State Room

Emma & Steve at The State Room in Boston

Emotion, beauty and an incredible view all came together like the perfect storm for Emma and Steve.

O wonderful it is the feeling

Having all the burden lifted,

I am for a day only  a ghost of a being

All my creative talents gifted,

Allow me the space to truly create

For on this night I am not in charge-ifted.

A scholar of iambic pentameter I am also not, but how glorious was this day to let Nathan take the reins, and the stress, and all the formals, and allow me to be creative and free. I once had the pleasure to listen to Beverley Hills wedding photographer, Joe Buissink, speak about our profession. He said his secret–besides shooting on “P” mode, was to have someone else be the lead photographer so he could be free to create.

Emma and Steve’s wedding was at The State Room–60 State Street in Boston and one of the preeminent Boston wedding photographer venues in the city. One of the best little secrets at this location is the smaller Harbor Salon located off to the side of the Great Room. I’ve photographed weddings where this space was used as the cocktail area before for a celebration in the Great Room, but on this night, this little big room pulled double duty as both chapel and reception hall for this eco-centric couple’s wedding day.

Harbor Salon turned wedding chapel.

Like changing the Garden parquet from ice hockey to basketball in one afternoon, State Room staff flipped this room in just a cocktail hour!

Photo by Nate

Photo by Nate

Walk to PO Square for pix. Photo by Nate.

Nate has a handle on these formal portraits.

The girls waiting for formals in PO Square.

I’m allowed to peep from the side as Nate sets them up for some portraits.

Veil by Doreen Vandermeer of Unveiled Bridal Designs


Partridge feathers and fiddlehead ferns create a center piece of sorts on the lapel – byTangerine Creations

Having some fun with the cake cutting.

All of these beautiful and fun photos are not even possible without the incredible work of  the vendors listed below (click their links to see more):

Caterer, cake and event planning: The State Room

Florist: Tangerine Creations

Favors: Taza Chocolates – Organic, stone ground chocolates made in Somerville, MA from beans sourced directly from cacoa famers in Central America and the Caribbean. We send them to all our clients as thank you’s.

Entertainment Provided By: Siman Entertainment – The Superband

Wedding gown: Marisa by Tamara Kristen

Veil by: Doreen Vandermeer – Unveiled Bridal Designs

Jewelry by: I Gorman Jewelers, Washington DC

Hair and make-up by: G Spa – 35 Newbury Street, Boston, MA

Bridesmaid’s dresses by: Jasmine Bridal, Belsoie Collection

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.