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Hi there! Welcome to the Magdalena Studios blog, a journal where we share weddings, travel, resources for brides & entrepreneurs, and a glimpse of our lives. When we're not photographing some of the most romantic weddings around the world, we're either fixing up our beach bungalow, surfing and swimming in the ocean, or cooking up veggie burgers. Alongside my (soon-to-be) husband Scott and our trustworthy team of creatives, our life mission is to capture joyful love stories and effortless real-life moments.

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Garden Wedding at Elms Bank, Massachusetts | Magdalena Studios

 

Sabrina and Tim married at the beautiful Gardens at Elm Bank in Wellesly, Massachusetts. The gardens is also the grounds of Massachusetts’s horticulture society, so as you can imagine, this garden wedding venue is an absolute dream. Their ceremony was elegant and formal, followed by a whimsical and enchanting cocktail hour. Sabrina and Tim found me on Instagram earlier this year, and I am so glad we connected. We absolutely loved traveling to a new state and venue! It was so refreshing and inspiring to be somewhere so beautiful and new, and it was such an honor to be brought in from out-of-town by this lovely and sweet couple.

 

Words From The Bride:

“Where to begin? Magi & her team are nothing short of incredible. My now husband Timmy got his degree in photography so he has an eye for great work and a very specific vision for things. He stumbled across Magi’s personal Instagram long before we got engaged and began following because of her incredible photos. After we got engaged he jokingly said that he “wished this amazing photographer he found on Instagram would photograph our wedding”. So I went to her page, found out that she was also a wedding photographer and lived a few towns over from us (we had NO idea she was local or even did weddings) so I immediately contacted her thinking she’d be way out of our league but wanted to at least try, to appease the photographer in my husband. After initial conversations with Magi we met at a coffee shop in Ocean City and immediately knew we found our photographer. The way she handles conversations, meet-ups, emails and everything in between is flawless. She understood our vision from the beginning and was so thorough throughout the process from going over packages to signing the contract, etc. she really has perfected her craft. Our first engagement shoot (we got rained out) she opened her doors to us and made us feel like old friends, offering us wine and cheese at her adorable little house before taking us on an adventure in her town with the cutest little places to shoot. We even met Scott’s grandparents along the way (talk about feeling like old friends!). We’ve never been in front of the lense together so it was a bit uncomfortable at first, but her and Scott quickly made us feel comfortable and natural. Since we got rained out, they offered to do another shoot, which we decided to do in our apartment in Philly. Again, made us feel like models and encouraged us to act natural. We had so much fun both times! Fast forward to our wedding, her and her assistant Ashley travelled to Massachusetts to shoot our big day. They arrived at the hotel and took the reins on all the detail and getting ready shots. As most people will tell you, your wedding day will be such a blur. I don’t even remember taking some photos! While we were waiting for our photos I kept saying to Timmy that I wished I told Magi I wanted this shot or that shot and was upset I forgot to tell her amidst the craziness of planning. But when we got our gallery all of the photos I wanted were there, not a single one was missing. She truly has an eye for photography and capturing the moments you dream of and work so hard to plan. As an added bonus, she shot some film photos for us because of her and Timmy sharing a love for photography. The film shots were OUT OF THIS WORLD. They were the ones that made me teary eyed as we flipped through the gallery. We were both blown away by the quality, the colors and the vibe. She truly is a remarkable artist, the kindest and sweetest soul and even an inspiration. I found myself saying a few times “I just wanna be like Magi!”. When you invest in Magi for your wedding day, it will truly be the best investment you can make for your day and beyond. We are so grateful for her attentiveness, patience, kindness and open heart that she put into our engagement and wedding experience. We would hire her 10 times over again if we had the choice. Thank you Magi, Scott and Ashley for bringing our vision to life and for capturing the best photos we could have asked for. XO”

Vendors:

Venue: Gardens at Elm Bank in Wellesley, MA
Flowers: Nature’s Design
Dress Shop: Castle Couture
Dress Designer: Allure
DJ: Beattrain Productions
Cake: Pepper’s Artful Events
Transport: Black Tie Limo and Rockstar Limo

 

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