Queen Anne’s Loft : Styled Shoot

I am still swooning over these fine art bridal portraits from this styled shoot at Queen Anne’s Loft in Newport, RI. The simple dress, long veil, delicate details, and the stunning chandelier of this venue have stolen my heart! This event was styled by the ever-fabulous Jenny from Wedding Boston, and it was a perfect time to capture lay flat styles and romantic bridal portraits. If you are looking for some romantic wedding inspiration, definitely check these out!

Vendors: Concept & Execution: Jenny Murray of Weddings Boston // Venue: Queen Anne’s Loft Newport, RI // Dresses: Ve’Lace Bridal // Jewelry: Jason & Co. // Hair: Samantha D. with Verde Weddings // Makeup: NefrisBeauty with Verde Weddings // Florist: Sweet Talk Floral // Model: Sarah Grossi // Photos: yours truly : )

Cheers to an Amazing 2019

We have been looking back on 2019 as the year comes to a close, and WOW! What a season it has been!!  We are so lucky to love what we do and have amazing couples to work with! Here is a review of all that happened for Jason and I this year:

  • We photographed 23 weddings and 9 engagement sessions at 20 new locations (and one on a boat!)
  • We hired our fabulous assistant, Hope, and have LOVED working with her!
  • I photographed 3 styled sessions planned by the wonderful Jenny at Wedding Boston
  • I worked as a second photographer with the amazing Jess Gabeler at a dream RI wedding venue
  • Jason and I celebrated our 9 year wedding anniversary together
  • We were published on Wedding Boston, Heather Renee Celebrations, & Tacari Weddings
  • We photographed a wedding at The Bedford Village Inn, where Jason and I said our vows years ago.
  • We photographed a rehearsal dinner for the first time (and hopefully not last!)
  • We had 6 couples include their dog in their wedding and/or engagement – we love meeting all your fur babies!!
  • Jason and I took a cruise to Bermuda, and it was so nice to travel a bit this year!
  • We started using HoneyBook for agreements and electronic payments
  • Wow! We received 14,782 likes, 804 comments, and grew to 788 followers on Instagram this year @amacdonaldphoto
  • We won Best of the Knot 2019 – all thanks to you!!!

Thank you all so so much for the honor of celebrating and witnessing your love stories, it’s truly so magical and we cannot express our gratitude enough for choosing us out of thousands of talented photographers. We are so grateful to work with the best couples and vendors. We love each one of you so much and THANK YOU again! Enjoy some of our favorite photographic moments from 2019:

 

 

5 Tips for Beautiful Getting Ready Photos

Hey future brides! Today I’m sharing about one of the most exciting parts of the wedding day: getting ready! This is when it all starts to feel REAL… all the vendors start arriving, you’re finishing your hair and makeup, and then you finally put on your wedding dress! AHH!! As exciting as it is, there are definitely a few things to keep in mind so that your photos end up as beautiful as the moments. Here are my top 5 tips for getting beautiful getting ready photos:

  1. Choose a space with a lot of natural light. This means a lot of windows, and BIG windows! If you can choose a space that has a lot of beautiful light pouring in, your photos will look stunning, especially if you chose a natural light photographer (like us). The first thing I do is open all the windows, turn off the lights, and photograph this part of the day with the natural light coming in. Not only will your photographer love it, but so will your makeup artist! 
  2. Ask your bridesmaids to keep the space clean. As your photographer, I will already be looking out for and clearing bags and water bottles, but remind your bridesmaids before the big day to try to keep the space as tidy as possible!! Of course, it’s not a big deal if things get a little messy- but it’s always great to have other people aware that we need a nice clean space (at least by the windows!) and to have some extra helping hands when it comes time to clean up a little! 
  3. Give yourself lots of room. If possible, choose a room where you have plenty of room to spread out. Ideally, you’ll want space to have your mom & bridesmaids “helping” you into your dress for those fun fluffing photos! The more room, the better! If you have options, always go for the bigger space (as long as there is also natural light available! Natural light always trumps space). 
  4. Tell your bridesmaids, mom, and whoever else is helping you get into your dress to be completely ready by the time you are putting on your dress! This is super important because they’ll be in your photos, and they want to look their best too!! Send them all the timeline so they’re completely aware of when to be ready. As a tip, give them some buffer time and tell them to be ready a little sooner than they really need to be so they’re totally ready to go.
  5. Give yourself plenty of time. This will give yourself the time to relax and not rush, as well as give your photographer a chance to take some more creative photos of you getting ready! I typically recommend allowing 45 minutes for details (while getting the final touches of your hair and makeup), then about 45 minutes for putting on your dress (this gives you plenty of buffer time as well, in case you fall behind). Best case scenario? You have time to just have fun with your girls. 

Squantum Point Park Engagement : Brendan Loves Callie

This was my first session of 2019 and gosh, it was absolutely ah-mazing!! Winter engagement sessions are so much fun. The light is soft, the colors are muted, and the cold weather is perfect for lots of snuggles! Callie and Brendan were so sweet together, and we had a lovely evening exploring the waterfront in Quincy, MA. Squantum Point Park has lots of pretty photo spots that we enjoyed. You can even see a bit of the Boston skyline! Callie and Brendan brought their pup, Maggie, with them – she was such a good girl! We love when couples include their dogs in their engagement photos. By the way, I’m a bit obsessed with Callie’s pink coat! The best way to have bright and airy photos is to wear light colors, and Callie looked great AND stayed warm!