Dan Loves Jessica : Downtown Plymouth Engagement

When I asked Jessica what she loves about Dan, she replied, “He loves the dog, loves me very much, and he loves to show it.” Based on these photos, I couldn’t agree more! I so enjoyed taking photos of this happy couple, and exploring downtown Plymouth with them. With historic houses and pretty waterfront views, it was the perfect spot for a spring engagement session with Jessica and Dan!  They love funky windows and doors, so we hunted for some neat architecture throughout town. We even happened upon the bookstore and bakery that Jessica had been raving about earlier in the day. I so love using books during photo sessions!! Dan popped the question while they were out walking the dog, so of course their border collie Finn had to join in on the engagement photos. We ended their session with Jessica and Dan wearing their respective football team hats and a little friendly rivalry – so cute!

After this amazing photo session, I know that their wedding day next April is going to be filled with laughter, romance, and most of all love. Cheers, Jessica + Dan!

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Is a First Look Right for Your Wedding?

A “first look” is when you see your fiancé before the wedding ceremony, and it is quickly becoming a tradition for many couples. We totally love this! From a simple tap on the shoulder, to elaborate plans with balloons, a first look can be as much or as little as you want. However, many couples when deciding whether or not to do a first look don’t realize it makes a big difference to your timeline. There are a lot of reasons that seeing each other before the ceremony may be the best option for your wedding day, such as…

You have a fall or winter wedding

While the foliage or snow is amazing, it gets dark quickly this time of year. There may not be much time after your ceremony to fit in family, wedding party, and moments with just the two of you. A first look ensures you have those outdoor photos with plenty of pretty light!

You want to attend cocktail hour

After the ceremony you want to CELEBRATE… not stand for formal photos. We totally understand you just want to get to the party! A first look allows you to have most photos done ahead of time, getting you to the fun part faster.

You want a lot of pictures of the two of you

If portraits are really important to you (and they should be!!), then a first look is a great option. We can capture the magic moment of seeing each other for the first time, as well as sneak you away for photos. It always hurts our heart when we have to rush through photos with the two of you because family formals took up all our time.

You have a lot of family or wedding party

Speaking of family and wedding party, consider how many people you will want photos with. The larger the groups, the longer those photos will take. You will appreciate having the opportunity for photos before the ceremony as well as after so that you have all the time you need.

You cry easily

Emotions run high on wedding day. People whose eyes leak on happy occasions may want to use a first look as a time to let those tears free before the ceremony. That way you still have time to freshen up again before you walk down the aisle.

You want to spend alone time with each other

Um, who doesn’t? It’s your wedding day, but yet there won’t be a lot of time for the two of you to be alone. We can totally be your excuse to sneak in some snuggles. A first look is the perfect opportunity for time away from the hustle of your wedding day preparations and to just relax in each other’s company. Sounds amazing, right?

Considering a first look might make the most sense for your timeline, giving you time to breathe and enjoy the day that you have spent so long planning. Even with all this said, we totally understand the wish to wait until the ceremony for that moment. We promise – no matter when you see the love of your life on your wedding day, it is going to be special!

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Jim Loves Molly : Autumn Engagement

 

Molly and Jim brought along pup Juniper for their engagement photos at Winnekenni Castle in Haverhill, MA. They had a great eye for pretty backdrops and picked a wonderful spot to meet. The foliage was stunning and bright on this overcast day, perfect for autumn. These two sweethearts enjoy taking Juniper for walks and binge-watching Netflix (totally our jam). They met at a college party and have been together 6 years now. I love how they are down-to-earth and happy in nature. Their authentic laughs and snuggles brought my camera and my soul joy.

Cheers to Molly + Jim, and their wedding this month is going to be amazing!

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Jannelle Loves Doug : Shining Tides Wedding

Doug’s instant reaction to meeting Jannelle was “She’s my missing puzzle piece.” He has been writing his vows for 2 and half years now, and he shared them with Jannelle on a sunny May day at Shining Tides in Mattapoisett, MA. The couple had a vintage chic theme focused on the beach views that they enjoy. Jannelle and Doug had a special first look at Onset Bay with their family and friends cheering behind them.

Shining Tides is a great venue for a beach wedding, and the newly Mr. and Mrs. shared their first kiss as husband and wife by the sea. Delia was an integral part of the ceremony, helping with the ceremony and having Dad read vows that she wrote for her parents. They included a sand ceremony to visually show the combining of all their lives together.

Jannelle DIYed many of their details, and they were amazing! They had gorgeous clamshell centerpieces, customized napkins and table numbers, and air plant favors. The decor was stunning! The steel blue dresses and gray suits of the wedding party were subtly nautical. Since Jannelle’s father was attending the wedding from heaven, she opted for a lantern release during parent dances. It was a sweetly personal reminder of the loved ones that were there in spirit, as was the remembrance table that Jannelle designed herself.

The newlyweds joined us out on the dock at sunset for some fantastic portraits. We love when our couples are willing to let us get creative and take photos when the light is magical. We simply adored Jannelle’s crafted balloons for her ring bearers, and of course included them in as many photos as possible.

We were so happy to photograph this beautiful wedding. Congratulations, Mr. + Mrs. Bowles!! We wish you and your new family many years of happiness together!

 

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Keiyana Loves Sheila : Cape Cod Engagement

Sheila and Keiyana brought me to their secret hill on Cape Cod for a magical sunrise session. Skies this beautiful are worth getting up early for! These two Pittsburgh sweethearts have fallen in love with visiting Truro, MA and come often. I was so glad we found a day during their vacation to get together. They were a bit nervous to get photos done, and kept sharing little laughs at themselves as I captured candid moments and snuggles. Keiyana loves Sheila’s passion for learning and new experiences… and this was certainly an adventure! A quick outfit change and short walk brought us to the beautiful beach, a hostel where the couple enjoys staying, and even a brief tour of their wedding venue.

In September they are going to tie the knot here in Truro, and we couldn’t be more excited to be a part of their big day. Cheers, Keiyana + Sheila!

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