Wedding Photography

Behind the Scenes with Lena: 2018

 
 

2018 WAS AN EPIC YEAR…

There was laughing, happy tears, hilarious speeches, rainy days, hot days, CAKE, boutonnieres pinned, trains bustled, dancing floor grinding, sore feet, Dunkin Donuts fueled road trips, early mornings, late nights, and HUNDREDS of sneak peeks.

I took 78,338 photographs and edited + delivered over 31,000.


Thirty. One. Thousand.

I worked my buns off, so you better believe it was a kickass year. Got my own health insurance. Took a bajillion selfies. Made pasta in Italy. Shot 22 weddings both big and small. Got published in 11 different magazines and blogs. Traveled to 18 cities. Drank over 300 bubble teas.

Ok but where is Lena pulling these random numbers from?

SURPRISE, I have been keeping track ALL FREAKIN YEAR for the sole purpose of blogging about it.

B R B pouring myself a drink....

HIGHLIGHT REEL:

  • Nicole & Mike's nightclub-worthy dance floor (and the hot mulled cider)

  • First trip to Long Island for Bevin & Steve! And seeing past LM brides there too

  • Loving on so many LM brides in one room at Haleigh & Adam’s wedding

  • Bringing tupperware to bring home goodies from Juliet & Evan’s epic dessert table

  • Jess & Ilhan’s wildly talented belly dancer

  • The unforgettable food at Hillary & Phil’s backyard wedding

  • Jackie screaming “If I die, just know that I love you!” to Reuven during the horah dance

  • Shooting in a downpour / thunder and lightning storm at a tiny backyard wedding

  • Having all access to a night at the museum (the ICA!) with Erin & Jack

  • Dancing to Pitbull with glow sticks with Cass & Chris

  • Shooting at the unforgettably luxurious Castle Hill Inn with Amanda & Vinny

  • Having TWO back to back wedding days with Eliza & John

  • Kristen’s father of the bride speech that had everyone in stitches

  • Brooke & Darren’s married singing duet

  • Spending an entire holiday weekend on Martha’s Vineyard with Ana & Adam’s… plus the Backdoor Donuts apple fritters

  • Adorable toddler Fionn in a suit at Carol Ann & Greg’s elopement

  • Shooting at a CASTLE with Justin & Victoria in New York

  • Eating cake that my talented bride Jacki made herself


SEE FOR YOURSELF!


RAISING A GLASS TO MY INCREDIBLE SECOND SHOOTERS THIS YEAR!!!

Julianne - Anthony - Mei Lin - Emily

THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING YOU DO! AND ALL THE PITBULL YOU PUT UP WITH IN THE CAR!!!

And the beloved

SELFIE GALLERY

I’m one lucky lady.

Thanks for an incredible year, darlings… here’s to 2019.

 
 

Planned Perfectly Vendor of the Week

Hello friends!

This Sunday, I'm so excited to share this awesome feature with you! The lovely ladies at Planned Perfectly named me the vendor of the week this week - and I'm so honored! You can read advice on how brides can maximize their wedding planning process and special day, learn about my favorite wedding styles, and take a peek at how all the behind the scenes of wedding booking works.

Read the rest of the interview here!

Joanna & Ryan's Wedding // An historic spring Pierce House wedding

Joanna & Ryan. Where do I start?

I met this amazingly sweet couple last fall, and I knew we were a perfect fit. Their sunrise engagement session was stunning, and after waiting through the holidays and the long winter, their big day FINALLY rolled around! 

April 12th, 2014... 70 degrees, sunny, blue skies; simply beautiful. I couldn't believe how perfect the weather was. I mean, it's May right now, and it's 45 and rainy & gross. They deserved nothing but a perfect day, and a perfect day is what they got.

I drove up to the venue through a grove of perfectly planted trees arching towards each other, and got a look at the beautiful historical house and grounds. I was psyched. The Pierce House was a dream come true - antique, beautiful, classic, filled with light, and every room in that house was just begging for exploration.

I spent the morning with the girls getting ready, attached at the hip to the box of munchkins of course, swooning over Joanna's dress and floral arrangements and hairpiece and everything! The boys got ready in this wonderfully manly room (it was perfect!) and hooked on their fabulous suspenders (I'm a sucker for anything suspenders or bow ties). Everyone was so lovely - family, friends, the whole shebang.

Fast forward through a happily tearful ceremony and a pretty important kiss, and the new Mr. & Mrs. Farrell wrote the first page of their new life together! Hooray!

The reception was held in front of the house in a tent, and lunch was served - it was delicious. Chicken, steak, potatoes, veggies, all grilled, then spring strawberry salad, followed by the best cupcakes and a candy bar where I took way too many gummy bears and Lake Champlain milk chocolates for my own good :) Deja Blu & Bella Cakes, you're fantastic.

Ryan is a dispatcher for the Lincoln PD - so naturally, all his co-workers were there - a lively bunch to say the least. I had SO much fun hanging out with them all, and nothing makes me feel like a badass more than getting my picture taken with Joanna on one of the police cars. They turned the lights on when Ryan handcuffed his new bride, laughing hysterically - I was having even more fun than the ring bearer and flower girl.

I could go on for a page and a half about all the cool little touches and things that happened that day, but I'll leave it up to the photos to tell the rest! 

A big thank you to the fabulous vendors I worked with --

Venue: The Pierce House in Lincoln, MA
Caterer: Deja Blu
Cupcakes: Bella Cakes
DJ: J. Johnson from Avid Entertainment
Flowers: Copper Penny Flowers
Hair/makeup: Moodz in Acton, MA
Tent/rental company: Twin Brothers

Joanna & Ryan, wishing you a marriage filled with LOVE and LAUGHTER. Let your love grow. I love you two so much!

Xo,
LM