In our industry referrals are a big reason we book the weddings we do. It's always fun to work with couples that found us because we've shot weddings with their family or friends. For Kristina and Guy this is almost at another level. Upon meeting with them, we quickly saw that we were Kristina's photographers whether Guy liked it or not! Probably not, but she was determined! We were so honored to be chosen to spend their incredible day with them, next year.
So, Kristina wasted no time and booked their engagement photography to catch the fall leaves in New England. I had the pleasure of shooting with them on the North Shore and they were such troopers working their way through all of my whims of posing and tips and tricks. Here are a few sneak peeks as well as Kristina and Guy's story in their own words.
How did you two meet?
Unbeknownst to either of us, Guy's sister Sarah had been trying to set us up for a while. Sarah and I worked together as infant teachers together, and she told me I should go on a date with her brother. He was finishing up his undergrad at St. Anselm in NH, though. All while Sarah told me to go on a date with Guy, she was telling Guy that she worked with an awesome girl. After Guy graduated, he came to bring coffee to Sarah at work where I was in the midst of juggling babies. Sarah told me he liked "forward girls," so I sent him a Facebook message to ask him out for drinks. I ended up being two hours late because of work for our first date, but Guy still gave me a chance and we have been inseparable ever since!
Tell us the proposal story~
My aunt Josephine passed away when I was 14 years old from breast cancer. She never had any children and I was her only goddaughter. She was like another mother figure to me, and still a huge inspiration and influence on my life. On my 18th birthday, I found out she had left me her engagement ring and wedding band when she passed. I knew from that day that I wanted to use her rings in some way, shape or form for my own setting. The night Guy proposed seemed like an ordinary Thursday date night, except on the way home from dinner Guy stopped at "our spot." An open field near his home in Waltham, it was the spot we told one another that we knew we were in love. While eating ice cream in our spot, Guy went to the car "for napkins" but came back with "a letter that was sent to me earlier in the week." Guy got in contact with my aunt's widower to write me a letter about their proposal and the ring. Needless to say - I was a mess of happy tears! After I finished reading the letter, Guy got down on one knee and proposed to me with the diamond of my aunt Josephine's engagement ring set inside a beautiful, new setting of my own! He did good!
What details are you most excited about for your wedding?
We are the most excited to have all of our family members together in one place to celebrate our forever love for one another! We also are excited that all of the pieces of our dream wedding are coming together perfectly - we both wanted a late winter wedding because neither of us like the heat very much. Haha
Where are you getting married? St. Charles Borromeo in Woburn
Where is the reception? Tewksbury Country Club
What look were you going for in your engagement session?
Guy and I are both really laid back and love a good adventure. We had been to Lynch Park in Beverly very often together and it was the spot of where we had one of our very first marriage conversations! We wanted our love for adventures to be shown by the scenery around us - from the rose garden, to the ocean views, to the trees. We also LOVE the fall and were hoping for some colorful foliage - but all the warm weather we have been having delayed the peak this year. Unpredictable New England, for you! Most importantly, we wanted our pictures to capture our personalities and our relationship.
Do you have any tips or advice for couples getting ready for their session?
Neither Guy or I are huge fans of PDA - we were so nervous that would reflect in our pictures! To take the edge off of our nerves, we ended up having a drink! The best advice we can give is to just be yourselves - you love one another and are going to spend the rest of your lives together, you don't need to be uncomfortable in front of the camera! Try to look up corny, cheesy jokes that can get you and your partner to laugh, or just singing a silly song. Liquid courage also helps! LOL