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! 

Newport Vineyards Wedding, Middletown RI: Jessica and Kyle

What were you most excited about before the wedding?

We were most excited to see how everything would come together. During all the planning, there’s so many moving pieces, and it’s hard to imagine everything as one.

What moments did you love the most after your wedding?

Relaxing! The wedding stress is real (even if you think it won’t get to you – it will!). We also really enjoyed talking with family and friends and hearing their stories from the wedding day. It was really fun to listen to everyone’s different experiences.

What was the best decision you made for your wedding? 

We decided very early on that we wanted a “wear whatever you’re comfortable in” dress code. That by far was the best decision we made. It was so awesome to see friends and family in everything from shorts and t-shirts to floor-length gowns and suits, and we heard from so many appreciative guests about how they were so happy to be able to wear what they wanted.

When thinking about how to share this day with your friends and family what were the most import factors? 

We definitely wanted a wedding on the smaller side. It was really important for us to be present with our guests, so that the day would be more intimate for both them and us. Keeping the guest count on the low end is what allowed us to make sure we were able to spend a little bit of time with everyone. We also knew that we wanted our wedding to have an indoor/outdoor feel, and Newport Vineyards ended up being the perfect setting.

Which images did you love the most, any one specific ones and why? 

We both really enjoyed all the candids. We loved going through the photos and seeing the genuine reactions and emotions of our guests throughout the wedding, because a lot of that we weren’t able to see for ourselves in real time. Hands down though, the best picture is the one where Kyle’s dad (George) ended up with Jess’ veil in his face as the recessional began. There is a sequence of a few photos where you can see the build up to what’s about to happen, and then George has his hands in the air, the veil across his face, and all of our attendants are dying laughing. Neither one of us had any idea that even happened, so it was hilarious to go through the pictures and see that.

If you shared a little advice for couples going through this process what would be the biggest take away?

Don’t procrastinate! There are a lot of little yet time consuming things that will sneak up on you during the last couple weeks, so whatever you can do in advance – do it! And make sure that you carve away some time (even if it’s just ten minutes) for the two of you to spend alone with each other during the wedding day. You will be busy, and overwhelmed, and it is easy to forget to take in the moment. This day only happens once, so make sure you get some time to truly enjoy it.

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The Commons 1854 Wedding, Topsfild MA: Jie and David

I’m really happy to share with you Jie and David’s wedding at The Commons 1854 in Topsfield MA. These two carefully planned their day and it paid off. One thing that was very important to the couple was giving their parents gifts which maybe one of  my favorite of all time set of images. Their parents meet in Jie’s room, the morning of the wedding, and the couple had prepared meaningful gifts as thank you’s. My favorite moment was when Jie read the inscriptions to her parents which resulted tears and laughter. The rest of the day followed with beautiful moments between the couple and their family and friends. I loved it.

Here are some small words from the couple.

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

Size: Personal preference, we wanted a relatively smaller wedding that’s more intimate, get to spend more time with each guest.

Location: Outside of Boston – close by but away from the city. Like the style of estate and with both outdoor  and indoor space.

What were you most excited about before the wedding?

Just looking forward to the day, everything – exchange vows, first dance, seeing family and friends especially those who you haven’t seen for a long time from far away.

Which images did you love the most?

The candid photos that capture the moments, also the artistic ones that are romantic and elegant.

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

Wedding planning can be stressful at times but it’s super fun to plan all the details, just give yourself enough time so you don’t feel super rushed in the whole process.