The Pavillion at Pinehills Wedding Venue | Stephanie and Daniel

The Pavillion at Pinehills Wedding Venue | Stephanie and Daniel

Stephanie and Daniel started my 2020 wedding season with a winter wedding that was absolutely beautiful! I remember talking to them at their engagement session about their wedding and the vision they were going for. Since their wedding was in the winter, they wanted pine trees, deep forest greens, and snow would be nice. It sounded so pretty and I am so excited to share with you just how amazing it really was! The staff at Pinehills made this vision of Stephanie’s come to life with their amazing work in the reception room. The cake was absolutely amazing with it being all white with pine trees “painted on” which resembled lace! I couldn’t stop looking at how amazing it looked!

Stephanie and Daniel were all for having photos outside and I love them for it! We were chasing the light for their portrait session but we got it all in and we were even able to get the wedding party outside too for their portraits! You can’t even tell it was freezing outside! The night ended with snow which was just a dream come true! We were able to sneak outside while the snow was falling for a few portraits of Stephanie and Daniel!

One of my favorite parts from their day was their maid of honor’s speech to the bride and groom. She said the nicest things about gaining a best friend on the day she was born and continued on her speech with an accompany of a guitarist while she sang her sister this song…

When you’re down and troubled
And you need some loving care
And nothing, nothing is going right
Close your eyes and think of me
And soon I will be there
To brighten up even your darkest night

You just call out my name
And you know wherever I am
I’ll come running
To see you again
Winter, spring, summer or fall
All you have to do is call
And I’ll be there
You’ve got a friend

If the sky above you
Grows dark and full of clouds
And that old North wind begins to blow
Keep your head together
And call my name out loud
Soon you’ll hear me knocking at your door

You just call out my name
And you know wherever I am
I’ll come running, a-running, yeah, yeah-eah
To see you again
Winter, spring, summer or fall
All you have to do is call
And I’ll be there
Yes I will

Now ain’t it good to know that you’ve got a friend
When people can be so cold
They’ll hurt you, yes, and desert you
And take your soul if you let them
Oh, but don’t you let them

You just call out my name
And you know wherever I am
I’ll come running, a-running, yeah, yeah-eah
To see you again
Winter, spring, summer or fall
All you have to do is call
And I’ll be there, yes I will (oh, yes I will)

You’ve got a friend
You’ve got a friend
Ain’t it good to know
You’ve got a friend
Ain’t it good to know
Ain’t it good to know
Ain’t it good to know
You’ve got a friend
Oh, yeah now
You’ve got a friend
Yeah baby
You’ve got a friend
Oh, yeah
You’ve got a friend

I do not think there was a dry eye in the room! It was beautiful and Emily’s voice was amazing. This moment gave me chills and ALL THE FEELS!!

Stephanie and Daniel, thank you so much for trusting us to capture your wedding day. I loved getting to meet your friends and family and I loved getting to see Griffin and Sadie again! They are too cute and made the blog once again! I hope you guys have the best time on your mini moon in Florida and enjoy getting to see some of my favorites from your wedding day!

Ceremony | SAINT BONAVENTURE PARISH 

Reception | THE PAVILLION AT PINEHILLS GOLD CLUB

Dress Store | ALEXANDRA’S BRIDAL BOUTIQUE

Florist |THE PETAL GYPSY

Hair | MICHELLE VERNAZZARO

Make Up | MAKEOVER ARTISTRY 

DJ | GET DOWN TONIGHT ENTERTAINMENT

Cake | FRATELLI’S BAKERY

Catering | EAST BAY GRILLE AT PINEHILLS

Bridesmaids Dresses | ALEXANDRA’S BRIDAL 

Groomsmen Attire | MENS WEARHOUSE

Invitations | MINTED

Photo Booth | BALTAZAR ENTERTAINMENT 

View their Engagement Session HERE!

Best of 2019 Weddings and Engagements | Ali B Photography

Best of 2019 Weddings and Engagements | Ali B Photography

Many times I find myself second guessing my photography thinking that being home with my kids full time will not allow me to focus on my business like I would like to. You see, when you have two kids at the ages 5 and 2.5 it can be really hard to get any work done, let alone eat or sleep. Our lives are always so busy and on the go, that I always get worried that I am not giving my business all I have to give (insert Backstreet Boys lyrics here..)

It’s crazy to think about when I first started my business before I had kids, I still was working full time with my business on the side. After having Henry in April 2017, this became my full time job along with being a mom. As hectic as the days may seem, I have somehow figured out how to excel in my photography, business and being a mom of two! Many people will ask me how I did this… and I will just tell you, I don’t sleep much. But the good news is, that every year I think that I should not take on as many weddings as I would like to, I realize that that can not happen! I love this job so much. I love my couples so much. I love my families so much! I always end the years having a collection of favorite photos from Ali B Weddings and I am so thankful for that. Because with all this negative talk about cutting back, enters all those negative thoughts of the “I’m not good enough”. Seeing that I always have so many favorites from each wedding and session I do, makes me realize that I need to cut the negative talk and continue doing what I am so passionate about.

This year, my busiest wedding month was June! It all began in May but June was a popular month to get married. You all kept me busy the entire year and I can not thank you enough for it! As 2019 is coming to a close, I love getting to look back on my favorites from the year and relive each and every wedding and session I was blessed to be apart of. All of you 2019 couples mean the world to me and I hope I get to see you all soon!

Looking back, I feel so proud of the work I was able to create this year and I am excited to share my favorites with you from engagements and weddings! Enjoy! xo.

Behind the Scenes 2019

Behind the Scenes 2019

IT’S THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR!!!!! Yup, you guessed it!  Behind the Scenes 2019! I can not believe that in just a few days we are going to be entering into a new decade! It’s so crazy!! This blog post is something I started to do a few years ago and each year I just feel the need to keep it going. As you know the photos you see take a lot of work behind the scenes to have them look that way… different angles, the veil flip, that perfect fluff of the dress when standing still….someone’s gotta do it! We here at Ali B Photography are professionals and we get the job done!

I am so thankful to get to do what I do! I have the best coupes and families in the world and I can not thank them enough! Cheers to 2020. Let’s take a look at Behind The Scenes 2019.

 

Here we are starting with the first wedding of the year May 2019. When we get this shot of the bride and her dad walking down the aisle, we take so many and we work fast to be sure to get out of the way from the other photographer shooting back or front. I always try to get that one photobomb shot just so I know I will have it for the blog when the time comes for BTS. Thanks Lisa for being perfectly centered for this photo!

That perfect fluff of the dress. We got you. Always.

Sometimes when I am shooting portraits of the bride and groom, my second photographer is shooting reception details and can not stay with me to help with somethings. It really all depends on the timeline and where cocktail hour is held. For this wedding ,I had this lovely MOH stay behind with me so she  can help me with a few things…. She was so wonderful and happy to help and did all I needed her to do.

It just doesn’t get much better than being with people on the happiest day of their life for a living. But sometimes the wind will take over.

Rocking her MOH duties!

Even when we are all done with the veil, she stayed behind to watch and held all the things for the bride and groom.

We get so excited when a couple learns their first dance. We just need to be as close to the floor as we can to capture every single side of it!

So if you’re looking for two poised professionals to capture your most special day, look no further.

We make sure to test the lights out on the dance floor before you get announced….

We help to hold your flowers if you need to use your hands. We also look into the sun for you when portraits are at that peek sun time during the day.

I will set up the shot and then show you the next thing I want you to do. 

If it isn’t right, I will just fix it. NBD.  Beach weddings= No shoes…. but lots of dress fluffing perfecting!  Sometimes I will pose like I am in the photo… and sometimes I will not….

When everyone is looking at the person making the speech.. someone is looking at the bride and groom…. or the back of the camera to be sure the light is just right!

Oh Hey! Just pretend like I am not even here…..

We work closely with Videographers a lot. We be sure to communicate and tell each other where we will be for the shot that we need. Sometimes I just shoot a bunch to be sure my lighting is right before the big moment happens.
 Always protecting that train!

We are always willing to go outside to shoot in any kind of weather! For this one, it was thunderstorms and downpours, but it cleared up and we were outside for awhile with them! With and without umbrellas. Also…. many of us vendors have kids so if we need to do something one handed… we are masters!

A car or a gold cart might be coming, but don’t move!

When you fluff the dress before fluffing the veil…..
The Dream Team as we like to call ourselves.

Always there to get that perfect fluff.

It is always so much fun getting to work beside so many different creatives each wedding!

There is never a moment where I am NOT thinking of the next shot.

Sometimes we shoot in the road….

And we do all we can to be sure the dress does not get muddy!

Many venues will deliver appetizers to you guys while we are taking photos! If I don’t need you, you can totally eat all you want! 🙂

Beabout Exposure, Phil is helping me test out some lighting! Like A BOSS.

Sometimes,I break out my dancing shoes… I just LOVE first looks! This venue had a beautiful space on the porch and one of us was able to be next to the groom, while I went off to a side porch. It was great for us to get those intimate angles we needed.

And it was so sweet to have that intimate first row spot as a photographer! We all were just glad Morgan didn’t fall! She nailed her shots and I was able to not see her for the ones I delivered in their gallery!

Ya gotta get that back shot of the whole ceremony! 

You know…just testing more lighting!

Sometimes on your wedding day, while out taking sunset portraits, a group passes you to get to their boat… Then they invite you on for that special sun set cruise! I will never forget this!    Trying to master the veil flip without bumping into servers! 

I do not mess around with our portrait time together! Directing is one thing I do best. 🙂 We have fun and we get it done! 

Same day slide show  preview from a few guests. I love their reactions.

A sparkler exit needs a few test runs with off camera flash…. Also, when you have amazing videographers, they need to get that mic on you….

and sometimes when we need to get that perfect dress shot, we will tell through doors to tell people not to come into the room or the dress will fall…
 More directing…

First look. Back Center. HEYYYY!   I just love each and every one of my brides and grooms! I also love it when we get a photo together! I need more of these in 2020.#addmetoyourshotlist

I even love getting a photo with guests!

When you do a first look with your girls and your hair dresser stays…. but she can’t see over the ladies so she stands on a chair!   First look front and center. Don’t worry…she hid when the bride came out.

Wedding party portraits are my JAM.  

Winter Beach Wedding…. Where everyone is bundled except the bride and groom and I love them for it!

Just setting up the camera for a cold winter wedding day sunset.We are not cold….you’re cold.

Light check master, LISA!    The two were my first wedding of the year. It rained on their wedding day a bit and when it came time for portraits, we did not have enough light to do them outside. They had beautiful portraits inside, but they were wanting that beach session together. So we set up a date close to their 6month anniversary to have a beach portrait session. I am so glad we did this because their portraits are absolutely gorgeous! I had to get in a photo with them and their lovely MOH who continued her duties after the wedding day!

See more BTS from:

2018  

2017

2017- Family 

 

 

 

Sean + Brittney Wedding Day | The Sea Crest Beach Hotel Wedding VENUE

Sean + Brittney Wedding Day | The Sea Crest Beach Hotel Wedding VENUE

This day started with a super big hug, lots of squeals, tears and “oh my goodness I can not believe how fast that year went!” It seems like we were just in Boston for Sean and Brittney’s engagement session at the Boston Seaport. I spent their engagement session getting to know them and hearing about how they met and how crazy it was that they both lived in the same town but never knew each other until meeting on a mission trip through church in 2012. Planning a wedding while deployed is hard work but they did it, and my goodness it was BEAUTIFUL! Brittney shared a guest blog post for me a few months ago, giving tips for how to plan a wedding when deployed and one of you is on the other side of the world. You can see that helpful blog post HERE!

Brittney’s bridesmaids and family were so incredibly sweet. I honestly felt so undeserving of the compliments they gave us throughout the day. They were so kind, inclusive and encouraging….  just like Brittney.  It’s no wonder they are all such great friends and close family members! The reactions her bridesmaids had when they saw her walk out in her dress was just the sweetest thing and one of my favorite moments from the day. During Brittney dancing with her dad, her mom and sisters stood watching all together, crying, smiling, laughing and then they all were on the dance floor together for the end of the song. It was so special, and you can just feel the love in the room all night.

Brittney and Sean’s wedding ended my 2019 season! It was a chilly day with some wind coming off of the ocean but the sun was shining and they decided they wanted as many photos as we could have outside, which I was so excited about! The venue, The Sea Crest is so beautiful and the way the light was hitting the ocean, I was happy they wanted to be outside. You can not tell how cold they were in their portraits, and from when I use to teach color guard, and it was cold, I kept telling them “you’re on the beach, its a sunny day….” and I wasn’t kidding…

This wedding post is the LAST ONE of 2019! I have a few other blogs planned but as for weddings, I couldn’t think of a more perfect couple to end with than these two. Sean and Brittney, I love you both! Your day was a dream and it was such a privilege to be the ones there to capture it!!  Thank you for allowing us to be there!!! I can’t wait to share my favorites! Enjoy this visual story of your amazing fall beach wedding day!! xoxo

 

can we just talk about this reaction! I can not even handle it! So sweet!

MOH mastering her duties as the wind almost blew out the veil!

Ceremony | THE SEA CREST BEACH HOTEL– RED’S RESTAURANT

Reception | THE SEA CREST BEACH HOTEL

Dress Store | VE LACE BRIDAL

Dress Designer | MARTINA LIANA – ESSENCE OF AUSTRALIA

Florist | FLOWERS BY ANNA

Hair & Make Up | TRAVELING BEAUTY

DJ | CAPE TUNES

Cake | MONTILLO’S

Catering | THE SEA CREST BEACH HOTEL

Bridesmaids Dresses | AZAZIE

Groomsmen Attire | THE BLACK TUX

Invitations | MINTED

Lighting | CAPE TUNES

View their Engagement Session HERE!

View 3 tips for military brides guest blog post HERE!

Bride and Groom Portrait Session | Rye Beach, NH

Bride and Groom Portrait Session | Rye Beach, NH

This session was like a dream come true! Not only for me, but for Brooke and Conor too! These two were married just 6 months ago in May( Check out their wedding blog HERE)  and while their wedding day was BEAUTIFUL, we lost light and it rained a little after their ceremony. Their bride and groom portraits were inside and that worked out perfectly, however, Brooke was really hoping for some outside bride and groom portraits. She contacted me a few months ago with her idea of getting back into their wedding attire and getting a few portraits of them on the beach with their dog, Murphy. You can see more photos of Murphy from their engagement session we had a year ago.

I was so ecxcited to see them again and to take photos OUTSIDE for them!I knew this was going to be a session that they will have photos they will LOVE and want all over their house! We picked the date just before their 6 month anniversary of being married. It was about 30 degrees outside… on the beach… with some slight wind… but you can not tell that Brooke and Conor are freezing! They braved the cold and got amazing photos! I am so happy that I was able to do this for them. I am ever so thankful that they trusted me to capture more photos of them during their first year of marriage! I can not wait to share these with you all, and I hope I get to see these two again and again and again, soon!

Brooke and Conor ( and Leah and Murphy)- You guys ROCK! Thanks so much for coming to NH, getting all dressed up, bringing some details and braving the freezing temps! It was 100% worth it and I bet your car ride back home was warm! 🙂 I can not wait to see you guys again! I also can not believe your wedding was 6 months ago! Time flies! Congratulations, again! I love you guys so much! I hope you have these prints all over your home soon, they are too amazing not to have hanging up for all your visitors to see! xoxo

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! 😉

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.