Oct 25, 2011 | Weddings

As you can probably tell from my enthusiasm when I write about the weddings I photograph, I really love my work, and consider it to be an honor each and every week to play such an important role in my couples’ weddings.  However, there is something so incredibly special about being chosen as the photographer for those rare intimate celebrations – and especially when the wedding is so intimate that it’s just you, the couple and the officiant.

Jessica contacted me less than two weeks before her wedding to Sarafina; she told me that they are very private people, and it was important that their wedding be just the two of them … however they decided last-minute that they’d really like some photos too – and I’m sure their families and friends will be particularly happy that they made that decision!  Because there were no guests, I felt my role as storyteller was more important than perhaps it ever has been, and I actually felt more nervous photographing these girls than I have for a long time.

I started my coverage at their apartment in JP, just in time for breakfast.  They have two cats, one of whom is this awesome hairless kitty called Ophelia – I love these shots of her making friends with a bottle of bubbly.  🙂

While Sarafina cooked up a storm, Jessica played with Ophelia:

Breakfast time!

We took the T over to City Hall in Cambridge for the ceremony:

We lucked out and got the most awesome JP – and she was more than happy to let us do it all outside on the lawn. Hurray for natural light!

There was some crazy construction going on over the other side of the lawn, but it didn’t matter one bit to Sarafina and Jessica who were completely wrapped up in the (very wonderful) moment.

The first kiss as a married couple was cute … but the images I captured a few moments later were my favorite – they were SO excited to finally be married! 🙂

We took a few photos at City Hall, then headed down the street for coffee:

There were a lot of big grins and cute giggles …

These ladies live right next to Forest Hills Cemetery in Jamaica Plain, and when we were discussing places for portraits I suggested heading back there to keep it personal and local and they loved the idea. They both run through the cemetery on a regular basis, and it was the perfect early afternoon spot for photos.

There are some really neat structures in the cemetery, including this mausoleum:

A few last photos at my favorite spot of the day, a beautiful bridge bathed in gorgeous light. Thank you both so much for trusting me to document your wedding day; I hope you’ve enjoyed the teasers!

1 Comment

  1. Kate, these photos are so beautiful and emotional. I love that on your blog I get to see everything from intimate, city hall weddings to big multi-day full production affairs! How amazing.


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