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I'm Amy Emily and I'm a New England + Destination Wedding Photographer based in Boston, MA. I'm satisfied in the moments where I've kicked off my heels, grabbed a cup of coffee, and laughed 'till my sides hurt.

I adore telling the charming and ever-so amazing stories of life. I hope I can be a part of yours. Look around, share in the joy of others, and remember your story is beautiful.



Grignan, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes: France Wedding- Natalie & Jacky Pt.2

I’ve been pretty quiet on this blog but not today. Today, I am so excited to share with you images from my first wedding in southern France. Natalie and Jacky’s civil ceremony was on the blog yesterday but today it’s all about their beautiful, southern France wedding in Grignan.

When I asked Natalie if they had a theme for their wedding she said, it’s “Meet Me at the Tree.” She then explained how she started thinking about how a tree has had an important place in human history, from the beginning of time, and will be till the end. Therefore, even though you some of you couldn’t join us in person, I invite you now to meet us by the tree and follow along these images as Jacky and Natalie say their vows on by far the windiest wedding I have ever experienced.

      

These beautiful cards which Natalie and Jacky used during their First Look are from Of Note Stationers.  (I can’t RAVE enough about these cards! Simple, classic, & elegant!)

 

 

Amy is a Boston wedding photographer and currently booking destination weddings worldwide. If you are interested in booking a wedding, feel free to email me here! 

 

Mont Saint Michel – Wander With Me

The Mont Saint Michel is about a 30 minute drive from my brother’s home in northwest part of France in lower Normandy. The island is in the Gulf of Saint Malo and is connected to the mainland by a causeway. c The islet has lots of houses and shops at the bottom and the beautiful Benedictine abbey at the top. Between the fact that Mont Saint Michel was built as a medieval castle and the Gothic architecture, I was beyond smitten. The castle has two large towers to defend the entrance to the castle. This castle was on more then one occasion a stronghold for France throughout history.

The first chapel on the islet was founded in 708 by Aubert, Bishop of Avranches. At one point, the Archangel Michael appeared to the Bishop in a dream and that’s how the name was changed to Mont Saint Michel from Mont Tombe.

Mont Saint Michael France 0001Amy Emily Photography This medieval abbey is truly a gem to see in person. These pictures don’t even come close giving credit to all of its amazing details and history.

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Mont Saint Michael France 0012Amy Emily PhotographyThe tricky part of the island are the changing tides. Victor Hug has a famous reference about the tides saying they change –  à la vitesse d’un cheval au gallop, “as swiftly as a galloping horse.” Upon further research I found that the tide actually comes in 1 meter per second. It makes sense why Mont Saint Michel’s nickname is “St. Michel in Peril of the Sea.” Sadly, the tides and quick sands continue to claim lives, Mont Saint Michael France 0006Amy Emily Photography

Here is the view of the bay! As I wandered around with my family, exploring the maze of rooms, the staircases, and visited the vaulted halls that make up the abbey, I was so grateful this beautiful landmark has withstood the test of time.

I hope you keep wandering with me as I share my adventures throughout France. If you have any recommendations or ideas for my time while here –  feel free to email me here!  I’d also love to photograph more engagements and weddings in France. If you’re interested in a France wedding, let’s chat!

Visiting the Arc de Triomphe – Paris, France – Day 6

There is this epic moment when you come from underground on the escalator and slowly rise to see the Arc de Triomphe in all it’s grandeur right before you. It’s completely captivating. I couldn’t help but grin from ear to ear. The six lane highway surrounding it is pretty impressive as well. (Although, if I’m being honest, when I think of driving it I‘d rather walk 8 miles in Boston instead. That’s how much I dread driving. haha.)

The Arc de Triomphe is engraved with names of generals who commanded French troops during Napoleon’s regime. The design of the arch by Jean Chalgrin is based on the Arch of Titus in Rome. The Arc de Triomphe is much higher, but it has exactly the same proportions. It’s breathtaking!!!

As I sit here in Starbucks writing this I can’t help but remember it like it was yesterday. These pictures surely don’t do the Arc justice but an effort had to be made. So is just a bit of what I saw…

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My Favorite Kind Of Textures – Day 5

There is something very special about all of the textures in France. The feel, the appearance, or the consistency of the surfaces evoked an emotional response from me everyday. Here are some of my favorites… 2013-12-22_00032013-12-22_0004Textures2 Textures5 Textures82013-12-22_0005 Textures13 Textures15

 

 

Écouen France : Ursule

I would be the first to acknowledge that going to France was rather a quick decision. But more than my own surprise at just going, I was nervous I wouldn’t be able to make any friends in France. I so dearly prayed that God would provide friends along the way. And despite my lack of French, I did make friends. Wonderful, kind, and beautiful friends.

I’m so excited to introduce you to Ursule. Not only is she fabulous but she’s got one of the best smiles ever. She was so kind in befriending me and spending time with me on her winter break. We took these photos as we walked around Écouen. And of course, I took her up to the Château d’Écouen and we did some photos on the grounds as well. I loved having a castle five minutes from where I was staying to use as a backdrop for portraits. Enjoy some of my favorites of this beautiful girl!

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Écouen France : Kristy

This lovely mama is my brother’s wife and my sister. Kristy is so ridiculously beautiful inside and out. She’s not only a gracious host, she’s a loving mom, and an adorable wife. I am so thankful I get to spend time with her.

David and Kristy are here with Word of Life France. If you want to learn more about their ministry, you can read about it here.

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Never Have I Ever In France – Day 4

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Day 4 – It was pretty an amazing day. Not only did Kristy and I work out, we had this fun mini photo shoot, and had a blast playing with the kids. Gosh – I adore these children.

At night, there was a youth group Christmas party. There’s nothing like playing Never Have I Ever with 12 french teenagers who speak very little English. I got them all pretty good when I said, “Je n’avais encore jamais allé à la tour Eiffel.” Never have I ever been to the Eiffel tower. I’m super excited to say next week that will all change! EKKK! So freaking excited!!!!!!

At one point, I wanted to get to know one of the teens who spoke English really well. So as I walked over to say hello, I not only knocked over one table, not two, not three…. a whole five tables. Ha-ha. I swear embarrassment is bilingual feeling. Although a mortifying start, it was an effective ice breaker. I quickly started to talk with her and I think we might even hang out next week while she’s on Christmas break. My first real French friend; God is so good!

Also, today Dave told me that this property was actually the servants quarters for the staff of the castle in the late 1800s. Chuckle – now I really may never leave. Europe’s history is far too enchanting for a history buff like me.

XOXO,

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Homebody – Day 3

Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetDay 3 – Homebody – Jetlag hasn’t been been so kind. I keep finding myself awake at odd hours and unable to fall asleep during the wee hours of the morning. It’s slightly annoying. At this point, you’d think I’d be pure exhausted but instead I’m just a little slow moving. Haha – my reaction time is delayed. (womp-womp) #noonethrowaballatmetocatch

I’m doing this study called “David, Seeking a Heart Like His” by Beth Moore. I spent most of my quiet time studying the covenant theme but more so specifically reading in 1 Samuel 18.

Jonathan sacrificed himself for his friend. It’s such a bold and trusting move on his behalf. Beth Moore said, “Men like Jonathan are a rarity. Few people have in mind the things of God at the risk of their own favor and position (Matt. 16:23).” Seeing Jonathan be bold and courageous admist personally witnessing is his father’s jealousy of David is inspiring. The older I get the more valued my friendships become. I can only hope and pray that my heart will always be one that seeks to serve others more than to attain personal favor.

A Wanderer,

Amy Emily

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Exploring the Château d’Écouen

I have to say for a bit I have wondered what it would be like at the airport when I sawphoto (37) David, Kristy, and the kids. It was so fun when I was waiting for the luggage to come around on the carousel and I heard screams of delight calling “Amy.” As I turned around, I saw Eli holding this sign with my brother. You can hardly tell but he colored it himself. It’s terrible photo quality but I adore it. (In fairness, I whipped my phone out as I ran over and waved hello all the while taking this picture.) There is still a thick, clear wall in between us at this point too. It was so wonderful seeing them all together, bundled up, and adorable.  I couldn’t have imagined a warmer welcome.

Day 2 – Exploring the Neighborhood As soon as I woke up, I was itching to go wandering for a bit. After playing with Eli, I asked him if he wanted to go for a walk. He excitedly agreed. I am thankful he started warming up towards me. This is a huge goal I have while I’m here. I want to smother these kids with so much love that they actually have some memories and fondness of their Aunt Amy. So as we walked hand-in-hand five minutes up the road we came to the Château d’Écouen. 

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I can’t believe this place is only a five minute walk from the house! It’s huge and lovely! I was so enchanted. The grounds, the moat, the vast view of the city from the wall, it was enough to stop anyone in their tracks.  As Eli and I walked around, it felt wonderful. For this alone, I am so grateful I’ve come. I’d walk anywhere for that kid. As we walked back to the house, I told Eli I was going to drop him off so I could goProcessed with VSCOcam with b1 preset running. You would have thought I stole this kids blanket or something. He has mastered the mopey face. He let his head hang low and wouldn’t look at me. I didn’t know whether to hug him or laugh at how dramatic he was being. I hugged him close and told him I loved him. Then we took this picture … that face. I think he was trying his hardest not to smile at the camera. The result makes me laugh everytime I see this picture. The second part of traveling and personal time is that I really want to write out my goals for 2014. I need to get back into exercising daily. It’s so important to me to have a healthy lifestyle but recently I let myself focus so hard on work that I forgot to take care of me. (I know so many of you can relate to being super busy.) Since there isn’t a gym here, what better place than to run? Just kidding – kinda – but not! (Note – this place is extremely hilly and they have no comprehension of stopping for pedestrians. Yea. It’s a little ridiculous how narrow their sidewalks are too. Don’t get me wrong – I love it. It just killed my legs.) I ended the run in a small garden with this view.

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Wherever you are, I hope you enjoy your surroundings today. Find something new or old and appreciate it. Having a heart full of gratitude is contagious and beautiful!

XOXO from France,

Amy Emily