With the New England wedding season in full swing. I had the opportunity to go to a Massachusetts wedding venue I had not been to before. It is called the Essex Room in Essex, MA
Not only was the staff there amazing the venue was also. Nice white celling for bouncing some flash off. They have a great ceremony site right out front of the Essex Room with a great vista out the back for create a few hero shoots. We used the pretty garden space to take some family photos after the couple was married and to make some bridal photos, well because it is a garden.
Bri & Leigh found me online like most f the couples I have worked with. After a few emails we hopped on a short phone call and they were happy to book me for their wedding. We had never met in person but talked again two weeks prior to the wedding. Once we met I knew it would be a great day with two beautiful brides. The ceremony was hosted by a close friend and I would have to say he was one of the best officiants I have seen to date. A few short jokes and a story or two and the kiss was made. He sent the couple off with the announcement of the new joined couple. As the wedding guests went off to the cocktail hour I made short order of the family photos and sent the family off to enjoy the party.
This is when I do what every I can to make magic. To create the “hero” images. They will for sure (or I hope) will cherish for years to come.
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From the first contact, to our hug goodbye on their wedding day, I knew working with Vivi & Rob would be a fun and easy going time. They had picked their venue at, Camp Cody, in Freedom, N.H.. A lake side wedding with accommodations for nearly all the guest right on site, the sun was bright and hot but the air was nice and light. I think it was do to the lake being so close by. The camp had plenty of space to get ready for the wedding, with no issues of them seeing each other before hand. Only they wanted to. They had wished to have a first look. A first look is when the bride and groom see each other before the ceremony. Just the two of them in a special moment coming together and sharing some time before the long day of family and guests begin. If I could talk every couple into a first look, I would. I know it is very personal and I would not ever push for it if the couple says, “no.” As a wedding photographer, I always ask questions about the day and their expectations, with my part of the day. I talk about the details of the wedding they want captured and I always ask if they are planing a first look. If they reply is a no, we are not. Then it goes no farther then that. If they are a bit up in the air, then I share my feelings of why I believe they are a good way to get this extra set of photos, that not everyone will have at their wedding. More often then not, many brides have not really heard of a first look or they had heard of it but not really put much thought into it. I never push them in one direction, but with some couples the bride wants to and the groom is not so sure. In fact what it comes down to it, the guys never want to take photos. So in truth, they just do not want more time in front of the camera. At this point I share my thoughts and give my input all the time working to be sympathetic to the needs of both the bride and groom. Most times after our chat the first look take place. I ask the couple for input on the location, as they have a bit more knowledge of the venue at this point. Other times it is part of my task to find the perfect spot. Something private, yet beautiful. Something with little detractions as to make the photos about the couple more than the location. Well, Camp Cody did not disappoint. We found a nice quite spot in the woods to host the first look. I shared with Rob not to turn around until his bride-to-be Vivi, was ready and in place. As she approached from behind I took a few photos. These are the moments that make this event so extra special as they build up to the moment. Most brides say a little something to break the tension. It is most times followed with some nervous laughter and reply from the groom. I will let the following images tell the rest of the story. I will give you a hint – it was LOVE at first sight. If you like this post or my work or if you, yourself, have your wedding date selected. Please contact me and lets discus the details of your wedding. I look forward to hearing from you.
Weddings come in many sizes and locations. Today it was a small wedding on Rye Beach in New Hampshire. The wedding was going to be just the couple and their two friends. IN the end family and close friends come to show their support for the newlyweds. The sky was turquoise blue with some wispy clouds all about. Flowers were placed on the path to the beach. Friends use chalk to write a few words of encouragement. After a short wedding ceremony we took some photos of the family and friends. Then the couple and I took a bit of time to create some bridal portraits on the beach. The tide was out and there was a few puddles of water left. I was able to set the couple up and take a few photos of them in the reflection with the ocean in the background. The brack water made a nice contrast to the images. Even know this was short shoot. It was great to be involved and to be part of the couples wedding day. If you have ever thought about getting married at the beach I think you should. If you are ever in need of a wedding photographer please let me know.
The ground was snow covered the temperature was cold, but love was in the air. I had not met Ashly & Dylan before the wedding. Some couples I met with others I do not. I am open to both. It was a last minute booking so we did a phone call a few nights before to go over the wedding details and make sure I was on the same page with the couple. The wedding was inside do to the time of year. We did make a short trip outside to take some photo of the families and the a few with just the newly married couple. We took a golf cart that the venue had giving us and drove it to the small covered bridge across the street from Evergreen Pavilion at Candia Woods. I walked off into the snow and asked the couple to poses together. After a few more shots we headed back to the venue for the reception. We took one more photo in front of the flag they have in the yard. Thanks again to Ashly & Dylan for including me in their wedding day.
I attended a young couples wedding last week in the historical town of Claremont, NH. After the couple had a first look. We did a short photo shoot inside the church. Being that it is early spring. Late winter really. It was just to cod to be outside long. We did a short photo shoot inside the empty church. I wanted to share a few photos with the couple as they are on a honeymoon cruse. Looking for a wedding photographer in New Hampshire maybe we should talk. Send me a note or call me today. 603-367-4657
New Hampshire Wedding Venue – The Eagle Mountain House – Jackson, NH – Interview questions answered
Last week I had the opportunity to interview Emilie Lariviere – Director of Sales and Marketing at The Eagle Mountain House and Golf Club. She is the contact person to help you coordinate your wedding plans. She answered all my question in detail below. As a wedding photographer I have worked many venues in and around New Hampshire. The Eagle Mountain house Wedding venue is in good hands with Emilie and you will be too. If you are getting married and looking for a wedding venue in New Hampshire maybe this post will help. After if you want to reach out the her I have contact information at the end of this post. Let me know the date of your wedding. I would love to discuss and plan the photography side of your event.
1. Number of guest that you can accommodate? Maximum of 220
2. What sets your venue apart from other? We have a beautiful outdoor ceremony site option as well as indoor options, we have a tent venue as well as our Carriage House which is an indoor banquet building. Our chef won chef of the year for 2016.
3. What are some of the top menu items on offer? Prime Rib, Roasted Sirloin with Worcestershire Demi and Confit Onions, Chicken Breast Filled with Asparagus, Bacon and Gorgonzola with Shiraz Pan Sauce and Balsamic Pesto, Bruschetta Chicken, Chicken Breast Pressed with Prosciutto and Topped with Bruschetta Confetti and Balsamic Drizzle,
Petite Filet Mignon with Bronzed Scallops and Lobster Tarragon Cream, Surf & Turf, Petite Filet Mignon with either Lobster Tale or Baked Stuffed Shrimp, to name a few.
4. How far out should couples be looking to book their date? (how full is 2017-18) – We still have dates available in 2017 and as of now many dates available in 2018.
5. In a few words (or a lot) what does a wedding look like at your location? If you were talking to someone, how would you describe your venue?
Exchange vows on our signature 280-foot wrap-around veranda, by one of our warm and inviting fireplaces, or the scenic 3rd tee-box on the golf course. Receptions reflect the personality of each couple, under the tent on the grand grounds, mountain views from the Carter Notch room, or the expansive character of the stand alone Carriage House.
6. Top 5 tips for new brides getting married at the venue?
1. If you want advice, input, suggestions in regards to anything with your wedding ask me – I am here to help you!
2. Please follow the deadlines provided as it helps everything go smoothly
3. Try to encourage your guests to book rooms on site as it makes for a better experience to have them all celebrating with you all weekend long!
4. Plan a fun gathering the day before your wedding – let us help! – Golf Tournament, Kayaking, canoeing or tubing down the saco river, bonfire in our backyard, barbeque cookout rehearsal dinner or lobster bake.
5. Relax and enjoy the time planning your wedding and enjoy your special day
“We are a 96 room property with a 9 hole golf course. We have a restaurant that serves breakfast and dinner, a tavern that serves dinner and drinks and lunch on the weekends year round and then during the summer time lunch is served daily in the tavern and on our Veranda. Essentially your guests can come stay here and enjoy their weekend celebrating with you and never have to leave property. They can go golfing, hiking or swimming.”
For more information contact:
Linda Boyer – Director of Sales and Marketing
603.383.9111 ext. 6513
(603) 383-6911 ext. 6513
Here is a few photos from one wedding I photographed at The eagle Mountain House in 2016
Advice for New Hampshire Brides Wanting the Best Christmas Farm Inn & Spa Wedding.
This week I was fortunate to ask the wedding planner at The Christmas Farm Inn & Spa my venue questions. Below are her very helpful and informative replies. Set just up the hill from Jackson Village. This Private hideaway hosts two wedding spaces with their Rustic Barn being the first to book. YOU can get some great sunset photos for your wedding album and guests can stay and mingle around the camp fire once the reception has ended.
1. Number of guest that you can accommodate at The Christmas Farm Inn?
Our historic, 18th century Barn features a 12-foot wide fieldstone fireplace and high ceilings. This is the perfect space for an intimate, festive wedding for up to 85 guests. Larger weddings of up to 175 guests are hosted in a tent on our lawns from mid-May to early October
2. What sets your wedding venue apart form other?
The Christmas Farm Inn has a wide array of guests rooms to suit everyone’s taste and budget, ranging from cozy Inn rooms to individual, well-sized cottages to our lovely mini suites complete with jacuzzi baths, fireplaces and comfortable lounges. Our property can accommodate a total of 125 guests.
Our property goes beyond what people see from the road. Many couples are amazed to find out we own 15-acres of land and our property extends beyond the road and the Main Inn. The cottages, Carriage House suites, and Barn feel tucked away, providing a more private and intimate event.
Guests love the history of the Inn dating back 200 years! There’s something interesting for everyone who stays here.
With a full restaurant and kitchen on site, we can offer everything you need without having to leave the property. Rehearsal dinners, wedding ceremonies and receptions, breakfast in the morning for Inn guests, and so much more are offered on-site.
We customize each wedding to the individual couple. Don’t like what you see? Let’s talk about it and find a way to make your vision work with our property.
We also offer a Winter Wedding Sale Package that runs from January-April. This is a fantastic package that includes all of the vendors, the ceremony and reception space, and so much more! More information can be found on our website: http://christmasfarminn.com/nh-wedding/sale-wedding-venues-nh/
3. What are some of the top menu items on offer?
– Filet & Lobster
– Bourbon beef tips
– Breast of Chicken Chardonnay
– Pork Tenderloin Roulade
4. How far out should couples be looking to book their date? (how full is 2017-18)
2017 is filling up quickly! We still have openings in the summer for tent and Barn weddings and a few weekends left in the fall! 2018 still has most weekends available.
I would recommend booking 8 months in advance. We are happy to accommodate weddings booked within a shorter time frame and also have couples who book over a year in advance. Fall is our most popular and sought after time; the earlier you can book these dates, the better!
5. In a few words (or a lot) what does a wedding look like at your location? If you were talking to someone, how would you describe your venue?
Spend time in the morning getting your hair and make-up done with your friends and family or indulge with a facial or massage at our on-site AVEDA Spa. Our wonderful technicians will pamper you and help you relax on your big day.
Choose between our indoor ceremony space in front of a large, fieldstone fireplace in the Great Room of our Carriage House, or take advantage of great weather and use our outdoor Arbor to say your vows and tie the knot.
Our Barn is a private, intimate space that can be made as formal or as informal as the couple likes. With soft, white lights around the perimeter of the room and a lit, large fireplace, the ambiance is warm, inviting, and romantic during dinner. Then, make use of the dance floor to dance with your guests and party the night away to the tunes from your DJ.
Our wonderful staff will cater to your needs and provide exceptional, friendly service to you and your guests throughout your entire stay.
Couples can enjoy a complimentary night stay on their wedding night in one of our Carriage House Suites. All suites have their own private balconies and jacuzzi tubs.
6. Top 5 tips for new brides getting married at you wedding venue?
– Stay as organized as possible! Organization can prevent unnecessary stress. Use different binders for each vendor, save all emails, etc. Find a method that works for you.
– Visit the venue before your wedding. Use this time to meet with your coordinator, do your tasting, do a hair and make-up trial, and meet with your vendors.
– Don’t procrastinate. The earlier you start planning, the less stress you will feel as your wedding date approaches.
– Ask for help from a few of your close friends, bridal party, or family members during your wedding weekend. Assign people simple tasks to help alleviate your stress. This can be anything from helping decorate the reception/ceremony space upon arrival to putting together and organizing welcome bags.
– Ask questions when you need help. As your event planner, I’m here to and guide you in any way I can!
For more information about weddings at Chritmas Farm Inn & Spa or to talk to the Event Planner please call:
Melissa Kowalinski Tel: 603-383-4313 ext. 288
Christmas Farm Inn & Spa
3 Blitzen Way
Jackson, NH 03846
If you are looking for a place to get married in New Hampshire maybe this will help. I wanted to share my list of some of the best wedding venues in New Hampshire. Maybe I should say my favorite. I have not photographed weddings at every venue. There are many out there. Here is a few venues that come to mind what someone asks “What venue should we use?” I have linked to the venue and their Facebook page. Have a look and see if one of these wedding venues is that special place you want to get married at.
The list below was posted in no particular oder.
Eagle Mountain House & Golf Club – Jackson Right in the heart of The White Mountains and surrounded by the White Mountain National Forest. This 96 room Inn is the perfect fit for that couple looking to get away from it all and have it all right there. The Inn has been in service for over 130 years. Exchange vows on their signature 280-foot wrap-around veranda, by one of our warm and inviting fireplaces, or the scenic 3rd tee-box on the golf course.
Contact: Emilie Lariviere 603-383-9111
Castleton Banquet Hall In – Windham With three ceremony spots to chose from. The Cascading Waterfalls, Waterfront Gazebo or Castleton’s Gardens. The Castleton is sure to have something for everyone. The Venue sits along side Cobbetts Pond. Which looks more like a small lake.
Contact: Castleton Banquet and Conference Center (603) 685-4483
The Margate Resort on Lake Winnipesaukee – Laconia With three reception spaces getting married in the Lakeside Pavilion is just the start of your amazing wedding. Just one great add-on at this venue is the end of the night Fireworks display.
The Wentworth Inn – Jackson This elegant country inn located in the center of Jackson village. Host your guest in the tent reception space that can accomidate up to 250. This after you get married in one of two locations. The Wentworth Gazebo or The Amster Lawn.
Contact: Phone 603 383 9700
Tumbledown Farms – Brookfield With a classic rustic barn for your reception with plenty of space for dancing and entertaining. They have a full stage for your DJ or band to set up one. Getting married on the farm can only be held in true farm fashion. In a large open field with The White Mountains as your backdrop. Host up to 175 guests
The Barn at Whitneys’s Inn & Shovel Handle Pub – Jackson Here is one more wedding venue in Jackson, NH. Jackson does have great views of the mountains. For those couples looking for a rustic mountain event, we offer Whitney’s Inn, decorated in an Adirondack style with hickory and pine log furniture.
Waterville Valley Resort – Waterville Valley The venue has its own small town feel From the court yard to the small pond on the property. A short walk form the resorts guest rooms there are multiple ceremony sites and four reception spaces. The options are almost endless at Waterville Valley Resort Wedding venue. With a 360-degree mountain views, is the perfect destination for your celebration.
Thinking of getting married at Pats Peak Wedding Venue in Henniker, New Hampshire? I would recommend them as a great place for your wedding. They have outdoor and indoor space for the wedding ceremony and the reception. The food is amazing and the central NH location is perfect for traveling guests.
This slide show is from a New Hampshire wedding at Pats Peaks at 686 Flanders Rd, Henniker, NH. Here is a collection of some of my favorite photos from the day. Please enjoy the slide show that is set to fully licensed music. For more information about my wedding photography or to get a price quote please contact me today.
Please enjoy this wedding day slide show. This wedding took place at Camp Pinecliffe in Harrison, ME. The day was cloudy with a drop of rain here and there but mostly it was just full of fun family and love.
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Ryan & Amanda’s photo gallery
Last month was a crazy one for a wedding photographer. It was full of meeting new clients and also shooting every weekend. I have many weekends with two weddings. It is all fun and enjoyable with each one being unique and special. Amanda & Ryan’s wedding was one of the weddings I had the pleasure of attending. It was held at the Pinecliffe Camp in Harrison, Maine. The camp does not host weddings normally but they did an amazing job putting this one together. The weather was on the edge of rain almost all day and we even had a little shower. It held off until after the couple was married, which worked out well as it started just before they were introduced and then stopped again. The timing of the rain was perfect so we could return to the lake for some couples portraits. They were happy to have me pose them and we created some great photos. Here is a few of my favorites from the day. You can see that the sky had some texture in the clouds and the lake provided a great location as well as the flower garden.
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Ryan & Amanda’s photo gallery
Last evening’s wedding at The Harbor View at Jones Landing on Peaks Island, Maine, was like a dance party, fused with rain, friends and celebration. The kids rocked out so hard that we almost missed the boat back to the mainland in Portland, Maine. The rain came near the end of the evening, but the wedding was not dampened by the weather. Our short beach photo shoot went on as planned, luckily. I returned home to our electricity being out, so I could not get the photos onto my computer until Sunday morning. Here is one shot from the beach. Myself and the couple had made the journey via golf cart and found it almost empty when we waked down the ramp. I love this photo of both the bride and groom together, individually in thought. I feel it represents their union as a couple, and at the same time honors them as individuals. The wind grabbing her vale, naturally becoming the focus of the photo. Thanks John and Joslin for including me on this most special of days. If you want to know more about this Maine wedding venue please see the post were I interview Robin Clark from the Harbor View at Jones Landing. She answered all the frequently asked questions about the popular Maine wedding venue
They were getting married at The Whitney’s Inn In Jackson, NH. With the skies showing us rain, sun and clouds. Again, love won. The bride was not worried and nothing could affect her happiness on this day. All was well. They pushed the wedding back thirty minutes to see if it would stay dry. It did, well mostly. It did rain for a bit during the outdoor ceremony. The site for the wedding is just across the street in a wooded area. The wedding guests take seats on long wooden benches. There is a stone fireplace at the front of the isle and that is the spot the “I do’s” take place Some folks toughed it out others used umbrellas to keep the rain at bay. It was perfect. We stayed under the cloudy skies and ran from the rain once or twice during the family photos. It was a fun time that made this part of the day a memorial one, for sure. We still made a few bridal photos at the end, before the skies really opened up and washed us inside. This was my first wedding at Whitney’s Inn and The Shovel Handle Pub. It is a great space in a quaint old barn setting. Set up on three levels with dancing on the middle floor. If you are looking for a wedding venue in Jackson, NH The Whitney’s Inn is worth the visit. The owner at the Inn is a great guy ready to help in anyway to make your wedding day special. With the rain coming and going the staff of the Whitney’s Inn was so hands on and ready to help with the couples needs. They wanted until the last possible time to make the decision on the location of the ceremony.
The food was great and the venue was very clean and large enough to keep most of the guest on the dance floor all night. The guests and family loved to be together on that dance floor and the music played on into the night. I love Jackson, N.H! It is home to many great venues and backdrops for photos.
Part of being a wedding photographer from the White Mountains of New Hampshire is traveling distances to weddings. It might be a hour or more to some of the bigger wedding venues. It may even mean that I have to drive to another state, which is sometimes do. I actually enjoy the drive, as I can mentally get ready for my important role of capturing the memories for the couple and family. Just last week, I had the pleasure of attending a wedding at the Mormon Temple in Boston, Massachusetts. It was almost a three hour drive.
The interesting aspect of the ceremony was that I never went inside the temple for the actual ceremony. I wasn’t allowed to enter the Temple because I wasn’t a church member. More than half of the attendees of this wedding did not witness the actual ceremony. This was a first for me as a wedding photographer, but I didn’t mind at all. I fully respect the reasoning behind it. Once the couple had exited the temple, my job began! The couple came out and I was there, capturing the moment. There was a video team there as well.One had the drone in the air. The other was filming on a DSLR camera. We worked well together, taking time to get the shots we needed and felt the couple would enjoy. We spent the next hour or so doing family photos. Then, we spent some time with just the couple at the temple. We moved around the grounds using the giant structure as a backdrop. The couple was happy to create some bridal portraits. We took a 2 hour break, then it was off to the reception!
The reception was held at the Courtyard Boston-Cambridge. They have a great room with large windows to let plenty of light in. To toasts were made the cake was cut they danced and they had fun. We took a few group photos. We said our goodbyes and went off into the night. I could not wait to get home to see the wedding photos I had and what I could do in the digital darkroom on my computer. I have a lot of favorites here in their set. Here are just a few of them.
New Hampshire Wedding Photography Slide Show
Wedding photos from a wedding in Sunapee, NH at Dexter’s Inn. Once the guest have gone and the gifts are put away. Your album is on the way. What is a better way then to relive your wedding day then with a video slide show like the one here? It is set to emotional music. It has some of the best story telling images from your wedding day photography. I find myself even returning to these slide shows to remember the day or recall a feeling that was created on that day. I enjoy making them as a final part to the wedding day. It is a final thank you to the couple and their family for having me at the wedding day.
I posted one photo form this “Rainy Day Wedding” the other day. I wanted to share some more of this day with you. The wedding couple had decided to have a first look before the ceremony. It was a bit wet out side. I took a few minutes to find a location for the moment of the groom to see his bride. I found a nice spot with a door. The groom on one side the bride on the other. With the door half open the should hear each other they touched and held hands for a moment. Some of the family had gathered up the whole way in hopes of seeing this magic moment between the wedding couple. Every time I have been witness to a first look they are always so exciting and special. When booking a wedding with me you are sure to hear me ask if you would like a first look. Many people have never heard of this. A lot of couples want to do it or some version of this. I have had couples do something like the first look with out seeing each other. They will hide around a conner or a door. Some have exchanged letters. Some have met in a field or garden. The first look is always a special moment that will not soon be forgotten. Did you have a first look at your wedding? What did you think. Was it is one of the best parts of your day? Did you wish you had not done it after the fact? Please let me know your thoughts on the first look?