May 22, 2012 | Weddings

My first wedding of The Crazy Season – as I like to call late spring through fall – was Emily and Mike’s beautiful Boston wedding at the super cool MIT Chapel and the elegant Exchange Conference Center on Boston Fish Pier. It was an unusually relaxed day, thanks to the expert coordination by Karen Hyde at Great Beginnings Events, and to Emily and Mike’s laid-back, go-with-the-flow attitudes. We also had some really awesome vendors to work with – I brought in super-star second shooter Earl Christie for the day; the gorgeous flowers were by Hanaya Floral, East Meets West Catering provided delicious food, and the night turned into a crazy awesome dance party led by my new favorite band, East Coast Soul (LOVE these guys!)

I started my day in Emily’s room at The Customs House Hotel with some getting ready and detail shots. I love her shoes!

Emily’s choice of dress was perfect: a silk J.Crew wedding dress that showed off her gorgeous back:

Emily was pretty excited to be ready – and she looked beautiful!

Mike joined us at the hotel for the first look. The back of The Customs House was such a great spot for it – I love all the lines of the columns, and it felt private and had some lovely shade.

After the first look, we headed out together for portraits around Boston Public Garden and the ICA. We got a ton of great shots, and it was hard narrowing down the selection for the blog post – so apologies if today’s post is a little portrait-heavy!

The ICA is one of my all-time favorite spots for wedding photos; and particularly fitting I thought for Emily, who is an architect. 🙂

For the group photos, we headed over to the Exchange Conference Center (I cannot tell you how wonderful it was to work with Michele and all the team there – they are so friendly and accommodating).

OK, one last photo from our session at the ICA:

The ceremony was held at MIT Chapel over in Cambridge. It is both one of the coolest chapels I’ve worked at (love the architecture, and especially the “waterfall” above the alter) and also one of the toughest – it’s small, dark, and has the whackiest mixed lighting I’ve seen … definitely a challenge!

Earl captured this great shot of Emily with her parents just before the ceremony began – thank you Earl!

This is the waterfall feature … so cool.

After the ceremony, we all headed back to the ECC, and I grabbed a few more photos with Emily and Mike on Boston Fish Pier:

This next shot is one of my all-time favorite detail shots … and it was captured by Earl. 🙂 Love the soft grays with the pop of fuchsia pink …

Two of my favorite first dance photos:

East Coast Soul are amazing performers; the three front-men-and-woman not only sing but they do some pretty fabulous dancing too. I especially loved this guy – he was so expressive:

They had some gorgeous uplighting at the reception too:

A sweet moment from the father daughter dance – and a little shout-out here to Ray for being such a fabulous father of the bride – he played a major role in the wedding planning and was an absolute sweetheart to boot!

And to close, one last couple’s portrait at night with the Boston harbor as a backdrop. Emily and Mike, thank you for trusting me to capture your amazing wedding; I hope you like the teasers so far, and I can’t wait to share your slideshow with you very soon!

1 Comment

  1. Beautiful work!!!!!!



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