I had the opportunity to photograph a gorgeous Winter wedding at a private residence in Boston this past weekend, and it was so lovely! Here are just a few images I have been working on. Many more to come from Amy and Drew's ceremony as well as their Four Seasons Brunch the day after! I can't stop drooling over the bride's stunning Valentino dress!!
For many of us, 2016 will not go down as a favorite year... STILL it had its moments! For me, 2016 marks my 12th year as a wedding photographer, and it was one of my favorites of my career thus far. This year I traveled to a few venues I had never worked at before, such as the brand new Longwood Event Space, The Newport Beach House, The Connors Center, The lovely Gedney Farm in the Berkshires, The Housing Works Bookstore in Soho, as well as The Artists for Humanity Epicenter. I also enjoyed revisiting different venues around New England. 2016 brought me back to The Harry Parker Boat House, Chandler Inn, and the State Room.
It has been an absolute joy and privilege to work alongside these beautiful couples along with their families and friends. Being invited in to bear witness to something as intimate as a wedding ceremony, will always be one of the most humbling aspects of my job. So thank you to all of you who put your trust in me. Thank you for inviting me into your homes, allowing me to document your anticipation, joy, emotion, and love.
Please enjoy just some of the highlights from this past year.
Meredith and Luke met on a blind date. Knowing next to nothing about each other, they met for drinks at The Beehive in Boston. Meredith describes seeing Luke for the first time as "time standing still... for a very long second, so that moment could imprint on my mind forever." After dating for just a couple of months, both knew their paths had crossed for a reason... and they weren't going to diverge.
On their first date, Luke told Meredith about his synovial sarcoma (a rare form of cancer). His treatment ended up taking a turn from how they initially thought it would go., and they faced challenges most new couples should never have to encounter. Meredith and Luke found themselves coming closer together, and those challenges only affirmed that their paths had crossed for a reason. Later that year Luke surprised Meredith with a proposal in Antigua!
The couple found their inspiration from the Art Deco era, utilizing repetitive geometric patterns, bold colors, and a mix of different metals. The Artists for Humanity was the perfect location to showcase such themes.
When asked what her favorite moment of her wedding day was, Meredith said this: "There were so so many. Toward the end of the night though, our band, Do I Do, started playing "Don't Stop Believing." Everyone was having a blast dancing and then our friends and family just sort of naturally parted into a circle and sang along while Luke and I got in the center and danced all over the place. The energy was awesome! I think generally though it was all of the little moments of laughter and love that Luke and I shared with each other and with all of our friends and family. It was just an amazing day all around."
Meredith and Luke, it was a true honor to bear witness to such a beautiful celebration of love. Thank you for entrusting me with such an important day! And thank you Tricia for doing such an awesome job second shooting with me!
Wedding Planner: Jennifer Cox from ESQ Events
Band (ceremony and reception): Do I Do, contact Rocco DeRosa
Videographer: Together Forever Films, David Hill
Paper: Invitations, menus and table numbers from Minted.com; seating arrangements and signage designed by me and printed at Pro Print Boston.
Rentals: Reserve Modern Rental for tables, chairs, bar and dinnerware; Kadeema for the seating vingette upstairs, votives and candlesticks; Navy and blush linens were purchased from CV Linens; Sequins linens were purchased from Magpie Linens through Etsy
Photo booth: Studio Nouveau
Lighting: Design Light
Venue: Artists for Humanity
I have been having so much fun catching up on blogging this month! Here is a quick look back to Alissa and Lee's beautiful Boston Summer wedding!
Alissa and Lee met at college over 8 years ago. Upon graduation, they continued their journey together over the next six years, including two new jobs, one monumental relocation, a dog, a house and finally…a proposal! Lee managed to completely surprise Alissa and had gathered both families together for a weekend of fun and celebration.
Hoping to create a celebration that felt intimate and unique, they chose the Royal Sonesta Boston for both its serene waterfront location and impressive city skyline views. Playing off of the hotel’s natural beauty, they combined a classic black and white color pallet with blush tones and mercury glass accents for the perfect blend of timeless romance and modern elegance. From the generations of family wedding photos on display, to the monogrammed cocktail napkins, to the custom favors at each place setting, and even the DIY backdrop they designed for their sweetheart table to double as a selfie station after dinner – it all told a piece of their story. Alissa said one of the highlights of the night was their wedding cake, specially crafted by her father and his brothers who run a third-generation family bakery that has been in business since 1913. It was beyond beautiful, and absolutely delicious!
Congratulations, Alissa and Lee! Thank you so much for entrusting me with such a lovely celebration!
Back in their college days, these two were set up on a blind date. Maria's friend explained only that the Steve was tall and handsome and that she would like him. What a friend!! Maria and Steve met for the first time on the top of the hill by their sophomore year dormitory and the rest was history. This blossomed into a seven year relationship where they both had the amazing experience of growing up together, exploring different countries, and ending up both living together in New York City.
Stephen knew it would be difficult to surprise Maria with a proposal, so he creatively centered it around HIS birthday weekend! After celebrating his birthday with family, Steve lured Maria through The Boston Public Gardens, and over to the "Good Will Hunting" bench (The first movie they had ever seen together) where he then got down on one knee and proposed. As if that weren't fabulous enough, Steve then walked Maria over to The Four Seasons to celebrate with their families, immediately followed by going to a local bar for an engagement party with all of their closest friends. Well played, Steve. Well. Played.
The wedding was a beautiful black tie wedding at the State Room, inspired by Maria's desire to have it be a classic black tie affair with a warm and romantic feel. She wanted classic elegance with little bits of old Hollywood glam mixed with secret garden floral notes. They ensured their guests had everything they needed to enjoy their night; from ballet flats for the women, a band they could dance all night to, and custom drinks which told the story of where the bride and groom's roots began in New Jersey and Boston.
When asked what her favorite memory from the wedding was, Maria had this to say: "That is a really tough question because the entire day was my favorite; from getting ready with my mom and best girl friends, to walking down the aisle with my dad, then marrying my best friend and love of my life and finally, partying the night away with all of our closest family and friends- it really does not get any better! I wish I could relive it all over again :)"
Congrats, Maria and Steve! Thank you for entrusting me with your beautiful wedding day.