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The Crane Estate in Ipswich never fails to amaze me. I always love watching guests arrive at a Castle Hill wedding…every time someone walks through the door and sees the stunning view of the sweeping lawn for the first time, the reaction is inevitably, “Oh, wow.”

And Kelley and Ben had a splendid wedding to match the grand setting. The meticulously planned, gracious and elegant celebration was expertly managed by The Catered Affair, and featured a ceremony in a lovely old stone church in Gloucester, lush floral accents by Flowers By Steve, a knockout Vera Wang gown and wonderfully unobtrusive videography by After Image Productions.

It was a special treat to work with the talented and super-fun hair & makeup artist
Luiz Filho, who was an absolute delight! He accompanied to the church and on to the reception, providing touch-ups to his gorgeous work when necessary (keeping everyone looking flawless all day).

During the reception, Kelley and Ben let me to steal them away for a quick stroll in the lovely evening light, and returned to the party to dance the night away to the rollicking sounds of The White Heat Swing Orchestra.


Ceremony: St. Anthony By The Sea, Gloucester
Reception: The Crane Estate at Castle Hill, Ipswich
Catering: The Catered Affair
Flowers: Flowers By Steve
Hair & Makeup: Luiz Filho
Videography: After Image Productions
Band: The White Heat Swing Orchestra

Up in Bar Harbor, Maine, the forecast was gloomy: it had been raining all week, and more rain was predicted for Saturday. But the morning of the wedding, the clouds lifted to reveal a clear, gorgeous day for David & Nicole’s wedding at the Bar Harbor Inn. David & Nicole exchanged their vows in an emotional ceremony overlooking the beautiful harbor, followed by a reception at the Inn (I especially loved their choice of wedding cake: authentic Junior’s cheesecake, flown in from New York, of course)! And instead of favors, the couple treated their guests to an unforgettable afterparty: a sunset cruise of the harbor on a historic 4-mast wooden schooner, the Margaret Todd.


Reception & Catering: Bar Harbor Inn
Flowers: Chelcey Dunham
Cake: Junior’s Cheesecake
DJ: Nik Shukla
Sunset Cruise: The Margaret Todd, Windjammer Cruises.

  • Anonymous - dayum sarah! Awesome shots!


  • Anne - The one of them on the boat laughing with the sailor in the background… FAVE!!!! I would totally get a HUGE print or canvas of that!!!ReplyCancel

  • Paola - My BEST friend Nicole looks radiant!!! The black and white shot with the veil floating in the wind is stunning! Lots of love from South AfricaReplyCancel

There’s no getting around it: Tracy & Steve’s wedding was a hot one. But the happy couple looked cool, calm, and collected as they exchanged vows amid an intimate gathering of family and friends in the Public Garden. There was even a Swan Boat ride to entertain the littlest guests! After the ceremony, Tracy and Steve strolled across the Common to the refreshing, elegant oasis of No. 9 Park, where icy cocktails and amazing food greeted their guests.


Reception: No. 9 Park

Met at BC, married at BC! Caron and Alex tied the knot at St. Ignatius at Boston College, not too far from the spot where they first met. There was more than a dash of school spirit: as the couple walked back down the aisle, newly married, guests cheered and waved maroon-and-gold pom-poms. (They’re such loyal alums that they just had to have a BC grad for their photographer!) The reception at Veronique featured fabulous food and service (as always), and the dance floor was packed all night long.


Ceremony: St. Ignatius, Boston College
Reception & Catering: Veronique, Brookline

The Olympics have brought Beijing into the spotlight, so I thought I’d share a few images from my 2004 trip to China.

I was booked to shoot a November ’04 wedding in Pusan, Korea, and decided to extend my trip to spend a week in Beijing before the wedding. My husband and I climbed the Great Wall, marveled at the smog, ate some great food (and some unidentifiable food), and wandered the Forbidden City on a rare blue-sky day.