Nora & Ryan’s wedding was my first during Christmas time. Even with cold weather and snow on the ground, I remember this day as fun and warm! They picked their favorites, and here is mine!
This moment stands out to me because at the beginning of the day Nora said the only thing she was nervous about was all the attention. It was awesome to see that she not only got comfortable with all the affection and admiration, but reveled in it when the dancing began!
Nora said, “Some of my favorite photos are the ones in which I can see the excitement that I know we were feeling in the moment. One is Ryan and I sitting in the limo after we just got married! We both look as excited as we felt!”
“Similarly, I love the one of my best friends looking into the limo after the ceremony. The looks on their faces are so them!”
One of my favorite things is seeing couples from previous years on the dance floor at a wedding. It’s always fun to see them again and enjoying each other with all the bustle of their own wedding behind them.
That joy was multiplied by 1,000 when I saw Caitlin & Greg (who had the sweetest most heartfelt Vermont wedding last summer) dancing with their new daughter! Congrats to them and their growing family!
When I asked Emily & Mike to pick their favorite photograph of their newborn baby boy, Emily replied “It is really hard to pick just one!” They looked closely and narrowed it down to two.
This one is my favorite from their shoot. One of the most powerful things about photographing newborns is capturing those first gazes of bonding. It’s an honor to be part of something so fleeting and precious!
Emily writes, “I really like the way that Mike is beaming at the baby in this one, and how the baby is staring back. We were totally exhausted from learning how to care for the baby all day and night, but when you had us sit together like this, it was cozy and relaxing, and we felt like a family.”
“The baby only looked like this for a short time, and we’re really glad to have this and other photos from the session that show him in this wide-eyed, brand-new stage of life. I also like the gentle curve of Mike’s hand around his head; a reminder that he was once small enough to have his head cradled like this!”
When I asked Becky & Matt to choose their favorite photos from their special day, Matt’s response was “Anyone with Becky in them!”—adorable answer! But that didn’t help since Becky looks incredible and happy in hundreds of photos! Becky did pick out her two favorites, but first here is my favorite photo!
Typically when a couple is walking down the aisle I shoot wide so you can see family and friends cheering them on. With Becky and Matt for some reason I just kept my long lens on. Apparently it was so that I could get this photo. While many couples look around as they recess, these two hugged close. I love the giddiness and intimacy I caught at a moment when family and friends could only see their backs.
“I wanted to pick one of my Grandma, since we weren’t really sure if she’d make it to the wedding in the first place, and because she was determined to walk down the aisle without her walker. It meant so much to me that she was there, and I was so proud (and terrified) to watch her in the procession. I love this picture because my brothers look like Secret Service agents and Grandma is just loving the camera!”
“I picked this one of Matt and me because it makes me laugh every time I see it! I remember showing each other our new rings right after we got them, and since the Mass was still going on I kind of figured that no one was paying attention to us. I had no idea that you had captured that moment, so when we were going through our pictures I was so surprised. The expression on his face just cracks me up, and I love it!”
The first photo on my website is of Ashley and PJ so I thought I should share why I love it so much!
My favorite “posed” photos are always a co-creation between the couple and myself.
Something unique about Ashley & PJ’s wedding was that they did not have a formal bridal party. They invited their posse of friends to be in their own clothes and I wanted to capture that; everyone doing their own thing but part of this dynamic ground centered around the couple. I knew Ashley, PJ, and their friends would be up for anything (not all groups of adults will be willing to run around in circles in the grass!) so I offered up the idea.
It turned out to be a blast and everyone said it felt like playing Red Rover. When I see this photo I see not only the mix of stillness vs motion, and everyone’s individuality moving together, but I also remember the breathless smiles and laughter after everyone ran in circles and into each other. Such openness and joy!
Ashley favorite was of their first dance together as husband & wife. She says “It represents our whole community coming together for us and when I first saw it after the wedding it took my breath away. It was a moment that fully captured the feeling of being in that space with everyone together.”
Her groom agrees with his love of the previous photo, but he also added another favorite. “Seeing our first dance with the bestest onlookers, I can hear Nana’s band playing when I see this. I also really love the photo of us jumping, it’s so fun and triumphant!”
I'm so invested in my work that I sometimes worry I sound like I'm taking myself too seriously because I take my work seriously. So Georg of Drawn Stories helped me tell the story of my first wedding in cartoon form! (PS more cartoons on the way, so stay tuned!).
My First Wedding from Maureen Cotton Photography on Vimeo.
It's impossible to speak of the sweetness, quirkiness and fun that filled this amazing wedding day. But luckily I took pictures so I don't have to describe it in words.
Mallory & Andrew's wedding at Inn at the Round Barn, Waitsfield, Vermont from Maureen Cotton Photography on Vimeo.
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