2018 AMP Wedding Preview

This is a new type of post for me but I plan to do it annually because it is getting me SO excited for the upcoming wedding season! The 2018 wedding season for us goes all the way until October when we end the year with a wedding weekend on Nantucket. We have 18 weddings in 2018 and one is already down! This past weekend, Jess & Dan kicked off the year with a beautiful spring wedding at The Salem Cross Inn in West Brookfield, Massachusetts

Of our 17 weddings this year, only 6 of them are at venues we’ve photographed at before. Which means lots of new & exciting corners of New England and Cape Cod to explore! Here are some of the venues where our couples are saying “I Do”…

Chatham Bars Inn (MA)

Popponesset Inn (MA)

Plimoth Plantation (MA)

Woodstock Inn (VT)

Dennis Inn (MA)

Bank Street Beach (MA)

Jefferson County Fairgrounds (MT)

Flying Bridge (MA)

Point Independence Yacht Club (MA)

Shining Tides (MA)

Chequessett Yacht Club (MA)

Bourne Farm (MA)

Zukas Hilltop Barn (MA)

The Wychmere Beach Club (MA)

Wequassett Resort (MA)

Whale Watch Estate (MA)

 

How Did They Find Us?

• Referrals from Past Brides

• Online Searches on The Knot, Wedding Wire & Google

• Social Media

• Referrals from Coordinators
(Elizabeth from Shining Tides – can’t wait to work with you!)

• Referrals from Fellow Photographers
(Ashley Tilton, thank you!)

• Wedding Shows (Pinehills + Boston with Wedding Day Expositions)

 

Some Fun Facts:

• The average AMP 2018 couple booked us 12 months in advance

• These couples live in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Philadelphia, Montana, Florida, and New York.  (so needless to say, I use FaceTime a lot).

  • This year will bring us the furthest I have ever gone. I am super thrilled to photograph my sister-in-law’s wedding in Montana. Big sky, here we come!

• We are photographing 2 weddings with the same family! Doug is marrying Maddie this spring, and his sister Christina is marrying Matt later this fall. Can’t wait to celebrate with this family twice!!

Time to meet some of the 2018 AMP couples…

Oh.em.gee we are so excited to celebrate with all these pretty couples!! See you in 2018. 🙂

Rainy Spring Engagement : Tim Loves Sarah

I was happy to meet Sarah and Tim at Minuteman National Park in Concord, MA on a rainy spring afternoon. We brought umbrellas, just in case, and crossed our fingers the weather would hold out. It totally did, and the overcast light was simply beautiful. The first time I had been here was in the winter for an awesome snowy session, so this time we got to explore more of the park. Sarah and Tim were easy to be with, and we fell into good conversation as we walked about. They are such a relaxed couple, and truly lovely together. They interact so sweetly and are very considerate of one another.

Tim told me that Sarah is down-to-earth, and unlike anyone else he knew, which is what made him fall in love with her. They met online and had their first date at an indoor mini golf course. They said it was somewhat awkward as the place was clearly made for kids, but had fun together anyways. Now they are excited to have everyone they love come together so they can get married!

We know their May wedding at Plimoth Plantation is going to simply be full of tenderness and joy. Cheers to Sarah + Tim!

 

 

Stone House Inn Wedding : Steph Loves Dave

Steph and Dave had the most gorgeous sunny wedding day in August. However, this down-to-earth couple had some last minute stress, as their venue was suddenly unable to host their reception. The Stone House Inn was still the perfect place to get ready though, and the couple decided to have two ceremonies – an intimate one with only close family and then one that included all their guests. The Acoaxet Country Club down the road stepped in and Steph and Dave got to have a second, beautiful ceremony overlooking the golf course with ocean views. It’s definitely fortuitous to get to say “I do” twice in one day!

Steph followed the “somethings” tradition: borrowed pearls, wore a blue sapphire ring from Dave, carried her great-grandmother’s scarf, and had a stunning new dress. I loved the lace backless detail! The teal, gray, and white color scheme was bright and airy, and went perfectly with the hydrangeas that decorated the cake and tables. Dave loves Steph’s rare ability to enjoy life and relish the moment. Steph loves Dave’s dance moves, which we got to see first hand as they danced the night away!

We were so honored to be a part of this pretty wedding day. Cheers to Mr. + Mrs. Oikarinen!!

 

 

Wychmere Beach Club Wedding : Second Shooting

As I was reviewing my work and updating my portfolio in the new year, I came across these photos from a Wychmere Beach Club wedding I took way back in 2015 when I had the privilege to second shoot with the ever-amazing Greer Rivera. She was a stunning Cape Cod photographer who has moved out to CA to pursue product and model photography. I learned so much following another photographer’s lead! It is so interesting to watch how other people work and how they see a scene. Also, I enjoyed being able to get creative and focus on more of the forgotten aspects of the day. I even got to get ready with the guys, which I never do (Jason always gets that pleasure)! So while there are not all the “traditional” shots, I wanted to share these beauties with you because I truly love them. I am excited to return here for Mary + Dan’s wedding reception this fall!! Maybe 2018 will bring me even more weddings at the Wychmere Beach Club… pretty please??

 

Plimoth Plantation Wedding : Teryn Loves Jason

Oh my goodness, we simply love this couple and this wedding! Teryn and Jason are the absolute sweetest! They have been together for 10 years after meeting at a UMass Dartmouth football game. They are carefree, enjoying simply living life like running errands together and sharing a coffee. As they say, “It’s just easy.” Their Plimoth Plantation was perfect from start to finish, and we loved celebrating with these awesome people and their family and friends.

Teryn and Jason rented houses in downtown Plymouth to get ready for their big day. They exchanged gifts before the ceremony, which is one of our favorite new traditions. Jason gave Teryn a diamond bracelet that had belonged to his mother. The couple made a lovely tribute to Jason’s mom and saved her a seat during the ceremony. You know she was watching down from heaven on this beautiful day and was smiling.

The day started overcast which worried the bride for her outdoor ceremony. However, the weather stayed clear and the sun even poked through just in time for some beautiful golden hour portraits with this gorgeous couple. Teryn and Jason exchanged vows in front of the rock wall in Hornblower Garden, a beautiful spot to say “I do”. Their JP was Jason’s brother-in-law and best friend Steve, who kept making everyone laugh with his jokes and his love for the groom. We then boarded the trolley and headed to the barn on the property, which is a fantastic place for photos! The warm glowing light was so pretty while Jason and Teryn toasted one another, snuggled, laughed, strolled, and kissed before heading into their reception.

Their first dance was probably our favorite part of the entire night. Jason and Teryn were so excited to be married, and their faces truly showed it! We loved the shared snuggles as well as the many dips and kisses that happened throughout their song “You are the Best Thing” by Ray LeMontagne. The room looked amazing with their pink and purple uplighting and the string lights outlining the tent. These two newlyweds added so much personality to their dance, and it was met with many cheers!

They DIYed so many details, its probably just easiest to list them. They made their programs into craft paper fans for the ceremony. Jason constructed their wedding arch out of birch branches. They created their centerpieces and table numbers, as well as signs for the ceremony and reception. Teryn and Jason had a wooden sign for their guests to leave notes for the happy newlyweds. They decorated their cocktail tables with jars and candles twisted with twine, giving a rustic feel to the tented reception.

We are so excited to share this gorgeous wedding with you all. Much love to the new Mr. + Mrs. Gorgone!