Another wedding with Arielle Unger Photography in the books. This time, I got to celebrate and take Ashley and Jim’s Willowdale Estate wedding photos. And y’all, when I say their Willowdale Estate wedding was a dream, I mean, it was straight out of a fairytale!!
Willowdale Estate, a Craftsman and Tudor Revival Stone Mansion in Topsfield, MA, is located in Bradley Palmer State Park. As you look upon the Mansion, you can clearly see that its design was inspired by the Mansions and Castles of Aberdeen in Scotland. Its Old World, Scottish aesthetic had me swooning. It’s no secret that I go ga-ga over anything that’s Scottish, Irish, or English-inspired.
The unseasonably-warm weather for Ashley and Jim’s wedding was perfect. Normally when you think of November in Massachusetts, you think of cold and wet. But somehow (global warming?) it was a balmy 70 degrees! While that is truly disconcerting from a global weather perspective, it was a welcome surprise since it’s no fun to take photos in the cold.
Ashley and Jim, are some of the sweetest humans on the planet. And, if I do say so myself, a very handsome pair. I mean, look at her in her dress! And Jim? He wore that suit like a BOSS!
My favorite moment of the day was Ashley and Jim’s vows. They wrote their own heartfelt vows, and somehow, both made reference to the same Lord of the Rings quotes. If I hadn’t already been in love with them, their nerdy love for Tolkien sealed the deal!
After the ceremony, we dashed outside to take their couple photos. The light was fading quickly (thanks Day Light Savings Time ending…grr) so we had to be efficient. Luckily, working efficiently is my bread and butter, and we walked away with a variety of classic and modern wedding portraits.
The rest of the evening unfolded serenely. Ashley and Jim were showered with earnest words from their friends and family, shared tender moments during their parent dances, and boogied the night away with their guests.
I’m constantly reminded how lucky I am to bear witness to these big life milestones. It’s an honor and blessing that is never lost on me. Ashley and Jim, may your future together be joyful and full of warmth! Thank you for letting me be part of your special day!!
How do we even start to say thank you for all the work and effort you put into our wedding day?
- Josie and Scott
Lauren played such a meaningful role in our wedding, capturing the day in photos that we'll look back on for the rest of our lives. She kept Scott and me calm and sane - Lauren is a miracle worker! She put in 100% effort and gave us her very best, and that means so much to me. Seeing our photographs makes me so excited and so happy that Lauren was with us on this journey.
Lauren made the process so easy and made us feel so comfortable!
- Amy and Luke
We just wanted to say thank you again so much for your amazing work. You were seriously incredible to work with and we loved the locations you suggested for both our engagement shoot and the spots in Stillwater. We were very worried about getting professional photos done since we had never done it before, but you made the process so easy and made us feel so comfortable. Thank you!
Working with Lauren was easy breezy and FUN! She gave us our most treasured photos ever!
- GRACE AND NICK
There was a chunk of time in our wedding planning when we thought we'd go without a professional photographer to save on cost (terrible idea!) but once we met with Lauren, we knew we'd be in good hands. She checked in often and asked questions that got us thinking about other parts of the wedding that we probably would've missed. Lauren captured exactly who we are as a couple!
Lauren's enthusiasm and passion make the photo-taking process so fun – she made me feel like a star!
- Alisa AND Adam
Lauren and her team are so much fun to work with! She made us feel so comfortable on the day of our wedding, providing both silly and helpful cues to help us relax and be ourselves in our photos. Lauren’s background in dance is super helpful in recognizing simple posture changes that make a big difference, too. Oh, and the photos we got are just stunning!
Lauren was pivotal in making our wedding day perfect!
- Emma AND Erik
My husband and I looked FOR MONTHS to find the perfect photographer and after meeting Lauren we knew was the best fit for us. She made our day so much fun and easy. She found little opportunities to make the perfect photo all with a calm ease that comes from someone who has an artistic eye along with experience in understanding the flow of a wedding.
Not only is Lauren an amazing human being, but she is an awesome photographer!
- Haley AND Erick
I've been in several weddings and have worked with a multitude of photographers and I never felt as confident as I did with Lauren. I love how professional she is. She helped with the timeline way in advance and we stuck to that timeline the day of. She was also able to professionally and firmly keep unruly family members settled and focused and navigated family drama beautifully!