Engagement Session at Chase Farm, Rhode Island // Erica + Gary

October is by far the busiest time of year for photographers in New England - and for good reason! Somehow the light seems more golden, and the way it reflects on the changing leaves makes everything look like it’s just on fire. But like in a pretty way and not a destructive way.

Erica and Gary met on Bumble, the best of the dating apps. And also just real quick I just want to give a shout out to how amazing online dating is and how much it’s lost its taboo. Most of my couples have met online! The internet is amazing. Together they share a love for all of my favorite things: Star Wars, Netflix binging, biking, and breweries!

They chose Chase Farm in Lincoln, Rhode Island for their engagement and it was absolutely perfect. Even though it was just a 30 minute session, it was truly a blast. I love interaction and keeping things moving (if you work with me, you will most likely break into a sweat). This session was full of laughs, and full of Erica and Gary’s clear and deep love for eachother. And check out Erica’s riiiing! So unique and pretty!

Engagement Session at East Freetown, Massachusetts

Romance movies are made about people exactly like Mallory and Justin. You’ve heard it before - country boy meets city girl and suddenly both of their lives are turned inside out and upside down. Mallory told me about the first time they met in person after chatting online for awhile. Justin had rolled up rocking some cowboy boots in his lifted, doors-free jeep like the true country man he is. Mallory had NO idea what to think of it but decided to just go for it! They went out to Buttonwood Park in New Bedford, Massachusetts where they talked for hours and hours and hours and hours. Despite the different lifestyles between them, they found a million things in common and Mallory agreed to a second date. A second date in which Justin drove her a mile down a dirt road for a movie night at his house. (I laughed SO hard hearing about this.) Against all odds, Justin still hit it off. And they got a third date. And a hundred more. If any lesson is taught from this, always shamelessly be yourself when dating.

Needless to say, not a single one of these instances phased Mallory and a few years later, Justin joined Mallory on a trip to Orchard Beach in Maine for a family party. This place is so incredibly meaningful to Mallory, with so many summers spent there and so many memories created there. Justin decided it was the most perfect opportunity to propose, forever creating the absolute best memory of the place for Mallory.

Their engagement session took place at Justin’s work! He works as an arborist for Quittacas Water Treatment Plant in East Freetown, Massachusetts. You wouldn’t think that sounds like the prettiest place ever but that’s a damn lie. This place had the most gorgeous, massive trees, streams, lakes, and the most perfect light. This is exactly why I have my couples choose their own locations - they pick something meaningful and usually SO delightfully surprising.

I’m SO excited to have the opportunity to work with these two. They’re the absolute sweetest and I cannot WAAAAIT for their wedding in September this year!

Engagement Session at Gwyn Careg Inn, Connecticut // Kailey + Matt

Sometimes you work with people who are so much like yourself, you spend the entire session all giddy and discovering all the things you have in common. Kailey and Matt have a love for breweries, and will travel hours to get to all the good ones. They love horror and all spooky things. They have an affinity for adventure, hiking, and exploring new places, and even got engaged at Diamond Beach IN ICELAND. These are my people. And I feel so lucky that they found me.

Kailey chose a super special place for their engagement session. In September 2017 I shot an unforgettable wedding here and have been plastering the photos from it everywhere ever since. Gwyn Careg Inn in Connecticut is unlike any other venue I’ve seen in New England. It transports you into a foreign land, feeling like a secret garden somewhere in the countryside of Ireland. Its stone structures and fields of flowers make every angle of this place a haven of natural beauty. I could shoot here all day!

I absolutely loved this session that took place in September (wow I am far behind). I loved getting to know the amazing Kailey and Matt. And even more so, I love that I’ll get to see them again on their wedding day in October, which is going to be PERFECT and can’t come soon enough!

Sakonnet Vineyards, Rhode Island Engagement // Hayley + Ryan

Like so many couples around the world and the majority of my couples, Hayley and Ryan initially connected on a dating site. Honestly, where would we be without the internet?! They bonded over their love of biking, cribbage, walking trails, and wine tastings, which is exactly how Sakonnet Vineyards came into play!

Hayley connected with the staff at Sakonnet Vineyards in Little Compton, Rhode Island and was able to snag a spot for the engagement session during the weekend in September. We were so lucky to have a place with the lushest vegetation, drenched in the late summer light. We walked through the rows of grapes, ran around in some fields, and helped ourselves to some glasses of white wine (not the dog though. Zelda did not partake in the wine).

Some couples grow together to the point where marriage is right, when some have an exact moment where they know they found the one. For Hayley and Ryan, it was the latter. Hayley said that moment was their first date, when they went to see John Wick together at a movie theater in Swansea, Massachusetts. Ryan offered to buy her a slushie and she repeatedly said no, she was all set. Eventually, he got up and told her he was going to the bathroom. When he returned, he had a coke slushie in his hand. For Hayley, this sealed the deal.

They get married next September, at the botanical gardens at Roger Williams Park in Providence, somewhere I’ve been DYING to shoot at! Every detail of her wedding Hayley told me about just got me so excited. It’s going to be such a beautiful day and it can’t come fast enough!

Woodsy Engagement Session in Dublin, New Hampshire // Kelly + Taylor

Sometimes I go into the city for engagement sessions, a lot of times a lively park or beach, the occasional waterfall, lighthouse, or in the couples own home. But I don't think I've ever been in a magical backyard forest, the three of us walking barefoot and feeling the moss squish between our toes while drenched in the most delicious golden light. 

"Walking through moss barefoot should be a form of therapy," Kelly had said. Uhh YUP. Agreed. 100%. This session had me feeling all kinds of alive. Nature is amazing. And Kelly and Taylor blend into it so seamlessly, like woodland fairies that were born in a tree or something. I felt so at home. 

The engagement session took place in Dublin, New Hampshire, at a gorgeous, unique cottage on the lake that has been in Taylor's family for generations called Loon Point. It boasts of such a rich history, with so many black and white photos of crowds being on the property enjoying shows in the outdoor theater. Dublin, New Hampshire had been a safe haven for artists and writers, looking to escape the city for inspiration and quiet. To this day, it still has that vibe of peace and magic. 

Kelly and Taylor met in Key Largo, Florida, while both in different relationships. They both saw something so special in the other, with Kelly feeling a rush of peace while being in Taylor's presence. They encountered eachother a few times over the next couple of years while being in similar circles with similar interests. Finally, the timing came together perfectly. Both single, they met again at a dive bar, and everything fell into place like a fairy tale. 

They meshed perfectly together, sharing a massive love of live music, art, long road trips together, and the outdoors (Waitwaitwait. Are they me?? No wonder I felt so at home.)

Taylor knew without a doubt they were meant to be together. He bought a ring, an opal (!!!!!!!), so unique and perfect for Kelly, and waited for the best time to ask her to marry him. One night they were out together, enjoying some drinks and eachother's company. Kelly got to talking about how she envisioned her future, being married and starting a new life (which, not-so-coincidentally, was their name of the first dance song ) Taylor hooked onto this opportunity, could the moment be anymore perfect? Kelly, so surprised, said "NO!" in disbelief. Timing was TOOO GOOD! But of course, Kelly knew Taylor was her soulmate in every way, and thoroughly agreed to be his wife.