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I'm Rachel (on the right) and that's my sister, Abbie. Together we photograph beautiful stories of life and love. We have 20+ years of experience working together (as proven by that photo on the left) and our talents have included room sharing, friendship bracelet selling, and being sorta-kinda obsessed with weddings from a young age. {We may or may not have had subscribtions to the magazines Bride and Modern Bride in the late 90's...} I have been documenting life with my camera for over a decade and Abbie and I have been shooting together since 2010. I hope you want us to help tell your story. Please like us on Facebook to see more of the amazing and beautiful love stories we have had the honor of photographing.

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March 19th, 2014

Eric and Kayla‘s wedding day fell on a gorgeous day late in June.
The sun was shining brightly and I can’t imagine a more beautiful day to exchange “I do’s”.

Kayla and Eric have been sweethearts for many many years. They are perfect together.

Kayla, you were such a gorgeous bride!
Never have I seen your smile look more beautiful… You were absolutely glowing.
You were the center of every room you were in but sweet and precious enough not to notice.
You were the image of perfection and I am so happy you chose me to help tell this beautiful part of your story!

I love the first look Kayla decided to do with her dad in the yard of the house where she grew up – how sweet is that?!

Thank you again, Eric and Kayla! Your wedding was the absolute perfect reflection of who you are together!

Lots of love and wishes for many years of happiness!
xo!

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February 23rd, 2014

I have been going through all of my shoots from 2013, sorting and choosing which images to blog.

As I went through Craig and Brittany’s engagement session from over the summer, I found  myself dreaming of and wishing for those warm days, breezy nights, salty air, and those warm golden colors of the sky and air.

I love the way the bright colors play off the sunset and I love that the ocean makes the most effortlessly beautiful backdrop for genuine love.

I am so excited about shooting Craig and Brittany’s wedding day this June!

Brittany – you are so adorable and photogenic! I seriously don’t think it’s possible for you to take a bad photo!
And Craig – the way you look at her, hold her, kiss her…You guys were just meant to be.

You both are the sweetest/most beautiful and I consider myself SO LUCKY to be the one getting to photograph and help tell your story.

I hope these photos bring some warmth and sunshine to your day.

xo!

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February 6th, 2014

What better way to spend a snow day than reminiscing about the beautiful summer we enjoyed this past year?
As I was going through this beautiful wedding trying to decide what images to use for this blog, I was overwhelmed at the goodness that is my job.
I can’t think of anything better than meeting amazing couples and getting to document their unique love stories.
Now just imagine a wedding combining all of the best things…
Adorable cabins in the woods, amazing views of a beautiful lake… and SO much love being shared between the closest of friends and family.
Have you seen Moonrise Kingdom and how adorable and beautiful it is?
Imagine that and combine it with the sweetness that is Laura + Purujit, and well, it was pretty much the best day ever.

I am so thankful that as I look back at these photos, I don’t just see pictures of clients whose wedding I photographed.
I see photos of my friends and I think about how thankful I am that I got to be a part of such a special day in their life.
It was magical and beyond lovely in every way and now I sure am missing summer….
Love to you Laura and Purujit!
I know that life will bring us together again one day in the future <3

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Coordinator:  Angela Poulin – White Jasmine Weddings http://www.whitejasmineweddingsnh.com/
DJ and Photo Booth:  Shannon Bushey, Digital DJ  http://www.sbdigitaldj.com/
Venue:  Loch Lyme Lodge  http://www.lochlymelodge.com/
Cupcakes / pies:  http://www.worldcupcakes2014.com/
Tent and rentals:  Abbott Rental  http://www.abbottrental.com/
Flowers and decor – The super talented bride (!)

 

September 4th, 2013

Just a little peek at what I’ve been sending off to brides and grooms lately…
I ordered these fantastic bamboo USB drives with my new logo engraved on them and so far they have been a big hit!
One of these custom USB drives will be included in all 2014 wedding packages…
Booking now!

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August 12th, 2013

Dan and Caroline have been dear friends of my sister Abbie and her husband Nick for quite some time.
They are adorable and sweet and one of the best looking couples I have ever seen, hands down.
I am pretty sure if they are ever looking for new career paths they could look in to some modeling for J. Crew or something ;]

Dan happens to be an amazing artist (and takes some pretty amazing Instagram photos!)
and I’m not going to lie – for some reason that made me a little more nervous to shoot these photos than I normally would be!
Not to mention these guys have a super talented photographer sister-in-law…
So I mean… Like I said, nervous ;]

OF COURSE Dan and Caroline, you could not be sweeter or more easy-going.
I loved every second of our shoot – even though it didn’t last very long and even though we had to deal with the “shoe incident”… May they rest in peace ;]

We didn’t have long to shoot these photos as we were chasing the light just before sunset.
We decided not to travel too far so we took Dan and Caroline to one of my favorite spots in Newmarket -
the conservation land! It was a little hot and buggy – but these two are troopers :]

Thank you guys SO much for letting me capture this special time – such a sweet part of your story.
I am so excited to meet Caleb and Lyla in the very near future!
I have a feeling those are going to be two pretty good looking kids. I am already looking forward to the newborn shoot! :]

We love all four of you and look forward to photographing lots more of your story in the future…

xoxo!

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July 26th, 2013

Pete and Emily came all the way from San Diego for an amazingly gorgeous New England wedding the first weekend in July.
While they were here, we met up for an engagement session a few days before the wedding at one of my favorite spots – Odiorne State Park in Rye.

Pete and Emily have been together for many years – many of those years separated by miles and miles as they endured the hardships of a long distance relationship.
Their hard work and sacrifices must have been worth it – I’ve never seen two people more in love or excited to get married :]

Emily has the warmest smile and the kindest heart. I knew I wanted to photograph her wedding from the moment I met her.
Her eyes just  lit up when she talked about Pete and their life together.
These are two people that are meant to be together and it’s such a beautiful thing to see.
Pete is one of those guys that makes me smile because he’s definitely one of the “good ones”.
I love the way he looks at Emily and it just seems as though all is right in the world.

I love this couple… I am so thankful they chose me to help tell their story.

{Stay tuned…. Pete and Emily’s GORGEOUS wedding will be blogged soon!}

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July 24th, 2013

Joe and Christina’s wedding took place over Memorial day weekend.
The entire day was the most perfect blend of stunning and sweet.
Christina had every detail planned perfectly… This girl has some serious style and knew what she wanted her wedding to look like.

There were vintage jars and vases everywhere… Gorgeous milk glass and antique bottles…
There were seashells and sand dollars… and there were flowers.
Oh, the flowers.
The most beautiful blend of pinks and peaches and creams… These had to have been some of the most stunning flowers I’ve ever seen. The ladies at York Flower Shop did an absolutely spectacular job!

We all woke up to a dark grey sky and falling rain. I must admit that I’m partial to rainy day weddings – they offer certain moods and shadows you just can’t get on a perfectly sunny day.
Christina and her girls got ready at the York Harbor Inn (which is also where the reception took place) and the whole place is just so charming.
Laura (of Acorn Salon) took care of the hair.
Christina is super bride and did her own makeup (one of my favorite photos is the one of Christina and her mom doing their makeup at the same time), and then together all of these girls were taken over to the church (in the rain, no less).
There, Joe greeted his bride with the sweetest smile.
The service was both beautiful and moving ~ I loved the big smiles of Mr. and Mrs. as they walked out of the church as newlyweds!

After the service, the sun came out just long enough for us to get some photos in the beautiful garden area across from the Inn.
The afternoon continued with dancing, laughing, and plenty of dessert!
Christina had planned the most beautiful dessert table for such a special day…
And that INCREDIBLE cake is by Wild Orchid Bakery.
There were even old family recipes used from both Joe’s and Christina’s sides! So cool!

The entire day was absolutely breathtaking. These two are so clearly in love and it was so beautiful to see them surrounded by so many friends and family members that love and support and think the world of this amazing couple.

Enough from me. I have a lot to show you ;]

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Congratulations, Joe and Christina! <3

June 13th, 2013

I met Kristyn through work a few years ago.
She is vibrant, beautiful, and always has a smile on her face. She is animated and so fun to be around.
When I first met Brandon, I knew right away that these two were so in love. You know how there are some couples where you can just tell those things?
They’re definitely one of those couples – so cute and adorable and oh-so-in-love ;]

We met up in York to document their love for one another.
Kristyn told me that she and Brandon just don’t have too many photos together.
I can assure you Kristyn, we fixed that problem! ;]

I told them to “just do their thing” and these two made my job nearly effortless.
They are adorable when they walk together, they are adorable when Brandon kisses Kristyn’s cheek, they are adorable when Brandon makes a funny face and gets Kristyn to laugh.
Are you sensing a pattern here? ;]

Brandon and Kristyn,
You guys are the best! Thank you for making my job so fun and so easy!
{And thank you also for looking like Calvin Klein models, hehe.}
I am so glad that you had me document this beautiful and precious time in your life.
Looking forward to documenting lots more of you two!

Lots of love to you both!
Xo!

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June 12th, 2013

I had the great pleasure of working with Newmarket Mills Yoga last month and I have to say – this is an extraordinary group of women.
Everyone was so lovely and kind and we had such a wonderful, relaxed time during our shoot.

If you are not familiar with the new Mills of Newmarket, you need to check out their site ASAP!
~ Adorable stores, delicious ice cream, a great restaurant, and an unbelievably beautiful yoga studio!
Check out their class schedule to see if there is something for you!
(Abbie and I can’t wait to check out the beginner’s class one day in the very near future!)

To all of you lovely ladies from Mill Yoga ~ thank you SO much! You were so wonderful to work with and I enjoyed myself immensely.
Even if I had never been interested in yoga before – you all would have convinced me ;]

Each of you has such beauty and strength and it is just so inspiring! It was a joy/privilege to document that in each of you.

Looking forward to seeing you again in the future!

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May 22nd, 2013

Yay! I finally get to share another shoot of the most precious little family – the Tolleys!
This time around I am SO happy to finally formally introduce brand new miss Lydia Katherine!

Lydia decided that her birthday would be on April 23rd (which I personally think was a fabulous decision on her part… I’m sure Rach agrees!) and she had a head full of beautiful dark hair and the most perfect little nose… seriously! Look at that cute little thing!

Matt and Rachel, it is such an honor to be able to photograph so many different seasons of your life.
I remember photographing Anna when she was barely walking… and now to see her as a big sister seriously could bring tears to my eyes.
Your family is so precious and I am so thankful for all of you.

Anna, you are an amazing big sister!
Your auntie Abbie pointed out to me that you and Lydia have exactly the same difference in age that she and I have.
That fact makes me SO happy because as most people know, Abbie is one of my best friends in the entire world ;]
She is my cheerleader, my secret keeper, and the person I want to talk to when I’ve had a bad day.
I have no doubt in my mind that you and Lydia will be the very best of friends.
Seeing how much you love your little sister is amazing to me… You will be such a wonderful example for her for so many things!

Congratulations to the Tolley family and I wish all the best for you as you embark on the adventure of being a family of four.
I know that you will do such an amazing job and make a lot of people envious (like really, how is a family this good looking?) ;]

Lots of love to each of you!

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