Sometimes Winter is just the best season in New England and this year this Boston wedding photographer has certainly seen enough of the fluffy white stuff to last a couple Winters. With no where to park and snow piles piled on top of piles, and more coming, Sarah and Dylan were just the perfect, easy-going couple any wedding photographer would want. Luckily the snow held off last weekend and we were able to maneuver from getting ready in Watertown to the ceremony in Newton at Our Lady Help of Christian’s Church and then into the city for the reception at the Colonnade Hotel. All the time Sarah and Dylan deftly navigated the cold, snow and all the usually emotions with a grace that makes others rise to the occasion. Many thanks to them as they have even bigger things to come very soon and thanks to Kristyn Kerkorian and the staff at the Colonnade plus Peter from Boston Sound Choice for the great tunes; they kept the party hoppin’ and boppin’.
Richard and Jennifer’s spectacular wedding in Marblehead at the Eastern Yacht Club had a little bit of a lot of things from full on church service to bag piper, an impromptu beer in downtown, fun photos overlooking the harbor, a boat ride and dancing and singing ’til the music wouldn’t play any more. We started the day at La Belle Femme Salon in downtown with the girls, had a ceremony at Our Lady, Star of the Sea Church, photos in and around Marblehead and then danced the night away with Shine. Richard, when he wasn’t bustin’ a move or full split he was singing and Jenn was rockin’. Here’s to one awesome couple:
As always, this doesn’t happen without these great folks:
Caterer: Eastern Yacht Club
Florist: Flowers by Darlene, Salem, Mass.
Wedding gown by: Augusta Jones
Jewelry by: Haute Bride Designs
Bridesmaid dresses by: Aria Dress
We’ve always wanted to incorporate video into our studio offerings but never quite found the right mix of cinematographer/editor that fit our style, until now. I want to introduce our clients to Brynmore Williams and his partner, George Cox. Together they provide the look and feel that is distinctively our style. This is their first wedding project for us although these guys have numerous credits to their names. Brynmore coins his unique vision: Love 2.0
Here is Brynmore’s description of his vision for you:
Storytelling is my lovechild. This gift has been a blessing that I have nurtured and cultivated over many years. For me, nothing is more fascinating than real life. But mix in a generous helping of some good ole fashion lovin’ and you’ll end up with a fairytale recipe unmatched by anything else in the galaxy.
We live in the era of “the cloud.” Our lives and experiences are shared widely and instantaneously; we create our own mythology. Love 2.0 is an idea that runs parallel with how we live our lives today. No longer are we inviting friends over to our houses to watch the 2-hour long wedding video. We are uploading clips and short films to Youtube.com and Facebook, embedding them on webpages and downloading them to mobile devices. We are sharing our love far and wide. As one blushing bride told us, ” It’s unbelievable to think 4 minutes of film could capture so much!”
Some weddings are the stuff of legend and and family lore–that one special day that people (even those that didn’t get the invite) say they were there. This Boston wedding photographer was honored to be part of the festivities. Like planets aligning or a perfect rainbow on an equally perfect summer afternoon, weddings of this magnitude and splendor must be equalled with that extraordinary couple and their incredible friends and family to really stand out. Don’t get me wrong, all weddings have this quality to some extent, but just sometimes, all the ingredients come together with just the right weather, venue and vendors for the ultimate supper. I couldn’t think of a more deserving couple than these guys for this magic to happen.
All of this couldn’t have been possible without the help of my incredible second camera, Josh London, and all these other great vendors (click on their links to see more):
Bridesmaid dresses by: Lazaro
Jewelry by: Doug Hardy
Goeff and Dianna had one of those weddings where we covered so much ground from Medford to Andover and back to Chinatown in Boston for a reception celebration that won’t be forgotten. I always tell my clients that I’m game for what they want to do. Berry Pond in Andover was a spot that is dear to them for dog walking but was 30 minutes north of the ceremony site and even further from our reception destination at the China Pearl in Boston’s Chinatown. Any Boston wedding photographer would have loved these two and their free-wheeling spirit but the venue changes can be a nightmare. My second photog Darren McCollester and very able assitant Meghan Taylor provided great support in having this run smooth and the I93 Gods were good to us as we sped easily from point A to B to Chinatown!
I photographed a stellar engagement session in the Arnold Arboretum with Alisa and Chris almost a year ago (see their fairytale of a session) and when we were ramping up for their wedding at the Willowdale Estate in Topsfield north of Boston, Chris had this to say, “We really have some incredible engagement shots and now you’ve set the bar very high so we gotta knock this one outta the park!” Well what Boston-based wedding photographer doesn’t like a challenge especially when its in a beautiful venue like the Willowdale and with an equally beautiful and fun couple. I was psyched and certainly ready to swing for the fence–only problem was Mother Nature had other plans. The blue lights on the baby Hancock were flashing–rain delay or possible rain out.
I’ve got a rain dance I’ve learned from my Mayan shaman amigo in Guatemala mixed with the Chicken Dance. It involves the blood of a very spoiled beet, some pinole and one very sharp cactus needle–ouch! It takes so much out of me that I very rarely call upon this timeless ritual but Chris’ call-to-action inspired me to twist and shout. It worked–save for one very intense, thunderous, electrical storm just at the end of the ceremony at St. James Armenian Apostolic Church in Watertown, Massachusetts.
Grand salami, well, maybe just a nice solo home run to the deepest part of the stadium but we nailed it. All the thanks in the world go out to the staff at the Willowdale for their hospitality, Fino Fresh Design for their incredibly eye-popping table settngs, bouquets and more, my steady-as-a-rock second photographer, Chris Gagne and über assistant/intern, Meghan Taylor. This is how a wedding should go off!
A note from Asha ….
Many of you know that we run a monthly contest. Anyone can participate. Whether an amateur or professional photographer. We have different catagories, and the winners get a one hour business make over with me. I honestly LOVE doing this. Both Glen and I enjoy building community, and well, we are both coaches and educators at heart.
Everyone knows this about Glen since he heads the Visual Journalism department at New England School of Photography. Teaching is a passion for us, and also is a way of saying thank you to the Universe for blessing us with such a thriving Boston Wedding Photography business.
So, I had a meeting with the lovely Karla Rodas. Karla won the best wedding cake contest! Click here to check the contest out! (Like us, please!) 🙂
Well, it turns out her passions are children & landscapes…
Karla is in a stage of redefining her career. She comes to Boston from Las Vegas where she used to do tons of Red Carpet events- yes, she has rubbed elbows with all the celebs. But, she is passionate about real people & nature ( a girl after my own heart). She is building a new website and blog that are in alignment with the new her. Can’t wait to see it!
This is what she said about why she loves photography:
I shot an engagement session for these two back in August and had a tremendous time bopping all over downtown Boston and Back Bay so I expected nothing short of fun and gorgeousness from them for their incredible wedding. They chose an amazing location for the ceremony at the Our Lady of Victories Church in the South End and then had a glamorous reception back at the Boston Harbor Hotel.
Carrot cake from the caterers at the BHH, yum!
Many thanks to the team at the BHH, who catered and planned the evening with meticulous detail, DJ Erik Buford of Event-Experience Music Services, for providing an awesome soundtrack that had them dancing all night, Fino Fresh Floral Designs, for the incredible table arrangements and for adding that touch of accent that complimented Rachel’s and the girls gowns perfectly, Jason at Boston Wedding Films for a stellar and cinematic production (shot almost exclusively on with Canon DSLR camera’s 🙂 and finally, many great thanks to my second camera, Nathan, and can’t live without assistant, Ryan, for giving me the support to produce such amazing work.
Radius restaurant, known for their spectacular and delicious culinary creations, was also ‘their’ spot, so a sweet and intimate wedding at Radius was a perfect fit for David and Vani. In our first meeting with them, we talked and talked about Photojournalism, and when we asked what they thought of all this, they said, “You had us at Decisive Moment…” Love at first sight for all of this. The wedding… easy, breezy, and yummy. All details taken care of by Radius: cake, flowers, best.wedding.food.ever.
It’s not every wedding that an international recording star is hired for a set but that just shows you the clout and right amount of lady luck that Allison and Michael have going for them–a true Boston power couple, these two know how to throw a party. Since I was obviously clued in ahead of time to the surprise so I could be ready, Allison, as a present to her guy, grabbed the mic and introduced American Soul and Jazz singer, Oleta Adams, to the gushing audience. Basically, if you know Anita Baker you know Oleta Adams but for those of you out there saying, who? Give her a listen right here:
I know you’ve heard that song but like myself many of you may have first heard Oleta Adams like this:
Pretty cool headliner for a wedding of musical and dance performances. Michael got it all rolling with a friend of his singing a song she wrote especially for them. It was just the three of them and me and Chris floating in the distance capturing the moment.
It was a great night of dance and musical performances. Michael intimated to me that he’d like to really enjoy his day and asked that I limit the photos to mainly documentary style as we captured them in some great natural moments.
The day started out beautiful and just got better and better. The BHH staff took care of all the details and I was greatly assisted by my incredible senior associate photog, Chris Gagne, and Johnny-on-the-spot equipment lugger super tech, Mark Davis. My staff and all the others working that day made is so incredibly easy for me to do my job and I thank them one and all.
Finally–to a great couple who really know how to bring it all together!
Entertainment: I’ll leave you with one final song from Larry Watson: