Chelsea & Roger // An autumn Boston engagement session

Chelsea & Roger // An autumn Boston engagement session

Pumpkins, pink roses, and cupcakes, oh my! This quintessential Boston engagement shoot will leave you speechless! From Beacon Hill to the Public Garden, Chelsea & Roger rocked their fall session. 

Nancy & Bruce // An elegant Massachusetts State House elopement

Nancy & Bruce // An elegant Massachusetts State House elopement

Don't miss this classy, timeless Massachusetts State House elopement, complete with sweeping Boston skyline views, a ceremony officiated by Mitt Romney, and an adventure through the Public Gardens!

Vanessa & Jeremy // A stylish 1920's themed Millennium Bostonian Hotel wedding

Vanessa & Jeremy // A stylish 1920's themed Millennium Bostonian Hotel wedding

This Millennium Bostonian Hotel wedding was glistening with 1920's charm ✨ Don't miss Jeremy's happy tears, Vanessa's stunning art deco inspired dress, and the most beautiful sunset rainbow 🌈 #JRobinHerHeart

Kelly & Joey // A romantic, oceanside Red Lion Inn wedding

Kelly & Joey // A romantic, oceanside Red Lion Inn wedding

Kelly & Joey threw a WILD party last night at the The Red Lion Inn Resort - and I bet you've never seen quite an epic entrance as this one! From trolley rides to Old Scituate Light, to body surfing bridal party members, to an antique Rolls Royce ride, these two had the #bestdayever as #kellswishesdegraanted!

Kelly & Jonathan // A blush Tewksbury Country Club wedding

Kelly & Jonathan // A blush Tewksbury Country Club wedding

Kelly & Jonathan said a very teary-eyed "I do" at Tewksbury Country Club - right before a little tequila and dancing! These two love Batman (specifically Jon), their pup, eating Italian food, and now, Kelly's thrilled to finally be married to an Italian! Check out more here -

Stephanie & John // An autumn Glen Magna Farms garden wedding

Stephanie & John // An autumn Glen Magna Farms garden wedding

When your whole wedding smells like roses... 🌹 Stephanie & John said "I do" at the lush Glen Magna Farms during a sun shower! 🌈 Yup, pretty epic. 💍 Click to see more! #foleyinginlove

Alexsis & Keith // An intimate, elegant Castle Hill at Crane Estate wedding

Alexsis & Keith // An intimate, elegant Castle Hill at Crane Estate wedding

A wedding fit for a princess and her prince charming <3 High school sweethearts Alexsis & Keith tied the knot at Crane Estate’s Castle Hill, complete with rolling hills, Italian gardens, a tearful ceremony, and LOTS of dancing. Don’t miss this elegant, black tie wedding on the blog!

Stephanie & David // A sentimental Cambridge Puritan & Co wedding

Stephanie & David // A sentimental Cambridge Puritan & Co wedding

Stephanie & Dave tie the knot in their beloved city of Cambridge, complete with Inman Square kisses, adventures around Harvard Yard & Tatte, drinks at Tupelo, surprise Uber rides, a Lebanese belly dancer, birthday cake, and the best reception at Puritan & Co! Click to read more:

European Summer 2017


Hello friends! This August, my best friend and I traveled to Paris, Munich, and Salzburg for a bit of summer fun in Europe. I wanted to share our travels, favorite things, mishaps, and more with you!

Fun fact: I bought a camera especially for this trip then took every single photo with my iPhone! HA!


Stayed in: Marais Airbnb, Latin Quarter Airbnb

Ate: L'as du Fallafel, Le Grenier a Pain bakery, Berthillion gelato, Au P'tit Grec crepes, Le Petit Marcel steak frites, Pierre Herme macarons, Bobalitas bubble tea, flan, chocolate, pho, dumplings, baguettes, tartes, quiche, and more

Must do: Sunset boat cruise on the Seine via Bateaux-Mouches, view from Arc du Triomphe

Places to picnic: Luxembourg Gardens

Sights: Notre Dame, Eiffel Tower via Trocadero Gardens, Ile Saint-Louis, riverwalk, The Louvre area, Pompadou area, Palais-Royal Gardens, Montmartre 

Mishaps: Second Airbnb host a no-show at midnight, flight home cancelled and delayed over 30 hours, constantly got lost

Brought home: Chocolate, postcards, magnets, tapenade, caramel sauce


Stayed in: Airbnb 10 min from Marienplatz

Ate: Bratwurst, pretzels, Radler (beer + lemonade), apple strudel with cream, fried potato salad, sweet mustard

Must do: Shop and get sausage, pretzels, and beer at the Viktualienmarkt or Englischer Garten beer garden, climb up to the top of St. Paul's church for 360 views of the city, shop in Marienplatz

Places to picnic: Englischer Garten, Hofgarten, 

Sights: Rathaus (city hall), Marienplatz, Odeonsplatz, Residenzplatz

Mishaps: All stores and most everything else closes on Sundays so that got a little boring

Brought home: 6 jars of sweet mustard, postcards, magnets, nips, a scarf


Stayed in: Day trip via train

Ate: Schnitzel, apple strudel with cream, potato salad, pretzels

Must do: Panorama Tours Lakes + Mountains (4 hours, includes boat ride on Wolfgangsee), view from Kaputzinerkloste church

Places to picnic: Mirabel Palace gardens, Kaputzinerberg park

Sights: Mirabel Gardens, the river, Residenzplatz, Chapter Fountain + Horse Pond, Salzburg Cathedral, Getreidegasse shopping, Furtwangler Park and market

Mishaps: Unknown construction on the railroad from Austria -> Germany - we de-boarded the train, got on a bus, got kicked off the bus, waited hours for another train in the middle of nowhere

Brought home: Postcards, magnets

Random things to note about Europe:

Public bathrooms are not free

Water is also not free, and expensive at restaurants


Beware of pickpockets

Only metal detectors at airport security?!

Baguettes are super cheap

You greet store owners hello and goodbye ALWAYS

People eat dinner at 9/10pm in Paris

Some stores and restaurants close in the middle of the day in Paris

Uber is all over the world and is brilliant

Air conditioning is rare

The views are spectacular.


Thanks for reading loves! Be sure to follow all my adventures on Instagram!


Mallory & Ryan // A blush summer Willowdale Estate wedding

In the words of the groom, “People said it will never work - she is a beautiful angel and he is a unique-featured weirdo.”

Mallory & Ryan have known each other since high school, through awkward encounters and mutual friends. After realizing they were particularly sweet on each other, Mal & Ry patiently waited for the right timing to be together. Between law school, medical school, Connecticut, and Boston, Ryan popped the question by the romantic reflecting pool in Boston, and she said YES! 

With the forecast showing thunderstorms and rain at Willowdale Estate all day, Mallory & Ryan prepared themselves for a wet wedding day. It poured all morning long, as predicted. As Mallory descended down the stairs to see her husband for the first time, something miraculous happened: the SUN came out. After a joyous first look, the ceremony began. Right before their first kiss, everyone could hear the pitter patter of drops bouncing off the tent - it began to pour as they sealed their marriage with a kiss and ran down the aisle. 

Here's to an INCREDIBLE Italian honeymoon and a lifetime of love, dancing, basketball, scooper bowl ice cream, getaway weekends to Burlington, beer, running, and HAPPINESS! <3

Show these vendors some love!

Hair & makeup - Traveler Beauty Company
Invitations - Jen Simpson Design (Etsy)
Dress - Mikaella Bridal
Suit - Joseph A Bank
DJ & live musicians - Czone Entertainment
Florist - Petals, Inc
Cake - Topsfield Bakeshop

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Katie & Marty // A rustic, summer Harrington Farm wedding

"I choose you."

First, Katie & Marty wanted to throw a surprise wedding at their annual clambake. Then, they decided to try out their own backyard for a low-key wedding. Finally, they found the perfect mix of rustic and beautiful: Harrington Farm. They got ready in an old farmhouse just like the one they live in together. Needless to say, everything was utterly perfect.

With a piece of her dad's shirt sewn into her dress, and a special message for her dad sewn onto his tie, this wedding was full of sentimental details. Katie's mother's eyes began to well up with tears as she saw her own veil wrapped around her daughter's bouquet, and the tears were FLOWING during Katie & Marty's *almost* first look. The rainy forecast made way for sweet sunshine all day as Katie & Marty danced on cloud nine through their wedding day with tons of laughs, an abundance of tears, and so many loving guests.  

As Katie's father simply put it, their families aren't gaining a son or a daughter, they're gaining one hell of a couple. Forever and always, The Derens.

Thank you to the fabulous vendors!

Second Shooting: Rachael Riley
Venue & Catering: Harrington Farm
Hair and Makeup: Christy and Co.
Invitations: Ludlow Printing
Dress: Pearl Bridal
Groomswear: Men’s Wearhouse
DJ: Mike Messina from Greg Bedard DJ Entertainment
Flowers: Jeff French Florist
Cake: The Bean Counter

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The Pros and Cons of a First Look

If you’re thinking about doing a first look, you’re not alone!

Let’s go through the pros and cons of having a first look.

If you’re wondering...

A first look is a private reveal between the couple before the ceremony. One person will stand and wait with their back turned and the other will walk up to them and when they turn around, bam! Happy tears and lots of hugs.


It allows more time for couple portraits

If these are top priority for you, having a first look will not only give you more photos, but they’re be so intimate and filled with emotion.

It’s private

Instead of having a big reveal in front of your 120 guests, you can have some rare one-on-one time with your spouse-to-be. Often it will calm your nerves and get you so excited for what’s to come. And don’t worry - you will still cry walking down the aisle afterwards.

You can attend cocktail hour

You can plan for a full hour first look, and also complete bridal party and family portraits during that time so that you can greet all your guests during cocktail hour.

It makes the day less stressful

Couple portraits are the last activity of the portrait hour, and so often we only have 10-15 minutes before the reception starts to complete them. With a first look, you know you won’t be rushed and can be stress-free for the rest of the day knowing you got amazing portraits earlier in the day.


You MISS cocktail hour

Although this is traditional, it’s important to some couples to socialize with their guests at cocktail hour instead of during dinner.

Later portraits = better light

Portraits earlier in the day will always be beautiful, but the closer they take place to golden hour, the better. Even if you have a first look, I may pull you for 15 minutes during golden hour for some romantic evening portraits!

It may require more coverage time

If you have a tight timeline, ex different getting ready, ceremony, and reception locations to travel between, adding more time for a first look may cause you to run a little over budget. If a couple doing a 20 minute first look by themselves, this usually isn’t an issue, but if they’re adding an extra hour of portraits, coverage may need to be extended.

There are pros and cons to every decision on your wedding day, but even a 20 minute first look can add SO many more beautiful photos to your album and relieve a lot of stress from the day. Still unsure? Let’s talk about what’s right for you!

XOXO, Lena

2 Simple Ways to Show Gratitude Your Vendors

If you're feeling the love for your vendors before or after your wedding, there are a few simple things you can do to make them feel appreciated and loved!

Thank you's

First and foremost, the most heartfelt thing I can get is a THANK YOU no matter the shape or form. Sometimes it’s a thank you card after the wedding, and I melt. Others it’s a few thank you’s throughout the day - and it makes me feel so loved! Lastly, when I deliver the photos, my heart is bursting when I get an email reply gushing over the photos and thanking me. When my clients are happy = I’m happy.

A thank you or two will go a long way with all of your vendors!


Second is a review or testimonial. When I get an email notification from The Knot or WeddingWire, it’s like a surprise Christmas present from Santa. The best thing you can do for a vendor you truly had an amazing experience with is recommending them to others. One way to do this is word of mouth (95% of my clients are from word of mouth referrals), and the other is through online reviews so that they can get connected with more amazing clients like you.

Fun bonus fact:

A few weddings a year, I arrive at the reception to find a PLACECARD with my NAME on it! It feels like I have won the lottery. It’s a silly little thing, and it only works for vendors who are sitting and eating during the reception, but I’ve never felt so welcomed and special (basically like the Queen of England) than when I got a place card from my thoughtful couples with my name on it. Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy as a clam regardless - it’s just like if you entered a hotel room and there was a pinata full of candy waiting for you. Completely unexpected but SO AWESOME!

XOXO, Lena


The Secret to Better Getting Ready Photos


Keep it clean!

That’s right - you are probably getting ready in a gorgeous venue, hotel, or your childhood home. Let’s show that off! You want to look back on the heartfelt location, not the iPhones and Poland Springs bottles in the background of the photos.

Water bottles, trash, bags, purses - if it is seen, make it unseen!

Hide bags, duffels, etc in the bathroom or a separate room.

Put water bottles on the floor or in a designated corner.

Champagne glasses, bottles, and gifts are OK!

Now you’ll have clean, fancy getting ready photos surrounded by your closest friends and family - what more could you ask for?


Why You NEED a Wedding Hashtag


It’s no secret - I LOVE wedding hashtags. And while some may think they’re trendy, they’re actually the OPPOSITE. They’re the most functional tools EVER!!! 

With a hashtag, the couple and their guests can find all the wedding photos
on Instagram and Facebook in one click.

BONUS - you and your guests can see all the official photos from your photographer when sneak peeks go live! That way, guests can find your full wedding blog and photos that much quicker and easier without bothering you for links.

If you’re struggling to create a hashtag, don’t worry. SIMPLE IS BEST. Witty hashtags are always cute, but if it’s long, hard to remember, difficult to spell or you’re just plain trying too hard, keep it simple. #kateandbarrygetmarried is a great witty one, but works JUST as functionally as #doucettewedding17. Just make sure to search the hashtag on Instagram to make sure no one else has used it before!

Happy hashtagging!!


5 Things Look For When Hiring a Wedding Photographer


When looking for your vendors, it can feel like you’re lost in a sea of Google searches. You may not know what to look for when you’re browsing through gorgeous websites and emailing vendors. I’m going to write specifically about things to look for when hiring a wedding photographer, but these principles apply to ALL of your wedding day vendors.

You should be looking for…

1) Consistency

When you look through their portfolio, is the editing consistent? How would you describe their work? Light, airy, and romantic, or dark and moody? Whatever their style is, make sure it looks consistent across their galleries. You want to know that the product you’re getting will be consistent with the work they’re showing.


2) Experience

Find out how many years they’ve been shooting weddings. Practice makes perfect, so more weddings = more expertise. You want someone who has handled dozens of unique situations and has problem solved and championed through them. Read testimonials from other brides on their website or on sites like The Knot, Google, or WeddingWire.


3) Prestige

Look for published work and ties to the industry. Most pros have been published in wedding magazines and blogs. Some write guest posts for wedding planners, some hold yearly wedding professional retreats. Whatever it is, make sure you see a few awards or published real weddings.


4) Personality

Technically speaking, your photographer will be with you for more hours than your SPOUSE at your wedding, not to mention countless hours of meetings, emails, and phone calls leading up to 2 years leading up to the big day. You should really like spending time with this person!!! Make sure you could see yourselves becoming friends. You don’t want a stiff, awkward photographer calling the shots on your wedding day. Make sure they’re confident and mesh with your personalities well, whether you’re shy and reserved or bubbly and outgoing.


5) Transparency

Trust is everything! You need to trust your photographer 200%. If you have questions about pricing, or want to see full wedding albums, or want to talk to past brides - your photographer should be able to happily assist you with all of these things.


It all comes down to trust and love - love their work and personality, trust their creativity and professional expertise, and your wedding day will be a SUCCESS with the best photos ever!

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Why You Should Always Kiss Twice


The ceremony is the big kahuna. It’s what most of my couples put as their “most anticipated moment” of the wedding day, the “I do’s.”

So, to make he most of that moment, I ask all my couples to KISS TWICE for their first kiss! That way, I can get multiple creative angles, a wide shot, a close up shot, and your family reacting and rejoicing.

And hey, who doesn’t like kissing?!


3 Tips to Quick & Enjoyable Family Portraits


Ah, the portrait hour, when you and I get to wrangle your family and friends for those cherished formal photos. Everyone is hungry, thirsty, and eager to party - so to make portraits quick and enjoyable, here are three things you should do!

1) Have a master list

6 weeks before the big day, I ask for a family tree or family list of everyone in the photos. On the wedding day, I print two copies and can run down the list in lightning speed so your family can attend as much as cocktail hour as possible. Even more importantly, you don't have to think of groupings on the spot, and you don't miss important shots.


2) Keep everyone in the loop

The biggest slowdown during portraits is when family members aren’t there and need to be found by other family members. Remember to tell anyone on the list that they are to report to X location immediately following the ceremony! 


3) Put drinks & sunglasses away

Portraits are a great time to finally grab a drink and hang out outside, but having to take off shades and hide beer bottles every time someone is called for a photo can really eat up time. Save drinks for after the portraits!

If you follow these 3 simple tips, family portraits take about 15 minutes for family and 15 for bridal party - SO painless! Bring on the party!


How to Find Your Perfect Coverage


The first question before booking is always “How many hours do we need?!”

The answer is simple my friends - most weddings range from 6-8 hours.

I’ve found that the sweet spot of coverage is 1 hour before the dress goes on to 1 hour into open dancing. I arrive during the tail end of hair and makeup, photograph all your beautiful details, then getting dressed. At night, people start to get sweaty and tipsy not he dance floor, so an hour is plenty of dance floor coverage.

If you’re in-between coverage hours, I recommend trying for at least 30-60 min before getting dressed before the wedding and cutting a half hour off of dancing. 

Let’s craft a timeline together and find your perfect window of coverage!