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Monday, October 16, 2017
By Dragonfly Photography
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Flashback to one of my favorite winter weddings!! Brenna and Greg got married on a cold but sunny winter day in January. This couple is extremely special to me because my sister, Taylor, has been close friends with the bride, Brenna, ever since the 5th grade. In many ways I have watched them both grow-up and have also grown up with them! So to see Brenna get married to a outstanding guy like Greg, it’s really very special for me. Woohoo to the happy couple!

Brenna and Greg’s love story started with an introduction through friends by accident. Brenna was with friends at a Southie eatery while Greg came running by (he was training for Ranger Camp) and knew the ladies she was having brunch with. They instantly hit it off and thought one another was cute. It wasn’t until a few months later that they connected and began a friendly relationship; connecting and chatting through facebook and skype while Greg was deployed.

I loved the story Brenna shared with me about how she knew Greg was the one for her –  “One night, we had gone out in the city and for no reason at all, I made the cab stop a few blocks before my apartment. As soon as we got out, the skies opened and it began to pour! We were instantly soaked. He laughed so hard and we ran towards my apartment and I remember thinking that he really gets a kick out of life and that I loved that about him.”

Their wedding was beautiful and it was an honor to be there to capture their memories forever! It’s really wonderful to view the photos and relive this very special day again.  Congrats to Brenna & Greg!

The fabulous Vendors (along with personal notes from the bride)
Venue: Black Swan Country Club
Church: Immaculate Conception Church, Newburyport Mass
Flowers: Anastasia’s Flowers on Main, Byfield Mass. We had a mix of calla lilies and winter greens. I wanted very understated arrangements and they did a wonderful job!
Hair: Maria Stathoulis of Chroma Hair Studio, Wakefield Ma. Maria cuts my hair regularly and she totally “gets it”. Knew exactly how styled my hair should be in regards to my dress and overall look. When we were struggling with securing my veil without changing my hairstyle, Maria did an on the spot craft and broke a barrette and turned it into an oversized hair pin instead! It was beautiful and the perfect solution!
Make up: Virginia Franklin
Music: Dan Sky – Dan was amazing! He did a great job reading the crowd and he sang during dinner which everyone really loved. One of my guests thought that he was lip synching – that’s how good he sounds!
Dress: Oleg Cassini purchased at Tulle Bridal in Andover. Since Greg is in the military I was able to participate in the Brides Across America Program that Heidi Janson, owner of Tulle Bridal, founded. I did not receive a free dress, but Heidi was so generous with a military discount
Seamstress/Tailor for dress: Deby Ryan of Deby’s Sewing Service in Georgetown, Mass. Deby was so wonderful to work with – I highly recommend her! My dress was very intricate and she was able to make major alterations to it (changed the neckline and dropped it over 5 sizes) while maintaining the beautiful design and style. She understood my concerns even when I couldn’t quite articulate them and made the slightest adjustments that had huge impact! Her studio was warm and inviting and made a nerve wracking process much more enjoyable!
Bridesmaid Dresses: Eliza J designer purchased through Nordstrom’s. They were all different patterns but similar styles and all metallic colors. I loved them all and it was wonderful to highlight such a unique group of women in their own style. I was so lucky to have such wonderful bridesmaids!
Tux: The groom and the groomsmen wore handsome charcoal suits by Ralph Lauren
Planner: Gina Dimopolous from Black Swan – she was so patient and accommodating. I felt like she really understood what mattered to me and was confident with her in the lead.
Transportation: Salter Transportation, Newburyport Mass – these guys were amazing! Two school buses – awesome customer service. Lee Lamkin made it a seamless process and I felt so confident.

Visit Dragonflyshots.com to learn more about my photography!

Have a great evening,

Rachael!

 
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
By Dragonfly Photography
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Adrian and Katie are near and dear to my heart. Neal (aka my husband) and I meet these two in Costa Rica while on our honeymoon. We were at this little resort called Encantada Costa Rica with only 7 rooms and were so happy to have another awesome couple to hang out with. It was a special time for them too since Adrian just proposed! The fact that we were from the same area made us bond even more. When we were back home and they reached out to me to be their wedding photographer I was more then moved. These two had such a classy wedding full of love, family and fun! If you know me you know how much I love dogs... so having Sophie (their doggie) be in the wedding was amazing! We got some amazing shots of Katie and Sophie with a retro woody station wagon! This wedding from beginning to end was truly breathtaking. The love Katie and Adrian have for each other is undeniable. It was such a fun wedding and we were so happy to be a part of it! Cheers to the couple!

Vendor information:

Venue: Hyannis Yacht Club

Cake: Homemade by Family

Flowers: Carol McKay Flowers on Cape Cod

Dj/Band: Cover Story Entertainment

Videographer: JF3 Productions

Hair and Makeup: Bre Welch/ Jessica Facendola

Ceremony officiant: Patricia Persico  (very close family friend who will also be attending the wedding)

Grooms Attire: Mens Wearhouse

Favors: Koozies and Candy table

invitations: Minted.com

Planner: Katie Aunt Dorene Hunt and the event planner at the YC Kati

 
Thursday, October 05, 2017
By Dragonfly Photography
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Emily and Jeff were such a fun loving couple! They got married at one of my favorite churches in Massachusetts, St. John's in Clinton.  Then continued the celebration to Nashoba Valley Winery. This place is amazing if you haven't been, grab a few friends and spend an afternoon here! What amazing backdrops for photos! These two had a little bit of rain on their wedding but they didn't let that stop them from having fun and taking photos outdoors! We got some adorable photos with white umbrellas in the vineyard. Plus rain on your wedding day is good luck! :) I wish these two so  much love and luck in life as they start their journey as husband and wife.

 

Vendor info:
Church: St. John’s Clinton

Cake: Bean Counter
Flowers: Danielson’s
Dj/Band: Ken Drew
Wedding  and Bridesmaid Dresses: Marry and Tux Bridal, Nashua, NH
Grooms Attire: GenerationTux.com
Invitations: minted.com
Photographer: Dragonfly Photography

Reception venue: Nashoba Valley Winery

 

 

 

 
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
By Dragonfly Photography
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Gina and Tom's wedding was small and intimate. It was at the gorgeous Mountain View Grand Hotel. The amount of history this resort had to offer was astounding! Everywhere you turned was a unique space and of course I wanted to take the couples shots in every nook and cranny. Now, I have been taking wedding photos for 11 years and this was the first wedding that went from sunshine at the beginning of their vows to a complete downpour and a frantic run down the aisle (which I got my favorite photos ever). These two were so happy to be together. Their ceremony was full of so much love and emotions. They had wonderful friends and family to celebrate their nuptials with. When a wedding has a rainbow, you know its a special connection.  I was honored to document this very important day in their lives. Wishing these two so much love and luck in life.

 

Vendors info: 

Venue: Mountain View Grand Hotel

Flowers:  Riffs Flowers, Lancaster NH

Photographer: Dragonfly Photography

 

 
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
By Dragonfly Photography
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I had the honor of being part of Sarah and Scott’s 10-year vow renewal ceremony last September. Sarah happens to be sisters of one of my dear friends and clients, so when she called and asked me to photograph her vow renewal with Scott, I was more than touched. They had a small and intimate ceremony in their family church in Salem, NH. We then headed to Portsmouth, where we had a blast walking around the city, taking some creative and sun-filled shots.

It was so great to celebrate this couple’s anniversary, with 10 years of loving memories and two beautiful girls later. Sarah and Scott have grown in even deeper love and I couldn’t be happier for them. The bride wore a strapless, lace, tea length dress that highlighted her colorful tattoos that photographed beautifully. Congratulations to Sarah and Scott, Here’s to another 10 more years!