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.

wedding portrait at the Eric Carle Museum

Megan + Matt were married in October later in the day, with a ceremony and reception at The Eric Carle Museum in Amherst, MA.

We began their day with Megan getting ready at the Lord Jeffery Inn and Matt at a nearby Airbnb, both in Amherst. Matt and his friend took a walk around Amherst Center, getting a slide of pizza while they were out, and then made their way to the Eric Carle Museum. Once Megan was ready she also drove to the museum for their first look.

The rain held off while they saw each other for the first time that day, followed by their family formals behind the museum. Their ceremony started as the sun began to set, and we finished up just as it was getting dark, after which Megan + Matt went off to be alone in the museum’s auditorium.

Prince featured prominently in two events during the day. Lyrics from “Let’s Go Crazy” were read by friends during the ceremony, and they later had their first dance to “Diamonds and Pearls”. This was followed by Megan’s father’s toast which left not many dry eyes in the room once he was finished. Matt’s sister played piano during both parent dances, which were great emotional scenes before the evening’s dancing got underway.

Megan + Matt had additional help on their day from…
Getting Ready Location : Lord Jeffery Inn
Ceremony + Reception Location : Eric Carle Museum
DJ : Audible Chemistry
Caterer : Blue Heron
Megan’s Hair and Makeup : Vici Hair Studio and Beauty Bar
Megan’s Dress : Nordstrom
Matt’s Tux : Brooks Brothers
Florist : Little Pond Flower Farm
Limousine : Michael’s Limousine Service
Second Photographer : Sandra Costello
Lighting Assistant : Kat Kattler

Here are some photos from the day…

bride getting ready
driving from the Lord Jeffery Inn to the Eric Carle Museum
bride checking her makeup
groom and best man in Amherst
groom and best man getting pizza
emotional father of the bride
first look high five
first look at the Eric Carle Museum
bride and groom portrait
wedding rings and ring box
father about to walk his daughter down the aisle
groom and father of the bride embrace
emotional groom
emotional bride
Eric Carle Museum Wedding
just married
bride and groom kiss after getting married
bride and groom embrace after their ceremony
first dance
kids playing at wedding reception
father daughter dance

wedding portrait

Lauren + Alvin were married on a cloudy but otherwise perfect day in October, with a ceremony and reception at The Inn at Longshore in Westport, CT.

Their days began separately, each getting ready at a different location. They saw each other for the first time that day, dressed for the events to follow, during a first look along the shore at their venue. We took some time to make a number of family formals, and they then went off with their maid of honor and best man to await the ceremony.

The ocean was the backdrop for their ceremony, as it was for the portraits we would later make after sneaking them out of the reception to laugh in the cool early evening air.

After dinner, once the reception really got underway, there was no stopping the dancing that went on through the final song of the night.

Lauren + Alvin had additional help on their day from…
Ceremony + Reception Location : The Inn at Longshore
Makeup Artist : Glamour by Steph
Hair Stylist : Tony Isham
Florist : Blossoming Blessings
Lauren’s Dress : In White
Alvin’s Tux : Men’s Warehouse
DJ : Steve G. Productions
Favors : Fliquor Bean Whiskey
Second Photographer : Walter van Dusen
Lighting Assistant : Kat Kattler

Here are some photos from the day…

flowergirl getting ready
bride getting ready
ringbearer getting ready
groom and his father
crying flowergirl
wedding details
before the ceremony
emotional father of the bride
father walking his daughter down the aisle
wedding ceremony
bride and groom after the ceremony
popping the cork on a champagne bottle
bride and groom
wedding reception first dance
ringbearer takes the microphone
bride and groom wedding portrait
bride and groom kissing
father daughter dance
mother son dance
wedding reception details
wedding reception dancing
wedding reception dancing
bride and groom dancing
groom smoking a cigar

creative wedding portrait

Caitlin + James met at UMass Amherst when they were both students, so it seems fitting they had their wedding back in Amherst at the Lord Jeffery Inn.

Both got ready at the Lord Jeffery Inn so it made photographing both of them earlier in the day that much easier. We were able to beat the rain and have their first look on the Inn’s rooftop deck, followed by their family formals. Partway through it began to lightly rain so we moved the remainder of the portraits into the library, though Caitlin and James and I stepped outside briefly for a couple of portraits of just the two of them.

Because of the rain, the decision was made to move the ceremony inside, but that didn’t stop anyone from enjoying it, particularly James who motioned for everyone to cheer at the conclusion. After the ceremony the wedding party went off to toast the newly married couple, and Caitlin moved with her bridesmaids into the hall to have her dress bustled since there was more room there to work.

After the introductions, first dance, and toasts, everyone settled in to a fun evening with lots of dancing and lots of laughter.

Caitlin + James had additional help on their day from…
Ceremony + Reception Location : Lord Jeffery Inn
Hair + Makeup : Crystal Vazquez and Company
Florist : James’ mother
Cake : Greggory’s Pastry Shop

Caitlin’s Dress : Bella Sera
James’ Suit : Jos. A. Bank
DJ : Rob Alberti Event Services
Lighting Assistant : Kat Kattler

Here are some photos from the day…

bridal makeup
bride and bridesmaids
bride and bridesmaid
bridal details
groom prep
groom getting dressed
wedding dress and flowers
bride and wedding dress
first look
wedding portrait in the rain
happy groom
bride and groom kissing
bride getting her dress bustled
funny wedding moment
reception details
bride and groom introduced
funny moment during a toast
funny moment during the cake cutting
father daughter dance
mother son dance
parent dance
dancing bridesmaids
reception dancing
happy wedding guests
groom getting the finger
bride dancing with reflections

first dance with vintage airplane

Julie + Sean had their ceremony in Seattle where they currently live, but as Julie’s family lives in Western Massachusetts they opted for another east cost reception to continue the celebration. Since there was no ceremony this time around, after a first look we spend some time walking through the Quadrangle making portraits and utilizing the great Dr. Seuss statues on display.

We had the opportunity to use the Wood Museum and some of its classic vehicles in portraits as well, and the vintage airplanes that hung from the ceiling made it a unique venue for a reception.

It turns out Julie and I are distant cousins, and it was fun for me to be introduced to family I hadn’t met before, including some who knew my great grandfather whom I never had the opportunity to know.

Julie + Sean had additional help on their day from…
Ceremony + Reception Location : Lyman & Merrie Wood Museum at the Springfield Quadrangle
Wedding Planner : Inspired Marketing 
Hair + Makeup : Salon 511
Florist : The Flower Box
Cake : Cerrato’s Pastry Shop

Julie’s Dress : Bridal Corner
Sean’s Suit : Men’s Warehouse
DJ : Marx Entertainment
Caterer : Elegant Affairs
Lighting Assistant : Kat Kattler

Here are some photos from the day…

first look
fancy crosswalk
Springfield Quadrangle Wedding Portrait
Dr. Seuss Wedding Portrait
Dr. Seuss Wedding Portrait
Dr. Seuss Wedding Portrait
Springfield Quadrangle Bride and Groom Portrait
wedding details
bride and groom introductions
cutting the cake
bride and groom first dance
creative bride and groom dancing photo
hora dancing
creative wedding photography
dancing the hora
creative wedding ring photo

Longmeadow Country Club

Carol + Mark were recently married on a beautifully sunny day at the Longmeadow Country Club. Both avid golfers, they decided what better place to have their ceremony and reception than at the country club they belong to.

The day began at their home where Carol and her daughters had their hair and makeup done. Mark made a quick appearance at the house and people quickly jumped in to make sure he and Carol didn’t see each other before the ceremony.

The aisle where they had their ceremony was lined with rose petals leading up to where Carol + Mark stood, which was also in front of a colorful mound of flowers. That made a nice backdrop for the family formals that followed, and then Carol went inside to have her dress bustled before her and Mark’s introduction and first dance.

What followed were two toasts by friends and then a nice dinner. We stole away for some sunset photos on the golf course, after which Carol + Mark went back inside and danced for the remainder of the night.

Carol + Mark had additional help on their day from…
Ceremony + Reception Location : Longmeadow Country Club
Wedding Planner : Events by Jackie M.
Hair + Makeup : Crystal Vazquez & Company
Florist : Amy Tyler Designs
Cake :
Pete’s Sweets
Carol’s Dress : Alfred Angelo
Mark’s Suit : Jos. A. Bank
Band : Good Acoustics
Reception Pianist : Ed Voight
Officiant : John O’Brien
Transportation : Michael’s Limousine Service
Second Photographer : Lesley Arak
Lighting Assistant : Kat Kattler

Here are some photos from the day…

bridal getting her makeup done
groom getting ready
bridesmaids getting ready
bride getting ready
bridal prep
bridal details
wedding details
bride getting dressed
bride putting on her shoes
bride leaving for the ceremony
tie instructions
groom prep
wedding processional
walking down the aisle
an uninvited observer
wedding ceremony
wedding ring exchange
first kiss
reception details
bustling the dress
first dance
happy wedding guests
bride and groom kissing
wedding deserts
wedding rings
golf ball and wedding rings
bride and groom portrait