2018 has been the year of rainy Saturdays. Rain sometimes means rearranging the day, making last minute changes to the timeline. Sue & Jon’s October wedding day started with rain, but thanks to team decisions on first look, portraits, etc, it didn’t matter in the least. Here’s a look into their beautiful wedding day.
Sue got ready at her childhood home in Milton. Her mom welcomed us with coffee and homemade scones. I could’ve kissed her. And Sue was enjoying hair & makeup by her team from Cut-Splice who traveled from Charlestown to take care of her.
The morning was peaceful and our bride was happy.
Her parents’ home is SO cute. Initial plans were to meet at Turners Pond in Milton for their first look and family portraits, but the front steps of her parents’ home was a beautiful and sweet plan B. Here’s Jon, arriving to meet his almost-wifey before heading to St Agatha Parish in Milton.
I love that both of Sue’s parents walked her down the aisle. She’s the baby of the family and the last of 18 cousins to get married. So much love and anticipation for this moment!
The rain completely cleared up during their ceremony, so outdoor portraits were on! Sue & Jon’s wedding reception was at the Royal Sonesta in Cambridge. We LOVE the Royal Sonesta! Bianca and team are awesome, and the views can’t be beat.
If a dress swishes, I say swish away girlfriend! Sue was ready.
After portraits, we moved inside for cocktail hour and then dinner and dancing in the Ballroom. I love the way the sun cast through the windows to light up the tables. The room was elegant and classy, with gold chevari chairs and white and gold centerpieces.
World Premiere Band performed at their wedding, and put on a killer show. This was our first time working with them, and I would hands down recommend this band. They were talented and so much fun, and they were nice too. A bonus when we all eat dinner together in the vendor room. 🙂
Sue & Jon are so sweet together. One of the first things Sue told me about Jon is that he’s always thinking about her happiness. He’s such a thoughtful guy, and he’s loved by so many friends. Its funny, because the way she’s describing him is also the way I saw her treating him. They have so much shared respect and love for one another. Definitely a good team as they move forward in life together. Whether spending time with her dog, or traveling the globe together.
Sue’s family came to party! I mentioned that she’s the last of 18 cousins to get married. That’s a huge family! And they brought their A-game to this wedding. World Premiere Band got an easy group, that’s for sure. The dance floor was packed all night. Keep scrolling, you’ll see!
xoxo, Sue & Jon. We hope you love this highlight. Next up, your video trailer, complete photo collection, and cinematic wedding film!
Wedding Venue: Royal Sonesta Boston – Cambridge MA
We had the pleasure of photographing not one but two incredible fall weddings at the Omni Mount Washington Resort in Bretton Woods NH this year. I’m so excited to present Emily & Jon with their wedding highlight!
Mount Washington Resort is huge, and the basement level is one of the best parts! Stickney’s Grille, shops, the mysterious Cave Bar, and a complete spa. The Spa is HUGE – here’s where I met Emily while her makeup was finished up by Allison, one of the Resort makeup artists. Totally relaxed and enjoying the experience, I headed to her room to play with her pretty wedding details!
Emily’s wedding party was all family – so getting ready was sweet with her mom, cousins and Jon’s sister. Her bridesmaids were awesome – they could have been bridesmaids for hire, they were like pros!
Her Casablanca wedding gown was soft & flowy and she looked so elegant.
What a location for an outdoor wedding ceremony! This is the Jewell Terrace at Omni Mount Washington Resort.
This is one of my favorites of the day. Emily, absolutely radiant, with her stoic dad clasping her hand in his as he walks her down the aisle to her love.
The most epic New England mountain wedding view. Jon’s family pastor traveled from NJ to officiate their wedding.
Every angle is different and spectacular. They wrote their own heart-felt vows that had the majority of their friends & family in tears…present company included!
It was a bit chilly that afternoon, so we took some time in between family portraits to warm up. While everyone celebrated and enjoyed the apps, they snuck sweet moments. No one looking, it was like they felt alone with one another. They were the sweetest moments to watch.
Their wedding was in the Presidential Ballroom, with cocktail hour on the patio and foyer outside the ballroom.
I loved the organic, airy floral design by Ivy+Aster. Cake by Omni Mount Washington. Their table numbers were names of presidential mountain peaks.
When I declared how sweet they were together, this had to happen… #adorable!
Their wedding was sweet and loving. As a special tribute to their parents, both celebrating very longstanding marriages, they dedicated a song to each. Watching them love each other in their own ways was beautiful, and it made me think of Emily & Jon in 30+ years, dancing & loving in their own, beautiful way.
Wedding venue: Omni Mount Washington Resort
Officiant: Pastor Gary Costa
Wedding Gown: Casablanca via Modern Bride, Nashua NH
Hair & Makeup: The Salon at Omni Mount Washington Resort
Wedding days don’t always run smoothly. So I’d imagine that Ben & Rachel are still pinching themselves on the perfection of their wedding day at Royal Sonesta Boston. It was such a smooth, calm, fun day filled with good friends, good times and meaningful moments. We were thrilled to provide both their wedding photography and wedding videography as a husband and wife team. More on our cinematic wedding film services here.
Here’s a glimpse into their beautiful September wedding.
The Royal Sonesta Boston is just across the Charles River, and is a beautiful spot for anyone looking for a Boston wedding venue with views of the city. You can see everything from the Museum of Science to the Prudential Center and iconic Citco sign from the Royal Sonesta. The team there is top-notch, led by our fave – events manager Bianca, and the ballroom is stunning, with floor to ceiling windows overlooking the Charles.
Rachel and her girls were so ready to start the day. I presented her with the Engagement Guest Book we created for her, and I love all the emotions happening just after she looked through the book with her bridesmaids, Mom and Grandmother. Her mom, close to tears, and her girls, so happy for her, as she glowed. Ready to marry her best friend.
Hey, Ben! His room was busy with excitement – all of his groomsmen, his parents and grandmother and Rachel’s dad, all there to help this guy get ready.
The guys actually had time to relax and play cards beforehand, while the ladies finished up.
Rachel was absolutely stunning. I’m so taken with this picture of her approaching Ben for their first look. Stunning.
After portraits, we headed inside for their Ketubah signing and Jewish wedding ceremony.
I love the progression of light outside as the sun dips below the horizon during their ceremony.
The ballroom was downright regal, with white centerpieces by Flou(-e)r, gold chevari chairs and gold tea lights along the tables.
Time to celebrate…with the help of Nightshift, one of our favorite Boston wedding bands. Everyone. Was. Ready. Especially for the jewish dancing and Horah!
The dance floor was insane. The perfect wedding trifecta: dinner, drinks, dancing. Enjoyed by all. On our way out, we flipped through the Guest Book we designed for them, and we were overwhelmed by the love encapsulated in one book. Their engagement pictures, with anticipation of this day, surrounded by messages of love and joy written by their favorite people. Best wishes for a lifetime of happiness together for this sweet, fun couple.
Mount Washington Hotel is without a doubt one of the most magical places in New England. If not THE most magical place. So when we had the chance to spend the weekend there with two of the friendliest, most welcoming people you’ll ever meet, the answer was an easy: YES PLEASE.
I’m delighted to present the highlight of Caitlin & Justin’s Mount Washington Hotel fall wedding.
Caitlin explained the wedding theme as “Classic/Romantic with a touch of Ethereal/Playful/Woodsy.” The floral design by The Fuchsia Peony pulled the theme together perfectly. Her bouquet and her bridesmaid bouquets were GORGEOUS. I’m obsessed with her beautiful fall wedding flowers, so you’ll see about a thousand pictures of them sprinkled throughout C+J’s highlight.
Here’s Caitlin! Her first look at the Guest Book we created for her, with her favorite engagement pictures, taken at the Fells on a 3-hour tour. A three. Hour. Tour.
Caitlin & Justin had a first look on the private side lawn at Mount Washington Hotel, with the first peeks of fall foliage in the distance. They wanted to enjoy as much time with their family & friends, and the first look helped them do just that.
I’m a HUGE fan of living in the moment, and enjoying all the little things. Insert every other cliche about happiness here. That’s my jam. And that’s why these people are my people. There was twirling from EVERYONE (yep, even Justin who said “Its my wedding day, too!”), hugs, kisses, and time taken to actually smell the flowers.
Mount Washington Hotel arranged a shuttle to take us to the base of the drive. For these.
Invitations by Minted, and flowers for styling provided by The Fuchsia Peony.
We highly recommend an Unplugged Wedding Ceremony, where your friends and family put their phones away and truly be present for the moment you marry your best friend. We also recommend giving guests stuff to throw at you at the end. Hehe. It looks far more eloquent than stated here, and is a lot of fun. In C+J’s case, they made cute little paper cones filled with rose petal confetti.
Their wedding ceremony was held on the iconic Jewell Terrace at Mount Washington Hotel, decorated with flowers and lanterns. Caitlin collected nearly 100 lanterns over the year leading up to their wedding. Her efforts were so worth it.
They were married by Rev. Larry Camerlin. When they first met with him, they talked for hours and he asked them to write letters to each other with their promises and hopes. He read the sweetest parts during the ceremony that brought tears to everyone’s eyes. And he also asked everyone to hug the people around them. It was such a happy celebration of love for two kindhearted people.
“Want me jump off of this ledge? I used to be a gymnast.” YEP.
We headed down to the Presidential Foyer & outside patio for cocktail hour. Their wedding reception followed in the Presidential Ballroom at Mount Washington Hotel.
Tributes to old love and new love.
These two are those friends you love to see on the dance floor at every wedding. Especially if Michael Jackson is on. And even more especially if Thriller is on. Oh, its on.
The dance party was insane, just as they said it would be. And on the way out we enjoyed looking through their guest book, filled with the most thoughtful sentiments from their favorite people, alongside their favorite engagement portraits. So many people took the opportunity to express their love and gratitude for these two that they filled the entire book and had to write on the inside back cover. Heart exploding.
But then we turned around, and there were s’mores.
Caitlin & Justin put so much thought & planning into their wedding day, and it was worth all the effort. It truly was magical, and we are so grateful to have been a part of it.
Marjorie & Rich have been dating since 2012. They reconnected through friends and, well, now the rest is history. He’s the nicest guy she ever met….and this July, it was time to get married.
Family is so important to Marjorie. She was concerned her nana may not make it to the wedding, so she brought the wedding to Nana. Marjorie & Rich had their first look in Nana’s backyard, and Nana got the second look.
While Marjorie went to Nana’s for a first look, it was Nana who enjoyed her first look at BEN! Hahaha, I’m still laughing – she kept her eye on him all day, and insisted he hop in the pictures beforehand. She’s newly “on the hunt” as she put it! #favoritepersonoftheday
We headed to Shaker Hills in Harvard for portraits and both the wedding ceremony and reception. This was our first time shooting at Shaker Hills, which is just down the road from our photography studio in Bolton, and we loved it! Gorgeous grounds, a stately building and a fantastic event manager (Kasee, you rock!).
Marjorie is so laid back…she asked a friend to decorate a chalkboard sign the night before the wedding, and ok’ed it without seeing it. Here, she was pleasantly surprised with her friend’s chalk work!
They used the ring pillow from her parent’s wedding! Holly & Sam, her parents, still happily married for over FORTY years. I love the moment they shared before they walked down the aisle together. This moment struck me as one of the loveliest moments of the day.
Cocktail hour on the Veranda with guitar music, wine and so much food. Everyone headed inside to Shaker Hills’ ballroom for dinner & dancing. Starting with M&R’s GORGEOUSLY executed first dance (thanks to Firebeat Ballroom Studios). Wow. The dip is one of the best we’ve seen! And angled just right. From there, the dance floor was packed thanks to the always incredible First Class Band with lead singer Concetta. Here are some of our favorite reception moments.
There’s nothing I love more than when a couple says they trust me wholly to come up with a plan for their wedding portraits. In the case of Jon & Justine’s wedding at Devens in Ayer, that included heading down the road to the former Fort Devens to take advantage of the beautiful estate-like buildings. There’s nothing quite like ivy growing freely on brick, and in October, even the ivy was bright with fall foliage color. This wedding was from a couple of years ago, but its still one of my favorites because of this wonderful, kind, loving couple, and because of the opportunities they gave me to be creative, and because of the results I’m still proud of years later. I hope you enjoy!
Their first look, at a secluded location near Devens Common Center, where they could enjoy each other.
Then we headed on a tour around Fort Devens, which gave us a wide variety of “backdrop” options within a small area…
I love when couples rent a trolley for their wedding day. It adds an extra element of excitement for the wedding party. This trolley in Central Mass was fantastic for cooler fall weddings, since it had glass windows.
How cute are these two!?
On the way to the church, we passed a GORGEOUS hilly field that was begging to be used for a wedding party picture…with a very lrage wedding party. And of course Jon & Justine said yes to the idea of stopping after the ceremony. I’m so glad they did!
Recreating a picture from when they were little…besties for years!
The Devens Common is a beautiful ballroom location in Ayer that was perfect for this crew…they LOVE to dance!
I’ve spent the morning trying to figure out how to shorten Josh & Rachel’s gorgeous Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel wedding – but between their Park Street Church wedding ceremony, portraits at the Boston Public Garden and Fort Point Channel, and killer dance party reception at the always-awesome Renaissance Hotel, I’ve finally decided this. It is impossible to shorten their wedding preview any further. Impossible. So without further audieu…enjoy!
This is what it looks like to get your dream watch on your wedding day from your about-to-be-wifey. Shock and awe, people!
I love their expressions as they anticipate seeing each other for the first time as Rachel starts down the aisle at their Park Street Church wedding ceremony.
Rachel had her own Kate Middleton princess moment as she and Josh stepped out on the balcony at Park Street Chuch, overlooking Park & Tremont St, with hundreds of onlookers waiting to greet them.
Next we headed to the Boston Public Garden for portraits.
Next we headed over to Fort Point Channel for more pictures before the reception.
Best. Photobomb. Ever.
So Josh has a ton of energy, and came to their Renaissance Seaport Hotel wedding reception ready to party. Their DJ (Ron Carpendito) had their guests line the dancefloor and ready for a fast one as soon as they hit the dancefloor.
I loved most that every time a slow song came on, he knew exactly where Rachel was and found her to dance.
This was an unbelieveable wedding of an incredibly kind and fun couple that required a ton of pictures to do the preview justice. Congratulations to Josh & Rachel!
Today’s feature is Jen & Nishan’s beautiful Providence RI Biltmore Hotel wedding! The venue was one of their favorite parts of their wedding, and the two of them have spent lots of time strolling through the halls enjoying the history of the hotel. Jen planned her details to accentuate the classic hotel, with hints of old Hollywood glam throughout – from red roses to crystal candleholders to gold sparkle.
Nishan is undoubtedly one of the most caring people you’ll meet, and his laugh is infectious. Here are some of Ben’s shots of him getting ready with his groomsmen and Jen’s dad. Looking dapper in the tuxes!
Meanwhile I was with the girls…and Jen was cool as a cucumber, ready to get married to the man of her dreams.
Their ceremony was in the Garden Room at the Biltmore Hotel – classic and elegant, with the aisle lined with red roses and the beautiful gold & crystal chandeliers.
I love their expressions as they see each other for the first time – you know Nishan was expecting Jen to look amazing, but is still completely taken by her (The gorgeous shot of her and her dad from behind by Ben!).
One of the biggest benefits of two photographers are the ability to get both Nishan’s expression as he looks at Jen for the first time, and Jen’s expression as she’s looking at him. This is one of Ben’s and one of my absolute favorites of the day. I love the anticipation in her eyes.
Love love LOVE these next few B&Ws. This was definitely an emotional wedding – good thing Jen had tissues included with each program. EVERYONE needed them. They look at each other with so much in their eyes – from the moment I met Jen and she talked to me about Nishan, to the engagement session to their wedding day. I hope they’ll be able to look at these pictures and be taken right back to the feelings of the day. Of this exact moment.
Cocktail hour was inside because of threats of rain, which meant that we could jump out and take some rooftop terrace portraits before the sprinkles started…
Our light diffuser umbrella came in handy here 🙂
Since these two love this hotel, we made our way through the halls, inside and outside for their portraits…
Their details were perfectly coordinated and so elegant. I’m a sucker for a nice script font…and sparkle!
They blew everyone away with their first dance…and had the best time doing it!
Beautiful parent dances (if you know me, you know these get me every time!), and then the dancefloor opened to the sounds of Don at Champagne Toast.
Biltmore Hotel is known for their flambe presentation. The room gets dark and swirls of flambe float through the room before being served table-side.
Where do I start with Adrian & Amanda’s beautiful Union Station Wedding in Worcester? Me and these two were insta-friends. The fact that I greeted Adrian with a beer when he came up to the studio helped win me big points…and also meant that he would absolutely not let me leave his wedding before toasting a beer (and cupcake!). For them, I happily obliged.
The weather was perfect, the bride and her maids were absolutely gorgeous, and the day was incredibly fun. Here’s a look into their beautiful wedding day.
Into her gown, with help from her gorgeous mom (how amazing is her red gown?!) and best friend Cheryl. I love that her flower girl helped her get her bracelets on, and the sweet ring bearer (Cheryl’s son) watching Amanda from behind the mirror as she looked like a princess.
Amanda, Adrian and their two “besties” Karl & Cheryl were up for a quick trip down the road from Union Station to my absolute favorite spot in all of Worcester. It has beautiful light, ivy, and a train bridge, I mean come on!
A special thank you to my lovely assistant and sister, Amy, who helped light the next few shots!
LOVE this next one.
Cocktail hour at Union Station is on the patio overlooking the tracks.
The reception started off with a Polish tradition – a blessing and toast to the new bride & groom, where they eat bread so they may never know hunger, salt so they only know the sweet in their marriage, and a shot of vodka, well, because why not?! Ok, I’m pretty sure this isn’t exactly right but hopefully close. And then they tossed the shot glasses right over their shoulders!
A polish song…
The DJ had lots of tricks up his sleeve, starting with a trivia game before dinner was brought out.
Amanda’s dance with her dad was one of the nicest I’ve ever seen. I was of course crying.
And we snuck outside for a few evening portraits…but not before Adrian and Tori tried out my Ice Light…I mean, who doesn’t like a light saber?!
Congratulations Adrian & Amanda! Your wedding was spectacular, just as it should be. You deserve the best!
Meaghan and Steve’s Omni Parker House wedding in Boston was simply stunning, from Boston Public Garden pictures to their ceremony and wedding reception at the Omni Parker House. It was an absolutely perfect formal Boston wedding. You may remember these two from their engagement session in the South End last fall. Here’s a glimpse into their beautiful wedding day.
Before the first look, we took a couple of minutes to create some beautiful, timeless portraits of Meaghan. Also below is a picture of the hardcover guest book we designed for them using pictures from their engagement session.
Meaghan made her way through the crowd of tourists to Old City Hall, the location we selected for their first look. And as luck would have it, the area was quiet and empty, with just Steve waiting for his bride.
The first look is such a special moment between the bride and groom. These two enjoyed the time with each other, seemingly without a care in the world. It was beautiful to watch. These are the moments that make photographing weddings so fulfilling. To be invited into a couple’s lives on one of the most important days in the lives, and to mindfully capture the moments and details in a way that will bring all of the memories back. So that they may look at their wedding photographs and remember exactly how they felt that day. He can still hear her laugh. And they can share these moments with their family, both now and in the future.
After the first look, we headed to the Boston Public Gardens for their portraits. But not before a colorful tour of Beacon Hill, courtesy of good friend, JP and tour-guide-on-demand.
We snuck across from the Gardens with just Meaghan and Steve. I love the dappled light through the trees, and how softly it wraps around them. It just adds to the romance of their quiet time together.
I love portraits at the Boston Public Garden – the variety is endless.
The wedding ceremony was at the Omni Parker House in the Grand Ballroom.
A lot of the ceremony was interestingly about avocados and quacamole. Without a doubt the most entertaining ceremony, and I hope someone recorded it. The avocado message tied in on several different levels, and was carried through to the handmade quacamole bar as guests exited the ceremony, a definite show stealer!
The details came together beautifully, from the menu to cake to the flowers and table setting.
And then the celebration began with a big opening, and continued with lots of amazing food and dancing late into the night.
And my personal favorite, captured just as the elevator door was closing. Congratulations Meaghan & Steve!