Anyone else out there with a crazy, large family that screams, and yells, and laughs, and runs, and plays like a bunch of kids? We’re a crew comprised of teachers, sailors, artists, small business owners, scientists, musicians, and explorers. We come together from Florida, Boston, California, New York, Philadelphia, and Rhode Island.
And unfortunately, we just don’t see each other often enough.
After all of us kids grew up in to adults it became harder and harder to find time when we could all gather together as one big family. Sound familiar? I hear this all too often, that families will go long stretches of time without seeing one-another, and when they do, it’s for a wedding or a funeral. We are no exception. So, this August we all gathered together at our family camp in New Hampshire and had a reunion. It was in part to celebrate the life of my grandmother who passed away a year ago, and it was also a great excuse to see reunite for reunion’s sake.
This weekend was important for my whole family, but also to me personally because it marked the first time that my boyfriend would be meeting my family. And not just one or two people… he was meeting everyone. For the most part, I left my camera and phone in the car, opting instead to just live in the moment. It’s so rare that I get to unplug and enjoy the little things, and I really wanted to soak everything in.
I did take a little bit of time to snap a few photos though, so enjoy the Gabeler Family Reunion 2018 edition. Here’s hoping that we celebrate many more, and soon!
This past May I was contacted by a truly incredible couple who were putting together the wedding of their dreams on a time crunch. They contacted me in May, had plans to get married in June, and then were scheduled to move to Indonesia in July! They’re super cute, totally in love, and their wedding was incredible too- stay tuned for more on that! Enjoy!
When my friend, Mike, reached out to me a little over a year ago and asked if I would be interested in photographing his wedding I was through the moon! We've known each other since our college days and I've always been impressed by how smart, talented, and witty he is. He's just one of those guys who lights up a room as soon as he walks in. And when I got to finally meet Jess? Well she just might shine brighter than him ;) She's a passionate and gifted educator who loves vegan cooking, literature, and artisan goods. These two are a perfect match, and their love story could bring a tear to the eye of even the most hardened sceptic.
We got together a few months ago to catch up on life and to talk wedding plans. These two share so many passions and they really wanted their day to reflect who they are as a couple. They told me all about their plans to host their intimate wedding at their home on Cape Cod with the ceremony in the front yard and the reception in the back. I'm happy to report that they totally nailed it! Themes of literature, golf, art, education, and cooking were all subtly woven into their warm September wedding. Every detail of the day was provided by an incredible collection of local vendors. This intimate wedding was an absolute dream...
Island Creek Oyster Bar: Raw Bar
Blue Ribbon BBQ: Catering
Soy Much Brighter: Candles
Mud and Yarn: Mason Jar Covers
Grain Deep: Custom laser engraved tags
Sarah Beth Pottery: Ceramic toasting flutes
Sean Michael, of The Salon Beau: Hair and Makeup
The Flower Mill: Florist
The Classic Couple: Bridal Boutique
Kristen Labrie (sister of the groom): Wedding cake, cupcakes, and "pup cake"
I'm sitting here in my apartment on a Sunday morning having a really hard time accepting that I'm heading back to the real world tomorrow. I still have salt in my hair, sand in my phone case, and this strange craving for conch fritters. I've got the worst case of the Sunday Scaries of my whole life because I just got back from the trip of a lifetime.
My three best friends and I took off on a week long vacation to the tropics and it far surpassed my expectations. We saw no lines, no traffic, and no crowds of any kind. The roads were (very) bumpy, the locals were friendly, and the views spectacular. We enjoyed a beach that was completely void of other people: it was so relaxing that you could literally fall asleep in the "backyard" on the beach, naked, and totally alone. Each day we woke up early, swam before 9am, and took off on an island adventure.
On day one we arrived by small plane just in time for sunset. We disembarked at the airport on the northern most point on the island and then made our drive south, stopping on the way to take a few photos.
On day two I woke up just before sunrise because I was too excited to be in the ocean. I sat on the back porch of our house and waited for the sun to rise. To say it was peaceful would be an understatement.
On day three we took off in the morning on a road trip to the southern most point of the island. Our destination was Lighthouse Point, a secluded seaside paradise that requires a fair amount of off-roading to discover. We stopped in to a few "hot spots" along the way including a roadside farm, a local bakery, and a few geo attractions. When we got to our final destination where greeted by the most beautiful beach I've ever seen. Enjoy :)
Day 5 was "Rainbow Beach Day". We decided to stay local and hit one of the beaches located 5 minutes down the road from the house. We had breakfast and then packed up our snorkeling gear, a few good books, and some mimosa ingredients and took off on a fun and relaxing day in the ocean. This was one of the busier beaches that we saw on our trip and there were only 7 other people- not bad! Rainbow Beach was rad because of the great snorkeling conditions, the beach combing, and the little picnic tables complete with their own palm frond umbrellas. It was almost too perfect. Almost.
Day 6 was a big day. We started off by driving to the north end of the island, about an hour and a half away, and took a ferry ride to Harbor Island. This little town was absolutely gorgeous: it's covered in brightly colored houses, road-side businesses, seafood restaurants, and completely surrounded by pristine white sand beaches. Harbor Island definitely has more going on than the main island of Eleuthera but is by no means a built up destination. We rented a golf cart (the main means of transportation on that island) and cruised around feeling as if we had traveled back in time.
After returning back to Eleuthera we made our way to The Sapphire Blue Hole. My friend had been there before but it’s still tricky to find even if you’ve made the trip in the past. Despite it’s elusive location this place was one of the brightest highlights of my trip. I’m telling you, the photos don’t do it justice. And as I’m sure you can imagine, I don’t like to say that kind of thing very often :)
Now, let’s talk Blue Holes. Because I’m not a geologist, I’m going to let Wikipedia do the talking for me here:
“A blue hole is a large marine cavern or sinkhole, which is open to the surface and is composed of a carbonate bedrock (limestone or coral reef). Blue holes typically contain tidally-influenced water of fresh, marine, or mixed chemistry.”
To paint a more clear picture: imagine driving down a long dirt road into a tropical forest and coming across a large electric blue lake that's a full 30 foot drop from where you’re standing. You can see right to the bottom of the more shallow edges of the hole but in the center all you see is pure dark blue. You can’t tell how deep it is, you can only imagine. The jump down is daunting and the only way out is by scaling the side of the very step and jagged sharp coral edges of the water’s opening. Breathtaking.
Preacher’s Cave is just a short ride down the road from the Sapphire Hole, so we visited there after our adventurous swim. According to historical record, the original inhabitants of the island sought shelter in these caves. They were incredibly impressive.
As soon as we got back in the car the sky opened up and the rains came. The afternoon showers covered the countryside and created rainbows on the scenic drive. We stopped along the way to buy coconuts and conch salad from a few locals and then headed to a small outdoor restaurant for live music, fish tacos, and margaritas. It was a perfect day.
I can’t put in to words how much I love these women and how grateful I am to have them in my life.
Here’s my final recommendation: go to Eleuthera. Whether you’re going for your honeymoon or going with friends, you’ll have the time of your life. I stayed in a little house called Bonefish Barbi’s Beach Bungalow, and it was absolute perfection. If you have any questions please let me know, I am happy to talk Bahamas any time!
First of all: this was easily one of the most fun weddings I've ever been a part of.
And secondly: It rained harder than I have ever seen. Seriously, it was like something out of a movie, the kind of weather that you remember for years to come. That said, we were able to steal a few moments outside at the end of the day to get some beautiful photos of the bride and groom. So if rain is your biggest fear about your wedding day, I say "forget it" because this wedding proves that even on a rainy day beautiful images can be made! And despite the rain, the thing that I'll remember most about this day was how much fun their reception was- I've never seen such an energetic dance floor!
I've known the bride, Kirsten, for years and to say that she is the life of the party would be an understatement. She's so full of life and kindness, you can feel her positive energy immediately. Brad and Kirsten are such perfect foils to one another: his steadfast calmness is offset by Kirsten's bold nature. They share a lot in common too, most notably that they are both deeply loved and valued by their many friends and family members. Their wedding was intimate, personal, emotional, hilarious, and full of love.
I hope you enjoy reliving their day.
Leah and Alex's wedding at The Windsor Mansion Inn was absolutely spectacular and had me and my second shooter both swearing that we would want to get married there ourselves! I can't say that I'm surprised that Leah and Alex chose this location for their wedding, it perfectly reflected their love of the mountains and the great outdoors. These are so clearly made for each other: On their first date they had strangers asking how long they had been married!
Cheers to the happy couple!
On October 15th, 2017 Ryan and Erin Judkins tied the knot in a small and intimate ceremony in Belmont Massachusetts. Their venue was The Mass Audubon Society Habitat Education Center, a beautiful and weathered 1914 Georgian mansion with formal gardens. Their entire wedding was held outside under the cover of the garden's lush trees and was inspired by natural elements. The bride, an interior designer, took control of the creative vision and assembled a very small team to execute on the day off. Paper lanterns were added to the trees for additional ambiance, and the couple's catering team provided light fall inspired food and artisan cocktails. Their florist created two stunning arrangements for the bride and her maid of honor in jewel tones, as well as a beautiful live-runner for the table which was made of berries, pumpkins, flowers, and branches from the garden. The bride's mother provided small chocolates for the guests in lieu of cake. The music for the event was performed on acoustic guitar, provided by a friend of the couple.
If you're looking for a quintessential Killington wedding, you've found it! Courtney and Chris's wedding was set in the Green Mountains at Killington Resort and was a stunning event from beginning to end. The creative vision was conceived of by the bride and her mother; they really hit it out of the park! The reception was so elegant and the ceremony it's self was a fairytale in the mountains.
Hair/makeup artist: Michelle Collette
Florist: Jaga Smiechowski
Bakery: Sweet Lovin' Creations
Planner/event designer: The Bride's mother and Jaga Smiechowski's vision brought it all together with the help of the bride's step-dad, Jason Swett, and family friends.
Caterer: Killington Grand Hotel: Preston'
Groom Style: Ferragamo