“If I believe in one thing… just one thing… I believe in her.” – Doctor Who, Tenth Doctor

The way Seph looks at Tara, and sweetly kisses her hand and holds it to his heart, you will see how that quote is so incredibly perfect for their love. Not only because of how they both feel, but because they are huge Doctor Who fans! Actually, that quote (in it’s entirety) was displayed in a little frame as part of their Doctor Who-inspired wedding details. Love love LOVE it.

There were so many personal touches, not only with Doctor Who, either. Tara’s aunts made the cake and flowers, and their friend officiated the ceremony. Just goes to show how many people came together in celebrating the wedding of these two! Congratulations, it was so fun to shoot!

Ceremony and Reception: Hellenic Center, Ipswich, MA

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All of these kids are so freakin’ adorable, and you can see how excited this little flower girl was.

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Such a sweet first look!

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Trying out their DIY Doctor Who photobooth – their friend made the TARDIS backdrop (seriously amazing), and they had all sorts of appropriate Doctor Who themed props!

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And of course Tara looked stunning!

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Just little moments like this… Tara was getting a little choked up during her vows, and Seph reached out to reassure her. Sometimes I notice these things even after I’ve shot it and am going through the editing process, and I sigh and say “awww!”

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Their officiant and friend, Baratunde might’ve thrown in a little “Go Pats” and “Go Sox” into their ring vows.

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It was a gorgeous summer evening for the cocktail hour on the lawn outside of the Hellenic Center.

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Did I mention these kids were cute, or what?

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Classical Guitarist: Matthew Lister

DJ: White Label DJs

Caterer: Vinwood Caterers

Officiant: Baratunde Thurston

Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas

Dress: Lili Bridals

Hair: Highlights of Chelmsford

Suit/Tux: Indochino

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Just looking through Kathryn and Robb’s photos from last October makes me feel so happy for them – remembering how they would calmly and serenely look into each other’s eyes, like the rest of the world didn’t exist for those moments. And the giddy looks of joy that came over their faces as they said “I do.”

These are things I’m so lucky to be a part of – thank you Kathryn & Robb, and happy (early) first anniversary!

Ceremony & Reception: Lyman Estate, Waltham, MA

In Kathryn’s words, about the wedding:
We wanted it to be very relaxed, but elegant! Full of family, friends, food, and fun! We are not DIY people, and did not want to spend a ton of time on planning (we got married 7 months after we got engaged), so we made sure to pick a location that was beautiful just as it was (the Lyman Estate was perfect for this!). We also wanted to really enjoy our time with all of our family and friends, so we knew we did not want a sit down dinner – the buffet stations and cocktail tables were great for this (our caterer was amazing). Lots of other details of course… but mostly it was just fun!

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I’m so glad we did this [the formal photos] first! It felt important to have those few minutes alone with Robb before being together with everyone else. And of course, more time to actually be at the party!

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Having my sister as the officiant was amazing! We knew the general structure of what she was going to say, but not the actual words. She captured us perfectly, it was so personal and lovely. Robb and I don’t love being the center of attention, but somehow we didn’t mind that during the ceremony.

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It was actually great, and felt really special to be out on the dance floor by ourselves for the first time as husband and wife. And the party was a blast! As everyone said it would, it went by too fast, but I’m pretty sure we at least said ‘hello’ to everyone, actually got to eat hors d’oeuvres and dinner, and, most importantly, got to dance (a lot) with all the guests!

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What were your first reactions to the photos?
I loved getting the preview photos on Facebook so soon after the wedding. We were on our honeymoon, and it felt like re-living the day again, which we of course wanted to do! Then all the beautiful photos – the ceremony particularly was so great to see – we look so happy! I feel like the photos captured the fun of the day exactly as I remember it.

What is one suggestion you have for other couples who are planning their weddings?
Enjoy the planning process, and don’t stress out about the details. What you and everyone else will remember from your wedding is the fun, the excitement, and the love.

Florist: Derby Farms

Cake: Concord Teacakes

Band/DJ: DJ Deja (Denise LaCarubba)

Caterer: Swartz Catering

Jeweler: Long’s

Dress: Casablanca from Cristina’s Bridal of Andover

Hair/Makeup: ­­­­­­­­­Blushing Brides

Suit/Tux: Jason Anthony’s Formal Wear

Favors: Burdick’s

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“Love doesn’t make the world go round. Love is what makes the ride worthwhile.” —Franklin P. Jones

And what a fun ride Rachel and Dewey’s wedding was! I had such a great time, a day that just reminds me of how much I love doing what I do. Iconic Boston locations, a lovely bride & groom (who don’t take themselves too seriously), gorgeous wedding party, and just a beautiful day. I love capturing those “in-between moments,” and you’ll see a lot of them in this post.

So, this is a bit of a throwback, to 2014 and Rachel and Dewey’s classic Boston wedding. We started at the Langham Hotel for getting ready, the first look and all of the formal photos… then on the trolley to the church! And finally, a super fun reception at the Boston College Club – great views up there.

Getting Ready/First Look/Formal Photos: Langham Hotel, Boston, MA

Ceremony: Gate of Heaven Church, Boston, MA

Reception: Boston College Club

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That’s Rachel’s silhouette in the door, getting ready to come down the aisle.

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This was a first for me – Rachel and Dewey hired an artist to paint a picture of their first dance – she started the background before the reception began, and finished it by the end of the night! So neat.

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Florist: Cedar Grove Gardens

Cake: Konditor Meister

DJ: Press Play Entertainment

Jeweler: Clifford Jewelers

Dress: Allure from Dress Express

Tux: Men’s Wearhouse

Hair: Hairstyles by Ana

Makeup: Allison Barbera Beauty

Transportation: The Original Party Trolley

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“Now he knew that there were thousands and thousands of forms of joy in the world, but that all were essentially one and the same, namely, the joy of being able to love.”
― Michael Ende, The Neverending Story

Weddings are never short on love, and of course Aly and Sam’s was no exception. They had a fabulous, unique and fun wedding at the Red Barn at Hampshire College in Amherst. Yes, they are huge book lovers – specifically, that magical book (and movie), The Neverendending Story. Starting with their invitations, spreading into the decor, even into their vows and ceremony (beautifully personalized by the amazing celebrant Heather Richard of Great Falls Ceremonies). We even snuck it into their engagement photos a bit! (Will have to post those at some point!!)

So much of their wedding was unique to them as a couple – starting with the fact that they met and fell in love at Hampshire – so what better place to tie the knot? Here’s are Aly’s thoughts on incorporating their personalities into the wedding:

One thing that was really important to me was having an entirely vegan wedding. I have been a vegan for over 10 years, and Sam is a vegetarian and supported the vegan wedding idea.
We wanted our wedding to be romantic but also relaxed, whimsical, and playful. We decided on a Neverending Story theme – it is a book and movie we both love, and we wanted to capture some of the aesthetic and magic from the book/movie in our wedding decor and details. We also made sure to mention the theme to all of our potential vendors, thinking their reaction/enthusiasm toward the theme would be one good way to gauge if their personalities and work would mesh with our preferences. I feel like we really lucked out in finding great vendors! Our officiant wrote us a ceremony that captured the magic of the Neverending Story world while also adorably telling our own “neverending story.” It was important to us not to have a boring or awkward ceremony, and we were struggling with whether or not to do vows, because we think they’re sweet, but were uncomfortable with speaking such personal things to an audience. Our officiant came up with the idea of us whispering our vows to each other during the ceremony, tying that concept to a detail from the Neverending Story movie! It seemed to go over well – people were smiling when it happened during the ceremony, and later at the reception family and friends kept asking us to what we whispered to each other. It was fun having that little secret.

Wedding Ceremony and Reception: Red Barn at Hampshire College, Amherst, Massachusetts

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I absolutely love Aly’s dress! And sunflowers, my favorite.

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Those whispered vows… so sweet!

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Break the glass! (And a peak at Aly’s Converse shoes :))

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And I couldn’t leave out all of the fun Neverending Story details… Even on the cake!

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From Aly: The reception was amazing. It was great to have so many friends and family together in one place, with food and music and details we had chosen ourselves and spent so much time planning. It was exciting seeing everything come together, and dancing with all our friends!

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I always like to ask my couples what advice they would give to those in the planning process, here’s what Aly had to say:
Stand your ground with some things you really want to be part of your wedding, but also to be open to suggestions about things that you aren’t so dead-set on, and let others help! We’d also encourage interactive elements for your guests – we had glowsticks and bookmarks with questions guests could answer on our tables and people seemed to really enjoy both of those things – plus we had lots of fun reading all the responses after the wedding was over!

And of course I always love getting feedback (especially this kind) – thanks Aly & Sam, I had a wonderful time being a part of your wedding!
We liked that you were able to get such great pictures without being at all intrusive. We had so much fun looking through the photos and seeing beautiful formal shots mixed in with sweet (and some goofy) candids that made us smile. You were also easy to communicate with during the planning process and always answered our questions in a reassuring way.
We were so happy with the photos! We were excited that you made us look so good since we definitely felt like awkward models!

Florist: Atkins Farm

Cake: Bean Counter Bakery

DJ: Audible Chemistry

Video: Revel Video

Caterer: Red Barn

Officiant: Heather Richard – Great Falls Ceremonies

Invitations: If it’s Paper (Raleigh, NC)

Original Art for Invitation: David Hyde Costello

Dress: David’s Bridal

Hair/Makeup: Hair by Harlow

Suit: Jos. A Bank

“He tried to remember Moon Child’s eyes, but was no longer able to. He was sure of only one thing: that her glance had passed through his eyes and down into his heart. He could still feel the burning trail it had left behind. That glance, he felt, was embedded in his heart, and there it glittered like a mysterious jewel. And in a strange and wonderful way it hurt.
Even if Bastian had wanted to, he couldn’t have defended himself against this thing that had happened to him. However, he didn’t want to. Oh no, not for anything in the world would he have parted with that jewel. All he wanted was to go on reading, to see Moon Child again, to be with her.
It never occurred to him that he was getting into the most unusual and perhaps the most dangerous of adventures. But even if he had known this, he wouldn’t have dreamed of shutting the book.”
― Michael Ende, The Neverending Story

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