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“When I saw you I fell in love…”

8 Jul

“When I saw you I fell in love,
and you smiled because you knew.”
―Arrigo Boito

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Lindsay and Brian’s engagement photography session at Fenway Park and Beacon Hill in Boston.

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More songs for your first dance: Now with more ‘Bens’!

3 Jul

I quite liked writing my recent post on alternatives to traditional first dance songs for your wedding.  I was staying with my parents for the weekend, so aside from my mom being confused as to why I was tearing up at my computer early on a Saturday morning (damn you Conor Oberst), it was a fun and easy post to write.  Seconds after I posted, I started to think of loads of awesome wedding songs that I had left off, and I got annoyed with myself, and had to go back into the post and add “more to come” so that I could carry on with my day.   That said, here are my next 3 songs, in no particular order.

  • Such Great Heights, The Postal Service – I’m a little bit partial to this one as it is kind of our song, ever since I put it on the first mix tape I made for Bob when we started dating (look it up kids: cassette tape).  At the very last minute it didn’t end up being our first dance song when we were married.  Both Roberto and I are hands-down-amazing dancers, but it’s a high tempo song with a long intro and it’s a little bit difficult to dance to and unfortunately we didn’t have time to work it out.  However if you practice and pull it off, it’s an awesome, upbeat song that will definitely fill up the dance floor half way through!
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Lorrie and John steal a quiet moment during their recent Boston wedding.

  • Forever, Ben Harper – A really slow, quiet song – Just Ben and his guitar.  But the lyrics are lovely, and if you’re not award winning ballroom dancers, it’s definitely the kind of song you can just sort of sway to together.
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Colleen and Emmet’s recent Boston engagement photography session.

  • The Luckiest, Ben Folds – If you’ve got the kind of story where, like me, meeting your spouse was 98% down to happy chance, then this might be your song.  It’s super sweet, and it’s one of those songs where the lyrics manage to say exactly what you want to say.

Again, definitely more on this to come…

But for now, thanks for reading!

Erin

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“If a thing loves…”

3 Jul

“If a thing loves, it is infinite.”

-William Blake

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An eloping couple on their wedding day at the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum outside of Boston.

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“I read once that the ancient Egyptians had fifty words for sand…”

1 Jul

“I read once that the ancient Egyptians had fifty words for sand
and the Eskimos had a hundred words for snow.
I wish I had a thousand words for love,
but all that comes to mind is the way you move against me while you sleep
and there are no words for that.”
-Brian Andreas

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Fernando and Vanessa during their Boston engagement photography session.

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And now it’s time for a love story.

30 Jun

When I’m helping my husband Roberto of Roberto Farren Photography shoot engagement sessions, one of my favorite things is when he asks the couple how they met and how they fell in love.  Not only is it a great icebreaker, but it always makes the couple super smiley and giggly which lends itself well to having their portraits taken.

The couples that we’ve photographed have some really sweet stories about how they met.  Some of them are pretty epic, and some of them are the stories of normal friendships evolving into something else, but all of the stories end the same way: with two people deciding that they can’t live without each other.

My all time favorite love story, however, doesn’t belong to any of the couples that we’ve photographed.  They’ve definitely got some good ones, but the prize belongs to Roberto’s parents, whose paths crossed by chance one night in Portugal.  Bob’s father, Peter, was born and raised in London.  He worked for the railway, and soon after he turned 30, he and his father (Bob’s granddad) took a road trip through Europe.

On their last night on the mainland before returning to the UK, they decided to check into a Pousada, a chain of rustic hotels found throughout Portugal.  This one happened to be in Santa Clara-a-Velha, a small village about 3 hours south of Lisbon and 90 minutes north of Faro.  As Peter checked in, a lovely lady caught his eye.  This was his first meeting with Lena.  Lena lived in Santa Clara and worked at the Pousada, but her shift was over.  She was waiting for her friend, who was working at the front desk and checking in Peter and his father, to finish her shift.  There was just one problem… Peter didn’t speak Portuguese.  Lena didn’t speak English.

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Pousada de Santa Clara-a-Velha

But this didn’t stop Peter, who was so taken with the lovely Lena, that he tracked down the hotel manager and through him, asked her on a date.  The three of them – oh yes, the hotel manager joined them and became their conduit – enjoyed dinner together that evening.

The next day, Peter and his father flew back to the UK.  Peter went back to work and life in London, but he couldn’t get Lena off of his mind.  So he did what any smitten Brit would do.  He enrolled in a Portuguese Linguaphone course and saved his money for a ticket back to Portugal.  He continued this for months, traveling to Santa Clara to visit every chance he could, even for trips where he spent more time on planes and in a car than actually with Lena, and picking up enough Portuguese so that they could speak to each other without the help of the hotel manager.  Their relationship continued to develop, and within a year, Peter proposed to Lena.

They were married soon after in Portugal and moved to London together, where Roberto joined their family, followed shortly by Maria and Filipe.  And around 25 years after that, I officially became part of the family when I married Roberto, and we celebrated our wedding at the Pousada de Santa Clara-a-Velha, where Bob’s parents had met.  Nice little full circle, huh?

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The amazing view from the Pousada de Santa Clara-a-Velha

This story illustrates a few maybe obvious but definitely important lessons about love:

  1. Whatever the obstacles, always find a way to communicate.
  2. Love happens when you least expect it.
  3. When the aforementioned love happens, don’t let it pass you by.

Thanks for reading,

Erin

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“Any man who can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl…”

30 Jun

“Any man who can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl
is simply not giving the kiss the attention it deserves.”

Albert Einstein

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Mike and Reba taking a quick pit stop during their recent wedding in Rockport, MA.

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Your first dance: Awesome songs that aren’t “that song from Armageddon”

29 Jun

I had a long drive yesterday, which meant a long time alone with my radio.  Just short of the hour mark, one of my favorite non-traditional wedding songs came on the radio, and as I bopped happily along, I started thinking of some of the best first dance songs I’ve heard at weddings while working with Roberto Farren Photography.  Here are three of my faves…

  • A Thousand Years, Christina Perri – If you’re not a 14-year-old girl, you might not recognize this as a song from the Twilight saga, but it is.  However there is actually some amazing music (Radiohead, Muse, Iron & Wine) on these soundtracks, so I feel like it’s still acceptable, and this is a really lovely song which is perfect for your first slow dance with your new spouse.  Side note: During Will and Christine’s wedding, Christine surprised Will by singing and playing piano in an AMAZING version of this song for her new husband.  Roberto captured the replay of this moment at their East Coast celebration in Boston.  I would have helped, but I was in the corner bawling my eyes out.
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Cassandra and Sean spin their way through their first dance as a married couple at their recent Boston wedding.

  • This is the First Day of My Life, Bright Eyes – Some of my favorite lyrics over a tinkling, happy melody, this song is about admitting that your love has swept over you so ferociously, that it’s hard to remember what came before it.  Reader challenge: Check out the awesome video for this sweet song. If you don’t find yourself grinning or tearing up 1.) you’re probably lying and 2.) have a look at this smiling baby goat, because you need to have your heart thawed out a bit.
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Lynn and Joe burned up the floor during their first dance at their wedding in Maine.

  • Into my Arms, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – One you don’t hear very often at weddings, but Nick Cave’s voice is melted butter.  The lyrics are irreverent and revering at the same time, and something about his voice and his serious, dark eyes makes you realize that this love is no joke.  Definitely one of those songs that can make the breath catch in your chest, and a show-stopper for the right couple’s first dance.

Definitely more on this topic to come, but for now I’m signing off.  Have a great weekend and…

Thanks for reading,

Erin

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