Boston Tent Weddings are perfect mix of shelter and a nature-experience for Boston outdoor weddings. Boston wedding photographer, Nicole Chan, will capture the ambiance, light, and all the dance moves!
Laura, Billy and I hung out one day at the Taj hotel for drinks. My first 30-second impression was, “Holy crap. This girl never stops smiling. This is amazing.” I’ve never meet anyone in my life so animated and so joyous. I love her excitement and energy, even for silly things like… when I shared with her our air bnb strategy (which btw, I’m so glad that you two decided to go with!) Billy thought the same. he tells me that when they started dating, she made him laugh all the time. “We seemed to have an incredible amount of fun whenever we were together.” He says that it only took him a short few months to think – she is the one.
I’ve never online dated, but I bet it would be fun (slash interesting, slash crazy, slash overwhelming). My friends all have hilarious stories (or maybe they’re only hilarious because it’s not me). Either way, I often get e-mails from couples and I really get to know them over a series of e-mails, then phone calls, and then finally a face to face meeting. I liked Mary and Albert almost immediately. Mary told me that they both enjoy playing board games, caring for their aquarium (aquatic frogs and baby shrimp), and eating gelato. Mary said that they met at a popular Boston nightlife spot one night, when Ting Ting, Mary’s Maid of Honor”, dragged Mary out. It was that night Albert wandered over to her and used his famous pick up line, “Nice windowsill”. When I finally met Mary and Albert, it was like we were old friends. I gave everyone hugs. I felt so comfortable. They and their friends were warm, welcoming and so friendly! (This must be what online dating feels like on a first date when you finally meet them, right? :D)
I am so excited to have created so many incredible images, alongside one of my closest friends, Karen. Thank you for second shooting with me! The below image is one of my favorites of hers from the day. Karen’s previous life was in architecture. She studied it undergrad, along with visual arts. I’m often blown away at the things that she sees in the world, and it’s clear that architecture and big-picture images definitely fit her style.
There are polite and happy, reserved smiles. The ones you give when someone tells you a half-funny one-liner or gives you a compliment. Then, there are the big GIGANTIC smiles – the ones where your cheeks get sore, your teeth are shown, and a twinkle or two might appear in your eyes. These are my favorite kinds of smiles. I always notice “smile wrinkles” – the ones clearly developed through years and years of genuine smiles. These sorts of sorts of wrinkles are the ones that I will openly welcome on my face!
When I see another Husky, I either say, “Oh! It’s a BIG Sledder!”. If it’s a Klee Kai, I’ll say, “Oh, it’s a LITTLE Sledder!”. Breeds no longer have meaning because the dog’s name has taken over. I don’t know many friends that have adorable corgis with their little strides and short legs. When I met Angela and Andrew’s puppy, Snackers, during their Boston Beacon Hill engagement session, I fell in love. Since that day, ever corgi I’ve seen has been a, “Oh look! They have a Snackers!” Though Snackers wasn’t able to make it out to the Museum of Science for his owner’s wedding, he was definitely there in spirit – probably as he got his nails filed while at the pet resort that he was staying at!
When I first met Andrew and Angela, they expressed their love for adventure and international exploration. The two have conquered many parts of the world together: Iceland, Germany, France, Netherlands, Belgium, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Austria, Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, China (& Tibet), Nepal, Taiwan, British Virgin Islands and the list will continue on! I love that they two enjoy experiencing different cultures and cuisines together. Like passport stamps, it feels like Angela and Andrew collect something else – friends. Almost 90% of their guests do NOT live in Boston and flew in specifically for this celebration! One of Andrew’s groomsmen Eric said, “It was so thoughtful of the two of them to come to me for their wedding day”.
I also love that the two are some of the most smile-y people I know. Their eyes seem to always be illuminated! I loved photographing them and their closest friends and families on their wedding day. It felt like a big reunion. I’ve never seen so many Texas people in one place. I learned about the Longhorn hand sign thing, which to me, is very similar to the hang ten sign. I actually did it a couple times as I was sitting down at dinner. It’s pretty cool. Now I wish my university has a hand signal. Lame…
My first favorite part of their wedding were their toasts. Lovely words were said about the two of them – their dedication to one another (via a funny Samurai movie quote), Angela being a “star sleeper” (as in all limbs spread out!), and of course, their incredible character. My second favorite part was how EVERYONE never hesitated to jump right on the dance floor with an incredible 80 cover band rockin’ tunes into the night. The energy was infectious!
The Estate at Moraine farm in Beverly, MA is like a little oasis in the ‘burbs of Boston. Most of the history property is conservation land and it lends beautifully for outdoor weddings. To date, all of my weddings at Moraine Farm have been sunny and warm. There’s a lucky charm over this estate, for sure. When Chrissy and Louie met there was an instant connection. After only a few months of dating, however, he was deployed to Afghanistan for ten and a half months. While they were thousands of miles away from each other, their connection became deeper and the distance brought them closer together.
On July 5th they got married on Moraine Farm, a beautiful rustic backdrop for a romantic wedding. Before the ceremony started we walked into the room where Chrissy was getting ready in order to photograph bride prep. Her mother, sister, and soon to be sister in law helped her into her dress. Her father was never far off though. He kept peeping in the room to make sure Chrissy was okay.
After Chrissy and Louis said their “I dos,” and sealed that promise with a kiss, the festivities started in a beautiful tent under the setting sun. The toasts were all heartfelt. You could see the pride in Chrissy’s dad’s eyes as he talked about how excited he was to have Louie join his family. Louie’s younger brother, Cole, brought the humor with his speech, as he mentioned that this wedding must be a pretty important event because his dad got a haircut for it. To top it all off, Chrissy’s brother in law, and also one of Louis best men, couldn’t keep the tears from flowing as he wished the newly married couple success.
It was a beautiful day for a beautiful wedding. Congrats Chrissy and Louis!