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Fruitlands Wedding, Harvard MA: Emily and Simon

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What were you most excited about before the wedding?

Emily – I was excited for all of it, but I was mostly excited for the pictures. It was really important to me to get fantastic photos from the wedding.

Simon – After a long time waiting and everyone telling me how beautiful she looked, I really wanted to see Emily in the dress. The reveal moment ended up being exactly as wonderful as I had hoped.

What moments did you love the most after your wedding?

Getting the photos through for the first time and getting to relive the wedding in the slideshow that Angie had prepared was a really beautiful moment. There were tears all round and we were so happy with how it turned out.

What was the best decision you made for your wedding?

Simon – Doing the formal photos before the ceremony. This meant that after the ceremony we could spend time with everyone instead of having to spend time doing lots of photos.

Emily – Packing up our meal so we could eat it later at the hotel. We were running around so much during the wedding and it was really nice that night to sit down with our food and relive the day a little in a quiet space. It might sound trivial, but it helped us to reflect and breathe and enjoy the moment together.

Which images did you love the most, any one specific ones and why?

Simon – I loved the sunset photos the most as I’ve always loved the sunset and Angie captured it really beautifully with us in the foreground. I also loved the pictures from the Ceilidh where the movement and dynamism of the dance really came through in the photos, bringing back strong memories even a couple of months after the wedding.

Emily – I liked the ceremony photos and the sunset photos, but I also loved the photos from the speeches where Angie managed to get a lot of the reactions to the speeches and not just photos of the speaker. The wide shot of my veil flowing in the wind might still be my favorite photo though.

If you shared a little advice for couples going through this process what would be the biggest take away?

Once you get to the day, there is little, if anything, you can change. You might be stressed in that moment and hoping everything goes to plan, but you’re out of ways to influence it so try to take a deep breath and enjoy it as much as possible. You only get to do it once (if you’re lucky) and it’s worth getting completely lost in enjoying the moment.

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Avenir Wedding: Walpole MA – Miriam and Gary

What were you most excited about before the wedding?

Before the wedding I was most excited to Marry my high school sweetheart. I was excited to be with family and friends and have all of my people in one room celebrating together.

What moments did you love the most after your wedding?

Looking back at my wedding day two things come to mind: Our first dance, it was really special, I honestly don’t remember anyone even being in the room, I just remember the two of us talking and laughing together. Even though the music wasn’t perfect and I was nervous about everyone just looking at us, it all just went away. Something else that was really special that we did was go around to each table to greet our guests, yes it took a while and we didn’t get to eat because of it. But, it was so special that I can honestly say I spoke to everyone and thanked them for coming out and celebrating with us.

What was the best decision you made for your wedding?

Honestly the best decision I made was to do the day after photo shoot with Angie. Your wedding day is a very long day, and it was really important to us to do extended family photos. Our venue wouldn’t let us come to early, and I didn’t want to have to get up at the crack of dawn, so we planned to do our couple’s portraits a couple days after the wedding. A day after the wedding, we were not stressed about getting our perfect photo of the two of us and we were able to get photos in some amazing locations, which we would never been able to do on the day of the wedding. It was also really fun to put my dress back on and we were so much more relaxed that day. The pictures from that day are my absolute favorite and came out amazing.

Which images did you love the most, any one specific ones and why?

The photo’s from our next day shoot are my absolute favorite because of the locations and how relaxed we are. I really like the candid photo’s that Angie got.

If you shared a little advice for couples going through this process what would be the biggest take away?

For sure if you can, you should do a shoot with Angie the next day!! You won’t regret it!

Honesty, I was incredibly organized and being so really made the day go by as smooth as possible. Also, don’t stress about the weather, there is nothing you can do about it, and make sure you have a good rain plan.

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Intimate Wedding at Arnold Arboretum, Jamacia Plain Boston MA: Addy and Moe

What led you to have a wedding the way you did? Family, friends, location, etc?

We had an intimate ceremony with our family and a small group of friends – 17ppl total – at the Arnold Arboretum, followed by lunch at a nearby restaurant. One of our first dates was at the Arboretum. We always found it peaceful and relaxing with its tall, magnificent trees, the colorful lilacs, the Japanese garden, its greenery at every season. In fact, throughout the years, we’d take strolls there early Saturday mornings after an exhausting week of work and feel energized and reconnected. We are both close to our families. Mo’s family lives just outside of Boston and mine flew in from Europe. What a heart-warming gift if was to have everyone there in the same place, meeting for the first time, smiling happily, and somehow communicating ok despite the language barrier. We wanted our wedding to be as much about us as it would be about our families. I think they enjoyed and were touched by the intimacy of it all. I know also that both Mo and I, both of us shying away from attention, preferred having relatively few eyes on us. The next day, we hosted a dinner party with our friends. We bought out a restaurant, had a wonderful, young D.J. play some fun music and had great food and drinks while catching up with everyone. We both felt so relaxed and overjoyed to have so many lovely faces in one place, chatting with us and getting to know each other! 

What were you most excited about before the wedding?

We were ecstatic to know that Addy’s family could all be there. 

Did anything surprise you?

Yes, a few things. We knew Angie was talented because of her previous body of work, but we didn’t know just how good she was! Her presence was completely unnoticed and yet, the images she took captured the right feelings at the right time. The weather was also a wonderful surprise! It had been raining for about 2 weeks (early May weather) but the day we got married, there was this beautiful sunshine and warmth. We were also surprised by how quickly time passed! 

Which images did you love the most?

It’s very hard to pick a particular one. But maybe the one where Angie says “now squeeze together” and our families just laugh and Mo’s hand it stretched out, trying to reach them all. Such a candidly happy shot! 

Any advice for couples going through this process or about to go through the process?

Remember how lucky you are to have found each other – the rest of the wedding details will sort themselves out. Except photography – for that you absolutely need Angie!