It was a great pleasure to photograph Lindsay and Joe’s State Room wedding as a 2nd with the fabulous Denny Kwan. We hopped across Boston from The Ames Hotel, to Boston Common, to the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of Boston, and finally to the spectacular Great Room at the State Room Boston. Wait for the views. They will knock your socks off. I started with Joe at the Ames. He and his groomsmen were infectious with their laughter. We made a pit stop at the bar on our way to meet Lindsay, who was back at the Ames Hotel waiting with her bridesmaids. The two had a joyous first look in the brick plaza across from The Old State House. Then we headed to the Commons for formals. I had never been to the Greek Orthodox Cathedral. There is so much beauty inside that building from mosaics, to paintings, to stained glass. As I photographed the two during the ceremony, I watched their faces cycle from awe to, humor, to joy, and back again. Eventually we ended up at the State Room, where we had the pleasure of watching as the sun set, the lights of the harbor sparkled on, Wilson Stevens’ Beantown Band played, and Joe and Lindsay danced into the night.
Zombie Wedding – Snug Harbor
Mike & Mare were married at Snug Harbor. I shot this as a 2nd for Alyssa Maloof on Halloween last year in Staten Island. It was definitely the largest costume ball I have ever attended. There were soooo many incredible costumes. Just to name a few: The Delorean from “Back to the Future,” The little girls from the “shining,” A Jesus figure with a crown that included laurels and christmas lights, “Wonder Woman”-man, Storm Troopers, Dracula and the Joker, and Innumerable excellent wedding zombies.
The whole concept of a zombie wedding is very different than what I usually do. The weddings I usually shoot are about the beauty of the setting, the emotional weight of the day, the personal touches, the thoughtful surprises. This zombie wedding was a party through and through. There were certainly emotional moments, but then, when I went to photograph them, it was the devil-woman who was tearing up as Mike and Mare exchanged their vows. It was mother-of-the-groom Elvira dancing with her zombie-killer son.
Charles River Engagement – Brenda & Philipp
Brenda & Philipp joined me for a lovely walk along the Charles River as the sun started to slip into the horizon. We found gorgeous light up and down the esplanade. As you can imagine, the Esplanade was full of joggers, and walkers and children, and cyclists, nonetheless we found nooks where we were able to make pictures without all that busyness. I’m particularly fond of the willow tree we found that was all lit up by the low sun.
Central Square Family Photos
Grasi, Dani, and Otto are new wedding photographer friends who go by the moniker Rocker in Love. They are currently doing a project that has them traveling across the USA in a tour van photographing a wedding in every state. You can check out their map and read about their project here. Hello, North Dakota! Grasi and Dani need your engaged couples.
I was happy to catch them on the Massachusetts leg of their trip. All three are curious, lovely, and energetic people. It was good fun to have them over for a pasta lunch. They humored me when my obsession with cognates reared its head. Dani called our gaggle of basil plants by the sink “a little farm.” I wondered aloud “finchinha?” Dani said, “farminha.” Grasi cracked up. It’s “fazendinha.” I had just baked a batch of homemade granola which Otto much preferred to the spicy pasta and sausage. Grasi never knew that oatmeal and granola came from the same vine. Hilariously, she thanked me for teaching her how to make the “burnt oatmeal!”
When we finished eating, we made sure to have our coffee and biscotti, and only then did we take a stroll through my neighborhood, Central Square, snapping photos of each other. I showed them a lovingly painted art house, the local record store, cheapo records, and a few murals. They showed me their tricked-out tour van.
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Cambridge City Hall Wedding – Brenda & Philipp
Brenda & Philipp met at MIT when Philipp was doing a postdoc and Brenda was in a grad program. They were easy going, and fun to work with. I enjoyed exploring Cambridge City Hall before and after the wedding ceremony. The wedding was in a chamber on the second floor with portraits of old white men on the dark wooden paneled walls, and one jaunty color portrait of a blonde woman in a blue jacket. We used the light from the big windows halfway up the stairs to great effect. My favorite part about a Cambridge City Hall wedding is how people use the front lawn as a park. It was early on a hot August day, so the lawn was empty. But we did find the only shade under a beautiful tree and we laughed.