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Mackenzie and Ben’s wedding story! Forest Park Wedding Photography

Well hi again, everyone!

Let’s give it up for one fabulous couple, who just so happen to be newlyweds. Congratulations, Mr. and Mrs. Manley!

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I absolutely loved photographing MacKenzie and Ben’s wedding on 10-8-2017 at First Church of Christ in Longmeadow and Union Station in Northampton.

Even better is there story of how they met and how Ben popped the question. I will let MacKenzie tell the story.

One seasonably warm day in March, my girlfriends and I were out on the town in Manhattan. Because of the wonderful weather, everyone was out and about on one of the most charming pedestrian streets in the whole city. With drinks in hand, my friends and I were approached by a handsome group of men,. After a long evening of imbibing, I exchanged phone numbers with the most charming of the bunch, Ben. After a dozen more dates, including museums, dinners, excursions, and more – the rest was history!

One wet and wintry day in January of 2015, MacKenzie and Ben began their New Year’s resolution on the right foot. They woke up early, made their traditional pre-race breakfast, and laced up their running shoes. With the bride-to-be’s aunts in tow to cheer them on, they headed to Prospect Park in Brooklyn to begin what would be their monthly half marathon. A cold, soggy, and fairly miserable two hours later, MacKenzie and Ben crested the hill that would lead to the last .1 of the race. Who knew that miserable would quickly change to most memorable day of their lives? At first, MacKenzie thought, “Wow, how nice! My friend Meg came to cheer me on and she even made a sign!” As she rounded the next bend, she thought, “Holy cow! Kyle came all the way from Harlem to hold a sign that says, ‘Will!’ “Who’s Will,” she thought , “and how come he came all this way to cheer him on?” Soon, she reached yet another of her closest friends, Sophie, who came all the way from Baltimore with a sign reading “You!” MacKenzie was in total shock, but now things were starting to click. As they neared the finish line, MacKenzie’s best friend, Michelle, was waiting for her with the “Marry” sign, cheering them on. As they crossed the finish line, Ben unzipped his running jacket to display his shirt that read the word “Me” on it as he got down on one knee. With more friends and family there at the finish to celebrate this spectacular day, nothing could have been more perfect. Lots of champagne drinking ensued.

We spent a lot of time trying to make our big day feel special and personal in lots of different ways. We felt like this was most obvious during our ceremony. All of our readings were carefully chosen – one from the Bible, one from literature, and one call-and-response blessing where we encouraged all our guests to participate. A longtime friend of ours, who is a trained opera singer, graced us with her singing. We also lined the wall of the church with large photos of our parents and grandparents wedding photos showing generations of love. It was everything we hoped it would be.

Take moments during your big day to stop and just look around. You are surrounded by people who love you. It’s easy to get caught up in all of the goings-on, so look around at your guests enjoying themselves, look at the room that you spent so much time making special, and really try and take in the day. It all goes by so quickly, so you want to remember those little moments!

Make your lists! If there are specific things and moments captured, make sure you let your photographer know. Also, time flies, so it’s better to have your photographer for more hours than you think you need.

My dress was found in a little shop in South Hadley Called Bridal Heirlooms. I was lucky enough to have my mother and grandmother with me. We had visited a number of shops throughout the day, but from the moment I walked out of the dressing and my mother put her hand over her mouth with a gasp, I knew this dress was the one. With a satin, rushed bodice and a elegant lace skirt – the dress took my breath away. My favorite part, however, was the self-belt, lined with crystals and pearls
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Greg was an absolute delight to work with. Throughout the planning process, he was organized, diligent and a great listener. He captured every detail that we requested without us even knowing he was there! From the planned photos, to the candids, each photograph was thoughtful and beautiful.

We planned a first look at a local park prior to the ceremony. While it would have been very special for us to have seen each other for the first time at the church, I am glad we had the extra time for photographs prior to the wedding actually beginning. Because of this, we were able to wind down before the reception began and reminisce about the wedding ceremony along with enjoy a few drinks with our bridal party. It made the day a lot less hectic, so I would recommend this for other brides and grooms.

Have all your bags packed and ready to go and give yourself plenty of time! Greg was great in giving us tips prior to the day beginning. He wanted to photograph the details first so we had everything ready for him. While he was doing that, we finished up our makeup and then let the group shots begin! It was a very smooth process with the help of Greg!
What an incredible wedding story, now let’s see some photos.
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Danielle and Kyle’s Forest Park engagement photography session.

Danielle and Kyle wanted a snowy engagement photography session and mother nature did not disappoint.

Let’s find out more about this wonderful couple.

Kyle and I actually grew up in the same town and attended the same middle school. We were never really friends, but we knew of each other. During my second year of college we ended up having a mutual friend that was eager to introduce us. Kyle agreed to make us dinner before I went back to school from winter break. The night before I left he came over, but decided to bring us to Burger King instead. We hung out that night and then a couple weeks later he requested me on Facebook. He started messaging me and eventually asked for my number.
We were visiting our favorite place to vacation – Wilmington, NC. We vacation here at least once a year and have always found the river walk to be our favorite part. This year we decided to have four of our closest friends join us for the vacation and we planned to go downtown to watch the sunset and go out for a nice dinner afterwards. We all dressed up and decided to go to the other side of the river walk and watch the sunset over the water and the city. After taking tons of pictures, Kyle asked to take one more. He grabbed my hands and started talking. He says he had a whole thing planned out to say, but he got too emotional and couldn’t get any of it out. Kyle dropped down on one knee and asked me to marry him in front of our closest friends. We celebrated afterwards at our favorite restaurant in downtown Wilmington.
What was your immediate thought/reaction when he or she asked for your hand in marriage?
I was beyond excited and could not believe it was actually happened. We had talked about it, but never in detail and I had no idea it was going to happen in that moment.
It was amazing to have our friends there to witness it and celebrate with us afterwards.
Now let’s get to their amazing winter Forest Park engagement photos.
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Springfield engagement session with Felicia and Joe!

We had such a beautiful day for Felicia and Joe’s engagement session. I love the fact that they have been together since they were 14. Let’s find out more about their engagement.

  • We met in 8th grade because we had gym class together. Joe, someone who I had yet to really know, said to me “hey, I really like your hair, did you do something different with it? Did you dye it or something?” And so began our friendship. We started dating the following June, after going to our schools semi-formal together.
  • We’ve been together for 8 years. Our wedding is on our 9 year anniversary.
  • November 29, 2015
  • Neither one of us has ever dated anyone else, so I guess we’ve kind of always known, but as Joe has said “I knew I couldn’t marry you when we were 15, so I had to wait it out”
  • It was the day we had decided to set up our Christmas tree (Christmas is my favorite time of year) my sister had come over to “help us” with it. After getting everything all set up and Christmas-like, Joe said “Felicia, I found one more ornament” and he pulled out a heart shaped ornament that said “Will you marry me?” and inside the ornament was the ring. Joe got on his knee and I started crying and saying yes (before he had even said anything) when he stood back up I was blubbering “but you didn’t even ask” I said so he officially popped the question and I cried more. My sister was there so she could get the whole thing on video for us. A completely perfect and unforgettable moment it was!
  • I was so surprised! I definitely didn’t expect it (that day anyways). I should have known something was up, he made me breakfast in bed that morning haha!
  • The fact that we both cried because of happiness, that’s never happened before!
  • My ring is gorgeous! It’s a diamond with a circle of diamonds around it. The band has diamonds set in it and even the underneath of the main diamond has intricate (princessy) deigns with more diamonds!
  • June 30, 2017

Their engagement session was so much fun I can’t wait for their wedding this summer!

Let’s check out the photos from their session.

 

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I had another very lucky day with the weather. We not only had a little sun peaking through the clouds to warm us up on a cold December day but we still had enough snow on the ground to make for some very pretty backdrops.

No doubt though Forest Park looked a lot different than when I photographed Jamie and Steve’s wedding earlier this year. I have done a lot of wedding photography in Western Mass in the last year but I always enjoy going back to Forest Park. It just has some many interesting locations for a photo shoot.

Amanda and Kevin were such good sports as we did the different portraits and they tried to stay warm.

 

Here is to everyone making 2014 their best year ever!

 

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