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Russell and Joel, Married! | Turner Hill Wedding Photography

This wedding is well worth the wait. I’m so excited to present the marriage of Russell and Joel at the charming Tuner Hill Mansion in Ipswich on the Massachusetts north shore. This wedding was full of romance, personal touches, elegance. Not to mention, it was a perfect wedding – I love it when my clients consider day of coordination or have a wedding planner, it just makes my job that much easier. Russell and Joel were laid back and just happy to get married in the presence of their family and friends, and I iterate to everyone, that is really what a wedding is all about.

First off, though this was a winter wedding, we could not have asked for better weather during the day. I left Chicago during a snowstorm, and the week after this wedding, it snowed in Boston

Russell and Joel got ready together, just the two of them. It was so nice getting to observe them quietly and soak in the day

They both wore Hermes ties. Joel’s cufflinks were from Tiffany & Co (as are their wedding rings), and Russell’s were a graduation gift from his mother

This is one of my favorite moments of the day. Russell is better at tying ties than Joel is, so he got up on a chair behind him

How awesome is the light? They are so happy

So very dashing

Lawyers read. A lot

Even in the winter, the grounds of Turner Hill had some evergreens which I was happy to include in the portraits

I love this red door

We actually shot in some similar spots as Russell and Joel’s engagement session, which also took place at Turner Hill. With the engagement session down, they knew exactly what to expect from me on the day of the wedding. This is why unless there are mountains to move, I shoot engagement sessions for all my clients

Wintery elements were included in the bouquets and the flower girl basket

The ringbearer is Joel’s nephew. He is having a grand time with his mother and grandmother

Russell and Joel told me to look out for the flower girl and ringbearer as they came down aisle. I loved how the flower girl ended her entrance by sitting next to her little brother, who was also quite a well-dressed little man

The honorable Judge Hall officiated the ceremony. Russell clerked for Judge Hall early in his legal career

A very happy moment right after the first kiss

The guests enjoyed cocktail hour and milled about the mansion (which was featured in the Martin Scorsese film, Shutter Island). The staff at Turner Hill told me that some of the drapery and curtains were left behind as a gift

Everyone got a huge kick out of the cake topper – bobble heads made in the likeness of the grooms!

The toasts were very heartfelt and personal, you can really tell how much everyone cared for Russell and Joel

Russell’s father is unfortunately no longer with us. Russell’s younger brother mentioned in his speech how proud their father would have been of Joel. We all got a little teary-eyed

Grandma joins the dance floor!

Many thanks to my second shooter, Ze Liang Photography, for capturing some of these moments

There was a wonderful candy buffet. The talented Linda of Lemon Drop Team pulled it together late in the wedding planning phase and it features wonderful paper design by Yuling Designs!

I really like this ring shot

And a fun shot to end the night

Thank you Russell and Joel for the wonderful honor of having me, I am over the moon happy for you guys!

And a big hug and love goes to Linda, who I’m so happy to finally get to work with. She is awesome guys! If you need someone to manage your wedding day to perfection, drop what you’re doing and call her now!

The vendors:

Photography by Shang Chen Photography. Second shooter: Ze Liang Photography
Venue: Turner Hill Mansion and Golf Club, Ipswich, MA
Catering: Vinwood Caterers
Day of Coordination: Linda Lee, Lemon Drop Team, MA (Shang Chen Photography preferred)
Rings: Tiffany & Co., Nicole Vellucci at Forever Diamond, Boston, MA
Suits: Brooks Brothers
Ties: Hermes
Florist: Flowers by Darlene, Salem, MA
Invitations and menu design: Goosefish Press, Boston, MA
Candy buffet design: Yuling Designs (Shang Chen Photography preferred)
Cake: Jenny’s Wedding Cakes, Amesbury, MA
Officiant: Judge Hall
DJ: MCO Productions

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Shang Chen Photography has rebranded to Saavedra Photography
she takes photographs of celebrations of love and life
Based in NYC | Open for select photography commissions on Sundays only

January 31, 2012 - 10:33 am

Sam OMG, I can’t believe how cute these are. Totally melted my heart :)

February 1, 2012 - 9:41 am

Julie C. LOVE this! and the bobblehead cake toppers, so awesome!

February 6, 2012 - 11:38 am

Leah O’Leary Dear Shang,

Your online wedding photos of Russell and Joel’s wedding is the most beautiful wedding album I have ever seen. Such a gift to us all. I especially treasure the way that you really caught the tenderness of their love for one another.

Best wishes,

Leah O’Leary
(Russell’s mother)

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