There is nothing quite Autumn in New England. People from all over the world flock to see the spectacular display of color and perfect temps that highlight the area’s historic architecture and charm. It’s no surprise that autumn weddings in Boston are one of the most popular times. Trisha + Matt decided to use all these things to their advantage for their wedding at one of our favorite venues in New England; Elm Bank in Wellesley. Chuck was there to capture all the details and we love the images he captured that tell Trish and Matt’s wedding story. From the teary moments these two saw one another for the first time on their wedding day to the joy that radiates from their families faces – their wedding was not only beautiful but full of the best kind of love. Trisha and Matt deserve one another. They are both compassionate, genuine and generous. The world will be a better place because they are together. Thank you for trusting us to capture your big day, Trish and Matt! Congratulations!!!
Today seems like a great day to share Lindsay and Mark’s classic Boston Engagement photos with you. It’s amazing what even a month can do in terms of fall color and weather. These images look so summery and bright, where lately we’re finding the cool temps force us to bundle up when we’re shooting. Cozy is good in the cold, but there is something really fun about Lindsay and Mark’s polished yet relaxed look in these photos. Chuck joined these two for a stroll around Beacon Hill and the Boston Public Gardens. We’ve shot here a number of times in the past, but it always feels fresh to us. I guess that’s why historic brick and cobblestone is always in. We love the images they created together and knew you would too. And that look Mark gives Lindsay? All the heart eyes… Congrats you guys!
About one wedding we shoot every season is a Traditional Vietnamese Wedding celebration. Having done a handful of them by now, we know a few things going in: 1. It’s a long day for everyone. 2. There is amazing food throughout the day in abundance. 3. There are usually several hundred guests. 4.These weddings have some SERIOUS dancers on the dance floor. Nhu and Chris did not disappoint. Matt, Abby and myself all got to join in on the fun for this one and from a story tellers point of view there were so many memorable moments. Nhu tends toward the reserved side, but the moment she and Chris saw each other at the Traditional Vietnamese Tea ceremony held at her parents house the morning of the wedding, she was beaming. Chris almost always has an infectious smile on his face, which we found energizing and made things easy on us as photographers. The day started very early with a buzz of bridesmaids primping and prepping (the guys had their fair share too) at Nhu’s family’s home in Brooklyn Park, MN. Part of the tea ceremony involves the groom and his friends/family bringing traditional gifts (a whole, roasted hog, for example) for the bride and her family. This procession gets the whole day off to a fun start. After the tea ceremony and many meaningful gifts, the couple celebrates with brunch and lots of family photos. Nhu and Chris wanted to incorporate their Catholic faith into their wedding so they changed into Western attire for a first look and headed to their church which does mass in Vietnamese on a weekly basis. The mass was in two languages, so it was fun for us to pick apart the ceremony as compared to other Catholic weddings we’ve shot without hearing when the first kiss was coming up – for example. After the mass the whole bridal party loaded up and headed downtown Saint Paul for some photos in Mears Park and around some of our favorite little nooks. The evening concluded with a huge reception where more folks joined them for a 10 course feast, more gifting and dancing. Their guests hit the dance floor hard and we had a blast documenting it all. Nhu and Chris, thank you for allowing us to photograph your big day. We had a great time and have loved working together. We wish you may happy years together!
Dani and Carl are expecting a baby boy in just a few days from now, so it was due time that we blogged their session. Many people opt out of maternity photos because they don’t feel camera-ready. We think this is a decision you’ll regret years down the road when pregnancy is a distant memory and looking back on the big belly seems impossible that your body could hold so much love. I had a nice time meeting these soon-to-be parents and even from the brief time we spent together I can tell this little boy is going to be one lucky kid. I’m excited to meet him and see Dani and Carl in a few short weeks when he’s joined us on the other side for some newborn photos. We’re all rooting for you, Dani!
Early on in their wedding planning, Katie and Josh knew two things: 1. that they wanted to have their wedding at the New England Aquarium and 2. that they wanted their wedding to be a blast for all their guests. They managed to meet their goals and more with their exuberant wedding in the heart of Boston. When the skies decided to open up and rain down on the big day, it didn’t dampen any spirits. That’s what we love about these two. They are incredibly compassionate and laid back and share a deep appreciation for what’s important in life. We were thrilled to have our gal Devin along as our second shooter for Katie and Josh’s wedding. It’s been wonderful working with you, Katie and Josh. We are so happy for you and know you’ll share many happy years together! Congratulations!
Even after hundreds of shoots, there are times that I have to pinch myself that I get to do what I love for work. We all feel that way, here on Summer Street, but you know when you leave a shoot smiling from ear to ear and get a “photo high” from the work you’ve created with such fun and creative subjects, that you’re doing something right. Alivia shines from the inside out and capturing her personality and vibrancy was such a treat. I have the special honor of calling her family, so when she and her family told us they were going to head up to Minnesota from Nebraska to have us capture her senior portraits it was doubly exciting. She’s about ten years younger than me, so she was always sweet-little-Libby to our (large) extended family. It’s so amazing to see what an incredible person and athlete she’s grown into not to mention exceptionally beautiful. Libby, thank you for trusting me to capture your beautiful spirit! You’re a joy to all who know you.
We’re excited to share this sweet session with you today. It’s always an honor to take photos for friends. It’s also an honor to take photos for fellow professional photographers. So when Kirsten and Sean reached out to us to photograph their darling family of three in their home on the East Side of Saint Paul, it made our hearts very happy (since they are both dear friends AND Kirsten is a photographer). I love watching these two parent their curious and adventurous son. They are so great at letting him explore his world and also giving him a solid and nurturing environment to thrive. Little O is clearly used to having a camera in his face, so it was a lot of fun photographing him as he showed me around his yard and then his favorite toys and books. We’re so grateful to capture these sessions for families. It’s especially cool to take photos with the resident family photographer *in* the photos and not just behind the lens. We adore you Kirsten, Sean and little O!