The Carlson Family | Sandy Neck Beach |  Cohasset, MA

The Carlson Family | Sandy Neck Beach | Cohasset, MA

I just LOVE LOVE LOVE it when families contact me year after year for updated family photos! These guys I met 2 years ago and I was so excited to see them again! I can not believe how big their littles ones have gotten! We had so much fun on the beach playing! Sorry for making you run mom and dad! ūüėČ

Their session was at Sandy Beach in Cohasset, MA and I have to say I loved this location so much! Not just because I got to be there with this amazing little family, but I always need some vitamin sea and this beach had it all. The tall sea grass, large rocks, jettys, a stone wall, perfect sand and the most beautiful colors as the sun was setting!

It was so fun to see Kennedy and Connor’s personalities shine through these images! They were so much fun and had me laughing as I was editing their photos! Their holiday cards are going to be beautiful, I am sure!!! Merideth, Bob, Kennedy and Connor, thanks so much for having me capture these moments for you! I am so honored you contacted me again to update your family photos!! I hope you love these and I can not wait to see you all again soon! xo.

Family Vacation to Wildwood NJ | 2019

Family Vacation to Wildwood NJ | 2019

It’s been awhile since I shared a personal blog post with you all! This one has been a few weeks coming but here it is and I am happy to have it all together and ready for you to see! You guys, I am telling you now, these photos are are all taken with my IPHONE! **GASP**¬†Yes, it is true. I had my professional camera with me but to be honest, sometimes just having my phone handy and in my back pocket is the easiest way to capture memories without worrying if my professional camera is going to break, get stolen, have sand inside, etc. I edited these photos in my Lightroom app that I have on my phone which is pretty much what I always use when editing phone photos.

As I am sure you guys are all aware by now, I am a Jersey girl! My side of the family still lives there and so we get to go and visit them about 2 times a year. This time, we took a vacation and headed to Wildwood NJ! Family came to spend a few days there with us, which we are so thankful for!! We all had so much fun and it was really a wonderful week of family ( and the weather was great too!)

Henry is at the age where he is not sure what to think of the Ocean… he did not like the water much at all but he did LOVE playing in the sand!

Ethan has been waiting to go on Bumper Cars since he was Henrys age! We told him then that he had to be 5 to go on them… he has never forgotten. So, he is going to be 5 in September and he wanted to see if he reached the height. Sure enough! He was able to go on the bumper cars with an adult! He and PJ had so much fun while Henry and I were cheering for him. He was so excited that he was finally able to go on the Bumper Cars!

¬†When your baby who NEVER sleeps on you anymore….falls asleep and stays asleep while you hold him… you take a photo!

 Gangs all here! (Quinnie is in the stroller)

 Before going to see more family, we stopped at the Cape May Zoo. It was so hot but it was fun! I have not been there in YEARS! I loved it and I just love getting to bring the kiddos to places I went to when I was growing up!

 After the zoo we stopped by the place PJ and I were married almost 9 years ago! This is my happy place! I love Smithville SOOO MUCH!

¬†Henry’s first time at Smithville!

 My sister is getting married this October and while we were in NJ, we also hosted her Bridal Shower at Riverwinds Restaurant in West Deptford! It was perfect! Next up is the Bachelorette Party!

NYC look out!

¬†Have you ever played the toilet paper game? you break up the guests into teams and give them 1 roll of toilet paper. They choose someone to be the “bride” while everyone works together to create the perfect wedding dress! It was really funny and we even had a brides-man there to escort all of the ladies! My sister, the bride to be was the judge of the best dressed bride!

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The Sea Crest Beach Hotel Wedding Venue | Jared & Katherine

The Sea Crest Beach Hotel Wedding Venue | Jared & Katherine

Once upon a time, on a BEAUTIFUL summer day…….WHAT?! Summer? Nope…. it’s not summer! It’s spring but let me tell you, Jared and Katie had the absolute most perfect weather for their May wedding on the beach! It was 100% PERFECTION! The sun was shining, it had a nice wind that kept you from melting in the sun and there were people swimming in the ocean! It really did feel like summer!

Her details for the day were laid out so nicely and easy for me to grab and go! I was so impressed with her organization skills! The bridesmaids and Katie also had the room she was getting ready in clean and decorated with a cute banner along the bed.  Again, I was so impressed and just so excited to get started on their day! The last time I saw these two was just over a year ago for their engagement session! I was so excited to see them again! They are so much fun, and are both really good at modeling for me when I give them direction!

I loved Katie and her dad’s first look. She looked amazing and he made sure that she knew it. Her girlfriends were just in awe of how gorgeous she was, and they made her entire day such a celebration!! I absolutely LOVE that we got to have their fist look on the beach, where Katie wanted it, and since it was an absolute beautiful location.
However, my favorite part of the day was when Katie’s dad toasted the newlyweds at the beginning of their reception. He shared that when Katie was a baby, she took her first steps on the beach at The Sea Crest Beach Hotel, which gave this location and even bigger meaning!¬† Oh the tears! So many tears!¬† You can tell that Katie is a daddy‚Äôs girl and that her relationship with her parents is such a cherished part of her life.

As you scroll through this beautiful wedding day, I hope you enjoy this gorgeous couple as much as we did! Their smiles and their joy are contagious!!! Thank you for having Nichole and I capture your wedding day! We had so much fun and we are still talking about those sun set photos! They were simply amazing! Zach Levenson did a great job on their video and also gave a little sneak peek of their day, which I have included here. Enjoy reliving your wedding day, Mr. & Mrs. Jared Weed. xoxo

Ceremony Location: The Sea Crest Beach Hotel | Reception: The Sea Crest Beach Hotel | DJ: DJ Holtie¬†| Videographer: Zach Levenson | Cake & Donuts: Montilio’s | Catering: The Sea Crest Beach Hotel | Dress: Kleinfeld Bridal | Make-up: Beauty Avenue By Ale | Hair: Artworx Hair Design | Officiant: Father Lenny Nelson |¬†Invitations: Minted | Florist:¬†Bourne Florist

 

The Beach Wedding Checklist

The Beach Wedding Checklist

Are you planning your perfect beach front wedding? I have photographed many ceremonies and portraits on the beach for several years and now that I have established a business where I focused on serving clients on Cape Cod, I like to say that I now specialize in beach weddings!

Now, I know what you’re thinking- lets just got to the beach and get married…right? Well, there are a few things to consider logistically when planning to be married on the beach…unless you are using a privately owned beach or oceanfront venue.

A beach wedding may come with a few challenges so I put together a check list for you to make your toes in the sand, beach wedding a little easier.

BEACH WEDDING PERMITS

Having a permit is not always required if you have your wedding on a public beach, however if you have a large amount of guests attending, you may want to reserve a large space on the sand for as long as the ceremony will take place, a permit might be a good idea to look into. Before choosing the beach that your heart falls in love with, I have put together a list of questions to ask-

  • Does the beach require a permit to hold a wedding?¬†Some beaches allow small weddings on a first-come, first-serve basis. However, many public beaches require a permit regardless of the guest count.
  • If the beach does require a permit, how much does it cost‚ÄĒand are there any other fees?¬†Keep in mind that some permits have a nonrefundable application fee, and some charge additional fees if you have a larger number of guests.
  • How is the permit fee structured?¬†Is it a “per hour” charge or a flat rate that covers the entire length of the event?
  • How far in advance does the permit need to be submitted for approval?¬†Some beach locations issue permits as far as a year ahead, so start this process early!
  • How large of an area of the beach does the permit cover?¬†If you weren’t required to map out your desired area during the application process, be sure to ask how much space you’ll have reserved (it usually depends on your guest count).
  • Will liability insurance be required?¬†Some locations ask you to get liability insurance naming the city/county as an additional insured.
  • What is the maximum number of people allowed under the permit?¬†This includes not only you and your guests, but your bridal party, officiant, photographer, and any other vendors.

Bridal TIPIf all this permit talk makes your head spin, then we have 4 words for you: Hire. A. Wedding. Planner! They‚Äôll do all the leg work for you in terms of permits and logistical planning so you can relax and enjoy the ride.

Beach Ceremony Logistics

If you are getting married on a public beach, having photobombs of beach goers is one thing to consider. There also may be beach cleaning scheduled, construction areas, public events, etc. These distractions could all be planned around the same time as your ceremony. Having this in mind, look into what else might be scheduled for that day and plan accordingly. This might mean the ceremony time will need to be bumped up a few hours or pushed back. Some questions you can ask are:

  • Are there any dates that are off-limits? Many beaches don’t allow weddings on holidays, like the July 4th weekend. 
  • Can we reserve a specific time slot for our ceremony? If at all possible, schedule your beach wedding ceremony to take advantage of the best light for wedding photos.
  • Are delivery trucks allowed near the ceremony site? If not, are there loading/unloading zones close by? Vehicles are frequently not allowed on the beach, so all items may need to be hand-carried to your ceremony site.
  • Is there ample parking nearby for guests? 
  • Are there public restrooms nearby?
  • Is the ceremony site handicap accessible? If not, see if they’ll allow golf cart rentals to transport any elderly or disabled relatives.
  • Can the site we plan to use be cordoned off? Beach weddings are pretty open to public viewing, so roping off an area might give you at least the illusion of privacy‚ÄĒand keep out any wedding crashers.
  • How early can we set up before the ceremony start time? Nothing like trying to give sunbathers the boot as the clock is ticking to ceremony time!

Beach Wedding Restrictions

Many public beaches have BEACH RULES when it comes to protecting the oceanside environment. Confetti, streamers, helium balloons, glass, styrofoam, rice and sometimes faux flowers are prohibited in many areas. Respect any signs that you see along the beach and be sure to find out a few this:

  • Are chairs, arches, aisle runners, or other decorative elements allowed? 
  • Is amplified sound permitted? And is there a limit on the decibel level? Oftentimes beaches require speakers to face the ocean.
  • Are there electrical outlets nearby/available to use? If not, can we bring in a generator?
  • Is alcohol allowed? Note that most public beaches have open container laws that regulate or prohibit the consumption of alcohol.
  • What about pets? Many public beaches have a “No Pets” policy, so if you want Fido to be your ring bearer you better check into that.
  • Are bonfires or open flames allowed? If not, consider flameless LED lanterns to illuminate your event.
  • Are there size restrictions on tents or canopies? If your wedding is going to take place on a hot and sunny day, think about adding some shade with a wind-proof tent or canopy.

Life’s A Beach

We all know that Mother Nature can be a BEACH! so be sure to consider the following when planning your beach wedding:

  • When is high tide? You’ll want to avoid the possibility of your ceremony being dampened by waves.
  • What’s the forecast? If rain is predicted, you’ll need a contingency plan. 
  • How windy will it be? You may need to windproof and weigh down some of your d√©cor. (And rethink that cathedral-length veil!)
  • How noisy will our site be? Crashing waves, rustling breezes, and general beachgoer chit-chat can all add up to a pretty loud environment. Your sound system should be set up so that all your guests can hear your vows.
  • How hot will it be, and is there any shade? Wild guess, but you’re probably used to wearing a swimsuit on the beach. Now imagine being in a suit and tie, which is what your guy guests will likely be sporting‚Ķ If there’s no shaded area, consider a canopy. But if that’s not allowed, giving out parasols can offer some protection from the sun.
  • How crowded will the beach be? Again, a beach wedding isn’t exactly private. If you really want to avoid the droves of summer bodies, consider an off-season wedding. 
  • What’s the bug situation? There are some nasty insects that hover around seaweed, so try to situate your ceremony away from them.
  • Sand. Sand is a beach. Keep some towels and baby powder handy so you and your guests can dust off before the reception.

 BRIDE TIP: Another thing that might need to be weather-proofed? Your bridal bouquet and other flowers. Many blooms don’t take kindly to direct sunlight, and the last thing you want is wilted wedding flowers in your photos.

Beach Wedding Receptions

Beach ceremonies are very popular, but if you are dreaming of having a sea side reception as well, this might be difficult to plan, you see… in many areas, partying on the beach is not allowed. I recommend that you have your ceremony on the beach and all your portraits on the beach too, then move the reception to an oceanfront venue. If you are really wanting to have it all in one place, and your heart is set on the beach front party, consider asking these questions:

  • Is a beach reception allowed? Many beaches will only accommodate wedding ceremonies.
  • Is cooking permitted on the beach? While you can eat on most beaches, cooking on the sand is oftentimes prohibited. 
  • Can my caterer bring in food? They may be able to do so if they have a Special Event Permit, but keep in mind that there might not be a kitchen or prep space nearby.
  • Are there table d√©cor restrictions? Many beaches don’t allow glass, so you may need to opt for plastic vases and cups.
  • Is live music allowed? Many beaches don’t allow amplified live music, but may allow some background music played via speakers.
  • One more time‚ÄĒis alcohol allowed? Probably not, but Google “Best U.S. Beaches to Legally Drink” if serving alcohol is high on your priority list.
  • Is there a curfew? Be sure to leave a cushion of time to gather your belongings and clean up all of your trash before the beach closes.

Prep Your Guests

High heels and sand don’t mix, right? Find creative ways to let your guests know not only what to wear at your wedding, but what else to expect.

  • Create a wedding website to highlight additional details about the day. Include a suggested dress code (e.g. “beach chic” or “smart casual”), along with a note about the anticipated weather. Depending on the forecast, mention bringing sunglasses, sunblock, paper fans, a hat, sweater, etc. You should also give your women attendees a heads-up about the sand situation so that they can opt for wedges or flats instead of stilettos!
  • Pick the perfect wedding save-the-dates and invitations to set the stage (and style) for your beach bash.
  • Consider giving out beach swag. A welcome basket at your ceremony entrance is a nice gesture. You may want to fill it with mini bottles of water, sunblock, bug spray, parasols, or anything else that might make your guests more comfortable in the beachy elements.

BEACH PORTRAITS

As a photographer, I do my best to capture those perfect moments in any lighting that I can. That being said, many beaches do not have an area that is shaded when the sun light is very harsh. The best way for me to capture your moments in the harsh sun light is to make sure that she sun us behind my subject. Depending on where the ocean is and the sun is at the time of day we are celebrating, consider the sun light being behind you to get the photos and backgrounds you are looking for.

Behind the Scenes 2018

Behind the Scenes 2018

Ahhh, its that time of the year! Behind the scenes 2018! How about we just dive right in and give you a sneak peek of what happens on the other side of the camera!

I say it all the time but we have the BEST job in the world.

so if you’re looking for two poised professionals to capture your most special day…. look no further. You came to the right place….

It doesn’t get any better than being with people on the happiest day of their life for a living!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We always make sure we point to exactly where you need to be¬† at all times…¬†

And we also make sure we are somewhere in the frame because, why not?!

I am really good at playing simon says….¬†

When its time for your fist kiss….. we got it… Front and center.

Lisa is the best person to do light checking with!

She introduced me to this amazing lighting system and since she whipped it out, I’ve stolen it from her ever since!¬†

Sometimes I want to make a grand entrance too! It’s like I just love my couples so much, I want to be in the bridal party!

I promise to be front and center to grab those emotions as your besties talk all about you! 

and our moves?! We have moves you’ve never seen!¬†

When its windy, we are there to help you put your veil back on.

if you can’t find Lisa…. you tell the videographer what to do…

If the veil is fine and you need some fluffing, we are here.

Need help getting in your dress… I got you.

Rain on your wedding day? We’ve got you covered….

but we don’t have Lisa covered….!¬†

Alex is pretty dang funny….

a broken lens? We have more. ( although this was really upsetting I am sad right now looking at this photo..)

We make sure your first look is what you hoped for and more.

We check out lighting before bringing you outside for night shots with your wedding day sky!

We will be sure to capture all of your loved ones

If you’re too busy getting your photos taken but the party has already started…. again, we got you.

Can  someone please point us in the direction of the cake?!

Getting closer but I am pretty sure the cake is at a different table…

Still not cake, but I do love me a good behind the scenes Instagram Story! Follow me @alibphotography

Found it! 

If you love the water, you imbrace everything about it.

I really LOVE the water! 

and if you have a hard time getting smiles… have a family member help you.¬†

We are available to travel anywhere you’d like! I am 100% ready to go back to Washington DC. A wedding, and engagement…. I will be there!

We really have the best clients in the world! 

…and because of YOU, we are SO grateful! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for an amazing 2018!¬†2019….we are coming for you!