Melissa & Greg: Married – Four Points Sheraton Norwood

It's been a fun year, and I'll be wrapping up my final two wedding posts of the season today and midweek next week. The Sunday before Thanksgiving I had the pleasure of photographing Melissa and Greg at the Four Points Sheraton in Norwood. I went to high school with Melissa, and she did me  the great honor of e-mailing me and asking, "When are you free this fall? We haven't set our date yet, and want to make sure you're available." No pressure there at all!

Jess and I couldn't have had more fun though, what a great way to kick off a holiday week then spending it with these two. At some weddings (most?) there's a kid so cute I have to remind myself, "Doug, cute kid, but you have to shoot other people too!" Well that was Melissa's grandfather. From walking her down the aisle to dancing with her at the reception. Cutest. Grandfather. Ever.

Her grandmother wasn't exactly lacking in the adorable department either.

 

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Love this one when she saw her makeup just completed.

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Meanwhile Greg and the guys were relaxing.

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See what I meant?

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Not to be outdone though:

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For more, definitely check out the slideshow:

Michelle & Scott: Married – The State Room Boston

When Michelle and Scott first came over in July and told me about their wedding plans, there was one theme, if you will, that kept coming up. "We just want to throw a great party for all of our friends." Mission accomplished. I'm not kidding when I say there are almost no photos from their day of them not grinning from ear to ear, and laughing with friends and family. Add that to the beauty and view that is the State Room, and you've got a recipe for a great wedding.

Stay tuned this week and next too - I've got a couple more fun weddings coming up to end the year, then my annual "Best Of" series of posts.

 

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Smiles all around, and not just Michelle and Scott either!

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Check this out. They had an ice luge martini bar. Now I hadn't seen an ice luge since college, and those were the kind you just stuck your mouth under...nevermind, this was just better in every way.

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And of course I had to incorporate the luge into a ring shot.

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This next one was ice luge lit (say that fast 3 times!)

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Christine & Joe: Married – Nashoba Valley Winery

Christine and Joe, proof that a wedding doesn't have to be 8-12 hours long to be awesome. Four hours, a great couple, a beautiful ceremony and a small dinner with friends at one of my favorite venues, Nashoba Valley Winery.

Before heading to their house I swung  by the winery and (by virtue of smart Doug not bringing an umbrella) within minutes felt as though I'd walked through my shower fully dressed. This wasn't just a passing storm, this was a Florida in July, rain bouncing off the pavement, a full on downpour. I'd wanted to scout out a few location where we'd be able to make some awesome images regardless of the weather, and for that part I was successful, but I was definitely worse for the wear. Why mention all this? Because the rain continued right up until the recessional, and (I couldn't make this up) right as we exited church the rain stopped the the skies cleared. I believe that brings the score for the year to Doug: 5 Rain Gods: 0. (And I'm sorry in advance Michelle, Melissa and Julie if I've just jinxed my final three weddings of 2011!)

I'd also be remiss to not thank Coco Boardman for coming along to assist and filling in for Jess, who can't make it to most Friday weddings.

When I arrived at their house I found Christine helping their daughter Abbey with a few final preparations.

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From there we headed just around the corner to the church.

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The rain stopped about 90 seconds before this next photo.

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From there we headed to the winery where we caught a few final minutes of daylight.

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A quick bustle before their first dance.

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Finally, when I saw this  next page in one of Abbey's books, I knew I had my ring shot.

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