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The Newbury Boston Wedding Photos: Caroline & Michael

Jun 25, 2023 | City Weddings, Weddings

I was back at The Newbury Boston for this magical, rainy June wedding with Caroline and Michael, and it was the most amazing day partly *because* of the rain. I remember telling Caroline’s mom Gloria that rain on a wedding day does something really special to the atmosphere … people seem to come together that bit closer, and there is something especially warm and intimate about rainy wedding day photos. I think people must think I’m a little mad until they experience it …

This was also my first wedding at Trinity Church in Boston. It is an incredibly beautiful church in the most amazing location, but they are very restrictive about photography in the church. At first we were told that I would need to be right at the very back of the church for the entire ceremony; after a little back and forth, I was shown a couple of additional spots where I was allowed to take a handful of photos. So, this ceremony looks a little different to my usual coverage. I also used a tripod for some epic photos of the processional and recessional, to highlight the architectural beauty of Trinity.

One of the things I’ve never really talked about is how I fall a little bit in love with my couples. I know it sounds super weird, but it’s one of the things that keeps me coming back to this oftentimes stressful and always exhausting work, year after year.

It usually happens at some point during the wedding day – often towards the end of the evening, maybe after toasts when I learn so much more about the couple, or during dancing when I see them really let loose. With Michael and Caroline, it happened early in the day, during their quietest and most intimate moments, and I hope that this shows in their photos. They are truly such special people – wonderful as individuals and magical as a couple.

One of the things I love about them is the deep love they have for their families; they specifically requested additional candid photos of their families throughout the event and I worked really hard to seek out their parents and siblings during cocktail hour, toasts, and dancing. They also made it easy for me by including their families in so many key moments: their immediate families were their wedding party, and gave the toasts; Caroline had a first look with her dad – a late addition to the timeline and one of the sweetest moments of the day; Caroline’s sister joined us for portraits to help with her dress … all these little things meant that they became a huge part of the day, and therefore the photos.

Some of my absolute favorite photos below, in no particular order: Michael’s brother Freddy goofing around being very Freddy during the getting ready (followed by a big group hug); Caroline hugging her sister Elizabeth after her toast, and Michael reaching out to touch Elizabeth’s arm; the sweetest hug during Michael & Caroline’s first look (can you tell that these two are the best huggers?); the epic exit from Trinity Church with ribbon wands – love all the elated smiles; and all the guests reacting to Caroline’s dance with her dad – to ‘Sweet Caroline’ (of course!) – it was so perfect.

Caroline also told me how much she loved the black and white moments in my portfolio so I have shown more black and whites in this post than I might normally; and I have to admit, these are my absolute favorites too.

Finally, I have to mention that we had the most incredible vendor team: Billie Evers of B.E. Creative designed the weekend and it was spectacular – he’s a genius designer. Erin Davies headed up the planning and coordination team and I was reunited with my old dream team from The Catered Affair – Erin, Bryanne and Erica were my three favorites from my earlier weddings at the Boston Public Library. It was such a treat to work with them all again in a new setting! We also had Table & Tulip for florals (the BEST), Frost Productions for lighting, Dani Wagener for all things beauty (I adore Dani and her team), and new-to-me band Sugarbabies who absolutely killed it. Plus I got to see my new friend Jillian who recently became director of catering at The Newbury after many years at The Langham. What a dream!

Immense thanks to Caroline, Michael and their families for trusting me to document their wedding weekend for them. I hope you enjoy these highlights!


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