To say that Joanne and Chris’s wedding at the DeCordova Sculpture Museum in Lincoln, MA was amazing is an understatement. The day was beautiful, the venue had amazing light, and even with the little snafus in between that inevitably come with a wedding, as I reviewed my images I was just thrilled with what came out. This wedding reflected much of what I stand for – genuine and expressive emotion, lots of energy, laid-back bride and groom, fun guests, and of course, personalized and cool style with color that pops! Therefore, I have chosen to publish this wedding in three blog posts to showcase the different ways in which I photograph a day – photojournalism, details, and portraiture. I place emphasis on all of them because I see myself as a storyteller photographer, which means that my goal is to document the day such that when one looks at the images one is taken back to relive the memories, emotions, the beauty. I believe in portraiture because I want my couples to feel as beautiful and fabulous as they are in my eyes, and I believe in capturing all the details because together, it makes the wedding experience complete.
First up, is the photojournalism. With the exception of the champagne toast and the First Look, none of these are staged, posed, or directed in any way. To me, photojournalism is about being in the right place at the right time and not interrupting the flow of the day.
Joanne and Chris exchanged gifts while getting ready. This is a journal that Joanne had secretly kept during their engagement documenting many thoughts and happenings
Joanne’s maid of honor delivered it to Chris
Joanne’s reaction upon hearing how much Chris loved it
Not to be beat, Chris also had a great gift of his own for Joanne. Coincidentally, it also included a journal
We then drove to the museum where Joanne got dressed in her beautiful gown
Since the ceremony was going to occur around sunset, we had all the portraits done beforehand to allow plenty of time to relax and have fun. So while the First Look is often directed by me, I love, LOVE it because the emotions are so genuine
This is my favorite photo, taken by my intern Amy!
A quick touch-up before the ceremony
Joanne’s colors were green with black and white accents
Joanne told me that her must-have moment is the moment they realize they’re married. I got two of them
During cocktail hour, guests were able to “sign” a tree guestbook with fingerprints
Joanne and Chris had an awesome Red Sox-like entrance planned. It ended with them high-fiving all their wedding party members
All the speeches were quite funny recounting Joanne and Chris’s courtship
The dance floor hopped all night thanks to Boston Music Works
The bouquet toss was intense!
You know a dance floor is fun if at the end of the night I join in – which I did =)
Not the end of this wedding – more to come, stay tuned!
Shang’s Assistant: Amy Bao
Venue: DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, MA
Catering and cupcakes: Different Tastes, Boston, MA
Joanne’s Dress: Jon’s Bridal by Suzanne
Bridesmaid Dresses: After Six Bridesmaid
Rings: Springers Jeweler’s, Maine
Chris’s Suit: Pronto Uomo
Florist: Hillside Florist, Woburn, MA
Hair: Di Re Hair, Ltd., Waltham, MA
DJ: Boston Music Works, Woburn, MA
Invitations and Paper: DIY
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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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