Kim & Luke Wedding | Brooksby Farm | Peabody Massachusetts

Every photographer hopes to connect with their client in one form or another and with Kim and Luke’s wedding, we definitely connected. Maybe it was because I was born in the late 50s & I have an affinity to retro photography. Maybe it was Kim & Luke’s passion for life being similar to mine. Kim first contacted me saying she was looking for a “Vintage”/”Fine Arts” wedding photographer and she thought my style “made the grade”. Kim met Luke while she visited a local comic book store. She made Luke “fall in love with her” by tempting him with cookies at work. Luke ate one and afterwards asked  Kim if she could make eclairs. She said “No” and he replied,”Too bad, we can’t ever get married”. Kim wanted the details of her wedding to be “Vintage” and I think she accomplished her goal. Her bride maids carried multi colored retro purses each with antique brooches of different colors. Her dress had a 50s clean look about it with a vintage floral appliqué. Kim’s floral bouquet was made of antique brooches which made it quite heavy. Her makeup was clean and simple showing the perfection of her skin. Luke’s wonderful dry & quirky humor complimented Kim’s passion for life. Their wedding ceremony was filled with humor with the crowd periodically bursting into laughter. Their formals turned out to be just as entertaining while their first time portrait as husband and wife was filled with passioante moments. As the evening came to a close, it was evident that their friends and family members were just as passionate. Thank you Kim and Luke for allowing me to document your passion.BrooksbyFarmWedding-0001.jpg

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Read more.. Friday, November 22nd, 2013

Sarah & Travis Engagement shoot | York’s Animal Kingdom | York Maine

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Read more.. Friday, November 22nd, 2013

Jill & Cody Wedding | Longlook Farm | Sanbornton NH

I love to travel. If my kids were going to college, I would tell them to skip it and take a month traveling through Europe. Well, such is the case with Jill & Cody. They have travelled through many continents together as a couple. There is nothing more trying as travel and this couple have survived many airport check-ins. As I was photographing them, we spent our time talking in Spanish, a language that come from a country both of us have visited. It turns out that the couple chose a fabulous location for their honeymoon, Hawaii. They also chose the “Longlook Farm” in Sanbornton, NH as their venue of choice for their wedding. It is a hidden paradise amid top of a mountain overlooking a valley. The cyan and orange color pallet resonated through out the event which including Cody’s cyan tie. The wedding party consisted of 16 including the couple,  ring bearer, and flower girl. The warm, but not unbearable weather, added to the excitement of the day. Soon, it was time to get married and they “tied the knot” amongst family and friends. After the ceremony, we did the typical formal shots of the wedding party and family members. I also had the pleasure of photographing their first portraits as a married couple. Then came time for the introductions at the reception. If you were there, you also would have felt the love all the family and friends felt for these two. The couple opted out of a cake but instead had cup cakes. Later on, I took advantage of the night fall and did dusk photos. The evening closed with the couple making “light hearts” with sparklers. To quote One of my favorite composers Andrew Lloyd Wright, “To the power of the music that I write, The power of the music of the night“.

Read more: Phantom Of The Opera – Music Of The Night Lyrics | MetroLyrics

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Read more.. Friday, November 22nd, 2013

Sarah & Travis Wedding | Bow, NH

Sarah & Travis are wonderful people. They are very loving. They are the ideal couple for a photographer whose company motto is “Show Me The Love”. When I asked them to “show affection”, they made it happen. Sarah also happens to be a shy and private person. When I arrived at their home at Bow, NH to take her “getting ready” pictures, she was not there. She was getting ready at a different location a few miles away. Quickly, I asked Travis to phone to ask her If she needed me to go there. Instantly she said, “No thanks, you can photograph me when I get there”. This gave me time to hang around the groom, which, I usually don’t get a chance to. Travis is a physical therapist for a local chiropractor who happens to be good friends with his employer. He is so close with him that he asked his boss to be his JP. The couple live on a property owned by Sarah’s dad, a beautiful 20 acre lot. It is here that wedding magic began with landscaped walkways made to resemble church isles. With sunlight streaming through tree branches and the nature all around us, it was here they promised themselves to each other. The couple wore vintage attire with Travis wearing suspenders and bow tie and Sarah wearing a lace beige dress. After the ceremony, I took them through the field photographing them amongst softness of the afternoon light. Hats off to Henry David Thoreau and his masterpiece “Walden”.

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Read more.. Friday, November 22nd, 2013

Maria & Alessio: An Italian family wedding | Londonderry, NH

Maria got married at her family home and her whole family was there. Being a member of a Spanish speaking family, I know what it is to have a big family, Maria and Alessio have many siblings. Maria is the oldest five girls living under the same roof and the first one to get married. Alessio has three siblings, Carlo, Luca and Katerina, a body building sister. It was a good time when his “boys” picked him up during post ceremony formals to end up almost dropping him. It was his sister who jumped in after seeing him slipping and spared him from dropping to the floor- very funny scene. The homestead proved to be the perfect background for her to get ready for her wedding. Her dad, being a contractor, had been adding his own professional touches of wood finishes for years so I was told. I was very excited when I first got there for the light throughout the house was soft and diffused. The church where they got married was very simple in design and was very well lit. Most of her family and friends attended the ceremony and added excitement to their day. Soon after the formals, we drove for a bit to get to Maria’s other passion besides Alessio antd her family, her horses. They were both clean and ready for us to photograph with Maria and Alessio. Once at the reception, the festivities commenced with the toast given by the maid of honor and best man. Toward the evening, the dancing started, bringing most of her family and guests “rocking” ’till after midnight. Nicely done Maria & Alessio, “Buona Sera” to you and your family.
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Read more.. Thursday, November 21st, 2013

Christine & Matt 06/03/11 Wedding

Christine has this wonderful aura about her. She reminds me of the hay-day of motion pictures when actors and actresses had a curtain, oh, “Je ne sais quoi” about them. She posses the grace and style of Audrey Hepburn, who happens to be my favorite actress. All throughout her wedding I couldn’t help but to think I was caught in a scene my “Fair Lady”. Christine and Matt got married at West Roxbury, Mass amongst family and friends and once again the day was sunny and warm. Christine got ready at her mom’s home with all her girls including two pints sized ones; her nieces. This particular day, the light was angelic and gave softness to every room of the house. It was this softness that helped me capture her special day. After all the preparations, the brides and her group hurried to get married at “Holy Name Church” a local church nearby. The church was spectacular and further added to the spirit of the day. Soon afterwards, Father Peter Grover announced the news that they were wed and off to the ” Spring Valley Country Club” we all went. The highlight of the day was the beautiful “Sweet” light we found as the evening was closing. It was with this light I captured Christine and Matt. The flowers came from “Annabelle Floral Design”. Her most glorious make-up came from “Grace M Quintal”  Enjoy.

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Read more.. Saturday, June 25th, 2011

Adriane & Russell Wedding 06/18/11

Adriane and Russell were a great couple. They both shared shyness as their personalities but that didn’t stop them from having a very simple and elegant wedding, They live in Barrington, NH nestled within the woods. For her wedding, she chose a very simple but elegant dress accented by a very glamorous  and classical veil. All of their family members were there including a much younger brother to celebrate their wedding vows. It took place at the Three Chimney’s Inn in Durham, NH. The weather very hot and humid. Despite the heat, everyone had a great time, shed a little tear of happiness, and welcomed the latest addition to their families. Afterward, the group reunited back at the couple’s home for a BBQ and dinner. Congratulations Adriane and Russell. Nice job!

Young couple at Three Chimneys Inn

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Read more.. Saturday, June 25th, 2011

Holly and Justin Wedding 05/12/11 Robert assisting Gary from “Expose the Moment”

All the tables had these floral arrangements.

Absolutely fantastic shoe design.

The tradition “dip” pictures taken from the sidelines.

This couple was very passionate towards each other.

The couple was photographed by the lake where we had beautiful afternoon light.

Holly’s bouquet of flowers!  A Rose,  A Rose, My kingdom for a Rose!

Holly and Justin’s wedding rings shot at the “Harris Pelham Inn”

A beautiful night at the “Harris Pelham Inn”

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Read more.. Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

Kate and Jim marry at Portsmouth Sheraton Harborside 04/09/11

The WHOLE wedding party. All 16 of them. Although it was a fairly cold and windy day, Everyone kept warm and happy!

Kate and Jim Showing “The love”

This shot is of Kate and Jim at Prescott Park by the gardens.

Kate’s flowers were supplied by Jen DelDeo Flowers. Ravishing color!

After the ceremony, The Portsmouth Trolly Company dropped them off at Prescott park for their wedding portraits. They are such a great looking couple.

Kate and her bridal party, The girls were simply Fantastic.

Kate looking at her dress in in her room at the Sheraton Harborhouse at Portsmouth, NH

Kate was one of the most relaxed brides I have photographed. If she was stressed at all by all the goings-on, she covered it up quite well. She was an awesome bride.

One of my favorite venues for wedding photography happens to Portsmouth’s Sheraton Harborside on the heart of the downtown Portsmouth area. It is a very stylish building filled with very beautiful accents like the one found here. It is centrally located and is within walking distance of Prescott Park, The Seacoast Repertoire Theater, and all the downtown shopping a bride could dream for. The food and service is first rate all the way.

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Read more.. Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

Thank you for making us into the Seacoast #1 Wedding photographers.

CEO and Photographer Robert Ortiz

I wish to thank all of the brides I serviced in the local New England Seacoast area and beyond last year and I am super excited so many of you have once again booked me for 2011 and 2012. I’m looking forward to making Robert Ortiz Photography your professional choice for all your wedding photography needs. Thank you.

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Read more.. Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

Robert Ortiz Photography video testimonial, Justin and Rebecca.

This Is a video testimonial from Justin and Rebecca. They were a great awesome couple. Their wedding was held In Portsmouth, NH on 06/20/09. They had over 200 guests and it was held the Portsmouth Country Club. Enjoy.

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Read more.. Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

Radlinski Wedding “The Dress”

New Hampshire Wedding Photography
Valerie and Doug married at Attitash Grand Summit Hotel and this is Valerie’s dress.

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Read more.. Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

Valerie and Doug engagement shoot-Prescott Park

This is Valerie and Doug. Their wedding will be held at Attitash Resort on August 28, 2010, This is their engagement shoot and this is the first of many that I have shot that will be uploaded to my blog. I photographed them at Prescott Park and the Strawbery Banke area of downtown Portsmouth. They were awfully fun. Doug was sometimes naughty. And then Valerie was sometimes naughty to Doug. Cheers to them both!! Please click on the first picture to start the gallery going and follow the arrow on the right side of the pictures.

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Read more.. Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

Chrissy’s wedding- Flowers by Fortin Gage, Nashua, NH

Chrissy’s flowers were awesome, they were the brightest shade of purple I’d seen. All her flowers came from Fortin Gage florist shop in Nashua, NH. Although this is the first time I work with this florist, I’m judging my recommendation on the flowers shown here and I recommend this florist for the beauty of this bride’s flowers.

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Read more.. Monday, August 9th, 2010

Chrissy’s wedding- Melanie Voros JP

Chrissy was married by JP Melanie Voros at the Bedford Village Inn amongst family and friends.Her dress fit her like it was made for her.  Chrissy went back for three alterations to make sure her dress fit her perfectly. Brides, this is the secret behind a perfect dress, make sure you go back to alter your it as many times as needed.

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Read more.. Monday, August 9th, 2010

Chrissy’s wedding 07/23/10- Bedford Village Inn, Bedford NH

On 07/23/10 Chrissy got married amongst family and friends at the Bedford Village Inn Bedford, NH. The images to follow, are just but a few of Chrissy’s exciting day. Amongst the very vintage items were her gorgeous silver brooch, her dress, and veil.

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Read more.. Monday, August 9th, 2010

Meagan’s wedding reception- The Wentworth Hotel, New Castle, NH

This is Meagan and Jason at the Wentworth Hotel at New castle, NH. This hotel was built in 1874 and has seen many special guest including Theodore Roosevelt and Prince Charles. Frank Jones was responsible for a lot of the early renovations. Then in 2003, The “Marriot” bought the property and retuned to to all it glorious, turn-of-the-century splendor.

A detail from Meagan and jason’s wedding cake. This came from one of  southern NH most popular  bakery, Jacque’s Fine European Pastries. In all of the weddings that I have served through the area, I am never come across a finer pastry chef. He comes highly recommended by us as well as many satisfied brides.

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Read more.. Monday, August 9th, 2010

Meagan’s wedding

The “The Commons” New castle, NH

These are Meagan’s bridesmaids. Those chose to be photographed at “The Commons” at New Castle New hampshire.

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Read more.. Monday, August 9th, 2010

Meagan’s wedding- South Church, Portsmouth, NH

South Church at Portsmouth, NH has always been a very beautiful church. It’s clear to see why I  fell in love with the building itself when I became a Unitarian a few years ago. Here we see the bride getting ready  underneath the staircase. The building  is so breath taking, I actually had a one man show  with just images of South Church.

We can see the beauty of this Unitarian Church found at Portsmouth, NH.

These are the groom’s men from Meagan’s wedding. These guys really rocked hard at the reception. They rocked so hard that groom had to tell them to chill out because they were just out of control. It’s funny to think they behaved here, at the church, like little angels and they nearly rocked the house down at the party!!

Here we see the flowers from Meagan’s wedding taken inside South Church. They came from Jardiniere, a local florist from Portsmouth, NH.

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Read more.. Monday, August 9th, 2010

Robert Ortiz and Kate Parker interview.

Hello everyone. This is an interview that Kate Parker and Robert Ortiz Photography held at Kate’s office a few weeks ago. Kate Parker is a favorite of mine in the industry. She does a lot for her clients as well as all the vendors in her “My Kate Parker Wedding” site. All brides will get an idea of the personality as well as the style of Robert Ortiz Photography while viewing the interview. Forgive us for the low volume level so please bring it up  so you can listen to us better. Don’t forget to visit “My Kate Parker Wedding” before leaving my blog. Enjoy. Robert

Getting to know ME and NH wedding photographer- Robert Ortiz from my Kate Parker Wedding on Vimeo.

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Read more.. Monday, August 9th, 2010

Meagan gets married at the Wentworth Hotel- Her dress.

After the shoes, the next item on Meagan’s agenda was the dress. The wedding part girls could barely contain themselves to see what the dress looked like on Meagan. They were all lined up to help with dress, even the little ones. This is one dress that will not make it to the “Trash the dress” list.

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Read more.. Thursday, August 5th, 2010

Meagan gets ready at the Wentworth Hotel, New Castle, NH 07/17/2010.

It was July 23, 2010 when I met Chrissy in her room at the Wentworth Hotel, at New Castle on the day of her wedding. It was a sunny and hot day but I could tell by the twinkle in her eye, not even the heat was not going to prevent her from enjoying her special day. Her room was on the second floor and was connected by a set of stairs that led right down to the reception room.The first thing she did was grab me by the arm and tell me, “Look at what I did to my shoes, where do you want to photograph them?”  Looking at them, I noticed she had been clever and had placed rhinestones at the bottom of her shoes. I smiled and grabbed HER arm and said, ” Lets photograph you and your marvelous shoes down stairs at your reception room “. We went down stair and did exactly that!

After photographing the shoes on her, I couldn’t help but noticing how striking the color of her shoes were; after all most brides wear shoes that are white.  The shoes that Meagan had decided to wear for her wedding were a bright rose in color. With the shoes in my hand, I let the color inspire me and the shoes had a life of their own.

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Read more.. Thursday, August 5th, 2010

Ravishing New hampshire bride.

On June 5, 2010 Brianna and Chris tied the knot in Keene, N.H. All of the wedding party including Robert Ortiz from Robert Ortiz Photography, stayed on the grounds of the Monadnock Bible conference center in Jaffrey, NH. The fun commenced on this rainy morning at 7:00 A.M. with the girls eating their breakfast. It consisted of fresh baked pastries and oranges. Soon after breakfast, much to the happiness of Brianna, the sun came crashing through making our photographic day better.

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Read more.. Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

The “Dress” Brianna and Chris, Stonewall Farms, Keene NH

This was the dress and the shoes worn by Brianna and her wedding in Keene, NH. She was married at Jaffrey, NH and her reception was at Stonewall Farms in Keene,NH.  Brianna looked stunning in her princess tiara as all her girls around her were getting their hair and make up done. Brianna’s modern vintage dress came from David’s Bridal.


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Read more.. Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

American Gothic In Keene, NH

The painting by Grant Wood- “American Gothic” is alive and well in Keene, NH. One of my recent couples paid homage to this great painter. They requested my own interpretation of “American Gothic”. We had lots of fun setting it up and this was the best take. Enjoy.

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Read more.. Sunday, June 20th, 2010

Alejandro finally emerges from his cocoon….

…….So on June 4, 2010 Alejandro Theodore Ortiz was born. I guess I will have a new company mascot running around my studio. Despite the fact he was upside down, right side up-Breech baby, Alex came in to the world bright eyed and bushy tailed. He weighed in at 7 Lbs. 4 Ozs. and measured 20.5 inches.

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Read more.. Thursday, June 17th, 2010

Maternity shoots can be sexy too!

Mother’s Love

These are the days
of laughter and love
smiling faced cherubim
sent from above
snuggled at my breast
full of warmth and rest
brings meaning and purpose
fulfilling destiny
creating, nurturing
the solar plexus
of radiant energy
transformed.

~ Charisse Goodyear

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Read more.. Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

Very Important questions to ask your wedding photographer!

There has been a recent increase in the amount of wedding photographers available. This doesn’t mean that we have had a sudden increase in the amount creative people, it mean amateurs are trying to make a quick buck and in most cases are listing themselves as “Professional Photographers”. This is due to the availability of low cost digital equipment and the unstable nature of our own economy. These “photographers”, without the proper experience or training for wedding photography, are offering mediocre services as high quality services. We have had many customers come to our photography studio complaining about the bad experiences their friends have received. This has been mostly by amateurs claiming to be professional photographers online as well as websites like Craigslist. This is why Robert Ortiz Photography decided to write an article with key questions to ask photographers you may encounter in your search for the right wedding professional. We would love to be your wedding photographer, but if for what ever reason you choose someone else, please at least hire a true Professional. Your wedding day comes only once in a life time and if the person you hire doesn’t have the know how, your memories will be forever lost. Please make sure the wedding photographer has addressed your personal concerns satisfactorily on the following questions:

Is this your main line of work? Make sure your wedding photographer’s only job is photography. This insures your’e getting established truly”PROFESSIONAL” people that will be able to answer their phones when you need to ask them an important question.

How long have you photographed and how many wedding do you cover a year? Wedding photography takes A LOT of practice and experience and this will tell you exactly what he knows. The longer and more weddings he has shot, the greater indication that he has the know how to get the job done properly. 25-30 weddings a year is a minimum amount to stay in practice for a professional wedding photographer.

Have you received any formal classroom training as a photographer? Wedding photography is a craft and should be learned in a formal training or classroom setting.

Do you provide a written guarantee and a Contract.  The guarantee provides assurance that the photographer is competent to get the job done properly and a contract assures you know exactly what your’e getting.

Do you have any liability insurance incase someone gets hurt with your equipment at my wedding? If someone gets hurt by tripping over photographer’s equipment, wedding couples are liable for anything that may happen to their guest. Having liability insurance is a sign your guest would be taken care of  in case of an accident and shows the photographer is successful enough to buy liability insurance.

Do you have other professional assistants that work in your company that can go and cover the event with the same knowledge and experience incase you get sick? Amateurs don’t get paid enough to hire other people so they only have themselves. If they say they do have an assistant,  Please ask to meet them .

How many camera bodies do you bring with you in case of breakage? Professional photographers should have two or three back up bodies just incase of breakage. Please ask them to show you their equipment.

Are you using PROFESSIONAL 2.8 lenses that will guarantee the best possible image with out flash? These lenses are a MUST!! No exemption. Pros will invest their profits to produce best possible image-these lenses are $1500.00 and up. Please see the movie listed below.

Do you use fill flash or reflectors outside to fill in shadows on your subjects? This is where the amateurs are separated from the pros. Light quality is what photography is all about. Heavy shadows make the subject flat and unflattering. Professionals use fill flash and reflectors when possible.

Do you back up your images at the event so you have more than one copy of the photos? Memory cards can be wiped out by something magnetic and should be copied on to a hard drive immediately after shot. Ask if they have back up equipment like “hyperdrive space” units that allow you to copy images taken right unto a hard drive.

Are you an established business with a studio or are you a member of a local city chamber? By being part of the photographic community and having a location studio it shows you they are an established business and not a fly-by-night operation.

Are you shooting in “RAW” mode to guarantee the absolutely best image quality? Most amateur “PHOTOGRAPHERS”  will shoot in JPEG because of their lack of knowledge. This is a MUST, images should be shot in “RAW ” mode to get the most control and the best color rendition.

Do you use camera models designed for use by amateurs? Ask them what models they use. Also go on the manufacture’s site and find out if their equipment is amateur equipment like the “Rebel” series spoken about in the video listed below. “Rebel”  bodies are way to slow to keep up with the speed needed for wedding photography. Please see the movie below.

Are you a “CURRENT” member of an established photographic group? When your photographer is part of a trade group, they learn from each other and become a better photographers. Example, PPA, NHPPA, NHAA, WPPI -Is the photographer listed on their site?

Can you show me a few complete wedding albums containing pictures of a complete weddings from beginning to end? Any picture taker can show you a few dozen pictures of their lucky shots, please make sure they are able to show completed events from beginning to end.

Please click here to view the video:   Judge Brown and a couple of bad photographers movie

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Read more.. Saturday, May 22nd, 2010

Valerie’s Wedding Three Chimney’s Inn Durham, NH “The Last Dance”

After a day of ceremony and celebration, Valerie and John had to say good bye to all their guest through the final dance. The couple will have great memories of a day well planned and executed.

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Read more.. Saturday, May 22nd, 2010

Valerie’s Wedding Three Chimneys Inn Durham, NH “The Rings”

These are Valerie and John’s rings.

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Read more.. Wednesday, May 19th, 2010
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