Kate and Phil - Currier Museum Wedding New Hampshire

Kate and Phil - Currier Museum Wedding New Hampshire

Kate and Phil’s wedding let me explore Manchester New Hampshire on what should have been a chilly winter day, but turned out to be one of those rare days in December where you can go coat-free. They also got me to go to a museum, which is no small feat. Although the Currier is a museum I would actually like to go back to - New Hampshire, it has some good stuff! I can’t say enough how lovely it was to have such a relaxed day and night in Kate’s hometown - getting ready at her house, saying hi to the neighbors on her way to the ceremony - it made an incredibly special day even more so.

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Israel/Istanbul

Israel/Istanbul

Keeping it brief since it’s either a picture of food, Dan or a building (or in one case, a building called the Dan) - we finally left Tel Aviv for a day trip to Jerusalem where you guessed it, we ate and I took pictures of Dans. Not willing to go all the way through Istanbul without stopping for a meal (or three), we (I) purposely booked a 7 hour layover for snacking. Don’t you want to be my travel buddy? Whenever I go somewhere I really like I get an almost panic that I don’t know when / if I’ll get to go back and see / eat things again. Hopefully 2019 will be a year of eating new and familiar delicious snacks around the world.

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Tyler and Al - New Jersey Wedding

Tyler and Al - New Jersey Wedding

It seems a little crazy to say that I'd never been to New Jersey, but the trip for Tyler and Al's wedding had great people and delicious strip mall bagels for cheap so I don't see what's not to love! :)  I may be partly joking about the bagels (but not really) but I'm definitely not joking about Tyler and Al and their friends and family making this a fantastic wedding.  Between the church cat (John, naturally), misty rain, and two people filled with love and joy, you can't go wrong.

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Istanbul

Istanbul

The stuff that really made Istanbul great for me was the stuff I didn't know about until I got there.  And that's on top of everything I knew that made me really really want to go there.   But the bal kaymak, the ferries, the fresh fruits, the tiny winding streets.  Those are the things that I'm still thinking about months later. 

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Angela and Mark - Duck Puddle Campground Wedding Photography

Angela and Mark - Duck Puddle Campground Wedding Photography

Everyone planning a Fall wedding is looking for exactly this day.  The maple trees are en fuego, the weather is comfortable without turning freezing at night, and the sunset is long and golden.   When the DJ didn't show up, it could have turned a dream day into a nightmare.  But Mark and Angela and their friends happen to be like a way better, real-life version of Pitch Perfect, if those people also knew how to play instruments.  What could have been a disaster made their wedding incredible, unique and fun.  

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Meli and Jared - Camp Vega Wedding Photography

Meli and Jared - Camp Vega Wedding Photography

If I hadn't already known Meli was a woman after my own heart, I found out for sure when the morning of her wedding, she heard there was a surprise and immediately assumed her dog was making an appearance.  

And that was on top of her planning a wedding and weekend that would have been anyone's dream, including me!

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Amelia and Max - San Francisco and Yosemite Elopement

Amelia and Max - San Francisco and Yosemite Elopement

After every wedding I get to be a part of, I am struck by how amazing it is that I have been let in to such an intimate and special day in peoples' lives.  It's a level of giddyness I'll never get over and gratitude that, despite my best efforts, I never feel that I've properly conveyed to the people who invited me to be there.  

These feelings get magnified times a million when your friends let you be the only person to witness their elopement.  Then times a bajillion that they chose San Francisco and Yosemite as the backdrop.  And they let you make stops for hotdogs and keychains at the national park gift shop?  Pretty unparalleled coolness.

After their ceremony at city hall, we explored the sutro baths before road tripping out to Far Meadow.  In an epically twisty and barf-inducing (but totally worth it) drive, you are rewarded with a cabin and two a-frames set on a mountain meadow.  Getting ready for the wedding consisted of a quick round of Boggle, a complete breakfast, and heading to the car for the drive to Yosemite.  We came across a secluded part of the Merced river, perfect for a private exchange of vows, and then wound our way up to Glacier Point for a hike for views out over the whole valley.  A perfect, whistle-stop NorCal tour.  

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Holly and Austin - Portland Westin Harborview Wedding Photography

Holly and Austin - Portland Westin Harborview Wedding Photography

My job never really feels like a job, but then there are days when I meet the happiest, most at ease people, and I can't believe I get to hang out with them for the whole day, let alone have it be "work".  I knew these fellow Colby alums were going to be cool, and combined with awesome friendors Meghan (B Merry) and Emily (Emily Carter Floral Designs) I knew it was going to look beautiful and be smooth sailing.

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Bree and Peter - Mexico destination wedding photography

Bree and Peter - Mexico destination wedding photography

Anyone planning a destination wedding?  Can I invite myself?  Bree and Peter and their friends and family met up at the El Dorado Royale for a long weekend of Mexican sun, sea and drinks served in hollowed out pineapples (!!!).  Even if pineapple drinks aren't on the table, this is probably the way to do it.  Everyone has already had a bit of vacation and a few drinks/swims by the time the wedding comes around so there are very few nerves or possible frustrations. The result?  You get a laid-back, tropical, pool-jumping party.

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