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.

Winter Wedding at Gibbet Hill : Jackie + Chris

winter wedding portrait

I knew Jackie + Chris were my kind of couple when potential themes for their engagement session included Doctor Who, Game of Thrones, Buffy, and both Stars and Trek and Wars. We decided on the classic film True Lies since it was what they watched on their first date and also because they were incorporating touches from the movie into their wedding day. They learned the tango for their first dance and their cake topper was bride and groom spies (which you may see below in this post).

Their winter wedding had other personal touches as well, including Jackie’s dress that was a re-tailored vintage family heirloom, her mother’s charm bracelet and grandmother’s shawl, which she also wore. After the ceremony she changed into a contemporary dress for the reception.

Friends and family danced a LOT that night, and Jackie + Chris were right out there on the dance floor with them. We did take a little break to go out into the chilly winter night for some portraits, and then it was back inside to be with everyone.

Jackie + Chris had additional help on their day from…
Ceremony + Reception Location : The Barn at Gibbet Hill
Hair + Makeup Artist : Kaitlan Wilson
DJ + Uplighting : Style by Sound
Florist : The Frugal Flower
Jackie’s Dress : vintage family heirloom
Chris’ Tuxedo : Men’s Warehouse
Cake : Gerardo’s Italian Bakery
Assistant Photographer : Ian Pouliot

Here are some photos from the day…

bride prep
groom prep
wedding details
wedding dresses
father of the bride
bridal makeup
bride before the ceremony
groom before the ceremony
bride high five
wedding processional
groom seeing bride
emotional groom
wedding ceremony
ring exchange
first kiss
wedding details
reception details
bride and groom toast
bride and groom kiss
cake and flowers
cake cutting
tango
bride and groom dancing
wedding reception
ring shot with fire

A Winter Wedding at the Hotel Northampton : Abby + Nick

Hotel Northampton Wedding

Abby + Nick met on a blind date, and four years later Nick proposed in a helicopter over Lake Mead in Las Vegas. Not too long after that they had a beautiful winter wedding at the Hotel Northampton.

Their day was spent entirely at the hotel, starting with hair and makeup for Abby and her bridesmaids leading into her first look with Nick in the atrium of the hotel. We then proceeded with some family photos and a few portraits of just the two of them.

After the ceremony we bundled up and went outside for some additional portraits as the sun was setting, and then it was time for the reception. After the first dance and toasts we utilized the hotel’s elevators for some fun wedding party portraits, and then it was lots of dancing and partying through the end of the night.

Abby + Nick had additional help on their day from…
Ceremony + Reception Location : Hotel Northampton
Videography : Epic Filmmakers
Makeup Artist : Crystal Vazquez & Company
DJ + Uplighting : All That Events
Florist : Florence Village Flowers
Abby’s Dress : Pronovias
Nick’s Tuxedo : Nordstrom
Cupcakes : Frosted Swirl
Second Photographer : Lesley Arak
Assistant Photographer : Ian Pouliot

Here are some photos from the day…

wedding hair and makeup
bride prep
groom details
groom and groomsmen
groom prep
wedding dress
bride prep
bridal jewelry and shoes
bride details
first look hotel northampton
first look hotel northampton
hotel northampton wedding portrait
hotel northampton wedding ceremony
hotel northapton wedding
groom high five
winter wedding portraits
hotel northampton wedding portrait
wedding details
first dance
hotel northampton first dance
bridesmaids portrait
groomsmen portrait
wedding party portrait
hotel northampton bride and groom portrait
wedding cupcakes
hotel northampton wedding cupcakes
mother son dance
mother daughter dance
reception dancing
wedding rings

“True Lies” Inspired Secret Agent Engagement Session : Jackie + Chris

Secret Agent Engagement Session

Jackie + Chris’ first date was to see the 90s film “True Lies” and are incorporating touches of the Arnold Schwarzenegger – Jamie Lee Curtis classic into their wedding, even taking tango lessons to incorporate parts of the movie into their plans leading up to their big day.

With the variety of rooms the facility offers we decided on Holyoke’s Wistariahurst Museum as the backdrop to our session. With a wardrobe change and the addition of a couple of props we worked out way through the venue for some different scenes and generally had a lot of fun.

Here are some photos from their session… 

Secret Agent Engagement Session
Secret Agent Engagement Session

Stanley Park + Delaney House Wedding : Kimberly and Rachel

Before there were any official proposals, Kimberly + Rachel each purchased rings for the other independently of one another, such was their confidence that a wedding was on the horizon. Once the day arrived it was as they wanted it, unrushed and meaningful.

They began their day getting ready at the D Hotel and had their first look outside in the brisk fall air. From there we travelled to Stanley Park for a nice ceremony in the park’s Meeting House and a few outdoor portraits. Then it was back to the D Hotel for family portraits and then a short walk to the adjacent Delaney House for dinner with family and friends.

Kimberly + Rachel had additional help on their day from…
Prep Location : D Hotel
Ceremony Location : Stanley Park
Reception Location : The Delaney House
Makeup Artist : Liz Washer
Florist : Forget Me Not
Officiant : Paula Meara
Cake : The Cake Lady
Second Photographer : Lesley Arak
Lighting Assistant : Kat Kattler

Here are some photos from the day…

Kimberly Warner - March 3, 2015 - 4:26 pm

OMG! I Love them!!! I can’t wait for our viewing. They are awesome! Thank you Seth!

UMass Amherst Wedding : Sarah and Dan

wedding at UMass Amherst

Sarah + Dan met when they were students at UMass Amherst and he was the RA in the dorm where they lived. They dated for a time and reconnected a few years later which led to Dan proposing at sunset on a beach in Florida.

We began their wedding day as they prepared for their first look in Webster Hall, the dorm in the Orchard Hill Residential Area on the UMass campus where they met. Having set up the plans for their first look in advance, there was a surprise sign hanging in the lounge on the floor where they had lived as students, as well as Webster Hall t-shirts waiting for them. We made a few portraits in the hallway outside the current RA’s room and then travelled back to the Campus Pond for family portraits.

It was pretty cold out so we spent as much time in the Campus Center and Student Union as we could before going outside into the chilly November air. Then it was back inside the warmth of the Campus Center Hotel for their ceremony.

Later during the reception Dan surprised Sarah with a giant cannoli filled with smaller cannoli for her birthday, which was the following day.

Sarah + Dan had additional help on their day from…
Ceremony + Reception Location : UMass Campus Center Hotel
Sarah’s Dress : Vows Bridal Outlet
Dan’s Suit : Men’s Warehouse
DJ + Uplighting : And the Beat Goes On
Cake + Cannoli : La Fiorentina
Second Photographer : Lesley Arak
Assistant Photographer : Ian Pouliot

Here are some photos from the day…

bride getting ready
wedding makeup
groom getting ready
bride and groom details
first look
first look
Amherst wedding
UMass wedding portrait
portrait at UMass
wedding portrait at UMass
mother of the groom
father of the bride
first kiss
wedding details
bustling the dress
window reflection
bride and groom introductions
father-daughter dance
mother-son dance
wedding details
uplighting
last dance
wedding rings

Tana Goldberg - February 20, 2015 - 8:21 am

It was a magical day, and all the joy is captured in these photos!

brooke azevedo - February 19, 2015 - 5:57 pm

I love the pictures Seth! You are so great at capturing emotions!