Jess and Brain didn’t know when they planned their May 25th wedding at the Beach Plum Inn that the historic purple Wisteria tree would be in full bloom. I just love how the purple blossoms look with the Brown bridesmaid dresses.
Just released, the Island Weddings Magazine, hot off the press with Monica & Bernard Baez on the cover. This Manhattan couple had an intimate wedding with a friends and family on May 31, 2009. This shot was taken as we were walking down to the lighthouse. Bernard just swept Monica off her feet and my finger triggered the camera right at the moment before kiss impact. These two were so in-love and I was honored to document their wedding day.
With the sun setting over Katama Bay, waders on, waist high in water and camera in hand I had the most delicious conversation about harvesting quahogs with this wonderful salty man – Paul Bangs. Our conversation kept flowing as I felt the true sense of what I was seeing, smelling, hearing and documenting. Mr. Bangs, a Martha’s Vineyard local, harvests bivalves and other watery edibles year round from the waters off his home shore. He is also the author of the most delicious savory Quahog pie I’ve ever tasted. Paul’s long time friend and chef Dee Geiger from Tea Lane Caterers has deftly created a savory pie with delectable results from Paul recipes, AKA: Quahog Pie”. I love that Dee decorates the pie with a Quahog shell, center stage, bringing the sea into the grocery store and shopper.
With the sky turning crimson red and chimney orange our conversation continued until we reached the shore and downed some of the stray oysters Paul picked up while quahogging.
These photos about Mr. Bangs accompanied an article written by Ali Berlow for Cape Cod Life, published for the summer issue 2009.
Last year, Nicki Miller, editor of the Martha’s Vineyard Magazine assigned writer Alexandra Bullen and yours truly, to photograph the Community Garden in West Tisbury for one year. It was a fabulous assignment and one that I was eager to take on.
This community garden is not only abundant and productive but its members eat year round from it’s soil. In their winter hoop house I found kale, mache, parsley, lettuce greens, tatsoi, swiss chard and spinach growing when it was 24 degrees and snowy outside. Master gardener Lynn Weber has been growing fruits and vegetables for the last 65 years ( 5 years at coho) and has much wisdom to share. Alexandra interviewed several residents and was able to capture and write a wonderful story about these folks at that intentional place they call Icoho.
Laura and Austin had a blast walking down Main Street in Edgartown with the Beetlebung Steel Band leading the way with New Orleans style music. It was my favorite part of their wedding. That evening the Vineyard sky turned violet and rose pink over State Beach during their portrait session.