High school sweethearts Lynn and Chris tied the knot this past weekend under golden sun rays on the gorgeous grounds of the Lyman Estate. Their wedding could not be more perfect, filled to the brim with amazing DIY yellow and gray details by Lynn and her sister Caroll. I loved working with Lynn because of how much trust and faith she placed in her amazing wedding vendors, this is truly one of those weddings where you can see the fruit and hard work of everything come together. Most importantly, the beauty of this wedding is in the love and warmth of the two families, who have known each other for over ten years and are so joyous at this occasion.
When I arrived, I found this beautiful wreath hung on the grounds. This is just a glimpse of all the goodness to come!
I began with portraits of the groom. And what a dashing groom he was! No nerves, this Chris, just pure handsomeness
Also, a big thank you to Ashley Stelzer whose work complements many of the detail shots you see here today, including the photo on the left. Her fine arts eye really helped bring this estate wedding to life
I couldn’t WAIT to photograph what the talented Bumble Bee Landing had in store for the personal flowers. Dana did not disappoint, I literally gasped at the bouts and bouquets!
I love me some Badgley Mischka! The one-sided bow with sparkly details is so cute
Lynn – super happy after getting her dress on
A super shoutout to Carolina at From Hair to Eternity for her awesome hair + makeup work. Lynn is glowing!
Such gorgeous light at the Lyman Estate! It was awesome for highlighting Lynn’s gorgeous spring bouquet that used cala lillies, succulents, peonies, and more
Are you kidding me? Love
Lynn and Chris are self-declared nerds. (They are pretty smart) So we did the First Look in the library. If you’re on the fence for a First Look, seriously, look at the range of emotions in these four shots. Chris couldn’t stop telling Lynn how beautiful she was (the last image is of him circling around her to check out), and Lynn tried her best not to cry
Okay, first off, I love this wedding party! They were so fun to work with and so relaxed
Lynn and Chris gave me plenty, plenty of time for more relaxed and colorful portraits on the grounds of Lyman Estate
LOVE this angle that Ashley captured!
The ceremony was outdoors on the grounds. Lynn and her sister had created the wedding arch themselves
Another great angle by Ashley!
Now for the grand reveal, the reception. I love the warm light coming in and bouncing off the light walls
Lynn created paper flowers to go with the centerpieces provided by Red Fire Farm
A tree with family photos on the escort card table
And probably the most impressive piece to me: this wreath on the front door made out of kusudama origami flowers!
Lynn and Caroll also created a complete DIY photobooth with pinwheels!
Did I mention this crowd loves to dance???
And a gorgeous sunset lit dance photo to seal the day. Thank you Lynn and Chris so much for the honor of being your wedding photographer!
Vendors: Photography by Shang Chen Photography, second shooter Ashley Stelzer
Venue: The Lyman Estate, Waltham, MA
Catering and cake: Cuisine Chez Vous, Somerville, MA
Makeup and hair: From Hair to Eternity, Malden, MA
Personal flowers: Bumble Bee Landing
Dress: Designer Liv Harris from Vow’s Bridal Outlet, Watertown, MA
Bridesmaid dresses: Priscilla of Boston
Rings: Barmakian Jewelers, Boston, MA and NH
Tuxedo: Russo Tux, Andover, MA
Centerpieces: Red Fire Farm, Granby, MA
DJ: Max, C-Zone Music, Natick, MA
Invitations, photobooth, paper flowers: DIY
Behind the scenes… I had the mothers join in the bridal session. I think it made Lynn smile even bigger!
Hunting for the perfect photo spot ;)
Thank you Ashley for manning the photobooth!
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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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