brooksby farm bridal portraits!

Guys! Bridal portraits are a thing! There is a long standing southern tradition which actually originated in Europe from the times before wedding photographers even extisted. In order to commemorate this special time the bride would go to a studio and have a painting or a photograph made of her in her gown and the photo would be prominently displayed in their families homes. Over the years it has evolved away from the seated studio portrait to a more natural photo shoot that not only shows off her beauty but her personality as well. Brides can use this day as a practice run for hair and makeup and to get comfortable in front of the lens before the big day. I also love that we can have a relaxed, fun photo shoot all about the bride without the nerves and time constraints of a wedding day. Plus, why only wear your dress once when you can wear it twice??

I’m so glad that that my bride Kassandra brought that North Carolina tradition up north with her! We got to spend time at Brooksby Farm where she was later married to test drive that beautiful dress of hers! We had a blast exploring the property and Kassi rocked it in front of the camera. We couldn’t have done it without her lovely, helpful and very funny friends who came along to help us wrangle that dress. All in all it was such a great experience and the resulting collection of photographs are way beyond what is able to be captured on a wedding day. I’m anything but traditional when it comes to most things but I think this is one tradition that I’d like to see more of! 

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wellesley botanic greenhouse engagement - Allison + Michael!

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I’m so excited to share my favorite photographs from Allison + Michael’s engagement session at the Wellesley College Botanic Greenhouses. As a nature lover, this place was more than I could have asked for and since it was kind of a last minute suggestion I was thrilled that Allison + Michael liked it just as much as I did. I absolutely loved having these two in front of my camera and I can’t wait to capture their vintage, rustic springtime wedding next year at the Barn at Gibbet Hill! 

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harvard faculty club wedding - meg + nick!

It was a mild, sunny mid-summer’s day at Harvard University’s Faculty Club, a beautiful setting for Meg + Nick to say I do. Another Saturday night at Jay Gatsby’s house, as Meg put it. Wedding’s can sometime feel a bit hectic, but not this day. It was a day where everything fell into place nicely and felt kind of like going home after a long day.

She loves his sense of humor, intelligence, ambition, adventurousness and his secret soft side. He loves her creativity, wittiness, intelligence, independence and love of terrible puns. They are best friends, partners in crime and so perfect for each other.

Meg + Nick, thank you again for trusting me to preserve the memory of this day, it was an honor!

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Venue: Harvard Faculty Club | Hair + Makeup: Katie Cavic Hair Design | Floral Design: Laura Jean Floral & Event Design  | Cake: Party Favors | Officiant: Corrine Perkins | DJ: Tom Boates

crane beach engagement session - becky + ned!

It had been way too long since I’d done a beach engagement session so when Becky told me she had to have photos taken on the beach I was so down! Late summer beach sunsets are like magic to me and we were very lucky to witness one of the best I’ve seen all year, add to that a super awesome couple and my brandy new Nikon D750 and the photos practically took themselves! Oh New England, you sure are pretty sometimes.


anniversary photo shoot - claire + kevin!

Last week Claire, Kevin and I got together to celebrate their upcoming anniversary (which happens to be today!) with a mini photo shoot and dinner at their amazing wedding venue, CAV in Providence (if you haven’t eaten there yet you don’t know what you’re missing!). These two have become good friends of mine over the last year and they’ve even both assisted me at a few weddings! I’m lucky to have stayed in touch with them and a handful of couples after their weddings but definitely not enough of you! So I’ve decided that after having so much fun with Claire + Kevin that this was definitely a service I needed to offer. So if your anniversary is coming up (or you just feel like it!) and you’d like to catch up over dinner and/or drinks and have a mini photo shoot please give me a shout! I’d love to see you! xo

we have fun. :-)

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Sara is a wedding and portrait photographer with roots in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and California and is available for worldwide travel.