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Eli and Pam | Wedding

It wasn’t that long ago as I sat in Pam’s chair getting my hair styled we first spoke of Eli. I listened to her voice change as she told me how different and wonderful it all was with him.  I saw her eyes change with a broad smile that spread out across her face. I remember how important it was for her to feel as if she was building this, slowly, very slowly. Building a foundation. I remember the excitement and crazy joy that followed after a trip to New Orleans and a proposal. We were bouncing up and down in the middle of her hair lounge, during business hours, like two teenagers.

Planning a wedding is a daunting task but add in the opening of a new restaurant, a new hair lounge and news of a tiny addition! I was relieved to receive a text asking if I could be ready to shoot a small backyard wedding on a Monday afternoon. Yessssss! An intimate, backyard wedding was just the ticket for Eli and Pam. I was completely overjoyed and honored to capture every moment. Every quiet detail. Every happy tear. Every farm fresh veggie. Every piece of gluten-free cake. Every smile. Every doggie in a bowtie (ok, there was only one lol). Love you both to bits!!

Many thanks to my dear friend Teresa Sweet for helping to capture the day with me!

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Stephanie Rita - These are absolutely gorgeous. LOVE the one of them on the porch rocking chair!

Kellan and Jenny | Wedding

Last month I had the pleasure of photographing Kellan and Jenny’s wedding in southern Rhode Island. The entire celebration was held on Kellan’s family farm. Relatives traveled from both near and far to spend a warm July day with the couple. All of the DIY pieces came together beautifully from the chalkboard ceremony sign, to the wooden arbor, to the wooden table signage, to the invitations. Jenny surprised each one of her girls with antique perfume bottles as a special thank you. Many thanks to Heidi Finn for helping me capture all of the love that afternoon!

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The Ocean and The Lake | Personal

I often feel a bit crazy. Almost out of my mind. I feel my head constantly buzzing with new ideas, new theories, new connections and new inspirations. It’s almost as if the world and all its people and emotion are too stimulating. Sometimes I feel if I don’t get all of these ideas and concepts out of my head I may somehow implode. Any creative will know exactly what I mean. It’s kind of a maddening way to exist in one way and in another way, it is the most beautiful and magical way to exist.

While I was in art school many moons ago, I had an instructor who said to me: “Do you know what your problem is?” Dumbfounded I sighed,”No, what’s my problem?” He continued, “Your problem is that you have marvelous ideas spinning around in your head but you cannot seem to execute them properly.” He was right. Recently, I was telling my life/business coach this story and she said: “Olivia, you need to find balance. Within you is an ocean and a lake.” This visual made so much sense to me. I am half ocean and half lake.

My ocean is all of my ideas bubbling and spraying. It is all of my inspiration crashing against the shore. It is a churning. A tide coming in and going out, constantly in motion. This ocean represents all that is new and exciting.

My lake is all of my ideas settling into the water. It is all of my inspiration soaking in the depths. It is a calmness. A reflection of what is, perfectly still. This lake represents all that is true and steady.

In this exercise I have realized, I spend a bit too much time in the ocean and need to make more time to get to the lake. Both are important, both have their place….the ocean and the lake.

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Dan and Jess | Wedding

First off, can you get over Jess’s sequin reception dress?! The whole time getting ready was going on I kept thinking of dance classes as a little girl. My instructor would always have beautiful gowns and dresses hung on hooks. All of us would stand in front of that wall before class in awe, trying to take in all that beauty before we were asked to go to the bar and stretch. I stood in front of Jess’s dresses with that same feeling. Dan and Jess’s wedding day couldn’t have been more beautiful and relaxed. I adore visiting and working in Pennsylvania whenever I can so when Jess asked if I’d come to Limerick to shoot their wedding, of course I was thrilled! Thank you to my baby sister for coming along and helping me share in the magic!

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London | Travel

In May, while helping to shoot a wedding in Scotland, I decided to extend my trip and visit my dear friend in London and then finish up in Ireland. It was quite the whirlwind adventure but it was also very eye opening! It sparked something in me that had been silenced since my early 20′s. This hunger and yearning to travel and see the world has returned to me. Not just a yearning for a weeks vacation…no something much deeper. I dream of total cultural immersion. As a young woman I studied in Italy and then moved to Hungary which completely changed my life! It’s as if you are looking at the world with childlike wonder. Seeing things for the first time. Waking up each day with a real innocence. It’s calling to me again… in a small, repetitive whisper as dreams do.

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