Tommy and Kyle got married in early October, and I’ve been looking forward to sharing these super fun State Room wedding photos for over two months. I wanted to wait until my new site was up and running, plus it’s been a very busy fall here (which is great!) These guys found me at another wedding, a couple of years ago, when I was second shooting for a good friend of mine. I took some photos of BU’s The Dear Abbeys singing (a surprise gift from the groom to his bride at the end of the ceremony) – Tommy was musical director at the time and loved my photos of the group. Side note – The Dear Abbeys are like family to these guys, and they were instrumental (haha) in Kyle’s proposal to Tommy which you must watch (click here). As we were arranging to meet we found out what a small world it is; Kyle works at Merck (where my husband works) and we have a mutual good friend, Gretchen, who was a guest at the wedding. I remember thinking at the time, “it must be fate …”
I started my day at Kyle and Tommy’s apartment where they were hanging out and getting ready with their best friends and moms. There was a ton of laughter all morning, and then some really sweet moments as Tommy and Kyle helped each other to get dressed. By the way, those fabulous suits are by J.Crew. I love them! Once everyone was ready, the marriage certificate was signed (their officiant was Kyle’s old music director and friend, Jim), and we headed over to the Christian Science Plaza for some group photos. I then took Tommy and Kyle over to the Public Library for some couples portraits – it was a pretty dreary day but I love the images we created.
Both ceremony and reception were held at the wonderful State Room, my favorite wedding venue in Boston. You can see some more of my favorite State Room Boston wedding photos here. The ceremony featured a beautiful reading by friends (in French, no less!) and of course a musical performance by The Dear Abbeys. I had to remind myself to photograph it, and not just enjoy the singing. The first dance was probably my favorite all year; it started with Kyle and Tommy walking towards each other and back again, a couple of times, then went into a sweet waltz, and ended with their wedding party joining them for a couple of minutes, with a surprise grand finale of a huge group hug.
The toasts were hilarious – I especially loved the moment when Kyle’s friends were asked to return the keys they had for their apartment, and pretty much the entire room got up … and Tommy and Kyle’s toast was so sweet – they thanked all of their friends and family for putting them up overnight, and in some cases for a week or more, so that they could rent out their place on Airbnb in order to pay for the wedding (genius!) The night ended with an awesome dance party that included glow sticks – yeah! Special thanks to my awesome second shooter Lindsay Flanagan who captured some of the moments above. I especially love her photo of Tommy and Kyle’s first dance.
Kyle and Tommy sent me the sweetest thank you gift after I sent over their full set of photos, along with this wonderful note: “Kate, we simply can’t thank you enough for the amazing work you did that has forever captured the memories of our wedding! Everything happens for a reason, and I firmly believe fate brought us to you. Merry Christmas and thank you again! Love, Tommy and Kyle.” Fate indeed.