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3 Things I learned from my blended family wedding

Posted by Peter Clayman on Fri, Apr 24, 2015 @ 10:13 PM

On Feb 21, 2015 I married the love of my life Holly and it was a packaged deal. Holly was previously married and has 2 great kids ages 5 and 7. I was previously married before and have a total of 3 kids who range in age from 6 to 15.

Blended Family Wedding Photo

Our wedding day was great, but getting there wasn't always smooth. This was not just a wedding for us, but a wedding for our whole family and we wanted to include the kids throughout the ceremony and celebration. My thoughts were as such...Will the kids get ready without a fight? Will the youngest ones going to make a scene in the middle of the ceremony...will they dump our unity sand all over the place and have a sand fight...will we get any family pictures that we could look back on and say...hey we kinda look good in pictures (especially for pictures since I am a professional photographer). The answer to all of that is that reality ended up being awesome. So through this process I have learned 3 things from my blended family wedding that I would like to share with you.

  1. Relay your thoughts, feelings and concerns to your wedding vendors. You hired professionals for a reason and they will help you keep things in check. Many times I have seen (when I am shooting a wedding) where the kids will listen to me more than a parent and it works out fine.

  2. Enjoy the day! If you enjoy the day your kids will enjoy the day and that goes for everything in life...kids will follow (whether we like it or not) the attitude that is given off by the adults.

  3. Let it go (in my best frozen singing voice)! If the kids scream, cry, barf, disobey let it go (yes all of that did happen with us)...its about the union of us as well as our families.

Blended Family Wedding Photo

Unity Sand Ceremony

Kids will be kids...but a family will always be a family!

 Bride with her daughters getting ready

Groom with the kids getting ready

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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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Meg & Jay ~ Omni Mount Washington Hotel ~ Wedding Photography

Posted by Peter Clayman on Fri, Feb 13, 2015 @ 07:46 PM

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.

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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 :)

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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!

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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!  

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Ashley & Alex - Mount Washington Hotel - Wedding Photography

Posted by Peter Clayman on Thu, Aug 14, 2014 @ 08:39 PM

Ashley & Alex were married at one of the most We historic venues in New Hampshire, The Omni Mount Washington Hotel, Bretton Woods, NH.  This wedding had a little bit of everything. Spacious rooms to get ready, an outdoor ceremony area with killer views and a grand ball room that had a nice balance between the historic charm and modern ammenities.  

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We started out with bridal preparation.  Duirng that time Ashley gave out her bridesmaids gifts and gave a little speech about how much each one of them has meant to her. What I really like about these moments is that you really get a chance to know the people you are working with...what kind of character they have and what kind of special moments they have shared.

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The ceremony on the Jewel Terrance was officiated by Ashley's mom and I have to say for one of her first weddings she did a terrific job.  As part of their unity celebration they added soil to a potted tree to be placed after the ceremony..  After the "I do's" they skipped back up the isle and onto the pictures we went.

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Just take a look at some of this scenery.  We also did some fun shots with the bridal party.

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Barb, the Omni's senior wedding planner did a great job keeping things going throughout the night and DJ Chad from Get Down Tonight Entertainment had everyone rocking the whole night.

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As it was getting dusky out the supermoon was making an appearance so we got some cool shots with the moon and the lit up clouds at sunset.

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We want to wish Ashley and Alex all the happiness as they begin their married lives together!

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