How about a winter session in the middle of the summer to refresh you?
This session is really, long overdue, this took place at the beginning of this year. Jodi and Gary’s family currently live in Costa Rica, but they used to be prominent members in Cambridge, as the pastoral family at my church. They actually left for Costa Rica as I was marrying into the church, so I didn’t have the pleasure to get to know them, but this session 2 years later was such a treat. Not only were EVERY member of the family sweet, and generous to me, they were/are so sweet to one another, I was truly in awe.
While they were visiting Massachusetts, it was time to get their family portrait done. And to visit one of their favorite places in Boston, the Arnold Arboretum, with snow in the background was an added treat for their friends back in Costa Rica to see.
Wedding days are so packed and scheduled to every minute, with many loved ones wanting to spend time with the bride and groom, there might even be a traffic delay or a weather glitch. When all that and more adds up, even a long wedding day will pass by in a blur for the bride and groom. Bridal sessions (known also as re-shoot-, or trash-the-dress session) are a photo session that takes place at a date later than your wedding. It can be a day after, or it can be a month to a year after. All it takes is the bride (and groom if he’d like in a suit) with her wedding dress, and a beautiful location. It’s a photo session in wedding attire when the bride and groom are rested, have a little more time on their hands, may want a location different then their wedding day (urban vs. nature), or may even want a shorter, simpler dress then the actual wedding gown. With a bridal session, we can have more fun, and not worry about wrinkling the dress, or try a glam pose or two. In the case below, former bride, and fellow photographer Jackie had a blast trying out bolder fashion accessories to her wedding gown. A big thanks to the Linden Place, RI for the beautiful location, and John LaRoche for Blue Guava for the fabulous bouquets. For the previews sneak peeks, see here.
Oh, bird cage veil, why did you become so trendy after my wedding day? =)Jackie has a ballet background, so it was so fun to incorporate bridal attire with the other ultimate feminine symbol of ballet slippers.
It has been a long time since I last blogged. The last 10 weeks or so, we have been going through some excitement that led to difficult news, then, it turned into an emergency risky surgery. It has been challenging to keep up with commitments to my clients, and my responsibilities in between the bed rests and worse symptoms. It really prioritized what the basic necessities are… for a while there, I could care less about social networking and making appearances when it’s hard to hold my own head up.
Thankfully, my wonderful clients have been supportive and understanding along the way, and having a doctor in the family has been a Godsend to my own peace of mind, and recovery. I will continue to be monitored for the next few months, but we keep our faith in the God who creates and gives life.
So, yes, I am very behind on blogging, I am very behind on many things… even getting my summer clothes out of the box… =) yup, I realize it’s August….
But, will do my best to trickle more work up here, as I tend to client deliveries first. Thank God for laptops that let me work out of my BED!
Below are some views from a trip to NYC a few weeks back while I traveled for a seminar and a portrait session.
Because Facebook lowers the image quality, here’s a collection of the past few week’s wedding sneak peeks.
Yesterday, the sky was so beautiful with these huge fluffy clouds, but then, by the time it was time to head out for the scheduled time, it felt like there was 2 inches of rain river flooding the streets of Copley. While crossing the street with a large umbrella over my head, I was wet knees down. But thankfully, 2 hours later, the rain had cleared enough for the couple to have a lovely courtyard wedding.
Spending an hour or more with a couple during the engagement portrait session is obviously not enough to get to know a couple. But spend a whole day with a bride and groom, I get to know a LOT about their personalities, their history, and their chemistry with their loved ones. Katherine and Will are both very playful people and all aspects of their wedding reflected fun loving personality.
Katherine has surprised me all along the engagement period when she keenly blogged about her wedding planning journey, but I also saw many signs of her love and skills with crafts. She had made her own invitation envelopes, and table tents, but when the wedding day arrived, her personal touch continued.
This couple had two separate receptions, one where the entire ceremony guests were invited to – reception immediately following the ceremony at the church, and a formal dinner reception at a country club for close friends and family. It was at this reception that I found out that Katherine and Will didn’t show too much PDA in front of their friends during their dating period. So, instead of abiding to the guests ringing their flutes for a kiss, they enforced the rule that they’ll kiss after each guest shared a story about them, or toasted them. And each kiss was delivered in a uniquely playful manner!
Katherine made the pomander for the flower girl from ribbons by hand!!
The first glance
Katherine had a long cathedral veil, but the strong winds that day was no match for bobby pins and hair spray.
Katherine wrote and read a poem to Will shortly after the bridal portrait session.
Katherine’s dad walked her down the aisle, then kept on walking to officiate the wedding!This is where story telling comes in, the ring bearer was ever so curious when ‘no one’ was looking at the church reception.In the middle of the first dance, Katherine tossed off her heals and the couple busted out dancing to “I Gotta Feeling by Black Eyed Peas” and the entire wedding party joined in to a very lively choreography.The maid of honor and sister of the Bride, Melissa was beyond-perfect maid-of-honor throughout the entire day.And something new we incorporated for Katherine and Will’s wedding was a ‘photo booth’ where guests’ photos were taken during the reception at a designated spot with fun and silly messages and props provided by Katherine.