Last Fall I met a sweet couple named Tom and Kristin. Kristin had contacted me to do engagement pictures for them. The session was a dream. At that time they had been together for 6 years. There was so much love between them, you could tell by the way that they looked at each other. Such real, pure, and true love. I’m such a sucker for a good love story. You see it all the time in movies, but it’s even better when it’s real life! That’s the kind of love they have.
Because of Covid, Tom and Kristin had a small wedding ceremony back in June, and were planning on having a bigger ceremony in November, where more family and friends would attend. Kristin messaged me and asked if I would do a photo shoot in their wedding attire instead. I was immediately excited for the opportunity but also sad that they had cancelled their wedding. We planned to do the session on October 25th, almost one year apart from their October 28th engagement session in 2019. She wanted their session at Benson’s Park in Hudson, New Hampshire, the same spot as their engagement session. They decided to have family and bridesmaids and groomsmen come along as they didn’t get to take many pictures at their June ceremony.
I met up with Tom and friends and family members. They had beautiful silk flowers that her friend had made for their ceremony that they were able to use for their wedding pictures. Their friend Rachel was helping the guys put on their boutonnieres. Kristen wanted a first look since Tom hadn’t seen her in her wedding dress. We started their session doing that. Kristin looked stunning in her wedding dress! I’d say that Tom thought the same from his reaction to her when he first saw her. It was such a sweet moment.
After the first look, we took pictures of the couple with all of their family members, bridesmaids, and groomsmen. Everyone looked great in their wedding attire. The mothers of the bride and groom and the bridesmaids had beautiful navy dresses. The guys had matching navy ties. Kristin wore slippers under her dress. Smart thinking if you ask me, especially walking around on the grass and around the park. During the first part of the session, Kristin’s cousin Allie, the maid of honor was Facetimed because she lives in Colorado. She put on her dress and went outside where it was snowing so she could be included in the pictures.
After all of the family, bridesmaids and groomsmen pictures were taken I took Tom and Kristin over near the pond to take some couple’s pictures. They were so sweet with each other. Gazing into each other’s eyes and giving each other kisses. Such sweet pictures and memories for this special day.
At their engagement session, there was a tree with bright yellow leaves that we took pictures by. I played their song Speechless by Dan and Shay where I told them to practice their first dance. As they danced, leaves fell all around them. I wanted to take pictures of them by that same tree again. As soon as we saw it was free of other people, we headed over and took some photos by the tree. The tree was much barer than at their engagement session, but there were still some yellow leaves on the branches. I had brought a speaker this time to play that same song for them so they could have a first dance. I captured such sweet moments of them dancing, singing to each other, and kissing. They ended the song with a dip. It was magical.
We took some photos in front of the pond. The colors reflecting from the trees into the water made for a beautiful background. I got some pictures of the couple together. Some of just Kristin by herself. I then got some pictures of their rings on some bright colored leaves on a stump. Then I used a little tree to put the rings on a branch to get a couple of varieties of pictures. After the ring shots, I wanted to get a few more pictures of Tom and Kristin by the pond. As we were taking pictures, a little girl along with her mother came over to give Kristin a flower that the girl had picked for her. How sweet is that!?
We finished off the session with Kristin and the groomsmen by the pond, and a couple of shots of Tom’s boutonniere. Then we all left the park together. Tom and Kristin, thank you for trusting me with taking your wedding pictures. It was a pleasure and an honor to help make this special day a memorable one for you both. May your love continue to grow each day as you spend the rest of your lives together. And may you live happily ever after!