On Saturday, I got to second shoot for one of my very favorite people in the whole of the US: fellow photographer, Brit, lover of beautiful shoes and fine booze, Leah Haydock. Leah second shot for me back in early July, and it was my turn to return the favor … and what a fun favor it was! Neeta and Rich were married at the Hyatt Regency in Cambridge. It was a joining of cultures (Neeta is Indian, Rich Korean) and a festival of color. After a year of blue themed weddings, I was so very ready for some shocking fuchsia, oooh yes!
I started my afternoon just as Neeta was about to get into her gorgeous Maggie Sottero gown:
I loved how excited and happy all the girls were, and how touched Rich was as he opened a letter from Neeta in the room next door. The colors for this wedding were awesome … combine that with the henna tattoos: photographic bliss!
One of my very favorite things about this wedding was the food and drink. As guests arrived for the ceremony, they were served glasses of mango lassi. Yum!
The ceremony was very personal and there was a good mix of teary eyes and huge laughs. I especially loved the moment when Neeta pointed out their soft toy, Liger, who was watching the ceremony from up inside the hotel:
While Leah was busy taking awesome couples portraits of Neeta and Rich, I headed into the 16th floor Charles View Ballroom to get some detail shots. It was such a gorgeous setup, and there was so much light to work with. The fabulous Christy at Cake Weddings and her assistant Erica not only did a spectacular job with the decor and flow, but were SO awesome to work with. I highly recommend them!
And some final photos of the reception, including some cute couples portraits in the lobby.
Huge thanks to Neeta and Rich for their wonderful warm welcome, to their friends and family for bringing the fun, and to Leah for inviting me to second shoot for her at such a fabulous wedding. And be sure to head over to Leah’s blog for gorgeous photos galore. 🙂 Oh, and for any techies out there reading this: I wanted to see if I could shoot an entire wedding with just two lenses, a 24 1.4 and a 135 2.0. Turns out I can … until the dancing starts. I had to bring out my trusty old 35 1.4 for the dancing (and my 85 1.4 came in handy during the reverse-angle cake cutting too). What I did find, though, was that I absolutely did not miss the gigantic 70-200 2.8 that I used to rely so heavily on. Happy days!
I love you too 😉 Well, almost as much as I love Neeta & Rich for being so awesome. They are lucky bunnies indeed to have such an overqualified second shooter and I think we’re looking a a three volumes of albums now your phenomenal pictures are in the mix.
Awwww what a fun wedding. I love second shooting. It’s nice to play!
LOVE the last shot so much!
Wow, Kate, these photos came out amazing! Thank you so much! When I heard you and Leah were trading a wedding, I was crossing my fingers that we might be lucky enough to get you at ours! We are *so* lucky to have had you second shoot our wedding! The shots are so beautiful! Love all the gorgeous details, especially the henna shots! I’m so glad Leah introduced me to you blog, I think I will be stalking you too from now on!
PS. So glad you enjoyed our wedding! That’s a huge compliment coming from a wedding photographer!!! 🙂
Awww, thank you all so much! Neeta and Rich, it was such an honor to work with you both on your amazing celebration – so thank YOU! You know, I loved the food so much that we ended up going to their restaurant the next night for dinner! 🙂