One of my favorite things about shooting weddings is the unpredictability. Sometimes you end up with a hurricane, sometimes a dress doesn’t fit, and sometimes a chuppah collapses, moments before the ceremony. (Adrienne and Harley ended up with the latter.) But it’s what happens in these moments that is the true essence of a wedding. Friends and family come together and fix the little (or sometimes big) imperfections that create your story. Weddings are never perfect, in the literal sense of the word, but they can be your perfect, even if a tent collapses. (Yes I have seen all of these things happen.) So live it up and enjoy!
Laura emailed me a week out from her and Justin’s wedding, after she had regretfully read the weather forecast of heavy rainfall, with a dose of flooding mixed in. But in true wedding fashion, everything changes (for better or worse) and they ended up having a glorious day at Jonathan Edwards Winery, one of my favorite New England venues.
Everyone brought a lot of laughter to the party, with a few tears of joy. And in the end, Laura and Justin had fabulous (rainfree) shindig!
Although my studio is on Newbury Street, it’s rare for me to actually work in city, so this was my first time at The Ritz Carlton. And I have to say, working in Boston is lovely, when I’m not driving! That being said though, we still found ourselves in Bruins and Red Sox traffic, so we made a quick pit stop at the Public Garden for photos, and simply walked the rest of the way to the Ritz. Thanks for showing me a good party guys, I love a groom with some moves!
Ceremony: St. Mary's Parish
Reception: The Ritz Carlton
Makeup: Katrina Hess
Hair: Grant Paquin
Flowers: Lotus Designs
Videography: MapleLoft Studios
Custom Suits: Nova Fashions
Stationary Design + Production: Inviting Company
Jewelry: Bostonian Jewelers
Laura and Ilan kicked off my 2014 season at the end of April, and although it may have been wetter than hoped for, it seemed fitting for a reception at the Waterworks Museum in Chestnut Hill. Keith Soucy, videographer extraordinaire, also joined me for the event, and we had a blast running around the MIT campus and museum, an appropriate space for a groom working in engineering.
Eric and I spent our anniversary in Japan, which for me, was 13 years in the making. I studied Japanese in high school, and as it turns out, if you are not an American citizen and your work visa runs out, the U.S. government doesn’t hesitate to deport you. So off went my teacher, and our class trip, but I digress. Back to Japan! It’s incredible, and I would absolutely move there given the chance. I’ve already Googled: “Teaching English in Japan.” The Japanese are the most polite people on the planet, and their country is one of the safest in the world. Not to mention it’s clean, well organized, and incredibly efficient.
In just six (action packed) days, I’m an intense traveler. We got a taste for Tokyo, Kyoto, Koyasan, and Osaka. We saw cities, the countryside, the mountains, overnighted in a Buddhist monastery (amazing right!?) Ate crazy fun foods, and absolutely fell in love with Japan. So without further ado, here is just a tiny sliver of what we saw during cherry blossom season, two weeks ago. (All shot on the Fuji x100s, for my photographer friends.)