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Elegant and Relaxed Backyard Wedding at a Private Residence in Boston, MA :: Emily + Evan

Hello to you all on this rainy and somewhat miserable day, I'm about to board a ferry to photograph an event so wish me luck! In the meantime, here's a beautiful wedding on the most perfect sunshine-y day.

Emily and Evan live in NYC and with the impending expansion of their family, they decided to celebrate their wedding at Emily's family home. Emily's parents, Susan and Chip enlisted the help of Kristyn of K.Kerkorian Weddings and Events and everything magically came together. I first worked with Kristyn a billion years ago when she managed all of the weddings and events at The Colonnade Hotel, when I found out she was starting her own planning company I was overjoyed. Kristyn is so experienced, well-connected, calm and an absolute joy to work with! 

I started my day with Emily and her friends and family and Audrey was just down the street with Evan and the guys. Hair (Le Jour by SJP) and Make up (The Doll Face Duo) was underway as the final touches were being made to the Sperry tent in the backyard. 

Emily and Evan chose to eschew many of the typical wedding formalities, preferring to keep everything super relaxed. As Emily slipped into her dress and added a little lip balm, her dad Chip happened to walk by and I just love his expression here. 

Emily and Evan wanted to enjoy cocktail hour with their friends and family (seriously, wait until you see the food, they would have been crazy to miss out on it!) so they chose to do all of the family pictures before the ceremony (Smart move! Hair and makeup is fresh and you don't have to spend your first hour of married life standing in a row for photographs). They didn't want to do a formal first look and there was no official wedding party so Emily just came out of the house when she was ready. Audrey and I couldn't help ourselves though, we kept the cameras up just in case and I love Evan's reaction as Emily walked outside. The bonus is Emily's brother Michael in the background. 

We took some relaxed family pictures and portraits of the almost-newlyweds: 

Emily and Evan slipped inside to sign the kettubah: 

Guests arrived to the idyllic backyard with rosé flowing, a harpist playing and enjoyed the sunshine before the ceremony started. I'm thinking of setting up a petition on Change.org, shouldn't every wedding start with a chilled glass of rosé?

And then it was time for the wedding! Evan walked in with his proud parents Sharon and Kenny. His niece, Indy, played flowergirl and she took her role very seriously. Emily walked out of the house alone and then met Chip who escorted her down the aisle. Emily and Evan were married by family members (his Uncle Howie, her Aunt Diane), alongside their parents, under the chuppah held up by even more family members, it was absolutely beautiful to document: 

Guests made their way into the courtyard where there were all sorts of fabulous little sofas and chairs hidden amongst the trees. Now would be a good time to mention that Emily's brother Michael is the genius behind Fat Baby in South Boston (if you haven't been, what's wrong with you? It's my regular brunch spot on a post-wedding Sunday, I bring along the papers and dive into a bowl of breakfast rice with pork belly and a fried egg or a couple of sushi rolls) and is part of the restaurant group behind South Boston favorites like Loco Taqueria & Oyster Bar, Capo and Lincoln. Let's just say that no-one was left hungry at this wedding and there wasn't a stuffed chicken breast in sight! 

The overall design aesthetic was beautiful, do you think I can get one of these bars for my home? Kristyn worked with Peak Event Services (love those guys) and Cody Floral Design for all the lovely! 

Seriously, who doesn't love a mini slider with a fried quail egg? As Audrey and I drove home, we were like "Yup, that was one of the best weddings to attend as a guest!"

Emily and Evan stuck to their laid-back vibe and skipped introductions, they opened the dancefloor to an acoustic version of Don't Take The Money by Lourde and Evan even attempted a dip. 

As if all of the amazing food wasn't enough at cocktail hour, guests were treated to the most amazing dinner, carne asada tacos with fresh guacamole, grilled street corn, spicy chicken wings, truffle ricotta ravioli, panzanella salad, risottos, mushroom dumplings, crunchy tuna rolls with spicy aioli, dynamite salmon rolls with avocado and jalapeno, spring rolls and more. My stomach is growling as I type this. I sense a trip to Fat Baby in my future...

Toasts were given throughout the evening. Susan and Chip welcomed everyone to their home and Evan and his family to theirs. Evan's best friend Jeff brought the house down as he shared his tales of Evan's love of efficiency and ability to track down the best Jewish deli wherever he is in the world. Emily's aunts shared their stories of Emily always knowing her mind and how she's more like a sister to them now. Emily's dad Chip had laughing and then swiping at their eyes as he shared his delight of finding out about Baby A and Baby B. 

Late in the night, everyone danced the hora and I have never seen anyone quite as serious and stern as Evan when he told the guys about to lift Emily up to be incredibly careful with her and the twins! 

Dancing continued late into the night along with a never-ending supply of desserts. 

I snuck Emily and Evan outside for 2 minutes to take advantage of the twilight-y blue sky. There was never any doubt that these two were having an absolute blast celebrating with their friends and family who had traveled near and far to be with them. 

And that's it for today! Next up on the blog will be a beautiful wedding at the Ritz Carlton AND The State Room, and then a stunning Park Plaza wedding for your viewing pleasure!

I'll leave you with this last image. Emily & Evan (and your wonderful families!) thank you so much for trusting me as your wedding photographer, I hope you enjoy this handful of favorite images, wishing you a lifetime of love, laughter, health and happiness together! 

Wychmere Wedding Photographs, Cape Cod, MA :: Claire + Kevin

Good morning! If anyone has a direct line to Santa, I'd love an extra 6 hours in the day for the next few weeks, I promise I've been nice. To start the week off right, I have Claire & Kevin's beautiful Cape Cod wedding at Wychmere for you today!

I started my day with Claire and her bridemsmaids at her parent's home:

Claire was opening an essay letter from Kevin and all of the emotions were present, I think they were somewhat contagious as Kevin's mom Annemarie caught them. 

Letters and gifts for everyone! Claire and Kevin are both incredibly close to their families and this was so lovely to document. Hand holding and a card and hug for her mom Ann Marie and then a gift for Kevin's mom, not to mention purses and earrings for the bridesmaids. 

And special letters for Claire's sisters and Maid of Honors.

With all the tears wiped away, it was time for hair and make up:

Claire was helped into her dress by her Mom and sisters. I'm not quite sure how it happened, but I seem to only photograph the weddings of couples with amazing style! My 2017 brides have really excelled in their dress choices. Claire's dress was so delicate with the most beautiful lace detail by Monique L'huillier from L'Elite in Boston, MA. 

Claire's proud parents waiting to see her as a bride for the first time: 

Not only was Audrey with me for the day, but we were also joined by my super talented photographer friend Kate, their pictures are scattered throughout this blog post. Kevin had his own gifts to open from Claire as did all of the groomsmen with super cute socks. 

Claire and Kevin wanted to enjoy as much of their day with friends and family so they choose to do a first look and all of the family/wedding party pictures ahead of the ceremony. Because who wants to miss cocktail hour to take pictures? No thank you! Champagne and hors-d'oeuvres here we come! Best reactions ever, also loving Kevin's prepareness with a handkerchief for the inevitable tears .

We were joined by the wedding party. Bridesmaid dresses by Bella Bridesmaid, Boston, MA with the clever idea of Julia and Meghan (Claire's sisters and MOHs) in a slightly different shade of blue. Flowers were by Fancy Flowers by Meredith in Orleans, MA. 

Maisy, the flower dog extraordinaire, was ready for her close up:

Claire and Kevin lucked out on the weather with a bright sunny day. We were joined by both families for relaxed yet mantel-worthy family pictures: 

And with that, it was time to head to Wychmere for a wedding ceremony! 

Claire and Kevin had a beautiful outdoor Cape Cod wedding on the Hydrangea Lawn at Wychmere. Lindsay and the whole team at Wychmere are always a dream to work with:

We skipped over to the beach for 5 minutes of "just married" pictures before joining in all of fun of cocktail hour. Who doesn't love a glass of champagne on the back of a golf cart? 

The main ballroom of Wychmere was beautifully decorated with lanterns and soft muted flowers and these adorable table numbers featuring childhood pictures of Claire and Kevin at the appropriate ages: 

The new Mr & Mrs Gramza made their way into the ballroom and went straight into their first dance:  We did it! Ta Da!

Toasts and blessings had everyone running the whole gamut of emotions from laughter to tears. Here's where I'll get slightly photographer geeky - when you're planning a wedding, where you sit at the reception will have a HUGE impact on how your pictures look. The reactions of the couple during the toasts are one of the very best parts of the day and sitting super close together and having guests seated behind you (ideally some ambient light too) will make for beautiful pictures like these. Lots of venues will suggest you sit in a corner or perhaps with a blown out window behind you which doesn't always look as good, check out this blog post on seating ideas if you'd like to know more!

Claire danced with her father and then Kevin danced with his mother. 

The band "Splash" by Wilson Stevens Productions were insanely good with crazy high-energy and there was barely room to move on the dancefloor. 

I had the pleasure of working alongside Matt & Heather of LMV Productions. I've been fortunate to work with some of New England's best filmmakers (and sadly, unlucky enough to work with some of the worst!) and LMV fit fimrly into the first category. I always suggest that couples try to book photographers and filmmakers who've worked with each other in the past as it makes for a much smoother day with better teamwork and ultimately better pictures and film! Matt kindly let me share this little trailer:

Claire and Kevin, thank you, thank you, thank you! It's been so much fun getting to know you both (who'd have thought the meddling of the littles would have resulted in this amazing relationship!), thank you for trusting me to document your wedding day! Wishing you a long life of love, laughter, health and happiness together!