Big Moose Inn Wedding Venue | Liz and Raffa

Big Moose Inn Wedding Venue | Liz and Raffa

I knew that I loved Liz and Raffa from their engagement session. You could tell that they are in love and care so deeply for one another. But I have to tell you, their love for one another was NEVER so evident as it was on their wedding day. From their first look, it was hard for them to hold back the tears. They cried and smiled and looked at each other with so much love and happiness throughout our portraits, through the ceremony and even more so on the dance floor. It was the sweetest thing to see them both so overcome with emotion and happiness. I am so honored I was able to document that for them.

Their day was PERFECT! Earlier that day, it rained but when it was time for their first look, the rain subsided and we were able to have all their portraits and their ceremony outside!! I’m so thankful for clients who care about their portraits! We had so much time for their family portraits, wedding party and their bride and groom portraits. They were open to any of the locations that we suggested and for their second half of portraits, they were all for our suggestions and a little bit or sun came out over the mountain giving us enough light to capture beautiful portraits on the lake with the mountain backdrop and I’m SO glad that we did!!! Just wait until you see them!

Liz and Raffa, thank you so much for trusting me to capture your wedding day! It was so nice to get to meet your family and friends! You guys have such beautiful families it was an honor to be the ones capturing these memories of the day!!! I love you both and I can not wait for you to see these photos!

“There are two big days in any love story: The day you meet the girl of your dreams and the day you marry her.” – How I Met Your Mother

Dress: Modern Bride & Formal Shop | Ceremony Venue: Big Moose Inn, Cabins, & Campground | Reception Venue: Big Moose Inn, Cabins & Campground | DJ: JI’s Music Express | Cake: Frank’s Bake Shop & Catering | Invitations: Vistaprint | Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal | Groomsmen attire: Express

 

The Inn on Newfound Lake Wedding Venue | Samantha & Buddy

The Inn on Newfound Lake Wedding Venue | Samantha & Buddy

Well, I can barely contain my excitement today! I am sharing a blog from a wedding that was shot over the weekend and I am just absolutely smitten over the couple, their friends and family and these photos! I am not kidding when I say that there are over 6000 photos to go through and over 250 that I chose for this blog! Really, I just want to share them all with you!

Late July weddings are known to be hot, and Samantha and Buddy’s day was no exception. It was a warm summer day for a lake side New Hampshire wedding but it was all just so beautiful. Their location was adorable! I love little Inn styled weddings! The Inn on Newfound Lake had a lot of charm to it and as soon as you walk in you feel right at home. Everything was in one place making it keep to our timeline perfectly.

One of my favorite moments on a wedding day is when I get to bring the bride and groom back out for a few more portraits as the sun is setting. Samantha and Buddy decided they wanted to join me on this and man, was the sun set just beautiful over the lake. A few people who were passing by to get on their boat invited us on to get a better view of it. It was hysterical, 2 photographers, a bride and groom, a bridesmaid and the best man all hopped aboard. We loved every minute of our little sun set boat ride and I know that it is something we all will never forget!

Samantha and Buddy, I hope you are having the best time on your honeymoon! Thank you so much for trusting me to capture your wedding day. I had the best time meeting your sweet friends and family and I just loved making so many memories and being a part of all your new memories from your wedding day. Here are just oh you know… about 200 favorites of mine…. I hope you enjoy reliving your wedding day through your photographers perspective. Congratulations! We couldn’t be more excited for you! xo.

Dress: Madeleine’s Daughter Bridal | Florist: The Fuchsia Peony | | Venue : The Inn on Newfound Lake | DJ: DJ Scrumptious | Cake: Jacques Fine European Pastries | Groom attire: Divine Inspirations | Inviations: Zazzle.com

I had to get in on this shot with the boat crew! How awesome was this!!! So nice of these guys to get us on for more amazing sun set photos!

 The Newfound Inn had Fireworks to end the night! It was so amazing! Congratulations Samantha and Buddy! BEST DAY EVERRRR!

Hi there! I'm Alex,

Hello, and welcome to the Ali B Blog! I’m Alex and I am a wedding photographer  based in Bedford, NH. I hope you grab your favorite drink ( in my case, coffee) and enjoy viewing my latest work, browsing resources for brides and photographers, as well as getting a little peek into my life.

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Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University Engagement Session | Stephanie & Daniel

Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University Engagement Session | Stephanie & Daniel

I feel like I am destined to shoot photos sessions on over cast days! I mean, I set up sessions with my couples and families MONTHS in advance. I always set them up for really, whatever time works best for you, but I always suggest 2 hours before sun set. I feel like more often than not, we have clouds during out sessions more so than sun. Guess what…I am 100% fine with that!

I am able to shoot my sessions in the sun, at sun set, sun rise and even those over cast days. I know everyone usually wants that high sun peek glow but you do not need to stress if it happens to be the day of your session and the sun is not out for most of it. I got you.

Stephanie and Daniel’s engagement session started out overcast. At times we had some cloud movement and we did get some of the sunny sun set glow, but for the most part, its was a cloudy overcast perfect session and I loved every minute with them!

Stephanie and Daniel are High School Sweethearts! I have had a few couples who have been together since High School and it is just the sweetest thing! They brought their fur babies with them and I got to meet Stephanie’s MOH, her sister Emily! They were all so nice and I loved getting to know them! Their pups, Griffin and Sadie were so cute and loved getting their photos taken too! I can not wait to see them all again for their winter wedding next year at the Pavillion at Pinehills! xo.

THE BRIDE: Getting Ready | my thought process during these moments

THE BRIDE: Getting Ready | my thought process during these moments

Sometimes I am feel like I struggle with what to write… What do brides want to know? I was a bride once…. what were some things I wanted to know when planning my own wedding? Today’s post I am going to be focusing on specifically what is going through my mind when the bride is getting in her dress!

During this time, I am looking for a few very important things:

  1. Access to natural light. I do not like to use the lights in a room and typically you will see me turn them off. I want all the natural light I can get and it needs to be full length if possible. What I mean for this is that I do not want to use a small window that is high because that will only expose the brides torso properly when the full body/gown is what should be photographed.
  2. I am looking for a clean space, neutral with zero distractions in the background! This means that I might ask the bridal party to clear out any clutter and trash from earlier in the day in one specific area of the getting ready space.
  3. I need mom and bridesmaids to be dressed before the bride. I usually will begin to let them know they can start getting ready about 20 minutes before the bride gets in her gown.

So, once I have those things and the girls are changed and ready… now it’s time to process through all of the “must-have” shots that I want and need to capture.

In my head, this is what I am almost always thinking when the bride is about to get in her dress…. and I’m actually going to write it like I process it internally so that it really does show you how I work and achieve my end result :

-Okay soooo Let me just scope out the area to see where my best light is coming from… She’s going to get dressed over near the large window there but I will need to over-expose the background and if I don’t have any reflecting light inside the room to bounce back on to her, I am not going to want to stay in that spot for very long incase the back lighting is too strong and the photos do not come out. So I will do a few back light and then I can change my position over here but we will need to clean up the half of the room to get zero clutter in the background. hmmm I might be able to pull her veil around her to soften the light on her too so the light is not too harsh on her face.

– Next, I’m thinking about vertical and horizontal…. I always need some vertical shots of the “getting in the dress” process for blogging purposes. These vertical shots show the whole dress and once I take that vertical shot, I scoot in close for another vertical shot that is tighter. (I do this because I’m thinking of the blog post! I also want to capture one of two gorgeous horizontal shots of this part of the day too! Horizontal shots will break up the blog post AND give my couple get options for their album design!)

– After the bride is zipped, buttoned or laced into her dress, then I have a whole new list of things that I want to capture. I work hard to capture some vertical shots of JUST the bride acting like she’s putting her earrings in. I usually use my 50mm for these shots so that it’s focused just on the bride and the background is out of focus.

– Now is the time when I get to be creative because I’ve gotten my “must have” shots. Many brides will have their mom or MOH help them get ready, or even both! When its time for putting on shoes and the veil, I am more relaxed knowing I go those first initial important moments I can move around and get different angles and if I am in an angle I really like, I might stage a few of the getting ready ( zipper/button shots) again from a different view.

So before I go I should probably share that EVERY wedding is different and this is just ONE example to learn from!!! I hope that it was helpful walking through my thought process during this 10 min span of the wedding day!!! If you like hearing my thought process and my approach to certain parts of the day, let me know and I’ll keep doing them!! 

xoxo,

Alex