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Blog - Lynne Reznick Photography | Boston Wedding Photographer

Boston and New England wedding days, engagements, and family portrait sessions, plus wedding photo planning tips shared by photographer Lynne Reznick Photography.

Spring Saphire Estate Wedding ~ Lilah & Kyle

Lynne Reznick

Spring Saphire Estate Wedding

Spring at Saphire Estate is such a beautiful time! Lilah & Kyle incorporated a spring feel with lots of soft pastel colors in their wedding day color palette. These two are so cute together - they laugh often and are goofy and fun and they both wear their emotions on their sleeves. They were most excited about throwing a fun party so they could celebrate their marriage with the people they love. 

Marriott Hotel | Bride & Groom Getting Ready

Lilah had some special surprises for her bridesmaids at the hotel. She gifted them all with robes to wear throughout getting ready and planned a special photo where she gave each of the ladies a small chalk board and had them write how they knew Lilah on it. Then they all piled onto the bed for a photo together, holding up their boards. It was a sweet way to see how people from every part of her life, from her sister, to her grade school friends, to her college besties each first connected with Lilah. And with hair and makeup done on site the girls felt pampered and looked beautiful. Not to be outdone, Kyle brought his barber to the hotel for all of the guys to get fresh cuts! And as a testament to how truly thoughtful and fun these two are, Lilah and Kyle both popped champagne and toasted their friends and family before leaving to tie the knot. The day was all about their love and that included the love and support they felt from friends and family and they each made a point of celebrating that love and support throughout the day.

Saphire Estate | Wedding Ceremony

I told you these two both wear their hearts on their sleeves and there isn't a more perfect example of this than their wedding ceremony at Saphire Estate. Kyle had the most genuine and emotional reaction I've ever witnessed from a groom as he saw Lilah for the first. He immediately teared up as she walked arm-in-arm down the aisle with her father. Lilah's cousin was the officiant and he shared warm wishes and words of love and encouragement from both Kyle and Lilah's parents throughout an incredibly heartfelt and personalized ceremony. He had both bride and groom, as well as most of the guests welling up with happy tears time and again as he shared about how special Lilah and Kyle are as individuals, how well they fit together as a couple, and how strong their love is. 

Saphire | Spring Wedding Portraits

Lilah was so excited to tie in pastels for her spring wedding and the ladies dresses in different pastel colors were exactly what she envisioned. Seeing them together Lilah was so excited and happy - it was wonderful to see her vision come to life and how delighted it made her! Saphire Estate really allows couples to maximize their options in a small and convenient area for portraits. It's situated directly across from a lake and they have a small private section of beach that is perfect for portraits. They also have the sweetest path through the property for gorgeous photos in the woods and the building itself, crisp white and stately, makes for a beautiful backdrop. It was a cold spring evening so we warmed up after the ceremony by going inside for family portraits and then Lilah and Kyle braved the cool evening air for their couple's portraits. It was the perfect excuse for them to snuggle up close together and we were able to create some beautiful portraits of them in just a few minutes and then get them back into the warmth of their reception!

 

Wedding Reception At Saphire Estate

They added some really fun and personal touches to the reception with table numbers created by hand that each featured different childhood photos. They asked their guests to sign a piece of wall art as their guest book. And they opted for cupcakes that matched their wedding colors and came in a variety of flavors instead of one traditional cake. Then the party really began as toasts were given and they had their first dance. Throughout it all, their love for family and friends shone through. They set a table with photos to honor loved ones who had passed and had a special moment for Lilah's cousin Becca, who she was very close to and who passed away a few years ago. Lilah holds an annual event to celebrate her cousin's life and the family has a scholarship fund set up in Becca's name as well. So it was perfectly fitting that Lilah and Kyle remembered her, as Becca was undoubtedly smiling down on them throughout the day. 

 

Lilah and Kyle are the real deal and I was honored to capture their wedding day love story. Congratulations to you both - I can't wait to see what amazing things the future holds for you two as Mr and Mrs! XO

Spring Saphire Estate Wedding Vendor Team

Lilah and Kyle's day was brimming over with joy and love and the amazing vendors mentioned above, along with the rest listed below, helped bring their vision to life:  Florals Martin's Flower Shop / bridal gown shop 125 Bridal / videographer Caddigan Films / DJ DJ Matt Petro / Cupcakes Dessert Works / Invitation Minted / hair and makeup Beautiful Faces by Janice / 

If you loved this Spring wedding and want to see what the place looks like in the fall, check out Cinzia & Johnny's fall wedding at Saphire Estate last year.

Wedding Planning: When A Second Photographer Is Essential

Lynne Reznick

This topic is definitely one that you'll find people have a wide array of opinions on. Some people do beautiful work, capture the day beautifully, and don't ever use a second photographer. Although I think you'll find most of them still use an assistant throughout the day. But in my experience the additional perspective and creative energy - not to mention the diversity of photos - that a second photographer brings to a wedding day is essential. So every single one of my wedding collections includes a second photographer because they allow me to tell your wedding day love story the way I most want to tell it. To capture not only the big moments, but the small glances, the emotional looks, the friends dancing across the room from the bride and groom. In particular, there are five times throughout the wedding day where I find having a second photographer is key to fully and beautifully documenting a wedding story:

1. Getting Ready

The couple often gets ready separately. At a minimum, they're in different hotel rooms but often they're getting ready at two completely different locations. For example, the bride may be with her ladies in the bridal suite at the venue while the groom gets ready at a hotel. And this is also a time in the day full of special moments and traditions. The bride is getting hair and makeup done, her mom and best friend are helping her into her dress, and she’s is reading a love note from her soulmate before they see each other. And at the same time the groom is getting help with his cuff links from his dad, is trying to help all the groomsmen tie their bowties, and is toasting to his friends one final time before he sees his bride. If you don't want to miss a single emotional moment, having a second photographer during getting ready is key. While I'm with the bride, my second is with the groom and we’re able to capture these joy-filled moments of preparation for BOTH of you.

wedding planning when a second photographer is essential getting ready
wedding planning when a second photographer is essential getting ready

2. First Look

A first look is a time before the ceremony where you have a private reveal with your soulmate. And while this can certainly be captured by one photographer, having two allows for a more complete and creative documentation of these intensely emotional and intimate moments. While one of us sets up to capture a close up of the bride, the other can capture a close up of the groom. I’ll often set up the reveal so the bride will walk up behind the groom, tap him on the shoulder, and turn him around for the reveal. If that’s the case, one of us can get the approach of the bride coming over the grooms shoulder, while the second gets a wide shot of the scene from the side and then can capture the reaction of the groom as he turns. You will end up with a wider diversity of images and the beautiful reactions you each have when you have a second photographer there to help capture the first look.

wedding planning why you need a second photographer first look
wedding planning why you need a second photographer first look

3. Ceremony

To be honest, If you have an hour long church service with a pastor who welcomes photography and doesn’t mind the photographer moving around, then having a second photographer isn’t as essential here. However, if you’re having a shorter ceremony or your church has strict rules that limit the movement and position of the photographers (and many do) then having a second photographer is incredibly helpful. Getting photos of the bride’s expression, as well as the groom’s during the ceremony means taking photos from one side aisle and then the other. Plus, the best position for capturing the exchange of rings, the first kiss, and the processional and recessional is generally right in the center aisle. So by having a second photographer, I’m able to ensure I’m positioned in the center aisle for the major moments throughout the ceremony and that I’ll also be able to deliver beautiful portraits of the bride and groom taken from the side angles. And if there's a balcony, the second photographer can capture the recessional from above as people turn back to cheer as the newlyweds exit, while I capture the couple walking down the aisle straight towards me.

wedding planning why you need a second photographer ceremony
wedding planning why you need a second photographer ceremony

4. Cocktail Hour 

If you do a first look, then your formal portraits will be done by cocktail hour – yay! And it gives your photographer time to go and create stunning photos of the reception space, escort card display, cake, and all of the other details you thoughtfully chose in order to create your dream wedding. At the same time, the second photographer can grab candid and group shots during cocktail hour of your guests enjoying themselves. If you are still taking portraits during cocktail hour, a second photographer becomes even more essential, as they’ll be able to take those reception, detail, and cocktail hour photos while the lead photographer finishes up formal portraits.

wedding planning why a second photographer matters
wedding planning why a second photographer matters

5. Toasts

During toasts there is a lot going on and it is all so important to capture. The Maid of Honor or Best Man is speaking and sharing memories, the newlyweds are laughing, smiling, and cringing at various points throughout the speech, and family and friends are reacting to the stories and jokes as they happen. Add to that the fact that some venues have the bride and groom seated far away from where the toasts are being given and it becomes essential to have a second photographer in order to capture the reactions of everyone without being disruptive.

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So if you value story telling that is brimming with genuine emotion and includes all of the beautiful details you thoughtfully chose for your wedding day, consider a second photographer  as a key member of your vendor team and ask your photographer to share their own thoughts on how they utilize a second photographer or how they approach a wedding day without one.

Preppy Chic Patterson Club Wedding - Lindsay & Travis

Lynne Reznick

Preppy Chic Patterson Club Wedding

Lindsay and Travis had a gorgeous summer wedding at The Patterson Club in Fairfield, CT. The sun was shining and the sunset was gorgeous. They said their vows in a church service and then we went to the Patterson Club for their portraits. Their bridal party wore navy and their were subtle elements of nautical and preppy inspiration throughout the day. The bouquets were wrapped in navy and white striped ribbon, the centerpieces included beautiful hydrangeas, and the club was the prefect backdrop for both natural surrounding and a classic New England look.

Getting Ready

Lindsay got ready at the Delamar Hotel in Southport in a sunny suite with lots of room for all of the ladies to get ready in. I just loved her simply classic bridal look, with a touch of bling in her delicate jewelry. She was such an elegant and beautiful bride! And she had her sister and sister-in-law help her put on her dress and finishing touches before doing a reveal to the rest of her bridal party and her dad. It was a perfect way to keep the moments of getting ready moments intimate and full of a quiet anticipation, while also making her sure all of her bridesmaids felt included.

Ceremony

Lindsay and Travis didn't see each other until she was walking down the aisle toward him in the church. The way they looked at each other and couldn't help but smile throughout the entire service was a perfect indicator of how very much in love these two are. And their friends and family clapped and cheered as they walked back out of the church as Mr & Mrs!

Portraits at The Patterson Club

We had a nice cushion of a couple hours between the church service and the start of cocktail hour to take their portraits since they did not do a first look and we went straight to the Patterson Club to take advantage of the beautifully curated grounds. I loved the nook we found just a short walk from their reception ballroom. It had light glimmering through the trees, a stone wall and a mixture of curated lawn and overgrown brush that made for a perfect backdrop. And the wedding party were all so sweet and so much fun - they made photos a breeze - even with such a big group! We sent them back inside while we took couples portraits of Lindsay and Travis so they could get close and snuggle together without a crowd looking on. Then we took family photos on the patio of the club - a perfect spot to get great light and also escape the afternoon heat!

Reception

The evening flew by as everyone danced and toasted to the couple. And their thoughtful details made the cocktail hour and reception extra fun.