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Erin and Chris got married at what has got to be one of my favorite weddings ever: The Red Barn at Hampshire College  in Amherst, MA. I’d shot there back in 2009  and was dying to go back. The venue has, obviously, a red barn, which is perfect for fun, rustic receptions for up to 120 people, but even better is the epic tree under which couples can get married looking out at the mountains. Stunning. Style Me Pretty loves the Red Barn too, which was evident in their feature of Erin and Chris’s wedding last year. I was so excited to be featured on Style Me Pretty.

But it wasn’t just the venue that made this wedding so special; it was Erin and Chris, who are two of the kindest and warmest people you’ll ever meet. Their wedding was all about family: their families have been friends for many years, so the wedding was a chance for a really close-knit community to come together and celebrate the couple.

Venue: The Red Barn  //Florist: Forget Me Not Florist // Wedding Decor Installation: Tanya Costigan of Bowties and Butterflies  // Makeup: Maria of Vici Hair Studio and Beauty Bar // Hair: Hair by Harlo // Cocktail Hour Music: Floyd Patterson Band // Wedding Dress: The White Gown, Brooklyn, New York

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One thing you should know about Chris and Erin is that they are avid marathon runners. So much so that they used their bibs from each of their races as table numbers, telling the story of that particular marathon on the back. The highlight of course was the New York City Marathon, and for a very special reason: the first time, they ran the race, Chris ran it with a ring in his pocket. At the end of the race, he convinced the officials to allow him to wait on one knee at the finish line until Erin finished. But this is SO rare Erin actually thought Chris was hurt and ran over in concern. At which point, he proposed and she said yes! Natalie was particularly impressed by this story, since she only runs if being chased.

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I totally bonded with Erin and Chris because we’re all huge animal lovers. Chris and Erin LOVE their cats, so instead of favors, they made a donation to the Humane Society.

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Check out how beautiful the grounds of the Red Barn are as the sun goes down.

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July in Amherst, MA // Weather: Hot but with relief when the sun goes down // Favorite light time for shots: 7:45pm//

Getting Ready: 2:00 // Dress on: 3:10 // Bridal Shots: 4:15 // Ceremony Start: 4:45  // Group Shots: 5:20 // Couple Shots: 5:40 //
Reception Started: 6:20 // Sneaking out for 10 minutes of killer light photos: 7:40

Venue Love: The Red Barn’s epic tree and barn-like indoor space make it perfect for a rustic wedding.

Fun thing to think about: Including kids in your wedding can be a challenge but also so much fun. How cute are the girls in this wedding?

Lesson learned: Take a moment alone sometime after the ceremony. Not only does it allow for gorgeous shots during the best light, but it also gives you a few moments to stop and smell the flowers — literally.

Best thing ever: Chris’s tears during the ceremony. I’m a sucker for tears.

On my website, I tell people that if they hire me, they get a a photographer for life. And I really mean that. So I was pee-my-pants-excited when Nashama and Andrea called me. Do you remember Nashama and Andrea? I shot their engagement and wedding three years ago, and I’d been following their adventures since. Both women are veterinarians and had been moving around a lot as they worked on completing more specialized training. And I knew in the process they’d had a baby boy. I’d seen pictures on facebook, and he was just so painfully cute, I was sad that they were living so far away.

But then I get this call, and guess what? Andrea, Nashama, and Henry are back in the northeast and wanting some pictures in honor of Henry’s first birthday. Of course, I jumped at the chance. We met up at one of my favorite locations, Lighthouse Point Park, for some fun on the swings and in the sand.

One year old’s are kind of perfect. They’re still babies, so they’re not self-conscious in front of the camera at all. But they’re also totally aware of what’s going on around them, which makes them curious and expressive.

Photographing LGBT families is also perfect for me. First off, it’s such a blessing to get to see families grow as Andrea and Nashama’s has since they time I shot them with their two dogs in Roger Williams Park (the dogs came to Henry’s shoot by the way!). But also, there just aren’t enough images yet of LGBT people creating families, and I view my wedding photography as one drop in the bucket of remedying that. And so was my shoot with Henry.

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How cute is Henry’s crown? Nashama made it for his first birthday party, and it was just too cute not to photograph.

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I think we all should have swimming trunks as cute as Henry’s.

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Emma and Laura will be getting married in Philly this coming summer, but New Haven proved an ideal backdrop for their fun and silly but stylish engagement shoot. These girls dressed perfectly for the two locations we had selected. We started off at Yale where we hit up Old Campus and Beinecke Plaza (also known as the Hewitt Quadrangle) for two very different architectural looks. I love the way the bright colors in Emma’s pants picked up on the tones in the bold, chunky necklace Laura wore. I always tell people to dress like they’re going to the same party, and Emma and Laura perfectly embodied that advice.

We then headed to Lighthouse Point, one of my favorite destinations for weddings and engagements.  Laura and Emma wanted to stay stylish on the beach but also to change into something that fit with the casual vibe of the beach shoot. The key? Bright colors. Emma’s green shorts and playful patterns and Laura’s yellow cardigan and striking red necklace gave us the pop we were looking for as the couple played on the swings, meandered out on the rocks, and climbed up on the lifeguard chair (hoping no one would catch us!).

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Layers are also great for engagement shoots. Emma pulls on the blazer, and bam, a whole new look without having to take the time to get changed.

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Lighthouse Point has everything from the swings to the carousel to the lighthouse itself, but nothing is quite as romantic as simple shots where the water hits the sand looking out over the Long Island Sound.

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