Sometimes, we hope for the best, but have to plan for the worst. We don’t know much more time we have on earth with Carmen, who was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer earlier this year, but we do know that she and Brian deserve the best that life can afford them in the time being. Over a hundred of their family and friends gathered to witness their marriage. Carmen’s daughter S played a big part. The whole village descended on Carmen’s grandmother’s beautiful homestead, aptly named Sunset Farm. There weren’t many dry eyes at the wedding as Carmen and Brian exchanged personal vows, committing to each other, but committing to making sure S would grow up in a household that cherishes love and art.
Magic filled the air at this wedding. The sky stayed clear exactly during the window when we needed – from First Look through the end of ceremony (then it was a downpour). To Carmen’s grandmother also being able to make it outside to join the party. To the wonderful family friend who managed to semi-break into Brian’s home to retrieve Carmen’s contact lenses. To the peonies at Whole Foods that went on sale at the last minute, adding a flourish of beauty and fragrance to the reception. To little S walking up and hugging Carmen as Carmen and Brian exchanged vows. From all the healing and loving power that sustained Carmen with energy throughout the day. The atmosphere was at once familiar and joyous. Lots of hugs and laughter was exchanged. Children ran around and played. Much delicious food was enjoyed. Brian’s humor was matched only by that of his brother and father, who gave hilarious toasts that left everyone rolling in laughter. There are so many moments. So many memories. I couldn’t capture them all, but I hope that you can get a glimpse of that through these images.
Thank you, thank you for having me, Carmen and Brian. Congratulations and much love.
Photography by Saavedra Photography
Wedding Rings: Hannoush Jewelers, White Plains, NY
Florist: Stow Greenhouses, Stow, MA and Whole Foods DIY
Cake: Whole Foods
Catering: Erica Bush
Make-up: Amanda McCarty Beauty
Hair; Angela Ragaini, Salon on Main, Shrewsbury, MA
DJ: Stephen Kent
Invitations / Paper: Minted.com
Tents and rentals: BC Tent, Avon, MA
As Shang has a full-time job, she only photographs a very select number of weddings a year, exclusively on Sundays only due to a Saturday religious restriction