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Chris + Gary: Inspiration

You’ve seen the story behind this exciting Boston wedding and now’s the time to enjoy all the little details, the unique touches that made it even more special.

Thank you to all the people who made Chris and Gary’s day so special:

Ceremony Location: St. Mary’s Church / Reception Location: Liberty Hotel / Photography: Allegro Photography / Flowers:Indigo in Charlestown / Invitations: Hello Lucky / Dress: Jim Hjelm (purchased at Kleinfelds in Manhattan) / Bridesmaids: Ann Taylor / Groom’s suit: Custom suit by Alton Lane (Newbury Street, Boston) / Groomsmen Suits: Classic Tux (Newbury Street, Boston) /  Band: The Boston Common Band / Hair/makeup: Salon Zurell (Plantsville, CT) / Bride’s shoes: Jimmy Choo / Gift from groom: Tiffany & Co./ Cake: Amanda Oakleaf Cakes (Chelsea, MA)/ Bridal consulting: Boston Bridal Lounge (Newbury Street, Boston)/ Linens&accessories: Be Our Guest Party Rental / Chair rental: PBD Events

Love the lace on Chris’ veil.

Pretty in peach.

Check out the view from the Liberty.

The groom’s tailored suit

Couldn’t be more appropriate these cufflinks given to Gary by Chris, especially since they celebrated at the old prison and were taken there in the squad car.

The groomsmen don’t have a tone of ways to make their outfits their own. Loving these playful socks.

And announcing the bride….

Super popular trend this year- stripy paper straws.

Keys for the jail cell- such a great way to spice up the escort cards.

Soft elegant floral centerpieces in the stunning ballroom.

Rockin’ it all night long.

Want more of Chris & Gary’s beautiful day, check out their slideshow!

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Chris + Gary, Part II- Book ‘em

And this is where things get exciting. No, not because Gary is surrounded by all these beautiful ladies, though I am sure he didn’t mind.

You see this limo. Well it was great for their time in Charlestown. It took our couple and Dave around for beautiful portraits,

which even included the Beacon Hill Monument.

And some sweet photos in the limo.

And then the adventure began. The limo lost its breaks on the way to the Liberty Hotel, right by the Museum of Science. They made it safely across the intersection against a red light and then the driver (who was exceptionally skilled, thank goodness) got the car to stop by essentially softly crashing it. The excitement didn’t end there as a highway patrolmen arrived with lights flashing to inquire if the driver knew he had run a light. After figuring out what was going on, he generously offered to bring our couple and Dave to the ceremony at the Liberty Hotel. Best part, so they arrive at the hotel which used to be a jail in a cop car with lights on. Awesome.

View of Chris behind safety glass. She’s one dangerous gal.

Of course, everyone was very happy to hear they made it safely to the party. And ready for a celebration after all of the hoopla.

What I love most about this story is that Chris and Gary took everything in stride with good humor. They actually contacted the TV station to let them know about the incident and they were interviewed along with Dave about it. All in all, a happy ending!

Huge congrats to Chris and Gary. Thank you to all the people who made their day so special:Ceremony Location: St. Mary’s Church / Reception Location: Liberty Hotel / Photography: Allegro Photography / Flowers:Indigo in Charlestown / Invitations: Hello Lucky / Dress: Jim Hjelm (bought it at Kleinfelds in Manhattan) / Bridesmaids: Ann Taylor / Groom’s suit: Custom suit by Alton Lane (Newbury Street, Boston) / Groomsmen Suits: Classic Tux (Newbury Street, Boston) /  Band: The Boston Common Band / Hair/makeup: Salon Zurell (Plantsville, CT) / Bride’s shoes: Jimmy Choo / Gift from groom: Tiffany & Co./ Cake: Amanda Oakleaf Cakes (Chelsea, MA)/ Bridal consulting: Boston Bridal Lounge (Newbury Street, Boston)/ Linens/accessories: Be Our Guest Party Rental / Chair rental: PBD Events

Want more of Chris & Gary’s beautiful day, check out their slideshow!

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Chris + Gary Part 1

You wouldn’t know it from the start, but Chris and Gary’s wedding day was not only beautiful but filled with adventure. No this isn’t an adventure they planned, yet one they definitely had a good sense of humor about. But the nature of that won’t be revealed until a later post.

For now, enjoy how come and fun their pre-ceremony time with friends was and then how absolutely beautiful their Catholic ceremony was….

And a quick thank you to all the people who made Chris and Gary’s day so special:

Ceremony Location: St. Mary’s Church / Reception Location: Liberty Hotel / Photography: Allegro Photography / Flowers:Indigo in Charlestown / Invitations: Hello Lucky / Dress: Jim Hjelm (bought it at Kleinfelds in Manhattan) / Bridesmaids: Ann Taylor / Groom’s suit: Custom suit by Alton Lane (Newbury Street, Boston) / Groomsmen Suits: Classic Tux (Newbury Street, Boston) /  Band: The Boston Common Band / Hair/makeup: Salon Zurell (Plantsville, CT) / Bride’s shoes: Jimmy Choo / Gift from groom: Tiffany & Co./ Cake: Amanda Oakleaf Cakes (Chelsea, MA)/ Bridal consulting: Boston Bridal Lounge (Newbury Street, Boston)/ Linens/accessories: Be Our Guest Party Rental / Chair rental: PBD Events

 Chris got ready in their suite at the Liberty Hotel surrounded by friends.

Meanwhile Gary prepped at their Charlestown home, with “help” from his buddies.

As it only takes about 2 seconds for the boys to get ready, I was able to take a few portraits beforehand. It was warm outside, though. Really warm, so we didn’t want the boys to be in the heat for too long. We wanted them looking fresh. This one of Gary on their roof deck.

Then at the church. Our welcoming committee.

Oh so sweet.

And more sweetness during the ceremony.

What’s up next you ask? Portraits, the trip to the Liberty and of course the Reception/Party. Where, oh, where will the adventure be?

Want more of Chris & Gary, check out their Charlestown E-session!

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Lucia + Robin Part 2

Did I mention how excited Lucia and Robin were to celebrate their wedding? Maybe one or two times, right. Witnessing their joy and their love really does bring into focus why we do what we do. And so a few more form their amazing wedding day.

To start a portrait reflecting the coolness of the season with the outline of their romance.

And now time to party.

So glad they got this on video as well as photographs. Singing out loud for their first dance.

Sharing with t he kids.

More partying.

Good times were had by all. Congrats to Lucia and Robin. Thank you to all the people who made Lucia & Robin’s day so special:

Ceremony Location: Saphire Estate / Reception Location: Saphire Estate/ Photography: Allegro Photography / Cinematography:  Generations Cinemastories  / Flowers:Blue Guava / Photo booth: Harbor City Photo Booths / DJ and lighting design: Audiblevents / Officiant: Rev. Noah H. Evans from Grace Espiscopal Church / Cake: The Danish Pastry House

Want more of Lucia and Robin’s beautiful day, check out their slideshow!

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Lucia + Robin: Part 1

Now that there is snow on the ground once again, it brings back memories of one of our sweetest weddings last spring. There had been a recent fresh snow fall and the air was still very brisk, but these two brides didn’t mind at all. Lucia and Robin were so excited to be married and make their family official.

Thank you to all the people who made Lucia & Robin’s day so special:
Ceremony Location: Saphire Estate / Reception Location: Saphire Estate/ Photography: Allegro Photography / Cinematography:  Generations Cinemastories  / Flowers:Blue Guava / Photo booth: Harbor City Photo Booths / DJ and lighting design: Audiblevents / Officiant: Rev. Noah H. Evans from Grace Espiscopal Church / Cake: The Danish Pastry House

Although they saw each other before they got in their dresses on their wedding day, they prepped separately after that. So they could enjoy a first look reveal out by the water…

A beautiful backdrop for their first look…

 

Did I mention the excitement?

The ceremony commenced shortly after with their son as their ring bearer.

  Sneaking a glance.

As a special ceremony, they gave their little guy his own ring with their promises to him.

Um…. more excitement and enthusiasm? Yup!

Definitely more to share from this stunning lakeside wedding at the Saphire Estate in Sharon. So check back soon.

And if you would like to see more of Lucia and Robin, check out their north shore engagement session.

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Personal & Political & Perfectly Romantic

On a warm summer day at Tupper Manor, two men made a commitment to each other that their love would last a lifetime. It was one of the most romantic ceremonies I have witnessed. Brian and Bruce spoke of how they found each other, from worlds apart with diverse backgrounds (from Taiwan and the US), and each gave a gift (from Brian a song for Bruce and from Bruce a poem in Chinese for Brian) to the other, meaningful and priceless. They also allowed their commitment to be political, expressing that they wouldn’t have been allowed this right in the past and that others still were refused it. Everything about their day was personal, connected, emotional and extremely touching. And so I share part one with great joy….

Getting ready- Brian at home in Beverly

Bruce at the Wylie Conference Center

First look at the beach behind Tupper Manor

the bridal party

Brian practicing his song (which he wrote for Bruce- see what I mean about romantic?!)

Ceremony on the lawn with the beautiful fountain behind the couple

Bruce reading his poem, in Mandarin- such a sweet moment

More to come from their time down by the beach and the Tupper Manor wedding reception. But if you want more right now, check out their north shore e-session, which involved James Bond moments, their sweet pup and a canoe adventure.

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Buena Vista Indeed

Perhaps the best thing about getting married in Sonoma is the beauty. Unless, of course, you are a wine aficionado, and then it might be the grapes. Or if you are perhaps from Sonoma, it might be the connection to a place where you have spent so much of your life. For Allie and Matt, the last part was definitely true, but the views weren’t too shabby either.

Before I go on and on and on about the amazing-ness of their day, I want to thank all of the professionals who helped make it so:

Ceremony Location: Mission San Francisco de Solano / Reception Location: Buena Vista Winery / Photography: Allegro Photography / Flowers: Cozy Posies / Invitations: The Paper Source / Dress: Romona Keveza / Bridesmaids: Monique Lhuillier / Groom and Groomsmen Suits: Banana Republic / Lighting design: Wine Country Party & Events / DJ: PureEnergy Productions / Hair: Descend Salon

And with that, I continue their Sonoma wedding story with a few more portraits at Bartholomew Park Winery.

One of my favorites because it totally captures their personalities!

Following the portraits, we drove across the street to Buena Vista Winery for their dinner and dancing reception. They received quite a welcome from their guests.

Sisterly toasting love.

The venue gets even more romantic as the sun sets.

Dave’s vision for a mafioso shot with a few of their bridal party.

Another fave from the night because it includes people we love– Allie is the fourth in a family of brides and grooms. When you get to celebrate such wonderful moments with a family, you feel as you are a member of the group. And this crew is so welcoming that they have even said as much. So we were able to capture them all in this image- Lauren and Steve, Emily and Mark, Allie and Matt, and Leah and Dave. Each couple and wedding was unique and each one was fabulous!

Need more from this amazing group and Allie & Matt’s beautiful day, check out their PicFlick!

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Mission Wedding = Family Tradition

Following in the footsteps of her parents and her sister, Allie chose the Mission San Francisco Solano in Sonoma Square for her ceremony location. This intimate setting provided the perfect warmth and charm for Allie and Matt’s wedding- with just a few rows of seating, followed by standing room only, it feels as if your guests are right there with you. So the tears and the smiles and the laughter and the love were even more vibrant for our bride and groom. Plus knowing that the family has celebrated so many joyous occasions there adds to the ambiance.

And after the ceremony, a few portraits of our bride and groom around the grounds. Then off to Bartholomew Park Winery for more photos in another special spot to our couple, a park where they have spent many hours wandering, relaxing, enjoying.

Love the humor in this image.

 

We had great light during their portrait session, and it even drizzled a bit (yes, in Sonoma, in the summer, unbelievable). All making for some super fabulous photos still to come.

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Hometown Sonoma Wedding

We had been awaiting Allie and Matt’s wedding for quite some time… actually since before they were even dating or we knew Matt existed. You see, we have been very lucky to know Allie since her sister’s wedding in 2007. She is one of the most lovely, gracious, creative people you will ever meet; we adore her. And so we continued our friendship on Facebook, and were lucky enough to “witness” her relationship with Matt grow, all be it from across the country. Then we got the call last January- he had proposed and would we be able to photograph the wedding. Our response, “Absolutely and we can’t wait to meet him!”

Then this summer, about a month before their wedding, we got to meet Matt (over ice cream at Ici, no less). He is absolutely everything I would have hoped for in a match for Allie- charming, handsome, adventurous, thoughtful. We talked about all kinds of things- their wedding, of course, but also travel destinations and sports and family and home decorating. Our excitement was definitely building.

The big day arrived in August. It was perfect. Allie started her day at her parents house in Sonoma, surrounded by family. We followed this with portraits at their home before going to the Mission San Francisco Solano in Sonoma Square (the same church where her parents and her sister had gotten married). And Matt got ready at the Lodge in town with portraits at City Hall and around the square. Portraits at a favorite park and a party at Buena Vista Vineyards capped off the day.

And so I share with you, Allie & Matt’s wedding, part 1…

Leaving you with just a hint of what’s to come. More soon!

 

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Live, Love, Laugh- Part 3

And now for the Grand Finale, part 3 of Jen & Steve’s beautiful Lord Thompson Manor wedding. After the church, after the dive bar, after the formal portraits, Jen & Steve celebrated their reception in style on the grounds of this gorgeous estate. They had some time to enjoy cocktail hour and toasts and finished that part of the evening with a magical balloon release. Dinner, dancing, cake, and even singing closed out the night. Enjoy the photos here, then pop over to Style Me Pretty to see even more of their unique ideas and inspiration.

And a special thanks to all of the professionals who helped make everything absolutely perfect for our happy couple:

Ceremony: Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish in Webster, Massachusetts / Reception: Lord Thompson Manor in Thompson, Connecticut / Floral Design: Lord Thompson Manor / Event Design: The Bride + Lord Thompson Manor / Wedding Invitations: Pickett’s Press / Save-the-Dates: Swiss Cottage Designs / Band: Chris Gillespie / Wedding Dress: Pronovias / Hair + Makeup: Priscilla of Kiss Spa / Groom’s Tuxedo: Custom by Doyle + Mueser

Such a magical day. Extra special congrats to Jen and Steve. And if you want more, check out the PicFlick of this amazing Lord Thompson Manor wedding.

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