Thompson Inn & Fuller Gardens Wedding – New Hampshire – Meaghan & Carleton

Thompson Inn & Fuller Gardens Wedding – New Hampshire – Meaghan & Carleton

Meaghan & Carleton were married on the New Hampshire Seacoast at the historic Union Chapel. We made portraits across the street at the gorgeous Fuller Gardens, and down the road looking out over the ocean. It rained hard for a moment while the two were getting ready, and it was still coming down for the first look, but in true New England fashion, the rain cleared up, and we had some lovely sunlight for our portraits.
If you aren’t familiar with the history of Union Chapel, definitely check it out. The first services were held in 1877.
Carleton’s best man’s father officiated the wedding. Also, fun fact, his best man is engaged to Meaghan’s sister, one of the co-maids of honor. One of the most striking things about the wedding was how close knit Meaghan and Carleton’s community is.
After the wedding we headed up to the Thompson Inn for dinner and dancing. I loved the first dance. They looked as happy as could be, and they really cut a rug.
Also making an appearance, in the guest book, a delightful engagement session at Arnold Arboretum form last September.

Venue : The Thompson Inn

Ceremony Venue: Union Chapel

Portraits Venue: Fuller Gardens

Florist : F as in Flowers – Lynn Curcio

Wedding planner : Paul & Liz Calabria – Weddings in New England

Hair : Randi Iverson

Makeup : Donna Cotnoir, Custom For You NH

DJ : Jeff Erwin – Rethink the DJ

Ceremony music : Artful Noise

Catering : The Thompson Inn

Cake : Beach Pea

Invitations : Minted

AWP Conference – Association of Writers and Writing Programs

AWP Conference – Association of Writers and Writing Programs

I had the pleasure of flying to sunny Tampa Florida to photograph the AWP 2018 Conference in March. For the uninitiated AWP stands for the Association of Writers and Writing Programs. The annual conference brings together over 12 thousand attendees, almost a thousand literary magazines and journals, and most of the MFA poetry, fiction, non-fiction programs from across the country for a series of panels and readings. The keynote at AWP 2019 was George Saunders who had recently published Lincoln in the Bardo.


The whole three and a half day long conference was thrilling to photograph. I graduated from Oberlin College with a major in fiction writing, and I am a lifelong lover of novels, short stories, essays, poems, and the genre-defying as well. I saw and photographed many of my heroes from all my years as a reader and a writer, including: Lorrie Moore, Edwidge Danticat, Rita Mae Brown, Rivka Galchen, Jeffrey Eugenides, Claire Messud etc. and I even found new heroes! I came home with Min Jin Lee’s novel, Pachinko, which I absolutely adored.


I look forward to photographing AWP 2019 in Portland, Oregon next March.

AWP Conference Association of Writers and Writing Programs Paul Gargagliano

Palace of Fine Arts Engagement Photos – Kristin and Nick

Palace of Fine Arts Engagement Photos – Kristin and Nick


Kristin & Nick met and fell in love when they were living in San Francisco, so it was a treat for them to have an engagement session with the splendor of the city as a backdrop. Nick actually proposed at the Palace of Fine Arts, so this was a return in another sense for the two. The weather did not disappoint. It was San Francisco through and through, toasty in the sun, and freezing cold in the shade, or when the wind blew. After exploring all the nooks and crannies of the Palace of Fine Arts, listening to accordion music, finding the good light on some large green doors, etc. we headed over to the beach at Crissy Field for a few more photos with the Golden Gate Bridge, and the San Francisco Bay. A seagull and a frisky dog made cameos. “Karl,” the fog, hung just past the bridge to remind us exactly where we were.


Crystal Springs Golf Course Wedding – Pacifica – Catrina and Brandon

Crystal Springs Golf Course Wedding – Pacifica – Catrina and Brandon

Catrina and Brandon were married in the glorious warm light of the waning sun on an early August day at Crystal Springs Golf Course in Burlingame, California. The altar at Crystal Springs overlooks the blue waters of the reservoir in dramatic fashion.


I remember having Catrina and Brandon over for a consultation meeting here in San Francisco about a month before their wedding date. I was struck by how thrilled they were with the pleasures of planning and anticipation.


While I was with Brandon and his wedding party as they got ready in Pacifica, whales kept breeching out in the Pacific Ocean. This was apt as I have heard Brandon wax poetic about sea creatures. Somebody produced a pirate telescope. There’s one photo with emphatic pointing, squinting, Pliny the Elder, and a glass of whiskey that tickles me every time I see it.


Meanwhile, my second, the talented Jen Michelson, was with Catrina as she got into her lovely dress a few miles down the road. Catrina’s wedding party included soooo many cute children, and there are some touching images of them playing all over the house, and being dressed in finery. I especially love the one with the teddy bear flying through the air.


The last thing I want to say about this wedding, is that, just as we were finishing up with the couples portraits at Crystal Springs Reservoir, 3 young bucks pranced by. If you look closely at one of the images, you will see one of the furry friends prancing through the frame.


The very last thing I want to say, is that traffic was uncharacteristically busy that day because of the Dog Surfing Championships.


East Bay Regional Parks Botanic Garden Wedding Berkeley CA

East Bay Regional Parks Botanic Garden Wedding Berkeley, CA

Eli and Tobie were married in a shady grove of towering redwood trees in the East Bay Regional Parks Botanic Garden in Berkeley, California. They are both super charismatic, and they were great in front of the camera. When the connection between a couple is electric, like it is between Eli and Tobie, my job is easy.

Yes, Eli and Tobie’s wedding was overflowing with glorious colorful outfits, but Tobie’s pants — come on! They brought a burst of color to every image he was in. Tobie’s parents constructed a freestanding chuppah that looked like an erector set in the best possible way. There is one image of Tobie’s dad seeming to summon the chuppah from the earth. Poems were read, songs were sung, Eli’s family staged a production of the Owl and the Pussycat, replete with costumes and props. Eli is a talented musician, namely a singer songwriter. Throughout the ceremony and toasts, there were references to songs Eli had written, including a love song he wrote when he was first falling in love with Tobie. At the reception, guests were served the fanciest, most delicious, vegan barbecue you might ever encounter, especially that chimichurri sauce, yum! It was a typical Bay Area day, sunny and hot in the middle, cloudy and windy in the afternoon. I loved how one couple grabbed their travel quilt and got cozy.

Vegan Catering by It’s From the Garden

Art Museum Wedding

Art Museum Wedding – Nathan and Jeannette

Nathan and Jeannette held their wedding at the Decordova Art Museum. This was certainly apt as Jeannette is a talented artist. Meaningful details revealed themselves at every corner as the day unfolded. I will try to list them, but I know there are many that will elude me… I feel as if I got to know the two better through the intelligence of the decisions they made in planning their wedding. They met when they were teachers, so their wedding favor was a triad of pencils inscribed with a quiet and gorgeous fragment form a Walt Whitman poem, “There we two, content, happy in being together, speaking little, perhaps not a word.” On the wedding altar was placed a table occupied by a bonsai tree into which Nathan had poured his attention and love for more than a decade, and succulents belonging to Jeannette’s mother. Nathan’s father donned three outfits as the day progressed, a suit for getting ready, his vestments to officiate the wedding, and a tux to celebrate. Not only did Nathan’s mother make the cake, and enough ice cream cake to feed all the wedding guests, but she commissioned a sculptor to make a cake-topper depicting Nathan and Jeannette’s three dogs. The florals were exquisite, almost avant-garde in places, perfect for an art museum wedding. Jeannette’s dress was at the same time elegant and sculptural. There were many moments where it inflected the art on the museum walls. Thanks again, Jeannette and Nathan, for having me make art about your wedding!

printed pencil wedding favors

Venue : deCordova Art Museum
Dress : Amsale
Florist : Hanaya Floral Design
Makeup : Christie Torres
DJ and/or band : Fine Tune Entertainment, Joe Kaszuba
Cake : Rachel Coppersmith
Catering : Swartz Catering
Invitations : DWRI Letterpress

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