On Monday night I joined a group of Boston bloggers at BHLDN in Chestnut Hill for a night of perusing their beautifully detailed Fall 2014 Collection! I walked into the store absolutely excited because, duh, who doesn’t love Anthro/BHLDN?! The place doesn’t disappoint. It’s very hard to leave empty handed (which I did, but just barely.)

These GOWNS. Every one I looked at I fell in love with a little bit more than the last. Their intricate detail, their vintage-ness, their overall uniqueness is just so wonderful.  I was silently mourning the fact that I will never be able to wear one. But all of my future brides, can you PLEASE pleaaaseee pick one of these wedding dresses? You won’t be sad about it!

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Steph and I often attend these blogger events together and when we’re meeting new people we’re all like “Hi, I’m Steph.” And hi, I’M Steph!” and people are like, “Well, that’s easy!”;)

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Can I just brag for a second (literally one second): the day after the event, BHLDN regrammed the picture on the left. I was floored.

Done bragging.

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A few more things of possible note:

I ate carrot cake for lunch and dessert for an entire week. Because the wonderful Chickadee Hill Cakes donated the prettiest/most delicious cake I’ve ever seen/tasted for the Joie Mag styled shoot last Saturday and I obviously couldn’t let it go to waste.

This weekend I’ll travel up to the White Mountains for Ashely+Todd‘s gorgeous, rustic wedding on Saturday! Super excited for their day. Come back next week for their sneak peeks!

THENNN, on Sunday, my little itty bitty sister (she’s 21) and I will go see ZAC BROWN BAND!! Please pinch me now. I don’t know if I will be able to not cry. Follow me on insta for minute-by-minute updates. Goodbye.

- Stephanie

Last weekend I had the opportunity to do a Signature Experience with one of my childhood friends, Ashleigh, at her massage studio in Keene, NH. Sacred Moments is a tranquil space with soft oceans sounds and dimmed lights, so Ashleigh’s clients can truly relax during their massage. Ashleigh wanted to capture the process of a typical massage, so she invited one of her clients in. I watched and photographed while Ashleigh worked her magic and it was awesome!

Just a side note: Ashleigh and I were best friends up until our mid-middle school years. I remember playing house and pretending to be penguins (true story) and making lanyard bracelets and walking to the bus together. I’m sure we talked about what we wanted to be when we grew up, but I bet we had no idea that we’d end up owning our own businesses! Things like this make me smile. Ashleigh, it was so great to catch up!

Ok, onto the photos:)

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After we finished at the studio, we headed to the nearest park and took a series of outdoor photos. The river and trees made the perfect backdrop for Ashleigh’s naturey, peaceful self. These are my favorites!

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If you’re a small business owner looking for creative photos that represent you and your business perfectly, email me at stephanieritaphoto[at]gmail or by clicking the ‘become a client’ tab at the top of this page! Can’t wait to work with you!

~Stephanie

 

Today, at about 3:24, Nate + I will be married for exactly two years. (!) These two years have gone by pretty fast, but at the same time it feels like we’ve been together forever. This year was very similar to our first year, nothing crazy exciting or crazy difficult. We continued to build a good foundation and while learning together what our kind of marriage is supposed to be.

We ate too much pizza from the shop down the road. We did a little traveling while Nate was working in Florida for a month (and to California for Christmas with my extended family). We apple-picked and Christmas-tree-cut and continued our tradition of heart-shaped pizzas on Valentine’s day. Our car broke down, we unsuccessfully looked for new apartments, we dreamed a lot about moving to Europe (which will happen eventually, mark my words), and most importantly we love each other now more than we did on the day we got married.

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I recently read an article on Relevant called “8 Things I Wish I ‘d Known as a Newlywed”. And I loved it, mostly because we went into marriage having no idea how to ‘be married’ (who does?!). Loved ones gave us advice like “Keep dating!” and “Put each other first!” and while those are good tips, there was a lot more that we weren’t hearing. We’ve learned some of these things along the way and there were a few points that I loved and/or challenged me. (Read it if you have a little time!)

“.. you aren’t entitled to the benefits of love just because you put a ring on it. Those perks only come with intentional investment and personal sacrifice.” 

“Love … is the big, small, mundane—but generous—choices to give to our spouse.”

“… trust requires time, true companionship comes from years of conversation, and the kind of romance that doesn’t fade only comes from being intentional over the long-haul.”

“What the world needs are better lovers—husbands and wives committed to learning the unnatural art of loving another person.”

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Dear Nate. Thanks for being the calm to my worry, the organized to my tornado zone, the grill-master to my microwave-master, the ‘let’s think this through’ to my ‘let’s do it anyways’, and the absolute only person I can ever imagine going through life with. Oh, and for being my very own Ron Weasley.;)

Love you <3 S

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“‘Cuz in a sky full of stars,
I think I see you.”
-Coldplay

~*~

I had the honor of photographing C+J’s wedding day in early June. Despite reports for rain, the skies stayed clear and the day was lovely. When I first met C+J, they told me about their ever-since-middle-school-romance (and how C said no the first time J asked her out). But over the many years since then, their love has grown and their wedding day was a gorgeous way to celebrate the continuation of their lives together.

The day started at the Silver Fountain Inn and continued to the Rivermill at Dover Landing, both in Dover, NH. Dover is a cute little New England town with lots of historic charm, which is why C+J picked it! Their outdoor ceremony was filled with Spanish traditions to honor C’s heritage: The coin ceremony, when they traded coins and promised to always support each other, and the veil ceremony, when C’s parents wrapped her veil around them both to symbolize them becoming one unit. Both were very special to witness.

*Shot as an associate for Forevercandid Photography*

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Congrats to you both! <3
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~ Stephanie

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