Category: Wedding

Belmont Elopement | Coronavirus Wedding

Belmont Elopement | Coronavirus Wedding

Belmont Elopement | Coronavirus Wedding

These are incredibly difficult times to be living through — for many of us, life has been turned upside down in the last week.  Personally, I have had quite a few events I was scheduled to photograph cancel (totally understandably!) and I am now suddenly homeschooling my three children, who at nine, six, and three years old, require quite a bit of supervision/assistance.

In the midst of all of this, I got a text.  Two of my friends, for their own reasons, needed to get married and it couldn’t wait.  Would I please come photograph their wedding?  Since I have no symptoms, and have no known contact with anyone with the covid-19 virus, I agreed (and my husband, who is working from home these days as well, agreed to supervise Day 1 of the kids’ remote learning).

Massachusetts, as those of you who have gotten married here know, have a three day waiting period for marriage licenses.  While at the end of last week that was seeming ok, on Sunday night, the town these folks live in (as well as Belmont, where they planned to marry), entirely shut down their town offices.  Luckily, this groom got on the phone first thing Monday morning, and the town clerk was willing to sneak him his marriage license through the back door of town hall 🙂

License obtained, we met up with the Belmont town clerk and she brought us to a favorite spot of hers in Belmont Center for the ceremony.  For portraits, we wandered Belmont Center, finding some lovely out-of-the-way spots (including a really cool tunnel we all agreed was pretty awesome!).

Here are some of my favorites — a bright spot in a very dark time — I hope this cheers you up as much as it did me!

 

Belmont Elopement | Coronavirus Wedding

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Small Winter Wedding | Boston, MA

Small Winter Wedding | Boston, MA

It’s a special couple that can manage not one, not two, but three wedding celebrations.  Wedding #1 was at Boston City Hall, and was a moment just for the two of them, wedding #2 and wedding #3 were wonderful family celebrations.  The first party was hosted by the bride’s brother at his home in Malden, MA and the second was hosted by the groom’s father and step-mother in Canton.  Both had ceremonies based on the Cuban mantilla ceremony (the groom has Cuban heritage, so this was a lovely way to incorporate that into their celebrations).

This wedding Mantilla is used to symbolize the unification of the couple. The shoulders of the bride and groom are covered with a mantilla, a type of shawl made of tulle or lace. Normally this is done after they have exchanged their marriage vows. The mantilla is a sign of the marriage union.

The veil used for the ceremony has been in the bride’s family since the 1840s, and has been worn by more than 20 brides, including her own mother and grandmother — surely a wonderful way to symbolize the blending of their two traditions.  At one point, at the second party, the bride’s niece was helping her mother hold onto the veil until the moment came to wrap her aunt and uncle in it, and I couldn’t help but notice how she was looking at it thoughtfully, possibly wondering how it might be used at her wedding one day if she chooses to carry on her family’s tradition.  Here are some highlights from both parties:

Small Winter Wedding | Boston, MA

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Boston Wedding Photographer | Small City Hall Wedding

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A small city hall wedding.  Intimate and just right for these two.  We met up deep in the bowels of Boston City Hall on a gorgeous September day (not that you could tell that deep in a concrete windowless basement, but we took advantage of the lovely day later).  A bride, a groom, and three parents (the bride’s mother unfortunately was unable to travel from California), we waited while other couples went and had their wedding ceremonies.  Finally, it was these lovebirds’ turn.  A short, to-the-point ceremony and they were married (live-streamed by the father of the bride to the mother of the bride back in CA so she could participate as well).

After the ceremony, we went walking — the bride had a notion that the Public Garden was where she wanted to do portraits, so we wove our way around Beacon Hill as we made our way there.  The light and weather could not have been more perfect, and we captured memories of the bride and groom as well as their families as we went.  Here are a few of my favorites from their special day — I hope you like them as much as I enjoyed taking them!

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Massachusetts Wedding Photographer | Summer Wedding Photography

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It was about a million degrees and 1000% humidity, and for the family formals after the ceremony we were racing thunderclouds, but you know what? I barely even noticed because there was SO much joy as Eleanor and Ben were married on Saturday.

From the processional that was a parade of all their loved ones making music as they went, to readings from the heart and communal singing, and finally the littlest of joyful things — bubbles! This was a wedding I was so honored to be able to photograph. Here are a few of my favorite moments as a little peek into their day.

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Boston Wedding Photographer | Arlington, MA

This wedding in Arlington, MA was such a delight to photograph!  Several months ago, the mother of the bride reached out, saying they were looking for a Boston wedding photographer for her daughter’s wedding in May.  The whole family was such a joy to work with, and I had such a great time capturing Julia & Chris’s wedding.  The ceremony took place at Church of Our Saviour in Arlington, MA with the reception at the Inn at Hastings Park in Lexington, MA — both beautiful historic buildings that lent a timelessness to this gorgeous event. The church in particular is in the round — out of respect for the ceremony, I was asked to stay in one spot during the ceremony, so all ceremony images are from that perspective.  It was a small wedding for these high school sweethearts, and just so full of love.   Here are some of my favorites from the day — it’s weddings like these than make me so glad to be a Boston wedding photographer!

Flowers by Garden and Roads.

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Beacon Hill Wedding | Boston, MA

Some weddings are years in the planning, some only a week.  This Beacon Hill wedding was planned quickly, but was just as full of love and personal touches as many that took 100 times as long to plan.  These two met at work, and are so clearly smitten.  A good friend of theirs officiated at the brief ceremony where their nearest and dearest were in attendance (having traveled in from as far away as Minnesota and New Jersey even with less than a week’s notice).  The bride and groom couldn’t have asked for a more gorgeous late-winter day, or more adorable flower girl and ring bearer (niece and nephew of the bride).  Here are a few of my favorite moments from this sweet wedding: 

 

Destination Wedding Photography | Palo Alto, CA | Boston Photographer

It’s not every day you get hired for destination wedding photography all the way across the country.  It was such an honor to be asked to capture Allen and Nora’s special day! Allen and Nora first met in an online forum, they bonded over studying for exams, and had a friend point out to them that they were flirting before they realized it themselves.  Allen proposed on a trip to Las Vegas, where they were going to see Mel Brooks speak.  It wasn’t any ordinary proposal — Allen knew there was a book series Nora loved, the Fionavar Tapestry.  As they wrote on their wedding website:

“In that book, there is an old-fashioned courtly way to propose: send a second to say, “The sun rises in your eyes.” Allen asked Nora’s friends to record themselves saying or holding a sign that said that phrase. Allen put all of it into a video.”

Nora, of course, said yes, and they got married in beautiful Palo Alto, CA at the Palo Alto Children’s Theater — an organization Nora had been involved with as a kid that means a lot to her (and thus, by association, to Allen as well!). Nora was attended by a friend of Allen’s who introduced him to the forum through which they met, Allen’s cousin, and several of her own cousins, as well as by the “too cute for words” (I have to agree!) flower girl who is the daughter of Allen’s best man, a dear childhood friend.  Allen was also attended by his brother, a dear friend from high school, and Nora’s nephew.  It was such a joy to get to meet all these folks who are so instrumental to their lives. There were many lovely personal touches at this wedding aside from a personal connection to the venue. At the tables were board games (and card games like UNO), the groom devised a “pony gun” that shot mini My Little Ponies with parachutes (a big hit with all attendees!), and the cake — this blog post would not be complete without a MAJOR shoutout to the absolutely STUNNING animatronic Tardis cake (it spun and lit up!).  It was just an outstanding piece of artistry, this cake, made by Allison Stamm of Cake Done Right (I couldn’t think of a better business name for Allison — this cake was done even more than right if that’s possible!). In addition to Allison, I should give a shoutout to Elaine and Vivian of Beglammed for hair & makeup, and Cafe Primavera for the delicious catering! Here are my favorites from Allen & Nora’s day — it was so hard to narrow it down! #AllenNoraDockShip