We are ready to kick back into action after a long weekend off for Thanksgiving, and I can't think of a better way to do that than with the engagement shoot we did with the absolutely adorable Samantha & Adam!! I just adore these two through & through! They both have the biggest hearts and the way that Adam looks at Samantha, they way that he holds her and cares for her....well, it's what this photography thing is all about you guys! To capture love like that. As it's happening. In the moment. In the small things, in the big things. In the way that she lights up whenever he's around. I can look at them, I can look at their faces, and I can see the fifty years from now version of them.
And there's not a doubt in my mind that he'll still be looking at her just the same way.
These guys are getting married next year in the City, and I KNOW they are going to have a beautiful day (Samantha is a photographer herself, so you know it's going to be good!!) But the most beautiful thing about it, will definitely be their love.
We are Philly bound for our J&M Lighting Intensive today, but boy ohhh BOY do we have something to keep the blog warm & cozy while we're gone: Alice & Justin's Boston Commons engagement shoot! We met up with these guys to hang out with them & do their shoot on the most perfect of Fall days. It was warm with big blue skies, and just the slightest crisp breeze in the air. In other words, perfect!
We walked all around the Boston Public Gardens & Boston Commons, and it is SO beautiful there! My favorite part are all the gorgeous willow trees lining the water. Ok really, my true favorite part was all the ducks sticking their tail feathers in the air as they fished (or whatever ducks do)....that was pretty hilarious!
Alice & Justin are such great (not to mention BEAUTIFUL!) people and they are planning the most gorgeous winter wedding next December in the Boston Harbor!! I am SO excited to see it all come together and I know you guys are too, but until then kick your feet up with a nice mug of tea as you....
Today to kick your week off right & put you in the Fall spirit, we have the adorable Erin & Christian and their sweet engagement shoot among the leaves!! Erin is the sister of one of our all-time favorite past J&M Brides, Kristin (one half of one of our all time favorite couples, Kristin & Bill!!) so we immediately knew we were going to LOVE her! I absolutely LOVE when the siblings of past couples also book us so we get to go back & spend time with those incredible families again, and we actually have that for several of our weddings next year so we're so excited!! We of course first got to meet Erin at Kristin's wedding, and we've been emailing ever since she booked. But we couldn't WAIT to hang out with her & Christian in person at their shoot, along with their super cute pup Wally!!
And I can tell you that after spending time with these guys, they are already on the fast track to favorite couple status! First of all, when we got there, they had put together this whole gourmet wine & cheese spread which was amazing!! And then during the whole shoot, I just kept smiling because these guys are so good together!! They're kind and generous and they love to laugh together, and they even laughed at all of my jokes...which gets them major bonus points! :) They are just the kind of people you feel lucky to be around and happier for knowing. And I can't WAIT for their amazing day next year!! In the mean time, grab a pumpkin spice latte, sit back & relax as you....
And here is something extra sweet to start your weekend off right!! About a year and a half ago, Michelle contacted us to shoot her May 2014 wedding. And I have to admit that just knowing how important photography was to her & how early she booked us, it quickly made her one of my favorite clients even though we hadn't officially met her yet. But I can tell you that she more than won my heart in that first Skype meeting with talks of Starbucks, Grey's Anatomy & McDreamy (Michelle & her fiance Matt live out in Seattle!) Since then we've exchanged a bunch of emails, but I was always counting down until the day we got to meet in person!
Earlier this month, we were able to schedule in the engagement shoot on one of Michelle & Matt's few trips back East before the wedding in Maine next May and I was so glad that we did! These two are just pure goodness right down to their core. They are funny, thoughtful, well-versed in movie quotes, beautiful, and just so SO darn good together. There is a comfort between them that I think is reserved for only the best couples, and I loved seeing that shine through every minute we were together. Plus, they hung around town to go to The New Haven Meatball House with us for dinner, so you KNOW it was an extra awesome night! (I mean how could it not be with pesto meatballs over mac & cheese? I'm just sayin.)
Michelle & Matt, after meeting you now we can't WAIT for the big day in May!! It seriously can't get here fast enough! But in the mean time, here are just a few of our favorites from the shoot so we can all remember such an amazing, amazing day together!
And ooohhh do we have something extra special for you today! From the moment we started this shoot, I have been counting the minutes until I could share it and now that day is finally here! We met up with Elisabeth & Will to do their engagement shoot around Yale, where Elisabeth is a resident and on the campus where these guys first met (at a grad student bar where neither of them were actually grad students!). And I have to imagine that when the two of them met, the whole world lit up if even for an instant like some silver screen moment. An Audrey Hepburn meeting a Gregory Peck.
From their flawless, iconic style to a shared love of books (William is a librarian and former rare books dealer), these two met their perfect backdrop in the Beineke Library's rare book collection and the nearby columns that felt like a Roman Holiday. And we were just the ones lucky enough to be there to push the button. Elisabeth & William, we had the BEST time hanging out with you and getting to know you! And it has me all the more excited for November. Because if this is what you came up with for the engagement shoot, I know the wedding is going to blow us away!