Brooke and Clark had an outdoor ceremony with the rolling hills behind them and a tented reception at Sweet Brook Farm in Williamstown, MA. It was a very sentimental and special day. Brook has strong ties to the area for multiples reasons: her grandparents have lived in Williamstown for a long time and she attended Williams College. I love implementing meaningful places when photographing the couple and Brook and Clark had many wonderful places to capture. We managed to take some stunning images at the church where her parents' tied the knot at Thompson Memorial Chapel and then strolled over to her grandfather's house for some pictures in front of their house. Lastly, Brook is a runner and her memories from college brought her back to some of the most beautiful, country roads in town and we managed to capture some quintessential Berkshire County goodness there. I love the connection these photos have to memories new and old. That's what it's all about. Here are some of my favorite images from their day.
When I arrived at Kara's parents home in Andover, MA, I was greeted with open arms and iced coffee (the way to my heart, by the way.) The sun was shining and we were soaking it up all day! They had a lovely ceremony in Topsfield, MA and then headed to the Andover Country Club to have their outdoor cocktail hour and indoor reception. The grounds at the country club were pristine and their infamous willow tree where they take their couples for portraits was nothing short of amazing! Here are some of my favorites from their glorious day.
I often get asked as a wedding photographer, "how do you know which vendors to hire for your wedding?". The beauty of being in the wedding industry is you get to work with many different people over multiple wedding seasons and you get a real feel for how people run their businesses. First and foremost, every couple is different and so are their needs on their big day. Some people prefer making each and every decision, while others prefer to hand off that creative decision making to the professionals. Either way, you want to make sure you're choosing the right person to help guide you along the steps so you feel comfortable and confident in your decision making.
When is comes to choosing a wedding photographer, my advice is go with your gut. If you feel a connection to the work you see on their site as well as in your correspondence, then chances are he/she would be a good fit for you. Let's dig a little deeper on this. I want someone who can get back to me in a timely manner, answer any and all questions thoroughly, and help manage expectations for what may happen. As a professional wedding photographer, I take my job very seriously and aim to provide stellar customer service along with helpful knowledge to guide all my couples. I especially think managing expectations is the most crucial. Why? Well, some of you may or may not have been married before, but most of my couples have never been hitched, so they don't know how timing for the day works, how long certain shot lists may take, what if it rains, and so on. There are so many levels to a wedding. The more you know, the better. I hope that by being a respectable resource helps alleviate any wedding planning jitters.