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Wedding at Fruitlands Museum | Lindsay + Mike

It is so exciting to get to start this Tuesday by sharing a fun wedding at Fruitlands Museum with the most beautiful moments that will make you smile.

This past weekend, I had the honor of celebrating with Lindsay and Mike on their wedding day.

The day could not have been more perfect for these two as their family and friends gathered in front of the most amazing views of the Nashua River Valley to be present with them on their wedding day.

Fruitlands Museum is located in Harvard, MA. Any couple looking for an outdoor wedding venue with spectacular views would love the open-airy space.

Lindsay and Mike’s relationship has been filled with memorable moments, and one of those special moments leading to their wedding day was their engagement in Paris.

You get what you give, and they give so much to their family and friends. Words from the ceremony from their sweet friend, Becca, who did an amazing job officiating.

Their family and friends nodded in agreement, smiled, and laughed out loud as the stories told about them and words shared about them were familiar, honest, and genuine.

Smiles as Becca shared that Lindsay loved how thoughtful Mike is.

Laughter as she shared that Mike loved Lindsay’s sense of humor.

Smiles and nods as she shared their love for Scout, their rescue dog, and their love for animals.

Their wedding at Fruitlands Museum is filled with the biggest smiles and happy moments.

The smiles on their faces and the cheering from their loved ones of them celebrating down the aisle after they were married was especially beautiful. Love!!

Lindsay and Mike, it was an honor to be with you and your families on one of the most special days of your life. Getting to see you celebrate, make each other laugh, and enjoy your day was the BEST!! Congratulations!!
xo, Shawon

Here are a few favorites from their day!

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Their niece and nephew absolutely adore them!  Look at those smiles!!Awww!!!

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Shawon Davis is a Boston Wedding Photographer and available for travel.  She is currently booking 2019 weddings for couples who believe in holding on tight to what matters most.  Contact her here.

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Elegant Summer Farm Wedding | Gabrielle + Kunal

It was a beautiful sun filled day for Gabrielle and Kunal’s summer farm wedding day this past weekend.  I’m delighted to share warm moments of their day.

Gabrielle and Kunal met in New York a few years ago at a meetup group. It was a work night, and they had no intentions of staying out til 4am talking and getting to know each other.  They successfully made it through their workdays the following day, and that long night would become the beginning of their relationship.

They were engaged last May and said I do this past weekend on the same day that Gabrielle’s parents were married 34 years ago!

We started the day by keeping the bride and groom from seeing each other during their getting ready times.  

I loved seeing the excitement on Gabrielle’s face when it was time for her to put on her gown.  She was such a lovely bride and her gown was absolutely stunning.

We were successful at keeping them from seeing each other until their first look.  As she walked towards Kunal, she would eventually say his name and the look on his face when he turned around makes me smile as I type.

Kunal has all of the jokes, and to see such a look of happiness all over his face was priceless.

Their ceremony was a traditional Quaker wedding in which songs were sung, readings were given, and a moment of silence was held.

The moment of silence lasted about fifteen minutes or so during the ceremony. It was a time in which their family and friends were able to share special words to the couple. There were fond childhood memories shared about them, and as a couple, and there were many words of encouragement.

Signing their marriage certificate was another special moment of their ceremony. Gabrielle’s sister is an amazing artist! She designed their marriage certificate which was signed by all of their guests. Witnessing their three grandmothers standing to sign their marriage certificate together was also a beautiful moment.

Gabrielle and Kunal, it was an honor to be with you and your families on one of the most special days of your life.  Gabrielle, you have the BEST hugs and Kunal your jokes and photo ideas will always make me laugh. Congratulations, and enjoy your honeymoon!! xo, Shawon

Here are a few favorites from their day!

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Shawon is a Massachusetts Wedding Photographer and available for travel.  The studio is located in Medway, MA. She is currently booking 2019 weddings for couples who believe in holding on tight to what matters most.  Contact her here.

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F. Gilbert Hills State Forest Engagement Photos | Krystine + Jeff

Today, I’m excited to share a sneak peek from Krystine and Jeff’s engagement session photos at F. Gilbert Hills State Forest. Read more about their story, some of the things that they love, and enjoy a few favorites from their F Gilbert Hills State Forest engagement photos.

Raise your hand if you believe that you’ll find love when you’re not looking?!

Well, that is exactly what happened for Krystine and Jeff! Her best friend and his cousin, who are dating, introduced them to each other and they have been inseparable for the last two years!

On one of the coldest days this year on top of Loon Mountain in New Hampshire, Jeff proposed and she said YES!!

Their engagement photos at F. Gilbert Hills State Forest are full of moments that shine a light on their friendship, their loving relationship, and happiness together.

What do they love? Well, they love hiking, enjoying delicious meals together, spending time with their families and hitting the golf course!

I was so excited to finally meet in person last Saturday for their engagement shoot and we had such a fun time together! From the moment I spoke to Krystine on the phone a few months ago, I knew immediately that I’d love to be part of their wedding day.

The light at F. Gilbert Hills State Forest was amazing, to say the least. It’s one of their favorite places to hike, so they were able to lead the way and I just looked for the light. I did not warn them in advance that I sometimes sing behind the camera, tell the best jokes, and have ridiculously funny games to play. I have the best job in the world, and the couples I get to work with make it beyond worth it!!

Krystine and Jeff you are a delight together, and I am so excited for you and look forward to your wedding day next June!! Yay!!

Here are a few favorites from their engagement photos at F. Gilbert Hills State Forest. Feel free to smile and sing 🙂

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Shawon Davis is a Boston Wedding Photographer and available for travel.  She is currently booking 2019 weddings for couples who believe in holding on tight to what matters most.  Contact her here.

 

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Gardens at Elm Bank Spring Wedding | Stacy + Nathan

This past Friday could not have been more perfect for Stacy and Nathan’s Gardens at Elm Bank spring wedding. Although we’ve had an on again, off again New England spring, the gardens were beaming for their day.

Stacy and Nathan are kind, thoughtful, warm, gentle and loving in every way. These words about them are not just my own and what I experienced getting to know them over the last ten or so months but shared with everyone that was with them on their wedding day.

Have you seen the movie “Sabrina?” It’s an oldie but goodie romantic-comedy. I won’t give away any spoilers, but the movie opens with the most beautiful dinner party.

Stacy was inspired to infuse some of the elements into their wedding day and The Gardens at Elm Bank was the perfect venue for a classic, timeless vibe.

Speaking of classic and timeless, Stacy wore a gorgeous Allure Bridals lace gown from Ve’Lace Bridal located in Bellingham, MA. It was classically, elegant and Stacy was simply lovely.

The day started at a local hotel with a few candid getting ready pictures before heading to the church where Stacy would complete her getting ready.

One of her somethings borrowed, blue, and new were two dimes. One had the year in which they met, 2012, and the other had the year that they are now married, 2018. Isn’t that sweet?! LOVE!!

The ceremony was held at St. John the Evangelist and is also where the lovely bride got into her gown. One sun-filled window was all that I needed to capture some of the most beautiful moments between Stacy and her mom and of the glowing bride alone minutes before the ceremony.

Nathan had the most endearing smile on his face as Stacy walked down the aisle with her dad as they were seeing each other for the first time.

That first date when they met in the big city of NYC over five years ago and talked for hours closing down the restaurant cultivated into this beautiful day and even more, a beautiful relationship where a new journey would begin.

After the ceremony, we traveled back to the Gardens at Elm Bank for family, bridal party photos, and photos of the bride and groom.

The Carriage House was warmly decorated with settings of peony arrangements, tea lights, and favors.
Laughter along with the warmest hugs and smiles filled the room. Those smiles were even warmer as Stacy and Nathan shared their first dance, to Ingrid Michaelson’s “The Way I Am”.

Another moment that I have to mention is Stacy’s love and thoughtfulness extended to share  her father, daughter dance with her sister. LOVE!!!

The night ensued with dancing, hugs, sweet conversations, and an unexpected remake of a high school talent show performance by Nathan’s friends. It makes me laugh to see Stacy’s reaction and Nathan’s indelible laughter as his friends surrounded him on the dance floor.

Stacy and Nathan, thank you immensely for the honor to get to know you and be part of one of the most special days of your life. Stacy, I will never forget and will always hold dear to my heart your inviting me to come along for your dress fitting and bringing me a delicious red velvet cupcake. Thank you. I’m so happy for you two and I will always be cheering you on!! Enjoy your honeymoon!! xo, Shawon

Here are a few favorites from their heartwarming Gardens at Elm Bank spring wedding photos.

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Shawon Davis is a Boston Wedding Photographer and available for travel.  She is currently booking 2019 weddings for couples who believe in holding on tight to what matters most.  Contact her here.

Vendors:

Venue: The Gardens at Elm Bank, Mary Kate Knight

Florist: Copper Penny Flowers 

Cake Designer: Cuisine Chez Vous  

Bride’s Dress: Allure Bridals at Ve’Lace Bridal 

Hair and Makeup Artist: Ali Lomazzo Beauty  

DJ: Russ Carlton Entertainment Inc.  

Lighting: CJC Event Lighting

Photography: Shawon Davis Photography

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My Journey to Becoming a Photographer | Part II

Happy Tuesday!  I hope that you had a fantastic weekend!  Getting a few steps closer to the new studio being finished was certainly a highlight for me.  It felt so good on my drive in this morning knowing that I could get in and get straight to work.  I can not wait to share before and after pictures with you.  If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you’ve seen some of the behind the scene progress.

Today, I’m excited to share Part II of my journey to becoming a photographer.  I guess it’s time for me to upgrade my YouTube account so that I can choose the thumbnail.  I think they purposefully chose this thumbnail to make me upgrade – haha!  Well, I hope you can get past my thumbnail image or at least it will give you a great laugh.  You’re welcome :-).

I hope you enjoy hearing more about my story and the reason I LOVE what I get to do with all my heart.

Happy Tuesday, and I hope you enjoy it! Watch Part I here.

Feel free to leave a comment below.  Yes, it can be about my thumbnail 🙂

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I thought I would be a history teacher. That was my dream. I got married, became a mom, homeschooled my kids for 10 years, and realized memories were slipping away from me too quickly. I picked up a camera and started documenting my loved ones like crazy. I watched my life change-these photos were a gift to others. They grew our family roots deeper. I ended up making history myself.

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