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.
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!