Boston & New England Wedding Photographer Deborah Zoe

Boston & North Shore Wedding Photographer creating timeless imagery for classic New England weddings with a fine art approach.

Product Highlight | Signature Album

One of my favorite parts of the photography experience is helping my couples and families create tangible heirlooms with their images. I’ve had the pleasure of crafting several Signature Wedding Albums over the course of the last several months and I’m delighted to share a sneak peek with you here.

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Phillips Beach Swampscott Engagement Session | Carrie & John

Carrie grew up in Swampscott so John knew that proposing in her hometown would be something really special for the couple. He chose the secluded and quiet Phillips Beach and proposed as the sun rose about the horizon.

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Crane Beach Engagement Session

Laney & Austin love being near the water, it’s their happy place. When it came to planning their engagement session we knew that it had to be a location on the water. One of my favorite places, both personally and as a photographer, is Crane Beach in Ipswich - a beautiful beach made of soft white sand and gorgeous green dunes. The stunning locale spoke to their ocean loving hearts and was the perfect backdrop of their summer engagement. Enjoy some of my favorites!!

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Cove Cabin at Mount Hope Farm Wedding

Emily & Ricky’s wedding day started with white, puffy clouds but by the time we arrived to their First Look things started to change. The sky turned a dark grey/blue and lightning cracked across the sky off in the distance. In between rain drops and claps of thunder Emily & Ricky braved the elements with smiles and laughter — enjoying every minute they spent together with their wedding party. By the time portraits were over, the skies opened up and a deluge of rain really began…

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Fall Wedding in Downtown Boston

It's hard to believe that Jennifer & Nate's wedding has come and gone!! It feels like just yesterday we wandering the harbor walk together for their engagement session and now I'm blogging their wedding!! These two love to have fun and their wedding day reflected their zest for life. Carefree, stylish and FUN would be the words I'd sue to describe their day. Oh and throw in a penguin or two ;) Jennifer and Nate chose the Boston Aquarium to host their day, a unique and entertaining experience for their guests who mingled amongst the fish and penguins during cocktail hour. They were given a beautiful fall day, the perfect weather!! It was a magical day for sure!! Enjoy some of my favorites from their wedding day!!

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Fall Wedding at Misselwood Estate in Beverly, Massachusetts

Michelle & Steve welcomed the day with near perfect weather. While it seems like such a cliche thing to mention, when you live in New England and the weather can turn on a dime, you are ever so thankful when you are greeted with such a beautiful day as this the morning of a wedding. Greeted at the water with a warm breeze, Misselwood Estate provided the perfect location for Michelle & Steve's guests to enjoy this glorious New England fall day. The lawn at Misselwood provided guests with sweeping views of the harbor side as tiny sailboats dotted the horizon. The sun slowly set leaving behind a golden glow that set the feeling for cocktail hour. Paired with all the rose gold details a girl could dream of, this photographer was in heaven!!

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Farm Engagement Session on Boston's North Shore

I first met Jared & Willoughby at Willoughby's family home, a sprawling working farm on Boston's North Shore. They will be getting married at this beautiful place later this summer and it was important to them for me to experience it for myself. I absolutely love how personal this place is to the couple, especially Willoughby, and how they are thoughtfully planning their wedding day to reflect their personal connection to the farm along with its beautiful natural backdrop. 

When it came time for their engagement session it made sense to explore the farm. We meandered through the tall tree groves and winding stone wall lined drives on a glorious summer evening. Just spending a few minutes here its easy to understand why Willoughby and Jared feel such a connection to this place.  

Jared and Willoughby thank you for inviting me to this place, a place that means so much to you. I can't wait for August!! Enjoy some of my favorites from their session!!

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How To Plan Stress Free Family Formals

In the fourth post of the DZP Wedding Planning Series, we'll be chatting about to plan stress free family formals. The success of family formals on the wedding day is in the planning. Often, the idea of photographing grouping after grouping can seem overwhelming, to you, your family and your photographer. While it may seem like this is an easy and quick part of the wedding day -- when you are working with larger groups of people things can quickly become confusing, complicated and down right stressful. Today I'll be sharing my best tips on how to make this time with your loved ones, easy, stress free and enjoyable. 

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Preparing For the Morning Of The Wedding

In the fourth post of the DZP Wedding Planning Series, I am sharing how to prepare for the morning of your wedding day and make the most of this precious time with your loved ones!! Months of planning and preparation have lead to this moment -- getting ready on your wedding day!! There will be lot swirling around you : people, questions and attention. Often it can be overwhelming and a lot to take in. Read on to learn how to reduce stress and enjoy every minute as you get ready for your wedding!!

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The Best of 2016 : Weddings

It's here!! The finale to the Best of 2016 series -- WEDDINGS!! This is one of my favorite posts to share each year and there is SO much pretty to share with you today!! 2016 was one for the books, it was an incredible year filled with amazing people and beautiful celebrations. Again and again I was reminded of how special it is to be invited into one of the most important day of a couple's life together and to preserve that day for years to come.

2016 saw celebrations of all kinds and sizes. Estate weddings, chic urban weddings, outdoor ceremonies and gothic styled churches, large wedding parties and small. Each wedding was uniquely different.

Enjoy some of my faves!!

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The Best of 2016 : Engagements

Today continues the the Best of 2016 series with my favorite engagement images from the past year. I kicked off 2016 with Sarah & Greg's epic Lake Winnipesaukee engagement session and ended the year with Kirsten & Paul's sunrise session at Crane Beach. From Boston to the North Shore, the city to the coast, 2016 was filled with beautiful places and amazing couples celebrating this precious time in life!!

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Crane Beach Engagement Session in Ipswich

These two brave souls met me on a cold early fall morning for their engagement session at Crane Beach in Ipswich. Crane Beach is one of my favorite places on earth and it was joy to share this special spot with Kirsten & Paul!! We met just as the sun was rising above the horizon and were greeted by an empty beach -- the ocean was still, the sand was smooth, it was a peaceful start to a beautiful engagement session!! Enjoy some of my favorites!!

*I'm secretly-not-so-secretly THRILLED to incorporate several film frames into this blog post -- can you spot which images are film??! Developed and scanned by the Find Film Lab. Photographed with Canon EOS 1V 35mm on Portra 400

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Winter Willowdale Estate Wedding | "Let's Give Them A Wedding"

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At the beginning of January a friend and fellow photographer, Shannon, posted about her clients needing to cancel their wedding. They had just found out that Erick, the groom, was very sick and they couldn't afford both a wedding and his aggressive treatments. Upon hearing the news, Shannon desperately wanted to do something to help. So she enlisted the help of Facebook and reached out to vendor friends seeing if they could possibly donate their time, services or art to help make Erick and Jennifer's dream wedding, not a cancelation, but a reality.  

What happened next was simply unbelievable. What Shannon coined as "Let's Give Them A Wedding" went viral and wedding industry peers from New England, across the country and even across the globe began pouring in offering to donate their services. They, like Shannon, were deeply moved by Erick and Jennifer's story and wanted to do whatever they could to help. It was simply amazing to watch what started out as a simple "plea" on Facebook, in a matter of days turn into something so much bigger.  

Before Shannon had a date nailed down I offered to assist and second shoot if she needed anyone. Knowing that she had hundreds of other photographers offering the same thing, I waited for Shannon to make her choice for the team that would be best suited to her style and for Erick and Jennifer's needs. I was absolutely floored and honored when Shannon contacted me to see if I was available. I was overwhelmed to be a part of something so special and I immediately jumped on board. Along with the talented Steph Stevens we rounded out the photography team. There was also an amazing team of videographers, Jeff Brouillet Films, capturing the day as well. Check out the incredible day of video here.  

If you'd like to read more about Erick and Jennifer's story you can click here. And if you'd like to see Shannon's take of the day, make sure to head on over to her blog to see her beautiful images. For the most part, I'd like the images to do the talking so I'll leave you with Jennifer and Erick's lovely day at the incredible and graciousWillowdale Estate. If you'd like to see the list of amazing vendors from the day, make sure to scroll to the bottom of the post.  

winter wedding at the Willowdale Estate
winter wedding at the Willowdale Estate
Florals from Whim Events at Willowdale Estate
winter wedding dress at willlowdale estate
winter wedding at willlowdale estate
First Look at Willowdale Estate
Bride before ceremony at Willowdale Estate
Ceremony details at Willowdale Estate
Ceremony details at Willowdale Estate
Bride before ceremony at Willowdale Estate
Winter Ceremony at Willowdale Estate
Winter Ceremony at Willowdale Estate
Winter wedding details at Willowdale Estate
Winter wedding details at Willowdale Estate
Indoor reception at Willowdale Estate
Indoor reception at Willowdale Estate
Indoor reception at Willowdale Estate
Indoor reception at Willowdale Estate
Indoor reception at Willowdale Estate
Indoor reception at Willowdale Estate

Jennifer and Erick, I was honored to have been a small part of such an amazing and moving experience. I hope that you were blessed beyond measure and had a day more magical than anything you could have imagined. Your love is infectious and it is a joy to witness and I'm so glad that your day wasn't canceled. Instead it was a beautiful reality!!Organizer and Lead Photographer : Shannon Grant

Venue: Willowdale Estate

Event Design & Coordination: Whim Events

Videography: Jeff Brouillet Films

Second Shooters: Steph Stevens & Deborah Zoe

DJ: Scott Rosenthal of Cape Tunes

Photobooth: The Danger Booth

Rentals: Petersons Party Center

Makeup Artists and Hair Stylists: Jeni Teran, Karrie Welch, Hilary Warner, Janeen Jones

Officiant: Kathie Nutter

Paper Suite: Strawberry Small Works Studio Cake: Frederick's Pastries

Bridal Dress: Velace Bridal

Bridal Headpiece: Jannie BaltzerGroom & Men's suits: Sposabella

Custom Cake Topper : Danielle De Luna

Addt'l Donations: Pink Polka Dot Events & Couture Wedding Design

Fall Willowdale Estate Wedding | Jackie & Damian

Sometimes it feels as if Jackie and Damian have been together forever. Their love story started almost ten years ago during their freshman year of Harvard. Their love has continued through jobs, travel, moves and PhD degrees at Yale. Or so that's what we thought! As Jackie's Dad toasted the couple on their wedding day he revealed an unknown story to their guests! Who knew that Jackie and Damian might have met years before, before they were even born! Jackie's mom and Damian's mom both had the same doctor, who delivered Jackie and Damian just days apart! Some love, well some love is just meant to be! 

Having grown up in the TriTown on the North Shore, it was very fitting for Jackie to choose the Willowdale Estate in Topsfield. The couple pulled together an amazing event with understated rustic elegance. Willowdale was the perfect fit for the couple.  

A wedding by Deborah Zoe Photography at the Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, Massachusetts.
A wedding by Deborah Zoe Photography at the Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, Massachusetts.
A wedding by Deborah Zoe Photography at the Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, Massachusetts.
A wedding by Deborah Zoe Photography at the Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, Massachusetts.
A wedding by Deborah Zoe Photography at the Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, Massachusetts.
A wedding by Deborah Zoe Photography at the Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, Massachusetts.
A wedding by Deborah Zoe Photography at the Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, Massachusetts.
A wedding by Deborah Zoe Photography at the Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, Massachusetts.
A wedding by Deborah Zoe Photography at the Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, Massachusetts.
A wedding by Deborah Zoe Photography at the Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, Massachusetts.
A wedding by Deborah Zoe Photography at the Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, Massachusetts.
A wedding by Deborah Zoe Photography at the Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, Massachusetts.
A wedding by Deborah Zoe Photography at the Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, Massachusetts.
A wedding by Deborah Zoe Photography at the Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, Massachusetts.
A wedding by Deborah Zoe Photography at the Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, Massachusetts.
A wedding by Deborah Zoe Photography at the Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, Massachusetts.
A wedding by Deborah Zoe Photography at the Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, Massachusetts.
A wedding by Deborah Zoe Photography at the Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, Massachusetts.
A wedding by Deborah Zoe Photography at the Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, Massachusetts.
A wedding by Deborah Zoe Photography at the Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, Massachusetts.
A wedding by Deborah Zoe Photography at the Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, Massachusetts.
A wedding by Deborah Zoe Photography at the Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, Massachusetts.
A wedding by Deborah Zoe Photography at the Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, Massachusetts.
A wedding by Deborah Zoe Photography at the Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, Massachusetts.
A wedding by Deborah Zoe Photography at the Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, Massachusetts.
A wedding by Deborah Zoe Photography at the Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, Massachusetts.
A wedding by Deborah Zoe Photography at the Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, Massachusetts.
A wedding by Deborah Zoe Photography at the Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, Massachusetts.
A wedding by Deborah Zoe Photography at the Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, Massachusetts.
A wedding by Deborah Zoe Photography at the Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, Massachusetts.
A wedding by Deborah Zoe Photography at the Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, Massachusetts.

Jackie and Damian, I couldn't be happier for you two!! I can't wait to see where you're next adventure takes you as husband and wife -thank you so much for allowing us to be a part of such a special day, enjoy!!