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Alexa + Clarissa, A Gorgeous, Rainy, DIY Backyard Wedding

This is far and away one of the more image heavy posts I’ve put up in a while, but I couldn’t even begin to narrow down what were my favorites so… more for you to enjoy! I loved Clarissa and Alexa the moment I met them. Partially because I met them at a bar in Midtown NYC and we got a little buzzed together, so, you know, they immediately found a place in my heart. Plus – they’re just both cool beyond belief. Alexa is the exec chef at The Tapp in Tarrytown and Clarissa runs a wedding planning company called Taffeta & Tattoos (which, by the way, check out the full gallery and see the magic that she and her team pulled together for this like-whoa DIY wedding). And they have a truly adorable love story, which I loved, but I won’t get into right now. On to the photos!

Alexa and Clarissa held their wedding in the backyard of Clarissa’s parent’s home in NY. Which, you know, you think “Backyard wedding, quaint and small and adorable.” Well, yes, that’s all true, but wow, you cannot have imagined a backyard wedding like this. Bridal tent, cigar lounge, assorted couches set up around the lawn with beautiful accents (a stereophone, a vintage typewriter, a small fireplace). It was truly gorgeous.
Plus. They’re friends and family are hilarious. 
Impromptu first look! We originally wanted to do it outside the bridal tent, but since all the guests were hovering in the party tent in full view of the door, that was out. So we faced them together with their eyes closed…
And all the bridal party peeking in…
And boom! Insta-awesome first look. 
I’ve said it a million times, but I love first looks. You get emotions and expression that you rarely get coming down the aisle. 
Stiiiiill peaking…
The weather decided it was going to be uncooperative, but since we were just in the backyard, we decided to hold off the ceremony for half an hour to wait for the rain to dissipate.  
Well worth the wait :) 
Check out these beautiful brides. They’re just stunning. 
The wedding was catered by the Pizza Luca LLC truck – a most awesome wood-fire pizza oven built into the back of a 1952 Chevy flatbed. 
See? Would you have ever guessed this was a backyard wedding?
And just the rest of the moments and the fun and the laughter: 
Congrats, Alexa and Clarissa, it was a MOST AWESOME day and I loved every second I spent with you ladies. If you wanna do it all over again, please lemme know;)

Check out the full gallery here!



Flowers by the beautiful brides

Wedding cake by bridesmaid, Becca Chambers of Cupcake Cafe NYC

Dresses by BHLDN

Food by Pizza Luca

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Bea + Rob at Harpoon Brewery

This was just too much fun. Meet Rob and Bea. Rob was pretty much the first person I met when I arrived at Tufts University, and now I’m so excited to be photographing the wedding of him and his beautiful, wonderful fiancee, Bea (who, by the way, is also a fellow Jumbo).

The good folks over at the Harpoon Brewery in the Boston Seaport let us run around the floor of the brewery for a while to take photos. Happiness ensued.

Rob and Bea has dubbed this next set “The Beer Monster”. Most appropriate, me thinks. 

Beer monster. Must. Have. Beer. 

And naturally, you can’t peruse the Harpoon Brewery without stopping for some beers at the beer hall. 

After they finally kicked us out for a private party, the three of us went a-wandering around the Boston Seaport District, because, well, it’s summer and it’s beautiful out. 

A little bit of fun at the Hood. Ha. Ha. Ha. *wink*nudge*

And that’s all she wrote! Thanks so much again for playing with me, you two and I cannot WAIT for your wedding in October!

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Jen + Ryan, some favorites

Jen and Ryan got married at Brooksby Farms in Peabody this spring. Click through to see some favorites from the wedding! 

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Mallory + Lucas, real Artists for Humanity

Mallory and Lucas! What can I say about them? I love them. They’re simply awesome. These two got married at the Artists for Humanity Epicenter in South Boston. It was the perfect venue for them, considering how very artistic they and their friends are – Mallory works with fabrics and recently started in on calligraphy, and Lucas is a carpenter, and of course, their incredibly awesome and talented friends helped out with the details of their wedding (credits below!)

Mallory got her dress from BHLDN – and it was a bridesmaid dress! She decided she didn’t like any of the wedding dresses and went with this beauty, which I love. 
I loved Courtney’s spanks – must get a pair to wear for wedding season. 
Mallory made sure her girls did an armpit smell check. I only so wished that I had audio for this whole prep time. 
Mallory’s beautiful hair wreathe was made by her friend Santa, who wove in some rosemary. So, of course, Mallory smelled awesome, and made sure everyone checked out her wreathe. 
And meet the groom, Lucas! Waiting to see his bridey for the first time. 
A little bit of fun and details.
 Simple ceremony, no procession down the aisle or anything – the bridal party, Lucas and Mallory  started the ceremony standing up front already and jumped right in. 
And the party. Which was totally awesome. And total awesomeness always includes some photos where I have no idea what’s happening. 

There wasn’t supposed to be any official toasts, but the siblings took it upon themselves to go ahead and pull a couple together towards the end of the night. Great reactions and lots of fun…

… And you should always toast, even if you have no glasses. 

And credit to the artistes!
Flowers done by Theresa Larivee, friend of the bride!
Wedding cake by the mother of the bride!
Dress by BHLDN
Center pieces description from Mallory: “Jim Buckle of Buckle Farm is growing our live herb centerpieces (Lucas and I had our first date at his farm helping him clear out a green house)”
Hair and make-up by Christina Casale of Station 8 Salon
See the rest of the photos here!
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Oh, Karina Photography – We’re changing our look!

Yup, you’re in the right place! The blog looks different, huh? We’re making some changes to incorporate our new logo and design – so you’re getting the same ol’ Oh, Karina, but with a brand new face! Hopefully one that better matches our personality and the experience we offer our couples.

So keep checking in, and don’t mind me while I try on a couple layouts:)

And yes, I am taking this opp to tease this awesome image from Mallory and Lucas’s wedding last week. More soon!


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