Friday, December 21, 2018

behind the scenes of the 2018 wedding season!

There are many hands that go into creating the beauty that's captured in a photo, from the wedding planner who styled the table setting, to the invitation designer who hand sketched the reception venue. 

This post is a celebration of those behind the scenes moments that were captured just a few seconds before that photo you love...

Kicking things off with this shot of Stacey lighting candles in the tent at Meghan and Shaun's Cumberland Museum wedding. She knows how important these little details are!


And speaking of shots you love...


...here's a glimpse into how this beauty from Kristen & Nathan's cottage engagement session was made. Someone's gotta drive the boat and it can't be me! 

Kristen's brother Derek was a pivotal member of this shoot, so much so that we let him in on the bottle of champagne. 


Spotted with two wine glasses and a look of judgement from an onlooker. Can't blame the dude though, that's my husband grabbing me a glass of white during cocktail hour at our friends Britt and Zach's wedding this past June. 

Oh, and can't forget Brittany Lee, my second shooter for the afternoon, switching lenses to capture even more mingling!


Ever wondered who gave me this gorgeous (& tall...) pour for the photo? You can see his name faintly on the place setting and the reflection of his shirt in the bottle too ;)


I like to make Melissa from Makin'It Lovely laugh while she does her work. We're two peas in a pod and LOVE working together!


Two redheads in one photo? Sarah and her very talented wedding planner, Shannon Kennedy, soaking up the gorgeous room at Mill Street before the guests were allowed in:


Fun fact: Katherine was wearing a red ponytail, but it took away from this behind the scenes shot sooooo I made an executive decision. Now you know. 



I was super fascinated with Bridget's use of film as a videographer. It was a totally new experience working with her at Michelle & Mike's wedding! We got along so well <3 


My girl Christine from LaFabère with some last minute sketching before our shoot began:



Power bosses wear black apparently. Elise from TOAST Events and I worked so hard on this wedding and it paid off times a milly. 


A rare shot of video happening in the background. This was a light testing shot before deciding to grab some photos of the girls popping champagne. 


Speaking of video guys, they usually come in pairs! 


"Hey Jess, can you climb this rock and tell me, if you were a bride, is it too steep?"


You would think DJ David Deez was being extra for this photo, but in fact, he's this fun always. 



Holding bouquets and cheering for the newly married Michelle & Patrick, that's Brittany of Frid Events!



Ever wondered how neutral and airy backgrounds are found in a cabin?



So by now you know the story of Brittany's heirloom crown that was worn by two previous generous. Well, what you don't know is what happened just after this photo was taken... 


Tiny children at a nearby park thought Brittany was a REAL princess, and started gathering for a photo with her! She even let the little ones wear the crown for their photo.



Spotted on the dancefloor, Annie from Madison and Ella -- Kevin & Anna's wedding coordinator! 


Sarah Walsh made this crown for a styled shoot with myself and TOAST Events, and I'm 99% sure Elise has contemplated buying it for herself... 



A bit of Hollywood romance in this black and white shot of Kristen & Nathan, where Laura Fenny can be spotted shooting video in the background:


This was an... "after hours" shot. My husband (second from the right) was a groomsmen in our friend Kevin's wedding. I designed these hats on Etsy for Ry to bring along to the bachelor party for Kev, and somehow they surfaced around 1am on the dancefloor.  


Something that I never really realized before now, I am blessed to meet the most amazing clients, but also their team of trusted talent. Being around them makes me more creative and inspired to be better in every facet of the operation. 

Even if you didn't appear in this post, if we worked together in 2018 I am so grateful for your hard work!! xo


On that note, part FIVE of the year in review series brings us right up to the holidays! I'll be taking a little break and coming back to you post-Christmas with the last three instalments of the series. 

I hope you find some time to make some 
extra special memories this year!