Archive for August, 2011

Ten on Ten: August 2011

August 10, 2011

I’ve been mourning a bit the lack of kid posts here on this blog, the one that started as their electronic baby book. But until I have a new blog to debut (this fall–we had to take a breather during wedding season!), I’ve been posting client work here, and today it feels great to return to my roots and post a series of personal photos.

The inspiration for this came from a great group of women photographers. One of them—who takes the most heartstoppingly gorgeous photos of her brood—suggested this project and I am so grateful to her!

So here’s the plan: one day a month, I document life around me by taking ten photos, one roughly every hour.

On the tenth day of the month, each of us posts our ten photos, and you can follow around the circle of eight of us if you like.

Today I’m linking to Carrie of Carrie Hill Photography, and you will absolutely adore the soulful moments she captured.

So, without further buildup, my Ten on Ten for August 2011.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

On the date I chose for my ten on ten, we had the boys’ best girlfriends over for a sleepover the night before.

I came downstairs on a rainy Sunday morning to find the four of them quietly giggling, drawing and reading. We all needed a rainy day to take a break on this beautiful summer!

The dreaded Augmentin. Will showed me his finger one day last week saying, “Mom, I think I sprained my wrist.” A small, swollen cut, oozing with pus at the tip of his finger was enhanced by a faint red line trailing up into his arm.

A quick trip to the pediatrician resulted in powerful and awful-tasting doses of this goop. He’s almost done. (Culture revealed strep group A infection. Thank goodness for modern medicine!)

Sorry the photo is so small, but it features “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” playing on my MacBook. Will, Henry, and their overnight guests Olivia and Gabby are all gaga for Harry. You wouldn’t believe how quiet four children can be when they are listening to Harry Potter audio book reader Jim Dale.

“Mom! Watch! I am blowing air into my ears!”

The rain still falling, this crew took every toy in the house, spread them out on blankets, couches and chairs in the living room, and had a sale.

Books were “20:50” each, camping gear was $1.50 a piece or $30 for all five pieces and the game of Perfection was $80. Legos and Playmobil had their own price points, and some, of course, were spesl.

Henry has had enough of the rain by now.

Finally! The rain stops. Naturally, my two and their neighbor decide to wash rocks to celebrate.

An hour later I found them over at the neighbor’s house, washing their bikes and singing one stanza from Katy Perry’s “Fireworks” OVER AND OVER.

Hydrangeas in bloom.

Pool time! Made extra special to have a swim with visiting cousin Justin, pictured on right.

After staying up til nearly 10 on the sleepover, these toes and the five-year-old body attached to it were out cold. Good night!


Jackie + Adam: Married at Guilford Yacht Club (Photobooth!)

August 9, 2011

So…with the amazing help I had onsite from Dallas Galbreath and Eden Long, we were able to host a photobooth at this rocking party!

This crowd knew EXACTLY what to do with a photobooth, as you’ll see below.

The photobooth, in one slide show!

Watch out for the BEST photo bomb of all time, by our gorgeous bride, Jackie!

All photobooth images taken by Eden Long of South Carolina.

Jackie + Adam: Married at Guilford Yacht Club, Guilford CT (Part 1)

August 8, 2011

The gorgeous New England summer weather on the day Jackie and Adam married mirrored them as a couple–beautiful, breezy, warm and wonderful. With the gorgeous Guilford Yacht Club as a backdrop, and minions of loving family and friends around, “Team Awesome” (also known as Jackie and Adam) had a great day indeed!

For the highlights of their day, watch their slide show here.

(And look for part 2, the photobooth slide show, tomorrow!)

Happy love, Jackie and Adam!



Venue: Guilford Yacht Club, Guilford, CT

Gown: The White Dress By the Shore, Clinton, CT

Bridal Hair/Makeup: 129 on Main, Cheshire, CT

Catering: Jordan Caterers, Cheshire, CT

Music: DJ Keith Alan, Keith Alan Productions

Photography: Anna Sawin Photography, Stonington, CT

Super extra-special thanks to my all-star photography team of Dallas Galbreath and Eden Long!

Julie + Seth: Married on Block Island

August 3, 2011

Julie and Seth were married on a rainy and windy June day on Block Island, but they embraced the weather and even held their ceremony outside at the Block Island’s grand Spring House Hotel–it was wonderful!

Scott Westervelt, a whizz with a needle, plies his art.

The INDOOR shoes. Gorgeous.

Seth taking in the view as he awaits the first glimpse of his bride.

Down at Southeast Light on Block Island, umbrella in hand.

With nephew in darling seersucker suit before the ceremony.

The iconic Spring House Hotel. The porches came in handy!

This stunner came from Sin, in Providence. I love their website:

This is why rain is NEVER a bad thing.

Happy love, Julie and Seth! We had such a great day with you!

(Thanks to Nicki Pardo for all her great work on Block Island!)

For the slide show, click here.

Gown: Stephanie James Couture

Dresser/Stylist: Scott Westervelt

Hair: Jason Van De Hay, Scott J Salon, NYC

Floral: Suzanne Nolter at Blazing Star Farm

Music: DJ Marc Scortino, Island Wedding DJ

Cake: Julie Luxmoore, Sin, Providence

Invitations: Buddy and Bean

Photographer: Anna Sawin Photography

Ashley + Lyndsey: Getting married!

August 2, 2011

These two are getting married Friday at Kinney Bungalow at Sunset Farm in Narragansett, RI, and when we got together to discuss some wedding details, we took a few impromptu photos in downtown Westerly, RI.  They are so sweet and kind and compassionate with each other I just know their day will be a delight. Looking forward to their big day!


A fun note for photographers:  I used Get Totally Rad’s Rad Lab to edit these photos, the very first ones I’ve done with this amazing new Photoshop plug-in, and I LOVE this tool. I cannot wait to spend some more time working with it, and I highly recommend checking it out.