Jan 4, 2013 | Weddings

This past year I’ve photographed 21 weddings as the first photographer, and an additional four as a second photographer for my colleagues.  I also had the privilege to fill in for a colleague who was in hospital for several days, and needed an emergency last minute replacement.  Twenty-six weddings in twelve months, and what an amazing journey it has been!  From the 15,000 or so images delivered to clients, I wanted to share a handful of my very favorite photos from each wedding … a handful of course meaning several very large fistfuls … but I hope you won’t mind me sharing.

I’ve photographed Christian weddings, Jewish weddings, secular weddings; a lesbian couple and two gay grooms; outdoor weddings in the blazing August sun, an outdoor wedding in the pouring rain; ceremonies in hotel ballrooms, back yards, and next to the ocean; weddings with 300 guests and one wedding with none.  I photographed my first full Indian wedding ceremony, at the majestic Taj Boston hotel, and my first wedding to take place in the doorway of a barn.  I photographed two amazing sisters who married one day apart, in their parents’ backyard on Cape Cod.

There’s no easy way to edit down these images and present them in a meaningful way – but I hope that by dividing up the day according to how I think of it as a photographer will make at least a little sense to you.  First up, then, the getting ready time.  This is often the most relaxed part of the day, at least for me; happy people, full of nervous energy, enjoying the beautification process.  It’s also a time for me to start building a story around the little details of the day: the shoes, the dress, the jewelry.  But it’s the emotional stuff that really gets me going, and two of my favorite images below are from the emotional “first look” moments between two brides and their fathers.


  1. Beautiful.

  2. Simply beautiful. You are so talented!!

  3. Love, love, LOVE!!! You are the best.

  4. gorgeous set of images!

  5. Wow, I loved your work, nice pictures beautiful moments, but above all, emotional and cheerful.

  6. These are awesome Kate McElwee!



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