I would describe Alexandra and Patrick’s wedding day as warm. The temperature was on the higher side, but the primary warmth came from Alexandra and Patrick and their friends and family. Loving emotions always seemed close to the surface. At any given moment someone was either crying or bursting into dance. The Lyman Estate also gave the wedding a backyard feel that kept everything relaxed and familiar. We were lucky to get Sean Proctor to tag along and second shoot. His beautiful and complex images are scattered in below. I was so happy to be a part of this one. Congratulations, Alexandra and Patrick!
Kathleen and Kevin got married at the Willowdale Estate. They were both emotionally present on their wedding day. I’d never seen a groom not only think ahead to get flowers for his bride but to also thoughtfully and patiently do the arrangement. I’m so glad I was able to be a part of this wedding and wish Kathleen and Kevin all the best. Congratulations, guys!
Natalie and Patrick got married at Mount Hope Farm in Bristol, Rhode Island. The venue is one of my favorites to work at, and Natalie and Patrick quickly became one of my favorite couples to work with. We didn’t get a chance to meet before the wedding, but I learned quickly how easy they were to be around. I’m used to constantly problem-solving on a wedding day, but for some reason everything about this one just came together so easily. Thank you, Natalie and Patrick for being wonderful to work with. Congratulations!
I had such a great time with Allison and Steve during their engagement session last year. They were both charming and very easy-going. Weddings can be stressful, yet on their wedding day Allison and Steve managed to operate with the same relaxed and warm disposition. They spent as much time unnecessarily helping the people around them as they did requiring the sort of attention only socially acceptable on your wedding day. Basically, I’m just saying I like Allison and Steve, and I really enjoyed being around them and their families. Mass Moca is also one of my favorite wedding venues, so I was even happier to be with them in North Adams to celebrate. Congratulations, Allison and Steve!
Katie and Ryan both went to MIT so we started at the dorms and wandered around from there. I really enjoyed Katie and Ryan’s company and can’t wait for their wedding along the same river next month. The winter has been long and these two reminded me how much I love what I do and how excited I am for a summer of weddings and working with wonderful couples.
I don’t know how far back Ellis’ memory goes, but it’s possible he doesn’t know what grass is. On Mondays I stay home with him, and I’m looking forward to some outdoor adventures instead of figuring out how to entertain a confined toddler for hours. This week we warmed up with a trip to the aquarium and a walk along the harbor. I can’t say with certainty, but it feels like Ellis is pretty excited about fresh air and sunshine. Lord knows I’m tired of cursing the cold and snow. I just want a chance to complain about the heat. Monday fun day!
Almost a year ago I went to Little Rock for No Kid Hungry to document Jeff Bridge’s visit to Arkansas. Jeff visited Stephens Elementary School to thank a staff that is providing breakfast in the classroom for kids whose last meal may have been their school lunch the previous day. Getting a call from NKH is always an honor, and spending the day with Jeff Bridges was a lot of fun.
There was a time when we feared Ellis would have a hard time nursing. Then there were weeks we worried he would never drink from a bottle. Now Brooke and I are concerned he won’t ever give up the bottle. Ellis’ parents worry a lot. Luckily he doesn’t seem to stress about his constant state of transition. He knows quite a bit of child-rearing tends to sort itself out regardless how much you worry. Brooke and I are still learning.
In 2014 I traveled to Louisiana, Florida and all over New England spending time with families helping to record a part of their history. Here’s a painfully tight edit of great moments and scenes from 2014. I feel like so much is missing from this, but here’s a little taste of why I love my job. Looking at all these is getting me excited for the 2015 wedding season. I’m so grateful for all the wonderful couples and families I work with.
A lot changes in a year. In the course of 12 months we’ve transitioned from worrying about keeping Ellis alive to worrying about him eating too many pancakes. Each phase is better than the last (so far). We have a sweet little boy who has a sense of humor and much love to give. His stuffed animals can attest to this. Few things in life exceed expectations, but seeing him see the world has been more fun than I thought possible 52 weeks ago. I’ll tell you that I miss him as a new little baby, but in reality I only miss the idea of it. This memory is better served as context, a starting point, for what Ellis has become and what he will become. We feel so lucky. Also, thanks to Brooke for contributing a picture to this post. You can probably guess which one.