After a few years of photographing weddings, you'd think I'd be immune to the emotions of the day by now. Each wedding is generally the same, right? You spend the morning getting ready, you tie the knot, and then you throw a big party afterwards with your family and friends. If being a wedding photographer has taught me one thing, it's that this special day is so much more than that. Every couple in front of my camera has traveled a completely different path to find love. This amazing day is a physical way to honor that journey. Each wedding that I photograph is like a beautifully written story book that I'm piecing together one picture at a time. Love is a language that all people can understand–Whether it's five or ninety-five years from now. Hopefully through my photos, I can capture these precious memories and bring them to life.
When I first met with Michelle & Jeremy last year, I couldn't wait to experience their wedding day alongside them. They're such a warm, loving couple–You can't help but smile when you see these two together. We talked for a while about how they met and what they envisioned for their big day. Their love story really hit home with me, because they had been together for 9 years before getting married, just like my husband Will and I had. There's no other feeling in the world like marrying your very best friend!
We started off our day at Michelle's family home. After I photographed some of the details, it was time for Michelle to step into her dress. One of her sisters (and maid of honor) buttoned her dress, Mom tied on her beautiful belt, and her other sister helped with her jewelry. Less than 10 minutes later, Michelle was transformed into a gorgeous bride. We stepped outside for a few pictures with the girls before the limo ride to the venue.
When we arrived at their venue, T.J. Smith's Victorian House in East Bridgewater, MA, we met up with Jeremy and his groomsmen for some formal photos with the guys before the ceremony. Michelle's father and Jeremy even took a shot together to celebrate! Guests filtered into the sunny, charming space–Anxious to see Michelle and Jeremy finally tie the knot. Tears filled Jeremy's eyes when he saw his beautiful bride for the first time (I love the photo of his reaction). To be honest, tears filled my eyes too! They exchanged rings, said 'I Do' and finally shared an epic kiss to seal the deal. They were officially Mr. & Mrs.! After they ran down the aisle, hand-in-hand, it was onto the formal pictures and portraits. Although the outdoor square footage of T.J. Smith's is on the smaller side, there are still so many wonderful spots for photos! The venue itself has so much charm and character as well. We even ran into the street for an adventurous sunset picture–which is maybe my favorite shot from their wedding!
Congratulations again Michelle & Jeremy! I had such a wonderful time photographing your big day–It was an honor to celebrate your marriage alongside your family and friends.
This weekend I had the wonderful opportunity to photograph Danyelle & Cody's engagement session! I was super excited when I booked with these two for their wedding photography a few months back. I researched their wedding venue, The Spencer Country Inn in Spencer, MA, and all of the pictures online looked gorgeous. I have to say, I was blown away when we drove up to the property to meet Danyelle & Cody for their session! The venue itself has so much New England charm and character. It's the perfect spot for any vintage, romantic wedding. The grounds are equally as impressive with views of rolling fields and picture-perfect trees. There were endless spots for pictures and photographing this session makes me even more excited for their 2019 wedding day! Here are a few favorites from our photoshoot.
Congrats on your engagement Danyelle & Cody!
This Memorial Day weekend I photographed the most beautiful rustic wedding at Bittersweet Farm in Westport, MA! Sarah & Adam have spent many years together just waiting to tie the knot. They met at a young age and have followed each other around the country chasing their dreams. Technically, they became Mr. & Mrs. a couple of months ago in a small ceremony, but this was their big wedding to celebrate their love and commitment with their loved ones!
Since my last two weddings were rained out, I was trying to hold out hope that this one would be different. To my surprise, their wedding day was blessed with the most beautiful Spring weather! We started our day with some getting ready pictures at the couple’s hotel. The bride and bridesmaids finished hair and makeup and began on the finishing touches. The guys put on their ties, laced up their shoes, and were quickly on their way to Bittersweet to wait for the rest of the wedding party. After I shot some details in the bridal suite, it was finally time for Sarah to get ready! At every wedding there’s so much anticipation waiting to see the bride in her dress–It’s the first moment of the big day when everything comes together and actually feels real. As Sarah’s Mom buttoned her dress, there were constant ‘Ooh’s and Aww’s’ from bridesmaids looking on. How incredibly gorgeous is her lacey, vintage-inspired gown? All of the details she chose for herself were absolutely perfect!
The gown was on. The makeup was perfect. And the veil was in place. Now it was onto the first look! I was thrilled when these two agreed on doing a first look–It’s a great option when you want your first moments together on your wedding day to be more intimate. It also allows more time for photos (which is an obvious plus as a photographer!). As their closest friends and family stood quietly in the background, Adam turned to meet his wife with the biggest smile on his face and tears in his eyes. The way they smile with each other is something incredibly special–I can’t help but be reminded of my own loving relationship with my husband. You can just feel the love between them! After portraits with their bridal party and family, it was time to hide the bride and groom in preparation for their guest’s arrival.
Friends and family filled the ceremony seats and the bridal party looked on as Sarah and her father elegantly made their way down the isle. They read their personal, written vows to one another, exchanged the rings, and shared a beautiful kiss as their guests cheered. After a few more photos it was finally time to start the party! Bittersweet has an amazing reception space with rustic, wood beams and huge, antique windows. As the sun set outside, the ceiling above was filled with twinkling lights while everyone danced the night away.
To Sarah & Adam: I had such a wonderful time photographing your wedding day. Thank you for letting me tell your story and share in this beautiful moment in your lives. I’m so happy for the two of you and wish you all the best in your future together!
"TOGETHER WE CAN FACE ANY CHALLENGES
AS DEEP AS THE OCEAN
AND AS HIGH AS THE SKY."
The royal wedding wasn’t the only beautiful event that took place today! On this rainy Saturday, I had the opportunity to photograph the most perfect Newport wedding for the sweetest couple. I was thrilled when Ashley & Kevin contacted me for their wedding photography last year. From the details that they shared with me, their wedding day sounded like it would be beautiful and I was honored to capture these special memories for them.
Their venue was the absolutely gorgeous Belle Mer in Newport, Rhode Island. Once you cross the bridge onto Goat Island, it’s like you’ve entered into a dream destination. This Newport venue has everything: A perfect seaside location, an impressive event space with massive windows overlooking the ocean, beautifully manicured grounds, and the most spectacular view of the Newport bridge on the horizon. Unfortunately, for the second weekend in a row we’ve had to battle the rain and wind to photograph our beautiful couples. I take the rain as a welcomed challenge and “necessary evil” of wedding photography. You can plan literally everything on your wedding day, but the one thing that’s left to chance is the weather. I’ve photographed 85° weddings in the Fall and 60° weddings in the Summer. One of my biggest tips to brides & grooms is to always have a backup plan!
Regardless of the rain clouds above, Ashley & Kevin couldn’t wait to finally tie the knot! We started our day with some getting ready pictures–Since the men were all at Gurney’s Newport Resort, that’s where we decided to meet. Although it was a little foggy and sprinkling, Kevin and his groomsmen were on board for outdoor portraits. The guys lined up for photos as the seagulls flew overhead and sailboats sailed by. I could not get over how perfect this location was for pictures–It really is a photographer’s dream! Afterwards, it was time to photograph the girls getting ready at a vacation home nearby. Ashley’s details were in beautiful blush, pink, and ivory tones. Her bouquet was absolutely gorgeous; filled with large wildflowers that complimented her lace gown perfectly. The girls helped Ashley into her dress while everyone gazed in awe–She made such a gorgeous bride!
After everyone was ready.. And maybe after a glass of champagne and some laughter, we were finally on our way to Belle Mer. I was so impressed with their bridal suite– It was large, elegant, and perfect for portraits (considering it was pouring rain by this point). When Kevin arrived at the venue we realized that this might be our only chance to brave the weather and photograph some outdoor portraits. We only had about 15 minutes outside, but I’m so glad that I convinced Ashley & Kevin to make the most of the grounds at Belle Mer. We stationed Kevin in the courtyard with his back turned, as Ashley eagerly approached. Her groom turned and lit up as he finally saw how beautiful his soon-to-be-wife looked. After a few portraits outside, with the fog covering the Newport bridge in the distance, it was only minutes until their vows. Guests poured in (no pun intended) as Ashley & Kevin waited anxiously to say ‘we do’. Their night was filled with gorgeous floral arrangements, impeccable decor, and even a live band to dance the night away.
It was such an honor to photograph these moments for this perfect couple. I’m so lucky to travel throughout New England and capture brides, grooms, and their families as they celebrate two people spending their lives together.
To all of my followers–I apologize for being absent over the last couple of weeks. Complications in my pregnancy ultimately lead me to deliver our son six weeks early. During these weeks I have been focusing my time and energy on my recovery and my son's health while he's in the NICU. As I resume my normal work schedule, any couples who are still waiting on their wedding galleries can expect them to be finished over the next few weeks. I'll also be sending along a special gift for your patience and understanding during this difficult time.
Our tiny, 3lb son, Cooper James, has already been quite the adventure but we're just incredibly grateful that he's happy and healthy. Will and I are completely in love with this little guy–and hopefully soon (after he meets his milestones) we'll be able to finally take him home with us!
Thank you all so much for your well wishes, prayers, and support!
❤️ Jenna, Will, & Cooper