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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jamaica plain wedding photography indie reception milky way bella luna

jamaica plain wedding photography indie reception milky way bella luna

jamaica plain wedding photography indie reception milky way bella luna

jamaica plain wedding photography indie reception milky way bella luna

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jamaica plain wedding photography indie reception milky way bella luna brewery

jamaica plain wedding photography indie reception milky way bella luna

jamaica plain wedding photography indie reception milky way bella luna

jamaica plain wedding photography indie reception milky way bella luna reception

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jamaica plain wedding photography indie reception milky way bella luna

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jamaica plain wedding photography indie reception milky way bella luna

jamaica plain wedding photography indie reception milky way bella luna

jamaica plain wedding photography indie reception milky way bella luna dance

jamaica plain wedding photography indie reception milky way bella luna dance

jamaica plain wedding photography indie reception dance milky way bella luna

jamaica plain wedding photography indie reception milky way bella luna dance

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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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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

jamaica plain wedding at bella luna red dress

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jamaica plain wedding at bella luna red dress

jamaica plain wedding at bella luna red dress

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jamaica plain wedding at bella luna patio ceremony

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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.  

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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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Endicott Estate Wedding Photography

Mets fans at Fenway, meeting at the Baseball Tavern, during a rain delay.  A Nora Ephron approved meet-cute if there ever was one.  She lived in Boston. He lived in New York.  Beers shared, phone numbers exchanged. And they took it from there.  

Beautiful and unseasonably warm day at the Endicott Estate in Dedham.  I love shooting in these grand old mansions - beautiful and lovingly crafted wood details making the perfect backdrop for beautiful and lovingly crafted wedding. They personalized the details: Chuppah was covered with the bride's mother's veil and her father's tallit.  Shannon's bouquet was wrapped in cloth from her mother's wedding gown.  Being quite literally and figuratively embraced by their love.  Street food tables, calling back to their first meeting at Fenway. 

A day of so many smiles, everyone, and especially the groom, was grinning in the proverbial way: ear to ear.  Such a team surrounding them, two families full of jokes, multiple nicknames and deep affection.  

Pete’s laugh is, indeed, contagious.  Shannon was beaming. They held a dual ceremony on the lawn of the estate, bringing in the bride’s Jewish traditions and the groom’s Catholic ones.  Opting for an extended cocktail party, with small plates and big dancing (Hora and Mezinke Tanz) the guests gathered together around the property reveling in their time together.  

And our Iguana TJ’s review of the wedding? Oh, I think he loved the whole thing.

THE TEAM:

Gowns  -Ve'Lace Bridal 

Makeup & Hair Styling - Renaissance Salon 

Cake - Annie's Just Desserts 

Florist - White Rabbit  

DJ - Vibe DJ Services 

Videographer - HarborView Video 

Caterer - Tastings Catering 

Officiants - Rabbi David Kudan and Deacon Joseph Harrington 


Boston Gay Wedding Photography .:. Boston Public Garden

Two families came up to Boston to celebrate their daughters marriage.  I met them all at the Courtyard in Copley Square and we used Commonwealth Avenue to promenade down to the Japanese Lantern at the Public Garden for the ceremony.
The officiant, Dan Castro, delivered a beautiful and personalized service before the vows and rings were exchanged.  After a swift round of family formals we sent the family away so the ladies and I could wander through the garden and the South End to makes some portraits in our beautiful city.  Thanks to M. J. O'Connor's for letting S. jump behind the bar to pour her new wife a beer. The brides treated their family to dinner at the Beehive, which is where I took my leave.

I love the faces E. makes.  One after the other - just look at them!  S. is an architect - and wanted some pictures incorporating architectural elements - one of my favorite things to do. It was a gorgeous and fun afternoon, filled with laughing and tears of joy.