Amy & Howard's Martha's Vineyard Wedding

Howard works for Frog’s Leap Winery and I was fortunate enough to be introduced to him through my friends at MV Vintage Wine shop. According to Amy’s daughter Meaghan's speech, the couple fittingly met at a wine event! Meaghan joked that her Mom was smitten from the beginning and was asking for advice about what she should say in her email to Howard. I guess whatever she said worked, because the two got married on a beautiful October Day outside of Atria in Edgartown.

All of the ladies got ready at The Hob Knob. Amy had both her Mother and daughter with her, in addition to Howard's two daughters. While the girls twirled their dresses and giggled, Amy’s Mom graciously helped me bring the dress outside for some photos before we got Amy into it!

Meanwhile, Howard and his family were all anxiously waiting at Atria for guests to start arriving. The weather couldn't have been more perfect and Atria's front yard provided a stunning backdrop for the ceremony!

Howard, Amy, their families and guests all laughed and cried (just a little) as the two said their vows.

After stealing the couple away for some portraits, they happily rejoined their celebration. Everyone ate, drank, sang, danced, and laughed the entire night away. I don't think the dance floor was empty for even a moment!

Congratulations to Amy and Howard - I wish you both a lifetime of happiness! It was such a pleasure to spend the day surrounded by such wonderful family and friends that you two have in your lives! The amount of joy was overwhelming and I couldn't have taken a bad photo if I tried!

I hope to see you both again on the Vineyard soon! Xo-

Tara

Nicole and Clifton's Rochester, NY Wedding

This October I had the honor of photographing a friend’s wedding with whom I attended both high-school and college with.  Due to this, I ended up knowing a very large number of people in the bridal party and guests at the wedding. The only (very rare) exception, was that I did not actually know the Bride, Nicole, and I didn’t meet her until the wedding day.

Nicole and Clifton met working at Hollister in Rochester, NY. Then they ended up moving to Colorado together! They celebrated their union in both Rochester, NY and Longmont, CO.

As I walked into the suite where the ladies were getting ready, Nicole was getting her hair done. She stopped to give me a hug upon introduction and then said “just tell us what to do”. My incredibly talented 2nd shooter Jacqueline Mix of Jacqueline Mix Photography and I got started with the badass “Bride” bright blue Chuck Taylors that Nicole would be wearing!

Aside from her incredibly laid back demeanor, to stating “I’m not a girly girl”, I really knew that I loved Nicole when she requested photos of her and her sister jumping on the bed before she got into her dress, and of course her Mom joined in as well!

I sent Jacque over to hang with the guys and score some of these great photos of Clifton. I'm sure she had her hands full trying to get some alone time with Clifton since he had ten hilariously entertaining groomsmen by his side.

There ceremony was short, sweet, filled with laughs, a few tears of joy, and even selfies! Nicole and Clifton both wrote their own vows, which turned out to be remarkably similar even though they had never shared them with each other until the wedding day. I guess maybe that isn't a huge surprise when you've been with someone for such a long time!  

Jacque and I had a blast doing photos with the families and bridal party. I think the guys were just as into the photos as the ladies! The group kept us, and eachother, laughing while braving the elements of wind and rain; you can't even tell in the photos! What an awesome crew to work with and also hang out with!!

Nicole and Clif let me steal them away before they were officially announced so they could have a little bit of alone time (well, "alone" with me). The wedding day is such a whirlwind, it is always nice to have a little bit of quiet time before the evening festivities. These two were so adorable and couldn't stop laughing! Their genuine happiness, excitement, and appreciation for each other really set the tone for the entire day!

The reception was certainly a night to remember. Touching wedding speeches had everyone laughing and in tears.  Parent dances got the entire bridal party involved! The dance-floor was always packed - aside from when Clifton cleared it out for his Dirty Dancing-esque lift (see above)! Once it was time to wrap up, Nicole and Clifton urged Jacque and I to join the party, because that is just how awesome they both are!

I can't thank you both enough for letting Jacque and I capture the moments of your wedding day! I feel incredibly lucky to call you BOTH friends and I look forward to the next time we can hang out.....like maybeeeee you can have another celebration in Rochester next year?! :)

Xo -

Tara

2015 Year in Review

I have a confession to make…..I have been really ready to say good riddance to 2015 and welcome the New Year. However, upon my annual reflection and “year in review”, I realized that overall, my year wasn’t as bad as I thought. In fact, while looking back at the highlight reel, it actually appears that it was…dare I say….good! Granted, 2015 did bring a handful of trials and tribulations, but it also brought so many amazing experiences with incredible travel adventures, tons of new friends, new babies, weddings, many reasons to celebrate, and fantastic reunions with old friends. So in 2016 I resolve to not let the lows over-shadow the highs, because I really do have so much to be thankful for! Without further adieu, I give you my 2015 highlight reel!

January, I spent most of my time on the sunny west coast while Boston dealt with their first wave of Nor’easterns.

CES 2015

In February, I travelled to Dublin, Galway, and Killarney with two of my wonderful best friends! If you haven't been there you must go!! I can't wait to get back to Ireland and explore the North. 

On April 7th, two of my closest friends welcomed their first baby, Archer.  I was lucky enough to be one of his first visitors and sneak in some newborn photos!

In April I also explored Paris and Barcelona with my college freshman year roommate, Liz. Both cities are so unique and wonderful in very different ways!

In May I was asked to photograph Martha’s Vineyard Winefest, thanks to my wonderful friends at Vintage MV Wine and Spirits (http://www.vintagemvwine-spirits.com/) You should plan to attend in 2016 – the food and wine are incredible – and I’ll be there too!! http://www.themvwinefestival.com/

Sara and Kevin got married on a perfect day in May at Singing Beach Club. (Click here for more photos: http://tlzphotography.com/blog/2015/9/20/sara-kevins-manchester-by-the-sea-wedding)

In July, two more of my closest friends welcomed their first baby, Bradley, presenting another opportunity for a photoshoot!

I was in my best friend since kindergarten’s wedding in August – and obviously had to sneak in a few photos. You can take the bridesmaid out of the photographer, but you can’t take the photographer out of the bridesmaid!

I got to photograph and attend one of my best High-School friend’s shibori workshops. She is incredibly talented, passionate, and a wealth of knowledge. I strongly encourage you to check it out if you’re in the Rochester area: http://rochesterbrainery.com/collections/classes/products/shibori-dye-table-runners

I spent most of the summer 2nd shooting with so many of my incredibly talented photographer friends: Megan Braemore (http://www.meganbraemore.com/), Tara Lynn Sen (http://taralynnsen.com/), and Janelle Carmella (http://janellecarmela.com/).

Rachel & Eric's wedding - with Megan Braemore

Sheila & Sam with Megan Braemore

Nina & Ed with Tara Lynn Sen

Nicole & Rocky with Megan Braemore

Ann & Brendan with Megan Braemore

Sheri & Shawn with Janelle Carmella

I travelled back to Rochester in October to photograph Nicole and Clifton’s wedding at the Radisson Downtown, and also reunite with friends from high-school and college! My long time college friend and sorority sister Jacqueline Mix (http://jmixphoto.com/) joined me in shooting this party crew! *full blog post coming soon*

While I was in Rochester, I got to spend the afternoon with adorable Celia and her wonderful parents, Sara and Dan.

I wrapped up my wedding season on Martha’s Vineyard again, photographing Amy and Howard's stunning fall wedding at Atria in Edgartown (http://www.atriamv.com/).

I finished up the year celebrating Thanksgiving, Friendsgiving, and Christmas in different states with different parts of my family and friends (the family you choose). It was the perfect way to wrap up the year with my loved ones!

Thanksgiving in Rochester, NY

Friendsgiving in Barnard, VT

Christmas in Hopelawn, NJ

Thank you to everyone that made my year so special. I am lucky to have so many caring friends, family, and clients in my life! Here’s to making 2016 even better and having a much more appreciated highlight reel! Happy New Year!!

Xo –

Tara