Archive for October, 2008

What a perfect location for a fall wedding! Nicole and Jay got married
yesterday at Brooksby Farm in Peabody MA. The colorful leaves, the
chill in the air, the smell of warm apple cider, the pumpkin
centerpieces, and of course, the barn-all came together to create a
very unique, memorable and rustic New England wedding.
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Here is Nicole arriving, by limo, to the farm. She wasn't a bit nervous-or if she was she didn't show it!
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Nicole's father walking her down the aisle with the barn in the background.

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The ceremony was held overlooking the orchard. There were a few chairs, but most of the guests stood.
It had a very intimate feel.
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This wedding party was a riot! They had both me and my second shooter, in tears of laughter!
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The groomsmen all wore an elegant brown pinstripe tux. It really looked good and was perfect for the fall theme.

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I have never seen a cake topper this original before! A polaroid of the couple and two smurfs. It was in keeping with the centerpieces which also featured polaroids of the couple, dressed in a 1970's powder blue tux and wedding dress, holding table numbers! Very clever and they really portrayed the couple's personalities!

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LOVE IT!

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Pumpkins with hearts carved in them decorated the head table.

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Nicole really wanted to show off her blue stockings! What better way than piggy back ride!

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The staff at the farm cooked an amazing meal featuring ham and mashed potatoes. It tasted like a home cooked meal for the holidays. Everything ran on schedule which left plenty of time for dancing!

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A ukulele band played for about a half hour and really got everybody up and moving.
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There was no shortage of dancers on the dance floor!
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Nicole didn't stop dancing the entire night!
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It just kept getting more and more crazy as the night went on. I don't know what this was about but it made for a funny picture!
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Thank you Nicole and Jay for a truly memorable day!
To see the online album of this wedding go to alyssaduncan.com/nicole&jay.

This wedding went by so fast! John and Maria were great, the country club was great, the priest was great and the weather was great-everything went so smoothly!

This is my favorite image from their wedding. I like a more commercial look and feel to my images and this image looks like it came straight out of a magazine.
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Here is Maria getting ready. Her dress was perfect for her. It really showed off her TINY waist! She looked amazing.
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John and Maria seeing each other for the first time. A lot of my brides, this time of year, are choosing to take the formal pictures before the ceremony while it is still light out. I am still able to get the image of the couple when they first see each other, even if it isn't when the bride is coming down the aisle.
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More of my favorite portraits of John & Maria. They were able to relax in front of the camera and it really shows in their images.
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This shot was inspired by the couple I photographed the week before, Christine and Pat. It worked so well for them that I thought I'd try it again. I like seeing the train of the dress but with a modern twist.

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Maria looked so good in her dress.
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I really like this shot of Maria arriving at the church. What a great day for a fall wedding.
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This church has a window in the door that the bride hides behind before entering to go down the aisle. It always makes for a great shot and the bride doesn't even know I'm taking the picture.
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kids always add humor to a wedding. I love this picture.
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During the Mass I was able to move a bit closer to get this shot of John holding Maria's hand. It was very touching.
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The first dance. I love how John is looking at Maria in this shot.
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This was the first wedding in my 10 years in business, that I actually got teary during the mother/son dance.
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To see more of this wedding at alyssaduncan.com/maria&john

Brooke is the daughter of a couple whose wedding I photographed two years ago.  The photo shoot took place at the New Castle Common beach.
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It is fantastic to be able to photograph the couple's wedding and then their family through the years and to develop that bond, not only with the couple, but with their children. It is one of the many perks of my career.
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This little girl LOVES her daddy! Just mention his name and she gets all giddy.
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My goal when photographing children is to capture their true personality. I do this with a photo journalistic approach. Let the child play and interact with the parents and  I'm there to capture it.
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I can't wait to see Brooke again, and be able to document the different stages of her development.
Thank you Theresa, for the opportunity to photograph your beautiful little girl. Maybe the next time your pregnant we can do some pregnancy portraits!

 

Christine & Pat are high school sweethearts, been together 10 years before they finally tied the knot!
I have photographed quite a few high school sweethearts this season. I always find it fascinating when a couple, for the most part, grows up together before getting married.

This is my favorite portrait of the couple. It shows their
personalities, their affection for each other and the train of the
dress, all with real smiles. The angle gives it an edgy, modern feel.
Both my assistant and I had a lot of fun with them.

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I truly enjoyed photographing this couple. They were very fun and relaxed in front of the camera.

I didn't see the bride that day until she arrived for the ceremony. It is unusual for me not to photograph the bride getting ready but I'm sure she had a house full of people being one of 8 children (with 4 of those siblings sisters) and 9 nieces and nephews!

I photographed her sister's wedding in 2005. This is the sister's daughter as the Rolls Royce arrives with the bride. I LOVE this picture!!
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Christine's father helps her out of the car and to the church. Cool car
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One of the flower girls getting ready to walk down the LONG aisle, with a church full of people!
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Another niece/flower girl preparing to walk down the aisle with the bridesmaids lining up behind her.
this must be so intimidating for kids-but they did a fantastic job.
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Yet another flower girl/niece and ring bearer/nephew, trying to see the bride as she approaches the alter.

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Here is Christine's sister's, Jennifer's, second child-ADORABLE!! I LOVE photographing kids!

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Especially kids at a wedding-moments like these are so funny. The girl in the middle looks so annoyed with her brother!
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After the ceremony, Christine and Pat share a toast in the Rolls.
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We took the formal pictures in a park in Wellesley MA, right off Route 9. It was a beautiful fall day.
This is an image of Christine and Pat with Christine's parents and 7 siblings.  They all look so different!
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The wedding party.

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This is my second favorite portrait of Christine & Pat. A captured moment.

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The band, Night Shift (fantastic band, by the way) brings these red lights. I LOVE this picture of the cake with the red light hitting it.

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Christine & Pat on the dance floor.

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Christine & Pat, welcome home from your honeymoon. I can't wait for you to see your online album and the rest of your pictures on Pictage.

To view Christine & Pat's online album go to alyssaduncan.com/christine&pat