Back in October, I photographed a wonderful Seaport Hotel & World Trade Center wedding in Boston’s beautiful Seaport District. Dean and Dave are a fantastic couple. They’ve been together for 16 years, living together in the South End for much of that time, and this summer they finally decided that it was time to tie the knot and throw a big party for their friends and families.
We started our time together on this bright and blustery fall day with some couples portraits around the World Trade Center. It’s a great spot architecturally with its huge archways and majestic view of downtown Boston. After taking a few photos of Dean and Dave, we met up with their closest friends and family members for a few quick group shots, then headed back into the hotel to the Flagship room for the ceremony.
The ceremony was marvelous. Dean’s sister officiated beautifully, and three of Dave and Dean’s closest friends gave readings. There were some hilarious moments, both during the readings, and throughout the vows. I’d had no idea before the ceremony quite how funny this couple is. The vows were incredible; as well as provoking much laughter, there were also some incredibly poignant and touching moments. It was an emotional roller-coaster for sure!
My favorite moment from the reception was Dean and Dave’s first dance. When we first met up to discuss photography, they’d asked me if that’s something gay couples did – and I told them they absolutely must! The first dance is one of my favorite parts of any wedding, and it allows me to capture emotionally charged photos in a natural way. They chose an old Italian song for their dance, ‘La Sete Di Vivere’, meaning, “the thirst for life”. It was perfect.
Finally, I must give a quick shout-out to the amazing vendors I worked with at this wedding. New Leaf Flores out of JP did me proud once again with the gorgeous flowers; Marianne, venue coordinator for this Seaport Hotel wedding, was an absolute delight to work with and remained calm and smiley throughout; and finally it was an absolute treat getting to work with DJ Anthony of JetSet Sounds for the very first time. He was fabulous: super professional, with a great personality, and of course he kept that dance floor packed all night long! Thank you guys!
OK, one last thing: after sharing a slideshow of favorites with Dean and Dave while they were on their honeymoon, Dean sent me the sweetest note: “Kate, what a surprise to receive these while we are in Paris. I was already drinking wine when I saw your email. The pictures are amazing! I started crying after two or three. What a great way to remember such a wonderful evening. You are a master, thanks again, Dean.” This is what matters – this is what really makes what I do special.