Blog Category: Weddings (Page 3)

Photographing a special proposal in Chilmark for Hilary and Lindsay

One of the best things about life as a photographer is being invited to share in a special moment between two people, and to be able to genuinely capture that lifelong memory for them. Earlier this year I had the opportunity of shooting a proposal between Hilary and Lindsay, a couple brought together by their love of Martha’s Vineyard, and whose family I have come to know in recent years.

In early August I received a brief email from Hilary’s mom Jill, asking if I was available on a particular date, with little details provided. I had previously worked with the family on a spectacular birthday celebration for Jill, and I was happy to take on any additional projects. I was later informed that my new assignment would be helping Hilary stage the perfect proposal for her girlfriend Lindsay, at a private Chilmark beach on the north shore overlooking Vineyard Sound. I was sworn to secrecy and delighted to play a part!

Soon I was with Jill and Hilary’s father, Alan, scouting the perfect beach location – a stretch of sand the couple had both, separately frequented as kids – the day before the big ask. Jill and Alan staged the proposal themselves, with Alan even getting down on one knee to mock the exact setting for Hilary –  it was a true family affair. The following day I returned for the real thing. While Hilary’s parents hid a celebratory picnic of oysters and champagne behind the big rock, I hid out of sight to photograph the proposal. The plan was for Hilary and Lindsay to arrive at 4pm, to ensure we captured a beautiful fall sunset after she popped the question.

I positioned myself far off in the dunes overlooking the rock where Hilary was planning to ask Lindsay. As I laid on my stomach, silently waiting for the perfect shot, I was reminded of my time as a Greenpeace photographer, aboard the Rainbow Warrior, covertly capturing a moment in time that told a much bigger story. There I was, sneaking in the sand, set to record an event that was so rich, and had so much meaning for these two women and their families.

Eventually Hilary and Lindsay emerged from the stairs leading to the beach and walked to the rock. Soon Hilary was confessing her love to Lindsay, down on one knee and presenting a ring, while I discreetly captured the whole thing from above. The happy couple savored the moment together and then summoned me to the shore, for some more shots of them basking in their newly engaged bliss. The day finished with a congratulatory dinner at State Road restaurant, where Lindsay was surprised yet again with her family and Hilary’s, and I was yet again there to capture it all. It was a magical day for us all,  and an experience I too was grateful for.

Creative proposals have become a very big trend (I shot six others just this year). More than that they mark the beginning of a new chapter in a couple’s life together and the forging of their families – not to mention a great story for the grandkids. Thank you to Hilary and Lindsay, as well as their families, for allowing me to share in their special memory.

You can read Hilary’s version of the events at howheasked.com.

RANDI BAIRD PHOTOGRAPHY  |   508.696.5335   |  studio@randibaird.com

An Intimate Wedding on Chappaquiddick

Lora and Marc were married on Chappaquiddick Island at Mytoi gardens surrounded by their parents on a glorious sunny day last week.

The newlyweds met on Martha’s Vineyard through mutual friends a few years back and during their recent trip to Italy, Marc proposed on a gondola in Venice. He had the ring made for Lora by a jewelry maker he knew, trained in Florence, with an Italian style filigree.

After the ceremony and pictures with their parents, we took a four wheeler onto the dunes and headed East to Cape Poge for some off road fun and visitas.

I was so honored to join them, to capture THEIR day as they planned, hoped and dreamed it would be.

Lora + Marc ~ Complimenti a tutti e due. Molte benedizioni negli anni a venire.  ~ xox Randi

 

 

 

 

 

Meredith and Naji’s Martha’s Vineyard Wedding

Wedding Details:

Couple: Meredith and Naji Martha’s Vineyard Wedding
Ceremony: St. Andrew’s Church
DJ: Eric Johnson
Wedding Cake: Cakes by Liz
Caterer: Blue Crab Kitchen
Recipes: Naji Boustany

Meredith met Naji in his hometown of Beirut while she was finishing Grad School. She was working on a zero waste program that she helped implement for local restaurants and the farmer’s market that Naji was running, and they instantly clicked.


The couple moved to New York City, and continued to do what they love best. Naji runs a Lebanese restaurant in the West Village and Meredith is a food activist who promotes composting to businesses and restaurants Around the Tri-State area.


They set their wedding date for this past August. Naji created his own Lebanese menu for their guests and Meredith made sure none of the leftovers were wasted.  Their family and friends arrived from around the globe, ready to celebrate the couple’s love.

Thank you, Meredith and Naji, for allowing me to photograph your Martha’s Vineyard Wedding!

Keya & John’s Martha’s Vineyard Wedding

Wedding Details:

Couple: Keya & John’s Martha’s Vineyard Wedding
Ceremony: Harbor View Hotel
DJ: The Sultans of Swing
Wedding Cake: Val’s Cakes

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!

Charlie + Ashley’s Engagement Session

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!