2017 Behind the Scenes

Can I just say that I absolutely love putting these behind the scenes recaps together?!  2017 was such a wonderful year, looking back on it; I can’t believe all of the fun and awesome weddings I got to be a part of!  Looking forward to 2018, I feel like I need to make it a point to ask my second shooters to take more behind the scenes photos of me…not because I am cool, but because I am so awkward it’s funny!  I just want to give a shout out to all of the awesome ladies who have been my second shooters this year, I seriously could not have done it without you!  I started off 2017 with a workshop, so many awesome vendors and other photographers took part in it!  I was super nervous about talking in front of other people, but once I got in the zone the words just flowed! The team from KissandMakeup making sure our bride (and fabulous model) looks top notch!Dmitry from Embark Films balancing on a chair….I mean, anything to get that shot!Melissa from Parsimony Inspired smiling the whole time 🙂  Alison from Alison Marie Photography, who is pretty much my work wife, contorting herself into crazy positions!

Clearly, I love this maroon and black dress, good thing I bought another one for next year!If people didn’t hire me for my photography skills, they would probably hire me for my dance moves!Always dress fluffing….Jake obviously thinks I am killing it at my job!Just heading off into the children of the corn.Sorry for getting really up close and personal guys, I promise it will be worth it 😉Part photographer, part ninja spy…I know how super cool I look, but my head stayed warm!

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Max and Sophie | Winter Couple’s Session

My sister in law and her boyfriend are the best sports ever!  I was having a promo video done by Dmitry from Embark Studios and needed some models for it.  She gladly volunteered the two of them for the session.  I figured Ashley Reservoir would be a great location for the shoot, with the tall dark green pine trees against the fresh snow.  She found a gorgeous floor length red dress and we were all set.  I love the winter boots peaking out from under the gown in some of the shots.

If you are looking to do a winter, snowy couple’s or engagement session email me at brooke@brookeellen.com

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Denise and Kevin | Valley View Farm Wedding

I have been looking forward to Denise and Kevin’s wedding all year.  After doing their engagement session in a row boat on Jamaica Pond in Boston, I knew that I liked their style and chemistry.  They are so fun and outgoing, and love to laugh.  We had been emailing back and forth the week before and fiercely watching the weather to see if we would get the first real snow of the season on the day of.  The weather did not disappoint, it was a perfect snow storm; and Valley View Farm was a lovely location for the wedding.

We all know I love first looks and Kevin’s reaction was so sweet.  And the front porch of the farmhouse gave us the snowy background without having to be out in the elements.  Kevin, Denise, and their bridal parties were such good sports about traipsing around in the snow for pictures.  I was so glad to have brought my umbrella, and it looked cute in pictures!

Hannah preformed such a thoughtful ceremony, and I loved how Denise and Kevin took time to look around at their guest’s faces and really savor each moment of it.  The reception was so much fun with a live band and wonderful speeches.  The whole day was a perfect representation of them as a couple!

Venue: Valley View Farm

Cake: Pete’s sweets

Makeup: Lisa Askew

Ceremony: Grace Ceremonies

Band – Beauty and the Altered Beast

Caricature artist – Alex Hughes

Planning a Valley View Farm wedding and looking for a wedding photographer, email me at brooke@brookeellen.com to chat!

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Popping the Question | Proposal Planning Designed Just for You

Are you about to pop the question?
I would love to capture your proposal!
Recently, we teamed up with Events by Jackie M to design custom proposal packages for this special moment in your lives. Our goal is to ensure that you have a proposal that is unique to you and your partner.
Our packages cover everything from the person who has done all the planning but just needs a few extra hands, to the person who just isn’t sure where to begin!
From romantic picnics to candlelit strolls to destination getaways, here is just a sampling of what we are offering!

Professional Proposal Assistance
Have you already decided how you will pop the question but need some extra hands and a photographer to capture it all?
Hire our engagement fairies to assist you in your perfect proposal!
Tell us all about what you have planned and we’ll take it from there.
While you woo your sweetheart, we’ll be preparing your surprise!

Picnic in the Park
Together, we’ll choose the perfect location for you to pop the question.
While you are busy getting your sweetheart to the location, we’ll be setting up a romantic picnic for the two of you. Complete with photographer to capture the entire experience.

Candlelit Experience
Take a stroll on a candlelit path, following the sound of music.
At the end of your walk, you’ll discover your own personal musician to serenade you both during your proposal. We’ll enhance the experience with a bistro table, flowers, champagne & chocolate.
Complete with photography to capture the entire experience.

Overnight Escape
You’ll start your evening with a romantic dinner for two.
Our photographer will capture you popping the question before you retreat to a romantically set hotel room for the night, where you can celebrate your engagement privately.

All-Inclusive Planning & Custom Proposal Experience
Our experts would love to curate a completely custom experience for you and your partner!
We start with our personalized idea experience, presenting you with several options for a unique proposal. You’ll choose your favorite and we’ll take care of the rest!
From romantic getaways to private tours to destination adventures, we’ll create a memorable experience catered especially for you.

If you are looking to book a proposal email me at brooke@brookeellen.com.

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Tips on Picking a Florist for your Wedding

This week on my vendor spotlight I am featuring the Tangled Grapevine.  Stacey Rackliffe from the Tangled Grapevine creates fantastic pieces and is great to work along side of.

Why should couples hire a professional florist?

Couples should hire a professional florist because a florist can help the couple paint their vision of their wedding day.  Every type of flower, herb, berry or green can evoke a different sensory feeling. From the container right down to how the flower is placed in it, a guest can render special feelings much like looking at a work of art. A bride may know exactly how she pictures her guests will feel on her special day and the professional florist has the medium in which to paint it.


What should couples look for when hiring a florist?

While looking for a florist for their special day, the couple should definitely first and foremost find someone who shares their vision. A professional florist should be able to find the beauty in not only the theme of their special and unique wedding but also the couple themselves. There should be no two weddings the same, no cookie cutter flower pieces, just as unique as every couple. I feel that a guest sould be able to sit at their table, look at the centerpieces and say, THIS is definitely this couple’s wedding!

How much should couples expect to pay for a florist?

Couples should expect to pay slightly higher than your average grocery store bouquet. If they have found the right florist for their event, they should know that their florists’ heart and soul are going into these pieces and it will definitely show on their special day. When their florist is truly a part of their wedding, the florist will go above and beyond to find the right flowers and containers to portray the couples’ vision.


What makes your business different than others?

The Tangled Grapevine is different from many other florists because we sit down with the couple as many times as needed to truly ensure that the couple’s vision of their special day is coming to life. We also offer as much help as needed on that day, whether it is to help plan how the day will go or setting up the room- everything to ensure that the couple will be thoroughly enjoying their day. We also uniquely try to grow our own flowers and fillers when possible, to ensure a quality all of our own. We truly try to use the most different and unexpected flowers and fillers to make people to a second look at our pieces.


And just for fun, What is something no one knows about you?

Many people don’t know that I am also a labor and delivery nurse at a local hospital. It hasn’t happened yet, but i could possibly be your florist for your wedding and then help deliver your babies someday too! And lastly but most importantly, I am the extremely proud momma to my two girls, Lilly and Sage.

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