A Stunning September Willowdale Estate Wedding

I’m absolutely going to bookmark this blog post so that when it’s the middle of winter and the sun is nowhere to be seen, I can be taken back to the warmth and joy found in abundance at A & N’s beautiful Willowdale Estate wedding!

I mean it when I say that every wedding I photograph is memorable, but when I meet a couple who smiles with their eyes and laughs together simply by exchanging a glance, it’s just such a rush to be a wedding photographer. Add to that my favorite venue on the North Shore, Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA (the stonework and wood carvings are a dream), and you have a wedding that I’d love to photograph again and again! Be sure to scroll down to the sunset photos and the twilight hour ones- I can’t get enough of  those twilight-blue skies and café lights.

Wishing you both a lifetime of love and happiness, A & N. It was such an honor photographing your sunny and heartfelt wedding celebration!

Immediately after the wedding, I get ready for the “Hugging Challenge!” to see how many hugs I can catch of the couple getting those first, emotion-filled, hugs from close family and friends. It’s so exhilarating because they’re happening like fireworks all around me!

  

 

Fab Vendor Team:

Venue: Willowdale Estate, https://www.willowdaleestate.com

Photography: Salty Raven Studio & Event Photography, https://www.saltyraven.com

Make-up and Hair: Pro Radiance Artistry, http://www.proradianceartistry.com

Cake: The Danish Pastry House, https://www.danishpastryhouse.com

Flowers: The bride!!! (the centerpieces were incredible!)

Dress and Tux: Maggie Sottero Noelle wedding dress, Hayley Paige bridesmaid dresses, and Black Tux for the groomsmen suits

DJ: E.C.F. Entertainment, http://www.ecfentertainment.com

Transportation: Michael’s Limousine Company, https://www.michaelslimousine.com

 

A Proposal in Rockport, MA!

| Boston and North Shore Proposal Photography |

“What are you waiting for?” a tourist asked, approaching me and my giant camera lens.
“Oh, nothing- I just love photographing birds!” I laughed…

Well, that wasn’t quite true, and I don’t think I’ve felt before-session jitters like this for years. I had to keep reminding myself that the person who hired me to photograph the moment when he proposed to his girlfriend was likely far more nervous.

The setting was scenic Rockport, MA just before sunset, and I stationed myself in the parking area at Bearskin Neck and waited for what felt like forever. I do love birds (hence the name Salty Raven), but when I could sense (and hear!) the couple only feet away from me, it was SO hard not to look!!!

Here are a few of my favorites from just after he spilled the beans on my presence. They were absolutely glowing!

And here is THE moment!

But before that, there were lots and lots of photos of boats and birds and dogs as I tried my hardest not to look out of place…

And here’s the gull I was SUPER focused on while they were just feet away from me!!!

Finally they started out on the walk, and I loved the suggestive message of this sign. Choosing a partner to share life’s adventures with really can feel risky at times, but when you “just know,” you go for it.

They stopped walking, and I looked for something to photograph lest she turn around and notice me and my camera. More gulls and more boats!

I’ll stop narrating now because at this point it became all about them and the moment. 🙂

It was such a pleasure, you two, and many congratulations for this next stop in your adventures together!

Goodnight, Rockport. Until next time…

A Newborn Session with Wonder Woman and Cacti!

| Baby J, Boston Area Newborn Photographer |

Winter weather and a stubborn cold forced us to postpone Baby J’s newborn session twice, but oh, was she worth the wait. I told her parents not to worry- that older babies are often more alert and prone to smiling, two things that are amazing for lifestyle newborn sessions. Baby J proved me right with her bright smile again and again.

Presenting adorable Baby J, Wellesley Class of 2040 (see the last photo) and her glowing moms!

 

 

 

Rain and Art- What Could Be More Romantic?

Date Night in D.C. with M & T!

We laughed, we got drenched, we laughed some more….this date night session with M & T when I was visiting D.C. was so much fun! I loooove bokeh (the soft, circular orbs you see in the background of these umbrella shots), and the wet streets and reflections made the whole scene so dreamy. Never mind that I was dripping- it was worth it, and conditions like these are why professional gear is weather-proofed.

After shaking off, we soaked up some art in perhaps my favorite art museum in D.C.

Thanks so much, M & T for battling horrid traffic and rain to get to our session. I enjoyed meeting you and would love to have Act II in Baltimore the next time I’m down!

Cambridge Newborn Photographer

| Boston and Cambridge Area Lifestyle Newborn Photo Session |

I used to get really nervous about the need to schedule a newborn session during the “window” I’d been told to aim for. What if the family and I couldn’t find a time that worked in the first 4-10 days? What if I came down with a cold forcing me to postpone our session until I was 100%, the winter roads were too icy, or the sleep-deprived parents forgot to tell me baby had even arrived? What if the baby got too old?!?

Over the years I’ve learned that I actually prefer timing newborn sessions for around the 3 week mark, and there is no bad time in the first few months for a newborn session. Because my style is more documentary, I love it when a baby is more alert and is figuring out that legs are for kicking, parents’ faces are amazing, and mobiles….mobiles are like, WOAH.

Here are a few photos from a recent session in Cambridge with sweet Baby J, a little guy who proved that “older” newborns are super interesting to photograph.

A Dumbo Loft Wedding in Brooklyn, NY

Jenny & Ethan's Wedding in the Charming Dumbo Neighborhood!

I enjoy each and every wedding I photograph for Salty Raven. It’s true! I feel fortunate because I seem to attract genuine people who trust me to bottle up the moments, the atmosphere, and the joy of their wedding days in a visual and artistic way. Sometimes though…woah. Sometimes the match is amazing. From the very first Skype date with Jenny & Ethan, I was swooning because they had so many “couple qualities” I adore including:

-Couples whose quick banter keeps me on my toes following the twists and turns of the conversation.

-People who show laughter with their whole faces and talk excitedly with their hands.

-Couples who make each other laugh, laugh, laugh!

Oh, they were the best, and I’m so excited to share their wedding photos from The Dumbo Loft in Brooklyn, NY. Their goal was to bring together their family and friends into a cozy space in a pocket of Brooklyn that draws you in until you wish you could live there. The cobblestones, archways, river, bridges, fire escapes, people watching…it was all so invigorating. First, I’ll share a few of my favorites of Jenny & Ethan, and then we’ll rewind to enjoy their day as it unfolded. Vendor details can be found below.

Until next time, Brooklyn!

 

Isn’t that DUMBO sculpture above cool? It’s the creation of artist David Crumley, and it’s interactive! You can read more about it here on his website. And now, to rewind. First stop, the apartment where Ethan was getting ready. I met him on his stoop, and we went inside so he could transcribe his vows into a tiny antique book he picked up that morning.

 

 

Vendor Team Details Provided by the Couple:

Photography: Salty Raven Studio & Event Photography

Venue: The Dumbo Loft

Wedding Planning: Emily Canterbury with Whimsy Weddings

Florist: Buds of Brooklyn

Catering: Ryan Brown Catering (I had the spring veggie lasagna, and it was YUMMY!)

Cake artist: Melanie at Ladybird Bakery

DJ: Mon Amie Events

Dress/tux: Wedding Atelier & SuitSupply

Videographer: The couple’s friend, Allegra Oxborough

Bride’s Hair & Makeup: friend Heather Alexander (former professional hair stylist) and makeup artist MJ Johnson

Olbrich Botanical Gardens Wedding

| Abbey & Natalie in Madison, WI |

Abbey & Natalie’s wedding at Olbrich Botanical Gardens was simply magical- just look at how they glowed! And the gardens! They were like nothing I had ever seen- with every direction you turned, different botanical textures, colors, and patterns would lead your eye to the next gorgeous backdrop. I was absolutely giddy with the options, and because they chose to do a first look (a fabulous choice), we were able to explore the gardens a bit before the ceremony. The day started out *very* wet, but by late afternoon, the skies cleared, and everything was shiny and fresh for the ceremony to be held outside.

Along with the stunning garden setting, I also loved how involved their families and friends were in the wedding.

-That gorgeous ivory dress that Natalie wore with the lace on the top? It was Natalie’s mom’s wedding dress, and Abbey’s mom, a talented seamstress, modified it. Check out the before and after picture to see the remarkable transformation!

-The officiant was Abbey’s father (and he did a fantastic job!).

-The talented make-up artist was a close friend from college, the chauffeur was a brother, the day-of-coordinator was a sister, the DJ was a former roommate and friend….

…and they all knew exactly where to be and when using remarkably thorough Excel spreadsheets that the couple put together. My favorite spreadsheet title was “The Stuff and Who’s In Charge.” I wish I had been half as organized when I planned my own wedding!

Congratulations you two, and thank you so much for choosing Salty Raven to photograph your wedding; I loved getting to know you and your guests, and I hope to return to Madison someday very soon.

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Venue: Olbrich Botanical Gardens in Madison, WI

Caterer: Blue Plate Catering

Cupcakes: Daisy Cafe and Cupcakery

Abbey’s Dress: BHLDN Wedding Dresses, Badgley Mischka

 

Marfa, Texas Destination Wedding

| Sarah & David's Gorgeous West Texas Wedding |

Sarah and David’s wedding in Marfa, Texas was epic in all the best ways. Each detail of the wedding’s southwestern theme showcased the bride’s amazing style. Her dress and shoes especially…wow! Guests enjoyed stunning desert landscapes, a mission church with charming architecture, and the town of Marfa of course- a place rich in art, culture, and plenty of quirks.

I feel so fortunate to have photographed this couple’s destination wedding and see their vision for it come together so beautifully!

 

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Canaan, New York Wedding Celebration!

| Audrey & Eric's Stylish and Relaxed Countryside Celebration in the Rolling Hills |

Audrey & Eric’s marriage was celebrated this fall in a gorgeous setting rich in family history near the Berkshire Mountains, just over the border into New York. With rolling fields, charming farm buildings from the 1800’s, and beautiful meadows of flowers and cattails, this wedding was a dream to photograph. And Audrey’s dress- amazing!!!

Perhaps because they were “officially” married in Cambridge City Hall earlier this year, they were able to enjoy a more relaxed gathering where the focus was on good food and drink, great company, and the beautiful surroundings. Their guests were greeted upon arrival with drinks and appetizers, an hour or so later everyone moved to the shade under a gorgeous tree for a brief ceremony honoring Audrey & Eric’s marriage, and then it was off to their lunch reception at Mario’s Restaurant in New Lebanon. A few guests returned to the farm afterward to play a generations-old family golf game with a tennis ball, dance, and soak up the late afternoon light.

It was a pleasure photographing this lovely celebration for Audrey & Eric!

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