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Both bride and groom got ready at their venue for this Omni Parker House wedding, which meant I was able to cover both guys and gals during the morning. Spirits were high in both rooms, despite some weather issues (it really looked like it was going to rain all afternoon) and a lot of traffic (the Omni Parker House is right on the Boston Pride route which was awesome for photos but not ideal for getting around!) In fact, we didn’t have any major issues, and we arrived at St Stephen’s Armenian church in Watertown right on time! Rachel stepped from the limo just moments before the ceremony was due to start and I quickly dived into place at the front of this beautiful church for the processional.
Armenian ceremonies start with the vows and ring exchange, after which the newlyweds are invited to the altar for the remainder of the ceremony. One of my favorite moments was the crowning of the bride and groom; I also loved that there was beautiful singing throughout the service. It was pretty special!
After the ceremony, we headed off for portraits around Boston. I took some of my favorite ever wedding party portraits on Fan Pier with the Boston skyline in the background. I decided to play with my Profoto B2 light for these, along with a small soft box, and I really love how they turned out. It also helped that I had a really awesome wedding party to work with – they were up for anything, so fun, and just really lovely people. I knew a few of them from Matt and Cara’s Larchmont Yacht Club wedding last year and it was great seeing Matt take on the best man role (he killed his toast!) and catching up with sweet Cara.
The reception had so many great moments, but my very favorites included Rachel’s uncle singing for the first dance and parent dances, and the Armenian dancing and Jewish hora (Rachel is Armenian, and Toby is Jewish). I also loved the “movie lights” portraits that we took late into the reception. What a great spot!
I’ll be posting many more photos of this Omni Parker House wedding soon in a full post, but wanted to share these sneak peeks while the memories are fresh.