Whitney & Chip | St. Lucia Wedding Photography | Part 2

The day started with breakfast on the porch, and soon after folks were starting to prepare for the wedding day. The farm workers gathered flowers and Laura (Whitney's mom) created arrangements. Whitney and Chip chose to do their portraits during a "first look" session, seeing each other before the ceremony. Chip stood in a field of tall red flowers as Whitney walked out to greet him in her dress. It was an amazing setting for this very romantic start to their wedding festivities! We then headed down to the old mill for a few more portraits before the ceremony. The old sugar cane mill, out of use for many years and now rusted into place, was a beautiful back drop for their ceremony. Their rings were passed from guest to guest for blessings and after the ceremony everyone paraded to the farm house led by a dear friend playing the ukulele. We dined on the porch and just before toasts were given we had the sudden realization that a page had been skipped during the ceremony and they hadn't said their "I Do's". So with a laugh and a lot of love they stood again in front of everyone and finished their ceremony. To add a bit St. Lucia farm-charm to the event they cut the cake with a machete. The chef, his staff, and the farm employees all joined us for the toasts in which Whitney and Chip saluted them for their amazing effort to pull off a full week of hosting the guests. The next day we met up at lunch and hopped in Terry's truck for a trip to the beach for a day-after photo session on the beach with horses! I had three elements not working in my favor for the shoot: the strong wind, extremely long shadows and the sand and sea water being blown up into my camera. At one point I was in the water up to my shoulders shooting and if I wanted to change a lens, I had to run up the beach and crouch down in the grass to try to change my lens out of the wind-blown sand. I must of cleaned the sea spray off my lens 20 times! It was all worth it - I love the images and am excited to be posting them for you here!

Congratulations Whitney & Chip! Your wedding was amazing and I had such a great time with you, your family, and your friends!

Cheers ~ Matt

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Susan and Stephen | A Winthrop Estate Wedding | Berkshire Wedding Photography

Enna and I are so excited to be posting these images from Susan and Stephen's wedding! If you follow our blog you may know them as the "biplane couple". This is what our other clients have been calling them ever since we did their engagement shoot at an airfield and on a biplane. If you haven't seen it you have to check it out! Susan and Stephen travel a lot. Their time dating involved many trips back and forth from the US to London to see each other. So it was only fitting that their wedding should have a travel theme. The details included British flags, sayings, tea, vintage suitcases, and tables set beautifully with flowers and old books. After getting ready they began with a "first look" seeing each other alone for the first time that day all dressed up and ready to go. With their portraits and those of the family and wedding party complete they were able to enjoy a nice relaxed ceremony and cocktail hour with everyone who came to the wedding. Susan's sister played her harp as the guests arrived for the ceremony, and the wedding party proceeding across the long lawn of the estate made for some fantastic photos. The setting was the amazing Winthrop Estate nestled in the hills of the Berkshires. After an amazing dinner in the tent they all went inside the mansion for fun at the photo station and on the dance floor. Enna and I loved seeing the ladies from London wearing such fashionable hats! I also enjoyed seeing Susan's Maid of Honor Liz again, as it was Liz who found our web site and insisted that Susan and Stephen meet with us. Liz even took the time to join Susan and Stephen at their first meeting with us back when they were planning their wedding.

Congratulations Susan and Stephen! It was such an honor to be there for you and we hope all visiting the blog enjoy your photos as much as we do!  ~Matt and Enna


Jeanne and Tim | A Peabody Essex Museum Wedding

With every couple we meet and photograph there is always one thing that stands out about them more than anything else. With Jeanne and Tim that moment came just moments before we ever made our shutters click, when we met for their engagement session and I asked them what they wanted in their engagement photos. Did they want to be romantic? Sexy? Crazy? They said they wanted to be happy. Awesome. I love that. For me this is the single word that describes them best: Happy. Jeanne and Tim celebrated their wedding at the Peabody Essex Museum, and they enjoyed the beautiful summer day as we visited a few private estates for portraits before heading to the PEM to dance the night away. The disco cover band Booty Vortex totally rocked the house! Often times we are asked to document the wedding for photographers and folks always comment "No pressure eh?" (OK, maybe they don't say "eh") But it's actually a real treat to have such an honor and I mention this not because Jeanne or Tim are photographers, but because Tim is a former documentary film maker who won a student Emmy and several awards for his work! And so now the question is, who filmed their wedding? The one and only Whit Wales! We love working with Whit and you should click here to see his same day edit of their wedding. We also had the pleasure of meeting florist Peter Barter who is an amazing guy with a heart of gold and Jeanne and Tim absolutely loved him!

We loved how easy going these two were and the details Tim thought of (notice the book he's reading). One of the gifts he gave Jeanne was a book full of engagement photos from their e-session with us along with a poem for each image. Towards the end of the evening they opened an ice cream sundae bar which was a perfect way for the guests to cool off and refresh on a hot summer night of dancing. Jeanne and Tim even had "Mr. and Mrs." aprons that they wore to scoop ice cream for their guests.

It was a great day and we loved seeing these two so happy together! We hope you had an amazing trip to Moracco for your honeymoon! Congratulations Jeanne and Tim!  ~Matt and Enna

Anya & Stan | a wedding at the commanders mansion

GORKO, GORKO!!!!!!! If you've ever been to a Russian wedding you know this cheer. Gorko means bitter, and it is shouted out after toasts - or whenever the guests feel like shouting it- to wish a sweet life upon the newly weds. Once it is cheered, the couple must kiss for as long as they can and the crowd counts. It is sweet. And Anya and Stan went to 17. The guests at Anya and Stan's wedding made sure that their marriage will be as sweet as possible and I'll bet Anya and Stan's lips were tired the morning after. Anya and Stan tied the knot at the Commanders Mansion in Watertwon MA. I love their "go with the moment" attitude. I truly think if there had been a hurricane and an earthquake on their wedding day they wouldn't have batted an eye. Anya and Stan were guests at Lidiya and Ilya's wedding two years ago, and it's always such a treat to go to a wedding and see folks you already know. Ilya and Lidiya enjoyed getting video of them shoving caviar and shots down my throat! (see why here). Hopefully I'll get the video clip soon and be able to share it. The caviar I could have done without but the shots were pretty good:) The weather was perfect for an early June wedding and the guests danced the night away under the tent. Anya and Stan did something fun to get the crowd pumped up and dancing (the dance floor was already packed and there may have been one or two tables sitting), they had the band announce that Anya had been kidnapped and wouldn't be released until EVERYONE was on the dance floor chanting her name. The place went crazy! Everyone jumped on the floor and started chanting "ANYA, ANYA!"and she came running back into the tent, into the large crowd, and they all danced the night away.

One cool thing I treated myself to: I rented a tilt shift lens from the gang at Lens Pro To Go and had fun making a cool portrait of Anya and Stan in front of a beautiful tree. Check out the image and the rest of our work below...

Congratulations Anya and Stan!!


GORKO! 1,2,3...


Catered by Igor and flowers by Flowers and Finery.