Kevin & Alex’s Burlington Engagement Shoot

Kevin & Alex are getting married at the Mountain Top Inn near Killington in August which I am SO excited for. Last week we met up at the waterfront in Burlington and hung out with their dog Montana for a few hours.

Since Montana can’t be at the wedding they wanted to include her in the engagement photos. She wanted to be included in the frisbee game going on right next to us 🙂

They were such naturals in front of the camera – very relaxed and affectionate and just perfect….made my job easy!

I can’t get enough of pretty fields with tall grass!

We found this gritty wall and had to move some random large pieces of Styrafoam out of the way but it was a wee bit of shade on a hot day and I love the contrast!

We ended up in the dog park where at that point there were no dogs. So Montana could cruise around and we didn’t have to worry about her running away. And there was pretty sun flare too 🙂

We were going to hold off on Montana going swimming but thought ‘what the heck.’ She had a great time fetching sticks in the water and we got some great shots in between!

Love the lines in this shot – we assume it was an old helicopter landing pad but it was pretty cracked and clearly hadn’t been used in quite some time…the perfect place for a few photos.

Montana was very patient as I held the treat right about my lens 🙂

We only stayed here for about 30 seconds – it was this great funky wall in a mini skateboarding park so Montana was a little freaked out….or a lot freaked out. Again I love the urban feel.

When you see traintracks and no train coming you must walk down them….it’s practically a rule 🙂

Alex & Kevin – I can’t wait for August!

Tyson….the official Uberdog!

Recently I got together with Dan O’Brien (owner of Uberdog in West Hartford), his wife Isabella, and their dog Tyson. I have a few canvases of Uberdog clients hung there but the most important member of the family was missing….Tyson!

We met at Loomis Chaffee in Windsor where we walk Strider. I had a vision of long grass and beautiful evening light….I think it worked 🙂

I love photographing dogs and getting all their different personalities.

Serious Tyson

Goofy Tyson jumping to catch a treat

Proud of his family Tyson 🙂

Inquisitive Tyson

“Give me a treat lady” Tyson

We interrupt this shoot – Tyson would like to remind everyone to stop and smell the roses (or wildflowers)

Happy smiling Tyson

Curled lip Tyson 🙂

Give me 5 Tyson

Handsome Tyson!

Tyson the cow

More smiles

And then the shoot was done and more dogs arrived. Jeff and I have been taking care of our cousins dogs for the last few weeks so of course we needed to get a picture of ALL the yellows. From L to R: Tyson, Grit, Strider, and Cole!

Old man Cole

Tyson & Grit loved the ball. Strider not so much!

Strider among the wildflowers

And finally I have an extremely long tongue Tyson!

Dan – it was so good to see you again!

Will & Rachel’s Wedding at Migis Lodge

The reception took place in the dining room of Migis Lodge which was decorated beautifully and just felt really warm and intimate.

Rachel’s Dad gave a great toast

and the flower girl helped to announce Rachel & Will’s first dance

The kids TORE IT UP on the dance floor and were so much fun to watch and photograph. These two would dance for awhile, then run away from each other, then come back together – so fun.

The adults didn’t do too badly either!

And now for the details.

Rachel’s Dad was in charge of creating all the birch bark details and man he did a fabulous job.

Marcia Davis did an amazing job with the flowers

I loved Will’s boutonniere

The heart shaped hand made placecards were strung in the living room of the lodge

Rachel found a ton of different sized vases at an antique store and got a great deal on them – each table looked different

Pinecones served as table numbers

And dragon flies served as additional decoration!

More fun with birchbark – I really thought these were a wonderful idea that can translate after the wedding into a beautiful decor item for your home

A shot across the lake at sunset

Rachel & Will – I had such a blast with you both!

I LOVE the music Rachel chose for the slideshow

Rachel & Will’s Wedding at Migis Lodge

June 15, 2009
Ceremony Venue: Camp O-At-Ka
Reception Venue & Guest Lodging: Migis Lodge
Flowers: Marcia Davis
Hair & Makeup: Studio One – Portland
DJ: Christopher Gray – betweenthebarsxo@gmail.com
Bride’s Gown – Pronovias
Bride’s Shoes – Te Casan
Rings – Sarah Perlis

Rachel & Will were married on a cloudy (but thankfully not rainy!) Monday in early June with all of their friends gathered round. Almost all the guests stayed at Migis Lodge – a great collection of cabins and lodging about 45 minutes north of Portland on Sebago Lake so everyone was VERY relaxed when we arrived!

The boys were playing whiffle ball and hanging out

Rachel waits while her sister gets her makeup done

I think Rachel wins the award for most relaxed bride ever…..I heart relaxed and laid back brides!

I love this image – Rachel concentrates as she gets into her dress

It’s on!

I love Rachel’s expression as she glimpses Will across the camp green. Right after this we went outside for their first look. Another thing I love – getting all the photos done before the ceremony so everyone can enjoy themselves after!

Her sister Rebecca buttons her up….they were all individual buttons….no zipper here!

Rachel & Will decided to have a first look and get all their photos taken before the ceremony. This is becoming more and more popular and I am SO psyched about that. I just find that people are SO much more relaxed for both the photos and the ceremony when they aren’t trying to rush off to cocktail hour. If you are still planning your wedding I would highly recommend considering this option.

Guests gather outside the chapel at O-At-Ka

The kids at this wedding were to die for cute

The flower girls had these ethereal dresses and were just SO psyched to be in the wedding!

During their ceremony Rachel & Will had a period of reflection for 5 minutes. Cards were placed on the benches and guests could write a note to Will & Sarah, reflect, do a doodle – whatever. Rachel checks out what her guests are doing 🙂

Rachel’s Grandfather was so cute all day. Here he’s without his Bowdoin hat looking on as Rachel greets guests after the wedding

Done with portraits and off to cocktail hour!

The weather was threatening all day but miraculously held off so people milled around outside during cocktail hour!

My second shooters at the wedding were my good friend Sarah and the fabulous Brian Fitzgerald who took some amazing and beautiful scene setters and was just right where he needed to be all day.

Next up….reception and details!

Steph & Patrick’s Vow Renewal

Last July I had the pleasure of photographing Steph & Patrick as part of an Operation Love Re-United shoot. Patrick headed over to Iraq a few weeks later, and a few months later Stephanie called and inquired about my availability on June 27th! They got married a few years ago but it was very small so their parents really wanted to do a more formal celebration. I am so excited to see them again!

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