Emily + John - adventurous waterfall engagement

New Hampshire

Everyone knows how much we love a good adventure, so what could be better than a water fall adventure engagement session?!

When Emily + John first contacted us about shooting their wedding and mentioned that they were trying to tie in their love of the mountains and the sea, we knew we would be quick friends. This laid back couple took the plunge and drove up to the mountains to meet us for a bit of an adventure. While we walked around exploring we got to hear tales of their Iceland adventures and other travels and some of their plans for future adventures! It was such a great experience and we can't wait to share these images with you all!

Tips + Tricks: How to make the perfect wedding day timeline!

We know how it is, you're looking at your makeshift schedule for your wedding day and you're wondering to yourself....how are we going to fit EVERYTHING in to this day?!?!

We have been there. We can remember right up to the last minute feeling like we hadn't planned out our wedding day timeline enough and we weren't even sure we had set aside enough time for photos (how is this possible you ask?!?!?! Wedding stress is real stress friends haha). So we thought we would give you some pointers on planning out your day to help make it streamline as possible. 

     -  Consider your ceremony/reception sites for unique planning
If you are having your ceremony and reception at two separate locations make sure to take in account the drive time between the two as well as how this will play in to your time getting ready pre-ceremony and your photography time post-ceremony. We have found it is best to add in some buffers to prevent any added stress on travelling from one location to the next.

     -  Think about your ceremony start time and then think backwards
It may sound weird, but most venues give you a set ceremony time. So if you can start with that in your mind you can work backwards to plan out when you should be at the salon for hair and make up, when you want to have your dress on, when you need the entire wedding party dressed etc. This is also the best time to think about whether you are going to have a first look (want more info on first looks?? Check out this whole blog post on the subject here.) If you are planning on a first look then you want to factor that in now to add an extra 45 min before your ceremony to be dressed and ready. 

     -  Plan time for your photos!
I know, I know - you think I'm biased here BUT planning adequate time for photography is a must! This is especially important if you are planning to have a ceremony that is starting later in the afternoon or towards dusk. If you want beautiful images outdoors showcasing the scenery of your venue and all it has to offer than planning ahead will be key. Traditionally, photos are taken during the cocktail hour leaving about 45-60 minutes for photos. If you are wanting to have a receiving line post ceremony, than consider adding an extra 15 minutes to your cocktail hour so it doesn't cut in to your photo time. 

     - Know what is important to you
This is your big day - make sure you know where you want to be spending your time. If you both desperately want to be at your cocktail hour, consider planning on doing a first look and portraits pre-ceremony. This allows that time after the ceremony to be for your cocktail hour. 

Our last biggest tip of all is this - don't sweat the small stuff. No matter what happens your wedding day is going to be BEAUTIFUL and most importantly, at the end of the day you be married and stepping in the rest of your lives together. So if things don't go quite as planned, don't fret - let your day just be fun and full of love. 

Cindy + Kieran - a New Hampshire fall wedding

Laconia, New Hampshire

When my sweet cousin got engaged to Kieran we were ecstatic, knowing that they had a bright future ahead and that they would accomplish so much together. We were even MORE excited when we were given the chance to photograph their beautiful wedding day. There is something that makes our job so much more special when we get to use our gifts for the people we know and love. 

Cindy + Kieran's day started off surrounded by their closest friends as they laughed and chatted together prepping for what was to come. You could tell immediately from the caring gestures of their friends how important this day was for them and to support their friends in the best way possible. A sweet church ceremony commenced where they were married in front of all their family and even better was they had their close friend and pastor as the one to officiate the ceremony!

The reception kicked off to a start with their first dance which had many in the room in tears as they sweetly danced across the room softly singing to each other. The parent dances followed that were also tear-jerkers as you could see all the love they have for this sweet pair who is starting out their life together. They brought in their favorite food - Dos Amigos (because this is the best wedding menu ever, am I right?!?!) and the party got started!

We are so excited for what the future holds for this couple because we know it is going to be AWESOME! 

Photography: AB Photography | Venue: Merrimack Valley Train Station | Officiant: Katrina Keefe | Florals: FIfty Flowers/Susan Beam | Hair: Paige Emery | Gown: Madeline's Daughter | Bridesmaid Dresses: Azazie | Catering: Dos Amigos | Cake: Kristen Henderson

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CHRISTMAS 2017

New Hampshire

Our favorite part of Christmas is getting to spend quality time with our family and friends. Over the past few years, the holidays have changed for us as my parents now live halfway across the country - so before what used to be seeing everyone every holiday has turned in to swapping holidays every year. In some ways this change has been really difficult, it is hard to not see all your favorite people on a major family day but it has also taken a lot of stress off and allowed us MORE time each holiday for the ones we are with. 

This Christmas, we spent the day with Austin's family - laughing and joking around and obviously eating tons of delicious foods (Austin's mom is a stellar cook)! We started a new tradition this year too - Christmas mugging! Instead of a normal Yankee swap with random presents, everyone brings a fun/goofy mug to swap around. It was pretty hysterical to see some of the mugs that were brought (Austin's was a toilet shaped mug....I kid you not.). It was a relaxing and snowy day and we even snuck out during the storm to snap some fun photos. We hope you all enjoyed your holiday with family as much as we did!

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Black and white pom hat:  Loft | Red Vest and boots: GH Bass | Wool Blanket: Fairbault Woolen Mill | Gold + Opal rings: Sinead Cleary Jewelry 

Tips + Tricks: Bridal Hair and Makeup

We get asked for advice all the time about planning and executing a great wedding and one thing we are asked about the most is our opinions on hair and makeup. So we decided what better way to get you guys the information you want than to ask an expert! 

We decided to call on Donna Cotnoir, owner and operator of Custom for You - where she offers full service hair and makeup for weddings as well as corporate bookings (she even did the makeup for James Taylor and his wife once!!). We asked Donna to give us some of her favorite tips for brides on everything hair/makeup related. 

Firstly, one of the most important things Donna wants brides to know is this - always do a trial for your hair AND makeup! This is so important to be sure that what you saw as your vision actually suits you and you're happy with!

Donna had the following to say:

"When choosing a hair style and makeup for your wedding, take in to consideration the theme of the wedding, the style of your dress AND your personality. The makeup has to look like you, bring out your features and give you a glow. Not over done. You have to feel comfortable with the way you look!"

When asked about choosing a hair and make up artist Donna said "You might want to look on Pinterest for ideas and a must is to do a consultation or two. The hair and makeup artist and bride have to mesh together and NEVER feel afraid to ask questions". Just like anything else with your wedding, you will get the absolute most out of your day if you have a great working relationship with your chosen vendors so take the time to get to know your artist and make sure you will work together!

We hope this helps answer some of your big questions about bridal hair and makeup! If you would like to contact Donna for a consultation you can find all of her information below!

Donna Cotnoir
www.customforyounh.com
603-738-5313
Custom for You
IG: @customforyounh

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Hurricane Relief

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We are devastated by the news of thousands of lives being affected by the onslaught of hurricanes. Just when it seemed as Harvey was enough, we have Irma and Jose to worry about. 

We have seen the stories and images coming out of the Caribbean as Irma destroys everything in it's path and heads straight toward Florida with Jose close behind. For those affected, the next few months will be a time of rebuilding and getting back on their feet and we want to help. We are releasing a few of our favorite water related prints for sale - with 100% of the profits going directly to hurricane relief. While it may be a small contribution on the grand scale, we know that every little bit helps. Please join us in helping these communities rebuild. 

To browse and order your print, click here! 

{SNEAK PEEK} Robyn + John - a classic Vermont farm wedding!

The Mansfield Barn - Jericho, Vermont

Saturday’s Vermont barn wedding was nothing short of gorgeous and classic! While the day may have started with ominous storm clouds looming over it sure didn’t last!

Robyn and John were determined to have a fun and light-hearted day surrounded by their family and closest friends and they got just that. They chose to start their day with a sweet first look at the covered bridge in town. When we arrived at the bridge and stepped out of the car, all we could see was John at the end of the bridge with his back to us, patiently waiting on his bride. We walked out to meet him and watched the excitement rise on Robyn’s face as she got closer and closer to John. Soon enough she was close enough to reach him and as he turned around, his face said it all. He quickly wrapped her up in his arms and told her how gorgeous she looked as they kissed in the middle of the covered bridge. Their sweet first look lead in to the most perfect time for portraits of the two of them as they laughed and kissed and danced in the field!

Now, with all the nervous jitters out of the way, they could get their ceremony under way. As Robyn walked down the aisle to John, overlooking the Vermont mountains and surrounded by friends and family – all you could feel was happiness. The day continued on with fun and festivities that we can’t wait to share more of!

Stay tuned for the full post to come!

Photography: AB Photography | Venue: The Mansfield Barn | Florist: Chappell’s Florist | Catering: The Waterfront Catering Group | Cake: Frosted VT | DJ: Super Sounds DJ | Dress: Maggie Sottero | Bridesmaid’s Hair: Liliana’s Hair | Bride’s Hair: Lauryn Spittle | Makeup: Mirror Mirror

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First Looks, and why they are awesome!

During your wedding planning process you may have heard the term "first look" thrown around and wondered what it was, or maybe you know but thought it wasn't a good traditional wedding idea - well today I'm going to tell you what a first look is and why it is an awesome idea!


First we will start with what a first look is - just imagine for a moment. You've spent the morning getting all prepped and ready. Getting in to your wedding dress you painstakingly picked out months before. You say good bye to your wedding party and walk out to a secluded location. There in the distance, your soon-to-be-husband is standing with his back to you. With anxious anticipation you slowly make your way towards him, hardly able to contain your excitement. You finally get close enough to reach out and tap his shoulder, he excitedly turns around with a huge smile on his face and picks you up in a warm embrace. You are able to take a few minutes to excitedly talk and spend your last precious moments together before being married. Doesn't this sounds perfect?!?! This is what a first look is all about - intimate moments and memories to last a lifetime!

So a few reasons why you should at least consider a first look!

1. By seeing each other before the ceremony you are able to take everything in, calm each other down a little and a have peaceful moment to start your day. We believe first looks help you to take in your whole ceremony from a 'slightly' calmer place as you have already seen each other and gotten the nervousness out. 

2. You have more time for photos! As photographers we may be a little biased but we think the more time the better!! But really, the nice thing about first look photos is your hair and make up are fresh and your groom's suit has no wrinkles so this is a great time for fresh photos. Plus, all of the emotion of getting to see each other leads to beautiful emotion and the chance for you to interact as naturally as possible. Without the nervousness of being in front of all your guests, first looks allow for raw and emotional photos that couples always love!

3. You don't have to worry about light. Depending on the time of year and ceremony start time, there may be less time for pretty outdoor family and portrait photos. First looks allow for the bulk of portraits to be done pre-ceremony meaning less chance of it being overly dark for your session. 

4. You get to your cocktail hour quicker! For some people this is a deal breaker - if you want to enjoy your cocktail hour with all your guests then a first look can definitely help! As stated above, it helps get the majority of portraits done pre-ceremony and leaves fewer things to be formally photographed after the ceremony - getting you to your guests quicker. 


All in all, you have to choose what works best for you and there is certainly no right or wrong answer! No matter what, your wedding day will be one of the best days of your life! Need help coming up with fun ideas for a first look? Stay tuned as they will be hitting the blog soon!

{SNEAK PEEK} Susan + Mitch - Classy Common Man Wedding

The Common Man - Claremont, NH

SNEAK PEEK: The days leading up to this beautiful New Hampshire outdoor wedding were filled with some nerve wracking reports of huge storms and the morning of Susan and Mitch's big day started with ominous clouds circling above. As we hopped in the car to drive to the venue the skies opened and it rained HARD! But, as we got closer and closer to The Common Man the sun started poking through and we knew it would be a perfect day. 

We arrived at the Common Man to find it perfectly set with every fine detail that Susan spent so much time making gorgeous. Surrounded by her beautiful sisters and friends Susan made her way down to the courtyard where Mitch was excitedly waiting. A short and sweet ceremony ended with cheers from the crowd and the biggest smiles from the newlyweds!

Stay tuned for the full gallery and blog, coming soon!!

Photography: AB Photography | Venue: The Common Man | Florals: Zana Kehm Design | Band: The Conniption Fits

Rachel + Dave - A Sunapee Summer Wedding

Loon Lake Campground - Croydon NH

We woke up yesterday to beautiful blue skies and a refreshing breeze and I knew then that Rachel + Dave's big day was going to be perfect. As Rachel walked down the aisle with her ever-so-supportive father on one side and her sweet and sassy little Eloise on the other, I couldn't help but look at Dave - the excited smile on his face said it all as he waited (almost) patiently for Rachel to make her way to him. A short and sweet ceremony ended with a passionate kiss and an uproar of clapping! The entire day was filled with laughter, dancing, kids running around and plenty of good times had by all. It was an honor to be a part of their day and we can't wait to share more of their wedding with you! For now, enjoy these sneak peek photos!

Venue: Loon Lake Campground | Florals: Safflowers | Gown: A Day to Remember | Jewelry: Boulder Bangles