August 14, 2018

Hope + Mario | Arnold Arboretum Engagement

I can't believe that Hope and Mario's wedding has already come and gone! This past weekend was a beautiful wedding, and getting to know the pair over the past nine months has been an absolute pleasure. From our first meeting over coffee, to a venue walk-thru and of course, their engagement session, it's been a quick, but wonderful journey, and I am honored that I have been able to document this time in their lives. But before I share what was an incredible wedding this past weekend, I want to post a few (more like a lot) of my favorites from their sweet, bloom-filled engagement session back in late May at the Arnold Arboretum in Jamaica Plain, MA.

Hope and Mario met and became friends through City Year Boston, a non-profit dedicated to helping students and their schools succeed. If you spend any time in Boston, you may have seen City Year staff commuting around in their bright red coats. While friends at first, they later began dating with their first date taking place during a snowstorm. Hope (and now Mario) is an active member in the IGBoston Community, and as the snow was falling, they walked around the city taking pictures and learning more about one another. This chilly evening marked the beginning of something truly special.

Initially hoping to stroll the city on a winter evening for their engagement session, we ultimately chose to enjoy early spring in the Arboretum, a location in the city Hope and Mario really enjoy. I am so happy with our decision, and we couldn't have picked a more beautiful night, the park was stunning in the early-evening light. As we slowly meandered the walkways, we chatted all about their impending nuptials and my evening with Hope and Mario was an evening well spent.

August 9, 2018

Niki + Nick | Union Bluff Meeting House Wedding in York, ME

On a sunny Saturday in late April, I packed up my cameras and headed north to Union Bluff Meeting House in York, ME. It was finally Niki and Nick's big day, an event I had been anticipating for quite a while. You might remember Niki and Nick from their engagement session last fall at the famous Nubble Lighthouse, followed by a sunset stroll on Short Sands Beach with their two german shepherds, Odin and Frigga.

Once I walked into the bridal suite, I was greeted by Niki surrounded by clouds of hairspray, all of her best gals and with the biggest smile plastered to her face. After all the planning and organizing, her big day was finally here and Niki was more than ready to marry her best friend.

After a heartfelt first look and bridal party portraits overlooking Short Sands Beach where we had frolicked with the pups just seven months earlier, it was time for the ceremony. Guests arrived at the ceremony to one of the couple's close friends and officiant strumming his guitar, and eventually the bridal party made their way down the aisle. The couple chose to whisper their vows to one another's ear, before exchanging the rings. Their vows were sealed with a kiss and it was time to get the party started... and what a party it was, with their friends from Scarlett Drive rockin' the dance floor all night long.

Niki and Nick, what a perfect day! Even Odin and Frigga made an appearance, albeit in life-sized cardboard cut-out form, but they were still part of the celebration thanks to your wonderful friends! Thank you for inviting me along on such an amazing ride, and I wish the two of you nothing but the best for the future.

This day would not have been possible without:
Venue: Union Bluff Meeting House
Reception Coordinator: Darlene Yankura
Wedding Dress Designer: Evelyn Bridal
Wedding Gown place of purchase: Giggi's Bridal and Mr. G's Tuxedos
Florist: Maine Event Design and Decor, Robyn Allen
Hair + Make Up: Jessica Candage
Entertainment: Scarlett Drive
Cake: Kate's Bakery and Cafe
Bridesmaid Dresses: Giggi's Bridal and David's Bridal
Grooms Attire: Brooks Brothers
Invitations: Paper Culture
Second Shooter: Angela Ryan