, NH.


Samantha Captain, the lead shooter, started out the day getting ready with Sarah and her ladies, while Bruce Preston, the second shooter, was with the guys. We also shot the video for this wedding, so we were with them from start to finish—a long day, but so amazing and worth it for the love we were able to capture.

There was something magical about the venue and the way it seemed to fit these two so perfectly—both for the ceremony itself and the reception. Some of our favorite shots were in the gazebo, with the bride and groom reflected perfectly off the water and later a night shot where the two of them seemed to blend flawlessly with their surroundings. We are always lucky to have beautiful venues as well as beautiful couples, and we’re even luckier when the two coincide.

Jeff & Sarah, thank you for having us be part of your wedding. We wish you both the very best in your lives together.

Church Landing, New Hampshire Wedding, Peter Claymen Photography

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My Turn - A Wedding Photographer Gets Married

Posted by Peter Clayman on Sat, Mar 07, 2015 @ 02:24 PM

So here is a story...As you all know I'm a wedding photographer...so what happens when that wedding photographer...who has shot hundreds of weddings...and has been single for a long time...gets married...and is now on the other side of the camera...that is now my story.

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A little background on my life (which normally I refrain from telling because quite frankly I don't think anyone really cares...aka I have an average life I guess you would say). I was married once for about 12 years...and I was very very young when I got married...I would not change anything from that experience as I have two awesome kids from that relationship (and another came along later on)...We essentially eloped and I had a friend of mine take the pictures...and although he did the best he could the reality is most of them did not come out at all (I always preach to get a pro from this experience). Holly, my now lovely wife was also married once before and has two great kids from her marriage. We met online via Match.com and the rest they say is history...and yes we are the Brady Bunch between us and 5 kids total...

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So here we are on our wedding day. So much planning, so much stress, with last second things to do and I am not going to document the day via photography...I am not going be creating works of art myself...through my eye...I left that task to my staff Sarah & Leah (they did an amazing job)...when Sarah came to visit me for some brief getting ready I was very self aware of what was going on...the background the images would be taken...I laid out all the important items for detail shots...and then I had to tell myself...stop it...The advise I give my couples to just enjoy the day and be in the moment I wasn't doing initially...so I stopped it...I really started to be in the moment and just enjoy being around my boys.

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Then came the first reveal or first look. I know virtually every aspect on how to bring the emotion of seeing your mate for the first time that day...and Leah sent me in a new direction (great job!) making me reflect back on my journey...my journey that brought me to this point...and for me the journey before that moment was full of highs and lows of which I was able to rise up when it mattered most. Holly is what mattered most and what our new life was about to become...I really thought about that and the tears started streaming down. I was about to be with my love, my partner, my friend.

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So now its time for the ceremony...for me its normally a series of check downs on where the bride is going to come and making sure that I am ready to photograph the ceremony...except the guests are all looking at us...frankly it was like a dream that someone took my camera away and said...its your time...its your turn at love now...you don't have to photograph it this time...this time...you are the lucky one...

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We really had a pretty custom ceremony for us in so many ways. First our kids made up our bridal party...my daughter Olivia was the maid of honor and my son Troy was best man. My son Hunter was ring bearer and my new step daughter Madeleine was flower girl and Cam was just plain cute holding a sign that said “here comes my mommy”...just awesome. It continues with my business partner and one of my best friends Jaime officiating the ceremony...she did such an awesome job and worked so hard to make it special for us...great job Jaime!! We wrote custom vows to each other and did a family unity sand ceremony so everyone was involved which was important to us! And finally I have witnessed Ed Charest perform so many weddings of which he always talks about the journey of life as your marriage progresses and I have always enjoyed that aspect of his ceremony...well he was kind enough the speak to us about that very topic...and it was icing on the cake...yes of course the pun was intended ;)

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The Omni Mount Washington Hotel is just an amazing place to have a wedding for the beauty inside and outside of the venue and we were able to get some magical shots in the snow.

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We had great time with our friends and family which is really what its all about. So from our amazing wedding I have a renewed appreciation for all that goes into a wedding...and I have a renewed appreciation that life is short so be in the moment with the ones that matter most...we had the most awesome photo and video people (great job Matt who filmed our wedding!) from NH Images take care of things and that gave us the freedom relax and enjoy...thank you all for your support in wishing us a lifelong with happiness.  

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Kara & Derek ~ Dell-Lea Weddings & Events ~ Wedding Photography

Posted by Peter Clayman on Mon, Nov 10, 2014 @ 12:33 PM

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.

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Here are some of the image from our intial session :)

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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 :)

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after the ceremony we were able to do some fun bridal party pics along with some additional photos of Kara & Derek :)

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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!

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Nicole & Naum - Mile Away - Wedding Photography

Posted by Peter Clayman on Fri, Aug 22, 2014 @ 02:37 PM

Nicole & Naum were married at a beautiful venue in Milford, NH called The Mile Away.  Not only do they have a great place to get married but they also have a wonderful restaurant to boot :)

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We started with bridal preparations at the Crowne Plaza, Nashua, NH.  Although Nicole has some family in NH many of the grooms family and friends came in from LA and were experiencing New England for the first time :)  As we were going through doing the details shots of the rings we noticed that Naum had an amazing looking ring made partly out of wood...I have to say that I really liked the look!

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After preparation it was of to the Mile Away.  Its a very cool eclectic place with modern facilities and rustic charm...they had all kinds of funky mirrors around and that made for some nice pictures later on.

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The ceremony was sweet as the reverend described what each one of them loved about the other. Since the reverend did all the readings it left more time for pictures of the family and our bride and groom. What was refreshing and unique about this wedding is there was no bridal party.

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Some of the images we took after the wedding:

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As the reception began Nicole and Naum had their first dance which Naum seemed to really take in the moment.  DJ Dave Lynch had everyone dancing away and Sandy from the Mile-A-Way did a great job making sure the day ran smoothly.  We want to wish Nicole & Naum all the happiness now and in the future!

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Megan & Ben - LaBelle Winery - Wedding Photography

Posted by Peter Clayman on Sat, Aug 09, 2014 @ 09:35 AM

Megan & Ben were married on a warm Saturday afternoon at a relatively new venue for us LaBelle Winery in Amherst, NH.  LaBelle has it all, great locations for onsite ceremonies, scenic vistas for photo and video and a modern elegant reception area...oh and plenty of wine :)

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We covered the day from bridal preparations through the reception.  As has been the case for the last several weddings we did a first reveal with dad which was very touching and sweet.  The preparations were relaxed and fun.

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Megan & Ben has some very nice details at their wedding that went along with the coming together of families from the wine theme to the leaf signature board.  The ceremony was officiated by one of their friends who did a terrific job.  During the ceremony they did a winebox ceremony of which a bottle of wine is placed to be open by the couple on a specific anniversary.

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We had fun taking advantage of such great scenery for the pictures as you can see below. 

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And some details of how the tables were set up :)

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Amy & Mackenzie from LaBelle did a great job of organizing and making sure the day ran smoothily...congrats to our couple and we wish them a lifetime of happiness!

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