Cape Cod is a very important place for both Conner and Caitlin and they wanted to show their guests how special it is! Conner and Caitlin, along with her parents, planned events that would showcase all that the Cape has to offer. On their website they compiled a list of some of their favorite places and things to do on Cape when we are there during the summer.
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We drove over to Wellesley to the Gardens at Elm Bank. The rain had stopped by the time we got there so they decided to have the ceremony outside. It was blue skies all the way up until everyone walked down the aisle. As they began their vows, an ominous cloud suddenly came over and began pouring on the guests! We ran to give umbrellas to everyone as they continued their vows. As soon as the rain had come, it suddenly disappeared and out came the sunlight just before the first kiss! It truly was a magical moment that no one will forget.
It’s hard to put into words the perfection of this day. Everything took place at an amazing house called the Sandcastle on a private beach in Gloucester. The Sandcastle has water surrounding three sides with a huge porch encircling it. All week long Saturday was supposed to be awful weather with fierce thunderstorms rolling through threatening to ruin the beach wedding. When we arrived, it was bright and sunny and everyone was so relaxed.
Leah and Rich got married on a beautiful summery Saturday in June at the Royal Sonesta Boston. They began getting ready in separate rooms - both were having a great time with their bridal parties and were nothing but excited to begin the day. Once we were ready for the first look, we went down the elevators and in the time it took to get to the lobby, the sky had opened up to a surprise shower! We waited a few minutes then went outside. We spent the time taking photos looking out to the beautiful view before coming back inside for the ceremony.
What a whirlwind of a Saturday as we enjoyed the sunny and windy day at the Royal Sonesta Boston. Courtney (or Court as her friends call her) is one of the most relaxed and happy brides we have ever had the pleasure of photographing. She wasn’t big about formalities - she just wanted to have fun! No formal bridal party, just getting ready with her mom and her friends who were allowed to dress however they wanted. Alek was getting ready a few rooms down with his brother. They had a glass of champagne and quietly reflected on the day ahead. Alek didn’t look nervous at all. In fact, he talked about how he was had no nerves and was so excited to get the chance to marry his best friend.
Jen and Grant had their first look on the deck of the Beauport, where they wiped away each other’s happy tears in an emotional moment. We then were whisked away to Hammond Castle to take photos. The Castle itself looks to be straight from Scotland, which coincidentally matched perfectly with Jen’s roots - her father was in his family’s tartan kilt and her mom matched with a beautiful broach. Even more unusual is the tropical courtyard within the walls where it feels like you’ve been transported to Bermuda. We had such a wonderful time exploring the castle and then took the ride back to the Beauport.
It’s been a brutal spring this year with consistent rain but the cold was nowhere to be seen for Colleen and Shawn’s beautiful Shining Tides wedding. This California couple brought the sun with them to grace New England with warm rays. Colleen began getting ready at Karma Salon with her girls. After that, they headed over to Shining Tides where she put on her dress and they had a sip of bubbly. Shawn was getting ready nearby at the Inn on Shipyard Park. The guys all had matching cuff links with their initials, such a thoughtful gift.
On May the 4th, Amanda and Michael got married at the Renaissance Boston Patriot’s Place Hotel and had their portraits taken at the nearby cranberry bog. Amanda is a self described "hyper planner". Having worked in the hospitality industry coordinating other people's events for a few years early in her career, she already had a taste for the planning world, so she was excited to turn the tables to work with her future husband and plan an event of her own, including all the extra details for flavor. The date of May 4th wasn't an accident. They love sci-fi in general, so getting married on a Star Wars day (May the "Fourth" be with you) was perfect. This lent well to a "northern lights" theme with sci-fi accents. From the beautiful cake to the Millennium Falcon guest book, everything was perfectly on theme.
You can trust Boston to be cold on January but Debbie and Scott made the whole day brighter with their fantastic wedding that took place on the top floor of the Hyatt overlooking Boston. The day began in their respective suites prepping for the day with their friends and family. The color palette was white, gold and emerald green. It was a color I haven’t often seen and it worked perfectly for an elegant winter wedding.
Olivia and Hash live in Miami so coming up from Florida to New England in November was definitely a change of pace! New England fall colors were in full effect, which is exactly what they wanted for their big day. They began with an intimate ceremony on the beach under an arbor and surrounded by only their closest family members. With a cheer and a flurry of flower petals, they were off back to Tupper Manor so Olivia could change into her second dress.
Winter weddings are often difficult for photographer due to low light, freezing temperatures and clients who would rather be inside. For Maura and Matt, the stars aligned to make it the perfect wedding day. They are both runners, along with most of their bridal party, so the cold temps didn’t deter us from being able to catch some gorgeous shots outside. Maura got ready at her parent’s house, along with her bridal party. Everyone was all smiles as they prepared for the big day. Matt and the groomsmen got ready in a nearby hotel and they all met at the church. Matt’s smile lit up as he saw Maura walking down the aisle to meet him. After their sweet ceremony, we headed over to the Ashley Reservoir, where Maura used to run. The big pine trees and frozen lake made the perfect backdrop for their photos. Maura even got matching gloves for her and her bridesmaids!
Jessica began getting ready in her family’s home in Stoneham. She is the only girl with 5 brothers who love to tease her yet are very protective of their sister. Everyone was having a great time in the house as they were making the final preparations. Jessica met Sal as she was walking down the aisle of her family’s church. It’s always great to see when two people are married by someone who knows them. In this case the Priest knew Jessica’s whole family!
Caitlin and Leo got engaged in Copenhagen by the Little Mermaid statue while on a trip with Leo’s family. Copenhagen is a special place for them because Caitlin spent 2 months there during their Junior year at WPI. Leo flew out to meet her at the end of the school year and spent 2 weeks traveling together around Europe. It was their first trip together, which was an amazing experience and made them grow closer.
Chris and Cristina met at work in New York City. Their proposal story began at the top of a hike in Manchester, Vermont. Cristina was taking pictures of the view on her camera and Chris got down on one knee behind her and simply said, “Cristina” she turned around, “will you marry me?” It was simple, beautiful and perfect.
They say rain is good luck on your wedding day but we are not one for superstition. However, we will say it is good luck when the rain stops just in time for photos outside and then gives way to a gorgeous sunset! Mary Kate and Billy tied the knot during a sweet ceremony at the College of Holy Cross, a very special place to them. They wanted to take advantage of the beautiful buildings on the campus, especially the Fenwick Building covered in colorful ivy.
Jamey and Terra’s State Room Wedding was nothing short of perfect. The weather played in our favor for the whole afternoon where we were able to capture some special moments of Terra and Jamey in Post Office Square and Quincy Market. They said their vows to each other right as the sun had set and dusk fell over the city. Terra and Jamey are two of the most honest and caring people we’ve ever had the pleasure of photographing. We know they will be happily together forever!
Sharon and Jeff met at work 12 years ago when they developed a strong relationship over time. They realized that they had each found their soulmate but for many years said they would never marry. After 8 years into the relationship, they finally got engaged on New Years Eve while on vacation in the British Virgin Islands. Planning a wedding is always a big undertaking and Sharon and Jeff made sure it would be an unforgettable day.
Election Day, 2012 marked the first pre-session for a graduate study abroad intensive in Spain and Morocco. Alyssa and Eric had never met, graduating 4 years apart in undergrad. After some small talk and political banter, they made a friendly wager on the results of the election. Alyssa, the closeted Democrat, lost the bet and owed Eric a vodka y limon once in Spain.
Alyssa and Brendan met on a camping trip to Saco, Maine the summer after freshmen year of college. Alyssa's college roommate invited her to come for the weekend with her high school friends and introduced her to Brendan. Alyssa played really hard to get but ended up falling for Brendan’s sweet charm.
Their wedding day began at the State Room, where they had a traditional tea ceremony honoring their parents and family members. Immediately afterwards, they began their ceremony with Francesca’s brother, Christopher officiating. They wrote vows to each other, which were very sweet and meaningful. After the cocktail hour, we drove around Boston taking photos at the Public Gardens, Beacon Hill, the Charles River and MIT. The reception took place at Empire Garden with an exciting Lion dance to kick off the night. Such a fun and wonderful couple, Tommy joked that he was a “groomzilla” but they sure did put together a beautiful and fun wedding day!