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Katie & Ben | A Farm Wedding | New Hampshire Wedding Photography

Many of you know Enna and I moved out of the city and into the quiet of New Hampshire just over a year ago and with the move came the talk of photographing weddings in our new home town. Little did we expect that it would happen so fast and so close to home! Fort Rock Farm is on the other side of the forrest behind our house where I often take our dog Jackson for walks.  As soon as NH wedding planner Leslie Barbini of The Wedding Belle heard that we were in her area she scheduled a meeting for us with this amazing couple and now we are excited to be sharing their images! Katie and Ben live in NYC, and Katie has deep family roots in NH. Her family farm has been in the family for generations and was not only a perfect backdrop for their day, but also a potent symbol of time, tradition, and love. Katie got ready at her parents' house in Rye with the help of of our good friend Joanne of Joya Beauty before heading to the farm for first look photos with Ben. The ceremony was held in their local church and afterward everyone gathered in the barn for blessings, a brief history of the farm, toasts, and an amazing meal. After the plates were cleared and as folks mingled, the center tables were removed, opening the barn up for a dance floor. Our custom designed photobooth, aka The Luxebooth, was set in the tent next to the barn for guests to enjoy and as the sun set Leslie and her team lined the driveway with paper lanterns. It was a perfect fall day for a wedding and we are excited to be sharing these photos with you!

Congratulations Katie and Ben!!!  ~Matt and Enna

Our photobooth, custom designed by us, was on site!

Tamar & Noah | Connecticut Wedding Photography | Barn Wedding

It was a gorgeous day, the families showered them with love, and we all had a blast. Check out the images of Tamar and Noah's beautiful farm wedding at the Dudley Farm in Guilford Ct. Tamar and Noah were surrounded by everything that is important to them and it was done with perfection. When I first met Tamar and Noah and they told me about their plans, they were  most excited about the combination of the venue and food. Dudley Farm is a very community-minded farm, and chef Jonathan Rapp of Dinners at the Farm serves an amazing organic menu constructed from local and seasonal food. I arrived at the farm early and enjoyed watching Jonathan's team prep the food and visited the community garden that had held up well despite the recent hurricane. Tamar and Noah began the day with a "first look" portrait session with just the two of them. When the guests arrived, the women all greeted Tamar in a beautiful Bedeken, and the men joined for the Tisch. These were followed by a beautiful ceremony that included a special reading of a relative's poem. When everyone gathered under the tent for dinner, the families couldn't help but spontaneously burst into song and dance mixed in with the heartfelt toasts. To wrap the evening we headed to the barn for dancing.

For me this wedding was a long time coming, which probably sounds funny, but is true because event planner Josh Chalmers and I have waited years to work at a wedding together. A few years ago a fellow photographer asked me if I would document a wedding with him and Josh was the planner of that wedding. Josh and I hit it off at that wedding and since then Josh has invited me to contribute to my photography to a few charity events he has done work for such as The Fairy Tale Ball and GreenLight Fund, but the timing was never right for us to collaborate on a wedding together. Working with Josh was such a a treat! He really connects with the couples' personalities and style and creates a very personal event.

Congratulations Tamar and Noah!!!  Your wedding day was gorgeous and it was such a pleasure to be there for you!!   ~  Matt

Heirloom Harvest Project | Seacoast Local Food Dinner

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A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to photograph the Heirloom Harvest Project, a joyful and delicious celebration of food made from locally harvested ingredients. This was just a fabulous event, and I hope that I can participate again next year! Here are just a handful of my favorites. I'm including a lightbox of all the pictures right here in this blog post (see below), but for those who like to tag and comment, I'm happy to share the galleries on both Google Plus and our Facebook page:

Here is the Facebook set.

And the Google set is here.

Congrats to all the chefs, farmers, masterminds, organizers, and volunteers on putting together such a special meal!!!

It was exciting and inspiring to watch all of the farmers, chefs, attendees, sponsors, and volunteers collaborate. Here are the credits for the event:

Participating Farmers:

Josh and Jean Jennings, Meadow’s Mirth Jacques, Birch Hill Farm, Lee Renee and Jeff Cantara, New Roots Farm, Newmarket Chuck Cox and Family, Tuckaway, Lee Andre Cantelmo, Heron Pond, Laura Neale, Black Kettle, Alfred, ME Kate Donald, Stout Oak, Greenland Sofie Larsen, Applegard, N. Berwick, ME John Forti, Strawbery Banke, Portsmouth Maria Southworth, Madbury Suddhayu, Touching Earth, Kittery Luke, Brookford, Rollinsford Susan, White Gate Farm, Epping

Participating Chefs: Brandon Blethen, Robert’s Maine Grill, Kittery Lauren Crosby, Black Trumpet, Portsmouth Evan Hennessey, Flavor Concepts, Dover Robert Martin, Zampa, Epping Ted McCormack, Blue Moon Evolution, Exeter John Medlin, Popper’s Sausage Kitchen, Dover Mike Prete and Matt Greco, The Kitchen, Portsmouth Mariah Roberts, Beach Pea Baking Co., Kittery Mark Segal, The 100 Club, Portsmouth

Sponsors: Vermont Butter & Cheese Dole & Bailey Pete & Gerry’s Eggs EcoMovement M.S. Walker Farnum Hill Cider Flag Hill Winery Smuttynose Brewing Co. Throwback Brewery Exeter Rental

Heirloom Harvest Barn Dinner Steering Committee: Briana Cribeyer, John Forti, Jean Jennings, Josh Jennings, Debra Kam, Denise Mallett, Evan Mallett Heirloom Harvest Project, Seacoast Eat Local and Slow Food Seacoast's Third Annual Heirloom Harvest Barn Dinner, September 18, 2011 The Barn at Berry Hill and Meadow’s Mirth Farms, Stratham, New Hampshire

 

Jennifer & Chris | A Gibbet Hill Wedding

Meet Jennifer and Chris! They forged a relationship and fell in love after being introduced by roommates in Cambridge and spending nights challenging each other to XBox games only to realize after a while that it wasn't the games they liked, it was each other's company. As it happens, they grew up in neighboring towns and both attended the New England Conservatory prep school every weekend while in high school (Chris for trumpet and Jen for piano), and probably bumped into each other at some point there, of course never knowing that they'd eventually be married. On a cold and rainy December evening, an "unfortunate" set of circumstances (independently arranged, as it turned out, by both of them) "forced" them to have to share an umbrella for a walk down to the local watering hole, straying behind the rest of the friends they were with. This was the moment when Chris asked Jen out for their first date. Since that moment they have been enjoying cooking together, going to concerts, and hiking. To the best of my knowledge the Xbox stayed behind with the roommates. It is their love of cooking that led them to choose The Barn at Gibbet Hill for their wedding venue. The venue uses fresh and local produce and has a beautiful and elegant barn perfect for weddings. Although a small rain shower just before the start of the ceremony moved everything inside, it was a beautiful day and the rain cleared after the ceremony just in time for photos outside.

Congratulations Jen and Chris! ~Matt and Enna

Here is the list of talent that came together to celebrate their wedding:

Venue: The Barn at Gibbet Hill

Video: Summer Wind Wedding Films

Make-up: Joya Beauty

Hair: Split Ends

Florist: Belle Feuille Floral Design

Musicians: Bala Brass Quintet

Cake: Konditor Meister

DJ: TSG Weddings