Skip and Jenn found each other on a bicycle meet up. On their first ride together they had pulled over and off in the distance spotted two doves. Skip mentioned to Jenn that doves mate for life and they exchanged a smile.
As their relationship continued to grow, they took many more bike trips together and on each consecutive ride for the next year, they saw doves whenever they rode. After moving into their home together, a pair of doves amazingly made a nest in the tree of their back yard.
To say that the universe or fate or something larger was guiding them together, doesn’t seem farfetched.
To celebrate this remarkable symbol of their relationship, they had a local dove farmer bring a pair of doves that they released together. The doves circled the ceremony and then flew home. I truly can’t imagine anything more perfect for this pair.
What a joy to see such love among and amongst them all.
I particularly love these pictures of this community of women coming together around her and the granddaughters delighting in the blossoms.
How wonderful that they found each other.
They truly made this location look completely and uniquely them, if you look back at the getting ready photos, you will notice that her house is decorated in the same shades of green and purple. It makes it feel like they are welcoming their guests into perfectly planned version of their home ready for a party!
Each details was special to them. From the bicycles tastefully repeated to the sand from Plum Island near their home (If you know Jenn, you should ask her to tell you the story about how she surreptitiously snuck this sand past the national park rangers. It’s a great story.)
:Let the party begin!
They kicked off the group dancing with the traditional Greek wedding dance, the Tsamiko. As you will see, this group can dance!
The mother of the bride’s blessing and speech had everyone tearing up.
This is what it’s all about.
The atmosphere was jubilant filled with peels of laughter, but no one was more rapturously happy than the bride and groom.
They danced their first dance to “It’s Your Love” with Tim McGraw and Faith Hill and danced surrounded on the dance floor by their children and grandchildren. It was such a lovely symbol of the family they were melding and creating. Visually it demonstrated the close community that literally and figuratively embraced them in this celebration of their love. It made me think of their processional song. “And all I want is for you to be happy. And take this woman and make you my family.”
“And one to treasure the rest of your days here. And give you pleasure in so many ways, dear.”
“Will you agree to take this man into your world? And now we are as one.”
“And finally you have found someone perfect. And finally you have found yourself.”
As they walk into the sunset, it’s clear that they have found their something perfect.
Congratulations Jenn and Skip!
In September, I had the distinct honor of photographing Jenn Parkos and Skip Libby’s wedding celebration. Their entire day was filled to the brim with love and connection. I’m so happy to share their wedding story with you here.
There was such an energy and excitement from those wonderful nerves of knowing that the day that has been planned and anticipated for so long is in motion. I always find getting ready to be one of the most electric parts of the day and one of my favorite parts of the day.
As Jenn got ready at her home, her best friend and best man was at the site setting up every detail. He called her on his way over to pick her up. They had one of the sweetest wedding day conversation I have heard, as he reminded her of the incredible day to come. This is one of the many ways her community was so visibly encircling and supporting this couple throughout the entire process.
Greeting all those who came to the house, it was a parade of love.
Not only was every detail perfectly conceived and thoughtfully placed, but they were almost all made by the bride and the groom. Skip made these fantastic signs.
The Maudslay Art Center is exactly the type of venue I love photographing. Rustic, outdoors, with a charm and elegance that radiates even when nothing is in place. However, this couple took it to the next level. They literally outfit the entire location down to replanting the coleus that had been eaten by the woodchuck on their wedding morning. With that love and attention the entire site looked even more spectacular.
Brother-in-law and daughter began the ceremony by playing an acoustic version of the Red Hot Chili Pepper’s “Hard to Concentrate.” I teared up just listening to them practice before the ceremony began, but when this was paired with the flower girl walking down the aisle and then Jenn walking with her best friend, Mark, there literally was not a dry eye to be seen. Their version was so much more beautiful than any I could find, but if you like, this song gives a sense of the procession.
This is why we have pictures, because no words adequately describe the emotions of these moments.
Karen, their good friend, officiated the gorgeous ceremony. Speaking not only eloquently, but from the heart, I can only imagine every person in the crowd felt closer to this couple for the ways that this ceremony invited them into the connection between this couple.
The look on their faces says it all. I truly felt so lucky to be witness to the deep, authentic expression of love between these two individuals and their community. Being privy to these intimate and cherished moments is why this job is such an extreme honor.
Of course, a wedding this beautiful couldn’t be captured in just one post. Next week will feature the surprise ending to the ceremony and the vivacious reception.
Exactly a day before her first birthday, Mackenzie and her family joined me in a local park to enjoy the babbling brook and photograph Kenzie as she turned one year old.
They brought this amazing “Mackenzie’s First Birthday” book, that she loved to read. She held the book as if she was reading it to us and pointed to each word. You can tell her mother is an early childhood specialist, because developmentally appropriate or not, it sure looked as if she was trying to tell us the story of her first birthday.
It was such a special time, since it was just one week before she started walking on her own. On that day in September, she was holding on to railings or her very accommodating parents, whose back must have been sore from walking her all around bent over so she could hold on. Kenzie was still learning that she needed to step with her feet, instead of just moving her torso forward to try to walk. But, boy, did she want to move!
Mackenzie loves cars, trucks and buses. So, it’s only natural that her favorite book is the one where when she presses the button the book plays the song, “The Wheels on the Bus”. No matter how many times she pressed it, she still greeted the song with a smile, a laugh, and a clap.
You just can’t help smiling seeing her so happy.
I truly can’t believe how much she has grown (I can only imagine how her parents feel!). It has been the most fun to watch her over the last year and I am so excited to watch her grow into a toddler. I feel so grateful to have been a part of this first special year.
I have felt so lucky to document Mackenzie throughout her entire first year. When her mother asked, I was honored and excited to take family photographs every three months. But truly, I couldn’t have imagined how amazing it would be to be a part of developmental milestones and to watch the bond grow between this new family.
Having taken her one year photographs a couple of weeks ago, I am just astonished to see the growth from six days old to exactly one year. In the next post, I will post more images from her one year photo shoot. However, as I was looking back over the year, I just couldn’t help sharing a few of her images from newborn to twelve months.
We did this shoot at their home, which is where I always like to take newborn photographs.
Everyone is so much more comfortable and I find that it just feels more like this newly formed family when you can capture them in their own space (also, they don’t have to wrap up baby and can relax while we photograph the little one).
She just couldn’t be any sweeter.
At six months, Mackenzie was just starting to push up, but wasn’t yet able to sit unsupported.
She had so much personality and it was so much fun to see her grow! At nine months, we did our first session outside in a garden near their home. She was able to stand up with something to hold on to and loved to clap (especially when her parents would ham it up). My favorite thing about these images are how unique each portrait session truly looks.
The subtle differences in her face, the developmental milestones, each collection of photographs feels like a moment in time. Her personality, which comes through from the very beginning, shows itself in so many ways as she gets older.
What is so clear in every image is the amazing relationship between parents and child. There is nothing I loved more than documenting the indescribable bond they have. I feel so honored to have seen the deep love they have for Kenzie and I only hope that these images help them to remember some of the special parts of this first year.
I can’t wait for next week to show you Mackenzie on her first birthday.