Boston City Hall Wedding Photographer :: Sarah + Tim

Friday, January 8, 2016

On a crisp December afternoon I met up with Sarah and Tim in advance of their Boston City Hall wedding ceremony. Sarah and Tim recently moved to Boston and decided to get married at City Hall followed by a celebratory dinner with their immediate families. Paul and I did something similar with a small wedding ceremony in Las Vegas and I love photographing smaller elopements. 

A portrait of the happy groom and beautiful bride! 

If you're thinking about having your own wedding at Boston City Hall, you might find this article interesting - How to get married at Boston City Hall as well as this one Planning a wedding at Boston City Hall. Friday afternoon is probably the most popular time of the week to get married and sometimes ceremonies will happen in both the offices of the City Clerk and the Assistant City Clerk.

Sarah & Tim exchanged vows and rings in a short but very sweet ceremony.

We made our way to the Boston Public Garden to take pictures with Sarah & Tim's families who had flown in for the weekend. 

The very best time for pictures is always the last hour of the day before the sun goes down and so Sarah & Tim timed their wedding ceremony perfectly. 

It's OK to have a little kiss once you're married ;) 

The twinkle lights were out in force in the gardens and made for a magical backdrop: 

I'm fairly serious about starting some kind of petition to keep the twinkle lights on the trees of Commonwealth Ave all year round! Hugest thanks to Sarah's sister Amy for doubling up as light-holder extraordinaire! 

With a little time before dinner, the Oak bar at the Fairmont Copley Plaza was the perfect spot for a toast to the newlyweds: 

Sarah & Tim - congratulations! Thank you for trusting me as your Boston City Hall Wedding Photographer, it was a pleasure to photograph your ceremony and families!

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Chicago Engagement Pictures :: Megan + Ryan

Monday, December 28, 2015

Earlier this month I hopped on a plane and headed over to Chicago to photograph Megan & Ryan in their current hometown. This was my third or fourth visit to Chicago and it's definitely up there in my top 5 US cities.

Megan and Ryan both attended Notre Dame where they had lots of friends in common and spent a fair amount of time together. They also enjoyed more of each other's company when they studied together in London.

After graduating from school, Megan returned home to Boston and Ryan headed to his parent's house on the Cape.

Over the course of that summer they spent more and more time together. And with more and more time, the friendship turned into a relationship but the big question was what would happen after the summer as Ryan was headed to Chicago?

As luck would have it, Megan had a job offer from a hospital in Chicago! 

One day, Ryan asked Megan to take a walk on the beach with him. Megan had an inkling that a proposal was imminent but she couldn't see any kind of ring box in Ryan's pockets so figured it was just a walk. Until Ryan got down on one knee! 

This was one of my favorite pictures from the afternoon. Much as I love Boston, Chicago was so much fun as our backdrop, we had a park, a beach, a cityscape and downtown all within a short walk! 

We stopped for a restorative beverage. Fun fact, Megan's parents used to occasionally visit this bar when they lived in Chicago!

Megan & Ryan - thank you for showing me a little slice of Chicago! I can't wait to be your Boston Harbor Hotel Wedding Photographer next year! 

Boston Engagement Pictures :: Angela + Brendan

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Good morning! Did you know 17% of engagements happen on the same 10 days each year with Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Years Eve being 3 of those days? If you're newly engaged (or you know someone who is!) then don't hesitate to get in touch, there are just 5 open dates for 2016!!!

And now, Angela and Brendan who didn't get engaged on New Years Eve but did meet for the first time on this big date!

Brendan was meeting a buddy for a drink and Angela just happened to be helping out behind the bar at her family's business. Brendan's friend was all "No flirting with Angela!, as he was attempting a little matchmaking with another friend in mind. So Brendan was friendly but says he didn't bring his A-game. 

Angela remembers Brendan saying "Do you think I could get a little service with a smile?" which I'm sure is just what you want to hear when you're working on NYE and everyone else is partying!

Regardless, a large group date was swiftly arranged. Brendan admits that it was very "my friend likes your friend". And on the date Angela and Brendan talked and talked and talked. 

An official first date swiftly followed and boom - that was it!  

I had a most enjoyable afternoon wandering around Boston with Angela and Brendan looking for twinkle lights and stopping for the occasional cocktail. 

Angela + Brendan - I can't wait for your 2016 Fairmont Copley Plaza wedding! 

Harvard Club of Boston Wedding Photographer :: Ashley + Peter

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Hello! Are you here because you'd like to look at some beautiful and elegant wedding pictures at the Harvard Club of Boston? Yes? Well, it's your lucky day. I just happen to have a wonderful Harvard Club wedding for you right now!

I started my day with Ashley and the girls at the Harvard Club where they were in the always excellent hands of Jennifer Tawa for hair and Tavi de la Rosa for make up. Ashley's sparkly Kate Spade shoes were the perfect setting for the wedding rings.

After being helped into her wedding dress by mom Susan and sister/MOH Sarah, Ashley's father Ed came in to see Ashley as a bride for the first time. He couldn't have looked happier or prouder! 

Meanwhile next door at the Eliot Hotel, Audrey was photographing Peter and the guys as they helped each other out with the tying of the bowties: 

Looking sharp gentlemen! 

With sunset at 4:35pm and a 5:30pm wedding ceremony, Ashley and Peter wisely decided to see each other before the ceremony and take all of their wedding pictures in the daylight (shout out to Ashley's father Ed for organizing the photo permit for the public gardens - remember your permit if you're planning on taking pictures in the gardens!)

As Ashley made her way towards Peter she just about managed to hold in the tears, Peter couldn't hide his huge smile:

Happy almost-newlyweds!

We were joined by the wedding party and families to take all of the pictures just before the sun dropped below the horizon. This also meant that Ashley & Peter would be able to thoroughly enjoy cocktail hour with their closest friends and family after the wedding! Who wants to miss the champagne and hors d'oeuvres to stand in a line taking pictures?

Both families couldn't have been more welcoming, supportive or happier for Ashley & Peter.

We had just a few more minutes before it was time to head over to the ceremony so we made use of the last of the daylight (and the last of the fall foliage!):

The wedding ceremony was held at the historic Old South Meeting House in Boston. With zero parking in the area, Ashley & Peter had thoughtfully arranged for transportation to and from the venue. Ashley walked up the aisle with proud father Ed: 

If your ceremony or reception venue incorporates a balcony you might want to talk to me about adding a third photographer to your coverage. Hugest thanks to the talented Lindsay for all of the images from the balcony both in Old South Meeting House and at the Harvard Club. How much do you love Ashley's L'Elite gown and cathedral length veil?

The ceremony was wonderfully conducted by Rabbi Susan Harris and Father Walter Cuenin to incorporate Ashley and Peter's faiths: 


Once back at the Harvard Club, guests made their way up the grand double staircase in the Harvard Club to enjoy cocktail hour. A big hello and thanks to Jennifer Sepulveda and the Harvard Club team, always wonderful to work with! 

The Harvard Club of Boston is such a historic wedding venue, the wood lined panels and chandeliers make it the perfect setting for an elegant Boston wedding. I always feel it has the tiniest little air of Hogwarts about it! Stunning centerpieces were by Les Fleurs in Andover, MA and the uplighting on the walls and pinlighting on the centerpieces was by SociaLight. It would also be remiss of me not to mention Michele Mottola and her fabulous team for all of their organization and involvement at the wedding! 

The newlyweds entered the room and went into their first dance complete with a romantic dip for the finale (this image from outside the ballroom is Audrey's, all reception images from the balcony are Lindsay's).

As guests took their seats, there were wonderfully funny and emotional toasts by Ashley's parents Ed & Susan, MOH/sister Sarah and best man Pat:

Ashley danced with her father Ed:

And then Peter danced with his mother Pam:

Next up was cake cutting! It was such a delight to photograph Ashley and Peter throughout the whole day - they didn't stop smiling and laughing! It's always such a joy to see couples who truly relax and enjoy their own wedding! 

We stepped outside for a minute for the cool night air and a few nighttime portraits: 

Before heading back in for the hora! Nightshift Entertainment are one of the very, very, very best wedding bands in Boston. They book up years in advance and you have to hear their rendition of Hava Nagila to believe it!

Ashley and Peter made it down in one piece, the chairs were removed and the dancefloor was declared well and truly open! 

Ashley & Peter - hoping you like this handful of favorite pictures! You've been an absolute joy to work with and I can't wait for you to see the rest of the pictures in your gallery! Thank you for choosing me as your Harvard Club Boston Wedding Photographer! Wishing you a long life of love, laughter, health and happiness together!