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Ashley & Dan: Married | Boston Wedding Photographer

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Well, we’re on day 5, people.  If you aren’t following, my husband took a semi-last minute trip to China and won’t be back until next weekend and I’m home with the two kiddos on a very long and extended no school weekend, with pretty much no plans.  It’s gone pretty well up until today–thanks to the help of my mother-in-law and our babysitter who jumped in to help so I could get in some shoots, because, of course the trip was planned during my busiest season.  But today, I’d have to say, things really hit the fan. I won’t go into it because I know you’re all tired of hearing me whine about how hard my life is when there’s millions of single parents out there doing it every.single.day.  Or when people do it with more kids than me.  (Speaking of…I just have to brag about how amazing Nico’s teacher is.  She has FIVE kids of her own and sent me an email, unprompted, with a detailed list of all the things I could do with the kids this weekend.  WHO DOES THAT? Honestly, if you live in Charlestown and are contemplating where to send your kids, call me and I’ll give you 100 examples of how caring and wonderful the teachers are at my kid’s school…and not only did I appreciate her thoughtfulness, I also put myself back in reality and reminded myself I only have two kids that I need to keep alive so I should stop complaining.)

However, someone who feels my pain on Asian business trips is my girl, Ashley, here.  Her new husband Dan flies back and forth to Korea often.  And I believe he’s there right now so I’m going to give her a little love and share the blog from her big-big wedding day.

I use the term big-big here for two reason.  1.  This blog is huge.  And it could have been even larger had I not forced myself to whittle down.  There is something my camera just loved about this wedding.  Obviously Dan and Ashley are movie star pretty, but more, we just had the prettiest fall light that day, The Wild Dahlia rocked it on the flowers, Genevieve Makeup Artistry (located in Rochester for all you NY brides!) made the girls flawless, and The Villa was unbelievabley amazing to shoot in.  I was worried that it would actually be too bright of a day to get good pictures, but somehow, my camera rocked it, and I thank the old girl for that because I’m obsessed with how everything came out.  2.  The only way to describe a wedding where a bride, who is a twin AND has a set of twin brothers (one of whom is married to a twin) marries a groom who is a twin (whose father is also a twin)…and even more, there were randomly at least three more sets of twins on the guest list.  It was weird-weird.  I’ve never shot a wedding where the best man and maid of honor were LITERALLY identical to the bride and groom.

But even though they may share the same genes with their siblings, Ashley and Dan are truly one of a kid.  The amount of love that was shown to them that day was spectacular.  I had at least a dozen conversations with guests at that wedding who just reiterated over and over again how special Ashley and Dan are and I can attest because these two are more than just clients to me, they are special friends and I felt that way on their wedding day.  I am so happy I was a part of their day and their lives.

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Thanks to my girl, Ellen, who photographed the guys!
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Nooooo one fights like Gaston, no one’s quick as Gaston…
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OK, to anyone who thinks you miss out on “that moment” if you do a first look, I challenge you to take a look at Dan. You don’t miss it, you just get two!
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Mayyyybe one of my proudest photo moments ever. How all those kids stood and smiled, I’m still not quite sure…
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You know I balled during this sweet mother/son dance.
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bostonweddingphotographer (79 of 107).jpgPin thisimageA girl’s best friends.  (I am totally photoshopping myself in this photo!)
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bostonweddingphotographer (75 of 107).jpgPin thisimageCheers to your forever!
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Big-big love for you both.  I hope all your dreams come true (as long as they involve living close to meeee!)

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