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Taking it back a bit to Julie and Dave’s Chatham Bars Inn wedding, because they had one of the most beautiful AND hilarious wedding days I’ve ever had the pleasure of photographing!

I got to know these two for their Cotuit engagement session, and I felt like I had a decent idea of who they were and what a great wedding they would have… but I never foresaw the all-night 90s hip-hop party that would ensue (and 90s hip-hop is the way to my soul, by the way)! Guess that’s bound to happen when an incredible couple follows my [brilliant] advice to hire The Classic Yellow as their band – in addition to apparently living a double life as rap stars themselves!

But truly, Julie and Dave are beauties on the inside and out. Welcome to their Chatham wedding day in the rain!

The rain came and went, and came and went again. Thankfully there’s no shortage of indoor photo locations and a huge wrap-around porch at the Chatham Bars Inn. We made it outside for plenty of portraits though!

I always capture a bride’s bouquet on these adorable Tiffany-blue wicker chairs down by the waterfront. I hope they always have them there!

The groom, his pals, and that incredible 90s hip-hop I was telling you about…

Julie and Dave, I hope life has been beautiful for you as you welcome another new year together! You remain among my fondest memories of wedding bells and certainly dance floors! XO

Florist: LilacsInvitations: Judy Paulen DesignsCatering: Chatham Bars InnCake & Dessert: Chatham Bars Inn and Four Seas Ice CreamVideo: The Pros Weddings | Music: The Classic YellowHair & Makeup: Lisa GeorgeOfficiant: Rabbi Sharon Forman | Transportation: Cape DestinationsDress: LazaroShoes: Miu MiuSuit: Vera WangFavors & Escort Cards: Pink Polka Dot

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Wishing you and your loved ones a cozy and thoughtful holiday week ahead!

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We’re gearing up for a unique Christmas Eve ourselves – it’s the first time we’re slumber partying over at my parents’ house just 15 minutes away! And not to be missed, Gary’s parents are currently driving down from Vermont to join us! We’re looking forward to football, a scrumptious dinner and maybe some card games until late (but not too late, Santa!) into the evening.

A few of my favorite things today, á la Julie Andrews:

Starting the day with yoga, followed by a hot cup of pour-over coffee, burying my face in some dog fur, the twinkle of Christmas lights throughout the house, midday rain that I’d love more if it were snow, being ahead of the game on cooking and wrapping, the possibility of reading a book, the greater likelihood that I’ll be able to knit (while chatting), the sound of football on television even though I’m not really watching, seeing my mom happy with a full house of family, the positive side of social media and sharing in festivities with friends around the world, the clink of ice in my low-ball glass of bourbon, curling up close to the man of my dreams, and the anticipation of waking up to a fun new day.

As you’re singing o’er the hills this weekend, what are a few of your favorite things? Snap me something fun at @staceyhedman on Snapchat!

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I haven’t really taken the chance to share with you the details of my current gig at the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW). You may have caught some Instagram photos from my travels across multiple continents recently – but here’s a little about why!

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IFAW’s field office in Amboseli National Park, Kenya

About a year and a half ago, a friend reached out with an opportunity at IFAW – one that would call upon my 15-year career in corporate marketing strategy. I said no for two reasons; (1) because I had quite selfishly grown accustomed to working for myself and from home for the last five years, and (2) I didn’t think I could handle the subject matter. IFAW works to rescue and protect animals all around the world, and this can often be a pretty emotional subject to “promote”.

But this initial discussion did spark feelings of missing my marketing career. I went on to launch a combined social-marketing-and-photography aspect of my business one year ago, and boy was I pretty amped to do it all (my typical M.O.)! Very shortly after, said friend reached back out to say, essentially, “are you kidding me?” I began a four-month contract with IFAW almost immediately, in March 2016.

Well, this contract became a full-time position over the summer, and I couldn’t be happier! Turning 40 this year, it suddenly seemed like I was living a dream instead of a mid-life crisis! I’ve photographed (and Tweeted, Facebooked, Instagrammed and Snapchatted!) from the floods in Louisiana, an incredible rescue transport at JFK airport, IFAW’s first Hollywood film premiere in LA, an influential three-week convention in Johannesburg, a mobile animal clinic reaching poor slum communities in South Africa, the rescue and rehabilitation of endangered African penguins, an amazing elephant collaring project in Kenya to support the protection and conservation of local populations, a recent visit to the Kremlin in Moscow to increase awareness around our whale, tiger, bear and antelope programs, and next up in January, a week with our global team in India at Kaziranga National Park.

I’d love to share more of these photos and stories with you, so get ready! My photography career began with rescue dogs in 2009, so it’s pretty incredible to see where life is leading me now! Elephants, rhinos, primates, whales, tigers, giraffes, bears and so much more!

However, I also want to assure you that I’m still photographing weddings – I LOVE weddings! I’ll probably be doing less of the average weekday photo sessions, but I’ll never give up that glow of a wedding day.

So I’ll see you around? More soon!

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