I love when I show up to a wedding already feeling connected to the couple in some way. In Kristen and Tom’s case, I had photographed the wedding of Kristen’s sister, Alyssa, in 2008 (see previous post). So showing up at the hotel to catch some pictures of Kristen getting ready was a bit like catching up with old friends. Their wedding took place at Harrington Farm in Princeton, MA. Both Kristen and Tom were an absolute delight to be around on their wedding day and I had such a blast helping to capture some of their memories.
Of course when I arrived, Kristen was looking radiant!
I always love this moment of the day. As my wife, Amanda, joked, “It takes a village to make a bride!” In some ways she’s right. The bridesmaids work together to help make the day perfect for their friend… and they take so much pleasure in the look of happiness on her face.
I thought these two portraits just perfectly captured the energy of these two.
I was joined by my friend Doug Levy who served as an excellent second shooter. He nabbed this detail as I was taking a portrait of Kristen.
To any prospective brides who are on the fence about the merits of a second shooter at your wedding: these images are a perfect example of why it is such a great addition. To me – having a talented shooter along to help out like Doug allows either your main photographer or the second shooter to move more freely and to focus on moments like this. These shots were taken by Doug again as I took the portrait above. Now, mind you, it doesn’t hurt that you couldn’t get Kristen to NOT smile!
So I wanted to share a quick portrait of the sisters…. Kristen and Alyssa
And, better yet, the angle that Doug grabbed as we were joking around while taking the portrait above.
We took about five minutes to grab a few quick moments before packing into the cars and heading to Harrington Farms for the ceremony. These were two of my favorites.
As we pulled up to Harrington Farms – this was the sunset!
Not a bad day to get married – eh?
Kristen got ready in the old small colonial house attached to Harrington Farms. Here Kristen prepares herself for the ceremony just before heading downstairs.
Certainly a beautiful spot for an intimate wedding.
Doug grabbed this great shot.
The first dance:
One from Doug:
After dinner, we headed outside to the front porch of the old colonial house. Kristen and Tom stole a few moments of personal time to simply enjoy their newlywed status.
Again, relaxing before heading back to the dance floor.
I thought this was fitting end to the evening. Flying off into the night!
Be sure to check out the slideshow for more! (Double click if it doesn’t play)
Thanks so much to Kristen and Tom for allowing me to share in the day and capture these great memories! Also, special thanks to Doug Levy for pinch hitting (like the baseball reference Doug?)!