Bella Luna JP Wedding

 

I loved so many of the things about this wedding.  The low key and loving couple.  The very smart and feminist vows.  The incorporation of a scant few of the MANY books they own into the hilltop decor for their outdoor ceremony.  The nod to tradition that was a German wedding cup filled with amaro.

Larz Anderson Park Outdoor Wedding Ceremony

Lisa met Joe the ten years ago the day after Halloween, at the Silhouette in Allston. She was coming from a Day of the Dead-themed party and stopped off at the Sil for "one more." Joe was enjoying a night out. He offered to share his free Sil popcorn with her. She accepted.  They are still sharing popcorn at the Sil a decade later.

Joe thought Lisa was really cool and really different. No one ever started a conversation with him by talking about books and literature.  He wondered just what she was doing in a dive bar. Lisa thought Joe were super handsome and had the best stories. He matched every story she told with one of his own that was even better - she loved talking to him; there were no lulls.  She describes his as her partner, since week one, in every way.

Lisa and Joe shared their vows with each other , their friends and family in a beautiful outdoor wedding ceremony at Larz Anderson Park in Brookline.  With the Boston skyline as their backdrop - this is one of my favorite places to perch at see the city from afar. And also a simply gorgeous place for a wedding.  

The ceremony was written by the couple, complete with some brilliant feminist asides from the bride and her mother. It was a beautiful setting to watch the couple express their deep love and gratitude towards each other and their families.  Lisa’s dad officiated. Her brother read Pablo Neruda's "Your Laughter." Joe’s niece acted as ring bearer. Over the course of the wedding day I realized that there were groups of friends from every phase in their lives present.  That speaks to how much each of them care about the relationships in their lives.

A simple and rustic outdoor ceremony, that was lightly book-themed with lots of hardcover books from their home library incorporated into the decor, with white chairs and greenery/succulents throughout at the ceremony.  

They incorporated a German Bridal Cup "joining" ceremony into their wedding, where they both drank from the same specially-made cup at the same time - without spilling a drop.  This was especially impressive as it was not practiced beforehand. They also shared the tradition with their guests by passing out glasses to everyone, too, so they could enjoy a little nip along with them.

Bella Luna JP Wedding Reception

Bella Luna and the Milky Way in Jamaica Plain was the perfect wedding reception venue for this couple.  Who met over a bowl of popcorn a decade ago at a bar.  Do you remember where you were ten years ago? Whom you may have casually begun a conversation with? The moment when your life's course changed direction?

Like many Ars Magna wedding clients, their wedding was about wanting all of our friends and family to have fun and celebrate with them. To share good food and drinks and music with all the folks that matter. And that is what they did.

This is the third wedding I’ve photographed at the Bella luna in JP.  Each couple has been awesome in their own right. And each couple has had killer taste in music.  These two are no exception. They are good a music. Good at friendship. Good at words. Good at jokes.  Good at love.

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If you are leaning toward writing your own wedding vows, love popcorn, dive bars and pie and you want to chat about having me photograph your Jamaica Plain wedding, do get in touch!


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Peirce Farm at Witch Hill Topsfield Wedding

Wedding at Peirce Farm at Witch Hill

When their website describes the venue as a 19th century Topsfield Gentleman's Farm of the finest description you know Peirce Farm at Witch Hill is the perfect place for a Friday evening wedding that will be largely theatre and SCA folk.  A little Victorian era romance, a little lofty barn, a few chickens running about. Throw in some dueling and s'mores and we have ourselves one of my favorite weddings of the summer.

 

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City Hall Wedding | Boston

Weekday Wedding Ceremony at City Hall

And she brought the balloons.

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Tis the season of getting married at City Hall!  I seem to be heading to Boston's Government Center a fair amount in April and May. In fact, I am pretty sure I did a wedding there the last time we had a Friday the 13th in April.

I was in SF when this mother-to-be/bride first called to ask about wedding photography for a Boston City Hall wedding.  WE hit it off on the phone, and ended up chatting second semester stories.  As Boston is such a small city, we had more than a few things in common.

Getting Married at Boston City Hall

I adore photographing around Government Center and Boston City Hall - the layers of Boston's history are everywhere.  From any viewpoint, you can spot different architectural eras, development and style.

There’s a lovely quiet excitement at City Hall weddings.  I offer weekday wedding coverage that includes photographing the ceremony and a fun portrait session with our fair city as the backdrop.

Interested getting married at Boston City Hall?  It’s easy.  Go to Boston City Hall at least three days before your wedding and complete the Marriage Intention Form at the Registrar’s Office.  When you can return to City Hall, you can pick up your marriage license and tie the knot!

Want to learn more about our Boston City Hall Wedding packages?  Let's Connect!


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Small Downtown Boston Elopement

A Very Small Downtown Boston Wedding

It's been a very long roll out to Spring.  We've all been feeling it.   Earlier this month I had the pleasure of photographing  a very small downtown Boston wedding.  So small that the only people in attendance were a brother and their amazing little dog.  Which really makes for a guest list of one human, one canine.

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The newlyweds will plan a larger reception with their families later, but I understood completely when they told me that they really just wanted to be married and with their out of sync work schedules that they decided to get married on the day they were both off, which happened to be a Wednesday.  And there's no reason a Wednesday isn't as good a day as a Saturday or a Sunday to get married.

It was windy.  And you may remember if you've been in our fair city this "spring," that the brisk breezes have most definitely been blowing.

We met at their apartment and then connected with the officiant.  The brides wanted to get married across the street from their apartment, at the fountain behind the Prudential center.  It was a beautiful civil ceremony, each bride reading their own vows.

I'm sure you have been to, or perhaps even had, a big wedding.  There is something to be said for doing it up.  But there is also something beautiful about pairing everything down to the moist essential.  Your fiance.  Your brother. Your dog.  The city where you met and fell in love.   These kind of intimate celebrations are wonderful, immediate and emotional.

 

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Boston Elopement Indoor Portraits

It was just too cold to be outside.  One of those bitter Saturday mornings with icy winds and icy streets. When F called and asked if we could shoot their wedding portraits at our indoor studio space, I understood exactly why.

Often I get asked about a Plan B for taking portraits indoors for Boston engagement photos.  And typically on a wedding day there is at least one or two places in which to duck in case the weather presents a challenge.  I rarely get a chance to just do a studio wedding portrait session indoors - and it was a lot of fun!

The Greater Boston area, and really all of New England, has a lot of Wedding Photographers.  When you ask for referrals or search online,  you’ll get dozens of referrals (especially through fb).  But I'm not sure how many of them do studio portraits for wedding pictures indoors.

Some of my favorites from their in studio wedding portraits.

 

 

 


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Bella Luna Wedding Photography in Jamaica Plain

A peek at an amazing wedding last weekend at Jamaica Plain's very own Bella Luna. The last event I photographed there was the adoption party/wedding at Bella Luna five years ago.

This weekend's bride killed it in a red dress.  Emphasizing the color and joy of this October wedding, we took some portraits along Center Street.  Pizza and beer.  Cupcakes and champagne. A little Newly Weds game show live set. Loved this whole wedding!

More to come as I climb out of the editing weeds this month. jamaica plain wedding at bella luna red dress

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