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