New England Aquarium Wedding + St Ignatius Boston :: Kristin + Dan

It's not quite their two week anniversary yet and I think they might still be on their honeymoon but I can't wait any longer to share Kristin and Dan's awesome wedding!

The wedding ceremony took place at St Ignatius of Loyola at Boston College and the wedding reception was at the New England Aquarium in Boston. But I'm getting ahead of myself, the day started with getting ready and detail pictures at the Marriott Custom House (better known as the clocktower)

I started by photographing jewelry details followed by Kristin's awesome hot pink flat sandals. We had a lot of ground to cover (more on that later) so the flats were an excellent decision!

I took a copy of Kristin & Dan's wedding invitation and blew it up to 2x60ft for this picture. Kidding. There was a cute little model of the Custom House in the lobby so I thought I'd use it to hold up the invitation.
I'd photographed at the Custom House previously so I knew there was an amazing view from the top and you can even see the New England Aquarium (where the wedding reception would take place later) so I asked Audrey to head up there to take some aerial photographs. Sadly for Audrey not only was it a gazillion degrees hot but the elevators was broken but she is a trooper and treked up to get this. Thank you Audrey!
Boston Aquarium

It was a good job there was a to-do notepad in the room. Imagine if Kristin had forgotten... ;)
Notepad with to-do list get married
The awesomely talented Lindsay joined us for the day for groom's coverage:

Back with the girls it was time for Kristin's mom and sister to help her into her wedding dress:

Love this one! Is it me or does Kristin look like a young Kate Walsh here?

Kristin and Dan had HOURS of time in between their ceremony and reception so they decided against a first look but they wanted to give each other cards. We carefully brought them together to the mezzanine of the custom house but made sure they didn't accidentally see each other:

I then had some time to take some pictures of Kristin:
Bride with long eyelashes
Bride dancing and moving to show off her wedding dress

While Lindsay headed to church with Dan:
Groom sitting in limo with drink

Kristin arrived shortly afterwards:
Bride looking out of limousine window

Kristin and Dan met at Boston College so it seemed only right that they would be married at St Ignatius of Loyola on the BC grounds, it's a beautiful church for a wedding ceremony:
St Ignatius of Loyola at Boston College

One of the groomsmen got this message in his beer cap - luckily Kristin had no plans to leave Dan at the altar! Thanks to Lindsay for these:

I don't want to hijack Kristin & Dan's blog post with the pros and cons of having an unplugged wedding ceremony so I'll just say-  I don't mind one way or the other if you have an unplugged ceremony or your well-meaning guests are hanging out of the aisle and up on the altar with their iPads and iPhones - I'll simply document what happens.

However if you'd like to see the faces of your friends and family (vs. a sea of phones as you walk down the aisle) then an unplugged wedding ceremony might be something you want to consider. More information at "Should we have an unplugged wedding ceremony?" and here is the lovely text that Kristin and Dan included in their wedding program:
Suggested text for unplugged wedding ceremony

Dan walked down the aisle flanked by his proud parents:
Groom walking down church aisle with both parents

And Kristin's Mom made some last minute adjustments to her veil (thanks Audrey for this angle!)
Bride about to enter church with parents

Dan had every emotion happening as Kristin walked down the aisle with her parents:

Bride walking down aisle with her parents at St Ignatius Boston

Stunning church:
St Ignatius Boston College Wedding Ceremony

At each wedding I say helpful stuff like "Come on Audrey - try to take an epic award winning picture today!" and by jove, I think she did it. I LOVE this and I'm kind of jealous I didn't take it:
Couple seated at wedding ceremony

St Ignatius of Loyola Boston College Wedding Pictures

Yay! Married!

We went for a little walk on the Boston College grounds - liking the hint of Kristin's pink sandals here:

Kristin and Dan has such a fun and cool wedding party. I don't remember the last time I'd heard as much NSync and Backstreet Boys music but it made for a most excellent soundtrack as we spent over 3 hours taking pictures all over Boston:

On a scale of 1-10 how happy do you think Kristin & Dan are to be married right now? I'd guess an 11
Bride sitting with groom on a bench and laughing at Boston College

When Kristin & Dan told me that there would be almost 5 hours between their wedding ceremony and reception I explained that I would be more than happy to take pictures for as long as they wanted but that it might be really great to take a break with their wedding party. They arranged to stop at Eastern Standard for champagne and oysters. If you have hours in between your ceremony and reception, don't think it has to be one long photoshoot! Take some time out with your closest friends (of course I'll be there to photograph it!)
With happy bellies full of oysters and shrimp and champagne, out next stop on the tour of Boston was the Public Gardens (remember to file for your permits at least 2 weeks before your wedding if we're taking wedding pictures!!!). This is where Dan proposed to Kristin:
Bride and Groom walking in the Public Gardens in Boston, MA

Sometimes I think about planting willow trees in our yard so I could do portrait sessions at home :)
Bride and Groom with willow trees in Boston Public Gardens

Back on the trolley:
Bride and groom holding hands in wedding trolley

We then took another short break to hydrate/set up for the reception (we may have gotten Ben & Jerry's ice cream but who's to say) before I met up with Kristin and Dan for a few more pictures at Christopher Columbus Park. We'd arranged to meet in the lobby of the Aquarium and this was how I found Dan:

There was a guy playing the most amazing music on his guitar so we just hung out for a little while. Kristin and Dan talked about how they felt during the wedding ceremony and it was really cute to hear them.

Back at the New England Aquarium it was time for cocktail hour overlooking the ocean:
Wedding pictures at New England Aquarium Boston, MA

Kristin & Dan decided to skip the usual guest book in place of a thumbprint tree:
Guest putting thumbprint onto tree at wedding thumbprint tree

More yummy shellfish and seafood:
Raw bar at wedding

The sun was just starting to set as guests made their way to the tent:
Sun setting over the tent at New England Aquarium Wedding

And speaking of the tent, here it is beautifully lit by Boston Uplights (and it only got more stunning as the night went on). I've photographed in many tents and with the exception of Sperry Tents I can't emphasize how important it is to get professional lighting. It makes a huge difference to the feel of your event and it makes a HUGE difference in your wedding pictures. Beautiful pink and blue and amber walls with gently bobbing lanterns and stunning pinlights on the centerpieces vs. a white plastic tent. Yup - call Paul and the team at Boston Uplights or I'm not coming to your wedding. Kidding. Not really.
Tented wedding pictures at New England Aquarium with uplighting and lanterns

Loving the tiny fish on Kristin & Dan's champagne glasses:
Champagne glasses with tiny fish at New England Aquarium Wedding

How cute are these personalized cake toppers?
Personalized cake toppers

See?! Stunning pinlights add drama and elegance to your wedding reception:
pinlights on floral centerpiece at New England Aquarium wedding

The new Mr & Mrs. Roemer were introduced and went into their first dance. Kristin's Mom got a little emotional:

Toasts were next and we heard funny stories about how Kristin's sister Susan had always made her be the groom when they were playing "dress-up weddings" and touching stories about Dan's proposal and how Kristin had thoughtfully sent best man Anthony notes when he was out in Australia:

Happy and proud and emotional parent dances:

The dancefloor was well and truly opened. It was a pleasure to work with Peter from Good Times Unlimited. I've worked with the DJs from Good Times Unlimited frequently and they're awesome - super professional, they play great music and make sure the dancefloor is packed. No cheesy games or too much talking!

Kristin and Dan wanted to take some pictures in front of the giant tank in the aquarium. We waited patiently for just the right visitor in the background. Hello Big Tuna.

I took this one as Audrey and I headed back to the car. The timestamp was 11:24pm. My first image was taken at 10:17am and it was 93 degrees on July 6th! So rather an epic day but I wouldn't have wanted to be anywhere else! Kristin & Dan - thank you for choosing me as your wedding photographer. How much fun was that!?! Wishing you hugest congratulations and much luck as you now pack up your life in Boston/move/take new jobs!!!

I'll let you into a secret. Penguins are my favorite creature in the world (even more than miniature dachshunds, just don't tell Tiger Woods and Coco Chanel), I actually have an adopted penguin at the Aquarium. I think maybe this one might be mine. He was kind of chatty as we left...

Vendor Information:
Reception: New England Aquarium Wedding
Ceremony: St Ignatius of Loyola, Boston College
New England Aquarium Wedding Photographer: Leah Haydock Photography
Kristin's Dress: Macy’s
Groom and Groomsmen: Men’s Warehouse
Rings HL Gross & Bro
DJ: Peter at Good Times Unlimited
Spectacular Lighting: Boston Uplights
Cake: Party Favors
Hair & Make up Blushing Brides
Stationery (Kristin's awesome friend)
Flowers: Madison Floral
Video (love Justin! He's super unobtrusive and fab to work with): Justin Mayer Video
Trolley and Limos: Above All Transportation

Stay cool people!!! If you'd like to see more, check out these other weddings:
St Ignatius of Loyola at Boston College Wedding 
New England Aquarium Wedding
New England Aquarium Wedding as seen on Style Me Pretty

 Next up I have the most beautiful wedding at the Crane Estate...

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