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today’s dream

alternate title: proof that commercials really work!

i just saw a commercial for nova scotia…and it reminded me HOW MUCH i want to go to halifax and prince edward island.

i LOOOVVEE to travel. (i’ve been to viet nam, singapore (coolest airport ever!), bolivia, mexico, colombia, philippines, UK (x3), indonesia, new zealand (FAVOURITE! x3), australia (x2), ireland…and…that might be it. wait! i almost forgot…i spent the night sleeping on the lawn in front of the airport in tahiti once. tahiti does NOT have the coolest airport ever. i don’t recommend overnight layovers at all.) in fact, 2006 was the first year since 1996 that i DIDN’T get a stamp in my passport. i tried valiantly to get my parents to go to nova scotia with me for christmas…it didn’t work out. 🙁

SO…someone needs to fulfill their anne of green gables fantasy and have a beachside wedding on prince edward island…and that person needs to hire me to shoot that canadian atlantic destination wedding. i’ll even give you a discount or something!

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Marina17 July 2007 - 22:11

let me know when you are headed to hawaii!


gwynethcolleenphotography17 July 2007 - 22:18

marina…i went to school in indiana but there was this weird contingent of imported students from hawai’i…and somehow they became my “group”…i can refer to “slippers” and “____-guys” and spam musubi with the best of ’em. 😀 anyway, i’ve been wanting to go there since FOREVER. and i’ll definitely look you up.

andrea27 July 2007 - 16:36

so gwyn… i am shooting a wedding in halifax next may…

holly and marc

on June 9th I traveled down to Gloucester, MA (location of “the Perfect Storm“…which, if you ask me, was a perfectly depressing movie. and a perfect waste of two nearly-perfect specimens like Mark Wahlberg and George Clooney…that’s why I don’t like “true story” movies…happy endings, Hollywood! Happy endings! That’s what I’m paying you $9 per ticket for.) to second-shoot for the fabulous Rachel of Decent Urban Weddings.

Holly and Marc chose one of the coolest venues ever…the Ocean View Inn and Resort. I think Holly willed the rain to hold off so they could be married on the lawn just steps away from the dramatic rocky coast. and to that I say…way to go, Holly! The setting was truly spectacular and fostered good-will in everyone. (Right down to motivating a groomsman to give me my first marriage proposal at a wedding!! Um…I don’t think it’s going to work out. Ha!)

I’ve received emails from a few people who have stumbled upon this site and remarked on my sense of humor…that’s one of the greatest compliments I could receive, so…thanks guys! I see funny stuff every single day, and at weddings/on the job is no exception. I go so far as to include a small set of “funny” images from every wedding. Photos that make me just crack up while I’m processing them. This one may be my favourite funny image to date:

I loved these guests…I called them “rockstars”…because they were so COOL.

See Rachel’s favourites here, and the rest of mine here.

And then go get married on the coast and hire me to come photograph it! 😀

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Sarah and David

I first met Sarah and David last December. We walked around Boston Common and the Gardens for some engagement photos…and boy were we lucky! It was warm enough to do a few shots without their coats. I think this is my favorite from that session.

Sarah is just sooo beautiful, and David loves her sooo much…Her response after our session was that they were able to have a few ‘moments’ they weren’t expecting. These two could have ‘moments’ no matter where they are!

They were married on May 19th (I told you I was behind!) at the Hyatt Harborside. On a clear day, there would have been gorgeous views of the skyline, but I kind of liked the misty, moody cityscape we had instead.

but I’m getting ahead of myself…No kissing until AFTER the wedding! These two were somewhat traditional and chose not to see each other beforehand. (Incidentally…that one is my favorite from the day!)

Getting ready photos are some of my favorites. Always.

(I know she’s crying…but I just think she looks so beautiful! She couldn’t even THINK about David without tearing up.)

(sister of the bride learning how to bustle the skirt so she could boogie at the reception. I couldn’t resist…it was too funny. How often do you have people having conversations under your skirt?)

I loved her hair and pretty tattoo.

the “I now pronounce you man and wife” kiss

the “whoo-hoo! we’re MARRIED!” kiss

The best man’s wife had these rockin’ awesome shoes. I complimented her on them, and she proudly informed me that they are vegan.

Sarah and David…Thanks so much for letting us be a part of your day. Your friends and family were warm and loving…and man could they DANCE! I hope someday I’m as happy as you two are.

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photography4me14 July 2007 - 21:31

absolutely beautiful photographs. I love them all.


so, I need some help! My to-do list is so unbelievably long…and that includes SIX weddings I need to post here. My goal is to post one wedding per day for the rest of the week…if I don’t do it, harass me! gwynethcolleenphotography [at] yahoo [dot] com.

I had an amazing time in Indiana, and the 7.7.07 photos are…well, they’re a treat. Definitely worth the wait. I’ve done a LOT of traveling; I love to travel. I started when I was still in high school, and my first few overseas trips I packed in my dad’s seabag that he used to take on submarine trips. They’re like giant green canvas tubes that are sewn up at one end…not really strategic for compartmentalizing things for easy access. After a couple years of that, I switched to a regular duffel bag. The year I lived in New Zealand, I figured I was technically “backpacking”, so I bought a nice internal frame pack. At least it had pockets. I never once used a rolling suitcase…figured since I was doing the travel-on-a-budget, explore the unseen corners of the world type of travel, I should sort of “rough it” a bit.

I’m over that.

If rolling suitcases=air conditioned rooms with fluffy pillows and fruity mixed drinks out on the terrace…I’m soooo ready to be that kind of traveler. With an occasional side trip to the open air markets for street food. Being a photographer means that I cannot go anywhere without at least 5 bags hanging off of my two shoulders. People regularly ask me, “can I help you with that?” I always laugh, wave them off and say, “I do this every weekend!” And I do, but my shoulders/neck/back are starting to gently suggest, “you know, it wouldn’t kill you to let them take the laptop.”

All that to say–I may be looking for my first rolling suitcase this week. Once I can stand up straight again. And stay tuned for updates. I’ve got a lot of them up my sleeve.

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