Boston Public Library Wedding: Lauren & Noah

Jun 10, 2024 | Weddings

What a treat to be back at the Boston Public Library but this time on a gloriously long springtime day with beautiful weather! It’s funny, I’ve become so used to photographing late fall and winter weddings at the Library, that it’s always something of a shock to have tons of natural light to work with, and I took full advantage!

Lauren & Noah got ready at the Fairmont Copley Plaza, and I spend an hour or two in the girls’ suite capturing the end of hair and makeup. Once Lauren was dressed and ready to go, I met Noah in Peacock Alley (the prettiest corridor at the Fairmont) to set up their first look. They wanted to minimize time in the heat and also take full advantage of the pretty hotel decor, and it was perfect. Then, we walked accross the street with the full wedding party and both immediate families for the group photos. I always recommend taking the bulk of the formal groupings before heading over to the BPL as then I can concentrate on getting a variety of beautiful couples portraits once we are at the Library.

My wonderful second shooter Jeremy Gasowski met us at the Library, and captured some candids of family while I photographed the last few groups on the grand staircase. He also captured a second angle during couple portraits, and some of the photos below are his, including the beautiful top-down shot of the staircase and the wide ceremony shots from the balcony.

The ceremony was held in the courtyard and was short but sweet with a few laughter filled moments. One of my favorite ceremony photos is of the guys applauding the couple right after the kiss (one of Jeremy’s photos). Cocktail hour took place mostly in the courtyard (what a treat!) then everyone went up the grand staircase to Bates for dinner.

A couple things I loved here: Lauren & Noah chose their favorite books as table markers, and wrote notes about what each book meant to them. I was really happy to catch a few guests going around and reading their notes, and checking out the books in more detail. It felt really personal. Another thing that was special was how they set up the entrances into dinner: the wedding party (and couple) entered from the far end of Bates Hall, giving us a really long aisle to capture the entrances. This is so much better (for us) than the usual setup for entrances (through the main doorway), and I hope other couples consider this option too!

Another detail I loved was the custom Trivial Pursuit cards that were scattered on tables during cocktail hour and throughout the reception. I had no idea such a thing existed, and it was such a fun way to help guests feel really engaged.

Dinner followed the first dance and some very sweet toasts, then we headed back downstairs for dancing and dessert in the Guastavino room. Boston Common Band were fantastic and brought so much energy; shout-outs also to the always-fabulous staff at The Catered Affair, and to florist Berry Branch and makeup artist Love Notes by June. Finally, huge thanks to the absolute loveliest couple, Lauren & Noah, and their wonderful families, for the warm welcome. It was such a joy to work with you all!


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