An Intimate Massachusetts Wedding in a Deer Forest

That’s right, folks. Taylor and Jeff got married in a deer forest. A dang deer forest. I would be lying if I said I hadn’t squealed and then immediately told Brent I wanted to shoot this wedding when I got the inquiry email from Taylor. I mean, who wouldn’t want to photograph a wedding ceremony at sunset in a forest full of tame deer? I didn’t even know such a thing existed in New England, but apparently it does at Southwick’s Zoo in Mendon, MA.

 

And it was truly just as magical as you would think. The forest was full of filtered golden light as Taylor and Jeff said their promises to one another in front of their friends and family (and some curious deer who meandered by). We got to take portraits with the deer afterward and I lost my damn mind  – because deer – just frolicking everywhere.

 

But honestly, more even than the magic of a forest teeming with deer or photographing Taylor and Jeff looking like they just stepped into a real-life Disney movie, what made this wedding so special was how thoughtful Taylor and Jeff were about crafting a celebration that was full of meaning. Jeff is a talented artist and he designed their gorgeous invite suite. They DIYed a lot of their reception décor. Taylor wore her mother’s wedding gown and had it restyled. Her brothers were her attendants, and one of them even performed the ceremony. They also chose to have an intimate wedding and share the day with only those closest to them, and it made the whole thing feel extra cozy.

 

Then there’s the way Taylor and Jeff just….are together. You can tell that they are just so utterly comfortable with one another – that they support each other and love each other deeply. Taylor and Jeff – it was a pleasure to be there.

 

And thank you Jess Nadolski for being a boss second shooter and getting just as excited about petting deer as I was.

Jonsi – We Bought a Zoo

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  • Elisabeth

    on September 13, 2017  6:42 pm

    This wedding is so awesome. That first look is so cute. And that black and white of them both is incredible!

  • Melissa Hirsch

    on September 18, 2017  5:00 pm

    Umm are you serious?! That's amazing. I can't believe a deer farm is even a thing, and I'm simultaneously SO happy that it is! Gorgeous photos, too! :)

  • Taylor Fisher

    on September 18, 2017  5:54 pm

    I want to LIVE at this venue! You did an amazing job on this wedding. The details, the way you incorporated them into the natural surroundings, everything is amazing! I LOVE the shot with the deer running around them. Awesome, awesome job!

  • Kira

    on September 18, 2017  6:21 pm

    Are you kidding me?!?! All those sweet little deer! Wowza! Great photos!

  • EJ

    on September 18, 2017  8:33 pm

    AHHH! This is a stunning body of work, I am sure they are just thrilled with these photos! They are just gorgeous and I love the venue!

  • amina

    on September 18, 2017  9:29 pm

    Holy smokes! This is so beautiful, magical and all the words above to describe this wedding. You did an amazing job capturing this, and I think one of my favorite things is the soundtrack that goes along with the gallery! It just gives it so much emotion!

  • Emily Moore

    on September 18, 2017  10:02 pm

    Umm okay the pictures of the bride and groom surrounded by deer are amazing!!! I love those so much, and they go so well with their theme! What a magical wedding <3

  • Sandi

    on September 18, 2017  10:41 pm

    What an incredible place to get married. I have never seen deer tame like this before.

  • Stephanie

    on September 18, 2017  11:38 pm

    Love your style and those rich tones. Dying over the photos with the deer. Absolutely loving those tall tall trees!

  • Ashleigh

    on September 19, 2017  2:09 am

    You captured this wedding so beautifully! I can't believe there were deer they could hang out with that's so cool !

  • Alyssa Bouma

    on September 19, 2017  1:50 pm

    oh my goodness this Massachusetts wedding is a fairytale dream! I love the intimacy and those beautiful deer!

  • Nikki

    on September 19, 2017  4:20 pm

    What beautiful wedding photos! I love the deer! So special

  • Jourdan L

    on September 19, 2017  4:30 pm

    Ummm...this is freaking amazing! This looks like an amazing wedding to be at as a guest and you got to photograph it?!

  • Meghna

    on September 19, 2017  5:46 pm

    This is super stunning work. Your clients must be ecstatic with the results. Love the venue too!

  • Christie Matherne

    on September 19, 2017  5:47 pm

    What a dream wedding in Massachusetts! That deer action shot is amazing with the couple in the middle! Great work!

  • Valerie

    on September 19, 2017  6:43 pm

    The photos with the deer are out of this world amazing! You need to submit these somewhere!