Ashley and John got married at the Wychmere Beach Club in Harwich Port. The couple lives in Chicago, and they brought all their friends and family to Cape Cod for a beautiful celebration. They even brought their own beer. Seriously, John owns a brewery. Being that I was working I never got a chance to taste it, but they sure went through a lot of it. So, I’m guessing it must be good, and I can’t wait to try me some Solemn Oath Brewery. The super-talented Connie Miller joined me on this one. Such a pleasure to finally work together (after 8 years talking about it). Her beautiful work is woven in below.
Rena and Patrick got married at the State Room in Boston. I laughed a lot this day. I also managed to take more than my fair share of silhouettes. But what are you supposed to do when you have gigantic windows framing one of Boston’s best views? This was such a great wedding with a wonderful couple that made my job really easy. Congrats, Rena and Patrick!
Amy and Joe got married at Moraine Farm in Beverly. This is the second time I’ve had the pleasure of working with Amy and her family. I was lucky enough to also shoot her sister Mary’s wedding a few years ago. Working with Joe and his family was also a wonderful experience. The whole event was laid back and a perfect place to capture some really fun moments. Congratulations, Amy and Joe!
Jennie and Grant got married at the Wentworth by the Sea Hotel. Both west and east coasts were represented as well as a strong South African contingent. I loved getting to know Jennie and Grant. The people they surrounded themselves with were a lot of fun and photographing this group and this day was a real treat. Congratulations, Jennie and Grant!
Chelsea and Morgan came all the way from England to get married at The Chanler in Newport. I loved the heightened sense of pageantry provided by the women’s hats and the men’s long coats (photographers love hats). The toasts at the reception where all touching and funny. And Chelsea and Morgan were extremely sweet and such a pleasure to work with. Congratulations, guys!
Zainub and Justin were married at the Wianno Club in Osterville. The setting was beautiful and the people that surrounded Zainub and Justin were warm and funny. One of my favorite moments was when Justin’s brother challenged him to a quick round of ping pong at the conclusion of his best man speech. I’m so happy for Zainub and Justin, and I’m glad I was a part of their beautiful wedding weekend. Congratulations, guys!
Siting and Allen were so wonderful to work with. I loved how they got ready together before heading to the Swedenborg Chapel for final touches. People travelled from all over the world to come celebrate with them. Their family and friends helped out with decorations and made sure everything moved along smoothly. Such a beautiful day all around. Congratulations, Siting and Allen!
Neil and I are cut from the same cloth. We both got our start at the Midland Daily News in Michigan, even if several years apart. Admiring each others work from afar, we never had the opportunity to meet in person until Annah and Neil’s wedding weekend. We had too much in common (including dear friends) not to get along. And even though what I knew of Annah was from short planning phone calls with Neil, she (along with the rest of their families) was extremely welcoming and delightful to spend the weekend with. I wasn’t sure what to expect months ago when I was invited to photograph a Grand Rapids wedding in February. But, it wasn’t just the unseasonably high temperatures that left me with a warm feeling. I loved these people and this opportunity to enjoy a part of Michigan I had yet to experience. Congratulations, Annah and Neil!
Clare and Nako got married on top of a Volcano. On an island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. I know, right? They travelled to Hawaii’s big island from Chicago and shared their beautiful vows only with each other, if you don’t count me and Cheryl. The officiant. After their first dance at the Volcano House bar they drove to a nearby Thai restaurant for their first meal as a married couple. Nako and I worked together last year, so I knew we got along really well. And it was a pleasure to get to know Clare and see how equally charming and sweet she was. I’ve had the honor of traveling to a handful of exotic places for weddings, but this one is up there, both literally and figuratively. However, the otherworldly setting took a back seat to the joy I got from just being able to share such an incredible experience with these two special people. Thank you, Clare and Nako.
I always love going back through a year’s worth of weddings. When the days are cold and short, looking through happy pictures taken in warm weather brightens your day like nothing else. Positive memories are attached to each of these photos. As one calendar fades into the next I benefit from sitting and reflecting on a year full of blessings. Revisiting joyful days also gets me excited for those celebrations that lay ahead. I love taking pictures, but the people who grant me access to the intimate moments of their lives makes this work infinitely interesting. Each Saturday I witness something that makes me want to be a better husband, father, son and friend. Thanks, everybody.