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I love it when couples relax, cut loose and be themselves at a wedding. It is surprisingly hard to do, as you are overwhelmed by the achievement of pulling off hosting such an epic event, and being pulled in a million directions by loved ones.
A simple, quiet, found detail of the wedding dress awaiting to be put on.
It only takes 1.4 seconds to capture a straight faced, smile, look at the camera formal photograph. I find that often the more memorable image happens immediately before or after the structured image, in which the bridal party is allowed to just be themselves. It is hilarious and personalized when people at a wedding are left to their own devices and given freedom.
Every family, and every event is a little bit of a guessing game as I await what event or moment will unlock an emotional flood. For Pam and Steve, one of those moments was Steve dancing with his mother.
Weddings are all about personalization. More and more these days, the cakes, donut bars, ice-cream and dessert aspects are a central point of a bride and grooms' presentation of their tastes and personalities.
On its own, I like the layers and complex nature of this image. I wanted to capture the unique and timeless feel of the venue (Waltham's museum of industry and innovation) while still capturing the important guests awaiting the ceremony. I find myself slowly looking through the many parts of this image.
"calm is all nature as a resting wheel" ~ william wordsworth
Wedding days are about bringing people together. I loved seeing the unity that was born amongst the guests as they all helped to bring the chairs from the ceremony site into the tent with them.
I always *jokingly* tell my couples that I will be invading their personal space all day. I feel honored that so many people welcome me into their lives and the story of their love. Here, I felt getting just a little closer...and then a little more...really allows you to feel the laughter.
I felt like you could see the entirety of Daniella and Andrew's relationship within their first "dance". Built on teamwork and playfulness, it blew everyone away.
It takes a special type of human to embrace the plethora of unknowns while eloping. Heather and Matt thrived. This is them 2 days before their lakeside ceremony checking out one of the locations the hotel suggested for their vows.
Photography serves as a platform to remember forgotten moments and memories. As I roam through a wedding day I often find small details of which I know nothing about. But, the above image was taken on the wedding morning, before preparations had begun, and I like to think this image will take people back to the celebrations the night before the wedding, the buildup, the anticipation, and the laughter amongst friends.
Heather and Matt offered the incredible opportunity for my wife and I to document their private elopement in Chile. The above image was taken within their first few hours in Puerto Notales, sitting with their translator (required by law, as they both speak Spanish) awaiting their "interview" process with the city hall official who was conducting part 1 of their official marriage. Many days later (after eating breakfast, lunch and dinner with them) and a long hike, the below image captures their lakeside ceremony at Patagonia Camp. The same city official traveled the 2hrs north to finish the process, with enthusiastic hotel staff looking on. Out of our nearly month long journey, the most memorable part was the honor of bonding with these two unique and special humans, and bearing witness to their adventure. Many more images will pop up soon.
To date, many of my most memorable wedding experiences have occurred on severe or rain filled weddings. These days seem to craft a peacefulness and intimacy, gathering guests close together. It is obviously not on anyones "desirable" list to have rain on their wedding day, but in a decade I have never seen it have an actual negative outcome. Just different.
The chicken strips and fries kids meal at wedding receptions has been a staple for as long as I can remember. I always try and document the kids' eating experience, and this image seemed the perfect juxtoposition to the ever classic (and equally a staple for New England weddings) lobster bake. Each in their own bliss, I don't think parent nor kiddo would trade for the other meal.
There are always many details and moving pieces to a wedding, and I love it when the groom (here with his father) is involved, studying, and making sure they are doing everything proper.
I always imagine when parents take a second to dance together at a wedding, they are reliving their own wedding journey together. I love seeing how a wedding makes every couple present focus on their own bond.