Cityscape Weddings

Mary & Jason’s wedding at the State Room

Mary and Jason have the lights of Faneuil (I think I spelled it correctly) Hall as a backdrop for these nighttime portraits.

Mary  and Jason were one of those couples every Boston wedding photographer has each year that just represents. They knew everyone and their guest list was replete with old Southie and Boston heavies. They partied like rock stars all night and celebrated their beautiful union in true Boston style–high above the city at the State Room.  We got ready at the Boston Harbor Hotel with Mary and her gang and then did some fun shots along the Greenway park. With all the splendor that is the State Room it was our foray through Faneuil Hall marketplace that made my night. They even stopped for their ritualistic java fix at the Starbucks inside–possibly fueling up for the night of dancing ahead.  This is Mary and Jason’s world and we just live in it.

Making pretty with the makeup.

Panorama stitch from the balcony at the BHH–what an incredible view.

The dress hangs high above the harbor and the fading Fall light.

Getting ready silhouette.

Mary’s lil’ niece is a bit excited.

The balcony provided the perfect space for uncluttered shot so my beautiful bride.

Beautiful late afternoon light meet beautiful Mary.

The girls under the arch at the BHH.

More girlie Boston shots.

Having some fun along the Greenway.

Mary finding the light.

The ceremony was in the incredible Harborside Salon.


Post-ceremony–The first official sanctioned portrait of the newlyweds.

The gentlemen get into the action.

More portraits and fun in Faneuil Hall.

Guys and doll.

Guys and guy–like some Kettle One commercial.

Then into the marketplace in search of Starbucks.

But why not have some fun along the way–good thing she’s not shy.

The Wedding Party shot as workers look on.

Mission accomplished!

Mary makes her entrance to the State Room’s Great Room.

First dance with a view.

The cake.

More detail work on sweetheart table.

Mary through the looking glass.

The gloves came off as the dance party erupted out of nowhere.


Julia & Scott: Mini wedding celebration

Family wedding photos line the table as Julia and Scott descend the Grand staircase at Hampshire House.

Julia and Scott live in Chicago and that is where they had their “big” wedding celebration but before that, Julia wanted to do something, somewhere, so that her grandmother could see her wedding–enter family and some close friends to the historic Hampshire House in Boston for a cozy lil’ ceremony just for her. It couldn’t have been sweeter or more intimate. We spent some time just Julia and Scott and I + my second cameraman, USK, wandering the bricked sidewalks and cobblestones of Beacon Hill. Then we joined the party for some formals in The Public Garden before the ceremony and reception in the library room upstairs–this was definitely a place where everybody knows your name.

Window light is right.

And again.



…and still more canoodling (of course I’m making them do it for the photos but it happened none-the-less).

Just strolling through Beacon Hill in a wedding dress (happens every weekend, I’m sure).

On the side streets off Charles–with USK adding some fill.

Beacon Hill portrait around the corner from Hampshire House.

Finding a little spot for some love.

Trying hard to find something that says Boston.

American beautiful.

The Gang’s all there.

Special greeting for Grandma.

The entire wedding party

“Ready to do this?”

Portraits on a cloudy day–like a giant softbox giving nice soft light.

Beautiful day for a stroll through the Garden.

As Abbey Road as we could make it.

Escorting his bride to the alter.

This room is just perfect for black and white.





Ceremony room flipped in record time.



More details.

One more quick portrait because we have to have a spiral staircase shot.

Showing grandma the bling.

Looking great even getting bustled.

“I’ll show you mine…”

It’s not just the kids that do this.

Great, great service at the Hampshire House!

Many toasts from moms and dad to brothers and friends.

Everyone was encouraged to say a little something.

Toasting each other.


Sealed with a kiss.

Wow! I knew Sarah & Noah were special but I guess Grace Ormande thought so too

Two great spreads of pix for two great people and one incredible story. Happy Anniversary!

Just a huge follow up to yesterday’s post full of pub with this from Grace Ormande at Wedding Style New England. A big thank you to them for selecting our images and also to my incredible couple, Sarah and Noah, who let us be part of their star-studded celebration at the Lenox Hotel last New Year’s Eve. Click the link to read all about it here:

The 2011 Wedding Style New England Mag is on newsstands now so grab your copy!

Sarah & Noah Getting Married – Happy New Year

12/31/09 - Boston,  - Sarah and Noah are married on New Year's Eve at the Lenox Hotel.

12/31/09 - Boston, - Sarah and Noah are married on New Year's Eve at the Lenox Hotel.

The year that was ended the same way for us at DMPJ as the previous year with a gorgeous, snow covered New Year’s Eve wedding celebration for two beautiful people.  Mozoltov to Sarah and Noah–what a great way to begin a life together.




It is one thing I really push for in the colder months that my couples try to brave the cold and elements.  This gives their wedding another dimension from the interior shots–usually taken with added light from our speedlights.

I always say to my couples not to worry about Mother Nature since she has her own plan but shiny, wet walkways and streets reflect so much light that when mixed with the artificial sources of the street lamps and storefronts contribute so much to the overall image.  Anyone of my couples who have done an engagement shoot with us will tell you that we love taking advantage of the city lights.

A big “thank you” to the GM at the Lenox that got us on the roof-top. It was one of those things that was promised to Sarah and Noah but it took the GM to make it happen at the last minute.

There is nothing like New Year’s Eve in the city. Last year we were down in Providence, Rhode Island for a 400 person fest at the convention center after a blizzard dumped a foot of snow on us all day. It was nice to have this wedding right here in town and thank you to Winter for providing the right form of precipitation sprinkled just lightly enough to make all things pretty.

We had Chris Gagne shooting 5D MII video and it is his sweet and cheap, ah inexpensive, SIMA LED that gives these last two shots the perfect light.  I’m becoming of real fan of these lights for still photography and plan to make the investment to the more expensive but simply better Litepanels brand.

Getting back to the video for a second we are experimenting with fusion products to find the right mix for out style.

We are busy following a tremendous 1-1/2 month trip to India. Michael and I ran a very successful VR workshop in the slums of Mumbai with the help of the organization CORO for Literacy and their incredible staff.  Asha and I finished up the year traveling with the girls in south India as most of you have already seen on our facebook pages.  There is a post coming for our Traveling Family Circus blog soon.

So this is how the year begins with Winter all around us and 2010 weddings piling up.  Visual Reportage is planning our annual Guatemala sojourn and NESoP is giving Michael and I the go for a reportage on Detroit with 16 of our best and brightest students this March.  Asha and I are resting up for the official start of another wedding season sometime in late March.

What I think is best at this point is to just say peace to you all this coming new year and new decade. Let’s hope it can end and begin for us all like is did for Sarah and Noah.

DMPJ Featured on South Asian Bride Magazine (aka Eye Candy)

You want our photos on your scrumptious, colorful eye candy blog?  Oh, wait, one of our favorite couples of the year? The ones who were so cool, generous, and gorgeous to boot? I think we can manage that!

Ode to Iffy & Jason and their fabulous wedding at the Fairmont Copley Plaza in Boston.

Ahhh, so fabulous to re-live this wedding- and thanks for noticing South Asian Bride Magazine!

Click here to see full feature!

photos by: Glen Cooper & Chris Gagne