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August – 18 Months

I took Augie’s 18 month photos while we vacationed on the Olympic Peninsula. He loved the beach, the woods and “hiking” (i.e. walking on a little path to a clearing), and blueberry picking. There must be an innate foraging instinct within us; Augs was a natural in the blueberry fields and ate more than he put in our bucket. At a year and a half, his great love is being outdoors, matched only by reading books. His language is incredible – he says hundreds of words and phrases and can follow instructions to the letter (though he doesn’t always choose to!). And … his hair has gotten curly! Here he is!

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Published! Tricia and Phil’s Vintage-Inspired Wedding on Style Me Pretty

I am so so so so SO thrilled that Tricia and Phil’s wedding is up on Style Me Pretty today! These two are the biggest sweethearts and put so much into their wedding day – everyone deserves to share in the love! Enjoy!

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Engagement: Erin & Brandon at Stonehill College

Ah, how I love a beautiful college campus! It really takes me back … so I was absolutely thrilled when Erin and Brandon wanted to do their engagement shoot at Stonehill College, where they met years ago. One look at this school online and I was hooked – the grounds are incredible! We chose a sunset shoot and it could not have been better light. Erin’s fiery red hair really lit up in the glow! We so enjoyed meandering throughout the campus, taking photos whenever something caught our eye. I cannot wait for your October wedding, Erin and Brandon! It’s going to be wonderful! In the meantime, take a look at these two …

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Vintage Wedding: Tricia and Phil at Smolak Farms, North Andover

Pure magic. That is how I would describe Tricia and Phil’s vintage wedding at the beautiful Smolak Farms in North Andover, styled by the genius Jillian at New England Vintage Rentals. Pure magic.

When I met Tricia and Phil last year, we hit it off instantly. I’m a vintage-loving girl myself, and it just so happened that the red and white Swiss dot dress I was wearing matched Tricia’s red and white Swiss dot top! We were meant to work together! I was enchanted by Tricia and Phil together – their love is so palpable, it is a joy to be around them. They are two genuinely happy people and I knew their wedding would be a celebration to remember!

Let’s start with the bride’s incredible details: her grandmother’s wedding hat from the ’40s and her lovely pink shoes, sitting atop a dress her grandmother wore to her daughter’s (Tricia’s mother’s) wedding in the ’70s (which Tricia’s worn on several occasions). I love the family history!

Tricia chose a fresh flower corsage to pin to her dress – such a lovely idea! She’s talented, too – she did her own hair and it looked absolutely amazing!

Smolak Farms was a fabulous venue for this fĂȘte – beautiful orchards and woodlands abound. I can’t wait to show you the portraits, so without further ado, here are Tricia and Phil in their newlywed glory!

Swoon! Tricia and Phil were a pleasure to photograph. They are so incredibly sweet together! I could have taken portraits of them all day long. But, there was a lot of other gorgeous stuff to photograph, too, including all of the beautiful rustic details – take a look …

And just look at the cake, fashioned like a vintage hat box, and the delicious pies! Yummers!

Tricia and Phil’s ceremony was as joyful as they are; I go to a lot of these things, and these two made me cry! A good friend and her husband sang the Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros song “Home” and I just couldn’t stop myself from tearing up.

After the wonderful “I Do”s, we did some group photographs, all of the lovely couple photos, and then it was on to cocktail hour! With mason jars filled with signature cocktails, mustache cookies and temporary tattoos for a do-it-yourself mustache photobooth, and artisan jellos shots, it was a great kickoff to the evening!

The evening continued with delicious food, heartfelt speeches (including a tearful one from the bride’s sister – adorable!), and very sweet dances:

After dinner, the fun went on and on and on with contra dancing! Music was provided by a great folk band and a wonderful man taught all the guests the steps, then called them out. What a kick!

Amid all this, we managed to fit in a mini maternity shoot for Tricia’s sister! Isn’t she gorgeous? Congratulations, Christie and Brandon! I can’t wait to hear about your new arrival soon!

Before we knew it, it was time for Tricia and Phil’s magical exit in a 1939 burgundy Cadillac limo. The style never ends with these two!

Congratulations, Tricia and Phil! It was a night to remember and I am so grateful that I could be a part of it.

And a special thanks goes out to my dear friend and second shooter for the day, Tara Lynn Sen. I couldn’t have done it without you, girl!

Venue: Smolak Farms

Flowers and Styling: New England Vintage Rentals

Catering: Little Neck Clambake Company

Cake: Donna’s Cakes

Artisan Jello Shots & Specialty Desserts: Gelology

Musician: Owen Morrison

Videographer: Well Spun Weddings

Dress: Sabella Couture

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Engaged: Nicole and Erik in Inman Square, Somerville

I love living in the Boston area, partly because of all the neighborhoods! Nicole and Erik, who are getting married in an apple orchard up in Maine this summer (and whose wedding I am greatly anticipating), chose to have their engagement shoot in their neighborhood: Inman Square in Somerville. As a Somervillian myself, I was thrilled with their decision. We started right near their house with a random brick wall that had fun graffiti. Smile, indeed!

We then moved on, walking towards Inman, stopping along the way as places caught our eye … the Thirsty Scholar Pub (we needed refreshment!) and the Academy of Arts and Sciences and their wooded grounds were two such locations:

Our meandering brought us to many places – in front of Dali restaurant (tapas!), the side of 1369 Coffee House, in front of a hardware store, on the patio of The Biscuit, in a neighbor’s garden … it was a serious Somerville/Cambridge tour!

We ended our session at the commuter rail tracks – luckily no trains came by!

Thanks for braving the chill wind and spending the afternoon with me, Nicole and Erik! I cannot wait for August and more fun with you two.

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