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Classic Beauty + Talent + Charm + Intelligence

So excited to share this stunning wedding Dave photographed at the Fairmont Copley Plaza this summer. Christie and Michael created such a beautiful and personal day for their guests. When Dave came back, he couldn’t stop talking about how creative, talented and intelligent they are. It was clear their wedding day allowed everyone to get to know them better and celebrate their love.

To get things started, a bit from the getting ready…

This bridesmaid= too funny

Isn’t Christie a classic beauty?

They had a first look by the Trinity Church, but on the way had to pass by the John Hancock building. Fun reflections.

Michael was blown away.

Such natural smiles.

Time for portraits of the bride and groom.

And the bridal party

Then back to the Oval Room for the ceremony. Music was a huge part of their wedding. Of course, since Christie is a professional singer, and it is such a big part of their lives.

Honoring multiple traditions…. Unity candle

They also signed a ketubah and stood beneath a huppah.

Exchanging rings

Sweet kiss leads to wedded bliss.

Shared breaking of the glass

Back outside for a few more portraits. Here, in front of the Boston Public Library.

And then inside the Copley Plaza, there are so many beautiful spots for a couple to sneak away.

Loving this editorial image Dave composed. Just outside the Venetian Room.

More to come from their Copley Plaza Wedding reception in the Oval Room.

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Romantic Reception

After a beautiful wedding ceremony in the Venetian Room, Ashley and Kyle took a few moments alone (well alone plus us) to enjoy their new status as husband and wife. As there was a break in the rain, we walked out onto Copley Square. In every direction there were fantastic views… the Trinity Church, the Boston Public Library, the Copley Plaza Hotel, and the square itself. Plus we finally had a chance to take a few photos in front of their awesome antique car. Then off to a grand party in the grand ballroom… complete with fantastic lighting, delish cake, kick-ass band, and really fun guests. And did I mention the spontaneous hora chair lift of Kyle? The night kept getting better and better.

Congrats to Ashley and Kyle!

 

Always love a good Vanity Fair bridal party photo. The lobby was perfect for this.

Many thank you’s to all of the professionals who helped make Ashley and Kyle’s wedding so perfect:

Getting Ready: Tom Reiling at the Boston Common Hotel / Ceremony and Reception venue: Tracey Waterman Gavin at the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel / Bride’s hair: Kelly Luca / Bride’s make-up: Tulin Grossman / Bride’s gown: Vera Wang / Bridesmaids dresses: Watters Bridesmaid / Groom and groomen’s tuxedos: Ralph Lauren / Officiant: Capt. Richard Cunio / Floral design: Renee from Christine’s Cottage Florist / Cake: Ellen Bartlett of Cakes to Remember / Band: Ashley Gordon from Howl at the Moon / Ceremony musicians: Fleice Pomperanz from The Guilded Harps / Lighting design: Hope Wiggins from Swank Audio Visual / Transportation: Mark from Bowtie Limousine / Invitations: Kerry from Kerry’s Papery

Want more from Ashley and Kyle’s fairytale wedding? Check out their Copley Plaza wedding ceremony, boston wedding slideshow, and their Boston waterfront e-session.

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Fairmont Fairytale Wedding

Once upon a time, there was a beautiful bride (Ashley) and a handsome groom (Kyle) and they met and fell in love in the city of Boston. They found themselves often by the harbor enjoying the water and ultimately moved to Miami for work and a year-round seaside lifestyle. But when it came time to wed, their roots and love of Boston brought them back home. And their Fairmont Copley Plaza wedding couldn’t have been more beautiful.

So the scene is set, and it was a day that started with prepping and primping. Ashley’s stunning Vera Wang gown and the drawing that inspired our bride.

The boys had their own preparations to take care of.

Ashley’s mom helped her into her wedding dress.

Love how the flower girl is watching, assessing, supervising the putting on of the veil.

And our dashing groom had portraits taken at the Tremont St Marriott where he and the boys were getting ready.

And a few portraits of our bride.

Sneaking in a hello before the ceremony. No peeking!

Want more from Ashley and Kyle? Check out their North End engagement session.

Amanda & Ed at the Copley Plaza

A few more from Amanda and Ed’s classic Boston wedding. After we left the Old South Church, I ventured with Amanda and Ed to the Public Garden for portraits.

Amanda and I had talked a bit about what she liked in portraits, and one of the things we wanted to capture was intimacy in the midst of busy-ness. Usually on the bridge in the Public Garden this is an easy task, because there are tons of people around. On this particular Sunday afternoon, it was actually a challenge to get people in our photo, and then to encourage them to keep walking. They were all so nice and respectful, not wanting to interrupt their session. Oh, the irony. Patience, however, paid off, as we captured this moment.

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Not having too many people also had it’s benefits.

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We could go anywhere without worrying about them. And were even able to capture a bit of fall, though in general the trees hadn’t started to turn.

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You may recall we took a cab to the gardens. Amanda carefully gets out.

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Back at the Copley Plaza, we took a few more portraits. Love the lines of the staircase.

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Introductions, right into their first dance.

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Such a sweet moment when Ed dances with his mum (mum because he’s from England).

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The toasts were fantastic. Ed’s step-dad and best man went first. He was hilarious.

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Amanda’s dad had his turn as well. Of course, he shared one or two embarassing stories.

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Loving the autumn colors infused into their cake.

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Another super special tradition. Amanda’s sorority sisters from Duke, sang her a song and passed around a candle in her honor.

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Then the party really got underway. This crew knew how to have a good time.

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One last treat from their celebration.

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Many congrats to Amand and Ed. Such an all around amazing day. So many people to thank for helping make it perfect.

Getting ready and reception venue: Alice Fay from the Fairmont Copley Plaza
Ceremony venue: Helen McCrady from the Old South Church
Officiant: Cal Grenzel from the Old South Church
Cake: Ellen from Cakes to Remember
Floral Designer: Rob Galeski from Twig
Lighting Design: Paul from Boston Uplights
DJ: Greg from 5 Star Events
Cocktail hour musicians: Felice from Gilded Harps
Calligraphy: Katrin from Calligraphy Katrina and Maison du Papier
Gown Designer: Lazaro dress from Christinas Bridal
Bridesmaids dresses: Saison Boutique
Groom’s and Groomsmen’s Tuxedos: Mens Wearhouse
Hair: Erik from Will Charles Salon
Make-up: Dani Wagener from Dani Wagener Studios

If you want to see more, check out their first entry and their PicFlick.

Amanda & Ed: Classic Elegance

Amanda and Ed are both scientists, but they do not fit the mold the word conjures up. Of course, I never saw either of them in their lab jackets, but still… As a couple, they are sweet, romantic, in tune with each other. As individuals, they are intelligent, creative, talented. Their wedding day brought together their style, their love of family, and their connection to Boston.

Talented? Case in point. Ed carved this traditional Welsh lovespoon himself; it’s all from one piece of wood. Typically this is given earlier in the relationship, but Ed’s gift on their wedding morning couldn’t have been more sweet or more appreciated. We included the engagement ring in the photo, another very special gift.

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And the wedding ringshot on the Globe.

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And now to Ed, during his getting ready at the Copley Plaza. Did I mention his sense of humor?

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The gents took the stairs down to the Oak Room, for a toast before the ceremony.

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A good opportunity for a portrait of our dashing groom.

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Meanwhile, the ladies were still getting ready. Dani Wagener provided her expertise for Amanda’s make-up.

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Love this photo of Amanda’s wedding dress in her hotel room; mysterious and romantic.

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Such intricate and beautiful detailing.

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Amanda is a classic beauty; she chose to keep her personal style natural, simple, elegant. It was perfect for her.

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The ladies also enjoyed a toast before the ceremony.

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So pretty.

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Her church is across the square and she can see it from the window. Getting ready for her big day, she looks out.

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The ceremony in the Gordon Chapel of the Old South Church had a very intimate feel. I also especially liked the Gothic look of the space as it reminded of Duke, where Amanda went to school (about 10 years after me).

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They included readings by friends.

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This little gal really wanted to be with the bride.

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Afterwards we took portraits in and around the church and on the square lawn. A casual bridal party shot.

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A classic bride and groom (aka husband and wife) portrait.

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When we finished up there, I hopped in a cab with Amanda and Ed to take photos at the Public Gardens. Love this moment in the taxi. Definitely one of my favorite photos of the year.

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More to come for sure… there were tons of amazing portraits at the Garden and a great party with their wonderful families, so check back soon.

Love at Bar Lola

We interrupt our regularly scheduled programming…. Yup that’s right. You already saw these two get married, or at least the beginning of the wedding festivities, so while you are waiting for the final installment, I thought I would share a few from their super fun engagement session. They took us through their old stomping grounds of Boston’s beautiful Back Bay and then to the Charles River.

We started at Bar Lola, infamous for their first date and many others after that. The bartender knew them by name, knew their favorite drinks, even knew what to song to play for them. In fact, that first date ended with dancing right about here….

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Since they used to live in the Back Bay, they spent time all around Commonwealth Ave. And it is perfect for photos.

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As we made our way to the Charles River, we couldn’t help but enjoy this picturesque neighborhood.

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More dancing.

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Enjoying the view.

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And a few more in the city they love…

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If you want more from their engagement session, definitely check out the slideshow.

And now we return to our regularly scheduled programming. More from Janette & Wes’ Very Boston Wedding at the Trinity Church, Public Gardens and Fairmont Copley Plaza to follow soon.

As You Wish

Janette and Wesley married on a gorgeous summer day in Boston. The sun shone down on them as did the warmth of family and friends who had traveled from near and far.

We started the day with Janette who got ready at the Fairmont Copley Plaza. At first, it was just our bride, her stylist and us. Soon enough, the room was filled with Janette’s sisters who were primping, prepping, and helping.

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We all walked through the hotel lobby and across the street to the Trinity Church, where Janette and Wes would get married.

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Wes was ready before the ladies and had time for a couple portraits with Dave.

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One vocalist on the alter of the Trinity Church.

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Janette walked down to the theme song of the Princess Bride (definitively one of my favorite movies of all time, can’t help mentioning it). And her dad gave her away with a proud smile. Actually I also love Wesley’s smile; he seems to be bursting with joy in this moment.

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I don’t know if I have ever seen such a big smile during communion. Clearly Wes’ mom is happy about this wedding. Love!

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During the receiving line, guests- especially little ones- waved streamers in celebration.

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Then the bridal party and our bride and groom hopped on the trolley to go to the public garden for portraits.

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A bit of romance and sweetness under the willow tree.

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And then Janette surrounded by beautiful flowers.

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One final image from the public garden. Might be my favorite in a long time. I like the mystery of it.

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And I just had to share this one. They (her sisters that is) said she knew how to shop. And this image seems to speak to that in so many ways. I love the feel of it.

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And fear not, there are tons more from this beautiful Copley Square wedding! Check back soon.

What a Day! What a Night!

Part Two: I left off the last entry (part one) and even with so many amazing moments to share, I hadn’t even reached the heart of the ceremony. Oh boy! So this one is going to be another lonnnnggggg post. But as I said before, it’s not my fault Lindsay and Alex had such a great day. Maybe I didn’t say it before, but I am not-so-secretly thrilled it was idyllic. Why? Because Lindsay and Alex are really lovely individuals- Alex is calm, courteous, thoughtful. Lindsay is joyous, warm, caring. And they put so much time and energy into all aspects of their wedding. Even with these two posts being long, I won’t be able to share everything I want to share. So I will do my best to just give you a glimpse of all that ensued.

We start back at the ceremony. I love this moment when Lindsay’s dad removes her veil.

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Alex is Greek, so they chose to have their ceremony at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral and celebrate his traditions. The ceremony was all in Greek and on the long side. In the midst of it, Alex stole a peek at Lindsay.

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The afternoon light coming in from the windows was lovely and warm.

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And have I mentioned how much I love this church?! We’ve been there several times and each time I find something new to photograph and a new way to capture the ceremony. It is just so beautiful.

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A fun moment. The ring bearer had walked right in front of them as they were circling the alter. He didn’t really want to move. Loving the smile on the priest’s face as he looks down at the little boy.

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Putting on the crowns.

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After the ceremony and portraits, Lindsay and Alex made their way out of the church. Dave captured of them on the stairs. Another new vantage point for us.

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Dave and our associate Nikki went with Lindsay and Alex to capture a few portraits on Copley Square. They started at the Boston Public Library, a place I love, and Dave created this stunning portrait of Lindsay. During our premiere, she mentioned how much she enjoyed spinning in her dress. It shows!

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Another at the BPL. Alex whispering something quite amusing in Lindsay’s ear.

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The view from the library, looking back at the Copley Plaza, where they hosted their reception. These two look so great, and I am loving the moodiness of the image, as the sun was setting.

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When Lindsay and Alex arrived at the hotel, they went up to their suite for a bite to eat and a moment of rest. I joined them and captured this image of Lindsay while her bridesmaids were working on her bustle.

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Downstairs in the Oval Room, Dave spent a few moments documenting the amazing decor. Lindsay’s color pallette of burnt orange, creams, yellows, citrus orange and gold was absolutely stunning, especially against the blue and gold backdrop of the room. And Jessica of Jess’ Country Flowers interpretted her vision perfectly. We have tons more to share of this, but I thought I would save it for another post. So this is just a little tease of the beautiful space.

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Lindsay and Alex entered to cheers and dancing and fun. The party got started right away.

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I have to stop to celebrate their nephew (aka the ring bearer). He was absolutely adorable and was excited by all aspects of the wedding- from the ceremony to the band to the bouquets to Lindsay’s dress.

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First dance.

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That cake looked delish. Lindsay fed Alex. Alex fed Lindsay. Then Alex helped with a little touch up. So sweet.

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Lindsay and her dad.

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Alex with his mom.

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The Greek dancing got underway. I LOVE Greek dancing. In the air.

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Our bride and groom joining in the fun.

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Guests danced in honor of Lindsay and Alex. Much merriment all around.

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One of the new lead singer from the Flipside playing on the tambourine.

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And a couple more of celebration. Lindsay and Alex took a quick break from the dancing to toast with friends in the Venetian Room. That is NOT water in their glasses, by the way.

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And then back on the dance floor for more fun!

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What a day! What a night! What a wonderful, fabulous, fun, beautiful wedding! Congrats, Lindsay and Alex.

So many outstanding professionals to thank for bringing their wedding together so perfectly. Every single one came through and exceded their expectations and dreams:

First of all, Lyndsay Picciano and her team at the Fairmont Copley Plaza provided exceptional service and the tastiest of meals.

Also, His Eminence Metropolitan Methodios, Rev. Fr. Nicholas Krommydas and Rev. Dr. Cleopas Strongylis for their guidance and for presiding over the ceremony at Boston‘s Greek Orthodox Cathedral.

For Lindsay and Alex’s looks:
Wedding gown: Eli Saab
Bridesmaid’s dresses: Jim Hjelm
Hair: Laura from Jesamondo Salon
Make-up: Lili from Jesamondo Salon
Groom’s and groomsmen’s attire: the Calvin Klein Tuxedo line from Men’s Wearhouse

For the look and feel of the day:
Floral design: Jessica Robinson from Jessica’s Country Flowers
Wedding cake: Ellen Bartlett of Cakes to Remember
Ceremony musicians: Bryan Hilliard and the Occasional Brass Trio
Greek musicians: George Makredes of the Makredes Duo
Reception band: Corin Ashley and the Flipside
Invitations, save the dates, programs, and more: Jillian Sullivan of Fizz Paperie (formerly J. Sullivan Designs)
Rentals: Debbie Hewitt of Festive Occasions
Cinematographers: Lisa Teneriello of Precious Moments Video

Lindsay and Alex, a special note of thanks. We had been looking forward to your wedding for quite a while and we had such an amazing time being a part of your celebration. Thank you so much for including us. We are so excited for you to start the next chapter of your life together.

For all our readers, I know you want more. I don’t blame you. And while there is more to come, in the form of a whole entry all about the details and to provide inspiration. For now, I would recommend checking out Lindsay and Alex’s engagement session, sneak peek, and PicFlick.

Part One

I have a problem. And here’s the gist of it. Lindsay and Alex’s wedding was simply too beautiful. They are both stunning individuals, inside and out. Really, you won’t be able to resist falling in love with them. Their friends and family are great. The emotions were fun, crazy, sweet, joyful. And then wait til you see Lindsay’s decor choices. So I have a problem. It’s not my fault. But really, faced with so much awesomeness, I couldn’t choose just a few photos. So here we are and there are a lot of photos in Lindsay and Alex’s sneak peek. I guess it’s more of a part one than a sneak peek. And I beg your pardon and your indulgence as I couldn’t help myself. Enjoy.

I started the day with Lindsay at a fabulous apartment in Brookline. When I arrived the place was bustling. Lindsay was getting her hair done and the florist had just arrived with the personal flowers. Truly Lindsay was blown away. I do believe she had tears in her eyes. Her bouquet was just what she wanted.

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That’s her dad. Yup, he’s bringing her dress to the bedroom for me to photograph it. But really I just like seeing him hold the dress.

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Putting her gown on.

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And her necklace. Love the softness of this one.

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Oh my goodness. She takes my breath away.

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Checking herself out and a few final touches by one of her bridesmaids.

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Then she sees her dad.

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On the way out.

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Meanwhile, Dave and our associate Nikki met up with Alex and his boys at the Fairmont Copley Plaza (where we would end our evening). They dashed off to the Public Garden (where Alex would see Lindsay for the first time in her wedding dress).

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While they were waiting for us, they popped into Cheers and Dave captured this portrait. Very masculine.

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Not too long after, the ladies arrived.

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Nikki captured Alex with his back to Lindsay so he wouldn’t see her before he was supposed to.

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And then, he sees his bride.

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And she sees him.

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Sweetness.

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We photographed several family portraits in the park and a few details. Dave really liked the softness of Lindsay’s dress next to the hard polished look of the stones.

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Alex and the crew hopped into their limos. But Lindsay and her dad had a special vintage car and driver. No windows, just a clear view of the city.

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Time for the ceremony. This little one was more than ready. He even walked down the aisle before it was actually his turn.

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Did I mention that I love their families?

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Alex getting ready to see Lindsay for the second first time.

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The Greek Orthodox Cathedral is one of my favorite ceremony sites in Boston. It is simply gorgeous. Nikki captured this image from the balcony. You can totally get a sense of the beauty of the space.

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But you can’t beat this moment. She looks so happy to be walking down the aisle.

fairmont-copley-plaza-greek-wedding-boston-ma- bride on her dad's arm walking down the aisle at the annunciation cathedral

I hope you enjoyed part one as much as I did. There are so many more great photos to come, from the ceremony, from Lindsay and Alex’s portraits, from the reception and all of their amazing details. In the meantime, you should definitely check out their engagement session along the Charles River.

Published: Vogue Japan

Huge congrats to our friend and colleague David Tutera for being featured in Vogue: Japan. And we are so excited that they chose one of our photos to highlight his amazing work. That’s right, we were recently published in Vogue Japan. International and chic, no?!

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I’ll be honest I can’t tell you all about the article our work is part of, because, as you would expect, it’s in Japanese, but what I can gather is that they were highlighting several vendors celebrated in the international wedding industry. They focused on florists and event planners, in particular. And David Tutera, whom we have worked with on several occassions, was number one on their list. It’s no surprise as his work is astounding- it completely captivates all of my senses.

Our image was taken during a wedding at The Fairmont’s Plaza Hotel in New York City. The whole concept was based around crystals and they were everywhere. The ballroom sparkled.

If you want to see more of David‘s work, definitely check out:

David Tutera’s Metropolitan Club Wedding
Tutera’s Gotham Hall Wedding

Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer Inspiration

More of David’s designs still to come from a fall episode of My Fair Wedding.

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