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An autumn beach wedding at the Beauport Hotel in Gloucester, MA

 
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There’s no better way to tell Kerry and Chris’s love story than through the brides own words - “A lot has happened in ten years. I made it through two college degrees and started my career. Chris finished his apprenticeship and quickly achieved great success as an electrician. We beamed with joy when new little members joined the family - we became ‘uncle’ and ‘auntie’. We cried as we had to say goodbye to loved ones along the way. We bought a house, and we learned a lot about money, responsibility and each other. Chris surprised me with our very first baby - Cooper, our rescue mutt. And we quickly learned even MORE about responsibility, money and each other!

We have sung along to more Kenny Chesney concerts than we can count. And we have shared more Kraft Mac & Cheese dinners than we’d like to admit. We made new friends and grew apart from others. We had times when we didn’t know if everything was going to work out between us. And we spent nights talking about our future together even when we were still just kids ourselves. No matter how much has changed over the last decade, one thing always seemed to remain the same.

When Chris asked me to spend the rest of our lives together, I screamed out, “FINALLY!” - but I didn’t shriek these words because I’m impatient. These words came out because somewhere deep down I knew this is what I have always waited for - this beautiful life we have built together. Not many people can understand marrying your first true love, but I’m so grateful that’s how it worked out for us.”

To Kerry + Chris - may your beautiful wedding day live in your hearts forever, may Cooper keep you laughing always, and may every sunny summer day be one spent on a boat together.

Thank you to the dream team of vendors!

Venue: The Beauport Hotel - Photography: Lena Mirisola - Dress: BHLDN - Floral Design: KJ Floral Designs - DJ: DJ Tommy Sheehan - Photo booth: Smile Back Photo Booth - Invitations: Minted - Rings: Jean Boyadjian Inc - Officiant: Reverend T.S. Deacon - Bridesmaids Dresses: BHLDN + Jenny Yoo - Shoes: Jimmy Choo - Men’s Attire: Mens Wearhouse + The Tie Bar - Hair and Makeup: Olivia’s Hair Boutique - Tan: Blush Tan - Skin & Brows: Face Studio - Lashes: The Lash Studio - Cake & Cupcakes: Cakes for Occasions - Dress Alterations: Lisa Marie’s Boutique - Best boy: For The Love of Paws + The Rover Boutique

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A Duxbury Beach engagement session

 
 

Liz and Dana swiped right 5 years ago, and life has been lit ever since 🔥 These two are obsessed with Duxbury Beach, spending most weekends together driving their Jeep in the sand and watching the sunset beside a crackling bonfire. Dana just became a state trooper and Liz is a registered maternity nurse. They have carrot-loving fluffy baby named Thumper (an adorable bunny) and love hanging at home with her, planning their next adventure, and eating anything involving peanut butter and chocolate.

On a typical Sunday afternoon, Liz and Dana drove onto Duxbury Beach to meet with some friends. Liz was a litttttle bit cranky from not sleeping after a 12 hour shift, and was quietly resenting Dana for not letting her wear sweatpants and a hoodie to the beach (for a strategic reason). When they arrived, Liz wanted to unwind and relax, but Dana kept asking Liz to take a photo together by the water. He took her hand and brought her down to the rocks, where she found a bottle buried in the sand with a note in it. Liz realized it was Dana’s handwriting, he got down on one knee with the biggest smile across his face and tears streaming down his cheeks! So of course, they returned to the spot he proposed for their engagement photos.

They’re so excited to get married at Lakeside Villa in Halifax next summer - CONGRATS!

Photos: @lenamirisola
Makeup: @joellemorsebeauty
Hair color: @michaels.salon.pembroke
Hair style: @kgalante_hair
Spray tan: @blushtan_dedham

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A sunrise beach engagement in York, Maine

 
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A blind ski date. A nasty case of pneumonia. And a whole lot of sparks at New Years 2014 - that’s how Corrin & Scott got their start! Fast forward almost five years later, and they have an adorable Border Collie named Finn, a home in Somerville, and are engaged! They love listening to Radiohead, skiing on fresh powder in the dead of winter, hiking up huge mountains, going to the beach, agility training with Finn, and trying new craft beers. They woke up at the crack of dawn for their engagement session at Fort Foster in York, Maine, watched the sun rise over the ocean, then scooted over to one of their favorite places, the ever-charming Portsmouth, New Hampshire. They’re getting married at Gibbet Hill next year and they are so excited!!!

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A Cape Cod wedding at the Belfry Inn in Sandwich, MA

 
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Amy and Matt love their dog Polly the Pitbull, trips to the beach on Cape Cod, books, coffee, snuggling by the firepit, and planning their future together. Matt had a crush on Amy as teenagers, but in reality, they barely knew each other all throughout high school. Fast forward 20 years, where a mutual friend set them up. It turns out, they were perfect for each other and connected immediately. They’re on a mission for eternal love - and it kicked off on their wedding day at the Belfry Inn on Cape Cod! Amy got ready in the church-turned-inn with her best girlfriends, while Matt put on his suit at the opposite site of the venue with a huge stained glass window. Amy and her parents took a horse drawn carriage ride over to the church, where Amy & Matt finally got to say I do! The happy couple and their wedding party scooted down to the beach, which felt like a hot summer day clocking in at 81 degrees. Polly Pocket joined her mom and dad for some sandy portraits before heading back home. Matt & Amy got to enjoy cocktail hour with their family and friends before being introduced as husband and wife to their reception. They had a blast dancing the night away, and are so excited for their honeymoon in Chile this winter!

Thank you to the amazing vendors!

Venue: The Belfry Inn - Photography: Lena Mirisola - Second shooter: Anthony Fusco - Hair + Makeup: Manda Carco - Bridal Gown: Head Over Heels Bridal Boutique - Bridesmaids Dresses + Shoes: BHLDN - Groom + Groomsmen's Suits + Shoes: Men's Wearhouse - Cake: The Bean Counter Bakery - Rings: Hingham Jewelers - DJ: Cape Tunes - Flowers: Floral Reactions - Invitations: Minted

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A sunrise Cape Cod engagement session

 
 

✔️ Good books⁠⠀✔️ Snuggly blanket⁠⠀✔️ Beach chairs⁠⠀✔️ Sandy feet⁠⠀✔️ A DOG⁠⠀


Sunrise engagement sessions = THE BEST!!! Scroll down to see Amy, Matt, and Polly Pocket the Pittie on Cape Cod! They’re getting married at the Belfry Inn in Sandwich next month, and they just LOVE the Cape so much that they wanted to prance around the beach before anyone was awake so celebrate getting married (and to get photos with their actual true love, Polly the pup!)

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A Popponesset Inn wedding on Cape Cod

 
 

Kelly & Dan are true New Yorkers, and very much in love with the city where they built their life together. Kelly is the master of NYC sunset skyline photos, and Dan is the head chef of their kitchen. They love taking long walks on the river, sharing drinks at the pier at happy hour, jetting off to new places (especially if they’re in Europe or involve a beach / pool) and good old Netflix marathons on their couch at home. Dan proposed underneath the Staple Street bridge in Manhattan, where they returned for their engagement photos last summer!

On a perfect 70 degree summer Friday, Kelly & Dan took happy hour to a new level with all their family and friends gathered at the Popponesset Inn in Mashpee on Cape Cod. Kelly wore her grandmother’s earrings, a new necklace from Dan, her mother’s blue sapphire ring, and borrowed a diamond bracelet from Dan’s mom. They read letters to each other back to back on the beach right before they turned around to see each other for their first look. Their ceremony was short and sweet just as they wanted it to be, then spent the night eating cupcakes (with their adorable catchphrase Mc2 on them - McDonough x McNichol), dancing with their besties, and grabbing late night bites of french fries!

Vendors:

Venue: Popponesset Inn - Photography: Lena Mirisola - Coordinator: Jennifer Perry - Videography: 4th Henry Productions - DJ + Photo Booth: TSG Weddings - Cake: The Icing on the Cake - Makeup: Danielle Austin - Hair: Patty Souza - Florals: J Doyle Florals - Bridemaids dresses: BHLDN - Groomswear: Jos A Bank - Lighting: Ryan Designs - Transportation: Cape Destinations

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A foggy Good Harbor Beach engagement in Gloucester, MA

 
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Amanda & Florian had Good Harbor Beach all to themselves on this foggy June morning. These two are clearly beach people - they love taking trips to Cape Cod, and they’re tying the knot in Maine by the ocean. Florian is an environmental scientist from Germany, and Amanda is an incredible oil painter. They live in Cambridge together after meeting on Bumble a few years ago, and found out they go together like PB&J.

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A Crane Beach engagement in Ipswich, MA

 
 

Erika & Charles met in high school over a decade ago on a double date - but not with each other. They went to separate colleges, wishing each other the occasional “Happy Birthday” on Facebook. As fate would have it, though, they met once again as classmates in grad school in Pennsylvania in 2016. They quickly became friends, and took a chance on each other - and they’re so glad they did!

Charles popped the question at Acadia National Park, and they both marvel at the fact that it took them so many miles and so many years to find each other, even though they grew up 15 minutes from each other.

Queue the fireworks; they’re getting married on the Fourth of July at Willowdale Estate this year! But Erika did her research and found the PRETTIEST beach for their engagement photos - Crane Beach in Ipswich, MA, where they absolutely ROCKED their session!

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A whimsical Lighthouse Point Carousel wedding in East Haven, CT

Chrissy & Nick: lovers of Italian food, curling up on the couch to watch anything from scary movies to cooking shows, camping, and most of all, each other. They met while living in Boston, and we even took their engagement photos on the beach their apartment overlooked. After almost 5 years, Nick popped the question at a Christmas party, and the rest was history.

On one of the hottest Connecticut days in May, Chrissy & Nick tied the knot in front of their family & friends at Lighthouse Point in East Haven. Wearing her great grandma Clara’s bracelet and her grandmother Violet's necklace, Chrissy walked barefoot in the sand down the aisle before her uncle gave her away. Guests rode the magical carousel, danced to the setting sun, ate wood fired pizza from a pizza truck, and danced the night away. Their carnival celebration wouldn’t be complete without some late night cotton candy and favor bags filled with rock candy and salt water taffy.

Chrissy & Nick, you both are so special to me - I wish you decades of happiness, silliness, laughter, and love.

Thank you so much to all the amazing vendors!

Photography assistant: Mei Lin Barral
Hair & Makeup: Pin It Up and Pout
Dress: Christian Michele
Bridesmaid Dresses: Azazie
Invitations: Ann's Bridal Bargains
Bouquet: Bridesmaid Kristen Mendelson
Catering: Small Kitchen Big Taste
Pizza Truck: The Big Green Pizza Truck
DJ: Nate Moore & Joe Mucci
Photo Booth: B Entertained DJ’s and More
Bartending: Two Pour Guys
Rentals, Cotton Candy, & Cake: MitchCo. Tent & Party Rentals

Published: The Knot Summer 2017

FedEx came with a very joyful surprise last week... the Summer 2017 edition of The Knot national print magazine! I ripped open the package and started flipping my way through the enormous magazine to find any image of mine - I never know what is going to be published! All of a sudden, gracing a FULL PAGE was Stephanie & John!!!! Cue the screaming. It's such an honor to be included in The Knot next to so many incredible wedding professionals! <3 Fingers crossed for more in the future.

 

Only a few more months until their wedding day!

XOXO

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A spring, oceanside elopement in New England

Emma & Greg's oceanside wedding in South Dartmouth was one of the most unique days I've ever had the honor of photographing. On this misty, rainy day, Emma got ready in the colorful church daycare with her mother, father, and brother by her side. She slipped on her stunning BHLDN dress and glittery pair of Bagdley Mischka's before heading downstairs to the ceremony. Greg's family joined Emma's family in the pews, and in front of all eleven guests, they shared their vows and made their marriage official. 

A few raindrops came down as Emma & Greg walked down the dock to the waterfront. They kissed, hugged, and laughed before heading to dinner with their families. They're traveling to Korea in May for a traditional ceremony overseas. Wishing this sweet couple all the love and happiness in their marriage <3

Thank you to all the amazing vendors!

Hair & makeup: Yin Tom Studio
Dress: BHLDN
Shoes: Bagdley Mischka
Flowers: Groom's mother

A summer sunrise Crane Beach engagement in Ipswich, MA

When you think of your favorite high school sweethearts, you immediately have to think of Alexsis & Keith. As Alexsis explained, “We officially met in English class senior year. We went to prom together and then went to separate colleges that fall. Two months into school Keith called me via Skype to tell me that he loved me and wanted to be together. We have never looked back since.”

Keith popped the question at a winery in Ontario, and they have been celebrating every day.

Watching their older siblings get married has them so excited for their own wedding at Crane Estate. Alexsis & Keith knew that they might not have enough time to make it down to Crane Beach (especially in heels and tuxedos), so they opted to have their engagement session at sunrise on the beach instead. Add in some mimosas at 6:30am (sans OJ) and we called that a great morning!

A champagne & sparkler Cape Cod engagement

A few years ago, Stephanie fell for John... no, really - she tripped over his foot.

After persistently asking for Stephanie's phone number three times afterwards, she gave him her email address - you know, just in case. They began to exchange love letters in the weeks following, and before they knew it, they were in love. As Stephanie says, "We had so much in common, yet we are still so different, from the very start. I am a very detail-oriented, Type A, future-oriented person. John is more laidback, spontaneous and always cracking me up even when I am stressed. We balance each other out." John proposed to her in a vineyard in Rhode Island in May, and they're so excited to get married!

Stephanie & John's dream engagement shoot took place at John's family's home on Cape Cod. This beach front beauty was built from the ground up in 1951 by John's grandfather - how amazing! We started with pizza, took a walk around the charming neighborhood, and then popped champagne on the beach and lit some sparklers to conclude the night. Amazing is an understatement!