This blog follows a bit of our personal and professional life, and features images from weddings and portrait sessions we've done, the places we traveled, and the adventures of our combined family-life. It's basically an ever-changing photo album combined with an information source for current and potential clients. Thanks for visiting!

Friday, February 24, 2012

Sneak Peek ~ Lindsay & Adam

Lindsay and Adam met at the end of their high school days at the Worcester Academy and they've been an "item" ever since.  When Adam joined the Air Force and was moved to Oklahoma, Lindsay moved too so they wouldn't have to be apart.  And now finally, just before Adam earns his A.F. wings, family, friends and colleagues gathered together at the Harding-Allen Estate in Barre to celebrate their marriage!

This wedding was such a joy to photograph and we cannot WAIT for the big reveal, but in the meantime, here are a few of our favorites from the day.  The bride was gorgeous in her Paloma Blanca dress (this is the first bridal gown we've seen with pockets - what a concept!)  Coordinating bridesmaids dresses by Ann Taylor also had pockets, so all the gals could carry a lip gloss or a tissue, should some happy 'lil tears arise.

The wedding cake was created by the Harding-Allen's in-house designer, as were the stunning bouquets of blue hydrangea, white roses and white lilies.  DJ services provided by Bob Solano were ultra-optimized as Bob's saxophone accompaniment added a totally live music sound to the festivities.

Lindsay and Adam, may you share many years together full of blessings and good fortune!  It was our immense honor to share in your day!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Valentine's FREEBIE for Lovebirds

We're celebrating Valentine's Day with an OUTRAGEOUS and FREE offer!

Our mission statement is, Celebrating the Art of YOU!  So we've decided to promote an offer that we've NEVER seen any other photographer do.  From now until March 31st, any couple who contracts with Wakeen Photography for their wedding day coverage will automatically receive a FREE 20"x30" custom-created wall portrait using your favorite wedding image to proudly display and celebrate your new life and love.

Your large wall art panel is a $200 value and will WOW your guests as it's displayed over your sofa, your mantle, or even your bed.  Chromaluxe Aluminum Wall Panels have been described as "high definition", having "amazing depth" and "exceptional clarity".  With a large 20"x30" size, you'll be well on your way to creating a stunning wall collage.  The panels are mounted using a system of blocks that blend in with the shadows once the art panel is hung on the wall.

If high-def aluminum is not your style, you may substitute with a linen-textured canvas gallery wrap of the same dimension.  (This is what we display in our dining room and it receives compliments galore!) This photographic canvas is stretched over and around 1.5" wooden supports, stapled to the back so no framing is needed.  The back is finished off with sturdy black paper and hanging hardware.  These are no "bargain-brand" wraps - we've seen the cheap competition, and they just cannot compare in quality.  You will feel and see the difference.


We are so confident that you will love this type of wall art that we want every bride who books with us to experience the excitement of seeing her favorite wedding image super-sized!  BUT we can only afford to do this for a very short time.   We also want to quickly fill up the remaining dates in our 2012 calendar, and get a head start on 2013!

CALL IMMEDIATELY to book your no-obligation consultation appointment (late afternoons and evenings available).  Weddings must be booked under contract before March 31st; a standard $400 deposit is required.  We offer a convenient payment plan no matter what investment level you choose with us.  And because we know you'll ask -- our pricing plans begin at $999 for unlimited wedding-day coverage with two photographers, and go all the way up to $5,000, with most of our clients choosing packages somewhere in between .

AND IF you didn't know -- at Wakeen Photography ALL of our wedding album packages include a FREE ENGAGEMENT SESSION (a $250 value) where we'll create beautiful art from a fun on-location outing together.  Our clients often use the resulting images for save-the-date cards, thank you notes, signature boards, or as display art at their reception.

DID WE MENTION what sets us apart from other photographers in the area?   OUR 100% MONEY BACK GUARANTEE.  If we don't produce wedding images that make your heart jump with joy, not merely just satisfy you, but really bring you to tears, then we haven't done our job properly.  In all honesty, we've never had a client say they weren't thrilled they hired us.  We NEVER handle more than one wedding per day and we NEVER farm your wedding off to another photographer. 

Don't delay.  This offer expires March 31st - call Chris at 774-262-5332, or email chris@wakeenphotography.com to set up a consultation in our home studio.  Or we'll come to you!

Happy Valentine's Day to All!

Friday, February 10, 2012

Daddy's love. Daddies love.

We've been looking through our portfolio lately and thinking about the wonderful fathers we've met in the wedding photography business.  We all know how incredibly special a wedding day is to a bride and groom, but have you pondered the impact the day has upon the father of the bride?  I guess unless you've been one, you may not have ever really recognized what a monumental day this is in the life of a man.

Chris has told me several times that he's "gonna cry like a baby" on the day of his daughter's wedding ... and that still remains to be seen (but I'm looking forward to it!)  So today we salute the many fathers out there who've had to let go a little more of their "baby" girls. And we share a few of our favorite images with you.

Oh, and by the way, if you wonder what the Top Ten songs are that Fathers and Daughters dance to ~
  1. I Loved Her First -- Heartland
  2. My Little Girl -- Tim McGraw
  3. My Girl -- The Temptations
  4. Butterfly Kisses -- Bob Carlisle
  5. What a Wonderful World -- Louis Armstrong
  6. My Wish -- Rascal Flatts
  7. The Way You Look Tonight -- Frank Sinatra
  8. Cinderella -- Steven Curtis Chapman
  9. Father and Daughter -- Paul Simon
  10. Somewhere Over the Rainbow -- Israel "IZ" Kamakawiwo'ole

We believe fathers deserve a special gift as they (sort of) say good-bye to their grown daughter.  So for our 2012 weddings, we've decided to gift every father of every bride a complimentary 5x7" image that he can proudly display at home to remember his special girl and their special dance!

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    Thursday, February 2, 2012

    Va-Va Venues!

        On a road trip to Boston the other day, we decided to pass the time by recounting all the locales where we've had the pleasure of creating couples' wedding photography.  Knowing there would be a lot, we still didn't expect to come up with over 130 different venues!  And the list keeps growing.

    Harding-Allen Estate

    If you're planning a wedding and would like any input from a photographer's perspective, be sure to give us a call (774-262-5332).  Naturally some of these venues we've been to many times, some perhaps only once.  We'd be happy to show you our "library" of wedding images covering a variety of reception venues.  And to think we haven't even listed the churches, cathedrals or synagogues!

    Alpine Grove - Hollis, NHLakeside Ballroom - Worcester, MA
    AMVETS - Natick, MALakeview Pavillion - Foxboro, MA
    Andover Country Club - Andover, MALashaway Inn - East Brookfield, MA

    Asa Waters Mansion Millbury, MALeo's Ristorante - Worcester, MA
    Beechwood Inn Worcester, MALord Thompson Manor - Thompson, CT
    Belltower - Milford, MALuciano's at Lake Pearl - Wrentham, MA
    Best Western Royal Plaza - Marlborough, MAMaironis Park - Shrewsbury, MA
    Black Orchid - Shrewsbury, MAMasonic Estates - Charlton, MA
    Blissful Meadows Golf Club _ Uxbridge, MAMaxwell Silverman's Tool House - Worcester, MA
    Boston Harbor Hotel - Boston, MAMechanics Hall - Worcester, MA
    Boston-Newton Marriot Hotel - Newton, MAMilan Banquet Room - Shrewsbury, MA
    Brookstone Ballroom and Event Center - Derry, NHMinuteman Club - Hanscome AFB 
    Butternut Farm - Stow, MANashoba Valley Winery - Bolton, MA
    Cathedral of the Pines - Rindge, NHNaval Station Officers Club - Newport, RI
    Centrum Center - Worcester, MAOakham Golf Club - Oakham, MA
    Charles Hotel - Cambridge, MAOakhill Country Club - Fitchburg, MA
    Charter Oak Country Club - Hudson, MAOld Sturbridge Village - Sturbridge, MA
    Chocksett Inn - Sterling, MAOmni Parker House - Boston, MA
    Christina's - Foxboro, MAPeriwinkles Garden Court - Oxford, MA
    Club Maxine at Maxwell Silverman's - Worcester, MAPipinell's - Franklin, MA
    Coachman Lodge - Bellingham, MAPleasant Valley Country Club - Sutton, MA
    Cochituate Country Club - Wayland, MAPoint Breeze - Webster, MA
    Cocke 'n Kettle - Uxbridge, MAPond House Café at Elizabeth Park - West Hartford, CT
    Cohasse Country Club - Southbridge, MAPrimavera - Millis, MA
    Coldbrook Country Club - Barre, MAPromises To Keep - Derry, NH
    College of the Holy Cross Hogan Center - Worcester, MAPublick House - Sturbridge, MA
    Colonial Hotel - Gardner, MAQuail Hollow Country Club - Oakham, MA
    Colonial Inn - Concord, MAQuincy Neighborhood Club - Quincy, MA
    Commandant’s House Charlestown Navy Yard - Boston, MARaddison Hotel - Marlborough, MA
    Copley Plaza Hotel - Boston, MARaffael's Banquet Facility - Walpole, MA
    Crowne Plaza - Boston, MARamada Inn - Auburn, MA
    Crowne Plaza - Natick, MARoyal Sonesta - Cambridge, MA
    Crowne Plaza - Worcester, MARufus-Putnam House - Rutland, MA
    Cyprian Keyes CC - Sterling, MASalem Cross Inn - West Brookfield, MA
    Devens Inn & Conference Center - Devens, MASaphire Manor - Sharon, MA
    Dino's Restaurant - Worcester, MASeaport Hotel & Conference Center - Boston, MA
    Doubletree Hotel - Westborough, MASheraton Tara - Framingham, MA
    Elks Lodge - Auburn, MASpencer Country Inn - Spencer, MA
    Elks Lodge - Shrewsbury, MASterling Country Club - Sterling, MA
    Fenway Park 406 Club - Boston, MASteven's Farm B & B - Barre, MA
    Fort Devens Officer's Club - Devens, MAStowe Acres Country Club - Stow, MA
    Four Points Hotel - Fitchburg, MASturbridge Host Hotel - Sturbridge, MA
    Franklin Country Club - Franklin, MASturbridge Isle - Sturbridge, MA
    Fruitlands Museum - Harvard, MAThe Barn at Gibbet Hill - Groton, MA
    Gamble Mansion - Boston, MAThe Manor - West Boylston, MA
    Grafton Inn - Grafton, MAThe Tavern at OSV - Sturbridge, MA
    Hanscom Field Officer's Club - Lexington, MAThomas Henry Hearthstone Inn - Sturbridge, MA
    Harding-Allen Estate - Barre, MATilton Hall Clark University - Worcester, MA
    Harrington Farm - Princeton, MATower Hill Botanic Garden - Boylston, MA
    Hawthorne Hotel - Salem, MATribeca - Worcester, MA
    Higgins Armory - Worcester, MATuckerman Hall - Worcester, MA
    Higgins House at WPI - Worcester, MAUnion Station - Worcester, MA
    Hilltop Steakhouse - Saugus, MAVeronique Ballroom - Brookline, MA
    Holden Hills Golf Club - Holden, MAWachusett Country Club - West Boylston, MA
    Holiday Inn - Boxborough, MAWachusett Mountain - Princeton, MA
    Holiday Inn - Mansfield, MAWachusett Village Inn - Westminster, MA
    Holiday Inn - Worcester, MAWarren Conference Center - Hopkinton, MA
    Hopkinton Country Club - Hopkinton, MAWayside Inn - Sudbury, MA
    Hudson Elks - Hudson, MAWedgewood Pines Country Club - Stow, MA
    Indian Meadows - Westborough, MAWestin Hotel - Waltham, MA
    Inn at Woodstock Hill - Woodstock, CTWestin Hotel Copley Place - Boston, MA
    Interlaken Inn - Lakeville, CTWhite Cliffs - Northborough, MA
    Italian Social Club - Worcester, MAWhite's of Westport - Westport, MA
    Jimmie's Allenhurst - Danvers, MAWorcester Art Museum - Worcester, MA
    Kirkbrae Country Club - Lincoln, RIWorcester Country Club - Worcester, MA
    Knights of Columbus - Leominster, MAWyndham Hotel  - Billerica, MA
    Knights of Columbus - Westborough, MAWyndham Hotel  - Westborough, MA
    Knights of Columbus - Worcester, MAZukas Hilltop Barn - Spencer, MA

    Worcester Art Museum
    Spencer Country Inn