This past spring Randi Baird Photography was honored to capture John and Keya’s engagement session on Lucy Vincent Beach in Chilmark. This summer they invited us photograph their wedding at the Harbor View Hotel in Edgartown!
John and Keya selected flower designer Kristina Collins from Tea Lane Farms for their floral arrangements and bouquets. They chose The Sultans of Swing for their live music, and Val’s Cakes for their clothing-inspired cupcake desserts.
The couple’s personal touches made the wedding exciting and memorable for their guests. They even designed their own wedding signs (pictured above).
Thank you, Keya and John, for allowing me to photograph your Martha’s Vineyard wedding!
Randi Baird Photography is based primarily in Martha’s Vineyard, but we love traveling! It’s such fun to explore different destinations and wedding traditions around the United States. We’ve visited Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, and several times a year we head to NY to shoot family portraits, engagements, and corporate work. This past fall we flew New York City to capture Charlie and Ashley’s engagement session!
The Engagement Session took place in and around Central Park on a windless, seventy-degree October day. Between the cloudless sky and the fall foliage- the location could not have been more perfect!
Charlie and Ashley plan to marry at Martha’s Vineyard Edgartown Yacht Club for their September 2017 wedding. They are sweet and easy going, and we can’t wait to photograph their wedding!
Sometimes the stars align just right, and you just get lucky. For Keya and John, that moment came during the July 4th weekend of 2013, when they met by chance at a bar called Lucky’s Lounge in Boston’s Seaport District. Keya was coming off a really tough week, during which her basement flooded, and decided to call up some girlfriends for a fun night out. They were supposed to go to the Legal Harborside’s rooftop bar, but it was closed, so they reveled in drinks and dancing at Lucky’s instead.
John was there that night, and a gentleman he befriended that evening took an interest in Keya’s friend. Ever the loyal wingman, John made several attempts to talk to Keya while his new friend pursued her friend, and after finally meeting with success, John asked Keya out to dinner to Ming Tsai’s new restaurant, Blue Dragon.
Unfortunately, things did not work out quite so well for John’s friend. Both Keya and John left Lucky’s that evening believing that the other hailed from Latin America, even though Keya’s heritage is Indian and John’s family came to America on the Mayflower.
Thankfully, they were able to recognize each other a week later on their first date at Blue Dragon, and have been sharing their love of delightful restaurants and many other things for the past almost three years.
Keya and John live in Acton, Massachusetts with Keya’s (and now John’s) five-year-old daughter, and are eagerly anticipating their upcoming wedding in their favorite destination—Martha’s Vineyard.
When Caitlin + Ross told me they were having Bluebird Farmer Krishana Collins grow, create and style their flowers for their upcoming May wedding I knew that would be a fabulous location for their engagement session. And even though there was frost on the ground that morning, the sun was out and the crisp air was invigorating.
Caitlin & Ross met in 2010 when they were living in NYC. They had both attended the University of Missouri (Mizzou), but had never met each other. Years later when they were dating, they discovered that their paths had crossed during a special event in Caitlin’s life, but had no idea! They were a charming couple, so in love, and looking forward to a Vineyard wedding in May. Both Caitlin and Ross spent their childhood summers on the island, and when deciding where to have their destination wedding, it was clear to them that having it on the island would be the perfect choice.
New Years Resolution #1 – Post more work ~ regularly…..
January is always a busy month in my studio. With couples getting engaged over the December holidays, my phone and in-box get busy and inquires are daily. I am always quick to recommend engagement sessions as a way for couples to become comfortable in front of the camera as well as producing fabulous photos of the romantic courtship. Regularly I see these photos framed up and displayed at wedding receptions. They create an intimate feeling and personal touch at a venue and make the space more distinguished.
Elizabeth + Steve booked RBP more than two years ahead of their September 2015 wedding. When we first met last summer for their engagement session, we fell into comfortable conversation and ease with each other and from there our session began. We visited a few distinguished locations which included pasture land, woodlands and the sea. It was a blustery yet sunny day. It all clicked. Our friendship, the photo session and E + S being in the moment, their connection so apparent. At times it seemed like they forgot about me. As their focus was each other, the wind and the drama of the sea singing its song.