One of the worst things that can happen to a bride would be having to reschedule her wedding day. With all the unexpected COVID-19 situations we’ve faced, Rachel and Joe were one of my many couples that had to make the decision “Do we proceed or reschedule?” Instead of completely rescheduling their plans, they just changed it up a bit! Instead of the original venue they had picked, they chose to be married in their backyard with their close friends and immediate family with a zoom set up with almost all of their guests!
When they told me they were planning to keep their wedding date but have their day be much smaller than planned, at their home, I was so excited for them. I had been to their home before as some of their engagement photos were taken in their backyard. Now, they were going to be saying vows right in the yard where when they walk out of their home, they can look over and memories of this amazing day will come rushing to them. It was perfect.
They had just a few family and friends there which allowed for social distancing and safety measures due to COVID-19. I kept my mask on used my lenses that allowed for distance to be between us all.
They had beautiful details to make their day special and I loved getting to photograph them all. The cake, the champagne glasses, the bracelet she wore, The wedding gown, the grooms boutonnière, the groom pocket square and the bride and groom’s face masks all have a special meaning for them. I remember the day Rachel had picked out her wedding dress, she emailed me a photo of it full of excitement! Since that email, I could not wait to see it in person and my gosh, it was AMAZING! It was truly made for her! The way it flowed in the wind and how she would just play with it to make it move was so beautiful! The detail on the dress was something I had never seen before on a wedding gown- There was orange and blue color design with the words “Je T’Aime” throughout. You really needed to look hard to see it, but it’s there and it is just so classy and romantic.
You see, COVID did not stop them from keeping their wedding date. Things were definitely not as they originally planned, but the beauty that was made out of this situation is all that matters. I guess one benefit of a covid wedding is that I get to see them again next year! Yep, They will have their Castle in the Clouds wedding next June and all the family and friends that joined this celebration on Zoom, will be there in person. For now, they can look back at their original date and remember the official day they became husband and wife.
Rachel and Joe, I can not thank you enough for inviting me back to your home to capture this special day for you. I missed you guys ( and Pepper!) and I just loved that I was there to see you exchange your vows and capture these memories for you. The day was so perfect and emotional in so many ways. Watching you guys light up seeing your biggest fans on Zoom gave me all the feels, and the fact that many of them dressed up for the occasion is so awesome! I am excited to get to see them all in person next year. Nutmeg is adorable and the way she was trying to take over Pirates speech was too funny. I wish you both so much happiness and good memories each time you walk into your backyard. I am excited to celebrate again next year with you guys, but for now, I hope you enjoy this sneak peek of your “first” wedding day. I love you guys! xoxo
Wedding Dress: Leanne Marshall | Shoes: Loeffler Randall | Venue: Backyard at Bride and Groom’s Home (Soon to be Castle in the Clouds) | Cake: Autumn Nomad
Engagement Session Featured on Tacari Weddings
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
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.
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
Oh My Goodness, friends! Can I just tell you how excited I was to take photos of this adorable family!!! Some of you may already know them! They are the Beabout’s from BEABOUT EXPOSURE– husband and wife videography team! I have had the pleasure to work with mom and dad Beabout for several weddings this year! We like to call ourselves, The Dream Team! If you have us at your wedding, we will most likely announce that the dream team is here!
I loved getting to meet their little ones that I have heard so much about! They were so sweet! Little Piper is starting to stand on her own and take a few steps which was so fun to see her try to do! Big brother Logan was a little shy at first in front of the camera but then warmed up a bit and we got to see his fun silly personality! He was very helping being sure that Piper did not eat any rocks or dirt while we were trying to get her attention to look at me or laugh… She tried and Logan was on it!
Philip, Brittney, Logan and Piper- I loved getting to spend some time with you guys NOT at a wedding! While I love working with you, it was so fun to see the kids and not talk about camera settings and where we are going to stand! Thank you for trusting me taking these photos!!! It means a lot to me that you had me take them, so again, Thank you! Can’t wait to work together again soon! xoxo.
Also, I just need to add that Beabout Exposure just celebrated their 1 year!! It’s so amazing all of the hard work they have done this year of kicking off their business! So proud! <3