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Happy Holidays!!!!

Happy Holidays!!!!

This time of year can feel overwhelming and hectic and it is my sincerest wish that each of you is able to find a moment of stillness amidst the chaos! Like many of you, we will be traveling to see family and friends this week and look forward to lots of hugs and overdue conversations! I can’t wait.

I’m also really excited to sit down and reflect on the year gone by and carefully consider what I’d like my 2014 to be about. Where do I want to see growth? Who do I aspire to be in this moment? Where are my values and how can I make my life more honestly reflect them? I love this process and plan to dedicate the next few weeks to hunkering down with some big questions and digging deep for some answers that feel real and true and honest. It can be so easy for me to confuse my true desires with those I feel are expected of me and I want to do the work to break through my perceptions of myself and what I want to find my truth, whatever that might look like.

I know that many of you are doing some of this hard work as well and want to share some of my very favorite places to begin:

~ If you’ve never been on Lara Casey‘s phenomenal website, be sure to check it out. My process this year will begin by working through her “Power Sheets” and evaluating my true priorities.

~ I love the reflective nature of Susannah Conway‘s “Unravelling The Year Ahead“…her downloadable worksheets and planner are free and if you are looking for some soul work, many of her e-courses are wonderful and gentle structures for getting down and dirty into your nitty gritty!

~ When it comes down to the hard and fast goal setting and planning, I love Chris Guillebeau’s “Year in Review” process. I’m a HUGE fan of his blog and resources to start with {following him on Twitter was how we found out about a crazy travel deal that scored us insanely cheap airline tickets to Italy and India for this year!! He’s awesome!}

It can be SO fun and stimulating and rewarding to go through this process of evaluation and goal-setting.

Equally important to me, however, will be to engage as fully as I can in the next week with the community of love and support that I am so very fortunate to have. I want to be present. I want to pause in the middle of the insanity that is a Giovagnoli Christmas Eve to let the gratitude for family and friends sink into my soul.

We made it through another year, y’all.

For all the good times and bad times and hard times and moments of pure joy, we are here.

We are alive.

We are breathing.

And even if that is the only thing that we can be sure of in this quiet moment, let it be enough.

Let it be a blessing to be grateful for.

Thank you all for such a phenomenal year!!! I will be out of my office until Monday, January 6th! While I will be checking my email intermittently, I am planning to spend as much of that time as possible unplugged and connecting with my loved ones. I will be playing in the snow and laughing over steaming mugs of coffee. I will be catching up on the ever growing pile of books on my nightstand and scribbling in my journal. I will be resting up so that when I come back, I can offer you the best of who I am and what I have to offer.

See you in 2014!!

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Ashley & Jay: Laudholm Farm Engagements!

Happy Winter Solstice!! I hope you have cozy plans on this shortest day of the year!! I have a rare Saturday edition for a little solstice treat!

You likely remember Ashley & Jay from their Boston engagement session! We decided to split their session into two short ones and include their gorgeous wedding venue, Laudholm Farm, for the second session!! I am SO excited to shoot their wedding here next year…we just has such a great time! I’m going to dive right in…

Seriously…I can’t get enough of the tall grass goodness…SOOO lush!!











I just love Jay’s smile!



One of my favorite shots EVER!!!














 

Thanks for making the trip up and for the GORGEOUS blown glass pumpkin, you guys!!! Have an amazing holiday!!

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Ashley GoreDecember 21, 2013 - 1:30 pm

Thank you (again!) We love all the pictures and can’t wait until we are back at Laudholm this summer :)

Pat SmithDecember 21, 2013 - 3:06 pm

Beautiful couple…gorgeous photos!

Paula IsgroDecember 21, 2013 - 4:11 pm

What awesome pictures of two people that I love with all my heart!! Can’t wait until August 9th. <3

SherylDecember 21, 2013 - 8:13 pm

Best couple ever

MBDecember 21, 2013 - 8:21 pm

Beautiful pics of a beautiful couple! Breathtaking scenery, too.

Ginny MenardDecember 30, 2013 - 9:01 am

These pictures are amazing Ashely & Jay..Laudholm Farm is one of my
favorite spots..now it will have special meaning too! Can’t wait till August.

Danielle & Jason: Maine Mountain Wedding!!

Danielle & Jason were married last month in the gorgeous mountains of Maine! Their venue, the amazing Ski Esta Lodge, overlooked the mountains and the ski runs of Sunday River and just had everyone in the mood for a warm & incredibly intimate wedding celebration! As you may remember me mentioning in their engagement session post, Danielle and Jason are two of the most giving and amazingly generous people I’ve ever met and you could, quite literally, feel their dedication to one another as well as to their family and friends in every little gesture and detail! I’m so SO excited to share a few of my many, many favorites from their big day!











Don’t you just love the flower girls’ dresses & sparkly shoes?!?!?

Jason’s gift featured photos of him & Stanley!
The bridesmaids reveal!

Isn’t Danielle STUNNING?!?!?

Billiards and purple argyle socks…what more could a groom hope for?





Danielle & Jason chose to see each other before their wedding…love love LOVE.


















We headed up the road to Newry’s Artist’s Bridge and a nearby barn for a few photos after the ceremony! I always love when if when some extra portrait time is scheduled into the day!!





LOVE!
















What a sunset!








Doughnuts and cider for favors…AWESOME!!!



Danielle & Jason, you guys are AWESOME! Thank you so much! I can’t wait to hear ALL about Ireland!!!!

The amazing team of vendors:

Event Planner & Coordinator: Adrienne of The Refinery

Venue: Ski Esta Lodge
Florist: Pooh Corner Farm
Cake Artist: Maine Custom Cakes
Caterer: Adrian Hartell of Jeanie Marshal Foods
Donut Favors: The Holy Donut
Hair & Makeup: Xana-Do Salon & Day Spa
Stationery: E&H Creates
DJ & Lighting Design: Jeff Erwin of Mix Chemist
Officiant: Rev. Erika Hewitt
Event Rentals: Affordable Events
Transportation: The Sunday River Shuttle trolleys
Guest Cupcakes: Love Cupcakes
“Just Married” Sign: The Summery Umbrella

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aliDecember 19, 2013 - 9:36 am

What a great end of season wedding, Cindy! I love three photos on the bridge and the bride and grooms first dance (and liver the brides 2nd dress!).

Eleanor Malcolm (Grooms Mom)December 19, 2013 - 11:48 pm

LOVE THESE AMAAAAAAZING PHOTOS!!!!
MORE MORE MORE :-)

Stephanie PresseyDecember 20, 2013 - 4:46 pm

Danielle
What a beautiful wedding. You are so beautiful and the wedding pictures are awesome. Congratulations and may The Lord bless you and Jason as you start your married life together. Stephanie