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A sentimental Boston City Hall + Back Bay wedding

 
 

Danielle and Kyle got roped into a first date after lots of shared cups of coffee in the company kitchen. They kept their relationship under wraps until they knew it was “real” - and after a test weekend in the middle of winter in Portland, Maine, it was definitely legit! Danielle and Kyle got on the same page about life, kids, and their future, so they bought a house together and are full steam ahead on creating an amazing life together!

They returned to Portland and picked out a classic, vintage inspired ring made for women who had to go back to work in factories during WWII called “the victory ring,” made with the strongest prong setting available and dainty engraving on the band to demonstrate the balance of strength and feminism desired by women in that era.

After reading their handwritten vows at Boston City Hall, Danielle and Kyle re-created their entire relationship by hitting all the special spots they share memories from in Boston: running on the Esplanade, Kyle’s stoop on Dartmouth Street, walking along Comm Ave together, Danielle watching Kyle finish the Boston Marathon, and even eating their favorite avocado toast at Met Back Bay.

Flowers: Central Square Florist - Hair + Makeup: Bride, lessons from Beauty by Shannon Elaine - Rings: Cross Jewelers

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An Irish Boston Public Garden wedding

 
 

Elaine & Conor said "I do" in the Public Garden on Friday, but you have to say it like they did, in an adorable Irish accent! These two met EIGHT years ago out dancing, "where we immediately hit it off and got on like a house on fire" 🔥⁠⠀

Conor moved to Boston for work and Elaine is finishing up her residency in Ireland, but that doesn't phase them - they've done distance off and on and know that Skype dates and transatlantic travel is the best cure!

The new Mr. & Mrs. Smyth had a first look (Conor got very emotional!), a sweet Irish ceremony with my dearest JOP Priscilla officiating (and 30 curious onlookers in the park), traveled around Beacon Hill, and ended with a bottle of champagne at the waterfront all before their romantic dinner at Mistral that night!⁠

Thank you to the amazing vendors!

Photography: Lena Mirisola - Hair: James Joseph Salons - Makeup: Kerri Herlihy - Flowers: Central Square Florist - Officiant: Married by Priscilla

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A sentimental Boston City Hall + Public Garden wedding

 
 

Anna & Matt have been together forever! They shared their first kiss in the rain overlooking the beach at Salem Willows way back in high school 🥰 A couple of college degrees, an apartment, a house and a dog later... 💍⁠⠀

SO, everything from the pouring rain on that day, the romantic willow trees in the Public Garden, to their date (the eve of their 12th anniversary) came full circle 😭⁠ They were so excited to breathe a sigh of relief that they finally did it (and so people would stop asking when / where / how they'd be getting married after all those years 😂)⁠⠀

Their parents joined them for their Boston City Hall ceremony, and the rest of their families met them at the Boston Public Garden. Anna’s sisters surprised them with a custom wedding sign, too! So adorable! They waltzed through the garden, up to the State House, and ended in Beacon Hill, on Joy Street <3

Dress: BHLDN - Shoes - Badgley Mischka + TOMS - Suit: Express - Flowers: Whole Foods + sister Li - Hair and makeup: sister Li - Wedding bands: Tetreault Jewelers

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A summertime Boston City Hall wedding

 
 

Jingyi & Qian may have lived on the same street since they were 13 years old, but they didn’t meet until their freshman year of high school. They started dating right after graduation, and attended the same college in their hometown of Nanjing, China. Now they’re both pursuing their PhD’s in America!⁠⠀
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If there’s anything they love as much as each other, it’s spicy food. As Jingyi put it, “We like spicy food, cooking spicy food, and eating spicy food and watching TV shows at home.” Safe to say they keep it hot 🔥 🔥 🔥 They got married on a hot Friday in July with their best friends (who flew in from different parts of the country for them!) at Boston City Hall, then headed over to the Boston Public Garden and Beacon Hill for their portraits!

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A romantic, 1930's inspired Boston Public Garden wedding

 

Boston City Hall may have cancelled their appointment, but the show went on for Katherine & Geoff’s romantic, 1930’s inspired wedding day!

 

Katherine & Geoff met almost a decade ago in the most random of places - Bloomington, Indiana. Geoff was studying French history and Katherine was studying Russian language and culture - neither of which they utilize for anything but witty dinner conversation. They moved to Boston in 2014 and bought a home together a few years later. They have a “fickle feline overlord” named Beau, who followed Geoff home on his mail route one day. Instant member of the family! They love watching old movies (especially Casablanca), taking walks around the neighborhood hand in hand, exploring new places, dishing about fantasy card games and Star Trek, and trying new recipes.

They had planned a simple City Hall wedding, picked the date, and got it engraved on the inside of their wedding bands… and then they got a call from City Hall cancelling their appointment (and all appointments that day) for meetings. So what did they do? Katherine & Geoff took a deep breath and found another way! Priscilla Geaney is my favorite Justice of the Peace who I’ve worked with over the years at my “big weddings” - so we knew who to call right away!

The weather was slated to pour all day, which it definitely did during their ceremony, but we had a few totally clear hours to shoot around the Boston Public Garden and Beacon Hill (which were EMPTY from the rain!) before heading to Long Wharf to pop a bottle of champagne. Smart cookie Katherine swapped her Jimmy Choo’s for LL Bean boots to walk almost 4 miles around the city! She sported a dress from the 1930’s, and wrapped around her bouquet were her mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and great great grandmother’s wedding rings. Four generations of women! Incredible. They finished with a glass of champagne, sang “Singing In The Rain,” and went home to dry of and feed the cat before their celebratory wedding dinner.

Vendors:

Photography: Lena Mirisola - Officiant: Priscilla Geaney - Hair and Makeup: Station 8 Salon - Dress: Female Hysteria - Tux: Frank’s Custom Tailoring - Flowers - New Leaf Flores - Hair combs - Amore Treasure

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A sunny Boston City Hall + Esplanade Wedding

 
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Félicitations and felicidades to Ariane + David = the most perfect French + Chilean pair to ever get married in the beautiful city of Boston. They love their little backyard in the South End, where David proposed to Ariane on a perfect sunny day at home with their cats. They love going on long walks when the weather is nice, so they chose to do just that on their wedding day! From Boston City Hall (where Ariane loved officiant Maureen’s antique typewriter) to the Boston Public Garden all the way to the Esplanade where they popped a French bottle of champagne.

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A glamorous, springtime Boston City Hall + Public Garden wedding

 
 

"You're the salt to my vinegar, the almond butter to my jelly, the lime to my tequila..."

They compliment each other in the best of ways: ramen for Nichole, Thai for Kass. Wine for Nichole, whiskey for Kass. Nichole's shopping weakness are candles, Kass's are shoes.

After almost 4 years and a sweet, sweet proposal at their home in February, these two said I DO! With lots of tears + tissues obvi. Their vow books matched the baby blue painted iron of the bridge over the Boston Public Garden pond, and they got married on the same day that famous swans Romeo & Juliet were released into the park for the summer season. Could you ask for any more perfect, romantic timing!?

We all prepared for pouring rain, and instead the universe gave us a beautiful Boston day. These two have been through a lifetime of ups and downs together already, in sickness and health, and truly cherish every moment with each other. Here’s to the new B Family!!! xox

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A chic Boston City Hall + Public Garden wedding

A chic Boston City Hall + Public Garden wedding

This chic Boston City Hall wedding is one for the books - Carol Ann & Greg hit Faneuil Hall, the Custom House Tower, rode the T, and ended at the Boston Public Garden. This surprise elopement was nothing short of perfection!

A quintessential Boston anniversary session

Boston is a very sentimental place… especially for Kate & Emmanuel. This is where their life, their home, and their love story lies. 

I had the honor of photographing Kate and E for their first anniversary - lucky in love, married goofballs who jive to classical music (how they met in college - flute and clarinet players!), E’s homemade margaritas, and late night trips to Target.

They hit all their favorite places - Beacon Hill (where they love taking walks) and the Esplanade (where they picnic and listen to live music). Show these cuties some love!

A springtime Boston Public Garden engagement

 
 

There's nothing lovelier than spending springtime in Boston with the one you love.

Cassandra & Chris: lovers of hiking, kayaking, and planting their garden together - with their beloved pup, of course! Chris lived in Boston for years before moving to New York with Cassandra, so they decided to road trip back to the city for their urban engagement shoot at the Boston Public Garden!

They practiced their first dance (and learned they may need a little MORE practice), popped a bottle of champagne (even though they love peach-flavored booze better) and smelled the spring blooms before the rain came.

They’re tying the knot in the Berkshires this summer - can’t wait to get the party started!

An autumn Beacon Hill / Boston Public Garden engagement session

An autumn Beacon Hill / Boston Public Garden engagement session

Pumpkins, pink roses, and cupcakes, oh my! This quintessential Boston engagement shoot will leave you speechless! From Beacon Hill to the Public Garden, Chelsea & Roger rocked their fall session. 

An elegant, VIP Massachusetts State House wedding

An elegant, VIP Massachusetts State House wedding

Don't miss this classy, timeless Massachusetts State House elopement, complete with sweeping Boston skyline views, a ceremony officiated by Mitt Romney, and an adventure through the Public Gardens!

A dino-themed Boston Museum of Science Wedding

"Come let me love you, let me give my life to you."

Alia and Austin descended down the escalator to the lower level of the Blue Wing, stealing a kiss while their guests cheered them on. This was their first entrance as husband and wife. They took to the dance floor, as their bridal party looked on with joy in their eyes. Alia’s grandfather nervously picked up the microphone. He looked over to his daughter, Alia’s mother, for reassurance. She reached over and pulled a guitar from the case by her feet. Alia’s mother began to strum, as Alia’s grandfather began to sing: “You fill up my senses, like a night in a forest, like the mountains in springtime, like a walk in the rain…”

Alia and Austin interlocked their fingers, pulling each other close. They slowly swayed, as their family serenaded them to John Denver’s “Annie’s Song.” The room was silent, listening to the duo, with the exception of a few sniffles here and there. As the song ended, her grandfather gave her two thumbs up, as she ran over to give him the biggest hug. “You did great Papa - you did great.”

 

 

Alia and Austin managed to incorporate dinosaurs in every part of their day, whether it was walking down the aisle to the Jurassic Park theme song, to literally strutting around in dinosaur heels all day. Oh, and who can forget their kissing dino cake topper, or more importantly: the dinosaurs that beat extinction and joined the party? They poured themselves into each detail of the day, and enjoyed every last minute of it (and every last bite of their chocolate peanut butter cake).

To road trips, to ups and downs, to love, to snuggles, to MARRIAGE. 

Thank you to all the amazing vendors!

Second shooting: Anthony Fusco
Venue & Catering: Museum of Science
Hair & Makeup: Shamona S, Tiffany C, and Jessica N from Be Glammed
Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas
Cake: Sweet Tooth
Flowers: CeBola Design
Shoes: ZombiePeepshow / Etsy
Band: Con Fuoco String Quartet
Acapella group: Vinyl Street
DJ: Aux Boston
Lighting: DesignLight

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A chic winter Boston Public Garden engagement

From the moment they met, Kelly & Jonathan knew there was something extra special about each other. These lovers of Italian food, cuddles, and the great outdoors took a trip to New York City in October, where Jon completely surprised Kelly by proposing in Central Park!

"It's something I replay in my mind almost every night before I go to sleep" says Kelly.

They're getting married next fall outside of Boston, and decided to bundle up in the most fashionable winter attire and adventure around the Boston Public Garden! You would never know, but it was a cool 29 degrees that day with a breeze - but these two rocked their session!