Taj Boston Indian Wedding: Allie + Phil’s Rooftop Ceremony

Jan 22, 2014 | Indian Weddings, Weddings

These photos from Allie and Phil’s gorgeous Taj Boston Indian wedding on the rooftop have been sitting on the back burner for months while I got my new site set up.  I’m so happy to finally share some favorites of this wonderful couple’s epic wedding weekend, starting with their Indian wedding ceremony.

On a beautiful, crisp, Friday morning in early November, I headed over to the Taj Boston to photograph Allie getting ready with her mom, sister, and aunt in a small suite overlooking the Public Gardens.  It was a pretty early start – before 8am! – but the coffee was good and strong, and spirits were high.  Allie was so incredibly excited about getting married – while many brides are excited for the wedding day, the dress, and all the little details, Allie simply couldn’t wait to finally tie the knot.  So she and Phil decided to do it twice; once in an Indian ceremony to honor her late father, and again the next day in a western church ceremony.

As someone who loves color, seeing the vibrant red and gold of Allie’s Indian wedding dress made me so incredibly happy!  We hung it up in the window of the suite to enjoy while she was having her makeup done (by the talented Shruti of GokaLove).  Some of my favorite photos of the day happened in this little suite; I love how involved the family was in helping Allie dress and put on her veil.  Allie’s expressions were priceless too; she was bursting with joy all morning!

We held a sweet first look outside on Comm Ave.  Phil looked so dapper in his own Indian wedding outfit – I especially loved his shoes, as seen in one of the photos above.  The first look was filled with emotion; there were definitely a few tears from Allie!  We spent thirty minutes or so on Comm Ave and around the Public Garden taking some couples portraits before heading back in for the Indian ceremony on the Taj rooftop.

The decor for the Indian ceremony was beautiful, and so colorful.  The light on the rooftop was perfect too; bright and sunny.  The ceremony itself was so much fun to photograph.  Most of us – bride and groom included – had no idea what to expect at any point, and there was a lot of laughter throughout.  Shooting solo definitely kept me on my toes, but I’m really happy with the photos.

Allie and Phil’s Taj Boston Indian wedding film is up on the Long Haul Films blog – please click here to check it out; they did an amazing job with it!  And a little side note – Long Haul are so fantastic to work with; this was my second wedding with them this year, and I highly recommend them to all of my couples looking to have a gorgeous wedding film made by unobtrusive documentary film-makers.  And if you’d like to see more Taj Boston wedding photos, click here.  Coming soon: the western wedding at Old South Church, and a super fun reception in the Taj Boston ballroom!


  1. Wow! These are some gorgeous colorful amazing captures in amazing light. Great job Kate!

    • Thank you so much Rosi! 🙂

  2. I cant resist the beauty of indian weddings



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