Laura & John: The Neighborhood Club {March 29, 2014}

Going through Laura & John’s wedding photos to write this blog post, all I can say is “wow”! Surely one of the most fun-filled weddings I have photographed, starting with getting ready at the Quincy Marriott, during the ceremony at St. Agatha’s in Milton and right through until the last dance at The Neighborhood Club, there wasn’t one moment that didn’t exude Laura & John’s love for each other, and for their friends and family who joined them that day.

Quincy Marriott

Getting ready at the Quincy Marriott was a breeze for Laura. All smiles, no stress. She makes it look easy!

Laura & John’s wedding at St. Agatha’s was unique in that it was modernly steeped in tradition. A very cool priest, Rev. Murphy, let the day dictate itself instead of trying to run the show made for an easy-going, nicely flowing and worry free ceremony.

Saint Agatha's

Laura & John’s wedding ceremony at St. Agatha’s, March 29, 2014.

Laura & John choose a great venue for family and friends to gather for their reception. The Neighborhood Club helped to give them a wonderful night of great food, dancing and celebration that won’t be forgotten.

The Neighborhood Club

Celebrating at The Neighborhood Club, no one could stay off the dance floor.

Church: St. Agatha’s, Milton
Reception Venue: The Neighborhood Club
Photographer: Photography by Joe Goldsberry
DJ: John Cristoferi
Flowers: Coleen’s Flower Shop
Wedding Cake: Montillio’s Bakery

First Night Whitman: We’re Gonna Need a Bigger Glass of Milk…

Whitman, Massachusetts: Home of the Toll House Cookie. Yes, that is my little town’s claim to fame, and that iconic cookie, made famous by Ruth Wakefield and catapulted to fame by Nestle, just turned 75 years old.

How do you celebrate something as major as that? You ask a local high school to build a six-foot cookie and drop it from the sky at midnight on New Year’s Eve, of course! Sounds crazy, but that’s exactly what happened last night in the town center, in front of Duval’s Pharmacy and Mary Lou’s Coffee. It wasn’t “just a cookie”. There were bands, a DJ, food vendors and lots and lots of people. There was also 2,014 homemade Toll House cookies given away, some Whitman First Night lip balms, LOUD horns, glow sticks and so much good cheer, you couldn’t help but be glad you braved the cold and showed up. With funding from Nestle, the Whitman Winterfest Committee was able to put together a truly unique once in a life time event. WATD 95.9 FM was on hand with Kevin Tocci to do a live remote with up to date info and interviews with the key players who were “making history happen”. If you were there, you know what an amazing job they did. If you couldn’t make it, the photos will tell the tale.

DJ Big Daddy Ray from RPE was on hand as the Master of Ceremonies, kept the flow throughout the night that brought it all together. It’s not a party until Big Daddy Ray is in the house.

Big Daddy Ray from Rob Peters Entertainment was your Master of Ceremonies from the start until the last cookie crumb!

Big Daddy Ray from Rob Peters Entertainment was your Master of Ceremonies from the start until the last cookie crumb!

Did I mention 2014 homemade Toll House Cookies?? Free for the asking, delicious for the eating, a hit all night long!

Who could refuse a homemade Toll House Cookie?

Who could refuse a homemade Toll House Cookie?

One moment in time that literally made my night… I witnessed Cookie Monster chasing a giant Toll House cookie down the street, clearly with intentions of also chasing a glass of milk if one happened by. But later in the night, there was this… and all was right in the world.

"C" is for Cookie, that's good enough for me… Cookie Monster is a lot nicer than you think.

“C” is for Cookie, that’s good enough for me… Cookie Monster is a lot nicer than you think.

The big draw for the night was the music. The bands kept the crowds dancing, which in turn kept them warm. These bands gave their all, and it was nice to see someone in the crowd named Mary hand over a pair of gloves to one of the singers. Baby, it (was) cold outside!

First band of the night at Whitman First Night  to brave the cold with Mike Kostas and Kim Tomkinson… brrrrrrrrrrrr!!!

First band of the night at First Night Whitman to brave the cold with Mike Kostas and Kim Tomkinson… brrrrrrrrrrrr!!!

6 Foot Sunday literally brought the crowd into midnight, finishing up their cover of Sweet Child o’ Mine about 12 seconds before midnight (and the Toll House cookie drop). They did a “Linkin Park meets Skee Lo” cover of “I Wish” that should be at the top of the charts as we speak, and their unique take on “Airplanes” left the crowd pleading for more.

6 Foot Sunday rang in 2014 for the crowd at First Night Whitman.

6 Foot Sunday rang in 2014 for the crowd at First Night Whitman.

Finally (last but certainly not least) what’s a First Night celebration with pyrotechnics? You can’t drop a six-foot Toll House cookie at midnight without fireworks.

First Night Whitman ended with a bang… fireworks lit up the sky as the cookie dropped at midnight!

First Night Whitman ended with a bang… fireworks lit up the sky as the cookie dropped at midnight!

Thanks to all who helped make this night happen… Nestle, Whitman Fire Dept, Whitman Police Dept, and The Whitman Winterfest Committee. This blog post is a little more personal than most, but we want to say we are very grateful to live in such a wonderful small town. Have a great 2014!

Here's to a happy and healthy 2014!

Here’s to a happy and healthy 2014!

Nicole & Kevin: An Indian Pond Country Club Wedding

Nicole & Kevin were married at one of our favorite venues, Indian Pond Country Club. Nestled in Kingston, Mass, Indian Pond is about as picturesque as it gets. With a beautiful rolling golf course as your backdrop, the perfect weather on Nicole & Kevin’s wedding day only sweetened the deal.

The beauty of an  outdoor wedding ceremony at Indian Pond Country Club simply can not be beat!

The beauty of an outdoor wedding ceremony at Indian Pond Country Club simply can not be beat!

With the promises and the “I do”s complete, the recessional made way to the  formal photos.

Beautiful flowers for a beautiful bride.

Beautiful flowers for a beautiful bride.

Always a perk at Indian Pond Country Club, golf carts to get you where you’re going!

Mr. & Mrs. Dunn getting to the golf course in style!

Mr. & Mrs. Dunn getting to the golf course in style!

Another great feature is the bridge view, perfect for group photos. say cheese!

Indian Pond Country Club has the best "built in" props for formal photos. The bridge makes a perfect setting for sitting!

Indian Pond Country Club has the best “built-in” props for formal photos. The bridge makes a perfect setting for sitting!

Classic, but casual.

September 21, 2013.

September 21, 2013.

Nicole & Kevin take a stroll on the grounds before making their way to their reception.

Love is in the air.

Love is in the air.

After their grand entrance as husband and wife, Nicole & Kevin took to the dance floor.

All eyes were on Nicole & Kevin for their first dance.

All eyes were on Nicole & Kevin for their first dance.

Nicole’s dance with her dad was surely one of the many highlights of his day.

Nicole & her dad, sharing a few moments on the dance floor.

Nicole & her dad, sharing a few moments on the dance floor.

Congratulations, Nicole & Kevin. Wishing you a lifetime of happiness together!

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Indian Pond County Club
Photography: Photo & Video by Joe Goldsberry
Video: Bob Thorley
Flowers: Marie Wallace
Officiant: Cynthia DiTullio
Wedding Cake: Veronica’s Sweetcakes

5th Annual Run for the Roses

Once again, we were very proud to be the official photographer for the annual Run for the Roses, this year held on Sunday September 15 at the Whitman VFW.

If you are not familiar with this annual motorcycle run, now in its 5th year, it’s held in honor of Rachel and Lillian Rose Entwistle, a mom and her baby daughter who were victims of domestic violence at the hands of Rachel’s husband (Lillian’s father) Neil. This motorcycle run started 5 years ago, on a rainy Sunday, with a small number of motorcycles, has become an annual event which this year topped over 800 motorcycles, as well as many classic cars.

A sea of motorcylces wait at the Whitman VFW to begin the 5th annual Run for the Roses.

A sea of motorcycles wait at the Whitman VFW to begin the 5th annual Run for the Roses.

It’s a day of  “coming together for a common cause”. Men, women, old and young. All these people coming together is truly an amazing feat. Riders came from all over Massachusetts and from as far away as Florida.

Run for the Roses brings riders from all over the state to Whitman, Mass.

Run for the Roses brings riders from all over the state to Whitman, Mass.

We should mention that some four-legged friends also came out to support the fight against domestic violence…

Who can resist a pup in goggles?

Who can resist a pup in goggles?

The official logo gets stuck on many helmets, because these rides are proud to support the fight against domestic violence.

We saw lots of riders add the Run for the Roses logo sticker onto their helmets.

We saw lots of riders add the Run for the Roses logo sticker onto their helmets.

Every year, the organizers arrange for great music and entertainment. This year they recruited the Mumblers to perform in the Whitman VFW pavilion to entertain the crowds.

Great music is found at The Run for the Roses every year.

Great music is found at The Run for the Roses every year.

You can almost smell the burgers cooking right through the blog. Every year, volunteers come out to cook up a storm. After all, these guys and gals work up an appetite!

Run for the Roses is all about people coming out and volunteering their time and talent.

Run for the Roses is all about people coming out and volunteering their time and talent.

Rachel’s dad (Lillian’s granddad) speaks every year to thank everyone for coming out.

Rachel's dad

Every year sees a purple balloon release after all the bikes come back from the run.

Purple balloons being sent up to Rachel and Lillian Rose.

Purple balloons being sent up to Rachel and Lillian Rose.

If you’ve never been to the Run for the Roses, or didn’t make it to this year’s event, “like” their FaceBook page to be sure you don’t miss next year’s event. You don’t even have to ride to come out and support this great cause.

You can view all the photos from the 2013 Run for the Roses here.

A Saphire Estate Wedding: Jes & Josh

We photographed a wedding at Saphire Estate in Sharon, Mass. last month that could not possible have been more perfect. The bride, Jes, was an absolute joy to work with. Her groom, Josh, was an equal pleasure to his bride, truly a match made in heaven. The friends, the family, the vendors, the venue, the sunset… this is why I love my job.

Outside Saphire Estate, the groom aunt officiated the ceremony for a special and persoanl touch.

Outside Saphire Estate, the groom’s aunt officiated the ceremony for a special and personal touch.

It was especially cool that the groom’s aunt, Hon. Beverly Weinger Boorstein, was officiating the ceremony. She was smooth and captivating, and had the guests mesmerized.

The recessional, man & wife, and a quick kiss...

The recessional, man & wife, and a quick kiss…

The first dance is possibly one of the most pivotal events of the night. DJ Derek Holt from Entertainment Specialists was on hand to ensure that everything went as planned.

All eyes on the Saphire Estate dance floor are on Jes & Josh as they dance like no one is watching.

All eyes on the Saphire Estate dance floor are on Jes & Josh as they dance like no one is watching.

The traditional parent dances took a unique turn when both couples, bride & dad and groom & mom, took to the floor together.

Jes & her dad, and Josh & his mom share the dance floor for the parent dance.

Jes & her dad, and Josh & his mom share the dance floor for the parent dance.

The traditional dancing didn’t stop there. The night couldn’t be complete without a Hora.

Watch that ceiling! A Hora on the dancefloor at Saphire Estate brings out the best dancers!

Watch that ceiling! A Hora on the dance floor at Saphire Estate brings out the best dancers!

A few moments stolen away from the crowd is treasured, because the day is over in the blink of an eye.

Jes & Josh, walking back toward Saphire Estate, after stealing a few moments alone.

Jes & Josh, walking back toward Saphire Estate, after stealing a few moments alone.

When you have a lake, an amazing sunset and a newly married couple, the next photo is a must.

Sunset at the lake at Saphire Estate with Jes & Josh.

Sunset at the lake at Saphire Estate with Jes & Josh.

We’d like to thank Jes & Josh for trusting Photo & Video by Joe Goldsberry with their wedding photography. Congratulations, and best wishes for a happy & healthy life together!

Venue: Saphire Estate
Officiant: Hon. Beverly Weinger Boorstein
Photography: Photo & Video by Joe Goldsberry
Flowers: Studio One Twenty Three
DJ: Entertainment Specialists

Come On A Photographic Tour Of Lighthouses With Us…

While not everyone loves lighthouses as much as we do, I don’t know anyone who doesn’t at least appreciate the beauty of  majestic lighthouse that has stood the test of time, in all it’s glory. We try to seek out and take advantage of lighthouses in our travels, and have found that over the years we have amassed quite a collection, not just nationally but internationally.

Lets’s start our tour local to us, and go from there. We are  fortunate to live so close to one of the most historic lighthouses in existence. Scituate Light was commissioned in 1810 and completed Sept 19, 1811, making it the 11th lighthouse in the United States. Cost to build: $4000.00. The keeper’s house is a private residence and the tower is open to the public on rare but special occasions. The outside of the tower is accessible to all and has been the site of many weddings and other small events. We have taken countless photographs at Scituate Light (weddings, Super Moon, engagement shots, family photos and personal photos) but this is the one photo that always seems to get the most “ooooooohhhhs” and “aaaahhhhhhhhs”. Let us know if you agree did this make you “oohh” or “ahhh”?

Scituate Light in all her glory. Is that orb a ghost from maritime past?

Scituate Light in all her glory. Is that orb a ghost from maritime past?

Boston Light is another “chock full of history” gem that we have the good fortune to live close by to. Accessable only by boat with an arranged tour, this beauty dates back to 1716 and was the first lighthouse to be built in the United States. The current Boston Light dates back to 1783 and is the second oldest working lighthouse in the United States. The light was automated in 1998 however there is still Coast Guard staff manning the station for tours. (The last time we visited, it was manned by a wonderful historian named Sally).
If you live in the area or are visiting, please keep in mind that the tours to see and climb the lighthouse provide you with a priceless adventure. Tours are seasonal and information can be found by clicking here.

Boston Light, the first lighthouse built in the United States, and currently the second oldest working lighthouse in the country.

Boston Light, the first lighthouse built in the United States, and currently the second oldest working lighthouse in the country.

A trip to Rockport, Mass will bring with it more lighthouse. Here we have Cape Ann, a subtle yet stunning lighthouse is one of a set, current structure was built in 1861 (original construction in 1771).

Cape Ann Lighthouse has a twin which can be viewed at the same time, depending on the angle. We choose this photo to highlight just the one tower of beauty.

Cape Ann Lighthouse has a twin which can be viewed at the same time, depending on the angle. We choose this photo to highlight just the one tower of beauty.

A special treat for serious lighthouse aficionados, Rose Point Lighthouse in Newport, Rhode Island has a little more to offer than most other lighthouses in the country. You can stay overnight as a guest or stay for a week as the lighthouse keeper. We did stay overnight as a guest and the experience is one of enlightening proportions. The serene quiet and peace was something to revel in. For information on staying at Rose Point Lighthouse, click here. For a visual delight of Rose Island Lighthouse, look below…

Rose Island Lighthouse in Newport, Rhode Island, only accessable by prearragned boat for overnight stays.

Rose Island Lighthouse in Newport, Rhode Island, only accessible by prearranged boat for overnight stays.

Moving on up to Maine, where you will likely find the greatest number of lighthouses, we present to you Cape Neddick Lighthouse, also known as Nubble Light in York Maine. Said to be the most photographed lighthouse in the world, she is an undeniable beauty. So close yet unobtainable on its own little island, the town does an annual lighting for the holiday season the first Saturday after Thanksgiving. Take note of the lighted Christmas tree visable through the front window.

Cape Neddick Lighthouse, also known as Nubble Light is easy to photograph from any angle.

Cape Neddick Lighthouse, also known as Nubble Light is easy to photograph from any angle.

One of my personal favorites in Maine, Portland Head Light in Cape Elizabeth has much to offer. Privately owned, the tower is not open to the public, but there is a museum and a small gift shop, and you can walk the grounds freely at no charge. There are 90 acres to explore which is Fort Williams Park as well as the grounds of the now defunct Goddard Mansion. She was first lit January 10, 1791. My research tells me it costs $2250.00 to build. If you look off to the right in the distance you’ll see a “bonus” lighthouse. That’s Ram Island Ledge Light in Casco Bay. Built in 1905, it’s nearly a twin of Graves Light in Boston Harbor, built around the same time.

Portland Head Light sits in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. She's another lighthouse with many great angles to view her from.

Portland Head Light sits in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. She’s another lighthouse with many great angles to view her from.

We also enjoyed this little surprise we found while lighthouse searching on Thanksgiving day. Portland Breakwater Light, aka Bug Light in Portland, Maine is small but packs a punch. What I enjoyed most is that you can walk right out to her and say “hello”. She was built in 1875 but never shows her age.

Portland Breakwater Lightouse, affectionately called Bug Light, is my favorite "walk up" lighthouse.

Portland Breakwater Lighthouse, affectionately called Bug Light, is my favorite “walk up” lighthouse.

Another favorite in the Portland area, Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse was established in 1897.

Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse in Portland, Maine started public tours in June 2013. Be sure to try to see her upclose and personal if you're in the area!

Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse in Portland, Maine started public tours in June 2013. Be sure to try to see her up close and personal if you’re in the area!

“Lighthouse” is synonymous with New England, so how excited do you think we were when we started searching for and finding great lighthouses in our travels outside New England? In Miami we found Cape Florida Lighthouse just waiting for us to discover her on the beach. Built in 1825 and reconstructed in 1846, she is the oldest standing structure in Miami-Dade county.

What could be cooler than a lighthosue flanked by palm trees? Cape Florida Lighthouse fits the bill!

What could be cooler than a lighthouse flanked by palm trees? Cape Florida Lighthouse fits the bill!

One of our quick trips to Canada had us bumping into this little cutie. Her names suites her well, Port Dalhousie, because she does look like a doll house. She is located in St. Catharine’s, Ontario. Owned by the Canadian Coast Guard, the tower is closed to the public but the grounds are open.

Port Dalhousie is found in St. Catharines, Ontario is really is as cute as a dollhouse.

Port Dalhousie is found in St. Catharine’s, Ontario is really is as cute as a dollhouse.

Another picturesque find, Old Point Loma Lighthouse is located in San Diego, California. Conceived in 1851, she was first put into use on November 15, 1855. Steeped in history, she was a delightful find on our trip, and we were so happy to have met her.

Old Point Loma Lighthouse in San Diego, California is easy to access and marvel at.

Old Point Loma Lighthouse in San Diego, California is easy to access and marvel at.

The last of what we have to offer today are non working lighthouses we found on Cayman Island. Well hidden and possibly not the biggest tourist attraction, we were still attracted to these two obscure structures. The Cayman’s do not boast any traditional lighthouses but there are several historic beacons regarded locally as lighthouses. We found these two on the East End, and once you find them, you’ll find they are well-preserved and have many plaques to tell you their stories.

This structure is known as East End Light, aptly named for it's location in the East End of Cayman Island.

This structure is known as East End Light, aptly named for it’s location in the East End of Cayman Island.

The lesser structure next to East End Light is no less important but we couldn’t figure out if it had its own name.

The second lighthouse structure (long defunct) in the East End of Cayman Island is a strange but unique site.

The second lighthouse structure (long defunct) in the East End of Cayman Island is a strange but unique site.

Phew! This post has gone on a lot longer then I intended. I hope you have enjoyed our tour of lighthouses, near and far. If you know of any great lighthouse we should visit and photograph, please comment below and let us in on them! You can view more of our lighthouse photography here, where prints are available for purchase in all sizes. (Any purchased prints will NOT have our watermark on them).

Thanks for coming along!

Jen & Cody {July 6, 2013} The Neighborhood Club

With all the crazy weather we’ve had this season, Jen & Cody got lucky on their wedding day. It was warm with some clouds, and the rain stayed away. The alluring bride and her girls were getting ready at The Quincy Marriott, and so it was there Jen & Cody would also have their “first look”.

The stage is set, and Cody is anxiously awaiting his first look of his bride. This photo, one in a series, truly captures all of the emotion, excitement and bliss that is happening and that is to come…

Jen & Cody: first look in the courtyard at Quincy Marriott.

Jen & Cody: first look in the courtyard at Quincy Marriott.

And once their eyes have met, the anxiety melts into a calm serenity that will set the mood for the rest of the day.

A kiss for luck and we're on our way... (We've only just begun).

A kiss for luck and we’re on our way… (We’ve only just begun).

When one arrives to their wedding, we always suggest you arrive in style…

A toast to say "we're ready to do this!"

A toast to say “we’re ready to do this!”

Jen & Cody’s wedding ceremony was nothing short of spectacular. One of Jen’s bridesmaids, Julia, doubled as their officiant. The colors were amazing, the smiles were stunning and the words they spoke were both personal and winsome.

Jen walks down the aisle to meet Cody to exchange vows.

Jen walks down the aisle to meet Cody to exchange vows.

Once everyone was in place, Julia was by her friends, upfront and center, to help them exchange the vows that will change their lives forever in a few short moments.

You can't get married without your best friends by your side...

You can’t get married without your best friends by your side…

Now it’s official, and it’s just about time to celebrate!

They've made their promises to each other, and that's cause for celebration!

They’ve made their promises to each other, and that’s cause for celebration!

There’s always time for an extra hug, a well wish, a moment to reflect.

Always take that extra moment to stop and hug the ones you love.

Always take that extra moment to stop and hug the ones you love.

Jen & Cody had Epic Entertainment on hand to take over the Master of Ceremonies and entertainment for the evening. Bring in the wedding party, and start the fête!

DJ Sheldon Gentles announces everyone into the room to get this party started.

DJ Sheldon Gentles announces everyone into the room to get this party started.

First things first, and that’s the first dance.

Jen & Cody's first dance: Where Are You Going by The Dave Matthews Band

Jen & Cody’s first dance: Where Are You Going by The Dave Matthews Band

A wedding day is full of “firsts” and traditions, and Jen & Cody did not leave out the tradition of the wedding cake. The wedding cake dates back to ancient Rome, and generally symbolizes good luck to and for the new couple. Jen & Cody’s wedding cake, by White’s Bakery, fits the bill.

Jen & Cody's wedding cake, made by White's Bakery, was an obvious hit, but the looks on their faces.

Jen & Cody’s wedding cake, made by White’s Bakery, was an obvious hit, by the looks on their faces.

As the night wore on, there was much tripping the light fantastic attended to and performed by all. You’ll have to check in with Jen & Cody for more photographic proof, but here’s one peek…

(Well don't skip romance beause) you're old enough to dance the night away... Dance, dance, dance the night away....

(Well don’t skip romance because) you’re old enough to dance the night away… Dance, dance, dance the night away….

As the night winded down, we knew what a great wedding we had on our hands (and in our cameras). You, the reader, may or may not know Jen & Cody personally, but we think you’ll feel like you know them after reading their wedding blog post. A wonderful, fun couple who have a lifetime together ahead of them, we wish them well as they endeavor into married life.

Saying good night with a dip at the enterance to The Neighborhood Club!

Saying good night with a dip at the entrance to The Neighborhood Club!

Getting Ready/First Look: The Boston-Quincy Marriott
Wedding Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Neighborhood Club
Photography: Photo & Video by Joe Goldsberry
DJ/Photobooth: Epic Entertainment Boston
Flowers: Suzanne Luck
Wedding Cake: White’s Bakery
Officiant: Julia Sellers