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Ilana & Dillon were married on one of those perfect summer days at the Gardens at Elm Bank. It was August, so it was refreshing to have weather that wasn’t too hot, no humidity – just a gorgeous day to be getting married outside surrounded by lush gardens. We started the day with them at the Hotel Indigo in Newton, where they were getting ready in bright, airy rooms with fun pops of color. A nice hotel room to get ready in is always such a special extra touch to the day, and a great place for us to start! Once everyone was ready, we made our way to Elm Bank, where Ilana & Dillon had their First Look in one of the garden paths. It was important to them to do a First Look so we could build in plenty of time to do photos in the many gardens on the property. We hit as many locations as we could, but honestly we could spend an entire day there taking photos, there are so many gorgeous spots – from the Manor House to Weezie’s Children’s Garden to the Greenhouse, we’d never be at a loss for locations at Elm Bank! Once we finished up photos, it was time to sign the ketubah, and move right to the ceremony in the Italianate Garden. Ilana & Dillon had a traditional Jewish ceremony under a chuppah, and the sun had dipped just enough that everything was sparkling as they said their vows in front of family and friends. After the bride and groom said I do and floated back down the aisle, cocktail hour was held in one of the gardens, before the guests made their way back to the main building for the reception. It was a perfect day in an amazing location with such a fun couple, we couldn’t have asked for more!

Thanks and congrats to Ilana & Dillon!

Mayara & Mark were married on the highly coveted date of 8/18/18 at the Andover Country Club. And as it turns out, the date might just have been lucky after all – it rained all morning, but the Country Club has a covered patio that still allows for an outdoor ceremony even in rain. When Mark caught a glimpse of Mayara coming down the aisle, his emotions took over and the tears started to flow – it was so sweet! After rings and I Dos were exchanged, the rain stopped almost instantly as May & Mark came back down the aisle. More luck! We were able to take everyone out into the garden for photos, and finished up with a trip down to the bridge and old willow tree with the bride and groom. The grounds are so beautiful, and we’re so glad the rain stopped! Afterwards the newlyweds joined their guests for a night of dinner, toasts and lots of dancing! It was a beautiful day!

Thanks and congrats to May & Mark!

Olivia & Daniel were married on a sunny Friday in August at Alden Castle in Brookline. We started the day with them as they got ready across the hall from each other in Air BnB rentals in the same building! It was a great way to get ready and be super close, enough for their friends to be running back and forth across the hall, but still not see each other before the First Look. The atmosphere while they got ready was like one big party before the day even officially started, so we knew we were in for a good day! Once everyone was ready, we all hopped into Ubers to make our way to the Emerald Necklace, across from Alden Castle, where they met for their First Look. The bridal party wasn’t far behind, and joined us for photos in the park, before we finished up with the bride and groom at the Longwood T Stop. Olivia & Daniel have an amazing story – she is from here in MA, Daniel is from South Africa, and they met in Australia, so they had friends and family traveling from all over the world to be with them on their big day. It seemed appropriate to do a few photos to mark the very Boston spot on the Greenline where they got married! Afterwards, we walked right across the street for their ceremony at Alden, officiated by a friend and marked with a few personal readings from family. After the I Dos, everyone headed upstairs for cocktail hour, and then joined the new Mr. & Mrs. for dinner, a few funny toasts highlighting their journey together and finally finishing out the night on the dance floor. We had a great time with Olivia & Daniel, and loved being a part of their love story.

Thanks and congrats to Olivia & Daniel!

Megan & Nate were married on a sunny July day in their neighborhood of Charlestown. Megan got ready at a hotel on the harbor, while Nate was nearby at their condo – then we all met on a pier near the Charlestown bridge for their First Look, surrounded by boats and a view of the city! We love how Megan & Nate planned for their wedding day to be really immersed in the neighborhood they know and love so much, and their intention was to have all of us and their guests walk the streets from one destination to another. So that’s exactly what we did! After the First Look, we grabbed the bridal party and made our way through the streets of Charlestown, stopping at Training Field, the Bunker Hill Monument and some of those classic tiny streets with Boston peeking up in the background. It is such a gorgeous neighborhood, we really couldn’t imagine a better place for photos! And when we were finished, we walked 5 minutes down the street to the church where Megan & Nate’s family and friends were waiting to watch them exchange vows. Once they said I Do, everyone poured out of the church and onto the street to walk along the water, through Charlestown Navy Yard and finally to the reception, which was outside at Pier 6 restaurant. The reception had a casual, cocktail vibe with amazing views of the city. Megan & Nate arrived to greet their friends, before sneaking off to the end of the pier for a quick private champagne toast and a practice run of their first dance, just as the sun was setting over the city. Everything about their day was so beautiful and unique, and so personal to them – we loved it and were so happy to be there!

We started out our session with Amanda & Artie by taking a little walk with their pups, who were pretty excited to be out seeing so many other dogs and people! They cooperated for just as long as we needed them though, getting some nice photos for Mom & Dad 🙂 After we finished up with the dogs, we made our way around Castle Island and these two laughed the whole way – Artie was really good at whispering funny little things to Amanda, and pretty much kept us all entertained. They even gave us a little sneak peek of the dance they’ve been practicing for the wedding, and if they can do it that well on the beach, we can’t wait to see it on the big day! Which is actually only a few weeks away – see you guys again so soon!

Thanks and congrats to Amanda & Artie!

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