Elm Bank, Wellesley Wedding: Jess + Chris Getting Ready

Aug 3, 2010 | Weddings

Jess first contacted me over a year ago, while I was still living in Seattle.  She’d found me on WeddingBee, and was excited to hear that I was moving to Boston in plenty of time for her wedding to Chris.  It’s been a roller coaster ride ever since, with emails back and forth for our first couple of months of getting to know each other long-distance, through a semi-disastrous engagement session with ugly, heavy skies and orange bobbles (and a follow up great one), family photos with her brother’s sweet family, the amazing wedding of one of her very best friends … and finally (finally!) Saturday rolled around and I got to photograph a couple that I have come to adore.  They feel like long lost friends, and it was an emotional day for me, watching everything come together with perfection.  It’s been so exciting going through their photos over the last few days, and I am chomping at the bit to share them with you … and, more importantly, with Chris and Jess.

I started my day at Jess’ parents’ house in Wellesley.  Their beautiful home is filled with Asian art and antiques; so fitting, then, that Jess married a man from Shanghai …  Bella Artistry worked some makeup magic on Jess – and Jess sat there and glowed.  🙂

I had fun with the many pretty details.  The palette of blues and greens was beautiful, and I liked that Jess’ jewelry was so different to the white gold I usually find myself photographing:

Jess was helped into her dress in one of the front rooms – what a spot!  Chris had given her a bracelet to match her rings and earrings, and I couldn’t help but steal a shot of the sweet note he left with it:

My favorite photos at the house come from the moments when Jess’ parents saw her dressed and ready for the first time.  Also, the shot of Jess, hands in pockets, with that awesome expression?  She was saying, “Dad, look!  It’s got POCKETS!!”

With the girls all ready, it was time for me to head out and meet the guys over at Elm Bank.  Chris looked awesome.  So dashing in black and white!  The photos of the guys fixing their boutonnieres were cute and funny:

The florals were provided by Land Escapes.  They did a phenomenal job … more coming from them in later posts, of course.

Lookin’ good, Mr. Xu … and oh-so-ready for that first look.  That’ll be along tomorrow.  🙂


  1. Kate – You totally captured the vibe at the house, and I love seeing the men trying to make sense of those flowers. So fun!

  2. Thanks Jess! And thanks Lovisa too 🙂

  3. The photos are amazing! What a beautiful way to look back on such a lovely day! Some of the black-and-white close-ups of the two of you are absolutely stunning!

  4. Thanks so much for Jill. 🙂

  5. Love the photos Kate. We had so much fun working with Jessica and her Mom planning the wedding flowers! Your images are fantastic…can’t wait to see more!!

  6. The girls really have more preparations than boys. The photos captures it. Congratulations! 😀


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