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, internationally published documentary photographer who has been called one of the top 50 wedding photographers in the United States 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.

Day in the Life Session : Amanda + David

I’ll be photographing Amanda and David’s wedding this fall, and instead of a standard engagement session I spent all day with them for a day in the life session.

We started and ended the day with portraits on the beach, and in between spent time with their family and friends at a cozy beach house playing bocce, grilling, and later making s’mores in a firepit once the sun set.

Here are some photos from the day…

Log Cabin Wedding : Amanda and Shawn

sunset portrait

Amanda and Shawn met six years ago when they both worked at Fresh Acres and were engaged near the end of last year. They had their ceremony earlier this year in Trinidad, where Amanda’s family is from, having a second reception locally that included some of her family as well as Shawn’s.

The day included a pet lizard, a steel drum band during the cocktail hour, peacock feathers in Amanda’s bouquet and on the shot glasses they gave to guests, and colorful lighting throughout the reception. We even had the opportunity to make some portraits as the sun set behind the horizon.

Amanda and Shawn had additional help on their day from…
Reception Location : The Log Cabin
Amanda’s Dress : David’s Bridal
Shawn’s Tuxedo : Mr. Tux
Florist : Durocher Florist
DJ : DJ Munch
Second Photographer : Lesley Arak

Here are some photos from the day…

eyelashes detail
wedding lizard
creative ring photo
pinning the boutonniere
bride portrait
wedding shoes detail
groom leaving
wedding detour
wedding portrait
reception details
groom singing to bride
first dance
fun grandma
wedding details cake shoes drink
sunset portrait
sunset portrait
sunset portrait
cake cutting
parents dance
colorful reception
wedding rings in shot glass

Amber and Zack’s Artistic, Eclectic Outdoor Wedding

nighttime wedding reception

Amber and Zack met as counselors one summer at a camp in the Berkshires. Fast forward a few years and Zack was proposing at a bird sanctuary in the Florida Keys.

Their fun, artistic, and eclectic wedding at a beautiful estate in Holyoke fit perfectly with their personalities. In addition to laughter and tears (the good kind), their day featured stuffed animals and real cats and bunnies, personalized Chuck Taylors, a custom embroidered dress (with more bunnies), lots of Etsy-sourced details, a bouncy castle, and a bonfire. Their wedding even brought together friends and family from 20 states and 7 countries.

Mid-ceremony they invited guests (and the photographers) to join them while they and their wedding party led everyone in a dance to Pharrell Williams’ “Happy”, and they ended the ceremony with a post-first kiss wedding selfie with their guests in the background that was a hit on Facebook.

It was definitely a wedding to remember.

Amber and Zack had additional help on their day from…
Ceremony and Reception Location : Bandian Manor at the Ridgelea Estate
Amber’s Dress : Avail & Company
Zack’s Kilt : The Kiltmaker’s Apprentice
Florist : Maryniski’s Flowers
Caterer : Bub’s BBQ
Cake : Atkins Farms
Second Photographer : Sandra Costello
Assistant Photographer : Kat Miller

Here are some photos from the day…

wedding makeup
bridesmaid prep
wedding iPhone
wedding day iPhone message
wedding dress details
bride and bunny
groom prep
wedding sneakers
first look
wedding laughter
ceremony surprise
first kiss
wedding selfie
wedding flowers
cocktail hour kid
wedding portrait

wedding portrait
wedding portrait
wedding details
reception details
wedding details
wedding introductions
first dance
first dance
bouncy castle

bounce house
bounce house
wedding reception
wedding rings

Garden House Wedding : Lesley and Michael

Garden House Wedding Portrait

I’ve known Lesley and Michael for some time now. Lesley and I have worked together for a few years, photographing weddings all around New England, and I came to know Michael while they were dating. When they got engaged I was honored they wanted me to document their wedding day.

Knowing Lesley’s passion for photography and Michael’s for science I was curious how they would tie both interests into the details they’d planned to display. The combination worked out beautifully and I made some images with their wedding rings using props from both which you can see further down in this post.

Our day began with Lesley getting her hair and makeup done at the Hotel Northampton with Michael getting ready at his parents nearby home. We all met at the Garden House at Look Park where they had a fun first look which led to their ceremony at the Pines Theater, during which Lesley took a moment to take her own photo from the stage of their guests.

Then after some truly funny toasts and going outside for some additional portraits the reception really got under way with lots of dancing, photobooth fun, and their collective families dancing the Miserlou.

Lesley and Michael had additional help on the day from…
Reception Venue : The Garden House
Lesley’s Dress : David’s Bridal
Makeup Artist : Liz Washer
DJ : Cloud 9 Productions
Caterer : Noble Feast
Second Photographer : Sandra Costello
Assistant Photographer : Kat Kattler

Here are some photos from the day… 

bride prep
bridal details
bride prep
groom prep
bride prep
wedding details
bride hair detail
first look
geeky wedding detail
wedding processional
wedding photography
kids at wedding ceremony
Pine
first kiss
wedding recessional
bride and groom walking
wedding reception details
bride and groom introduction
first dance
funny reception toast
wedding flowers
wedding cake details
cake cutting
wedding reception dancing
bride and groom dancing
bride and groom dancing
wedding reception exit
wedding rings
wedding rings

Lord Jeffery Inn Wedding: Katherine and Nathan

Lord Jeffery Inn firepit wedding portrait

Before they met, Katherine and Nathan were flying separately to the same place when their flight was cancelled. Needing to arrive at the same location they introduced themselves and rented a car to drive there, and have been traveling together ever since.

When they contacted me about photographing their wedding they shared a sweet video of Nathan’s proposal they’d recorded and uploaded to YouTube. They got engaged in Central Park, so to commemorate that they had a map of the park which became the guest book for their wedding. Other meaningful details included Katherine’s brooch that she wore in her hair, which belonged to her great-great-grandmother, and a small wrought iron wheelbarrow that Nathan’s father made that served as a gift card box.

On the wedding day they both got ready at the Lord Jeffery Inn in Amherst, which was also the site of the reception, with their ceremony being held at Mount Holyoke College’s Abbey Chapel.

Katherine and Nathan had additional help on the day from…
Ceremony Location : Mount Holyoke College
Reception Venue : Lord Jeffery Inn
Katherine’s Dress : Vows
DJ : Shawn Santanello
Second Photographer : Lesley Arak

Here are some photos from the day…

bridal prep
groom wedding prep
bride wedding prep
bride portrait
wedding details
groom getting ready
creative veil photo
father walking bride down the aisle
wedding ceremony first kiss
father of the bride
Mount Holyoke College wedding portrait
wedding portrait
wedding portrait
laughing bridesmaids
bride and groom holding hands
wedding details
wedding details
Lord Jeffery Inn wedding portrait
wedding reception
groom
wedding rings