Boston country club wedding photographer, Nicole Chan, will create beautiful wedding photos in picturesque settings – beautiful ballrooms, outdoor balconies, or green country club lawns
Sapna and Eric, I said this a handful of times during your wedding, but you two are gross… the kind of cutesy gross that any couple would be LUCKY to have… the kind of i-love-everything-about-you gross that I hope will never ever fade. There are so many parts of the day that are memorable for me. The most powerful was their first look. Many couples approach me with the question of, “What do you think of a first look?” Honestly, it doesn’t matter to me. Sometimes, I think they’re logistically awesome. Sometimes, I think that the first look gets pushed back, and we end up having only 5 minutes for first look + all portraits, and we end up dipping into cocktail anyway. In short, I have no preference. I’ll get my portraits no matter what – even if I have to speak a bit more quickly! 🙂 For Sapna and Eric’s first look, it was the most perfect moment that I could’ve ever imagined. It was just the two of them. It didn’t incorporate anything fancy. It was just the two of them. He walked up the stairs to the bridal suite of the Danversport Yacht Club, saw her, and almost immediately, tears flowed. …and not just theirs, mine too. They laughed in between their tears. They squeezed each other’s hands. They stared at each other. It elevated the excitement of the two of them getting married in one short hour away. The cool thing about Indian weddings is that typically, the bride changes outfits for the reception. Sapna changed into a stunning flowy white gown and donned incredible silver-colored jewelry. A second first look appeared, and this time, there were still tears, but there was more of, “WOW”. Eric’s eyes literally bugged out of his head. They’re some of my favorite first look images I’ve ever seen and created. He said she looked like Cleopatra!
Eric and Sapna are both physically beautiful people and to add to that, that they are equally beautiful inside. The two of them fit so well together and a big point that I’ve taken from knowing them is to never underestimate the little things. Eric writes her little notes everyday (as well as sandwiches… until they found out that she had a gluten sensitivity!). In the morning, Sapna said that in the Indian culture, marriage is for seven lifetimes! They love spending time sitting on the couch together. Sapna is often found reading. Eric is usually drawing. They’ll play it low key and play a game (UNO or gin rummy) or hit up the library for a movie. Eric says, “Honestly, we love doing pretty much anything together.” Eric writes, “There were many moments that continued to propel my love for Sapna and my need for her to be the biggest part of my life. The first that, for me, became a turning point was the weekend my grandfather died, mid-February 2013 (a little over 6 months into our relationship). My plan was to go to Detroit to visit friends and then to Saginaw to be with family, but a call from my mom made me cut short my Detroit stay and rush home. His death was sudden and unexpected, being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease a couple years prior; he contracted pneumonia and passed away within a few days. To this day it is still difficult; he was a huge influence in my life, inspiring and full of love. Of course, I had to stay a few extra days longer than I was intending to attend the funeral. After a long, mentally exhausting weekend, I arrived back in Toronto late in the evening. When I walked in the door to my apartment, Sapna had surprised me with dinner. She was selflessly caring, supportive and genuinely relieved that I was home so she could comfort me. More than anything, she said, she wanted to be there for me when I got home. That is real love. I knew then that for any obstacles I faced in life, I would be infinitely stronger facing them with her.” Thank you for allowing me to document your day, Eric and Sapna. I fully enjoyed your brother dressing up like a snake charmer (complete with a stick on mustache) so that he could accompany your 83 year old grandma perform a dance dedicated to the two of you. I especially enjoyed the “laughing tears” during your vidai. As Sapna hugged her family goodbye at the end of the night, she threw rice and flowers over her head back towards her family. This represents repaying her family for all that they have given to her. Sapna explains to Eric, “This is me saying thank you for everything that they’ve done for me. It’s like paying back the rent. I’m yours now. You have to take care of me.”
When I asked Candy what she and Derek liked to do together, she said, “Breakfast, Naps, Indian Food, Paintball”. Although, if I asked Derek, I’m sure that he’d re-order that and put paintball first! Their wedding at Easton Country Club was uniquely them. From the purple accents in all of the decor – Candy’s favorite color, to Derek’s black on black on black” to framed Dr. Seuss quotes, their wedding was unique reflective of the two of them.
I am weird, you are weird. Everyone in this world is weird. One day two people come together in mutual weirdness and fall in love.” – Dr. Seuss
They selected the Easton Country Club because of a two gorgeous rows of lined trees in the back of the country club. We hopped on golf carts and were able to create some awesome portraits of the two of them.
I loved that in the morning, Derek and his groomsmen were playing Magic cards as they waited for the ceremony to start. Also prior to the ceremony, Derek work a shirt that said “game over” with a cartoon drawing of two people getting married. When people asked him how he felt, he responded, “She’s been my wife for a long time now!”
I also love the little details the guys sported. Groomsmen were gifted silver iron man cufflinks and tie clips. The two ring bearers had colored iron man cufflinks. Candy gifted Derek the punisher cufflinks!
I remember the day vividly. It was the week of my birthday and I had just arrived at a cozy cabin rental with some of my closest friends. I was ready to hike/explore Acadia National Park for the first time and was teeming with excitement to see the colorful New England foliage. Jason was with me. Sledder was being lazy as usual. I had just purchased a new little mirror less camera to goof around with. It was the start to a blissful week!
Michelle and Mike, you have no idea how happy you made me. As if a week couldn’t get any better, your e-mail set me in a good mood for weeks. If anyone knows artist-entrepreneurs, we’re a bit of a crazy breed. There are extreme highs, and then extreme lows where we beat ourselves up for not being better. You two made me feel insanely appreciated. From the bottom of my heart, thanks for choosing me.
In Massachusetts, almost everything is weather dependent and in a minute’s notice, your treacherous rainy day could be cloud-less with perfect bright blue skies. As they say, “If you don’t like the weather, just wait a minute.” Actually, I’m not sure who says that… it might’ve been a high school teacher, or maybe something that I made up (and tricked myself into believing that it’s a thing).
ANYWAY… Caitlin and Chris have been doing no-rain dances for over a year, as they planned their wedding ceremony on the beautiful Falmouth beach in iconic Cape Cod. Unlike most Cape Cod weddings, they didn’t want to focus on a seashell and sand theme. Instead, they focused their attention on seaglass – a beautiful color palette for the tables, bridesmaids dresses, groomsmen ties, and most importantly… on their cupcake table!
Both are life long residents of Cape Cod (Truro and Sandwich) and it was only fitting that they were wed here. If you could see me, I’d bring my left arm into a flex-ing position and tell you which part of the Cape Truro and Sandwich are in. (MA residents will understand me!)
My heart felt so full as I documented their families. Caitlin’s parents could be found glancing at each other during the ceremony (when the other wasn’t looking). Caitlin’s maid of honor, though not related by blood, seemed like she was Caitlin’s sister. She talked about what a genuine human being Caitlin was, and how lucky she was to call her such a dear friend. Chris’ parents were busting out some serious dance moves together. MamaTobias, mother of three boys, had plenty of tears in her eyes as Chris’ brothers made their best man speeches. I think Chris’ older brother summed it best, “Chris, you’re just really awesome”.
If you’d like to see more of Caitlin and Chris view their Cape Cod engagement session.
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“We don’t fck around!” – Keep this in your head. This will come up many many many times during this wedding.
Lauren and Mike always joked about getting married on Pi day. After eleven years of dating, when the Mike finally asked Lauren to marry him, they realized that the joke was a very possible reality. Somehow, Lauren found a pi-shaped cake tin, baked a red velvet cake and used her finished product in our engagement photo session.
Lauren and I go way back, back in my nerdy, quirky, slightly awkward high school days. (For some of us, things never change.) She, however, was always the one that was comfortable with herself. She knew who she was, was confident about it, and if there were a soul that existed that didn’t like her, it’s probably because they’re jealous that they’re not as awesome as she is. Mike is no different, he’s hardworking, intelligent and quietly goofy!
“I’ve never seen you smile so much”, exclaimed one of their guests after their Saint John Chrysostom Parish wedding ceremony in West Roxbury. It’s true. I, too, have never seen anyone smile as much as Lauren did during a Catholic Mass. I glanced around, and it looked like lots of guests were making light-hearted chat. I overheard, “You almost got me in trouble!” These people that Lauren and Mike surround themselves with… yep, sounds about right. 🙂 During a ceremony reading of 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (the “love is patient” one), Lauren’s brother accidentally flipped up some words and said “Love is not gentle”. I assume that it’s going to take him a while to live that one down. It showed up on a whiteboard that was brought into our Photo Booth, and made its way into many conversations that I eavesdropped in!
Between the ceremony and the reception Erin (wedding chaffeur/high school friend/bridesmaid) took Lauren and Mike through the Dunkin’ Donuts drive through for ice coffee. HAH.
During the Brookmeadow Country Club wedding reception in Canton, MA, Lauren and Mike stood up to thank their 93 closest family and friends for their support and love. Of course, they couldn’t just stand up and say heartfelt thank yous. They had to rap it – to the Fresh Prince of Bel Air.
“Nikki, you know us. We don’t fck around!”
Yep. Clearly not.
Lauren and her dad, the ultimate patriarch did a mash up during their father/daughter dance and started breakin’ it down to “Kung Fu Fighting” and shot shot shot shot shot shot shot!! (LMFAO – Shots ft. Lil Jon). The entire room broke out into roaring laughter.
Bob, Caitlin and I joined in on their after party at their house. Two things were on the menu: A whole roasted pig and black out juice.
“We don’t mess around!”
(Vegetarians probably do not want to read the next paragraph)
Kammy, their friend from Mass Maritime has a family farm in western Massachusetts. She and her family picked up three piglets and named them Matrimony, Pre-nut and Alimony. She then cut the piggie in half, seasoned one half ginger and lime (the crowd pleasing favorite) and the other half in a homemade BBQ sauce. In Lauren and Mike’s backyard, she placed the pig in a roasting box that she purchased off eBay (a reputable brand) and covered in coal. She also cut off the head and stuck it in their oven. Starting at 3pm, immediately after the ceremony, Kammy would leave EVERY hour to head back to the house to make sure that nothing was on fire.
A thoughtful friend, indeed.
I went home that evening, full of love and pig. What a freakin’ awesome day. Lauren and Mike, you two are pretty awesome.
one last tidbit:
“Lauren, what are you going to do with your dress afterwards?”
Immediately after the wedding, Lauren and Mike flew down to Florida to visit her grandpa. I made sure that she went down with a handful of wedding images to show him! Since he’s legally blind, they took the images and displayed them on a giant TV screen for him. 🙂 “You made one Grandpa very, very happy to be able to see the photos. We hooked them up to his tv to make them big. He was able to see all the wedding highlights and his 7 grandkids. He called my mom after we left to tell her how great they were. You truly got a feeling for the whole day with your choices. I hadn’t cried these past days but you made me when I saw everything put together and the thought that went into it.”