Becky and Michael

Becky is a friend of mine from college and even though she was two years ahead of me we’ve kept in touch since graduation and have gotten much closer post-college than we were as students! I photographed her sister’s wedding down in Murrel’s Inlet, SC last September (and they’re now expecting their first baby next year! I’m starting to see a pattern hereā€¦) and I’ll be photographing her and Michael’s wedding next August in Bridgewater, MA!

The engagement of these two seemed to have taken forever. They’ve been together for like, a decade. (Not exactly, but that’s what it felt like!) When Michael finally popped the question, I shouted, “finally!!” and did a happy dance. I love these two so much and they’re so similar to my husband and I; he loves the outdoors and fishing, she loves anything country and we’re both parents to a four-legged lab-child! Brody and Bear would be best friends!

When Becky said she wanted me to shoot her wedding I did everything in my power to make sure it could happen and I was so happy that I was able to do their engagement session despite living 800 miles away. It just so happened to be the same time that I was flying up to second shoot a wedding on Cape Cod so I was able to hit two birds with one stone! I flew in to Hartford, CT and drove to Hopedale, MA which is the cutest little country town I’ve seen in a while. Lots of winding country roads lined with trees almost peaking with fall foliage, stone walls, old wooden fences, big old farm houses; I was in HEAVEN going to their house! I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves for how gorgeous the setting was and I was so happy to go back to New England during the best time of the year!

My family: the Gigueres and the Jocks

Going home for Thanksgiving meant that I was going to be able to see my whole family and meet my brand new baby niece! Since I was already bringing my camera home I offered to take my siblings family pictures for Christmas cards. Of course it had to be the coldest day of the year so far on Thanksgiving Day! I think it may have reached a high of 32 that day, but no matter what we were determined to get outside and take pictures around my uncle’s beautiful home in Connecticut. We are New Englanders, after all. This might have been record times for a family session too. Lot’s of running around and hugging to “stay warm” for pictures and we were in and out in less than 10 minutes per family! Might have been the first session I did where I did not break a sweat, too!

Here’s my sister Brooke, Dan and their children:

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And here is my brother Caleb and his wife Sara and their two babies

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some exciting things are happening!

Happy Friday! For those with me on Cape Cod, nothing like waking up to 7 inches of snow in the spring time, eh? Personally, I love it because well, it’s what I’m used to but this is also my last winter/year living in Massachusetts/good ol’ New England for who knows how long. It’s like Mother Nature knows I’m leaving my homeland and is like, “hey, want to have an unforgettable last winter up north before you move down south?” Ahh, for those who don’t know (I’m sure there’s maybe one person somewhere out there who hasn’t heard the news yet) my husband received his new transfer orders with the Coast Guard and we are moving to Southport, NC where he will be stationed at CG Station Oak Island. I know what you’re thinking… SOUTHPORT!? TAKE PICTURES OF ALL THE PLACES DEPICTED IN SAFE HAVEN! šŸ˜‰

As a Northern girl I’m a little nervous about theĀ oppressiveĀ heat I’ve been warned about, the SNAKES everywhere, the plethora of bugs that will challenge my will to spend evenings outside, and the law that says I can’t take Bear along for car rides while running errands. But I’m looking forward to some great beaches, waterfront dining (and lots of it!), living in a new and different area, learning a new culture of our diverse country, SOUTHERN ACCENTS, a more laid back atmosphere, hopefully meeting many new clients for years to come and getting closer to my husband’s side of the family.

I’m going to miss the wonderful seasons, the snow, the idea that a white Christmas is a possibility, Colonial style homes, clam chowdah, fish n’ chips with northern Atlantic cod and haddock, being able to leave my car windows down all night, sleeping with the windows open, having beach and mountains just a couple hours from each other, hiking up mountains a few hours away, skiing, being able to understand everyone’s accents, great drivers in the snow and last but not least, my amazing clients whom I’ve met through this entire year and my dearest friends and family. I will miss you all so much but our home will always welcome visitors! I am officially taking reservations for vacations at our humble abode, 4 miles from the beach, palm trees included šŸ™‚

On a slightly different note, k.ariel photography has joined the Square card reader family and can now accept debit/credit cards! Yay!

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our street this morning at 7am. Yep. Gonna miss this!