Eastern Yacht Club Wedding and Elopement, Marblehead MA: Kate and Thomas

In the difficult times we are in right now, I’m really happy to share this wonderful elopement of Kate and Thomas at the Eastern Yacht Club in Marblehead MA. These two shared their intimate wedding with about 20 guests made up of friends and family. One of my favorite parts of the day was during the portraits it quickly changed from a light drizzle to a down pour. Kate and Thomas laughed through it and thankfully some of their lovely guests helped dry them off before the ceremony. I hope you’ll enjoy some of the lovely moments from their wedding and a few words of wisdom from the couple.

– What lead the two of you to have a wedding the way you did? Family, friends location etc?
We chose to have a small wedding for a large variety of factors. The biggest one was the timeline we were hoping to get married in and the practical factors of wanting to have a very nice, but economical event. In terms of location, we chose Eastern Yacht Club because it is a meaningful place for both of us. Thomas and I met there at a sailing event they were hosting five years ago. Some of Thomas’s Dad’s family members have been members there for several generations. Currently, Kate is a member and we spend a lot of time together up there on the water and with friends.
– What were you most excited about before the wedding?
We were most excited about the idea of having a an opportunity to celebrate this next step of our relationship and have a (hopefully!) very nice party to show our appreciation for a very close group of family and friends. It was very special to have this group of people from different areas of our lives all together in one space.
– Did anything surprise you?
It was a much more special, heartfelt, and intimate experience than anticipated. Kate was nervous about pulling the event off and was trying to keep expectations in check by keeping cool and allowing herself not get too overly excited (/ nervous!). We felt extremely loved and supported by every person who was present and they each showed their excitement for us in ways that was so unique to themselves and fun for us to experience. Upon reflection, the ceremony was both of our individual highlights of the event – it was a very emotional and fun experience.
– Which images did you love the most?
In the portraits we were feeling very happy, relaxed, and connected. There was a perfect mixture of portraits that felt very natural and candids. The photos captured real, unfiltered emotions, facial expressions, and body language of us and of our guests that are very transparent. I also really enjoy how you used the environments and interior spaces we were in as an important additional element of detail beyond just the people in the frames. Even in the photos where the subject was making eye contact with the camera (lol, almost every one of my mom!) the results are real to the moment.
– Any advice for couples going through this process or about to go through the process?
Have trust and confidence in how you are deciding to do your wedding – whatever cultural traditions you want to go with or step away from are okay and don’t give any headspace to anyone who tries to convince you otherwise! Also, in whatever this means to you, it was helpful to try and keep things simple and easy as possible. In the long run, the small details won’t matter if they don’t come together perfectly. With our intentions set on the excitement of getting married, in the end we would have been thrilled no matter how the event played out. Also, the photos are a wonderful tangible memory – so make sure to get an amazing photographer ?!

Cambridge City Hall Elopement, Intimate Wedding, Boston MA: Eileen and Quinn

Elopements and intimate weddings always have a special place in my heart. I appreciate couples who decide they would like to focus on intentional moments on their wedding day and perhaps celebrate parts of it with a few family and friends. Eileen and Quinn decided to share their elopement at Cambridge City Hall with a few of their friends and family. When I arrived the couple was waiting patiently for their appointment and were eagerly greeted as family started to arrive. I thought I would share just a short selection from some of the moments from their wedding day. For this post I choose to mainly show the black and white images because I think it really helps with the quiet moments and emotion of the day. I hope you enjoy it too.

Also, a big thank you to the neighbors in Cambridge that keep their properties so beautiful. Its always nice to have a lovely background thats indicative of character and charm of the city.

Intimate Wedding at Arnold Arboretum, Jamacia Plain Boston MA: Addy and Moe

What led you to have a wedding the way you did? Family, friends, location, etc?

We had an intimate ceremony with our family and a small group of friends – 17ppl total – at the Arnold Arboretum, followed by lunch at a nearby restaurant. One of our first dates was at the Arboretum. We always found it peaceful and relaxing with its tall, magnificent trees, the colorful lilacs, the Japanese garden, its greenery at every season. In fact, throughout the years, we’d take strolls there early Saturday mornings after an exhausting week of work and feel energized and reconnected. We are both close to our families. Mo’s family lives just outside of Boston and mine flew in from Europe. What a heart-warming gift if was to have everyone there in the same place, meeting for the first time, smiling happily, and somehow communicating ok despite the language barrier. We wanted our wedding to be as much about us as it would be about our families. I think they enjoyed and were touched by the intimacy of it all. I know also that both Mo and I, both of us shying away from attention, preferred having relatively few eyes on us. The next day, we hosted a dinner party with our friends. We bought out a restaurant, had a wonderful, young D.J. play some fun music and had great food and drinks while catching up with everyone. We both felt so relaxed and overjoyed to have so many lovely faces in one place, chatting with us and getting to know each other! 

What were you most excited about before the wedding?

We were ecstatic to know that Addy’s family could all be there. 

Did anything surprise you?

Yes, a few things. We knew Angie was talented because of her previous body of work, but we didn’t know just how good she was! Her presence was completely unnoticed and yet, the images she took captured the right feelings at the right time. The weather was also a wonderful surprise! It had been raining for about 2 weeks (early May weather) but the day we got married, there was this beautiful sunshine and warmth. We were also surprised by how quickly time passed! 

Which images did you love the most?

It’s very hard to pick a particular one. But maybe the one where Angie says “now squeeze together” and our families just laugh and Mo’s hand it stretched out, trying to reach them all. Such a candidly happy shot! 

Any advice for couples going through this process or about to go through the process?

Remember how lucky you are to have found each other – the rest of the wedding details will sort themselves out. Except photography – for that you absolutely need Angie!