Faneuil Hall Engagement Session | Catherine & Ryan

Faneuil Hall Engagement Session | Catherine & Ryan

When it comes to winter weather, you really have no idea what you’re going to get. One day in New England its in the mid 60’s and then the next day it’s back to the low 30’s. It’s windy, it’s rainy… it’s sunny… whatever it is, you just don’t know exactly what it will be. When scheduling an engagement session, you really have no idea and you hope for the best weather.

Catherine and Ryan had set up their engagement session with me not long after meeting them. I’ve always loved it when my couples book either their wedding or their engagement session during the winter because I am always hoping for snow! Snow is just so magical to me and photographs so nicely! Well, we had some snow that had been on the ground for a little bit. Instead, we got a forecast that called for rain, however, it held off until after our session. We had some wind and some over cast skies and we all learned to embrace it! With the wind, we were pretty cold, but I FINALLY remembered to bring my hand warmers and those bad boys worked wonders!

Catherine and Ryan are so relaxed, up for anything and they trusted me. It’s hard enough to feel comfortable having your pictures taken in normal situations, but these two made it easy even with the wind and foggy areas! We started our session at Faneuil Hall in Boston and walked to Christopher Columbus Park and then to the Boston Harbor Hotel. I loved getting to shoot this area from the other side of the Sea Port!

I had the best time getting to know them and I am so excited for their wedding day! Here are a few favorites from our time together. xoxo

 

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.

The Lund Family | HAPPY NEW YEAR!

The Lund Family | HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Kicking off 2020 with the Lund Family! You guys this was my last family session of 2019 and I am thrilled I was able to spend it with these guys! I have worked with Jordan from Jordecor a few times over the years, and if you do not already follow her, you need to! She is an influencer on social media platforms and teaches all things decor! She shares real life stuff and her creative heart is amazing!!! I just love everything that she creates!

Their session was in time for Christmas photos, and they had a bonus where there was still some snow on the ground! With a few Christmas card perfect photos, they also added on a little 2020 surprise toward the end of our session! Being as creative as Jordan is, not only did they look amazing with their coordinated outfits, she went out and got a few things to celebrate the new year! The best is that they do not need to stress about getting their cards out in time for Christmas, they can send out Happy New Year cards instead! I loved this idea and I love how these all came out. I loved getting to spend some time with the whole family and I am excited to see how their cards came out for this year!

Jordan, Ben, Griffin and Autumn, Thanks for much for braving the cold to get a few family portraits from 2019! I am so honored you chose me to capture your family photos and I hope you love them as much as I do! Happy New Year! xo.

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!