July 23, 2011
I’m sure it was her eyes that got his attention when they met in highschool. And it had to be his beaming smile that got hers in the parking lot at work. Whatever it was these two knew they were meant for each other. Over the next ten years Tina and Mike built their relationship and their foundation for marriage. On July 23, 2011 these highschool sweethearts took their vows and proved that their love still sizzles on one of the hottest days on record in Massachusetts.
The minute I met Tina and Mike I knew I would love them. They proved me right and after nine hours of me in their face with a camera they still were as relaxed and calm as the day we met to discuss their wedding plans. Tina and Mike, thank you for having me as your photographer and the 200+ hits you gave me as you cycled through my 365 blog when you first found me on the internet.
Without further delay, my favorites from their day:
The dress and shoes:
The corset ties on these dresses are usually a challenge. One of Tina’s bridesmaids work like a pro and got the dress all laced up.
The rings held by Tina’s Dad just before we left to go to the ceremony.
I absolutely love Calla Lily’s and especially love the dramatic contrast of the black calla against the pure white roses.
Mike is probably one of the happiest guys I have ever met. Always quick with a smile and a twinkle in his eye. Yet just prior to the start of the ceremony it was clear he was deep in thought.
The ceremony was presided over by a very close friend of Tina and Mike who is actually a stand up comic which may imply that the ceremony was funny. It was actually quite romantic and I was extremely surprised when I later learned that Don had never performed a ceremony before and that he had a license only for that day to marry Tina and Mike. Great job Donnie and thanks for sharing your table with me!
Ahh… the first kiss. The moment everyone waits for during a ceremony so they can clap and cheer the newlyweds on.
Remember the image above of Mike waiting for his Bride to arrive? This one is the Mike I met. And seriously, he smiled like this the rest of the day. I wonder if he had to ice his cheeks later on?
Finally it was time for portraits. Stanley Park in Westfield, MA is absolutely stunning. The gardens are elaborate and there is something for everyone there. Since it was blistering hot we looked for shade and took cover down by the duck pond.
Whoa. Did I mention Tina’s eyes?
A couple weeks before the wedding Tina e-mailed me and asked what my plans were in the event of rain. I suggested that since we were so close to downtown Westfield we might make use of the awnings and storefronts in order to get portraits. They liked this idea so much we decided to head downtown anyways. Can I just say that I love it when a couple is as excited about portraits as I am?
Since I don’t know Westfield all that well and I knew there was construction going on I went into town before the wedding to scope out a few spots. I came across this turquoise wall and knew for sure Tina had to be in front of it. Her eyes absolutely slay me.
This image is a bit of a departure from my usual style and editing technique but the minute I saw this Cafe sign it felt so vintage and I wanted to try to convey that in an image.
Finally the heat got to us and we packed it up to head to the reception at St. Anne’s Country Club in Agawam, MA. Tina and Mike looked as fresh as the morning dew when they came in for their introductions and first dance. If you look closely Mike is still smiling even while kissing his Bride.
This particular individual deserves his own image in the post. This is Tina’s brother Mike who is in active duty in the air force. Up until a few days before the wedding they weren’t sure he would be able to leave his base in New Mexico to join them. Fortunately he did make it and this was the first time in two years Mike was able to spend any significant time with his family except for the 12 hours he was here for Christmas. I spent a little time chatting with Mike towards the end of the night and I made sure to thank him for all that he has done for us. Be proud and stay strong Mike, this country is free because of individuals like you.
Mike also made the most of his leave and partied it up at the reception.
This is a perfect shot to end with because I think it portrays the type of relationship Tina and Mike have. Mostly calm and pretty with a little bit of sizzle mixed in.
Tina and Mike I know I thanked you a million times on your wedding day for having me there but let me say it one more time. Thank You! I wish you both the best and look forward to staying in touch with you.