What else would you rather do on this rather chilly Friday evening than pour yourself a glass of wine or make a pot of hot tea and settle in for a while with the wonder of Kayla & Charley's wedding pictures at Our Lady Help of Christians Parish in Newton, MA and The Exchange Conference Center in Boston, MA?
Let's start right at the beginning with the beautiful wedding stationery by Goosefish Press:
Adorable custom ring box:
Kayla's El Vina Valenta dress had just a hint of blush pink and was just stunning:
Everything was happening in Kayla's suite at the Seaport hotel, hair (by the always fabulous Lindsay Griffin) and make up (by the always amazing Dani Wagener) and flower deliveries and gifts for bridesmaids and throughout the whole morning, Kayla couldn't have been more excited!
There's always time for a glass of restorative champagne with your closet girlfriends:
Kayla was helped into her gown by her MOH Brittany and her mother, Mary.
Kayla's father Chris came in to see his daughter as a bride for the first time:
Meanwhile, Audrey was hanging out with Charley and the guys:
We made our way to Newton for the wedding ceremony at Our Lady Help of Christians Parish. I'd like to tell you photographing the "date" on the church pews was my idea but it was Audrey's. I should also say a big thank you to Earl who came along for extra coverage from the balcony at both the church and the reception!
Charley's smile got bigger and wider as Kayla walked down the aisle on Chris's arm:
I love this picture of Kayla & Charley's parents as they exited the church, all so incredibly happy!
The newlyweds were in their own little bubble on the party bus:
Cutest ringbearer and flower girls:
Relaxed yet totally mantel-worthy family pictures:
We were joined by the fun-loving wedding party:
I love, love, love the soft muted colors of the bridesmaid dresses also picked up in the ribboned bouquets by Les Fleurs (best florist ever!):
You'd like a closer look at those flowers? Of course! Bridesmaid dresses by Jenny Yoo.
The groomsmen were looking pretty dapper too:
I had some time with Kayla and Charley before we made our way back to The Exchange. They couldn't have been happier! Kayla kept saying "I can't believe this is here! It's my wedding day". Most awesome and excitable bride ever (Kayla, did I tell you I'm going to miss you!?!?)
As cocktail hour got underway, guests were treated to champagne and hors d'oeuvres (by the inimitable East Meets West catering company) with the spectacular view of the Boston Harbor. Helpful tip - if you have an outdoor location for cocktail hour, consider timing cocktail hour so your guests enjoy the sunset and it's then dark and romantic for your first dance!
The Echange Center looks amazing with the linens and chairs from Rentals Unlimited, the fragrant mix of tall and low centerpieces by Les Fleurs and twinkle lights by Boston Event Lighting. Ken Mayers is the event planner at The Exchange and along with his team, he was fabulous to work with. And a big shout out to the always amazing Lian of Mikado wedding planning who made everything happen flawlessly - scissors to cut off tags? confirmation of transportation? chilled water for the bride? facecloth to dry the bottom of the bouquet? Yup - whatever you think of, Lian has it covered!
The new Mr & Mrs Teng were announced and wowed everyone with their fabulous first dance:
Excellent toasts! Tears and laughter abounded, especially when Charley's brother Jason, explained how - on paper - he actually had much more in common with Kayla than his brother. Kayla danced with her father Chris, and Charley danced with his mother Carolyn:
And then the dancefloor was declared well and truly open, the band Soho were spectacular as always, highly recommend!
As if the night could get any better, the Cookie Monstah food truck arrived so guests could enjoy an ice cream sandwich after all the dancing.
Kayla and Charley, what can I say? It's been an absolute honor and a pleasure getting to know you both and photographing your wedding day. I kind of want to write that in all caps so you know how much I mean that! Both of your families were SO welcoming and SO SO SO happy for you both, and the two of you are just meant for each other. Thank you for choosing me as your wedding photographer!!!!
And for regular blog readers I'll be back next week with Alexa & Chris's wedding at Moraine Farms, followed by Erin & Dave's wedding at Ocean Cliff and then just after Thanksgiving we''ll finish off the 2016 wedding season with Megan & Ryan's Boston Harbor Hotel wedding!