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A Kittansett club wedding was a dream of Molly’s. She grew up spending summers in Marion, surrounded by the sea and spending time with her family. Framed by cedar shake houses and the loveliest view of the Atlantic, Kittansett has a special place in the heart of all who visit. Molly was a planner, and while she could easily plan her wedding she could not have planned her love story. It was at Boston College that this girl from Pittsburgh met and fell in love with a boy from Houston.

It is rare to find a person that compliments you so well, and I know you two have found that in each other. Molly and Chris, I can begin to describe how much I enjoyed getting to know you both over the past year and documenting your wedding day, but that wouldn’t do it justice. I feel so honored to have been entrusted with the purpose of joining you in Massachusetts to capture the moments and emotions of the day. As everyone mentioned at the rehearsal dinner, you two lead by example and set the bar high in everything that you do. You invite others to do the same, and confidently support them in their effort. It may sound strange, but thank you for trusting me and welcoming me in to your lives in the past year. Enjoy looking back at your story through some of my favorite images, and of course I would love for you to share this post or leave a comment to let me know what you think.

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Molly had the loveliest “Mrs” hanger for her wedding dress

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While the girls got ready at Molly’s parents the guys gathered with guests outside the hotel and enjoyed lobster rolls from the Oxcart food truck they brought in.

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One of my favorite ways to document an exit is usually done by my second shooter – from the balcony! I was so lucky to have the talented Heidi Vail Photography join me to document this day.

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The beautiful view of the front of the Kittansett Club

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Every seaside wedding needs a raw bar with the freshest seafood available at cocktail hour!

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The Sperry Tent used at the Kittansett Club was so beautiful! There really aren’t other tents like it and it is the most elegant wedding tent available.

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when the dance party is so good it starts to move outside in addition to in… that’s a good sign

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What better way to end the night than with donuts? Of course, these weren’t just any donuts but Ma’s – a local favorite.

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At the end of the night, the stars were bright and the sun had set leaving a beautiful blue and purple hue in the sky above. To view / share / purchase these images in the online gallery I invite you here and stay in touch by following me on facebook.

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I spent this weekend with amazing people creating beautiful images. I really think that, and can’t wait to share the images captured from our time together. Each session was unique, and I ended last night with Danielle + Austin’s candlelit engagement in the woods. Thanks for not thinking I’m crazy, Danielle, when I suggested you go buy 100 candles and carry them all the way in to the woods to create this scene. I don’t think sessions have to be this elaborate to be successful – not at all – but I love capturing something new when a couple is interested in doing so. Follow along here to see previews from each and now I’m off to enjoy some much needed time with my daughter!

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In a former life, I was a graphic designer. It influences what I create and I still have a love for paper, typography + design in general. These days I don’t design as often, but now and then I have little projects, like the thank you cards you see above. I worked with the same pro lab (WHCC) that does some of my photo printing, and they do a great job at press products as well. They place a high value on correctly matching color + contrast to make the images look their best and I love the way these custom wedding thank you cards came out!

These cards are 5×7″ and printed on the soft touch matte paper. They are fairly thick, they come with envelopes, and are easy to write on with a ball point pen. I designed the card in photoshop, although I typically use InDesign as I find it more versatile. If you want to add baby announcements, save the dates, thank you’s or holiday cards to any of your orders just let me know and I’ll work with your favorite images to create something custom!

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homemade macaroni marydougherty 1 homemade macaroni and cheese

It reminds me of home. Isn’t that what mac + cheese is suppose to do? We ate this on a regular basis growing up, and it was always made from scratch by my mom. There wasn’t a lot that she didn’t make, and when I went off to college (and finally learned how to cook) this is one of the first recipes I asked for. The best thing about this recipe is after making it three or four times you can have it memorized and easily recreate it. You can use whatever cheese you have on hand, add toppings to make it fancy or keep it simple for one of the quickest dinners on the menu. Of course, if you need to substitute in a gluten free pasta or come up with a dairy free sauce (or both) you can definitely make that happen and I’ll direct you over to Minimalist Baker for their vegan green chile mac + cheese recipe. So if you don’t have a homemade macaroni + cheese recipe let me introduce you to mine (which is really my mom’s). Enjoy!

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Homemade Macaroni and Cheese :

  • 1 lb box of noodles
  • 1.5 c milk (get good milk – from a diary or local co-op if possible!)
  • 2 T flour
  • 2 T butter
  • 1.5 – 2c shredded cheese (as cheesy as you like)
  • salt + pepper to taste

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil – you definitely want enough water to not crowd the pasta. Cook according to directions or until al dente + drain.

Put your empty pot back on the stove on low and add in butter. Once melted, whisk in flour to create the roux and allow to cook a minute or two. Gradually add in milk (while still whisking) and allow to thicken as you go. It might get really thick at first, and then thin out – just don’t add it all at once. Add cheese, season with salt and pepper, and allow to melt – then add the noodles back in and enjoy immediately!

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In D’s bowl (the more orange sauce) I added some carrot puree so that there was veggies included. Sneaky mom / baby friendly, what more can you ask for?

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  • October 16, 2014 - 2:27 pm

    Sarah Frances Boyd - I’ve found I can add almost any veggie purée and it’s accepted by my kids! Cauliflower worked well. Best Mac and cheese ever.

  • October 16, 2014 - 8:14 pm

    Kathleen Miller - Can’t wait to try it Mary!!! Looks delish !! :)
    Did I see you’re expecting another bundle of joy? :D