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 


I’m Allana! A Boston photographer, I capture honest and beautiful moments that tell the story of your wedding day.  As a wedding photographer, I make beautiful images that celebrate love and make sure you are present with each other, your family, and friends on your wedding day. With a background in fine art, and training in medium and large format film, I see the world in shape and value and tone, looking at light as it moves across planes.  I'm good at making people feel comfortable - which makes for honest and beautiful images.

Our live/work studio is located in the historic artist district of Fort Point in Boston.  An inquisitive dreamer and tenacious creative, I taught art in public schools and in museums like ISGM, SDMA, MCASD. MoPA and ICA Boston before launching Ars Magna.  An artist from the start, I love working with clients to celebrate the love in their lives.

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From the intimate City Hall ceremonies in the city to barns and bonfires in the mountains to sun sets over the ocean romance  - I adore photographing them all. I work with all my clients to create images that tell their love story through their wedding photography.   I approach each wedding with clear eyes and a full heart, documenting the real moments of the day - from the small intimacies to the big emotions.  An artist from the start, heart, I see the world through shapes, textures, and most importantly, light. Want a wedding album full of emotion and hugs and dancing and your favorite people?  Of course you do!

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Fun.  Easy. Portraits of what you look like as you are in your everyday life, rather than your wedding clothes. I want you to authentically be your lovebird selves.  Specific location have special meaning and I make sure the place is part of that story.  I accept the challenge to make beautiful pictures anywhere.

Pairing clients’ own words with their portraits adds an emotional component to the visual story I am creating with my clients.  This personal dimension requires trust.  This is for the brave.  But isn’t also marriage itself?  When we marry, we enter into something that requires vulnerability and courage.    

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