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Our South Africa travels continued up through KwaZulu Natal’s “Midlands” area and further into the Drakensberg Mountains – the highest mountain range in South Africa (3482 meters).

South Africa surprised me with its rolling landscape and lush greens. It seemed a bit more like how I expect Ireland to look! Alicia Swedenborg and I first arrived in the town of Nottingham Road for a couple days of wedding festivities (more on that later!). We stopped at the incredible Blueberry Hill Cafe (more than once) for their prized cheesecake – the perfect place to enjoy a thunderstorm! We also found the biggest South African fly-fishing shop and guide group to pick up a few souvenirs for my husband back home. Extra awesome was the afternoon we spent at the local Fordoun Spa after the wedding! All on the path to the Drakensberg Mountains, where we had a blast photographing Justin & Candice two days after their wedding.

The little nooks, few and far between, where we found wifi!

And the enchanted scenes from our hike with Justin & Candice (them in their wedding garb!)… much more to come!

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  • January 2, 2013 - 11:07 am

    Lauren @ Every Last Detail - Absolutely GORGEOUS!!!!!!

  • January 2, 2013 - 10:02 pm

    Meredith Sledge - Love these shots! What a gorgeous, incredible place! So magical!

  • January 11, 2013 - 12:59 pm

    Meg Simone - The last two images in this post are ridiculous. Just incredible. They are ALL incredible, but the light here….. wowzers Stacey!

2012 was an incredible year… I met so many amazing couples and photographed their gorgeous wedding days across New England and the world. I am TRULY blessed to have been able to turn my heels on a long-time corporate career in pursuit of such a creative and fulfilling profession. It’s this time of year most of all that I want to encourage everyone I know to follow their dreams. “A year from now you’ll wish you started today,” – one of my all-time favorite quotes.

This year I photographed in the snow of Mount Washington, springtime in Savannah and Charleston, lovebirds on Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard, the richness of Boston’s Public Garden, a barn wedding in New Hampshire, the very place of our own wedding in Vermont, an apple orchard in the fall, the vineyards of Sonoma, a fishing pier in Provincetown, the French Quarter of New Orleans, an itty bitty trip to South Africa, and several gorgeous homes and estates around Massachusetts.

I have so many favorite moments, mostly in the small glimpses, the busting-out laughter… the way each couple looks at each other, even when they don’t know the camera’s nearby.

This year literally filled my heart! It is all those newlyweds that I’m thinking about most today, and the lovely engaged couples who are coming into my life for the year ahead.

Already for 2013, I’m looking forward to a Vermont winter wedding, a destination wedding to Playa del Carmen, the month of April in Tuscany, and another wedding in South Africa! I’m also so in love with the nooks of Vermont, Connecticut, Martha’s Vineyard, Boston, New Hampshire and other parts of Massachusetts – the New England I call “home” – in the new year.

A heartfelt THANK YOU to all – the best clients, vendors and friends a girl could ask for! Have a very Happy New Year!

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  • December 31, 2012 - 4:54 pm

    Kelsey and Kylee - Happy New Year, my friend! We’ve enjoyed following your amazingly, fabulous work this year. Sounds like you have a lot of exciting weddings in store for you in 2013! We can’t wait to see more! Cheers!

Kerry and Eddie eloped this December at the Chatham Bars Inn!

I’m head over heels for winter weddings, and these two couldn’t have done it better with their plaid tie, fur shrug and pinecone bouquet!

The Inn itself always does such a great job with Christmas decor. I thought this made for a perfect wedding to share for today’s winter solstice!

On this day, it was just me, Sean, the lovely Reverened Kathleen Geagan, their parents, and the happy couple as they stood on the beach to say “I do!”

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Such an amaaazing bouquet, created by New Hampshire Wood Creations, on Etsy!

Congratulation Kerry & Eddie! What a truly beautiful afternoon, and I wish you a lifetime of such romance!
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  • December 21, 2012 - 11:09 am

    Sarah Goodwin - Stacey- these are stunning, absolutely stunning!

  • December 23, 2012 - 11:00 pm

    Meredith Sledge - Unbelievable. Love, love, looooooove. My gosh.

  • June 3, 2013 - 7:57 pm

    Rev. Kathleen Geagan - They were such a cool couple and you captured their warm hearts saying I do in December. It is always a great joy to work with you!

    Rev. Kathleen

Athens, New York makes for quite a backdrop in the fall foliage! And Tara and Karl are pretty great in the foreground as well…

You’ve met these two before, on the beach this summer! This time we set out to capture their home town, the fall colors, AND their dog Finn!

It has been wonderful hangin’ with these two so much as they prepare for their September wedding at Wychmere Harbor Beach Club. Tara’s a photographer herself, at Tara Wiley Photography, so it’s a crazy honor to be sharing in this incredible celebration with them!

Of course we had to hit up Crossroads Brewing Company, just a couple blocks from their house!

Tara & Karl, thanks for sharing your adorable town of Athens with me! It was such a blast coming out, and finally getting to squish Finn’s face in person! Can’t wait to celebrate in the new year with you both! XO

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  • December 20, 2012 - 9:43 am

    Tara - Yay!! We love you, Stacey!! Thanks for making the trek to hang out with us!! <3

  • December 20, 2012 - 12:28 pm

    Meredith Sledge - Loving these!! The locations are amazing!

I was so excited with Angela and Peter invited me down for their New Orleans wedding this November!

Such a city of character and vibrance, of course New Orleans is a gorgeous place to be married – and a gorgeous place to photograph! It was a destination wedding for all, as they’re living in New York City these days. Their ceremony took place at Dijon, followed by ice-cream for a cocktail party (dessert first!), and dinner at nearby Cochon. The weather was perfect, and their love so giggley. Congratulations Angela and Peter!!

Angela MADE HER OWN DRESS…. incredible. She’s finishing up design school in Manhattan, and how cool to be able to say you designed your own gown.

It wouldn’t have been a New Orleans wedding without the King Cake, and the Saints playing football around every corner!

I absolutely love traveling for weddings! New surroundings, new sounds in the background, and so much inspiration! Thank you to the wonderful people of New Orleans for your hospitality!

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  • December 19, 2012 - 11:50 pm

    angela - thank you for these beautiful pictures =) i love how you put it all together!

  • May 4, 2015 - 12:40 pm

    Carrie Bransford - Where is the Engine 1 station located that’s in the wedding photo? Can it b rented for weddings? I’m a FF in Tx & would love to have my wedding there :)

  • May 4, 2015 - 9:48 pm

    Stacey - Hi Carrie! That is actually Dijon, the venue I link to at the top of the blog post. So YES, definitely available for weddings! Enjoy!