Seth Kaye Photography » Western Mass, Berkshires, Boston, Hartford, Providence, Northampton, Springfield, New England Wedding Photographer

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  • Seth Kaye is a multiple award-winning documentary wedding photographer who has been called one of the Top 50 Wedding Photographers in the United States, one of the Top 20 Wedding Photographers in Boston, and one of the best wedding photojournalists in New England.

    His years of experience as a photojournalist, combined with an academic background in the fine arts, make him uniquely qualified to document weddings in an unobtrusive, respectful fashion.

    Seth’s narrative photographic style reflects a philosophy in which the photographer observes rather than directs, where real moments are free from manipulation and interference.

    His work belongs to a tradition of photography which relies on seeing and understanding the significance of the moment, and capturing it.

Zukas Hilltop Barn

Dawn + Dan met when they sat next to each other in class as chemical engineering majors at UMass. Grad school was special to them for that reason so last year we had their engagement session in the library where they used to study.

Their chemical engineering background made its way into their wedding in the form of champagne flutes with vasopressin and oxytocin, the chemicals associated with love and bonding, with their molecular diagrams etched into them.

Dawn + Dan’s wedding day had other unique touches as well. As avid birdwatchers, many birds were represented in their details, and we kept our eyes out for different species to photograph during the day.

Another big part of the day were the lawn games they had for their guests. Since Zukas has a big field adjacent to their tent, there was plenty of room to play. They had kites and croquet, giant pick up sticks, giant Kerplunk, giant Yahtzee, giant Jenga, and giant Connect Four. As much as guests danced inside the tent there were just as many who enjoyed the beautiful weather and socialized outdoors.

Earlier on their wedding day Dawn got ready in Zukas’ spacious bridal suite before meeting up with Dan for their first look. We opted to incorporate nature into their portraits, so the fields and tree line made for beautiful backdrops during that part of the day.

At the end of the day we had the opportunity to make a couple of portraits including utilizing the giant Connect Four board, after which Dawn + Dan remained in the field by themselves (and their photographers) and had some fun moments alone. After impromptu dancing atop a stone wall they had their final dance in the field, just the two of them, while family and friends looked on from the tent further up the hill.

Dawn + Dan had additional help on their day from…
Ceremony + Reception Location : Zukas Hilltop Barn 
Hair + Makeup : Zukas Salon
DJ : Champagne Toast Entertainment
Florist : Ladyslipper Designs 
Dawn’s Dress : David’s Bridal
Dan’s Suit : Jos. A. Bank 
Second Photographer : Lesley Arak
Lighting Assistant : Ian Pouliot

Here are some photos from the day…

Zukas flowergirl makeup
Zukas bridal makeup
Zukas groom getting ready
Zukas bridal jewelry
Zukas bridesmaid getting ready
Zukas bride getting dressed
Zukas first look
Zukas wedding portrait
Zukas bride and groom
Zukas swing
Zukas bride
Zukas bride getting ready
Zukas nervous groom
Zukas bride and her father
Zukas walking the bride down the aisle
Zukas wedding ceremony
Zukas flowers recessional
Zukas bride and groom
Zukas Hilltop Barn wedding details
Zukas wedding ring shot
Zukas toasting glasses
Zukas bride and groom introduction
Zukas kids at weddings
Zukas ice cream sundae bar
Zukas landscape and kites
Zukas bride pick up sticks
Zukas lawn games
Zukas Jenga
Zukas reception dancing
Zukas wedding portrait
Zukas groom carrying bride
Zukas playful bride and groom
Zukas outdoor dancing
Zukas wedding moment
Zukas bride and groom

  • Seth Kaye - July 15, 2016 - 6:17 pm

    Thank you!!

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creative colorful wedding portraits

During my first consultation with Amy + Ryan they shared their feeling that “stuff isn’t as meaningful as the people” on a wedding day. While they were going to have a few details on display, they wanted the focus of their wedding photography to be on their connection as a couple and their connection to their family and friends. I knew immediately we were a good match.

The way they looked at each other and held hands throughout the day made it that much easier to capture those moments, and later in the evening make a portrait showing them interacting together in an epic setting.

Amy + Ryan had additional help on their day from…
Getting Ready + First Look Location : Hotel Northampton
Ceremony Location : Northampton Quaker Meetinghouse
Reception Location : Eric Carle Museum
String Musicians : The Rosamund Trio
Florist : Forget Me Not
Catering : Blue Heron
Cake : Greggory’s Pastry Shop
Amy’s Dress + Ryan’s Suit : Nordstrom
Lighting Assistant : Ian Pouliot

Here are some photos from the day…

bride and attendants
bride getting ready
bride getting dressed
bride wedding makeup
wedding cookie message
first look
wedding day planning
reflected in the round mirror
wedding in the rain
rainy wedding day
a kiss before the ceremony
wedding processional
funny wedding reading
bride and groom laughing
bride thumbs up
cake details
Eric Carle Museum
flower details
wedding toast
kids at weddings
surprise toast
wedding rings

Lord Jeffery Inn wedding

Liz + Jon had perfect weather for their recent wedding at the Lord Jeffery Inn in Amherst. Everything from prep to the ceremony to the reception took place at the Inn, which made their day and ours run very smoothly.

After getting ready, Liz + Jon had their first look on the Inn’s rooftop patio, which was followed by a short list of family portraits. They then took a few minutes to themselves before their outdoor ceremony, and after joined their guests for drinks during the cocktail hour. Later and into the night they socialized with friends and danced, taking a few minutes to make some fun outdoor nighttime portraits.

Liz + Jon had additional help on their day from…
Ceremony + Reception Location : Lord Jeffery Inn 
DJ : Rob Alberti’s Event Services
Makeup Artist : Sarah Victor Beauty
Florist : Forget Me Not
Officiant : Mikki Viereck
Liz’s Dress : J Bridal Boutique
Jon’s Suit : Men’s Warehouse
Lighting Assistant : Kat Kattler

Here are some photos from the day…

bride getting ready
groom in a bar
wedding dress
bridal makeup
wedding jewelry
wedding portrait
waiting for the ceremony to begin
wedding bouquet
bride and groom portrait
bride before the ceremony
outdoor ceremony
wedding high five
sunglasses reflection
flowergirl and ringbearer
reception details
wedding reception introductions
creative wedding portrait
creative ring shot

creative wedding portrait

Laura + Steve met when her college roommate dated his and they were soon after introduced. Then on Valentine’s Day 2015 Steve had planned on proposing during a carriage ride in Central Park. A snowstorm put a damper on those plans, but as they walked along and entered one of the castles overlooking the park, he then presented her with a ring.

On the big day this spring they both got ready at the Simsbury 1820 House, right around the corner from The Riverview where both the ceremony and reception were held. A little rain moved the festivities inside, but with enthusiastic friends and family in attendance there was no shortage of laughter and celebration.

Arriving separately at The Riverview, Laura + Steve had their first look followed by a ketubah signing and then had their ceremony in the ballroom. After family formals we braved the weather and made some portraits of the wedding party outside in between the raindrops, and then moved inside for the remainder of the reception.

At the end of the night we tried something new and made a pink portrait outdoors in honor of Laura’s favorite color.

Laura + Steve had additional help on their day from…
Ceremony + Reception Location : The Riverview 
Getting Ready Location : Simsbury 1820 House
DJ : Rob Alberti’s Event Services
Officiant : Megan Barber Ceremonies
Laura’s Dress : Cleo and Clementine
Steve’s Suit : Macy’s
Barbershop Quarter : Vocal Revolution
Second Photographer : Lesley Arak
Lighting Assistant : Ian Pouliot

Here are some photos from the day…

bride prep
bride getting ready
unique wedding dress
bride getting dressed
groom prep
first look
behind the scenes
bride and her mother
dog ringbearer
Riverview wedding
Riverview wedding
dogs at weddings
funny ceremony moment
funny wedding moment
wedding details
reception details
first dance
emotional wedding moment
wedding rings and ketubah
creative ring shot
bride and groom dancing
wedding cupcakes
bride and groom dancing
reception dancing
parasol wedding portrait

Union Station wedding portrait

I first met Beth + Tim a couple of years ago when I was photographing the wedding of one of her best friends. When they contacted me about their own wedding this spring at Union Station I knew it was going to be just as much fun. Since they had their first date at the Haymarket it was only fitting to celebrate being in Northampton on the big day as well.

The ceremony and reception were both held in the newly renovated Union Station. We took some time to set up a fun wedding party portrait in the Tunnel Bar underneath the venue, as well as portraits of just the two of them outside on the path that runs over Main St. 

Earlier, however, we were treated to witnessing Beth’s grandfather Hal as he officiated the ceremony, as well as hearing Princess Bride and Indiana Jones theme music during the processional and recessional. This was naturally followed by the Star Wars Imperial March as they were later introduced into the reception.

At the conclusion of the reception I took the opportunity to spend some time in Northampton with Beth + Tim, their wedding party, and a few friends, documenting their journey as they visited a few bars still dressed up from earlier in the day.

Beth + Tim had additional help on their day from…
Ceremony + Reception Location : Union Station 
DJ : Tony Pluta of Rob Alberti’s Event Services
Flowers : Durocher Florist
Beth’s Dress : Bridal Barn
Tim’s + Groomspeople’s suits : Jackson & Connor
Cake : La Fiorentina
Candy Table : Maureen’s Sweet Shoppe
Second Photographer : Lesley Arak
Lighting Assistant : Ian Pouliot

Here are some photos from the day…

groom at Union Station Northampton
bride eyelashes and makeup
bride high five
Northampton wedding details
bride at Union Station
Union Station Northampton MA
Union Station wedding ceremony
Northampton wedding ceremony
bride and groom at Union Station
Wedding at Union Station
Northampton sunset wedding portrait
Tunnel Bar Northampton Wedding Party
Union Station wedding details
father of the bride wedding toast
Union Station Wedding
Union Station Wedding
Union Station first dance
Northampton Wedding Portrait
Northampton Wedding
Union Station Wedding
bride at Union Station
groom at Union Station
bride doing shots
Bride and Groom at the Toasted Owl in Northampton