Category Archives: Parties

50th Wedding Anniversary Party – Boston, MA

In my estimation, 50 years of anything is a feat to behold. 50 years of marriage is even more amazing! Carolyn and Bill have been beside each other through many, many chapters, including kids and, now, grandchildren. They decided to celebrate their love and dedication to each other with their family and friends in Boston. The day started with a Duck Boat Tour for all. The rain may have stopped them from going on the water, but it did not seem to dampen the celebratory mood. The duck boats dropped off all of the guests at the Hampshire House where both a magician and tarot card reader were waiting to entertain both children and adults alike. While I didn’t have a chance to chat much with the couple on this day, one thing was very clear: they are loved and admired by those who know them.

Bill and Carolyn, congratulations on a strong 50 years! What an inspiration. I feel so honored to have been able to document your celebration. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Wright-Locke Farm Summer Stolstice Cocktail Event

It’s not every day that you get to enjoy a glass of wine next to the chickens and goats at Wright-Locke Farm. But that’s what these folks got to do back in June where the beautiful grounds provided a perfect backdrop to the official start of the summer. The live music, passed appetizers, and lovely flowers helped create a memorable event for guests. What a fun way to support the local farm and all the work they are doing.

Thank you, Amy, for the opportunity to document the night!

Something to celebrate – Natick, MA

I first met the M family back in November and was struck by their tender interactions with one another, the maturity of handsome J and darling K, and how welcome I felt to be a part of it all for our session. I was touched when they contacted me to photograph a party they threw in honor of J’s First Communion. They went all out and hosted a fun-filled affair complete with a giant bounce house and a mega-slide. It was awesome to see J and his sister, K, have a TON of fun with their friends and family.


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Happiness in the ‘hood – Wakefield, MA

Aside from being born, there is something undeniably special and unique about a first birthday. “You only turn ONE once” resonates with anyone who has seen the amazing development that takes place in a mere 12 months, even though we obviously only turn X once every year. The sleepy days of a newborn turn to hours of activity, trying to master standing, walking, and first words; the “burp-smiles” turn to can’t-get-enough-full-on-giggles; the sleepless nights (hopefully!) turn into longer stretches of something more sustainable; and the love you didn’t know you were capable of a year ago has grown so much it feels like your heart could simply explode.

The youngest of three boys, little L entered our sweet neighborhood a year ago with his ice-blue eyes and charm. The littlest one on our street to date, he gets more than his share of “oohs” and “ahhs” from the kids and adults alike. He’s holding his own trying to keep up with big brothers M and M and has one of the most contagious smiles I’ve ever seen.

Tracey & Mike, congratulations on making it through another first year! Your boys are beyond adorable. And thank you for being rock-star neighbors (and I mean that literally, Mike). We are so lucky to be a part of such a wonderful neighborhood: kids running around outside all the time (when we’re not in the middle of a polar vortex, that is), kindhearted parents, and a place where you realize the value of your home is not only linked to it’s physical structure, but to the community that exists when you walk out your front door.

Happy 1st Birthday, handsome little L! To view the complete gallery, click here (password protected; please contact the family or me if interested).


The happiest of birthdays (thus far) – Southborough, MA

This was probably one day that Christen and Steve could not have imagined when their twins were first born. Three years ago, tiny O and tiny N entered the world on the WAY early side. They just couldn’t wait any longer to show their adorable faces. After 5 grueling months in the hospital, they came home with more appointments than any little being should ever have and strict instructions: keep them home, away from groups, and especially away from kids for the first two years of their lives while their immune system caught up. And that’s exactly what Christen and Steve did, taking every precaution to keep them as healthy as possible.

It has been my pleasure to get to know this family through my lens over the past 2+ years and I was honored to be able to capture their first “official” birthday party. Click here for a quick look back at our history together from the Fall 2011 to Winter 2013.

But here they are now, turning THREE years old, and getting to celebrate their birthday for the first time with all of their friends and family, complete with some of the NICU nurses and specialists that helped them in their journey! They had a cupcake-themed party at Sweet Bakery. The kids got to decorate their own cupcakes with frosting and candies of all kinds. Such a fun and certainly joyous occasion. Happy 3rd Birthday, O and N! It was a well-deserved sugar-filled, fun-filled, love-and-hugs-filled day.

Thanks so much for having me, Christen and Steve. Your party was a blast. O and N, the sweetest of birthdays to you and a happy, healthy fourth year! xo

For the complete gallery, click here (password protected; please contact the family or me if interested).


photographystephanie goryl

stephanie [at] stephaniegorylphotography [dot] com

Wakefield, MA

(just north of Boston)