I had the pleasure of second shooting Rikki & Thao's wedding with Hillary back in July. Emily did our wedding photography back in May 2016, so I was very excited to have the opportunity to second shoot for her. Rikki & Thao got married at Hyland Orchard in Sturbridge, MA overlooking the orchard and surrounded by their friends and family (and puppies - it was a dog friendly wedding!). The wedding was beautiful (the event design by Kelly Golia Events), so I have quite a few images to share.
Hello again! I have been quite behind on editing, so am quite behind on sharing some work I have done this summer. I did a handful of weddings this summer and look forward to sharing more! I second shot this wedding back in June (!) with Sharon Watkins Photography at the Bedford Village Inn in New Hampshire. Eric + Kate, and their twin boys, had the perfect summer afternoon for an outdoor ceremony. Here are some snaps from the day.
We found ourselves with a free weekend and ended up, last minute, going to Maine last weekend. We stayed right outside of Camden and it was so beautiful up in that area. I had never really been much further north than Portland (besides a brief trip to Cutler, Maine last summer) and I'm glad we decided to go that far. The foliage was much more vibrant than it is here in Boston and everything was so cozy and fall-like.
We left on Friday night after work and it was about a four hour trip. We got to catch up on all the latest episodes of Dinner Party Download and Modern Love. Saturday we explored Camden and the surrounding area and then, of course, ended the day at a cozy pub and then ate some of the most delicious asian food at Long Grain. I have found that the two best asian dishes I have had have been in Maine (Anju, anyone?)
Sunday I woke up and got Dean up for the sunrise. We bundled up and trekked down to the ocean through the backyard of the hotel we were staying in. It was definitely worth it. I love that Maine is one of the first places in the country to see the sun rise.
After breakfast, we went to the top of Mount Battie to see some of the foliage before we left. I know it's cliche, but fall always reminds me how grateful I am to have grown up in New England and what a special place it is.
We went on our annual apple picking outing this weekend which, to me, means fall is officially here. I made a conscious decision to avoid using my phone to take photos, Snapchat, Instagram, etc. while we were there and instead focus on using my camera to capture the afternoon. I'm glad I did and I'm so happy with how these photos turned out. It's made me realize that I need to be more intentional about where I put my creative energy with all these social media outlets competing for attention.
We stopped by Doe Orchards again for apples this year. We discovered it last year and it's a great spot because it's never crowded and you walk straight in to the orchard from you car, it's nice and simple. After we picked apples we headed up to Portsmouth to have lunch and hang out for a few hours. Always my favorite spot to visit in the Fall.
When we were planning our honeymoon, we knew we didn't want to go the traditional route of a tropical vacation. We have been to St. Maarten a number of times in the last few years for family vacations and we wanted to go somewhere that was special and out of the ordinary for us. Despite being together for six years and going on a number of vacations, we realized that we had never travelled to Europe together. I quickly got very excited about the idea of a European vacation and then very stressed out at the thought of properly planning a 10 day European vacation in the midst of wedding planning.
We finally decided on Ireland and decided to do a stopover in Iceland on the way there. Dean had been to Ireland before, and we thought it was perfect for what we were looking for in a trip. We wanted a place with lots to do - so we spent a few days in Dublin and Galway - and in between we rented a small cottage in the Irish countryside to really relax for a few days. It was perfect.
Our first stop was Iceland. We left Boston on the Tuesday after our wedding, I think I was still deliriously tired at this point because I barely remember the flight there. We arrived at 4:30 in the morning on Wednesday and hit the ground running. We visited in early June, so there was about 21 hours of sunlight each day. This was a little weird at first, but ended up being great because you could see so much more in a day. Our first day we had booked for the Blue Lagoon first thing when they opened - which I would highly recommend to beat the crowds - and after that we headed in to Reykjavík to get lunch (pylsur!) and check in to our (super cozy) airbnb. I decided about a week before we left that I was going to keep a travel journal during our trip. This was my first time doing it and I am so happy that I did. I usually rely on photos to document a trip, which I still did, but we were able to capture so much more of our trip by documenting it in writing. We took turns writing, collected receipts and other small things to include, and took one Instax per day to keep with our entries. We filled about 100 pages of a notebook and it's something that I will cherish forever.
The second day we grabbed breakfast, checked out Hallgrímskirkja, walked around the city, explored some Icelandic record shops (they have a ton and they are all great), made some coffee pit stops, and ended the sightseeing day at Harpa. On Friday we headed out of the city to see some of the more rural landscape. We stopped at some waterfalls (foss, foss, foss!), went swimming in a geothermal bath, had to stop the car for a herd of horses, saw so many farms and small villages, and overall marveled at the beauty and lack of people.
Friday night we stayed at a hotel in the middle of nowhere, overlooking a glacier, and left early to make it to Jökulsárlón, the glacier lagoon, and one of my favorite parts of our trip. After seeing the lagoon we made the 4.5 hour drive back to Keflavík where we stayed for the night in a cute airbnb on a farm before catching an early flight to Dublin the next morning.