T-bear, T-dawg, or simply, T, has been one of my best post-college girlfriends I’d made, and when I learned that she wanted to have me as her wedding photographer, it was simply, truly, one of the highest honors I could receive. T and Chris have been together for TEN YEARS! They met at a party at Chris’s MIT frat over a summer, and have been inseparable ever since. So when Chris got his Ph.D. and had to complete post-doc duties in Palo Alto at Stanford, or when he took up a professorship at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Teresa faithfully followed along, her high heels in tow.
If there was one couple for whom raindrops cannot even crack their smiles, T and Chris would be it. We knew that their wedding would, unfortunately, be rained out, which is a huge bummer because they and the super fabulous Gracie Lou Events had planned for a gorgeous outdoor wedding ceremony and I had hoped to do photographs in downtown Boston. Nevertheless, we were prepared for a full day of indoor festivities and everyone rolled with the punches. If you had been at the wedding, you wouldn’t even notice the gray skies or the rain drops, because they generated super wattages of energy. This couple manages to touch every person they meet. As talented and amazingly achieved this couple is, they are so down to earth, laid back, and don’t take themselves too seriously. I’m going to follow this blog later with another blog documenting everything that went on behind the scenes, but for now…
T and Chris chose a modern and super fun color combination of orange and blue – you’ll see this play out in the details
I arrived while the fabulous team at Demiche Beaute were working their magic. Michelle, it was awesome meeting you!
Guess what? Teresa was a TWO-SHOE bride! She spent the day in two pairs of shoes of dizzying heights – a pair of golden Jimmy Choo pumps…
And a pair of sky-high Jessica Simpson electric blue shoes. She also rented these $16K diamond chandelier earrings from Adorn. Ooh. La. La.
Breathtaking. I have beautiful friends
We used the getting ready hotel – Hotel Marlowe – for these bridal portraits. I love tackling the challenge of working indoors. It’s all about finding or creating the most flattering light possible
This sofa is so cool. If you are looking for really cool, modern, hip hotels in Boston, consider any of the hotels run by the Kimpton brand such as Marlowe, Nine Zero, or Onyx
We began with a tea ceremony
If you are not familiar with the tea ceremony – it’s where the bride and groom honor the close family elders through serving them tea. In return, the family members shower the bride and groom with red envelopes and (traditionally) golden jewelry
Of all her grandparents, Teresa has often talked to me about her maternal grandmother. The emotions in this series of images nearly brought me to tears as T’s grandmother gave her a piece of jewelry that belonged to T’s mother. My second shooter, Kat Hanafin, helped catch the angles of grandma
Back to getting ready again…. I love the fact that Chris chose skull & bones cuff links. Photos by Kat
Bowties are hard to tie…
The dapper Chris, ready to meet his bride
Meanwhile, T and I continued to ham it up in the bridal suite. What you don’t see in these photos is her bridesmaids shouting all kinds of crazy words to get her giggling
With the rain, we switched to Chris’s alma mater, MIT, for portraits. I know the MIT campus almost as well as any other alum as my father used to be a professor there and I spent so much of my childhood days at his office surfing the internet (and experiencing a cable connection! This is when everyone still had dial-up)
This first look absolutely cracks me up
Can I say, best wedding party ever? Especially the bridesmaids? Always smiling, helpful, I don’t even have to ask them to be there. The groomsmen ever so tolerant of my crazy antics. This speaks more volumes on how T and Chris treat their friends than anything else
And little M, the ring/sign bearer – he was FULL of energy all day. When T went to the limo he even asked, “would you like more champagne?” Bless his heart…
Fab fab fab!
Miraculously, the rain stopped to a tiny drizzle – enough for us to run out with these clear umbrellas!
Teresa and Chris left me plenty, plenty of time for relaxed portraits. Enough for me not to feel rushed and also enough buffer time in case things go wrong. Like I said, if it were up to me, nothing would be late even when other people are. True to my word, I have delivered all my couples to their ceremony on time this year =)
Super super cute
This photograph is so representative of their personalities..
Hey MIT, you’ve got some awesome flower patches
Off we went to the Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center where T and Chris exchanged rings amongst their closest family and friends
I’m loving all the bright colors! Everything pops
I have yet to find out the meaning behind these owl-shaped vases, other than the fact that they are super super cool
I also noticed that table 14 was the only one with a “!” in its sign
T and Chris had a choreographed first dance. Chris made his own top hat to light up with blue LED lights when he takes it off (you’ll have to see it in the Facebook album!)
The teary mother-son dance
That suddenly turned into an impromptu dance of leaping and scarf waving
Not to be beat, T and Dad had their own lively number
So fun I die!
Normally, I’m not a sweets girl, but I’ve been won over by the dessert buffet created by Cookie Creatives by Jennifer – who, HELLO, was back on her feet two weeks after the birth of her first child. Woman, you amaze me
I may or may not have taken a whole box of treats home
If there ever was a dance floor where I may have feared for the safety of the speakers and my light stand, it was the last song. “Uncle Harry” by The Living End. Chris’s frat turned the floor into a MANPILE of mosh pitting, jumping, and rowdy fun. What a night!
Want more? There will be more photos up on the Facebook album, and later this week, I will blog a fun behind-the-scenes entry about this wedding!
Photography by Shang Chen Photography, second shooter Kat Hanafin
Wedding planner: Gracie Lou Events (SCP favorite!)
Makeup and hair: Demiche Beaute (a new SCP favorite!)
Videographer: Generations Cinemastories (everyone take note, this is the first videographer in the Boston area I absolutely LOVED working with and who know how to coordinate their placement with respect to photography coverage and vice versa. Naomi and Jack are fantastic)
Venue: Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center, Cambridge, MA
Rings: Amazon and Ross Simons
Dessert Buffet: Cookie Creatives by Jennifer, Wilbraham, MA (great job!!)
Bride’s Dress: Oleg Cassini at David’s Bridal
Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo, Jessica Simpson
Tuxedo: Men’s Wearhouse
Bridesmaid dresses: J. Crew, Dessy, Watters, David’s Bridal
Musicians: New England String Quartet
Invitations and paper: Wedding Paper Divas (for Save the Dates), shineinvitations for invitations
Thumbnail Guestbook: Bleu De Toi
Florist: The Tangled Web
Catering and Cake: Above and Beyond Catering, Boston, MA
Check out the wedding trailer from Generations Cinemastories!
I love this photo taken of me by Kat
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