Pink Initiative partners with Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

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Last year, Pink Initiative- a non-profit comprised of wedding vendors raising funds for breast cancer that I started in 2008- donated to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. This year, we opted for an action donation day, sponsoring a mobile mammography day with the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston.

What is that, you might ask?

Dana-Farber’s Mammography Van provides screening mammograms and breast health education to women 40 years of age and older, regardless of ability to pay. Although any woman who is medically eligible is welcome on the van, priority populations include women who are uninsured, low-income, elderly, immigrant, and non-English speaking.

Skilled, board-certified mammography technologists from Dana-Farber perform the exams and films are interpreted by board-certified radiologists with extensive experience dedicated to mammography. By bringing Dana-Farber’s high quality services directly to the neighborhoods in which women live and work, the van breaks down cultural, linguistic, financial, and logistical barriers to care and makes mammograms more accessible to those least likely to obtain one.

The van sees patients speaking more than 40 different languages and has provided more than 25,000 mammograms since the program’s inception in May 2002.

We are so proud to have partnered with Dana-Farber on this event and thank you all for your support and contributions to make this possible. We gifted 42 mammograms to women who otherwise wouldn't have had the opportunity!!

I stopped by the van, parked at the Martha Elliot Health Center in Jamaica Plain, to catch a glimpse of the process. The photographer in me was eager to document, but out of respect for the womens' privacy I just took a few snapshots to share with you.







Van technicians Donna (left), Brenda (right) and Wendy (center), greeter. My mom, who made the trip down with me, and I were speechless when Donna introduced herself to us. My mom's best friend, and the inspiration behind Pink Initiative's start, was named Donna.

Inside the van, the check-in area.

The exam area.

And a mug of me in front of our banner. Such a proud day!

* Liu and Jeff marry at Nine Zero Hotel in Boston

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emilie inc. photographer: Whitney
venue: Nine Zero Hotel Boston
officiant: family friend Lee Phenner
caterer: KO Prime, Nine Zero Hotel
florist: DIY
music: DIY
cake: Konditor Meister Braintree, MA
dress: Aidan Mattox at Neiman Marcus
invitations: DIY
honeymoon: Maui

Whitney had the pleasure of documenting the ultra cool, intimate celebration of Jeff and Liu at the hip Nine Zero Hotel in Boston, a place these two walk by every day on their way to work. In lieu of a traditional wedding schedule, they readied in the same suite together, had a small ceremony with 60 friends, then had a wonderful dinner party followed by a lively Wii competition. We love the black and white details of this day and the general tenderness between Liu and Jeff.

How they met, in Liu's words:
We both work for the same advertising agency. Jeff's a copywriter, I'm a graphic designer. It's a 500+ office so we had no interaction until we were assigned to the same project on December of 2007. Our relationship was strictly professional then and after the project was over, we lost touch but re-connected almost a year later when a mutual friend was leaving the agency and we both attended his going-away party. Till this day we credit him for bringing us together.

After "doing the dance" for a couple of months, our official first date was on January 17, 2009. The proposal came in April of 2010 after an adventurous meal including lobster sashimi (the lobster's head was used as a garnish and its eyes and legs moved during the entire dinner).

And now here we are :)

Live lobster? Holy cow! These two are adventurous. Check out their sweet album and a few images below:






























Happy congratulations, Liu and Jeff!! Thank you so much for choosing to work with emilie inc. Happiness to you always.

* Juna and Scott marry at Morgan Hill near Bangor, Maine

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emilie inc. photographers: Emilie, Denise and Sharon
venue: Morgan Hill Event Center Hermon, Maine
officiant: Rev. Dennis James Robinson
caterer: Jolain's Gourmet Bangor, Maine
florist: Fenn Hathaway; New Haven, CT
ceremony musician: Lovey Williams Bangor, Maine
dj: Dana Lavertu, Dana Lavertu Entertainment Bangor, Maine
hair: Karen Clark Deja Vu Salon Bangor, Maine
gown: David's Bridal
invites: Baumbirdy and DIY
honeymoon: St. Lucia

A fellow photographer, Juna and her sweetie Scott live in Connecticut but traveled up to Maine to exchange their vows in the rustic Morgan Hill Event Center near Bangor. They opted to wed on the Monday of Columbus Day, and so, myself, Denise and Sharon ventured up for the beautiful fall nuptials of these two and their closest family and friends.

How they met, in their own words:
One night, while away at college, Juna & a friend decided to jump into a chat room to goof off and cause trouble to "weird people looking for love on the internet". Little did she know....love was about to find her. JunaRaePhoto and SDF4577 started chatting - innocently. "Where in Maine are you from?" SDF4577 told JunaRaePhoto about his broken road of love and timing. JunaRaePhoto told SDF4577 about college and her relationship. Soon SDF4577 and JunaRaePhoto became Scott and Juna Rae. We talked about love, family, interests, hobbies, dreams, and goals. Scott would play guitar and sing on web cam. They began looking forward to talking to each other and Scott would "virtually" cuddle with his Snuggle Bug Juna Rae. Juna really needed models for school, and on more then one occassion Scott offered. At first the idea of meeting someone from the internet seemed CRAZY to Juna, dangerous in fact. Something Mom definitely would frown upon. However, several discussion into it they realized that Rachel (Scott's Mother) and Pat (Juna's Mother's Best Friend's Mom) were in the same play. What a small world, Juna thought, ...he must be a safe guy. So she finally took him up on his offer. Scott took the drive to Massachusetts to model for Juna. She was very grateful and called to thank him. His 2 hour drive home to log on to AIM felt like an eternity because Juna KNEW she had to see him again. We began making regular visits to see each other and had a blast. We would go to the West Haven Beach and cuddle, or for walks around New Haven & Turners Falls. However in a few short months Juna graduated and returned home to Maine. No longer within arms reach of each other, they realized if they were going to get to know each other one of them were going to have to make a sacrifice and move. So in August, Juna packed a bag for a long weekend planning to go to a job interview. She got the job and never returned home. Over the next several years we fell in love and here we are today.....

View their album design and a few of our favorite images from their day below.






































Congrats, you two crazy love birds! So happy for you both, and hoping you had a blast on your honeymoon! xo

* Andrea and Patrick marry at the Inn on Peaks in Casco Bay, Maine

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emilie inc. photographers: Whitney and Sharon
venue: Inn on Peaks Peaks Island, Maine
officiant: John Holdridge
caterer: Inn on Peaks
florist: Laurie Andrews Minott's Flowers Portland, Maine
ceremony music: Eric Bettencourt
dj: Charlie Vacchiano DJ Good Time
cake: Two Fat Cats Bakery Portland, Maine
make-up: Joanne McDonough Joya Beauty
hair: Lena Hartford Hair That Moves
gown: Amy Kuschel
honeymoon: Vietnam

New Yorkers Andrea and Patrick had a beautiful coastal Maine wedding on Peaks Island with 100 of their closest friends and family. They chose to have a sweet first look before the ceremony, and then zip around the island with Whitney and Sharon for portraits, leaving them plenty of time for cocktails and easing into their dinner and dancing reception once pronounced husband and wife.

How they met, in Andrea's words:
As one of our friends says, we met at a June 2005 wedding that I wasn't at. Two of my friends met Patrick at a wedding and were so smitten by him that while the guy grilled Patrick about his dating life, the girl snuck away to call me and ask permission to give Patrick my phone number. A quick phone call resulted in a blind date, and we've been together ever since.

In October 2009, I unexpectedly switched jobs and started working for BRIDES Magazine. Two weeks later, Patrick proposed - so it's been a crazy and fun-filled wedding year. Although we live in New York City, we can't imagine a more perfect place than Maine for our wedding day. I have ties to Maine (my father's family is originally from the Portland area, and I went to Colby College), but Patrick is from Minnesota and first time up was when we were scoping out wedding venues. We instantly fell in love with Peaks Island and can't wait to share a true New England experience with friends and family who will be flying in all over the country (and some from overseas)!

Enjoy their album and a sample of images from their wedding below.






























Congratulations, Andrea and Patrick! Thank you so much for choosing to work with emilie inc. and have a blast in Vietnam!!
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