Modern, colorful, and fun! How lucky am I to have the honor of photographing Lisa and Jeff’s wedding? So very lucky. I had so much fun… in fact, so much fun, I put my gear down at the end of the night and stayed a little to dance a little more. One of their toasts said it best – Lisa and Jeff are some of the nicest, most considerate people you will ever meet. During their cocktail hour and dinner, I saw them continue to greet, welcome, and spend a significant amount of time with all their loved ones and guests. In addition, Lisa and Jeff really love to travel. They’re off on a very awesome honeymoon in Asia right now. You’ll parts of that incorporated in their wedding decor as well
As I arrived, Lisa already had her makeup and hair done by the ever-talented and awesome Carolina and her team at From Hair to Eternity – my absolute favorite – I ran into them while exiting the elevator. I also RAVE RAVE RAVE about Lisa’s dress, because it fit her SO well and had a fun layer of crinoline underneath
Style note aside, ladies, trust me, make your alterations count, splurge if you have to, because it will make your dress become a part of YOU so that people tell you how beautiful YOU looked and not how beautiful your dress was. Great alterations can really add oomph to an ordinary dress – I’d much rather splurge on alterations than on a designer dress that did not fit
I loved Lisa’s bright colors. From her electric blue pumps and red toenails to the bright green spidermums and pink roses in her bouquet. Just perfect
I really like the image below on the right – Lisa getting excited it is her wedding day
I also went over to Jeff’s room to get some portraits of him
We had a super-sweet First Look
They gave me so much time for portraits of the two of them – we had a really fun 45 minutes within the grounds of Seaport Hotel!
Happy. So happy. I LOVE the pop of color her shoes provide
It was very windy that day. I used the wind to my advantage with Lisa’s veil whenever I could
I have a personal soft spot for modern weddings – especially in downtown Boston, a modern wedding makes a lot more sense given the architecture and the spaces we have. I love clean lines, bright lighting, and architectural detail. The Wintergarden Atrium at the Seaport Hotel is the perfect setting for a modern wedding ceremony
Which leads to one of the most well-lit indoor ceremonies I’ve ever photographed =)
Having your bridesmaids wear shoes in the same shade? A stylish DO!
This was a unique part to Lisa and Jeff’s wedding – they wrote letters to each other which they placed in a box with a wine that would be really delicious on their 5th anniversary – which is when they will open the box and read the letters
The atrium also gave me the unique advantage of being able to photograph everyone who came to the wedding
This wedding party was FUN and super-laidback. Thank you all for being such great sports!
Lisa and her twin brothers
Once Lisa and Jeff stepped on the dance floor, the party really got started!
There was also a delicious candy buffet for guests to take some treats home
It took a while to pull them outside for some great night shots in front of the World Trade Center. The Seaport Hotel actually had 3 weddings that day and the staff did a great job ensuring no wedding saw each other, but it meant I couldn’t photograph this location during the day. It doesn’t matter though, I think this night photo trumps any daytime photo I could have done =)
Thank you soooo much guys for such a fun time, Lisa and Jeff! Keep busting those serious dance moves, you two rock!
Shang’s assistant: Amie Fedora Photography
Venue: Seaport Hotel Boston (amazing staff! I normally don’t comment on staff but I can say they are top notch and went above and beyond and made my job SO much easier, and the food is great too!)
Makeup and hair: Carolina Velasco from From Hair to Eternity
Bride’s dress: Mary’s Bridal, purchased at Bride-N-Belle, Medford, MA
Bridesmaid dresses: David’s Bridal
Cake: Konditor Meister
Tuxedo: Men’s Wearhouse
Florist: Jody Roffi, My Personal Florist
Ceremony musicians: Arezzo String Trio
DJ: Brendan from Murray Hill Talent
Invitations / paper: ExclusivelyWeddings.com
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Shang Chen Photography has rebranded to Saavedra Photography
she takes photographs of celebrations of love and life
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