Several weeks ago I was contacted by Natalie who mentioned she was looking for a photographer for her intimate wedding celebration at Stevens-Coolidge Place in North Andover. It's rare that I have the opportunity to photograph smaller weddings and I was delighted to be invited to photograph their beautiful day!!
When I arrived at Stevens-Coolidge Place the sky had turned and the clouds began collecting. I knew that rain was coming and little by little drops of precipitation began to fall. But nothing, not even a heavy rain fall, could keep the smile from Natalie's face. Hidden away from her soon-to-be-hubby O'Neal, Natalie radiated with joy - I knew from that moment this was going to be a celebration to remember!
Natalie walked to the site of their ceremony with her brother on her arm and her daughter by her side. O'Neal awaited her entrance in the sunken garden as their loved ones encircled around them. What had started as a sprinkle turned into a heavy rain as they exchanged their rings. Natalie and O'Neal broke in to laughter, elated that this day had finally come, even with the rain. What a joy it was to be one of the few who had the honor of witnessing their nuptials!
When thinking about how I wanted to share Natalie and O'Neal's celebration, I decided to do something I've never done before -- share their wedding day entirely in black and white!! The intimacy of their day, the rainy backdrop and the beautiful property of Stevens-Coolidge Place made for perfect black and white images - enhancing all of the emotion and joy Natalie and O'Neal experienced on their wedding day.