* Whitney and Brian

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ceremony: First Parish Church Norwell, MA
reception: bride's parents' house, Norwell MA
caterer: Gimme the Skinny, Norwell MA
florist: Flower Designs by Pat, Nowell MA
dj: Dave Casanave Kiss108 FM
tent: Sperry Tents
bridesmaids dresses: Coren Moore
photographers: Emilie and Meredith

Holy Cross sweethearts Whitney and Brian have been planning their wedding thousands of miles apart since graduating two years ago. Whitney was in London obtaining a master's degree, and Brian was in Japan serving in the US Navy. So their wedding day was a rare occasion to be together with all of their friends and family back in Whitney's hometown. In December, Brian and Whitney will be relocating- together- to Hawaii!

Meet Whitney, the face of calm under pressure.

Ok. Well, maybe the funny face of calm under pressure, too (she was demonstrating the expression she feels she makes in photos of herself all the time).

Nothing is off limits during the preparation hour, even tooth-brushing. I love the careful thought, and the shallow depth of field to an otherwise hectic bathroom.

Take a good look at the bridesmaid on the right, Michaela Clemence. You may recognize her as a contestant on the NBC reality tv show America's Toughest Jobs (currently airing Mondays at 9p). As noted by her scar, Michaela actually broke her neck while filming! Be sure to tune in and cheer Michaela on!

All hands to help with the veil.

The perfectly coordinated ceremony programs.

Time to get married (by Meredith).

Whitney and Brian were married on the 9th of August.

Whitney is just so amazingly expressive and it was so much fun to watch how much Brian adores her.

Married!

On the back of the trolley (by Meredith).

Not sure what is happening here, but it makes me smile!

The reception was a beautiful backyard cerebration at Whitney's parents' house.

There were so many gorgeous flowers.

The highlight was most definitely the family's two yellow labs who meandered around the party.

And even onto the dance floor (by Meredith).

Whitney listening to her father's welcome speech.

Night settles in.

And the dance floor gets crowded!

The evening concluded with slideshow of pictures projected onto the back of a shed.


Thank you so much for having us, Whitney and Brian! Wishing you both the happiest of lives together (and perhaps a few new friends who might need a photographer in Hawaii!). And a big hug to Nancy Angeloni, neighbor to Whitney and the mother of Kara, whose wedding I photographed a little more than a year ago in Maine!

* Amy & John

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ceremony: Old North Church, Boston's North End
reception: Rooftop deck at the Taj, Boston
hair: Athena Salon & Spa, Boston
make-up: Davisha at Barney's, Boston
florist: Gregory's Wakefield, MA
dj: Jeff Mader, ECF Entertainment
bride's gown: Anjolique
photographers: Emilie and Meredith

Bostonians Amy and John were married on the very lucky 8.8.08 at the very historic Old North Church (you know, where an illuminated lantern in the window signaled the British were coming by sea and thus started the American Revolutionary War?!) with a beautiful rooftop reception at the Taj overlooking Boston's Public Garden. Rain, like so many weddings this summer it seems, prevented us from taking advantage of their gorgeous setting for portraits.

Amy's beautiful orchids.

Private box pews were rented by families during the Revolution. The doors helped keep in the heat.

Guests heads are all that appear as looking toward the front of the church.

And a view looking down into the box pews from the balcony.

The minister talks about the challenges of married love during the ceremony.

We literally had about 3 minutes outside after the ceremony before the rain started and we rushed to straighten up before portraits.

Is this not the face of a proud groom?

A television news crew was waiting for us when we arrived at the Taj, to interview the newlyweds on the significance of their 8.8.08 wedding (by Meredith).

And here is the story and video that ran on NECN.
The roof of the Taj was a lovely setting for a 270-degree view of the city, shielded from the rain.

Amy, studying philosophy, and John, studying chemistry, met in college. Many comments were made about how perfect this unlikely match works. Their tables were named to reflect their different viewpoints.

Here was Amy's reaction to one such comment during a toast.

And the sweet couple during their first dance.

We wish you both the best of love and luck, tho it seems you have that one covered with your symbolic beginning on 8.8.08! Great to see Cathleen and Jeff, too (and congrats on your new house!)!

pink presents

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A big blog hug for the very thoughtful pink love I have discovered in my mailbox lately (spatula, iPod earbud holder and mixing bowls from photo friends Katie and Chris Torres in Atlanta, the pink & brown Dixie Cups- who knew!- from dear pal Margaret in Virginia, and the pink & brown camera strap from photographer Megan Resch in Arizona)! Thank you! You guys are too sweet!


ps- Happy early Birthday, Mags!

Looking for office space?

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There is a 270sf office for rent on the third floor above the emilie inc. studio at 227 Congress Street in Portland. It is $600/month (all utilities included. Shared bathroom with other office upstairs, the owners of the North Star Café). It is not designated as retail, but would be perfect if you currently work from home and want to get out of your house, if you're a writer, etc. Or, I'd love another wedding professional in the building! Email me for details.

* Lauren and Kirk

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venue: Lauren's family summer home on Lake Wentworth in Wolfeboro, NH
coordinator: Amy Piper Signature Events
caterer: Sunshine Catering Goffstown, NH
flowers: Spider Web Gardens (assembled by Lauren and her mom)
cake: Just Like Mom's Pastries Weare, NH
hair: Styles by Tara, Wolfeboro, NH
dj: Peak Entertainment Vermont
dress: Madeleine's Daughter (Bridals by Marisa) Portsmouth, NH
bridesmaids dresses: Simple Silhouettes
transportation: Molly, Wolfeboro Trolley Company

Formerly of Vail and now living in New York City, Lauren and Kirk know how to throw a party! When Kirk phoned to check my availability last year for their Lake Wentworth, New Hampshire wedding, I nearly fell off my chair. Not only did I grow up summering on Lake Wentworth as a child, but I can see their wedding location from my grandparent's beach (that's their tent in the bottom right)!!

The tent up close.

The ceremony scene.

I love the super narrow focus of a few lenses I recently purchased.



Bright pink was the accent color throughout the day.

Love the sash on those bridesmaids gowns. The colors really popped in the overcast day.

I love this shot of Lauren getting ready inside and her guests being seated outside.

A shout-out to Kirk, an amateur photographer himself.

Kirk's brother was in charge of the wedding bands, and kept them securely on this carabiner.

Or so he thought.

Yes, exactly what you are thinking happened actually happened. But the ring was recovered after a few minutes of panicked pawing in the sand.

The bridal party forms a sweet spontaneous huddle.

Toes, too.

Married!

The rain started to come down during dinner and the music went up. And then things got very fun to photograph!

And Lauren took the muddying of the bottom of her bridal dress in stride.

Great effort by the women on the bouquet toss!

What a great wedding!
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