Best of 2013 Canvas Contest – Year In Review!

I am excited to announce that I’ll be running my annual Best Of The Year wedding photography contest this week!  The couple in the photo that gets the most “likes” will win a 20×30 inch canvas, so please head on over to my Facebook page to cast your vote!

Reflecting on the last year in photography is a great way to start a new year.  As I’m looking back at photos from 2013 (and having an impossible time choosing which ones to enter into the contest), I’m really excited to imagine what 2014 will bring!  I’m looking forward to meeting new couples, photographing new venues, trying out some new ideas, making some big changes, and making new art for the world to see!

And without further fanfare…. here are the 2013 weddings in review!

Cara and Matt got married at The New England Aquarium on a beautiful summer night.  I picked this photo because to me it epitomizes The Aquarium, and what I remember loving about it when I visited as a child – the giant fish tank!  I was thrilled when the fish passed by above Cara and Matt at the top of the frame (things were pretty quiet in there that night!), and was glad we’d taken the time to sneak away and take this photo during cocktail hour!

New England Aquarium WeddingBrenda and Stephen got married in Rockport and wanted to take photos around town to get that “Rockport” feel.  I chose this photo not because it shows off the town (although I took plenty of photos that did!), but because it shows off how happy Brenda and Stephen were.  When I think back to their wedding day, the thing that stands out most to me is Brenda genuinely smiling from ear to ear all day.  Rockport MA wedding photoCaitlin and Dan were both so happy and relaxed on their wedding day.  The weather was amazing, the families were wonderful, the wedding party was super fun, and the ceremony and reception at The Milton Hoosic Club were both fantastic.  It was nearly impossible to pick a favorite, but I chose this one because I love the ring bearer in the front looking back over his shoulder to see what Caitlin and Dan were up to!  I didn’t tell him to do that, which is why I love this photo so much.  I set up what needed to be set up, and the rest took care of itself.  To be honest, this is probably one of my favorite photos from the entire year!Milton Hoosic Club weddingEmily and Dennis got married at Moraine Farm in Beverly on one of the hottest days this summer.  That didn’t stop Emily and Dennis from having a great time.  I snapped this photo right as we were finishing the formals after the ceremony.  I think Emily and Dennis were about ready to go have a drink, but I didn’t want to pass up the beautiful light shining through the trees in the background.  I’m so glad we took the extra five seconds to get this shot – it’s one of my favorites from their wedding!  Moraine Farm wedding

Laura and Steven got married at The Museum of Science in Boston.  Choosing a photo from their wedding was a tough endeavor, since we had so much fun wandering around the museum taking photos prior to the ceremony.  We took photos with the Triceratops fossil, the giant T. Rex, in the math exhibit and in the Theater of Electricity.  I finally chose this one because they look like two big kids having a great time pretending to be astronauts, and it doesn’t get much more fun that that!Boston Museum of Science wedding

Courtney and Danny got married in Providence, and we went to the Providence State House to take photos prior to their ceremony at Gracie’s.   I chose this photo because when I think back to their wedding, this is the photo I most often remember.  We were wandering around the grounds of the State House and I was overwhelmed by how many wonderful opportunities there were for photos.   I set everyone up for this shot and thought “Wow, they look great.”   And then the groomsmen on the left of the frame decided to sort of hang off the side and I thought “Even better!” and snapped this frame.Wedding party Providence State HouseStephanie and Brian got married in Boston in January, but that didn’t stop them from going out to the Public Gardens to take photos.  Stephanie had her grandmother’s fur to wear, but she took it off for a couple photos with Brian.  I chose this photo because I love how connected they look, the bareness of the January trees, the winter light, and the fact that you can’t tell that they’re both totally freezing!Boston Public Gardens weddingKatrina and Brendan’s wedding was almost a wash out!  It poured and poured and poured during the ceremony and for most of reception.  We had to take most of the formals indoors at the country club.  During the reception, the sun came out for a few minutes, and one of Katrina’s bridesmaids came up to me and said “Would you be up for doing some photos outside?”  “YES!!!” I practically screamed.  We ran outside, the sun was out, the light was gorgeous, the grounds were quiet, and everything was perfect.  Seriously – I couldn’t have timed things better – the light was ideal!!!!  How gorgeous is that golden sun peeking through Katrina’s hair?Bride and Groom Noela and Bryan’s wedding at The Sturbridge Host Hotel was almost a wash out too!  There was so much rain.   But, like Katrina and Brendan’s wedding, the sun decided to make an appearance and we were able to sneak off and take some photos!  I really had a hard time narrowing down the photos from Noela and Bryan’s wedding because so much happened – the rain, the bridesmaids with fabulous rain umbrellas, Noela’s cute rain boots, the surprise duet during the reception… I could go on and on.  I ended up choosing this one because I love the people rowing by in the lake behind Noela and Bryan, as though they’re catching a private moment between a groom and his new bride.Sturbridge MA weddingWhen I think back to Kate and Matt’s wedding at Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston, I can’t believe how much happened!  This was one of those weddings where stuff was happening constantly (and not all of it planned).  It was definitely eventful!  Kate and Matt are two of the happiest, most upbeat people ever, and they had a big fun crazy wedding party to match their personalities.  I chose this photo because everyone’s having a grand old time, which is how the entire wedding was!Tower Hill Botanic Garden weddingEmily & Alex got married at the Worcester Art Museum and, once again, it was a tough job to narrow down their photos to just one!  The details they put together were exquisite, the brides were so happy, the museum was spectacular… I just couldn’t choose!  I ended up picking this one because it highlights both the love felt on that day, as well as the architecture of the museum.Worcester Art Museum Same Sex WeddingOne of my favorite moments from this year’s wedding season was getting at email from Deborah asking if it was ok to take a photo of her with her friends and the Battlestar Galactica game.  I had to pick this photo from Deborah and Jeff’s wedding at The Lyman Estate in Waltham because I still smile when I think about it!Waltham Lyman Estate weddingGail and Amandio’s wedding reception was amazingly fun.  Their guests hit the dance floor hard, and when I think of their wedding, what I remember most is Gail and Amandio’s facial expressions up on the chairs while their guests danced and cheered.  Jewish Wedding in Newton MATracie and George got married at The Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation in Waltham on the most wonderful fall day at the peak of foliage season.  Their wedding was full of warmth and happiness and families I’d like to be part of.  I chose this photo because of the colors, because it reminds me of fall (which I keep reminding myself of on these cold winter days), and because it was a great note to end my 2013 wedding season on.Fall foliage wedding Please go ahead and vote for your favorite photo from 2013 on my Facebook page, and stay tuned for more photos in 2014!  I can’t wait to see what’s in store!