We are so lucky to have come across the paths of Nicole and Ben via one of our previous wedding clients, Katie+Tony. And we’re even luckier that both of those couples (whose weddings were out of state), now live in Durham! We love them all. When we had our first Skype meeting with Nicole and Ben, the first thing I noticed was her admirable forearm tattoo of their dog wearing a flower crown and I liked her instantly. Ben didn’t have a tattoo of their dog wearing a flower crown but I liked him too. Recently we had a chance to catch up at dinner and we realized that we have many things in common, and that Nicole actually has many tattoos. She also did the brilliant move of suggesting that we visit Salem, MA when we were up in Boston, and because of her incredible suggestion, I now have a Lost Boys dress and also four humongous art prints of bats dressed like old timey gentlemen hanging in our living room. We loved it. We also visited Fenway and got a foam finger for our baseball foam finger collection.
Anyway, we also had a wonderful time at Nicole and Ben’s wedding! It was windy, which I LOVE – shooting in the wind is a ton of fun and adds a lot of movement and is generally regarded by me as awesome – and we got to walk around really neat, historic spots of Boston that I’ve missed on previous trips. It’s beautiful! And they got married in an old jail (fun!) and had donuts and green glassware and specially grown peonies and all sorts of other glorious things. Plus Ben got Nicole custom portraits of their dogs as a wedding gift that delighted her to tears (literally). And now we have two new friends who like food and animals and cocktails.
Date: June 15, 2019 Ceremony+Reception Venue: The Liberty Hotel // Boston, MA First Dance Song: “Crazy Love” – Van Morrison Nicole’s Occupation: Human Resources Ben’s Occupation: Finance How You Met: We met through work and sparked our love for each other with a first kiss at The Pinhook in Durham. Interesting Facts: We LOVE to travel and between us have been to Belize, Costa Rica, Colombia, Mexico and the British Virgin Islands with many more trips on the horizon. Honeymoon: Martha’s Vineyard immediately following the wedding with a longer trip (Croatia?) in 2020. Officiant: Kezia Bacon Band: Ripcord Florist: Wild dahlia Donuts: Kane’s Donuts of Boston Caterer: The Liberty Hotel Hair+Makeup: ZenaRose Videographer: Armor in Motion Films Coordinator: Keri Ketterer Walter of Always Yours Events
We immediately got along with Elizabeth+Rich during our first consult for their wedding. And then we clicked even more so in person (we think, anyway, and it’ll be kinda awkward if Elizabeth and Rich think differently, but I’m going to put it out there anyway). Despite them being a lot more buff than us (Elizabeth does cross fit and likes to lift heavy things, and Rich climbs stuff), and a lot more caffeinated than us, and being dog people, we were like four peas in a pod (kinda a mutant pea… I guess). And by “dog people,” I mean we had to stop the session after Elizabeth started squealing and ran away from Rich and directly toward a small puppy being walked by an unsuspecting woman in downtown Durham. The puppy now has a cameo in this engagement session with two people she doesn’t know.
I think, if I would’ve permitted it, that puppy might’ve been in the entire remainder of the session…with Rich, ideally, although I think if it came down it, Elizabeth might have a hard decision trying to decide between a very small, cute puppy and Rich. I’m confident she’d eventually choose Rich, but I’m pretty sure she’d have to think it over for at least a few seconds. Rich, while not a puppy, does have a very illustrious beard going for him and knows science. He also likes wearing aprons a lot. This makes him stiff competition for a puppy, since puppies cannot know science and also have a hard time fitting into aprons. They also can’t grow beards. But, Elizabeth can easily lift puppies. I am not sure if she can easily lift Rich or not (I definitely should’ve asked her to). We’ll photograph them again in December, and I’ll see if I can find out.
Sam+Mark come to us via Jessie+Dan, and if you’re really looking for something to do, you can scroll through that blog post and find a hidden picture of Sam. It’s like Where’s Waldo for Carolyn Scott Photography stalkers! Anyway, Sam and Mark live in Durham, but were up in Pittsburgh for Jessie and Dan’s wedding, as Sam’s family is close with Dan’s family (I think I got that right) and everyone wanted to see them get married but also look at penguins. We didn’t know Sam and Mark at that time but we do now, and oh how we love them! They’re two adventurous and loving people who like exploring Durham and the Eno. We shot this session near the spot on the Eno where Mark proposed. It’s a special place for them, but it was also a super cool spot for us to shoot in that we hadn’t been to before. We braved mosquitoes and donned knee braces and I got bit by one singular fire ant but otherwise remained unscathed by nature despite rock hopping and hiking back to the car in the dark. Which, speaking of night hiking, is something that we learned Sam and Mark have enjoyed doing throughout their dating years! This sounds fun but also terrifying, but they are clearly outdoorsy people (a fact we first learned after Mark became the first person to bike away from our house after our consult). We’re so excited to photograph their wedding next year at the Durham Museum of Life and Science!