Boston Nature Center Wedding Photography

boston nature center wedding photography

Noah and Pamela were married last fall in a bilingual and bicultural wedding at the Boston Nature Center and Wildlife Sanctuary.  Though they live out of state, they returned to Noah’s hometown to celebrate their union.

I first met Noah when he was a groomsman at Ivan and Melissa’s Cambridge Multicultural Center a few years ago.  And, as connections in our little city of Boston often do, I discovered he was childhood friends with the man who would eventually become my partner.  The past several years, I’ve come to know and love his family and I was honored to be a photographic witness to their Boston wedding.  

BOSTON NATURE CENTER AND WILDLIFE SANCTUARY

The Environmental Conservation Center at the Boston Nature Center and Wildlife Sanctuary 

After their guest list grew too large to for the backyard wedding they originally planned, they chose the grounds of the Boston Nature Center, a community urban sanctuary right here in the city.  They made use of the outside garden for their ceremony, the patio for the reception and the sprawling lawn for the dance party.  The Boston Nature Center is a great option for a green building in the city, that supports environmental education.

OUTDOOR GARDEN CEREMONY

friend and artist Chris played music
friend and artist Chris played music

a photo of their dog, in absentia
a photo of their dog, in absentia

boston nature center wedding photography

boston nature center wedding photography

boston nature center wedding photography

The bride was walked down the aisle by her mother, while a friend played the mandolin. 

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wedding ceremony boston nature center

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The bride hails from Brazil, and her family included traditional blessings as part of the ceremony.  

brazilian blessing wedding ceremony boston nature center

brazilian blessing wedding ceremony boston nature center photography

brazilian blessing wedding ceremony boston nature center photography

The bride and groom wrote their own vows, heartfelt, specific and hilarious. 

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intercultural wedding photographer boston

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As part of their inclusive and multicultural ceremony, the couple included the traditional breaking of glass at the conclusion of the ceremony. 

BRIDE AND GROOM PORTRAITS

The bride wore a long summery white gown with a lace shrug and a pink ribbon sash. Her hair, in loose curls was topped with a gorgeous crown of pink roses.  The groom wore a white shirt and brown linen pant with sandals.  Natural textures and colors were perfect for their outdoor ceremony surrounded by nature and family.

After the family portraits and before the reception, I walked with Noah and Pamela through the grounds to make some portraits.  It was a warm afternoon, and everything was drenched in sunlight.  We hit a few of the trails before winding back to the party. 

OUTDOOR PATIO RECEPTION

This wedding, and the love it represented, was deeply felt by everyone. Neither tears, nor laughter were held in reserve.  It was a day to express oneself deeply and to connect by sharing words of love.  Parents, mentors and friends toasted the couple and shared reminisces of the journeys that led them to each other.

Part of the Boston Nature Center’s mission is to create a sense of connection, and this celebration truly did that.  Pam and Noah have already welcomed their beautiful daughter into their family, before I even got this blog post up.  Looking forward to a trip south to meet her one day soon.


I’m photographer Allana Taranto of Ars Magna Studio. I love photographing elopements in Boston, creating beautiful and honest images of this thrilling moment in my clients' love story.

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Red Lion Inn Fall Wedding


I’ve known (and even at one time shared a classroom with) this handsome cardigan wearing groom for a few years.  He is, in addition to being the physics teacher, the high school soccer coach.  His students adore him and his soccer commentary over morning coffee.  It was an honor when he asked me about photographing his wedding at the historic Red Lion Inn in Cohasett.  While I’d seen pictures of his partner and their children I hadn’t met them before their actual wedding day.  In person they were even more beautiful than the picture on his morning coffee mug.  :)

D and C met playing soccer, and the shy beginnings of their love story was hilariously recounted in the wedding toasts.  I won’t repeat it here - after witnessing the high red of cheeks during the toasts.   This is a couple that already has a marriage (and two beautiful children) but wanted to have the formal ceremony and party. I get this non-linear route.  It was a wildly fun party, with huge families on both sides and very inclusive of children of all ages.  

Everything took place right there at the Red Lion Inn, a wedding venue on the south shore that is both historic New England Inn and rustic barn rolled into one.  The entire inn was bustling with family and bridal party and children when I arrived.  This was including at least three sets of twins, which confused me for more than a few minutes. C. and the ladies got ready on one side of the hotel and D. and the groomsmen on the other.  

The vows were said (and toasted) at the foot of the stairs in the natural wood Lion’s Hall under a chandelier.  After the ceremony, the guests moved over to the Salon du Soleil for cocktail hour while the Hall was transitioned into the reception venue.

D and C chose colors and textures that perfectly echoed the casual/elegant(and Irish!) look for the day. The groom and his groomsmen and the ring bearers all rocked a casual look:  white button down shirt, burnt orange tie, with brown khakis, striped socks and Sperry sneakers and ivory Irish knit cable cardigans

The bride’s dress was an elegant halter dress, accessorized with the groom's grandmother's pearl necklace, bride's grandmother's ring and diamond earrings - the very ones with which the groom proposed.  The bridesmaids were in sage green dresses with gold shoes completed with rose gold necklaces and bracelets.  All four flower girls (did I mention this was a big family?) were in white dresses with plum sashes.

The bride and groom danced to Lucky You by The National.  The groom danced with his mother and also with his daughter.  The bride’s father took charge of the dance floor, and pretty much the whole party started in earnest with a mashup father-daughter dance.  

The groom’s emotion filled face and the tears he wiped away during his wedding vows at the altar. It was a moment as unguarded and awe-filled as it gets.  

I also loved that the wedding parties were mixed gender - with a Dude of Honor and the groom’s sisters standing up on his side.  

Thanks for opening your lives to me and my cameras!

 


vendor love -

kudos to the team working behind the scenes to make this wonderful day unfold seamlessly

 

Red Lion Inn coordinator Bill Iaconelli

Cake by Konditor Meister

DJ Bill Coleman 

Flowers and Arrangements Almquist Fowerland

Hair and Makeup by Rudolph Adamo Spa and Salon

Wedding gown (St. Patrick) from VOWS 


Boston Wedding Photography .:. Sangeet at Middleborough Town Hall

Sometimes I don't want to leave a party. In this case, I didn't want to leave the sangeet. Mostly, when my contracted time is up,  I'm ready to pack up and head home and download cards as fast as possible. Because instant gratification. Because the facebook.
But there are times when all I want to do is to put my gear away and chill and soak in the party.  The wedding weekend began like this. And ended like this (see following post). So yes, it was amazing. The sangeet at Middleborough Town Hall was N's family's contribution to the weekend and an introduction for J's family to ritual and customs of Indian weddings.  The brides and their mothers both wore beautiful sari. Traditional dance and song filled the town hall. And also  food and beer. And then more food and more beer.  And mehndi stations.  And amazing DJs and some of my awesome former clients.  All in all a joy. Do you see why I didn't want to depart? Note to self: next time skip the mehndi if you need to handle or pack your gear.

 The wedding weekend began like this. And ended like this (see following post). So yes, it was amazing. The sangeet at Middleborough Town Hall was N's family's contribution to the weekend and an introduction for J's family to ritual and customs of Indian weddings.  The brides and their mothers both wore beautiful sari. Traditional dance and song filled the town hall. And also  food and beer. And then more food and more beer.  And mehndi stations.  And amazing DJs and some of my awesome former clients.  All in all a joy. Do you see why I didn't want to depart? Note to self: next time skip the mehndi if you need to handle or pack your gear.