Jenna and Neil

Season Kick Off

Thank goodness we had a few months to recover from our 2008 wedding season. We were totally recharged and ready to rock for Jenna and Neil’s wedding! We knew this wedding was going to take everything we’ve got, plus some. With a wedding party of 30, (half of which were kids) and a huge family, we decided to bring in our colleague and group shot guru Jim Larson as a third shooter.

Jenna and Neil are just head over heels in love with each other. It’s been so much fun getting to know them. I look forward to seeing them around town and eating at their family restaurant, Philly Flash. (maybe they will create a veggie cheesesteak in my honor!?)

This wedding was totally intense for us. So much beauty and so little time. I could have spent the entire 8 hours and 2500 images I shot on just the girls, flowers and reception details.

-AR and DSS

We had our friends from Blue Sky Films, Tonya and Izzy, shooting alongside us all day. You can see Tonya peeking in with a Super8 camera on the right!

Jenna’s flowers were gorgeous! Our favorite florist, Joanne Galey, of English Rose Floral Design, did a spectacular job!

Let’s get this party started!

David caught Neil having a few quiet moments before the ceremony.

Jenna and Neil both went to St. Mary’s High School. They wanted to be photographed in front of the school immediately after the ceremony. After all the St. Mary’s weddings I’ve shot, no one has ever requested to be photographed there. Great idea….. I love this shot! In retrospect it feels like I had about two seconds alone with Jenna and Neil, but it was really a whopping 15 minutes. I guess that’s what I love about wedding photography; there are no do-overs. You just have to think quick and make the most of every second. You have 8 hours or less to tell the story of two people and what happens when their family and friends join together to celebrate the most important day of their lives. No wonder we are so totally fried on Sundays!!!

David captured one of the groomsmen helping Jenna with her hair after the ceremony. What a guy!

One of the group shots by our friend Jim Larson. Thanks Jim!

Sweet Sue’s Bakeshop did an amazing job on the cakes. Neil had a groom’s cake of Boston’s Fenway Park!

The Doug Segree Band rocked the house!

Jenna’s sister caught the bouquet, literally falling on her back after diving through the air for it! Great shot David!

Aunt Ida - I am blown away by the beauty in these pics. The subjects are a photographers dream! Jenna, you look like a princess and Neil looks like GQ. I can’t WAIT to see the rest! My granddaughters look soooo precious! What an honor to be a part of this magnificent day!! Love, Aunt I and Uncle Paul
February 14, 2009 – 1:10 PM

aunt deb and uncle cam - we love the pictures! they are the best wedding pictures i have ever seen – amazing color! Wow. the quality is really incredible. We can’t wait to see the rest. we love you!
February 14, 2009 – 2:54 PM

Nicki Ziska - These pics are fantastic. Jenna your intense beauty was captured so well in these photos. They are breathtaking. My mom (Marlene)said that the entire day was just beautiful. The photos really capture that mood along with the love that you and Neil so clearly share. Thanks for sharing the photos. Nicki
February 14, 2009 – 3:59 PM

Elizabeth Ann - These pictures are awesome. Jenna, you are truly a beautiful person, inside and out. You look amazing in every single one. I can’t wait to see the rest!
February 14, 2009 – 4:24 PM

Holiday special sessions

We kicked off the first of our “Special Sessions” this past holiday season with huge success. The price was way too low to repeat…but all I can say is it was a great deal because it included a private, fun filled portrait session in our really cool winter wonderland and a high res CD!! These kids will refuse to go to the mall and wait in line to sit on Santa’s lap forever more! Our Spring Special Sessions are scheduled for March 14th through the 29th.


(attention dads: Mother’s Day is May 10th. Surprise her with pictures of your beautiful children!)

Palen and Kevin

Fall Season Finale

Everyone that knows Palen knows that she had been planning her wedding since she was two years old. Such pressure to be her photographer! Thankfully I had my colleague and friend Kathy Blanchard with me on the job. Aside from the torrential downpour that soaked us and the wedding guests moments before the ceremony started…it was a perfect day. I know that no one wants it to rain on their wedding day, but there’s something about it that brings people even closer, like hard times do. And once we’ve all survived the day and dried off, there’s even more reason to just “tie one on” (as Palen’s father referred to it) and celebrate the good times!


Palen and her mom share a moment before she gets into her dress.

Palen’s sister Whitney helps with the final touches.

Kathy captured this moment as Palen’s dad sees her for the first time.

Palen and Kevin see each other for the first time. Emotions were running high all day… what a relief for them to be together and chill out for a few minutes!

Palen’s entire kindergarten class attended the ceremony. It was hilarious. They could hardly contain themselves before the ceremony started!

The man behind the meals: Ken Upton, Palen’s godfather. His staff took care of dinner while he got to enjoy the reception as an honored guest.

Kevin and his siblings are so close, too. They are all such great friends.

Lexie and Mike

Formal Fall Fabulousness

At the risk of sounding cliche, I must say that Lexie and Mike’s wedding was a total fairy tale! It’s never easy being a wedding photographer, but the job is certainly made easier when perfect moments just seem to fall into my lap. That’s how I felt on this day…one beautiful image after another. And a fabulous party. Even the B&G’s parents’ friends were dancing in the aisles and on the tables!


The girls got to pick out their own shoes which added some flair and let them walk down the aisle and dance all night in comfort!

The dashing groom.

David and I both shot in this nice little area behind St. Mary’s, it is private, yet yields lots of possibilties.

Lexie’s godfather chauffeured them around town in the rumble seat of his vintage Ford Model A. I added to the spectacle by shooting through the sunroof of my car while David drove!

This must be some sort of joke…

The sweetheart table at the Westin, in their really beautiful ballroom.

Can he fly a jet as well as he can dance?

Double dutch jump rope!

The aforementioned dancing on tables!

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Becky and Chris’ Engagement

Becky and Chris showed me around their beautiful neighborhood in Cambridge on a gorgeous fall day. They just love living over on the Eastern Shore, and I can see why! It’s just so serene. I love the colors of the landscape and the open spaces. Their wedding is June 27, 2009 at Clear View Country Club. We can’t wait!

This is the dock where Chris popped the question to Becky!

I love Christ Church in Cambridge, but there’s never enough time to explore the grounds on the wedding day!

I noticed the sidewalk covered with gold leaves in front of the church when I drove by on the way to meet Becky and Chris. We caught the last light of the day and the last foliage of the season.


Sally - HI Amy
Loved this whole blog. YOur pics of the weddings are incredible and your studio looks terrifc. Wish I’d had the time to go and see it last weekend–
for sure next time. Talk soon!
March 8, 2009 – 9:03 PM