Creating Our Save the Dates | Our Wedding Planning Series

It's time for our second installation of the step by step series of our wedding planning! Let me start by saying I know it's completely odd that we didn't use our engagement photos for our Save the Date, being wedding photographers and all, but that is for a couple of reasons.  One was because I have always been OBSESSED with watercolor art and had been dying to incorporate it into our wedding since the day Chris got down on one knee (ok maybe before that actually). The second was because I love cherry blossoms and spring and since our wedding can't be in the spring, I was pretty insistent that our engagement photos be in the spring. In order to get them out 8-10 months  before the wedding, there was no way we could wait for our session. 

We started by finding our favorite artist on Etsy. What was important to me was knowing what I was going to get, so I looked for a consistent artist.  (I also recommend this for picking your wedding photographer by the way!).  Next I reached out to Rhian because I just LOVED everything she put out there.  She started with a questionnaire and then gave us our first sketch.  From there we went around with her a few times to make tweaks and adjustments and wound up with the watercolor art of my DREAMS!

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Next I ordered our final design from CatPrint because I asked for referrals from my favorite invitation designers and this one kept coming up.  It was very important to me to have accurate coloring since I was so particular about the coloring in the first place!  We decided to go with magnets because I know that I have a much easier time keeping track of the Save the Dates I receive that are magnets. We thought potentially doing a card and including a magnet would work, but I have heard horror stories that they accidentally were put through the machine.

About the same time as ordering the magnets, I ordered our custom stamps from Zazzle.  I looked at some already designed "Save the Date" stamps, but both Chris and I felt that would be redundant and so we went with a moped drawn by my mother (because of our first date!). Keep in mind that magnets weigh more so you may need higher priced postage! Ours came to $0.70 per envelope.  

Finally (and I do NOT recommend this) I told myself I could calligraph the envelopes myself.  Three trips in two days to Michaels later, I sat down for 11 hours straight (not an exaggeration) and I finished painting and addressing the envelopes. If I was doing this again, I'd hire a calligrapher but I loved how they turned out with that hand drawn raised feeling I wanted!

That's it!  I am absolutely thrilled with the final result.

Illustration by: Rhian Awni
Magnet Printing: CatPrint
Custom Stamps: Zazzle

Introducing MJP's 2018 Couples! | Boston/Cape Cod Wedding Photographer

Happy New Year everyone! It's time for our annual introduction of our couples this year! This is also for you newly engaged couples to give you some wedding venue shopping ideas in the New England area! We are so honored to be a part of each and every one of our couples' days and I can't wait to show you them all dressed up in their finest on the best day of their lives!

Samantha and Anthony: June at the Barker Tavern
Jennifer and Eric: September at the Terrydiddle Farm
Kati and Bryan: July at White Cliffs Country Club
Courtney and Kurt: May at the Popponessett Inn
Mariana and Dylan: May at The State Room
Nicole and Stephen: June at The Cape Club
Michael and Jenna: October at The Willowdale Estate
Michelle and Matt: October at the Popponessett Inn
Lindsey and Paul: June at the Indian Pond Country Club
Holly and SJ: June at the East Chop Beach Club
Deanna and Tyler: October at the Popponsesset Inn
Melissa and Daniel: September at the Pavilion at Pine Hills
Bianca and Chris: September at the Danversport
Danielle and Luke: August at the Wychmere Beach Club
Jackie and Brad: September at The Barn at Gibbet Hill
Kelly and Zach: August at the Cruiseport
Kyndra and Matt: August at the Newport Beach House

As always, this is only a select few because some of next year's couples are having their engagement sessions early this year! A special shout out to Claire and Gordon, Shannon and Dan, Kim and Matt, Christina and Frank, Danielle and Sean, Jaclyn and Adam, Kayla and Joe and Alisha and Tyler who I can't wait to get to know a little better this year.  Not to mention I am SO excited for their venues! (Duxbury Bay Maritime School, The Atlantic Resort, Indian Pond Country Club, The Pavilion at Pine Hills, Willowbend Country Club, The Venezia, and The Wychmere)

This year we are only accepting a maximum of 28 weddings to ensure the BEST client service to each and every couple and because OUR wedding is in August! That means I will only be accepting THREE more weddings! Be sure to contact me soon to see if I still have your date available. 

Cheers to 2018 everyone! I have a feeling this is going to be the best year yet!!!

A Duxbury Powder Point Bridge Engagement | Kati and Bryan

I truly can't believe that this was the last shoot of 2017! What an incredible year and these two were the perfect couple to top it off.  You see they got engaged the day after Christmas last year so it just felt right to do their engagement session during the Christmas season.  Not to mention they picked the most GORGEOUS spot as their backdrop!  I still can't believe that this was my first time to Powder Point Bridge in Duxbury. The beaches were empty and we had the whole place to ourselves.  The exact opposite of what it will be for their July White Cliffs wedding!