Carrie and Kelsey | Elopement

Carrie and Kelsey | Elopement

It’s been over a year of planning… a year dreaming about their wedding day. I still remember sitting down with Carrie and Kelsey meeting them for the first time at Starbucks learning all about them. How they met, where they work, what their wedding vision- was when all they knew at the time was their wedding date and their venue. We sat together in Starbucks for over 2 hours! I knew that these ladies were so much fun that their engagement session and wedding day were going to be amazing! Never in a million years would I have been able to tell you that just months before their big day, a world wide pandemic was happening.

Kelsey and I were in contact throughout the months leading up to their date. We were all hopeful that we would be able to still have their big wedding at  The Preserve at Chocorua on May 23, 2020. Just 1 year after Carrie proposed. We chatted over the phone, through emails, through texts and about 2 weeks before their day, they needed to have a change of plans, however, May 23 is a special date for them, and they were planning to exchange vows that day even if it was not the way they originally thought it would be. They will still have a wedding with many friends and family in attendance at their original venue in July and we all can not wait!

We were still all ordered to stay at home and only essential workers were to be out. Hopeful that this stay at home order would be changing soon, with the idea that social distancing would continue on, it finally did, the week of May 23! In just a short two weeks time, Kelsey and Carrie planned to have an intimate elopement at Kelsey’s parents home. They had a ceremony outside on the porch with their closest friends and immediate family present. It was truly such a perfect day and I am so thankful that I was a part of it! They shared their first dance in the back yard of the home and they even had many friends and family drive by to send their well wishes from a distance in a car parade! The love and support that these two ladies have just make me so happy. Everyone was so kind and so loving and it really made me so happy to witness all of the love with the small amount of people that were there. I am so excited to see them again, and capture a second wedding with even more love and support from their family and friends in July!

Carrie and Kelsey, THANK YOU. Thank you for having the BEST attitude when life was flipped upside down having to completely change your original wedding day plans. Thank you for keeping me in the loop with all updates and thank you for trusting me to capture the best day of you lives this day ( and again in July!) I am so grateful that I finally got to meet the handsome Brayden! He is one lucky little guy to have you both as his mom. Here are some of my favorite photos from your (1st) wedding day!

Kelsey and Carrie had their ceremony documented and shared on Facebook Live for those who were not able to be there in person this day. Here is the video:

CREATIVE TEAM

Dresses: Carrie’s Dress: VOWS ,Kelsey’s Dress: The White Room Florist: Kimberly Conley | DJ + Videographer: Jeremy Guilbo | Cake: Batter up| Catering: Homestyle Catering | Invitations: Kellie’s Creative Korner

 

 

5 Wedding Day Photography + Bridal hacks | Wedding Wednesday

5 Wedding Day Photography + Bridal hacks | Wedding Wednesday

Okay brides, listen up! I am going to let you in on a few of my little wedding day secrets to get those high end, elegant, gorgeous detail photos! Get your pen and paper along with your planning binder and here we go!

#1: THE RING BOX

Many images you see from a wedding day of the rings, is when the ring is inside or resting on a really pretty box! Guess what??  I bring my own ring boxes from The Mrs. Box. I have a collection of these boxes in popular wedding colors that I can use to match your wedding vision. I use these boxes for each wedding about 90% of the time, I just love them so much. Want to know something cool? If you were hoping to have a beautiful ring box for your wedding day and beyond, you do not need me to pick and choose the color/shape/look of it! Although I always have these boxes on me at all times during the beginning of the wedding day, I am providing you with 2 links where you can look to see if this is something you want to have as a part of your details and beyond.

THE MRS. BOX – These boxes are BEAUTIFUL! In real life, they are a lot smaller than they look but that is because they make the ring look even bigger! You can look to see if there are colors and styles you like here, but be aware, they range around $85+ depending on your wants/needs.

AMAZON DOUPE– Here is another beautiful ring box found on Amazon!! It has a similar look to the Mrs. Box and they range from $15.99-$25.99! The price difference is amazing and it will still give you that high end look to your details.  You can add this to a wish list or even your gift registry if having your own box is important to you on your wedding day!

#2. Styling Ribbon

Another detail I love to add is ribbon. Sometimes I can find things in the room to use for an added pop to the image, but almost all of the time, I am getting out my silk ribbons from my styling kit. I carry with me on the wedding day 3 neutral popular wedding colors, just as I mentioned above with the ring boxes. These ribbons are so delecate that I need to have them wound and folded a certain way to look the way I want them to. Again, just because I have these with me on a wedding day does not mean you can’t have some too. You can get the exact color you want to have to match your details!

SILK AND WILLOW – These silks are amazing! They look gorgeous in photos and they even have ribbon spools that can make for cool photos if you add the spool into the frame. These range from $30-$90 depending on the exact look you want.

AMAZON STYLING RIBBON– If the Silk and Willow brand ribbon is not in the budget and you still want to have your very own ribbon, another great Amazon option is their ribbon! These ribbons range from $10.99-$20!

#3. Wooden Hanger

There is nothing like getting to a wedding where everything is exactly as you imagined it would be. Your Kleinfeld dress still in the garment bag… when it’s time to open it up and get some dress detail shots… what happens? The dress is on a plastic hanger! This always makes my heart sink when I see this. The dress is a HUGE investment along with the rest of the wedding…. The dress NEEDS a nice hanger! It does not need to be a hanger with a new last name, Mrs. or even Bride. It can be plain! It just should NOT be plastic.

Just like the details I mentioned above, I carry a hanger with me! It’s amazing how many times I have needed to use to too! Which is fine! Thats why I have it with me. I bet a hanger is the last thing on your mind during your wedding day… so don’t worry… It’s one of the top things on my mind when it comes to details which is why, I got you.

Feel free to get a hanger with a cute saying on it! Those make for wonderful photos! I love them! You can find those on Etsy. If you wanted to get hangers incase you decided you wanted not only your dress photographed but you want your girls dresses too, then invest in a pack of wooden hangers. I always will have 1 hanger and if you remind me and request that you want the brides maid dress shot with your dress, I will do my best to bring matching wooden hangers, but I can not guarantee I will have enough of them for all of the dresses. Enter… AMAZON!

AMAZON WOODEN HANGER– I suggest the shirt hanger where there is NO bottom bar to fold pants. The shirt hanger in the photo below is perfect for the dress shot. The bottom bar is not there to draw the eye to it. Imagine this gorgeous dress on a plastic hanger…. now click the link and get some wooden ones. 🙂

#4. Glue Dots

Why glue dots? I will tell you why! These are so amazing to give you those ring shots that stand up! You see, sometimes the rings just do not fit to stand up inside of one another because the bride and grooms fingers are all different sizes and causing the rings to slide, fall down, or just not sit the way I want them to. So, glue dots! These little bad boys do not harm anything! They are primarily used for scrapbooking so you can peel the photo off the paper if you decided you did not like it there. For a ring, it does what I need it to do, and then it peels right off not causing any stickiness to the rings at all. They are glue which means they are clear so when you take a photo, you can not see them at all. It’s magic!

GLUE DOTS- You can find these at any craft store in their scrapbook section. I included an amazon link for you since we can not really get to any stores at this time so Amazon is the best way to go! I always have these with me on the wedding day too! So if you do not get them, I will have them! Just a cool little tip and hack I can share with you while planning your wedding day.

#5. CLEAR THE CLUTTER

I am not sure if this one is a hack, but it involves your bridesmaids! Whatever room you decide to get ready in, have someone go in and be sure there is zero clutter around the room. No trash, bags, luggage, clothes, etc. Make sure the room where you will be getting dressed in is clean and ready to be photographed. I am not shy to move things around that need to be moved for that perfect shot, however, I do not like having to move personal belongings if I do not have to. Setting this as a job for one of your bridesmaids will help take some stress off of you the day of. The room will be ready to be photographed in and your photos will be amazing!

ALI B AMAZON STORE FRONT PHOTOGRAPHY + BRIDAL HACKS 

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A THANK YOU to our Ali B Health Care Workers

A THANK YOU to our Ali B Health Care Workers

It is easy to forget to say Thank you. It is easy to look past all these things we have and take them for granted. This time being home with my family, not rushing out the door for anything, Not having a all kinds of activities and parties and school and… you get the idea…. has really opened our eyes to ALL the things!! THERE IS SO MUCH TO BE THANKFUL FOR!

Everyday we see on the news of our health care workers on the line, working directly next to patients with COVID-19. They are risking their lives to help save others and go home to their family ( some are isolated from their family) potentially putting them at risk. It is scary for them, I am sure, but they love their jobs and they show up to work everyday.

I wanted to take a moment to introduce you to these wonderful health care workers in the Ali B Family. These Ali B Brides ( and Ali B Groom) are my HEROS!!!! If I could stand out side of their work holding banners and making lots and lots of noise for them I would! (Wearing a mask, of course!) And so, without further ado, here are your Ali B Bride/Groom Heroes!

Shyra- Married 12.13.14

Stephanie- Married 1.18.20

Gina- Married 8.31.19

Victoria- Married 10.7.16

Paige- Getting Married 11.7.20

Meggy- Married 5.5.18

Kellie- Married 6.2.17

Caitlyn- Married 11.4.17

Married- 10.5.19 ( Engagement Session)

Rachel and Joel- Married 6.8.19

Kelly- Married 6.23.17

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!