Introducing MJP's 2019 Couples! | Boston Cape Cod Wedding Photographer

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Amy and Erik: September at the Popponesset Inn
Meredith and Derek: September at the Coonamessett Inn
Heather and Chris: August at the Atlantic Resort
Jenny and Jared: September at the Lenox Hotel
Rosie and Ryan: June at the Seacrest Hotel
Courtney and Hayden: November at the Bear Lake Reserve in North Carolina
Stephanie and Ian: September at the Grand View Hotel
Tiffany and Doug: March at the Casa Marina in Key West, Florida
Stefanie and Steven: May at the Blithewold Mansion

I feel like I may say this every… singleyear, but to say I’m excited for this upcoming season would be an understatement. Not only to do I absolutely LOVE every single couple from even our brief conversations in some cases, but their venues are going to be some of the most beautiful backdrops you have EVER seen. I meaaaan just take a look at this line up (above and the rest below!):

Emilee and Bradford: June at The Emerson Inn
Odette and Najib: July at the Beauport Hotel
Emily and Kevin: July at the Wychmere Beach Club
Colleen and Brett: August at the Willowbend Country Club
Alana and Brian: August at The Barn at Moody Mountain Farm
Rebecca and Chris: August at the Tabor Academy
Kelly and Robert: September at their private estate
Janan and Chris: September at the Popponesset Inn
Alanna and Sky: September at The Liberty Hotel
Alexandra and Zachary: September at Oceanview Nahant
Melissa and Bobby: October at the Weekapaug Golf Club
Arielle and Matthew: October at the Boston Harbor Hotel
Shannon and Brian: November at the Mountain Top Inn

We are also SO excited to get to know these other thirteen couples not pictured above a little better this year, many with their engagement sessions just a couple months away!

This is the first time I have been able to say on this introductory post that I personally am completely booked up for 2019. Chris and I are using this year to focus more on work life balance, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still book with us! Be sure to reach out to see if one of our associates has your 2019 date available. In that case, I would be handling everything behind the scenes so that you get the absolute best MJP Experience, but one of my associates would be there to shoot your wedding day for you!

First 2019 wedding in T-minus 5 weeks… let’s have a great year everyone!

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

Our Bridal Party Proposals | Lux Box Co and The Lobster Trap, MA

Exciting news today!  I'm excited to launch my off season project that will be detailing every step of the way of our wedding planning.  I am absolutely loving being on this journey with our 2018 brides and I am so happy to be sharing ours with you all. First up? Our bridal party proposal! A long time ago I wrote a blog post about picking your bridesmaids, but holy moly was it tough when it was actually my turn.  Honestly there were about 15 girls I wanted to be in it, but I decided to narrow it down to my family and friends that I can't go more than a week without texting.  

I wanted to do something extra special for them, and Lux Box Co. did just that! They truly brought my proposal vision to life and we worked out the perfect pink and bubbles theme.  Champagne Bubbles (a candy), a champagne glass, champagne and Bubble Bath by OPI (one of my ABSOLUTE favorites).  My two MOHs Brianna and Sophia got a little extra cosmetic bag from PCB Home that just happened to fit the theme as well. :)

Chris hasn't asked all of his groomsmen yet so I'll stick to the "proposals" for the four he has told so far, his brothers and my brothers. He and his friends have always forced themselves to do Jameson shots in order to make it more bearable when they are randomly asked... so he wanted to incorporate that into how he asked.  For the Best Men? They had to take two... yuck.  Again Lux Box Co. brought his vision to life! 

We decided to ask our family at our Engagement Dinner at the Lobster Trap (our favorite spot and truly the BEST place to get a lobster roll on the cape!) since they would all be there. Since we are getting married in Troy, NY, we wanted to make sure we incorporated at least ONE event on Cape Cod since it's so special to us.  I decided not to take too many pictures that day as to enjoy the moment, but here are a few below.  The Lobster Trap even hung Kerr jars over our table and my bridesmaid/Taylor's (one of the Best Men) long time girlfriend Lauren brought the sweetest engagement cake for us! 

Like I said... we didn't take many pictures because we wanted to enjoy the moment.  I'll never forget my bridesmaids tearing up a bit and I am so glad I was present.  Here's just one photo of us for the blog... because I had to. ;)

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That's all until next time! I can't wait to share the next wedding planning advice I have! 
 

Proposal Boxes: Lux Box Co.
Venue: The Lobster Trap
Cosmetic Bag: PCB Home