This was my first Boston Public Library wedding with two grooms, and what an evening! I met up with these handsome grooms late afternoon. They got ready in a lovely room at the Mandarin Oriental, and I was tickled to find their pups Meeko and Bailey also in the room. I love the photo of Peter tying Josh’s bow tie, with the pups looking on. If every wedding could have a dog or two I think my job would be even more fulfilling. 🙂
Once the grooms were dressed, we walked over to the magnificent Boston Public Library and met up with immediate family for some photos on the grand staircase. It is such a beautiful spot, especially when the stairs are twinkling with candles. We also took a few photos around the library, including in the courtyard and in iconic Bates’ Hall with the green reading lamps.
We also spent a few minutes taking individual photos of the entire wedding wedding party with a studio light setup that approximated the style of photographer Platon who has photographed many household names for Time Magazine. I really enjoyed this challenge (I’m usually a natural/available light shooter for wedding portraits) and I was thrilled with the results and would love to do this again if any other couples are interested. Just let me know, as it involves a little prep in advance of the wedding day!
Guests were welcomed to the courtyard ceremony with hot drinks, and the courtyard looked beautiful, with florals by Table & Tulip and lighting by Frost Productions. The ceremony was performed by Peter’s sister Nathalie and was really beautiful. The pups managed to not quite steal the show!
Cocktail hour was held in the amazing Chevannes Gallery overlooking the grand staircase, and in the Abbey Room. Dinner was spectacular (thank you, Catered Affair, for also taking such great care of us vendors!) and was interspersed with toasts by Peter’s brother Emile and Josh’s sister Kayla. Dancing took place back in the Abbey Room and one of the early highlights was Peter and Josh’s first dance to Wicked Game by Chris Isaak. I’m not sure if it was the music, or witnessing a beautiful same sex marriage after a difficult week in politics, but I actually got pretty emotional during their dance, which is really unusual for me. It was followed by a joint mother-son dance, and halfway through the grooms swapped moms which was a really sweet touch.
I was about to leave for the evening when suddenly a hora broke out! I am SO glad I stayed to capture it – I’m not sure if Peter and Josh were expecting it either, but it was definitely one of my favorite parts of the day.
Thank you Josh, Peter, and your wonderful families for trusting me to document your beautiful wedding. I had an amazing time, and I hope you like this tiny selection of sneak peek photos – more coming late next week!