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No lie, September is THE best month of the year on Cape Cod. October is a close second. Which probably helps to explain the revolving door of guests we’ve had over the last five weeks, and still going!

You know we’ve had photographer guests coming in from all over the country, but I finished the month out by traveling to San Francisco and Sonoma to be a photographer guest of my own! Actually, five of us women photographers flew in, rented a house, sipped wine, and captured photos for fun for five days… it was fantastic!

September! The dogs are welcome back to the beaches, but alas, our newest addition broke his leg in puppy klutziness :-( I’ve been returning to yoga… and dressing like a homeless person again (Gary loves that). So I thought I’d throw in some California waves to prove that I do know how to leave the house.

So many rainbows this month! I saw my first full rainbow from end to end, and then a double above it!

Thought I’d share some eco-sweet make-up names for you from my consultation with wedding artist Emma Josselyn: Alima Pure mineral make-up is made with the kindness of a mother when her teenage daughter wanted to start wearing make-up. I’m shocked that Dr. Hauschka lipstick doesn’t seem to ever dry my lips, and you can top it with a lovely Tallulah lip gloss to customize your own color blend. I’m absolutely not a make-up expert, but I do love knowing I’m putting gentle, earthly things on my skin.

And last, a photo of my girls! Stockholm photographer, Alicia Swedenborg, just moved to NYC for the year – so close! Kristen Wood (our Cali host) and I go back in a few directions, from my month in Banff and a film workshop in Miami. And Melissa Schollaert has been a longtime friend online, so happy to finally squeeze her in person! Also joining us in her hometown was Christina McNeill!

Hope you had a wonderful month too, fast as it was, and that your October is shaping up nicely :-)

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This August, I had the amazing opportunity to join in the bakery of Manchester, Vermont’s Earth Sky Time Community Farm.

I’m a sucker for all things farm-to-table, so when Oliver and Bonnie asked me to come for a couple of mornings to document the full bakery process – let’s just say I would have said YES even if I hadn’t been able to leave with a paper bag full of FRESH croissants in my arms :-)

Most of this post follows Sarah as she makes various croissants and breads for the weekend CSA and farmers markets… wonderful to chat with you, Sarah!

Canon 1V, Portra 800 film, processed by Richard Photo Lab

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  • September 25, 2012 - 12:52 pm

    Kelsey Murphy - These are fabulous, Stacey! You get the best jobs at the best locations! I LOVE these images! Cheers, my friend!!!

  • September 25, 2012 - 4:27 pm

    Ruth - NOM NOM – also, that elaborate stretching dough cutter thing is amazing.

  • October 5, 2012 - 11:32 am

    Meredith Perdue - Awesome behind the scenes shoot, Stacey!

Nate and Kristen are dear, dear friends of ours. The dearest. We knew that this one July weekend at Chocorua View Farm in North Conway, New Hampshire was going to be magical – simply in the way these two love each other.

We stayed with them in the adorable farmhouse on the property. Friends and family arrived to help all day. Their dog, Kenai, seemed so content to be close on this special occasion.

My own husband, Gary, served as Best Man, and I couldn’t have been any more honored than to photograph him in this role!

So much was hand-created for Nate and Kristen’s wedding celebration, including the table decor, flowers, signs, and tons of yummy jam for guests to take as favors. My favorite was the massive box of string lights that had been passed down from two other weddings before!

Everyone had such a great day – you could just see it everywhere in forms of laughter, tears, toasting and dancing! Love will do that to ya – and these guys share a love like no other.

Incidentally, Kristen and I now share something almost as cool – we both saw our very first shooting star together as we walked back to the farmhouse at the end of the night! #stealtheshow

We love you guys, and can’t wait to see where this life takes you. I know we’ll be friends long into old age, and it’s gonna rock.

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  • September 20, 2012 - 12:34 pm

    Kristen - Love, love, LOVE this Stacey! Thank you so much for capturing all of our special moments in such an amazing way!

  • September 24, 2012 - 4:43 pm

    Michele - Beautiful photos Stacey! And beautiful photos Kristen and Nate! What a lovely wedding – congrats! Kristen — I love your table decorations and ironically the ones I am making are almost identical – it’s nice to see that they worked out well :)

The Simon Pearce Mill, in Quechee, is one of the most unique and beautiful places you can visit in Vermont – and always a stunning backdrop for any wedding or rehearsal celebration!

A big shout to Dan & Bridget for having me along to their rehearsal dinner this August! It was here that I realized how much I actually love photographing rehearsal evenings! What a great chance for me to get to know the most important people in your wedding plans, so we’re all that much more comfortable and collaborative for photos the next day. But even better, I’m able to snap some beautiful photos of the couples and families present. Chances are good everyone’s more relaxed AND dressed in outfits they chose themselves (vs. bridesmaid dresses or suits).

Congrats on your marriage, Dan & Bridget!!

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  • September 17, 2012 - 8:33 pm

    heidi - what an amazing spot for a RD….surrounded by all that beautiful glass!

I’m easily confused as to whether Lindsay & Luke were my friends or my clients first. Turns out they were actually clients first, but we had such a blast doing their engagement photos only the week before their wedding that it actually made the wedding day even more fun!

The happy couple trekked up to Vermont with their dog Lexi to explore the hillside of the Sunderland and Manchester (VT) area with me. We had a great time hopping in and out of the car for a few sweet backdrops, and then played in the rain at Hildene Meadows before settling in for a cocktail under cover.

Such great sports playing in the rain! I can’t wait to share more of Luke & Lindsay’s August wedding day soon!

Contax 645, Kodak Portra 400 and Ilford XP-5 film, processed by Richard Photo Lab.

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  • September 14, 2012 - 11:07 am

    Karl - The picture where you can see the raindrops is AWE. SOME.

  • February 17, 2013 - 1:11 pm

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