Baby E | Lifestyle Newborn Session

Baby E | Lifestyle Newborn Session

It is not everyday I get to capture these precious moments of a new baby with their family! This year seems to be the year of babies and I am just loving it! I met Jen and Jason on their wedding day last summer at Mill Falls at the Lake in Meredith NH. I loved getting to know them and their sweet friends and family then and I was so excited when she reached out and told me they were adding to their family this June! We originally were going to have a fresh 48 session in the hospital, but at times, the hospital can be very busy so it worked out where I was able to come to their home for photos.

Their beautiful daughter Harper was the flower girl in their wedding and she is getting so big! She was so much fun to play with and she was a wonderful helper, a true aspiring photographer I believe! 🙂 Baby Eleanore was just as sweet as can be! She was perfect though out our session, only needing to stop and eat once. She slept the whole time- I think I have a few shots with her eyes open but they were not open for longer than 5 mins. the whole time I was there. Harper is an awesome big sister and did a great job being gentle with her when it was time for them to be together in photos. It was so nice to see Jen and Jason again and I am so excited for them and their newest addition to their little family!

Jen, Jason, Harper and Eleanore, Thank you so much for trusting me to capture these first few days with your new baby girl! It was so much fun and I hope you love these photos as much as I do. I can not wait to see you all again at Gina and Kevin’s wedding this August! xoxo

 

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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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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—and 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’ll 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—and 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 décor. (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… 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 décor 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—is 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.

Best of Weddings + Couples 2018

Best of Weddings + Couples 2018

At the end of each year, I love looking back through all of my images and picking out some photos of what I consider to be the best of the best in Weddings and Engagement sessions. I am sure you can imagine that this is NOT easy. It takes a looooooong time to go through all the images that I have taken over the past year, but its always so fun to see it all come together for this blog post. When I am finished and I hit the publish button on this post, it makes me so happy that I completed this one for you all too see. Plus, whats better than seeing images throughout the year and all these amazing memories come right back into your mind from some of the most fun you have ever had!

This past year brought me back to a few venues that I had been to before Pinehills Pavilion, Indian Pond Country Club, Plymouth Country Club, Captain Linnell House, Bournedale Function Facility, Jones River Trading, White Cliffs as well as some new ones, Osterville Historical Museum, Bittersweet Farm, Brookside Country Club, Dan’l Webster Inn, that I can not wait to go back to!

Looking back at all of these images really makes me feel so grateful. As a wedding photographer, there is really nothing better than being trusted by so many incredible couples to capture one of the biggest days of their lives, an every year that goes by my grate-fullness goes higher and higher! This truly is one of the best jobs in the world. I hope you enjoy this recap of an amazing 2018!

Pavillion at Pinehills Wedding Venue | Allison and Daniel

Pavillion at Pinehills Wedding Venue | Allison and Daniel

I am so excited to share this Pavillion at Pinehills wedding with you today! It’s so hard for me to believe that this was my last wedding of 2018, I am truly missing every one of my Ali B Couples already! Friends, you see, it’s really not just about the wedding day. It’s all about my couples and I love that I am able to build relationships with them all throughout the year. Come the wedding day, we are already friends and being comfortable with each other is an amazing feeling on the wedding day!

I met Allison and Dan through their best friend, Jillian. The best compliment I could every receive is a referral from my brides and families. Jillian sent Allison and Dan my way and I am forever grateful! They were so much fun getting to know during their engagement session and come their wedding day, everything went so smoothly and we all shared LOTS of laughs! I was so excited for this wedding most of all because it was going to be a big reunion with friends and family from Jillian and Joe’s wedding from this past August! It was so special I got to see them again and end the wedding season with these wonderful people!

I have to say, the way Dan looked at Allison on their wedding day was just the sweetest! I really don’t think he took his eyes off of her throughout their portraits and especially their ceremony! You can just see the love in his eyes for her and it really just makes my heart so happy. What stuck out to me the most was the incredible love, warmth and sincerity of Allison, Dan, and everyone around them. During the reception, you could FEEL the love and closeness shared not just by the couple, but by every single person in the room.

Lisa and I had the best time getting to see everyone from Jillian and Joe’s wedding here celebrating Allison and Daniel! I even got to get in a photo with my Ali B Brides! Allison and Dan, thank you for allowing us to be part of your family for the day. It was truly an honor, and we’re so excited for you to see a few of our many favorites! There were so many favorites that I really had a hard time just choosing a few…so grab a drink…( Dan… get some Corona, add the lime) and enjoy relieving your wedding day! 🙂 xoxo.

Dress: Allure Romance | Flowers:The Tangled Web | Venue: The Pavillion at Pinehills | DJ: El Folio Entertainment | Videography: Beabout Exposure | Cake: Piece of Cake | Invitations: Emerald Invitations |

Captain Linnell House Wedding | Corey + Jessie | Cape Cod, MA

Captain Linnell House Wedding | Corey + Jessie | Cape Cod, MA

Since moving to NH, I have to constantly remind myself to change my weather app location so I know whats happening on Cape Cod. It’s so crazy how just a few hours North of the cape, the weather is totally different. I woke up to pouring rain on Corey and Jessie’s wedding day. It was raining buckets all the way until I got to Plymouth, MA. While still overcast, the rain was coming to an end! By the time I arrived to capture the first parts of the day, the rain had completely stopped! Can we talk about perfect timing?!  have no doubt that even if the weather had been different and we had been celebrating their day in the pouring rain, these two would have been joyful.

Corey and Jessie are such a fun couple! I have been looking forward to their wedding day since their engagement session last fall when I realized they were up for anything I asked them to do! There was so much laughter then, I knew their day was going to be filled with so much joy, I couldn’t wait!

They shared a first look together which was just the sweetest thing! I just loved capturing that moment when Jess tapped Corey on his shoulder, and his reaction when he turned around was just priceless. A few tears were shed and it was so sweet to witness them each wiping them away one another. Since it was raining all morning, it cooled the air and it was a bit chilly and very windy where we were for their first look and bridal party portraits. Everyone was so great braving the cold air and wind we were able to get so many amazing portraits for them to cherish forever of their closest friends, family and the two of them on their special day.

Lisa and I loved being surrounded by their family and friends. One of my favorite moments of the day was when Corey’s mom a hopped on the dance floor, got the party started and surprised everyone with her singing ” All Night Long” – Lionel Richie. Everyone was cheering her on and then the dance floor filled up and stayed full for hours and hours! It was a cheerful celebration of a wonderful couple!! Corey and Jessie, congratulations on this special new season of life! We were so honored to capture your wedding day! Enjoy looking back at the many many favorites I had from your day! xoxo.

Dress: Marry Tux & Bridal | Hair + Make up:  Artworx Hair Design | Flowers:  Fancy Flowers | Ceremony: Our Lady of the Cape | Reception: Captain Linnell House | DJ: Meritage Entertainment | Cake: Cottage Street Bakery| Invitations: Zazzle