It was a perfect Spring day for a family to come together from both Massachusetts and Australia in an intimate ceremony in the countryside. This wedding was a perfect way for me to start the 2015 wedding season. I can’t wait to share all of the images, but here is just one that I couldn’t keep […]

A sneak peek at a wedding at Bittersweet Farm

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The snow is melting, the sun is staying up later. Daffodils are popping up and the tulips are just starting to emerge. The electricity of spring is in the air. …and that means that wedding season is coming to New England. This new spin off studio is only a two months old and I’ve already […]

Weddings Are Coming

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A perfect September day for a fabulous and understated elegant wedding. Their love was so intense, it was thick in the air. Those of us lucky to witness experienced a special moment in time, where two people committed themselves so absolutely none could deny it.

So this is love

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Grief is a funny thing.  We all handle it differently. Some of us let it wash over us, allowing the cathartic release so that we can go back to a sense of normalcy. Some defy in, reject it outwardly as it eats away at us. 


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Irena Mandel Photography was featured at the Shiner’s Imperial Room in Edgewood, Cranston, Rhode Island on March 22nd, 2015.

Elegant Bridal Show 2015 at RI Shiner’s Imperial Room

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These are the hands of my grandparents. These are the only grandparents I’ve known my entire life. I’ve been blessed with three sets of grandparents (one in the USSR and another that joined my life later, but no less part of my being), but these, these are the ones that were there the day I […]

67.5 Years

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What a rush! The show was an immense success. Not only did I meet so many brides and potential customers, I think I made some new friends with the other exhibitors. Everyone was kind and so complimentary. Talk about validation. If I ever doubted my photography, this show set me straight. Though it was a […]

Distinctive Creative Event Wedding Show 2015

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The engagement shoot I posted a few days ago really gave me a feel for this couple and their wedding style. They are natural, homey, with a hint of the classic and stoic. It was illustrated in their personalities all the way down to their then three year old son. I adore this photo for […]

American Gothic, Family Style

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There’s something spectacular that happens with engagement sessions. Even if I know the couple ahead of time (like I did with my friends here), we still aren’t familiar with each other as couple and photographer. It’s a different dynamic, a special dance that can only be learned through experience. Plus my jokes are definitely better […]

Sometimes the magic happens before the wedding

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MA Engagement Photographer

The classic dip and kiss… A beautiful moment at the Codman Estate in Lincoln, Massachusetts. A gorgeous location for a wedding, though I’ll tell you it’s a pain to straighten the images because the house is so old I don’t think a single side is straight. No matter what I do everything looks crooked. Just […]

Another favorite

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