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.

bride and groom wedding portrait with trees

Catherine + Tim’s wedding in a not-too-well-know-spot on the UMass Amherst campus was embellished by beautiful scenery, loving family and friends, and weather that was almost too perfect.

Their day began at home where they both got ready, after which we walked through a sunny field with tall grasses, stopping for the occasional portrait. The path we took connected to another at the back of the venue where Catherine + Tim joined their waiting guests and their ceremony commenced.

We then spent a little time taking family portraits and segued into the tent where Catherine + Tim had their first dance, after which both sets of parents toasted them.

Then, instead of a cake to cut they had a croquembouche. Catherine wielded a long sword while Tim stood a respectful distance behind, and lopped off the top of the tower of cream filled pastries.

Soon after the sun began to set so we took a short walk to a large tree on the edge of the main field that had a swing hanging from one of it’s branches for one final portrait before the dancing really got under way.

Catherine + Tim had additional help on their day from…
Ceremony + Reception Location : The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies 
DJ + Uplighting : Hard at Play
Musicians : Amherst String Ensemble
Florist : Atkins Farm
Catherine’s Dress : J. Crew
Tim’s Suit : Bonobos
Caterer : UMass Catering
Croquembouche : Tart Baking Company
Honey Favors : Warm Colors Apiary
Alfajor Favors : Chilean Sweets
Lighting Assistant : Kat Kattler

Here are some photos from the day…

groom helping bride get ready
groom getting ready
flowergirl waiting patiently
wedding portrait in a field
bride and groom outdoor silhouette portrait in a field
bicyclist interrupting bride and groom walking
outside wedding ceremony with trees
wedding ceremony in a field
groom struggling to put a ring on bride
bride and groom exchange rings
wedding details
wedding favors, flowers, and details
tent wedding first dance
toasting the bride and groom
cutting croquembouche with a sword
cutting croquembouche with a sword
engraved hammer and chisel
flowergirl
silhouettes of wedding guests
bride and her father at wedding reception
kids dancing, tent reception, uplighting
kids playing, tent wedding, uplighting
bride and groom uplighting silhouette
sunset wedding portrait in a field with a big tree

Misty Mountain Farm sunset wedding portrait

Megan + Chad started dating after high school though have known each other since the second grade. Being the easy going and non-traditional couple they described themselves as being, Chad proposed while Megan sat on the couch one evening after work. That easy going way of being with each other held true on their wedding day at Misty Meadows Farm as well.

We began their day with a first look amongst the trees in the venue’s apple orchard, which was also where we took the family photos immediately afterward. Guests began arriving and filed past a barn where horses poked their heads out to see, one presumes, what all the people were doing outside their house. A short path led to a field lined with more apple trees where the ceremony was held.

There were some beautiful details in and around the tent where the reception was held. Wooden signs with hand painted directions told guests where each part of the day was held, and understated but beautiful flower arrangements lined the long tables where guests sat. The catering company set up their own nearby tents and cooked amazing food for everyone while some gathered around the firepit and smoked cigars. S’mores made their debut later in the evening as the fire lit up that part of the field once the sun set.

In what was a first for me, the bride’s mother surprised the couple by having an ice cream truck drive into the field, which Megan + Chad climbed into and served their guests from the menu on the side of the truck.

Megan + Chad had additional help on their day from…
Ceremony + Reception Location : Misty Meadows Farm 
Megan’s Makeup : Christy & Co.
Megan’s Hair : DAB Studio
DJ : Marx Entertainment
Florist : Durocher Florist
Megan’s Dress : J. Crew
Chad’s Suit : Jackson & Connor
Caterer : B&M Clambake Co.
Tent : Michael’s Party Rentals
Second Photographer : Christopher David
Lighting Assistant : Ian Pouliot

Here are some photos from the day…

first look
bride and groom portrait
bride portrait
horse barn wedding
flowergirl and ringbearer
Misty Mountain Farm wedding
wedding ceremony
wedding ceremony details
first kiss
Misty Mountain Farm
Misty Mountain Farm wedding
Misty Mountain Farm wedding details
flowergirl resting in the shade
bride and groom portrait
wedding rings
tented wedding details
kids at weddings
bridesmaid firepit marshmallows
ice cream truck wedding
wedding ice cream truck
bride and groom ice cream truck
wedding shots
bride and groom shots
uplighting tented wedding
wedding firepit
firepit s
reception dancing
reception dancing
reception dancing
tented wedding

Amherst Wedding

Lord Jeffery Inn wedding portrait

Vanessa + Maceo had an elegant wedding ceremony and reception at the Lord Jeffery Inn in Amherst. Both the outdoor ceremony site and ballroom where the reception was held were filled to overflowing with flowers, and numerous candles adorned the ballroom as well.

Vanessa had her makeup done on site before her private first look with Maceo, after which we photographed their families prior to the ceremony itself. The weather couldn’t have been better for their ceremony outside the venue that included two heartfelt readings and a musical interlude before the exchanging of rings. Newly married, they recessed while guests threw flower petals into the air from handmade paper cones made especially for the occasion.

The cocktail hour area was decorated with framed photos of their respective family’s different generations, some from those family member’s own weddings. We then made our way into the ballroom where Vanessa + Maceo were introduced to their cheering guests and had Maceo’s daughter Elena join them for the second half of their first dance. Guests were then invited to join them which filled the dance floor early in the evening and lasted through the end of the night.

Vanessa + Maceo had additional help on their day from…
Ceremony + Reception Location : Lord Jeffery Inn 
Hair + Makeup : Crystal Vazquez and Company
DJ + Uplighting : Marx Entertainment
Florist : Durocher Florist
Vanessa’s Dress : RK Bridal, New York
Vanessa’s Jewelry :  7th Avenue Jewelers, Brooklyn
Cake : Greggory’s Pastry Shop
Videographer : NST Pictures
Assistant Photographers : Lesley Arak + Kat Kattler
Lighting Assistant : Kat Kattler

Here are some photos from the day…

bridal makeup
bride getting dressed
bride
first look
first look
bride portrait and groom portrait
bride and groom portrait
waiting to get married

wedding ceremony flowers
wedding ceremony flowers
father walking his daughter down the aisle
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ceremony flower detail
outdoor ceremony
ceremony musician
after the ceremony
groom and his daughter
waiting to be introduced
family photographs
ballroom details
first dance
family dancing
bride and her father
parents dancing
grandfather dancing
daughter dancing
mom dancing
dad dancing
wedding rings and flowers

  • Felix Soto - July 30, 2016 - 12:17 pm

    Great photographs, thank you guys , from the parents of the bride !

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!!

  • Vivian Bresnitz - July 15, 2016 - 6:07 pm

    Dude, might be your best, yet! Love these!!!

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
bride
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