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Nikki + Keilin’s late Summer wedding at the Lyman

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My favorite classic New England Estate to photograph a wedding, especially during the Summer months. These guys had their ceremony on the back lawn, a bunch of fun lawn games to play and even had dinner al fresco. The Lyman has plenty of nooks and quite spaces inside and out.

Great bunch of vendors helped make it all a beautiful day/night:

Florist: The Concord Flower Shop

Caterer: Tastings

Entertainment: Rob Wier

Venue and linen and chairs: Lyman Estate

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Gwen + Chun Fai at the Connors Center in Dover


When your tax accountant wants to hire you to photograph his daughter’s wedding–you jump at the chance. What a beautiful day for Gwen and Chun Fai at the Connors Center in Dover, Massachusetts. This Boston wedding photographer had the pressure on to deliver the goods after years of this man doing right by me when tax time came around each year. We had perfect weather for thelate Summer wedding ceremony in the garden. Gwen knew what she wanted to the smallest detail and I wanted to make sure her photographs reflected every bit of her meticulous planning. Enjoy this quick peak into their day.


Caterer: Swartz Catering Co.

Cake: Konditor Meister

Entertainment: Winiker Band

Venue: The Connors Center

Wedding Dress/Bridal Shop:Vera Wang Ball Gown and Aria Jullian Gown with low back

Florist: Artistic Blossoms

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Sonia + Amilton at the Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel

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After their engagement shoot last year I knew this would be an incredibly fun wedding and it certainly lived up to my expectations. Wow! They and all their friends and family really put on a show dancing and partying like rock stars. Chris, my second camera that day said, “They were the best dancers he’s ever seen at any wedding.” They just had fun from the oldest to the very young they all celebrated the marriage of this beautiful couple well into the night.

Also, I completed my first Brenizer-method stitch of 41 images using my 50mm at F1.6. The photo is the first in the slideshow above.

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Not Just Any Thursday…Stella + Bryan Get Hitched


A thin December sun sank slowly down Beacon Street as Stella and Brian slowly strolled through the Boston Public Garden. Long shadows were their company along with Jason, my assistant, and I. Stella wore a vintage looking coat she purchased in Paris and Bryan looked perfect in his tailored suit. They laughed.

Not an hour earlier had they made it all official during a Boston City Hall ceremony. They were the first eager folks to arrive but that waiting room filled up quick.  We’d started our day together at Piers Point Park in Eastie (East Boston) before heading into town. They had memorized beautiful vows to each other and after the officiants legal words and a quick exchange of rings we were off.

First stop the Beacon Hill and the cobblestones of Acorn St. Next we drifted down to Charles Street and then into the Public Garden. After some Mama duck riding we Uber-ed it to Inman Square in Cambridge and Trina’s Starlight Lounge. Trina’s was the scene of one of their first dates but we were too early for the hipster-dive so we ducked into the Druid for some Guinness and Jameson’s. We had the place to almost to ourselves except for a few regulars who bought them drinks and posed for pix.

We ended at Trina’s where they scarfed the famous grilled hot dogs and indulged in some fancy cocktails. Save for the wedding dress this date seemed like it could have been just another regular Thursday night out for these guys–and I think that’s exactly what they wanted.

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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.

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Cheryl & Norm and Orchids at the Mass Audubon’s Habitat

It was through a random conversation that this Boston wedding photographer had during a smidgen of downtime at the Mass Audubon Habitat in Belmont when I learned of Norm’s knowledge and apparent love for orchidaceae or the orchid. I told him how I buy them, usually from Trader Joe’s, and can never get them to re-flower–let alone live more than a month in my captivity. While he told me many things about how to care for these delicate flowers his advice was to just “lightly mist” the plant–particularly the flower.  He said this absolutely nonchalantly as if it just made sense. Problem solved. There may be a metaphor here and I could go into how it relates to marriage and relationships but I won’t.  What I will say is this–Norm gets it. I see what Cheryl sees in him and somehow this one little shred of his character gleaned from a snippet of idle conversation in the middle of his wedding said so much.

Just FYI the orchid my wife, Asha, received for being a room parent at my daughter’s school is still full of flowers and thriving–lightly misting all the way.

Cheryl adds the finishing touch to her wedding look--what else a single orchid.

Last look before wowing her waiting groom.

Sneaking up on Norm.

Norm gets a first hand look.

Home grown from Norm's personal stock.

Practicing some dance moves in a quiet moment.

The hardware amongst the flora of Cheryl's bouquet.

Something old.

Mom worried about the details wipes a lipstick kiss at the alter.

The vows.

Rings readied to be passed throughout the audience to be blessed by each.

Lots of emotions at the alter.

Sealed with a kiss.

The main room.

Passed apps stuffed new red potatoes with mushrooms.

The toasts became roasts.

Our night ended with a first dance...

And a last kiss.

Once again I must thank my wonderful assistant, Renee, and all these other wonderful vendors:

Caterer: Season to Taste Catering (Cambridge)

Florist: Jeri Solomon Floral Design (Melrose)

Cake or desserts by: Dessertworks (Norwood)

Linen & Chairs (If other than venue): Linens: Be Our Guest

Calligraphy, Invitation and all stationery Design: Designed by our bride, Cheryl McCaffrey

Entertainment Provided By: George Farrell Jazz Band (Boston)

Wedding gown by: Alix and Kelly

Jewelry by: Earrings by Swarovksi, Gold mesh bracelet by J. Crew, Silver antique bracelet, Cheryl’s Grandmother’s, Engagement and wedding ring by Jade Moran

Make-up by: Chantal Ambroise for Bobbi Brown

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Michelle & Sean, The Super Moon and how to use the semicolon (;)

Love in a limo; Livin' it up while we are going to the party.

When I photographed Michelle and Sean’s engagement session last Winter I had one burning question for these astute scholars of language and grammer, “How do you properly use the semicolon?”  I am a friend of the “long dash”; I sprinkle it around  my writing; I’m caught constantly peppering just about every paragraph with it.

Dictionary.com says, “A semicolon is used to separate two parts of a sentence that have a relationship to each other in terms of meaning when each part could stand alone as a sentence in its own right.” Is this not a great metaphor for these two? And lets hope that I’m using that word correctly.

Michelle and Sean were married; Holy Cross was the backdrop for their incredible wedding ceremony; Lord Thompson Manor pulled out all the stops for an elegant reception where the crowd danced the night away; a super moon appeared just for good measure. [I’m sure run-on sentences are still a no-no but you get the idea]

Some pre-ceremony shots.

The dress hanging in the Carriage House.

The shoes!

Cupid's torch can heat water forever, and make someone love another unendingly.

Michelle right before the reveal.

Window light makes everything alright.

Having some fun with the guys. Photo by Chris Gagne

Wedding Party shot out the Manor dining room window. Photo by Chris.

A smooch before leaving the church. Photo by Chris Gagne.

A surprise for the guests; some practiced dance moves!

Michelle's Mom and Dad share a moment as the couple shares their first dance.

Super Moonlight to end the night. Photo by Chris Gagne; he did all the hard work on this one!

Check this out: Many thanks to my awesome second camera: Chris Gagne and the staff at Lord Thompson Manor. Brick Park had them movin’ and groovin’ until the very end. Michelle’s wedding gown was by Mikaella and her hair and makeup were done by Lindsey Quaglia. All the calligraphy was done by the bride’s Mom!

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