We love winter weddings! I have a good one for you today – its Lauren & David’s Boston wedding, which was on the first of December. The day started at Boston Park Plaza, the perfect place to kick off an elegant black tie wedding.
Beautiful Lauren referred to the wedding day at “picture day” – after all, its not every day you have your own personal photog squad! Her ladies were ready to celebrate…a quick picture turned into laughs and stories and hugs.
Now to David & the guys, just a couple of floors down at Boston Park Plaza.
The guys were calm and ready. I love this picture of David, relaxing with his buds before the first look with his bride.
Lauren had the most beautiful attire – from her lace Pronovia’s gown to her Manolo Blahniks…and her rings! I’ve never seen a ring like her wedding band by Tristori. Diamonds all around but flexible, almost like platinum netting. Her beautiful mama and cousin helped her with final preparations.
I’m obsessed with the birds on a wire above! THE CUTEST little butter balls.
Let’s talk about the wedding day for a second. You’ve always heard it goes by so quickly, right? One way to maximize the day is with a first look, which starts the “together” part of the day sooner. One other thing that helps? Really enjoying EACH part of the day. You’ve taken care of all the planning. Now live it in a way that’s totally you.
Lauren & David love to scare each other. So what better opportunity than when his back is turned for their first look?! I told him she’d be out in a minute, while she literally waited behind him. She got him! Hehehe I’m still laughing about it.
Cheers to this incredible wedding party, willing to troop to the Boston Public Garden in the freezing cold for their favorite bride & groom.
Wedding preparations at Boston Park Plaza, check. Wedding pictures at Boston Public Garden, check. Now to Granite Links to get married! Just outside of the city, Granite Links has incredible views, the most accommodating staff and a gorgeous ballroom.
We photograph a good number of Jewish weddings in Boston each year, and one of my favorite parts is the Ketubah signing. Each is so unique and always such a personal, warm celebration of their commitment to one another.
Lauren & David (or Butter & Drey) wrote the most beautiful vows to one another. Promises to be there for one another, committed to laughing together and loving for always.
The Grand Ballroom looked incredible thanks to the hard work by Granite Links (Michelle & team!), Petals & Design Light Co. Montilla’s Bakery provided the beautiful cake, and Hip Pocket Orchestra was already playing, ready to welcome everyone in as the doors opened.
The dance floor exploded QUICK after a short first dance – on to the Horah!
When a dozen of your favorite people are on standby for a Vanity Fair-esque portrait…
Dancing with your love, with a quick break for smore-in-a-cup. That’s my idea of a perfect ending to a perfect night. Well done, Butter & Drey. Picture day was a good one.
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
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!
Damon and Kathleen’s Boston Hyatt Harborside wedding was summertime perfection – they were married on the lawn outside the Hyatt in East Boston, which overlook Boston Harbor. This is most definitely the best view of Boston, and made for an incredible backdrop for their “I do’s”.
Ben and I were beyond thrilled to spend the day with these two and their family & friends. They’re incredibly laid back and super fun. I don’t think I caught either of them without a smile on their face at any point in the day. Oh and their adorable pup Ralph (yes, he’s a Wheaton Terrier) who joined them at their engagement session, was the ring bearer! As if that weren’t enough to be excited about, there were so many familiar faces, from college friends (Umass and the Arlington crew!) to past wedding couples (the beautiful MOH may look familiar, I photographed Erin & Patrick’s wedding in 2011!). Also, one of our new favorite Boston bands, and Kathleen’s beautiful lace wedding gown! Ok, I’m going to stop here and just let you enjoy the pictures.
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!
My recent Worcester Art Museum wedding with Betsy and April last month will go down as one of my favorite Massachusetts weddings for a million reasons. I won’t share all here, just a few, promise. You know I can get wordy.
It starts with Betsy and April. When these two beautiful ladies visited me at my studio to talk about photographing their wedding at the Worcester Art Museum, they were already excited to work with me. They felt a great connection with my work through my site, and the same sex wedding review that my loves Jessi & Ellie left me on WeddingWire sealed the deal. And I immediately felt the same with them.
The connection with my clients is what I love about being a wedding photographer, because when I feel that connection with my couples, and they feel it with me, it makes their pictures sing. This is what I’m looking for every time I meet with a couple, and why we don’t take every wedding that comes our way. Now back to Betsy and April.
They got ready together, which I loved. They are so different, but so perfectly made for each other…just like their gowns and jewelry. While they got ready, guests started to arrive. They created a wishing tree, for everyone to leave a note for them.
I love what a small world this is…the pretty little lady in the top left picture? She’s April’s sister…and I went to college with her!
They’re both amazingly beautiful. And incredibly sweet.
While the temps were maaaaybe upper 20’s, we pushed through and took some beautiful portraits outside of the Worcester Art Museum before we gladly headed inside to warm up and get ready for their wedding ceremony. Oh and remember that wishing tree? Well, their bouquets didn’t come out as planned, so we improvised and used the feather branches of the wishing tree along with a last-minute purchase of red roses. Have I ever mentioned I used to work for a flower shop? Came in handy here…I made their new bouquets!
A grand entrance into the ceremony, which was held in the Chapter House at Worcester Art Museum.
The Chapter House is a historic, very dark room. There was security onsite to make sure no one was touching the art, and in the case of this room, that art was the actual room – walls, etc. And, not one to toot my own horn but I have to say, I’m pretty proud of my lighting. (Something important to look for when researching wedding photographers.)
The ceremony at Worcester Art Museum was so intimate. There were just 20 guests, Betsy, April and Claire Miller, a PHENOMENAL Justice of the Peace. I would definitely recommend her. Pretty sure I cried the entire ceremony. Don’t worry, I’ve found the groove of shooting through tears. For me, it works!
Betsy and April planned for some time for pictures with me before we headed to Bocado for their private tapas dinner reception.
Bocado, by the Niche Group, is one of my favorite spots in Worcester and is a great option for anyone looking for a unique venue for their intimate wedding celebration or event in the Central Mass area.
I’m not kidding when I say the food kept coming for TWO straight hours. Cheese plates, fried olives, eggplant dip, steak, and on and on.
Betsy and April invited Ben and I to join their wedding celebration as guests at Bocado wedding dinner in Worcester MA. Which we gladly accepted and fully enjoyed. But of course the cameras never fully go away. I kind of like my job (me in the top right pic).
My heart melts when I look at the way Betsy is looking at April in the picture below. Such love, pride, happiness.
Umm, they had the funnest cake cutting ever. They’re so cute.
And even though the group was small, they managed to make a dancefloor for their late-night moves. Betsy and April, thank you for inviting me to be a part of your wedding day. I feel so sincerely blessed to have met the two of you.
(Side note: So you see that this day was filled with love and happiness. When I first met with B&A, they asked, ‘Are you ok with a same sex wedding?’ Its a question I didn’t even dream still had to be asked. But I am realizing that there are still so many who discriminate. And it makes me so sad. Love is love. Love is love. And that’s it. xoxo.)
If you’re browsing our website and you’re looking for an inspiring, seriously-styled wedding, well my friend, you’ve just found it. Jeff & Heather’s Citizen Wine Bar wedding in Worcester had a vintage americana theme carried beautifully throughout. From the color palette of red, white and blue, to the newspaper accents (fitting since Jeff works at the Providence Journal) and the vintage/restored touches by this DIY maven.
Heather put a lot of time into the details here, and it really showed. As a super-visual person, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. But wow did it all come together and wow was it impressive. The theme was not only stylish, fun and colorful, but totally them. In addition to being super crafty, I’m pretty sure Heather’s also someone who can pull off red lipstick anywhere, anytime. She just can. She’s got sass and I love how she expressed it with the short gown, veil change (traditional to birdcage…love!), netting weaved into her beautiful curls and RED heels.
Add in a great wedding party and amazing locations – Bancroft Tower in Worcester for their wedding ceremony and The Citizen Wine Bar for wedding reception – and this ends up being one of my most favorite weddings. Enjoy!
Here’s Part 1, including a little bit about Mathias & Bess, and what made their wedding so incredible…
Mathias & Bess live in Oslo, Norway. I spoke with Bess about a year ago over Skype and we quickly figured out that we were a great match. They were planning to travel to Boston to get married with their closest 125 or so friends & family. Why Boston? She’s visited the city before (her brother lives just outside the city) and loved it. Plus, nearly all of their guests would be traveling from around the globe so Boston made a fairly good meeting point – between Norway, Oregon, Toronto, Croatia, Paris and even Abu Dhabi. They have an incredible story together, which includes lots of goodness for others. They are incredibly beautiful. And incredibly kind… And they love black & white pictures.
Everyone stayed at the beautiful Taj Boston Hotel, which is where Bess & Mathias got ready for their wedding….enjoy a look into their beautiful day below. Take note of some of my favorite moments – a real-life princess getting into her gown (more on why I say this in Part II), Mathias’s B&W portrait, Mathias meeting Bess halfway down the aisle at the ceremony, the wind catching her veil INSIDE the chapel during their kiss (how does that even happen?!) their magazine-worthy exit from the church and the way the sun wrapped around them as they left the ceremony, and most of all – their overwhelming joy. Joy that was contagious and spread to everyone around them through smiles, tears and kind words.