If you missed part one of my favorite wedding photos of 2016, you can find that here. Part two is finally here, with photos from after the ceremony. Above: Rachel and Toby enjoy Champagne in their limo en-route from the ceremony to the reception. I always try to travel with the couple throughout the day as it’s during these in-between moments that my favorite photos often happen.
Rachel and Mike married at her parents’ beautiful home in the Berkshires (my first Berkshires wedding!) After the ceremony, we headed over to an abandoned fairground for some portraits.
Sarah and Garrett got married in the front yard of her grandmother’s Cape home. Here they are walking together along the driveway, enjoying a few quiet moments together during the reception. It’s always smart to take a few minutes together every hour or two as it’s such a whirlwind of a day.
The grand door at Saltwater Farm Vineyard in Stonington, CT is an iconic spot for portraits. I tried to make it my own by capturing a moment-between, and framing with leaves from the trees opposite the doorway.
Kristen and Marcus braved breaking waves for some photos out on the jetty during their Wianno Club wedding reception.
A sweet moment between Yvette and her ring bearer during cocktail hour at the Oceanview of Nahant.
I’m always on the lookout for a human element when I’m taking “detail” photos – like this bar tender’s hand reaching in for a bottle at Sarah and Garrett’s Cape backyard wedding.
This wedding party had the perfect reaction to Jessica & Jonathan’s first dance! Love the enthusiasm here. 🙂
One of my most spectacular receptions was Julie & Jesus’ NYE extravaganza at the Seaport Hotel & World Trade Center. The florals by Orly Khon were breathtaking.
Melissa & Dave’s reception was equally stunning – again Orly Khon had worked some serious magic in the ballroom at Belle Mer – and Dave was blown away!
I really love photographing the first dance. I’m always looking for those little moments where the couple is connecting, sharing a glance, or snuggled in extra tight.
Great toasts make for even better reactions from the guests. Jessica and Jonathan’s guests were really into it!
A swoon-worthy kiss at the end of their first dance for Hillary & Zak. Their multicultural-Jewish wedding at the Mandarin Oriental in Boston was absolutely gorgeous, and brimming with emotion.
Nicole and Jolie had an intricately choreographed first dance at their Lenox Hotel wedding, and they looked so elegant throughout.
Beautiful Lauren was beaming throughout her Fairmont Copley wedding, even during the first dance which she had admitted to being a little nervous about.
The parent dances are usually the more emotional of the first dances and I’m always hoping to capture a tear. Rachel and her dad held each other close, and Rachel definitely got teary-eyed.
Elise and her dad had a great time during their upbeat father-daughter dance at this wonderful State Room Boston wedding!
Rachel danced with her dad while her uncle played guitar and sang; such a beautiful way to incorporate talented family members into your wedding.
… and she got emotional at the end, too.
Josh and Peter had an unexpected hora at their super fun Boston Public Library wedding. I was so happy I was still there to capture these fun moments for them!
Although it’s fun to document the high-energy “loud” moments at weddings, I find myself seeking out the quieter ones just as much. This sweet moment shows the wonderful friendship between Hillary and her bridesmaids in a more subtle way.
The hora is always a highlight for me, and it’s one of the reasons why I love Jewish weddings so much (other reasons include the importance of family in the Jewish ceremony and throughout the wedding day). This is from Lauren & Kerran’s Fairmont Copley wedding reception.
Another great fun hora at Jolie and Nicole’s lesbian Jewish wedding at the Lenox Hotel in Boston.
Zak is fully immersed in the moment, surrounded by his best friends, dancing.
Melissa & Dave’s very fun hora at their Belle Mer wedding this past November.
Toasts are the perfect time to capture beautiful candid photos of friends and family. I always photograph the toast giver first, and the couple, then I search for emotional reactions from everyone else. This is Hillary’s sister and maid of honor Danielle, getting choked up during their parents’ welcome toast.
There should be more grandparent toasts at weddings! Kadie’s grandfather stole the show before dinner at this wonderful Wychmere Beach Club wedding in August.
Zak’s best man telling hilarious tales about his friend at a Mandarin oriental wedding reception.
I worked with some incredible bands this past year, many of them part of the Wilson Stevens collective. This band at Julie and Jesus’ NYE wedding was a mixture of two bands who traveled up from NYC for the night.
A fun late night portrait for Toby & Rachel under the iconic lights of the Omni Parker House in downtown Boston. I don’t usually take couples out during the reception as I hate to interrupt their time with friends and family, but when the couple requests it, I am always up for the challenge of some night time portraits.
A very fun and silly cake cutting with Kadie and Allen.
The guys’ dance during Rachel and Toby’s hora.
Guests getting down on the dance floor at Jesus and Julie’s NYE wedding at the Seaport Hotel and World Trade Center.
Guests showcasing their moves at Chris and Elise’s State Room wedding.
I love this photo of one of Jesus’ aunts getting into the dancing at their NYE wedding. So fun!
Kids at weddings make for great photos. And they seemed to rule the dance floor at my weddings this year! This was at Kiri & Alfonso’s Mountain Top Inn wedding.
Bouquet and garter tosses are slowly falling out of favor, and I think I photographed just two this past year. I wonder if in 20 years we’ll look at these photos and wonder, “what on earth is happening here?!” They can sometimes be a little awkward, but when everyone gets into the spirit of it, like at Kristen & Marcus’ Wianno Club wedding this past summer, they can make for great photos.
Kristen and her girlfriends having fun on the dance floor. I work hard throughout the day to get everyone feeling really comfortable in my presence. These girls barely noticed I was there by the time dancing rolled around, exactly how I like it.
Fun times on the dance floor for all …
Rachel & Mike towards the end of their Berkshires wedding reception.
I love this guest’s expressive hands!
Melissa & Dave had a pretty special reception at Belle Mer this past fall; Dave played drums in the band Rev Theory, and they played a few songs during the reception, much to the delight of the guests. Especially this guest!
Melissa was also thrilled when Dave played a song he wrote especially for her – this is her reacting to the line about how he loves her even more than he loves Tom Brady. So great!!
I love photographing New Year’s Eve weddings – there is an extra level of celebration, and Julie and Jesus did it right by setting off confetti canons at midnight.
A sweet end-of-evening family dance photo; such a sweet moment, and one of my favorite families of all time (I have photographed the weddings of both daughters and one of the two sons).