emotional ceremony moment at a hampshire house wedding in boston

Hampshire House Wedding in Boston: Farley + Jason

Aug 8, 2013 | Weddings

hampshire house wedding portrait in public gardens

Almost two weeks ago, I photographed my first Hampshire House wedding. It was an intimate celebration, filled with a ton of emotion, and multiple episodes of wedding day tears … in other words, my very favorite kind of wedding day! This was a special day for the bride and groom, Farley and Jason, of course, but even more special perhaps for Farley’s daughter Hope, who officially gained a new dad that day. When I first met them, they told me what an important role Hope played in their lives, and how important it was that she be a big part of the wedding day, and the resulting photos.

I started my day at the fabulous XV Beacon hotel where everyone was getting ready. One of my very favorite makeup artists in Boston, Veronica Shin, was busy working her magic on Farley when I started photos:

bride having makeup applied by veronica shin makeup artist

There were many gifts exchanged during the getting ready time. Hope took Farley’s gift to Jason up to his room – and was surprised with a beautiful bracelet from him. I absolutely love her reaction – and the simple, sweet photo of her hugging him so tightly after is one of my favorites from the whole day!

hope receives gift from groom

I had some fun with the details, using this pretty box I found in the suite at XV Beacon.

cool and kick ass shot of the rings

Farley’s final hair fixes – love her huge smile here!

bride finishing up hair and makeup at xv beacon wedding

Farley gave Jason a really unique gift: a Japanese money chest containing some sweet and fun gifts. My favorite of the gifts inside was a trio of coins, one from each of their birth years, and one from this year, the year of their marriage.

groom opening gift from brideone coin for each year grooms gift

Farley’s girls helping her into her wedding dress:

bride getting dressed with bridesmaids at xv beacon wedding

And Farley reading her card from Jason … which contained what must have been an incredibly moving letter.

bride reading emotional letter from her groom

After some formal photos in the Public Garden, we headed over to Hampshire House for the ceremony. It was held in the lovely library there, and officiated by the always wonderful Gayle Smalley:

guests waiting for ceremony to begin at hampshire house weddinglibrary room details at hampshire house wedding

Krista Guenin was my fab second shooter that day, and she captured this great shot of Farley and her father about to process down the aisle:

krista photo photo of bride with father

Meanwhile, I was photographing Jason’s reaction. The couple chose not to have a first look, so this photo was especially important to capture. And Jason’s expression in the black and white image that follows truly says it all – I was so happy to capture this moment!

groom emotional and tearing up seeing bridehampshire house wedding ceremony photos with emotional groom

Farley listening to Jason’s vows, and Jason’s parents watching the ceremony:

sweet moments during the ceremony at hampshire house boston

Hope read a sweet passage to her mom and new dad – love this:

daughter reading to parents during ceremony at hampshire housebride and groom reading vows at hampshire house wedding

Here’s a happy couple! It always makes me laugh watching the emotional roller-coaster of tears and tension, followed by the huge, happy grins at the end of the ceremony.

hampshire house wedding recessional

After the ceremony, we headed back to the Public garden for the remainder of the portraits. Here’s the full wedding party:

bridal party photo in public garden in boston

And some cute photos of Farley and Jason in a little patch of gorgeous afternoon sunlight:

hampshire house wedding couples portraitsgroom and bride during boston public garden wedding photos

Love the willow trees at the Public Garden – they make such a perfect backdrop for portraits:

hampshire house wedding cute couples photos in public garden

Meanwhile, Krista was photographing cocktail hour for me, back at Hampshire House. I love this image – that light!

cool light during cocktail hour at hampshire house wedding

A few Hampshire House wedding details from the library:

reception details in the library at hampshire house weddinghampshire house wedding reception setup in library

Two of my favorite photos from the first dance:

hampshire house wedding first dancehampshire house wedding black and white first dance image

Jason’s father gave a wonderful toast … it actually moved Jason’s best man to tears, and Jason wasn’t far behind! I love this shot because you can just make out Jason, Farley and Hope in the background:

hampshire house wedding father of the groom toast

After dinner, we sneaked out for a few night time portraits. Here are two of my favorites:

night time silhouette at hampshire house weddinghampshire house wedding evening portraits in beacon hill

After dinner came the parent dances – love this of Jason and his mom:

mother son dance at hampshire house wedding

And then the party started! Thanks to Beat Train DJ Seth for the great music!

hampshire house wedding fun dance floor photos

And one final party pic to end on. Thank you all so much for an awesome day, and for the opportunity to photograph my first Hampshire House wedding – and I’ll have a separate post with all the awesomely silly photobooth pics going up in a couple of weeks!

hampshire house wedding black and white party dance floor shot


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