First Night Whitman: Ringing in 2015 with a Toll House Cookie

Whitman, Mass: the only small town First Night in the area!

Whitman, Mass: the only small town First Night in the area!

The small South Shore town of Whitman, Mass has done it again: hundreds gathered in the town center to ring in the new year with a giant Toll House Cookie drop at midnight, followed by fireworks.

The streets downtown were closed down at 7:00pm and the six foot cookie was hoisted into place with a giant crane, high above Duval’s Pharmacy.

Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's a six foot cookie!

Up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a six foot cookie!

Big Daddy Ray was your emcee for the night, on hand to keep everyone moving around and warm before the midnight countdown.

"Can I get an AMEN from the house?"  (Big Daddy Ray)

“Can I get an AMEN from the house?” (Big Daddy Ray)

This year’s band, Divas With a Twist, also helped to keep the crowd hopping to warmth until the cookie came down.

Divas With a Twist spread lots of holiday day cheer in Whitman center on New Years Eve!

Divas With a Twist spread lots of holiday day cheer in Whitman center on New Years Eve!

Billed as a night of family friendly fun, we were happy to see the kids representing. They were dancing (and sitting) in the street.

There'll be laughin' and singin' and music swingin' and dancin' in the streets.

There’ll be laughin’ and singin’ and music swingin’
and dancin’ in the streets.

Not just family friendly, but four-legged friend friendly, as well!!  Can we get a “woof woof”?

This guy could have been the First Night Whitman mascot!

This guy could have been the First Night Whitman mascot!

People also brought their own fun! Here we see some people who created their own “cookie drop”, scaled down, of course.

Not every cookie drop involved a 6 foot cookie!

Not every cookie drop involved a 6 foot cookie!

The night started out slow but well by midnight hundreds were gathered to see Divas With a Twists‘ final set, which led us to Big Daddy Ray going from “Jump Around” to “Let’s Go Crazy”.

Dancing, smiling, and waiting... 2015 is right around the corner.

Dancing, smiling, and waiting… 2015 is right around the corner.

Yours truly, your blog author, sporting the 2015 First Night Whitman button, with all proceeds going to the Whitman Food Pantry.

All proceeds for the Whitman First Night buttons help support our town's food pantry.

All proceeds for the First Night Whitman buttons help support our town’s food pantry.

And the clock strikes midnight! Should times long past be forgot (days of auld lang syne). This is what it’s all about: a ten second countdown, cookie drops and fireworks commence!

The roof of Duval's Pharmacy sets the stage for the pyrotechnics when the clock strikes midnight.

The roof of Duval’s Pharmacy sets the stage for the pyrotechnics when the clock strikes midnight.

Special thanks to the First Night Whitman committee for all their hard work in bringing this together, as well as bringing so many citizens of a great little town together. More thanks and kudos to the Whitman Police Dept and the Whitman Fire Dept as always, for keeping our town safe.

Nedina & Jeremy: The Bay Pointe Club { July 12, 2014 }

The weather was beautiful on Saturday July 12, and everything that day came together beautifully for Nedina & Jeremy as their family and friends joined them at The Bay Pointe Club to witness and celebrate their wedding day. They also had the bonus of a Super Moon on their wedding night.

 

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Ashley & Keith at TJ Smith’s Victorian House {April 19, 2014}

Ashley & Keith chose one of the quaintest spots on the South Shore for their wedding ceremony and reception. TJ Smith’s Victorian House provides the setting that is overflowing with charm and beauty. Their charming chapel provides a unique way to keep all the events of the day at one venue.

Ashley was able to get ready with her girls right on site.

Ashley is a vision of beauty, before and after the dress.

Ashley is a vision of beauty, before and after the dress.

The ceremony went off without a hitch. From that first glimpse of his bride, to a recessional among family and friends, Keith could not have exuded a drop more of happiness.

Having an on-site chapel at TJ Smith's Victorian Chapel is a priceless amenity.

Having an on-site chapel at TJ Smith’s Victorian Chapel is a priceless amenity.

Plenty of gorgeous outdoor backdrop for some formal photos…

Ashley & Keith are picture perfect.

Ashley & Keith are picture perfect.

A beautiful ceremony, followed by a day of celebrating, dancing, and a flower toss…

First dance, parent dance, and a flower toss with a happy bridesmaid.

First dance, parent dance, and a flower toss with a happy bridesmaid.

Venue: TJ Smith’s Victorian House
Officiant: Tom Welch
Photography: Photo & Video by Joe Goldsberry
DJ: Mike’s Music
Photo Booth: Photobooth VIP
Wedding Cake: Gingerbread House
Flowers: The Candy Jar

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