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Welcome.

1. My first name is Mei Lin
(pronounced “may-LYNN”)
2. My pronouns are she/her
3. I really love pugs
4. One of my favorite novels is Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
5. Ma famille vient du sud de la France
6. I’m a musical theatre enthusiast despite being tone deaf and rhythmically challenged

Let Me Introduce Myself

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Aja & Kyra's day was held in an underground converted church in Logan Square Chicago. The couple went to dinner at St. Emeric's and fell in love with the place. As Aja recounted, "it was a charming space". They wanted a space that mirrored their personality and style as a couple and individuals.

Underground Secret Restaurant Queer Chicago Wedding | Aja & Kyra

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Everyone was incredibly joyous and jubilant for Jin & Steven. Their ceremony was endearingly officiated by their very close friend Becca. It was a beautiful ceremony that finished with two emotional and heartfelt vows from the couple (Jin's even involved math).

A Gay Autumnal Farm Wedding | Jinyan & Steven

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As a couple, Kimia & Robert loved going to Vermont as an escape and to be in the moment away from the distractions that city life can bring. This love for the outdoors and the serenity heavily impacted how they chose to celebrate their love. They wanted it to feel comfortable, down to earth, and genuine for themselves as well as all of their guests.

A Casual Spring Wildflower Backyard Vermont Wedding | Kimia & Robert

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Katy and Brian held a spectacular Jewish wedding at The Essex Resort and Spa in Essex Junction Vermont. Incorporating Katy’s religious and cultural practices was especially important to her and by extension her now-husband Brian.

Katy & Brian's Luxury Jewish Vermont Resort Wedding

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Julie & Marvin hosted the most joyful Red Lion Inn wedding. They each have a huge family, hers Irish and his Guatemalan which made for a beautiful multicultural wedding full of dancing and love.

A Guatemalan Irish American Multicultural Christmas Wedding | Julie & Marvin

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With Princess to help celebrate, they got ready together in their home. It involved an impromptu mini haircut (executed by Erin for Jeff), Princess almost eating Jeff’s boutonniere, and fun banter between the spouses-to-be about back sweat, leg hair, and fun versus boring socks.

Erin & Jeff’s Urban Hearth Cambridge, MA Intimate Wedding

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Officially married for two weeks, Shanna & Ian enjoyed a private wine tasting with their guests during their intimate and relaxed Burlington, Vermont wedding celebration.

They visited Burlington, Vermont for the first time two years ago and fell in love with the atmosphere and community.

Shanna & Ian's Wine-Infused Burlington, VT Intimate Wedding

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The castle was beautifully surrounded by fog which added an incredibly romantic element to their captivating ceremony. The vows resulted in tears and laughs from everybody.

Nobody could hold in how stunning their promises of love were to each other. Bharat even spoke words of love to Amrita in her mother tongue which was incredible.

Amrita & Bharat's Scottish Castle Vermont Wedding

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K & Erin chose their venue because it is extremely special and meaningful.

It is their friends Laura & Sarah’s new home which they offered especially for their wedding. They became their “framily”, as they are lovingly-dubbed, in Brooklyn, but have since relocated to Maine in order to be surrounded by beautiful nature.

K & Erin's Joyous + Prideful Backyard Maine Wedding

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Paige's aunt baked a cake, a family friend helping plan the wedding, and there were so many people who helped ensure everything was all set to go for the big day.

Throughout their wedding, Paige & Chris had numerous sentimental items, namely the couch where her grandfather proposed to her grandmother.

Paige & Chris' Intimate Backyard Vermont Wedding

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After enjoying a long engagement, Shannon & Jared tied the knot on the very porch where Jared proposed to Shannon.

Their elopement was extremely laid back and quick because as Shannon said "it was about time!".

Shannon & Jared's Intimate Backyard Vermont Elopement featuring Gigi the Black Lab!

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College sweethearts Tom & Missy had a meet-cute during their time as orientation advisors at their university.

Turtles & squids brought Tom & Missy together in the form of fun, odd, and perhaps unrealistic drawings on Missy’s script for a play they were mutually performing in. From that day they knew they had something wonderful and their story soared.

Tom & Missy's Intimate Summer Solstice NY Elopement

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While their original plans had to be altered, Naomi & Andy were able to have a huge wedding in their hearts thanks to live streaming.

Because of Naomi & Andy's strong religious beliefs, they held numerous heart-felt prayers. They held a prayer right before becoming husband and wife, had a joyous ceremony where great friends and pastors said prayers to welcome them as newlyweds, and had a prayer over their rings before placing them on one another's fingers.

Naomi & Andy's Elegant & Romantic Backyard MA Wedding

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Nic & Bree's housewarming party was made extra special because it was their wedding day. Together as a team, they decorated and planned their day with so many gorgeous and touching elements.

With an epic first look location, Nic & Bree started the first day of this new chapter in their lives with love from all their closest friends and family.

Nic & Bree's Housewarming Backyard MA Wedding

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Samantha & Dan incorporated a wine box time capsule in their ceremony where they enclosed a bottle of wine and letters that they wrote to each other to open on their anniversary. 

This was such a sweet personal touch as this will be a tradition they continue for each year of their marriage.

Samantha & Dan's Historic Glen Magna Farms Wedding

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Their day was beautiful, elegant, and sophisticated. Tad planned a stunning day full of small touches that made their wedding so personal. From having Cricket their pup attend the ceremony, to a custom Crawford logo drawn from The Boston Athenaeum's real logo, to a collection of port to accompany the well-crafted desserts, everything came together wonderfully. 

Stephanie & Tad's Elegant Black Tie Boston Athenaeum Wedding

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Set among the beautiful Vermont foliage on a small independent farm, this wedding inspiration is perfect for couples looking to host an intimate wedding without sacrificing on unique style elements from a more traditional wedding.

This brunch style added a great element of whimsy in addition to delicious and expressive food.

Colorful, Autumnal Brunch VT Wedding Inspiration

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The ceremony was filled with so much contagious enthusiasm from all of their friends and family.

No one could have expressed greater joy for the newlyweds and greater joy for their faith as Kassandra & Stan's friends and family. Their first dance as husband and wife was incredible. They danced to two songs and had a *fog machine*!

Kassandra & Stan's Modern Black Tie MA Wedding

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The ceremony was filled with so much contagious enthusiasm from all of their friends and family.

No one could have expressed greater joy for the newlyweds and greater joy for their faith as Kassandra & Stan's friends and family. Their first dance as husband and wife was incredible. They danced to two songs and had a *fog machine*!

Denise & Jeremy's Timeless Codman Estate MA Wedding

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About three years ago, Jinyan (he/him) & Steven (he/him) met like the modern couple they are, on Tinder. Steven swiped right first and knowing this, Jin was the one to make the first move. They had a great first date which led to them immediately want a second (and third, and fourth, and infinite amount of dates).

Jinyan & Steven's Spring Arnold Arboretum Engagement Session

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Downeast Cider is an especially meaningful place in K and Erin’s story. K used to live in Boston; when Erin visited during the early parts of their relationship they always chose the brewery as “Their Place.”

Since then, they have continued to love the beer so much that they had it served at their wedding!

K & Erin’s Downeast Cider Anniversary Session w/ Rescue Pup Lexy

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Canela the Goldendoodle brought her humans Argelia & Charles for a lovely, lowkey couple’s session at Portage Park in Chicago.

Donning her beautiful bright pink bandana, she was the star of the session even amidst multiple  distractions including birds, squirrels, & other dogs.

Argelia & Charles' Portage Park Couple Session w/Goldendoodle Canela

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Tom & Missy came to visit Vermont with their four-legged family Marigold. It was Missy’s first time in Vermont, and even though it was a short trip it was one of the best weekends the state had to offer.

It was the perfect combination of peak foliage season, beautiful weather, and crisp temperatures.

Missy & Tom's Mount Mansfield Anniversary Session w/Rescue Pup Marigold

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Nine years ago, Erin & Jeff began their journey as partners in life together. They met in college and bonded instantly because they’re both self-proclaimed science nerds.

As a couple, Erin & Jeff discussed their future and decided they would get married. They found a local jeweler who was the perfect fit for them.

Erin & Jeff's Lakeside NH Engagement w/ Rescue Pup Princess

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It was a few months after the fact that they decided they wanted some couple portraits to commemorate this special time in their lives. Due to everything, their session was postponed, and so fast-forward to this year, their couple session ended up being an anniversary session.

Sarah & David's Historic Cambridge, MA Anniversary

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Katy & Brian’s session was floral, understated, & warm. A lovely small family farm, Miller Hill Farm graciously offered Katy, Brian, & Ruben their farm as a great portrait location.

Between the gorgeous florals and beautiful Vermont farm scenery, it made for incredible portraits.

Katy & Brian's Miller Hill Farm Engagement w/ Rescue Pup Ruben

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Because of their adorable first date, Jackson planned an incredibly sweet and thoughtful proposal for Annmarie.

He laid out his own custom beach in Annmarie’s grandparents’ backyard. Complete with a towel (minus the turtles), seashells, and atmospheric fairy lights, he brought the Floridian beach to the Green Mountains.

Jackson & Annmarie's Beach-themed VT Proposal

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The South End in Boston was a beautiful location for portraits because of its timeless Boston brick and cobblestone streets. Howie donned a matching black coat with his mom and smiled throughout his entire session. Being a senior pug, he enjoys long naps (with extreme snoring), loads of treats, and many many hugs and snuggles from mom.

Howie's Winter Boston South End Senior Pug Session

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To commemorate earning an exciting new illustration + graphic design job, Danielle decided to celebrate by getting brand new portraits of herself at the Chestnut Hill Reservoir with her rescue dog Milo (with no less than three matching outfits).

Danielle & Rescue Pup Milo's Portrait Session

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Nine years ago, Erin & Jeff began their journey as partners in life together. They met in college and bonded instantly because they’re both self-proclaimed science nerds.

As a couple, Erin & Jeff discussed their future and decided they would get married. They found a local jeweler who was the perfect fit for them.

Erin & Jeff's Lakeside NH Engagement w/ Rescue Pup Princess

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Tom & Missy came to visit Vermont with their four-legged family Marigold. It was Missy’s first time in Vermont, and even though it was a short trip it was one of the best weekends the state had to offer.

It was the perfect combination of peak foliage season, beautiful weather, and crisp temperatures.

Missy & Tom's Mount Mansfield Anniversary Session w/Rescue Pup Marigold

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Downeast Cider is an especially meaningful place in K and Erin’s story. K used to live in Boston; when Erin visited during the early parts of their relationship they always chose the brewery as “Their Place.”

Since then, they have continued to love the beer so much that they had it served at their wedding!

K & Erin's Downeast Cider Anniversary Session w/ Rescue Pup Lexy

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Sammy the rescue dog is one of the best examples of why you should consider adopting a dog.

He is full of love and kindness. He has enormous amounts of energy for an eight year old big dog and loves to play with his green toys in the backyard where he had his portrait session.

Sammy the Rescue Dog's Backyard Portrait Session

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After enjoying a long engagement, Shannon & Jared tied the knot on the very porch where Jared proposed to Shannon.

Their elopement was extremely laid back and quick because as Shannon said "it was about time!".

Shannon & Jared's Intimate Backyard Vermont Elopement featuring Gigi the Black Lab

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Katy & Brian’s session was floral, understated, & warm. A lovely small family farm, Miller Hill Farm graciously offered Katy, Brian, & Ruben their farm as a great portrait location.

Between the gorgeous florals and beautiful Vermont farm scenery, it made for incredible portraits.

Katy & Brian's Miller Hill Farm Engagement w/ Rescue Pup Ruben

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Grizzly is an absolute sweetheart. At the incredible age of 17, Grizzly has lived an amazing life and still has more to enjoy. Grizzly loves to play with her tennis ball, and while it's harder for her because she has aches and pains all over, she managed to have some fun in the sun just like old times.

Senior Rescue Dog Grizzly's Portrait Session

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Charlie Harry Houdini is full of overjoyed energy.

His mom didn’t choose him so much as he chose her.

He now happily lives with his parents in Vermont where he is enjoying climbing all of the gigantic snow piles.

Golden Retriever Puppy Charlie's Snowy Portrait Session

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Where Dreams Descend by Janella Angeles will make your heart dance and swim in the magic on the page, even if you have two left feet like I do. Inspired by The Night Circus and The Phantom of the Opera, Angeles crafted a ”spectaculore” show-stopping debut novel. She writes such delicious characters who will steal your heart as they did mine.

Debut YA Author Janella Angeles

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Everybody meet 2020 debut author Angela Burke Kunkel! It has been a dream of mine to work with authors and I’m so glad we both had a new first experience. Angela’s debut children’s book Digging for Words: José Alberto Gutiérrez and the Library He Built is based on a real story about a man who opened a library.

Debut Children's Author Angela Burke Kunkel

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The new MBP x Inkpot Creative is finally live! Meet KP (she/her), the owner, designer, and one-woman entrepreneur behind Inkpot Creative, a queer-owned design studio "for the LGTBQIA+ community and allies who want to stick out from the crowd in all the right ways." 

Mei Lin Barral Photography x
Inkpot Creative

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It's important to me to advocate for causes that are very important to me. Here are four groups of organizations who could greatly use your help: Stop Asian Hate, LGBTQIA+, Black Lives Matter, & Four-legged Family. 

Incredible Charities + Organizations that Need Your Support

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Contemporary musicals like Hamilton and Six have cultivated a new audience and an even greater extension of the musical theatre community.

I love all kinds of musicals so here are ten songs that I’d especially love to introduce to you.

10 Underappreciated Musical Theatre Songs You Need to Hear

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