I was so excited to have been able to travel last month to Napa Valley for Davina and Joshua’s wedding! Their celebration was held at the Meadowood resort and spa in St. Helena, California. Even though the wedding was my first time meeting the two, we actually go waaaay back. Back in early 2010 Josh inquired about purchasing a dog print after seeing my work at the South End Buttery here in Boston. He was looking to add some “artwork” to his new apartment in San Francisco, and ordered a 20×30 canvas of a wheelchair-bound Weimaraner taking an autumn stroll through the Public Garden. Josh even asked if I could calligraph a little card with the works “title” and my signature. A few months later I received a thank you card in the mail with a picture of the print hanging in his dining room, my lettered card affixed underneath. I was still in the early stages of my new pet photography career, so having someone who treated my work as if it were art was an exhilarating boost to the ego, and an affirmation that I was on the right career path.
Fast forward two years later, when Josh became engaged and asked if I would calligraph the invitations. He and his fiancee had not fixed on a venue yet, but only knew it would be in the San Francisco area. I told him I’d only help him if I could be their wedding photographer as well – or something to that effect! Pretty rude of me! The important thing is I did convince them to hire me for the whole ball of wax – calligraphy for Save the Dates, for the invitations, the addressing of envelopes, the name cards, the Thank You cards, and the photography. Out in Napa Valley. Where there are lots of things I like. Wine, for example. I couldn’t be more honored!
Davina and Josh chose to have a wedding that highlighted all the things they loved: trees, fine cuisine, and great company. (I did sneak in a few photos of grapes too.)
Invitations are letterpress printed by my partner-in-crime, Sarah of Parrott Design Studio. Beautiful florals by Nancy Liu Chin, who gave the bride the option of TWO FULLY FORMED BOUQUETS, both of which I rolled around in like cat on catnip.
Congratulations to this lovely, accomplished couple, and I will always be thankful for your support that you gave me from the very beginning! Salut to a wonderful and happy life together.
This is Katrina and Brian’s wedding at the Atlantica in Cohasset, MA. I believe this couple loves cats more than I do, if that is at all possible! So of course I love them. Here are some favorites from their wonderful, exuberant, emotion-filled day.
Of course I must end this post with a photo of a photo I took of their meowcat Charlie, who is also featured in my Rescue Pets of Boston book (our launch party was a blast – maybe I’ll do a post on it if I can recover any memory of it!). She is a Bruins fan and has a Cindy Crawford mole. Since their wedding the family has already welcomed a new addition – 10 year-old kitty Maggie from the MSPCA. Hooray for adopting shelter pets, and another hooray for adopting senior citizens! Congratulations to everyone on their new life together!
It is with much excitement, pride, and butterflies in my stomach that I announce the launch of the book Rescue Pets of Boston, featuring beautiful photographs of the city’s luckiest rescue pets in their homes!
100% of proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated among these deserving charities:
I first announced the project back in March here, when we were looking for a few good rescue models. In the months of May and June, Brittany and I have photographed 75 pets across 50 households. We then spent the next couple of months going through thousands of images, picking, processing, prepping the photographs, and in the last month, we finalized our album design for print.
We quickly received the proofs from the printers, and after all the little typos were corrected, the book went into final production. This past Monday, we received our shipment of 72 boxes. And today, WE ARE HAVING OUR BOOK LAUNCH PARTY!!!
I even have a signature drink and it’s called the Fat Orange Fizz. AAAHH!
This has been a personally funded, homegrown project from the very beginning. Both of us have donated countless hours, blood, sweat, and booze! to this project. I am so proud to say that Brittany and I had a hand in every single decision and aspect of the book. Every single one. There were no shortcuts, only very hard work, passion, and a commitment to maintain our vision and to do this project justice. And while we had financial parameters and time constraints in place (this was all done while during my wedding high season!), we knew from the beginning that absolutely nothing would prevent us from producing the best book, the highest-quality book, the most beautiful book that we possibly could — and still be able to retain a profit margin worthy enough to be donated to charity.
Today our book officially makes its debut and goes on sale at the launch party. But you can buy your book online here! (Please allow at least 10 business days for delivery.)
Get your copy here: rescuepetsofboston.bigcartel.com
And be sure to follow Rescue Pets of Boston on Facebook too!
I have much more to say about this book and the process later, but I now must get ready for my party. Until then, cheers to you for all your support, to our beloved rescue pets of Boston, and to rescue pets everywhere!!