On a chilly day in October, Matthew and Colleen had very different mornings planned. Colleen had a very typical bridal morning scheduled: hair, makeup, the dress… you get the idea. Matt on the other hand, had a very detailed map and directions (prepared by Colleen, of course!) as to how to prepare their ceremony and reception site at Bear Brook State Park. I spent the morning photographing Colleen, while Elissa was busy catching the setup of the woodsy site in Allenstown, New Hampshire. When I arrived at the site to help Elissa get ready for the ceremony, I could not believe the transformation - what was once a public camping site had been transformed into a vintage, rustic wonderland: a true testament to Colleen's sense of style and creativity, and of course, Matt's hard work.
Every single detail of Colleen and Matt's wedding was meticulously planned and hand-designed by Colleen. The couple spent months collecting vintage China and broaches for Colleen's gorgeous (and heavy!) bouquet. Colleen created her own beautiful veil, which trailed behind her effortlessly as she walked down the pine-needle coated aisle. The guest list was small: a group of Matt and Colleen's closest friends and family. The feel: cozy. Guests waited for the bride and groom to arrive while cuddled around the expansive outdoor fireplace, sipping on coffee and laughing in tight circles of love and each greeted Colleen and Matthew after the ceremony with a warm embrace. The result? A stunning, intimate affair that was a photographer's dream.
One of my favorite moments from the day was our quick jaunt down the road to capture some formal pictures of the couple. Matt and Colleen opted not to have a traditional bridal party, so Elissa and I had more time to get some lovey pictures of the newlyweds in the beautiful last days of brilliant fall color. I couldn't get over the natural love that these two so naturally exuded. Thank you, Mr. and Mrs. Anderson for including Rosy Hue Photography in your beautiful day.
This past September, my sister Lindsay and I had the honor of photographing Amanda and Michael's wedding. Amanda was the sister of Garrett (whose wedding I photographed the year before and will be blogged soon too!), and I was so excited to reunite with this amazing family for another celebration! I met the crew at a gorgeous lake house where both parties were separated into various sections of the expansive estate. Lindsay and I teamed up to capture the girls and the guys simultaneously, leaving time for lots of detail shots of Amanda's beautiful dress and rings. We followed the wedding party to the ceremony and reception site at Monadnock Berries in Troy, New Hampshire for Amanda and Michael's beautiful early-evening wedding. They recited their vows under pink skies, and soon were pronounced husband and wife! Lindsay and I ran around the orchard finding the perfect spots to capture some formal pictures of their friends and families, but perhaps my favorite moments of the day were the few minutes we had capturing some intimate, quiet moments with the gorgeous newlyweds. We had a blast with this crew at the reception - their DJs were amazing and kept the dance floor hopping all night long (which clearly leads to some great photo ops for these lucky photographers)! Thank you Amanda and Michael, for including us in your absolutely gorgeous day - your love was a blessing for us to witness and capture.
Okay, okay… I know what you're thinking: Gosh, this girl posted a blog entry? Are pigs flying? Actually, it's my RHP New Year's Resolution to get better at posting sessions and previews more frequently. If you haven't noticed, we have a hopping Facebook page that tends to get all of the attention, while this poor blog is more like the "middle child" of the business.
I hope you'll enjoy checking out our first newsletter… celebrating just a few of our fabulous clients from 2013, offering some winter specials to warm you up during this record cold snap, and illustrating some great fashion tips for your next session. Let me know what you think about the newsletter in our comments below.
Cheers to a new year filled with more love, more color and more fantastic and photogenic memories!
The most important thing is to enjoy your life - to be happy - it's all that matters. ~Audrey Hepburn