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Newborn Session | Baby Marette

My blog has been filling up with sleepy faces and heart melting smiles!  I love photographing newborn sessions – in many cases I am reunited with couples who’s weddings I photographed and it is so awesome to have a chance to see their family (and their love) grow.  Although I didn’t photograph Stephanie and Matt’s wedding, I was there and it was absolutely beautiful.

Stephanie is one of my MANY younger cousins.  As you might know from previous posts, I come from a rather large Italian/Scottish family on my Dad’s side.  My Dad is one of 7 … yup 7 kids.  Could you imagine raising SEVEN children.  Oh, and did I mention that 6 of them were boys?  Yea – my Grandmother was incredible.  Anyways, my cousins and I are all at that age where we are starting to have our own children and so it will be exciting to see how holidays evolve for the next generation of Mortimers.

I was so happy that I was able to capture these images for Stephanie and Matt – and clearly I enjoyed the snuggle time with Marette.  She is definitely her Mommy’s daughter!  And can we talk about that hair?!  If you look close enough you will see that her tips are highlighted … some people pay hundreds of dollars for hair like that … not Marette though, she was born that way;)

Kelly & Noah | Stonehurst – The Robert Treat Paine Estate | Wedding

2015’s wedding season is here!!  I am so delighted that I was able to start it off with Kelly & Noah’s romantic Valentine’s Day wedding at Stonehurst Estate in Waltham.   When you plan for a wedding months, sometimes over a year in advance, it’s hard to predict what the weather might be.  The best you can do is remember something very important;  the weather doesn’t make the day – it’s the love between two people and the family and friends who rally around them to celebrate and support a beautiful chapter in the couple’s life together.  That is exactly what happened with Kelly and Noah’s wedding – not even a little blizzard could get in the way of the happiness they shared on their wedding day.

Below are some of my favorite moments from their day.  Can I just say – Kelly, your dress was MADE for you – you were absolutely gorgeous in it!  Also, take note of the bridesmaids and how each one had a different blush pink dress.  This is a wedding style that I am a huge fan of!  You might also notice some of the outstanding dance moves that took place on their dance floor … trust me, they were even more amazing in person;)

Enjoy!

 

 

Dress Designer – WTOO by Watters

Bridal Boutique – BHLDN

Bridesmaids – various; J. Crew, BHLDN

Florist – Whole Foods Dedham

Hair – Aime Perry

Make up – Arcadya Salon

Band/DJ – DJ Deja

 

March 13, 2015 - 3:32 pm

Drew Jacobs - These are beautiful! The “First Look” ones are my favorite! You both look so happy.

March 13, 2015 - 3:50 pm

Christina - You guys look INCREDIBLE Your photographer is extremely talented and did a beautiful job documenting your day! xoxox

March 13, 2015 - 3:50 pm

Jennifer Blakely - Beautiful wedding Kelly! All the photos are wonderful! Your dress is lovely and looks perfect on you! Congrats!

March 13, 2015 - 4:15 pm

Kristen - Kelly– that dress is PERFECT. I absolutely love it, especially the back and the train. Was it one of the ones you showed me when I saw you in December?

March 13, 2015 - 4:16 pm

Mary Hart - What a beautiful couple!! Gus looks so handsome and happy to be at the festivities!! Thanks you for sharing!! Enjoy the rest of your journey together

March 13, 2015 - 4:33 pm

Tara Schmehr - So beautiful!

March 13, 2015 - 4:33 pm

Laura - These are so beautiful. Congratulations!

March 13, 2015 - 4:34 pm

Dave - Kelly looks amazing. The toe touches are remarkable! That man has some skilllzzzz

March 13, 2015 - 4:36 pm

Trish Hull - i love the candids. A beautiful wedding captured so nicely. Good photography

March 13, 2015 - 4:42 pm

Ann Marie Roberts - Beautiful photos of a beautiful wedding!

March 13, 2015 - 4:42 pm

Amanda Gazin - Beautiful photos! Everyone looks totally fabulous. Have to say, the highlights for me were the shots of Kelly’s shoes (ooh, the sparkle…the height!) and Noah’s socks.

March 13, 2015 - 4:44 pm

Kara Bolton - Gorgeous photos and such an awesome wedding!!

March 13, 2015 - 4:54 pm

Meghan - looks beautiful! I love saint jude’s

March 13, 2015 - 4:54 pm

Elizabeth - So pretty!! Even with the snow storm it was so fun!

March 13, 2015 - 4:55 pm

Fabienne - I knew it! You’re the Queen! Many congratulations to you and your husband, Noah!!

March 13, 2015 - 5:04 pm

Chelsee - So many stunning shots! I love the pic of you and your husband where you’re looking over your shoulder. Also, David’s resting b**** face in the group shot is a show stealer.

March 13, 2015 - 5:04 pm

Jen - Beautiful!!!!

March 13, 2015 - 5:04 pm

Clayton - What a fabulous celebration, thanks for sharing! Congratulations!!!

March 13, 2015 - 5:06 pm

barb - I will say it again and again. You were the most gorgeous and elegant bride I have seen. What an absolutely beautiful wedding!

March 13, 2015 - 5:09 pm

Caitlin - So beautiful!!! Looks like she captured the perfect day!

March 13, 2015 - 5:16 pm

Georgette - Great photos of a gorgeous wedding!

March 13, 2015 - 6:19 pm

Cara Buckwell - AMAZING PHOTOS! Kelly you’re stunning’y beautiful. Noah you’d make a good James Bond. Lindsey you’re so talented.

PS – nice earrings :)

March 13, 2015 - 7:52 pm

Terra Plato - Amazing pictures. You looked beautiful Kelly. Great hair … as usual :)

March 13, 2015 - 10:51 pm

Lori Donovan - Kelly’s dress was beautiful, and I love Gus’ expression when he sees you for the first time.

March 14, 2015 - 12:01 am

Susan Nadworny - Fairy tale wedding in a winter wonderland that weekend. Uou both look AMAZING!!!

March 14, 2015 - 12:49 am

Marilyn - It was a beautiful wedding with beautiful people! Kelly you were stunning!

March 14, 2015 - 2:48 am

Julie - You both looked so in love that day and I know you will carry that feeling through your life together! Thank you for letting me be apart of your special day! Xoxox

Newborn Session | Baby Addison

Are you prepared for cuteness overload?!  With the snowpocalypse happening here in Massachusetts, I am sure we all could use a little sunshine;)

Even though I have been looking at these photographs for several days, I still smile at how adorable Addison and her big sister, Mackenzie, really are.  Addison was so excited to have her picture taken, that it took a little while to get her to fall asleep.  She was no match for my hair-dryer trick though!  Seriously – try it the next time your little one isn’t in the mood for sleeping but you KNOW they are super tired.  (Just be sure to change the setting from hot to cold air and keep that back vent clear)  It has worked for me EVERY TIME!

So grab your coffee or tea and take a look at this beautiful family and all the love they have for their new little addition:)

All About The Guys | Wedding Wednesday

There really needs to be a reality show about grooms & groomsmen going to their local “Mr. Tux” and shopping for the perfect tux or suit for their big day!  You know, a sort-of groom version of “Say Yes To The Dress” complete with interviews, behind the scenes, and of course the suspense leading up to the final fitting … (Record scratch followed by a pause of awkward silence)  Ha!  I am just kidding, the last thing we need is another REALITY SHOW … but isn’t it strange that the Groom’s perspective on planning for their wedding seem to be “left out” of the mass media that has become such a big part of the wedding industry?

Every groom is different; some want to do what ever it takes to make their bride happy and so they agree to everything because in their mind, it’s “her day.”  Then there is the groom who like the previous, wants to make his wife-to-be happy, but also wants to have some input on the food or the music (this was my husband) and ladies trust me, this is a good thing because in truth, your wedding day is about you both as a couple!  Then there is the groom who wants to plan, build (aka craft;)…), and take part in as much of the planning process as their bride, which at the end of the day is awesome because that “to-do” list can be overwhelming!

When it came time to select what my husband and his groomsmen would wear for our wedding, my hubby had a simple request, “I want to be comfortable.”  Since we had a casual, backyard wedding, I knew “comfortable” meant we wouldn’t be going to your traditional tux/suit rental shop.  So, Jon and I visited our local J. Crew Ludlow Shop in Boston and selected a handsome navy blue gingham dress shirt and a navy blue Italian wool vest and pant suit.  Obviously we didn’t want our groomsmen to drop that much money on their attire, so instead of the $230 suit pants and $90 vest, they wore J. Crew navy blue chinos with the same gingham dress shirt as Jon had.  At the end of the day, our guys walked away with a really nice shirt and pants that they could KEEP for less than what they would have spent for a rental (this made them really happy!).  Oh, and did I mention that they also had custom made, leather brown suspenders??

I think Jon had the right idea – keep it comfortable.  So here is how this blog post was born, every groom has a different definition of comfort, and so I’ve collected some images from weddings over the last couple of years that I’ve either photographed as the primary or second shot with my dear bestie, Lexi of Lexi Photography.  Hopefully this post will kick start some ideas for your groom and/or groomsmen.  Or, at the very least give you a nice distraction from your everyday happenings;)

 

Here, classic black suit with a modern twist, the Skinny Tie and Tie Clip.  Very modern, super comfortable, and perfect for a romantic/James Bond kind of look.  I also love that instead of having the groomsman’s ties match the bridesmaids’ dresses, the groom’s tie does.

Another classic, romantic and more formal look is the two piece black tux for the groom, mixed with a three piece tux for the groomsmen.  Add in hand tied bow-ties, suspenders and cuff-links and WOW, super handsome fellas.  PS want a little versatility with your groomsmen pictures – have them all wear matching sunglasses …:)

The 3-peice tux is always a good choice, especially during the winter months!

 

Top left is a hand-tied bowtie, the other two are pre-tied. 

Elegant affairs typically yield black tie suits, here I love the addition of the vest.

Soft colors, such as this champagne tie, also offers an elegant look …

Gray is another popular color for groom and groomsmen suits.  Here again we have a nice pop of color, tie clip and cuff-links.

I was so impressed with this group and the groom’s idea to have all the guys wear any variation of a gray suit and brown shoes.  Such a considerate groom!  Since most of these guys work in an office setting they all already had a gray suit and brown shoes, so all they needed were their ties (and some fun socks, but we will get to that later!)

Classic gray suit with white or cream tie – very handsome and the kind of style that fits both a casual and formal affair!

For summer weddings, ditch the suit jacket and help your men stay handsome and not be super sweaty for their pictures.  Here I think the vests help keep things more formal, while allowing the guys to be a lot more comfortable in the heat.

I really loved the look of this groom and his men.  The contrast of the gray suits and white ties against the blue dress shirt is both super handsome and something I’ve hadn’t seen before.

You just can’t go wrong with gray and purple, especially in the fall and even more so when it’s a 3-piece suit!

Next up, the blue suit (or as you’ll see further down, blue tuxes!) which can be both formal and casual.  Either way, these guys below look great with their pink Vineyard ties, which matched the bridesmaids, and brown boat shoes!  A perfect look for a yacht club wedding.

Burberry ties with blue silk lined suit jackets, YES PLEASE!!

Okay, now for a groom who blew. me. away. last year!  In all the years I have bee photographing weddings, I have NEVER seen a tux like this – and ladies, these fellas picked out the suits all on their own!  He is wearing a midnight blue tux with black trim and a black hand-tied bow tie, rented from Black Tux – a super swanky and highly recommended online tux and suit rental shop.

Lastly, my final tidbit of advice, let your man’s personality shine through!  Whether it be with silly pictures, superhero t-shirts and/or cuff links, fun socks or the last pictures case – yes, let them carry around little army figurines … because I guarantee there is an awesome bachelor party back story as to why they are carrying them around.  And if you’re lucky, at a random moment, one of them will yell “ATTENTION!” and they all will assume the stance that matches the army guy they hold.  I promise – it’s hilarious!

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Flower Obsession | Wedding Wednesday

Your dream wedding venue is booked, you’ve said “yes!” to the dress, you love your wedding photographer and you may have just booked your DJ or band.  Hopefully at this point you are giving yourself some time to breathe, pat yourself on the back, and maybe even pamper yourself a little because you just checked off some of the major players of your wedding day!  Doesn’t it feel amazing?!:)

Once I reached this point with my own wedding planning, I was sitting on cloud nine.  I took a much needed break from wedding blogs and Pinterest and just enjoyed doing my normal day-to-day things.  Then, one day, it hit me … what am I going to do about flowers?!  Sure, I’ve been to over 100 weddings and have seen so many stunning flowers, but panic still set in a little because, well, I really love flowers and of course, like every other bride out there I wanted everything to be perfect and stay within my budget.  Sometimes that can be a tall order!

I grew up with my Mom arranging beautiful flowers in our home where she had her very own flower shop.  I loved coming home from school and watching my Mom create colorful designs with lush roses, beautiful baby’s breath, and my favorite – fragrant peonies.  Sure, sounds like I was half way to figuring out what kind of flowers I wanted for my wedding but since we were on a budget, I had to get creative.  So, of course I talked with my Mom and my florist about my “dream list” of florals and asked them what kind of flowers we could go with for alternatives.  After many emails and phone calls, the perfect list of blooms was created and it worked beautifully within the theme of our vintage-chic backyard wedding.

Along with talking with your florist, here are some things to think about when selecting your flowers for your wedding day:

Soft and romantic bouquets of garden roses to help create a contrast against your bridesmaid dresses.  (J. Crew Bridesmaid Dresses pictured)

On the left the same idea of contrast is applied, however standard white roses are mix with greenery and pearls to create a more classic, modern look.  My bride on the right has achieved not only a romantic look in the variety of soft white flowers in her bouquet, she also found a perfect way to highlight her dress.

Contrast can also be created with the subtle addition of color.

You can also consider what flowers are in season for your wedding!  This will not only help you with design, but with sticking within your budget as well.  Not getting married in May, but you love peonies?  Why not try Garden Roses or Dinner Plate Dahlias?  Or maybe you’re getting married in the fall, but still want a flower that can make a statement … Sunflowers are always a good idea!

Dinner Plate Dahliahs pictured on the right.

You can also use your flower choices to add color to your wedding details.  Below are a few of my favorite uses of colorful bouquets that in some cases add contrast and in others are more monochromatic.  Either way – they are all beautiful!

Thinking outside of the box?  How about bold colors or maybe even consider using paper flowers like the image on the right!?

One style I saw a lot of in 2014 was lush, unstructured, loose bouquets that not only made a statement in their shape but with their subtle use of color.

Along with budget, color scheme, the time of year, and style, it’s important to think about how you want to incorporate flowers into your wedding day.  It doesn’t have to stop at bouquets, boutineers, and centerpieces.  I personally loved how my bride added some lush baby’s breath, hydrangea and a rose to her and her Groom’s chairs at their reception.

Lastly, and this was advise I was so happy I followed with my own wedding – creating highs and lows with your centerpieces.  It really makes your reception room or tent pop and become more dynamic!  (and if you have the budget for sequin tablecloth, I promise you won’t regret it!  The sequins is beautiful during the daylight and even more stunning when the lights are low and little hints of shimmer shine with candle light.)