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Best Engagement Photoshoot of 2017 Award!

2017 was an amazing year for photos and it was really hard to pick "the best" photographs because all of them were so good. Each year our studio likes to give back to our clients and lets you decide which engagement photoshoot was your  favorite. Each photo has a link to that couples full blog post. At the bottom of this page you can vote on your favorite(s). Submissions end April 10th and the the couple with the most votes will win an 8x10 print of their choice! 

Best Engagement Photo of 2017 Award! *
Now that you have seen the photos its time to vote! The couple with the most votes will win an 8x10 print of their choice. Submissions end April 10th.
Here you can provide us an comments on your decision or why you liked the photos you chose.

Contact Us for more information on availability. We’d love to set up a meeting in the Boston and Rockingham County area to walk you through our packages and what we offer. 

You can View more of our recent work at our Blog!

ABOUT CODY SIGOUIN PHOTOGRAPHY

Unique. Stylish. Elegant.  We are a group of artist in Rockingham County with a passion for storytelling and creating consistently stunning images. Our style of photography is deeply influenced by photojournalism and fine-art photography. This provides a creative mix of emotional, fun and romantic photographs that are timeless and unique. 

5 Breathtaking Locations to Photograph your Engagement in the Portsmouth, NH Area.

The engagement session is one of the first things you plan after booking your wedding photographer and with all the amazing locations in the area, it can be hard to decide which one is best for you. When choosing a location, you always want to think about your personality as a couple and what style of photos your aiming for. From years of experience working in the area, we have found the best engagement spots in the Portsmouth, New Hampshire that will compliment almost any personality and style!  For more information on what to wear for your engagement session, check out our Engagement Session Wardrobe Guide!

Downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Portsmouth New Hampshire is considered one of the most beautiful places in America! Its a pretty small coastal town, but that's what makes it so special, it has style. From beautiful churches and parks, to brick buildings and cobblestone walkways, Portsmouth has a little bit for everyone. When photographing around Portsmouth you get a real good feel of New England and what makes it so special. 

Some great places in Portsmouth include:

Prescott Park: This park is right on the ocean, plenty of docks, gardens and walkways. During the summer they host plays and festivals all season long.

Market Square: The heart of Portsmouth, Market Square is full of cobblestone walkways, amazing pubs, coffee shop, churches and brick buildings. Its New England at its best. 

Waterfront: Being an ocean side town, Portsmouth is known for its seafood and fishing. Here you can take a walk on the docks and see the catch of the day. Watch the boats go in and out of the harbor while having an Ice cream.

Strawberry Bank: The oldest area in Portsmouth, Strawberry Bank is stunning in the winter time! Old 18th Century houses, Christmas lights and an ice skating rink in the center, makes this area the perfect place for a winter wonderland.

Pierce Island, Portsmouth, NH

This Park over looks downtown Portsmouth and is a great spot for some epic photos. The big part about this spot it the Memorial bridge, which compliments the view perfectly. There are trails and its walking distance from downtown Portsmouth too!

Great Island Commons, New Castle, New Hampshire

Located at the very edge of New Castle and sits right on the coast, the Great Island Commons is an amazing spot with an amazing view. "What makes this place so special?" you might ask, well for starters theirs a beach, two light houses and accost the river you can see Kittery, Maine. What makes this place so special though is whats going on around the park. Its common to see sail boats all over the coastline, fishermen on the dock and tours going to the Isle of Shoals. We love to take dramatic beach photos here and amazing photo journalistic shots. 

Fort Foster, Kittery Maine

Out of all the forts in the Portsmouth area (look it up, theirs a lot!), Fort Foster is the best for photos. How its positioned on the coast, the sun sets directly in front of the lighthouse overlooking the fort. Walking paths, beaches, parks, If your looking for a place that is woodsy but also coastal, this is the place for you! 

Hamilton House, South Berwick Maine

A 1700's house and property, the Hamilton house is something out of a story book. With a private garden, hiking trail and located on a river valley, its the best place for fun and whimsical photos.

Contact Us for more information on availability. We’d love to set up a meeting in the Boston and Rockingham County area to walk you through our packages and what we offer. 

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ABOUT CODY SIGOUIN PHOTOGRAPHY

Unique. Stylish. Elegant.  We are a group of artist in Rockingham County with a passion for storytelling and creating consistently stunning images. Our style of photography is deeply influenced by photojournalism and fine-art photography. This provides a creative mix of emotional, fun and romantic photographs that are timeless and unique. 

Garrison Hill Florists

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http://garrisonhillflorist.com/

16 Chestnut Street, cor. 4th Street Dover, NH, 03820

(603) 742-2060

FROM THEIR BIO

The freshest flowers, the lushest foliage, the brightest blooming plants, the widest selection! Garrison Hill has consistently been the chosen provider of floral sentiment on the seacoast for 132 years. Our fresh cut flowers arrive daily from the finest growers around the world...California, Holland, Israel, Australia

WHAT CODY LOVES ABOUT Garrison Hill Florists

  Garrison Hill Florists creates such detailed and innovative designs. They can create something out of nothing, transforming a blank canvas wedding reception ballroom into a world somewhere far away. They can bring any client’s vision to life time and time again. Their team is so friendly and helpful, and we look forward to any opportunity we have to work with them! 

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Ten Tips for Amazing Wedding Photos

Every bride I have met has always said "It went by so quickly!", the cake, the flowers, the music, it all passes, but the photographs will live on forever. Looking back at that day 50 years from then, it will be the photos that cements that special night. That's why we want to do everything we can to make them fabulous and to make sure you are prepared. 

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1. Find the Right Photographer for you

Photography is so much more than just having a nice camera or taking a lot of pictures to cover your wedding. On one of the most important days of your life, you don't want to  hire the wrong photographer, or even worse, a "Non Professional Photographer".

 We recommend that you head on over to our section called, "How to Find a Great Wedding Photographer" for more specific ideas on what you should be looking to for.

2. Ask Questions and Express your Vision

Wedding Planning is no easy subject and interviewing potential wedding photographers can be a daunting task. Regardless of if you are hiring Cody Sigouin Wedding Photography or another studio, we have created a list of "Questions to Ask Any Wedding Photographer" to help you find the perfect photographer for your wedding day.

3. Give Enough Time for your Photography

9 out of 10 weddings do not run on the intended schedule. Its important to provide enough time for your photographer to get all those amazing shots and for you and your photographer to be on the same page when it comes to the wedding timeline. We have a "Photography Ideal Timeline" for you to get an idea on how much time it should take for amazing photos.

4. Think About Lighting

In photography, lighting is very important. Being able to control both natural and artificial lighting to a set creates new moods and contrast. When choosing a venue, pre-wedding prep and the ceremony, its best to think about big windows and natural light. The more light your photographer has, the more flexibility they have to create the style you want. 

5. Book an Engagement session 

There are many reasons it's important to take engagement photos! As a couple who likely has never been photographed professionally before, the engagement session is one of the greatest services you and your fiancé can take advantage of prior to your wedding. This gives time for you and your photographer to get to know each other and work together. Having an engagement session will give you more less formal photos for your home and also make you more comfortable with being photographed professionally.

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6. Location Location Location

When it comes to the Engagement Session, First Look, Ceremony, Couples Photos, Reception, Etc. the location you pick is going to set the mood for your photos. Think about what style you want for your wedding and for your photos, find places that are special and match you guys as a couple. This will make you guys more relaxed, fun, and match your amazing personality. 

7. Prioritize What Shots you want Most

Like we talked about in number 3, your timeline is very important and you might not have as much time as needed. A great idea to do is make a list of the shots you really want!  Stick to a few important shots, and address what is important to your photographer. While you're giving these ideas to your photographer, attach a few photos of yourself that you think you look amazing in. 

8. Take First Look Photos

If you don't want to miss a minute of your cocktail hour, schedule your portrait photos before the ceremony. You'll be less nervous to walk down the aisle and your hair and makeup will be perfectly fresh for the photos.

9. Golden Hour

If you are early in the planning stages or have your heart set out for sunset photos, then definitely plan for your wedding couples session to be around an hour before sunset. This gives your photographer time to take those perfect shots in the best lighting!  

10. Enjoy the Day

Try not to sweat the small stuff, and allow your photographer to frame the shots and to know what will look best is exactly what your hiring them for. If you're always looking for the camera, it won't capture you quietly chatting with your new spouse or laughing with your friends. Your photographer should be the one worrying about capturing those moments, not you! So have fun and enjoy that special day.

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Hiring a Non Professional Photographer

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“My Uncle (Insert name here)  just got a new camera, I think I am going to just ask him to shoot my wedding.” While your Uncle may have a good camera, here are some reasons to go with a professional.

Wedding photography is so much more than just having a nice camera. Professional Photographers willhave the following experience that your uncle would not:

  1. The ability to  adjust his camera settings based on different lighting scenes. Someone that isn't a professional wedding photographer is almost guaranteed to miss something.
  2. Experience shooting important moments that you only have one chance to capture. A first kiss only happens once, you don't want someone to miss that.
  3. The energy to work non-stop for 8-12 hours without breaks. This is a wedding photographer’s job, they don’t rest or take breaks. 
  4. Experience in guiding and directing large group formals. This is where the wedding photographer’s personality and experience is so important. 
  5. Experience in taking extra shots of crucial pictures such as during formals in case of blinking, awkward expressions, etc.

While there are a lot of areas in your wedding budget that you can save money on, wedding photography should not be one of them. If you want to have professional- stunning, quality, creative imagery of your wedding day that will be timeless heirlooms to be shown and handed down to your generations to come, you will need a professional wedding photographer.

When looking for your own wedding, choose quality over products. Choose to have 2 photographers rather than just one. To sum it up, while you can always have your uncle take your wedding photos, once your wedding is done, all you have to cement that day is your wedding photos. You can never get that memory back, its better to invest in quality and more creative imagery after for your event.

How do you Find a Great Wedding Photographer

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Step One: What to Look for in a Wedding Photographer

Unlike other wedding vendors (music, flower arrangements, cake), photographs aren't things you can hear, smell, or taste. That means it takes research and careful selection are extra important when choosing your photographer. Before choosing your photographer, you must first find what it is you want in your photography, what style fits your wedding theme and personality. 

You'll need to first decide what type of photography style you prefer, as that will help determine which kind of photographer will be shooting your wedding. Do any of the following appeal to you?

Photojournalism: These are candid or spontaneous pictures of people, décor and the action. With a purely photojournalistic photographer, you'll very rarely see people staring at the camera. The photos capture the moments exactly as they happened, and together they tell a story.

Portraiture: If you prefer classic portraits, with posed shots of the two of you, your friends and family in front of various backdrops. 

Fine Art: Fine Art photography gives the shooter greater artistic infuses their particular point of view and style into your photographs. The shots reflect your weeding day, through the specific style of the wedding photographer. The photos can be dramatic and gorgeous, grainier, dreamier, and have various different style depending on the photographer. 

Edgy and Bold: This style of photography is considered "outside-the-box". With different angles and unconventional framing, instead of a straight-on shot of the couple.

Many wedding photographers can do a blend of the styles listed above, but if there's a special style you love, make sure to focus on photographers who specialize in it and communicate your vision to them. 

If you are still having trouble with finding what style fits you, check out our "Best Wedding Blogs" and see these styles for yourself. If your wondering is our style matches yours, check out "Our Style" page. 

Step 2: Home Work and Interview 

Now that you know your style and what photography you want, its time to start finding a professionals that match with you and interview them. Start your search by reading local listing, searching wedding photographers in your area, and by asking friends and family. 

Once you are getting names of photographers, go on their website, blog, facebook. Check out their photos and other weddings they've shot. All this will give you an idea of their style and if it matches yours. Keep an eye on the design of the website, and look for clues about the photographer's personality and sensibility. 

Once you found some photographers you like, its time to meet with them in person. Call or email the photographer to see  if they're available for your wedding date. If the photographer is already booked on your date, you may want to see if they have an associate or can recommend another shooter with a similar style.

We recommend that you set up in-person meetings with three to five potential photographers who are available on your wedding date. This is to make sure you are finding the right person that meshes with your personality and vision. Be prepared to talk about your venue, wedding style and what you envision for your photos.

Step 3: The Meeting 

During your meeting there are certain questions you need to ask your photographer. You can check out what those questions  at "Questions to Ask Any Wedding Photographer" . For now we are going to focus on what qualities and experience you should be looking for in your potential photographers.

1. Being Technical and Creative:

A professional wedding photographer should not just know the inside out of a camera, but he must also be artistic and creative. 

2. Being Personable and Charismatic:

Some things to look for is , How well do they get along their clients (If your not sure, check their reviews, both positive and negative)? Any other thing to think about is, are they outgoing, personable, charismatic, professional, and honest? Does their personality, match or work with mine? You are going to be spending a full day with your photographer on the most important day of your life. A wedding photographer with a personality that matches your own is essential to the overall experience of your wedding.

3. Quality over Quantity:

When seeking a photographer, don’t get caught up to the amount of products each photographer is promising. Stay focused on the actual quality of the work provided and if it matches your style and vision. 

Step 4: The Signing

Once you've found the photographer thats right perfect for you, its important to pick a package that fits your needs, sign a contract with them and lock your wedding date. 

1. Compare Packages: 

When looking at packages, it's important to find out what's included in each package, an engagement shoot, special effects or additional coverage, so you can compare rates. Ideally, you want your photographer to be there for your full wedding day and if you are unsure that the package you want will cover the whole wedding, it might be better to upgrade to a higher package. This will make thing less of a head ache and you wont have to stress out about time. Also consider whether you'll want to do an engagement shoot, bridal session, or post wedding session and see if your photographer offers those in their package.

2. Ask About Your Rights and Payment:

Most contracts stipulate what rights both you and the photographer has. Since every photographers contract is different, we recommend looking over it very carefully and asking your photographer on any questions you have. 

A big part of signing and contracts is payment. If payment is not clearly stated on the photographers contract, ask them about how and when you are paying them before signing anything.

3. Postproduction Details:

During signing, asking about how long it takes to receive your photos is a must. This sets expectations and gives your a timeframe to expect. Keep in mind that, editing photos and albums take time, having a long wait to receive your photo just means they are taking time and care with your photos. 

Step 5: Become Friends With your Photographer 

Lastly, I know so many clients I've become friends with all because of photography. You spend so much time finding the right person and creating this amazing day, finding a photographer that you can be friends with is not just a great feeling but a great benefit too. After you get married, if you want holiday photos, family photos, kids photos! You will know who to call, and if you know they will great amazing images and you trust them, thats priceless within its self. 

 

 

Questions to Ask Any Wedding Photographer

Finding the right wedding photographer can be a daunting tasks. Regardless of if you are hiring Cody Sigouin Photography or another studio, we have created a list of questions to help you find the perfect photographer for your wedding day.

While this article giving you insight on what question to ask wedding photographers, if you need to now how to choose one first, check out our "How do you Find a Great Wedding Photography" article for a more in depth view of the whole booking processes.

We can't stress enough how important this is to set up a personal meeting with your potential photographers. You'll be spending your entire wedding day with this person and if you have the right person, you'll enjoy the day more, as well as get better shots.

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Ask these questions before choosing a photographer:

 

Question 1 - What is your Style?

For your first question, the style of your photography is very important. Cody Sigouin Photography loves shooting photojournalists styles with hints of fashion and fine-art wedding techniques. When asking this question, its because you want to make sure the photography matches your interests, style and vision. 

 Question 2 -Will the photos be retouched or do you provide digital proofs?

 Some photographers will polish all your photos, while others will show you untouched proofs and work their magic only on the images you order. At Cody Sigouin Photography, we believe that all the photos we take should be fully edited and reflect the style you are aiming for. 

Question 3 - How many weddings have you shot, and have you shot ones similar to mine?

You only have one chance to get amazing wedding photos, so you'll want to hire someone who knows how to get those great shots know matter what the wedding is like.

Question 4 - Will a contract for you services be provided? 

You should require a contract from your photographer that details what services they will be providing, pricing, termination resolution terms, etc. A contract is created for your protection, and for the wedding photographer’s protection.

Question 5 - Will there be a second shooter? 

Second shooters are great for not just getting more shots but  to cover more ground and can give you two perspectives on major moments. We usually have our second photographers working on details and angles that we wouldn't have time for otherwise. 

Question 6 - Have you ever shot at my venue before?

 If your potential photographer has experience at the venue your wedding is at, that means they already have awareness  lighting or issues specific to that space. If they haven't ever worked in your venue, they should be willing to see the venue before the wedding day.

Question 7 - Will you follow a shot list?

If you have specific poses and looks in mind, a shot list is perfect for your photographer to keep in mind what you want. 

Question 8 - What is the deposit and total fee?

Most wedding contracts will have the payment details, but if they don't, make sure to ask before you sign anything. 

Question 9 - How many hours of coverage do we get? What is the charge for overtime?

Wedding coverage varies from photographer to photographer, if you have a set amount of time for your wedding (most weddings do), then its best to see if they have packages that form to how long your wedding is. 

Question 10 - How long after the event will the everything be ready?

Each wedding photography studio varies in the time it takes to produce and deliver your pictures. Just know that good editing and album making takes time. 

Cody Sigouin Photography delivers an amazing product for weddings between 7 and 8 weeks.

Wedding Blogs

Any incredible wedding takes time and countless hours of decision making. Looking for ideas can be not just time consuming but overwhelming. Check out some of our favorite and inspirational Blogs!

  1. Style Me Pretty -All in One Wedding blog!
  2. Ruffled - Vintage Style Blog
  3. Green Wedding Shoes- Fashionable and trendy
  4. Rustic Wedding Chic - Country style wedding blog
  5. The Perfect Pallete - Wedding blog based on color scheme 
  6. Something Turquoise - DIY Wedding Blog
  7. Grey Likes Weddings- Summer style wedding blog
  8. Intimate Weddings- Smaller style wedding blog
  9. Love My Dress - Wedding Blog that focuses on Glamour and Elegance
  10. Boho Weddings - Boho Wedding style blog
  11. Junebug Wedding- Wedding inspiration blog
  12. Wedding Sparrow - Fine art style wedding blog 
  13. At First Blush & Co. - Wedding Fashion blog 
  14. A Practical Wedding - Real Wedding stories from everyday brides
  15. French Wedding Style - French and travel style wedding blog

After having an incredible looking wedding, why not share it with the world? We highly encourage our brides and grooms to submit their weddings to the following blogs. Each submission process is slightly different, so pick a few that you love (and that fit your wedding theme) and submit away!

Please let us know if you have any questions at all throughout the process.

 

Portsmouth Harbor Events

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http://www.portsmouthharborevents.com/weddings-en.html

100 Deer St. at 22 Portwalk Place Portsmouth, NH 03801

603-422-6114

From Their Bio

"Signature Portsmouth, NH Seacoast weddings are a specialty at Portsmouth Harbor Events & Conference Center. Our charming wedding venues marry classic coastal elegance with versatile event space that is certain to provide the perfect backdrop for your special celebration in Portsmouth, NH. Our understated elegance can be easily customized to reflect your unique style, creating a personalized experience for you and your guests."

What Cody Loves About Portsmouth Harbor Events

Portsmouth Harbor Events and Conference Center provides an amazing wedding experience in the heart of Portsmouth, New Hampshire. With the perfect location and an amazing staff, they are a dream come true for any New England wedding. 

What they Offer

  • Accommodates up to 250 Guest
  • Amazing staff!
  • All inclusive packages
  • Four Course Dinner

Check Out Portsmouth Harbor Events!

 

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Wentworth by the Sea, Marriott Hotel & Spa

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http://www.wentworth.com/portsmouth-weddings/

588 Wentworth Rd, New Castle, NH 03854

(603) 422-7322

From Their Bio

"Surrounded by the coastal waters of Portsmouth, the historic Wentworth by the Sea, a Marriott Hotel & Spa offers a timeless backdrop for your New Hampshire wedding. The Wentworth has extended our legendary hospitality to dignitaries, presidents and celebrities since the 1870s, and look forward to infusing the elegance and grandeur of our landmark hotel into your special day."

What Cody Loves about Wentworth by the Sea, Marriott Hotel & Spa

Wentworth by the Sea, Marriott Hotel & Spa provides a New England wedding style that is timeless and elegant. They compliment any wedding style and provide amazing service. With a rich history, amazing staff and stunning view, Wentworth by the Sea, Marriott Hotel & Spa is perfect for any New England wedding. 

What they Offer

  • Oceanfront Resort 
  • Amazing staff!
  • Accommodates up to 250 people
  • Including three beautiful ballrooms and their historic gardens
  •  All-inclusive Wedding Packages

Check out Wentworth by the Sea, Marriott Hotel & Spa!

 

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Sheraton Portsmouth Harborside Hotel

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http://www.sheratonportsmouth.com/portsmouth-wedding-venues

250 Market St, Portsmouth, NH 0380

603-559-2615

From Their Bio

"Situated in downtown Portsmouth, overlooking the Piscataqua River, our hotel is an inspired venue for a waterfront wedding. Whether you're hoping to host an intimate gathering or seeking to throw a lavish event, our professional staff is well-poised help you craft a truly distinctive wedding experience."

What Cody Loves about Sheraton Portsmouth Harborside Hotel

Sheraton Portsmouth Harborside Hotel is a beautiful hotel and event center, inside and out. Their staff is very friendly and always wants to work with you to give you the wedding of your dreams. If I can think of any place that shows the style and beauty of Portsmouth, NH, it would be the Sheraton Portsmouth Harborside Hotel.

What they Offer

Sheraton Portsmouth Harborside Hotel Offers:

 
  • Indoor capacity for up to 250 guests
  • Amazing staff!
  • Customizable reception menus
  • Scenic views overlooking river
  • Dedicated Wedding Specialist
  • 4 different Venue Spaes

Contact Sheraton Portsmouth Harborside Hotel !

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Blissful Beginnings

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http://www.blissfulbeginnings.com

20 Beaver Lane, Bedford, NH 03110

(603) 490-1514

From Their Bio

"Melanie Voros started Blissful Beginnings Wedding & Event Design in 1997 with a passion for creativity and festivity and a desire to assist couples throughout New England to create special events with soul. 

 She brings a passion for art and design, a love of people, and an exuberance for her craft to every event. She is as much a master in her creativity as she is in the orchestration of logistics. Her experience with the many intricacies of event planning as well as her close relationships with many of the region's most reputable vendors ensures that every event is a success."

What Cody Loves about Blissful Beginnings

Blissful Beginnings goes above and beyond to plan, prepare, and take the stress away from the couple so that they can just enjoy themselves. When a couple is already having the time of their lives, it makes our jobs easier and the photos even better!  Blissful Beginnings has a great eye for detail that ensures that everything will go smoothly on the wedding day. We havegreat respect for their quality of work.

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Madeleine's Daughter

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https://madeleinesdaughter.com/

775 Lafayette Road, Suite 2
Portsmouth, NH 03801

(603)431-5454

Who is Madeleine's Daughter?

For 40 years, Madeleine's Daughter has been helping brides from all over the country find their dream dress by giving them a personalized experience unlike any other bridal salon.

Only 45 minutes from Boston, Portland, and Manchester. 

What Cody Loves about Madeleine's Daughter

Madeleine's Daughter, is always up to date on male and female fashion trends, and they offer top-notch brands and styles. We would recommend Madeleine's Daughter to anyone in search of everything wedding wear in the New England area. 

Check out Madeleine's Daughter any time between: 

For Bridal Salon: 

 
  • Monday 10-8,
  • Tuesday 10-8,
  • Wednesday | CLOSED,
  • Thursday 10-8,
  • Friday 10-6,
  • Saturday 10-6

For Suits and Tuxedos

  • Monday 10-5,
  • Tuesday 10-5,
  • Wednesday | CLOSED
  •  Thursday 11-6,
  • Friday 11-6,
  • Saturday 10-5,
  •  Sunday 10-5 

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