engagement

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!

Three Tricks to Beautiful Getting Ready Photos

I'm sure many of you have scrolled through photographers photos and Pinterest at all the gorgeous wedding photos, especially those getting ready photos; the classic beauties with your girls helping button up your dress and your last few moments before you are married. These moments are so special and deserve to be captured as part of your legacy! Many brides have asked me what they should have in their bridal suite to get the best getting ready photos and I have decided to rally these tips in to one helpful post for all of you!

  • First things first, choose a bridal suite that has plenty of natural light or access to an open window/door. That soft pretty light flooding through a window will help show off all your gorgeous dress details and you will look absolutely radiant! Soak in a little extra sun before getting ready to help relax! 
  • Keep your bridal suite uncluttered! You want the time before your wedding to be relaxing and keeping the space your in tidy will help alleviate any extra anxiety. Plus, you don't want extra odds and ends ending up in your photographs!
  • Have all of your accessories in one place. Make sure to have your shoes, jewelry and any little keepsakes you will have on you close by to your dress - this saves time as you're getting ready and makes sure nothing is missed! 

Meg + Ryan: Winter Engagement Session

Concord, New Hampshire

It was one of the warmest winter days in February when I met with Meg and Ryan for their outdoor winter engagement session. This outgoing and fun couple arrived excited and ready to spend the afternoon together exploring parts of Concord! What struck me most about them right off the bat was their natural ease together, they joked and played with such an easy sense of humor and made you feel like old fast friends. We walked and talked around the park hearing of their relationship and proposal and now wedding planning experience. It was easy to see that these two will make it far in life with their easy going attitudes and ability to laugh together, 'cuz life is so much better when we don't take ourselves too seriously! Meg + Ryan are amping up for what will be an epic mountaintop wedding ceremony with the beautiful White Mountains for a back drop complete with a gondola ride!  

 

Kelsey + Andrew: Snowy Engagement Session at Quechee Inn

Quechee Inn at Marshland Farms - Quechee, Vermont

Kelsey and Andrew's perfect New England winter engagement session took place at the beautiful Quechee Inn in Quechee, Vermont - the same location where their upcoming wedding will be! When Kelsey and I first talked about their session she said she really wanted a snowy winter session and boy is that what she got! The day of their shoot was a huge nor'easter that brought with it a foot of fluffy snow and beautiful huge snowflakes. After arriving at the farm we ventured out across the property, roaming through the snow covered fields, up pretty hiking trails and down to the pond where Andrew proposed. It was so much fun watching these two enjoy the company of each other as they laughed, played and snuggled in the winter wonderland. 

While we were meandering around the property I asked about the proposal and Kelsey's gorgeous engagement ring. Her ring was two bands intertwined and she told me how Andrew secretly went to her grandmother and got her wedding ring to use in Kelsey's ring as one of the intertwined pieces - with the help of the family, Andrew was able to keep it a secret until the big day of the proposal. Andrew proposed in front of the pond at Quechee Inn, a place that Kelsey had always loved and grown up so close to. 

I can't wait to photograph what will be a beautiful wedding for these two!

Top 4 Things to do with Your Gown after Your Big Day!

Hey friends! Let's just take a minute and think back on the day you found your wedding dress. You probably tried on numerous dresses in many styles when suddenly you found, the one. You felt amazing in it and you knew this was the dress you had to have for your day. So you bought the dress of your dreams and had the most magical wedding that you always wanted. You're back from your honeymoon and loving this new life yet every time you open your closet your dress is just....hanging there. While many people like the idea of saving their dress for their daughter to wear, there are many who want fun things to do with the dress after. Below are some awesome things you can do with your dress if you decide to not save it for later, enjoy!

1. Utilize the scraps or layers

If you're anything like me, you had to get your dress tailored and hemmed to the right size which may have left you with some scraps and pieces of lace. Consider using some of the scrap pieces to add some flare to some simple white throw pillows or sew some of the lace to a pretty white clutch. If you're feeling like using more of your dress there are plenty of vendors on Etsy who will make custom designed pillows and decor for you when you send your dress. One super cool thing to do if your dress has lace pieces is to have  necklace made with some of the pieces! This is a great shop on Etsy (click here!) that will make beautiful pendants with your dress so you can wear it forever!

2. Trash the Dress

Plan a fun photo shoot for you and your new husband where you get to do some crazy activity in your dress! Some people go paint balling, mudding with their ATV's, jump in the ocean and more! Pick something fun that shows off your personality and get a little crazy! You will have your gorgeous wedding photos and your fun shoot photos to have some fun memories!

3. Donate your dress

There are numerous organizations you can donate your dress to. One of my favorite places is Brides Across America - which works to supply wedding gowns to military brides taking out one stress and financial factor for those serving our country. You can check them out here! about Another great place to donate is to Wish Upon a Wedding to help terminally-ill brides have the wedding of their dreams. You can find more information about them here!

4. Re-sell your dress

If you're looking to re-sell your dress you can check out Pre-Owned Wedding Dresses. Here you can buy and sell dresses easily by just simply setting up an account! There is only a $25 listing fee for selling a dress and then zero commission afterwards. Head on over to their site to see how easy you can re-sell your beautiful gown!  

Robyn + John, Part 1.

Benson Park - Hudson, New Hampshire

Robyn and John's engagement session at Benson Park in Hudson, NH was one for the books! These two sweet hearts are incredibly kind and funny and make you feel like you have known them forever. As we walked around the park shooting and talking you could feel the natural ease and comfort the two of them have together. They also brought along one of their adorable fur-babies, Kahlua who was just as sweet as her parents. 

The Proposal

Robyn and John's proposal story is so cute and definitely speaks to their personalities! As told to me by John, they had been talking about getting a dog for a while and so he came up with the idea to propose with a custom dog tag that said "Will you marry me?". With his plan in place, John got the dog tag and collar and wrapped it up nicely. Once the box was in Robyn's hands, I'm sure John was thinking the hard part was over, although it did take a few minutes before she flipped the tag over to see the surprise! While she may have though she was just getting a puppy, instead she also got a husband! 

I can't wait for what I know will be an absolutely gorgeous wedding for them in 2017!

Everett + Mckenzie Part 1

Concord, New Hampshire

I am lucky enough to say that Everett has been a great friend of mine for many many years. I remember the days when we were barely in high school goofing off at track practice and always being jokesters at our church youth events. He is dear to my heart and when he went off to college and came back some time later with Mckenzie, things just seemed right. She is as sweet as she is sassy and can hold her own like a champ. Their heart for people and for bringing change to the places they're in will be a force to be reckoned with. They compliment each other in so many ways and they seem to bring out the best in one and other as well. I am honored to have been able to capture just one piece of their love story! 

Susan + Mitch Part 1

Shaker Village - Enfield, New Hampshire

Talk about a fun-couple! Susan and Mitch arrived ready to have fun, complete with their two lovely pooches Jackson and Archer. The natural chemistry between these two would make you think they had been together forever, not just a couple of years! It was so much fun having Susan and Mitch include their fur-babies in the shoot - including a perfect moment shared between Susan and Jackson! Can't wait for what will be a great wedding in 2017!

Abbie + JP Part 1.

Campton, NH

Abbie and JP's engagement session was nothing shy of pure bliss. These two were so sweet and funny but what stood out most was the loving energy between them. Having only been together for a little over a year, they were comfortable and effortless together as if they has been married forever. Their fall wedding is right around the corner and I can't wait to photograph all the beauty at Longlook Farm