Boston wedding photographer, Nicole Chan, is familiar with a variety of Asian wedding traditions including but not limited to Chinese, Vietnamese, Cambodian and Korean weddings
Natalie and Ryu’s Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel was traditional and modern.
Even though it was cold and rainy outside, Natalie and Ryu’s personalities kept everyone happy. Their day started off with an epic Nerf gun fight after Natalie’s bridesmaids made an obstacle course of streamers and syran wrap for the traditional Chinese door games! What could be more fun than that? I have never had to dodge flying foam bullets before, but it definitely made for a memorable experience. Spirits started high and stayed like that all the way until the last dance of the night.
Laughter is an important part of Natalie and Ryu’s relationship.
This was clearly evident from the outside! They made our job of getting them to smile much easier by doing it on their own. The couple is also incredibly supportive of each other. Whether it is going through tough times in real life or in their favorite video game, Borderlands, they both know that they will always be there for one another. Though they are busy with work, they love to run, catch crabs, and search for their next favorite restaurant in their free time. Their relationship is filled with laughter, which is I think is essential to a happy marriage.
Natalie and Ryu were surrounded by their family on their special day at their Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel wedding.
The amount of family and friends that came out and were so supportive on their wedding day was so incredible to see. They both are clearly family-oriented people and that made for an incredibly special experience for everyone in attendance. Natalie and Ryu braved the wind and the rain for a picture and that just shows who they are. Fun loving, carefree, and willing to do whatever it takes to get the best experience. I had such a great time getting to know them and hope the next step in their life is full of happiness!
Photography: Nicole Chan Photography
Videography: Promessa Studios
Venue: Renaissance Hotel Boston
Shoes: Tiek Shoes
Bridesmaid Dresses: Allegria Bridal
Laurel and Steve had an elegant and colorful Boston New England Aquarium wedding in the summer. Their journey together has been laid back, goofy, fun, and filled with laughter. Laurel says, “We’re like the peanut butter & jelly of a PB&J sandwich. No one is really sure what made someone bring the two together, but the combination is just right! Every moment that Steve and I spend together, whether it is doing something mundane or new or unexpected, I enjoy it more because I am with Steve. During our unexpected layovers and canceled flights while traveling through Turkey, there was no fighting or bickering. Instead, we just made the best of the situation by visiting different terminals, playing cards at the airport food court, or venturing out of the airport. Right now, as we are learning how to dance, even though we don’t move like Jagger, we’re laughing and having a fun time regardless of what our feet are (or aren’t) doing :)”
Back in the early days of their relationship, Laurel temporarily moved for three months to New Mexico for her residency. Prior to her move, Steve and Laurel spent some time together in Martha’s Vineyard. He says that thinks just seemed to click and that they both loved spending time with each other. Steve fondly remembers this trip as the moment he realized that he found the one that he wanted to spend the rest of his life with. When Laurel moved to New Mexico, Steve recalls computer cyber sleuthing to try to find her address in New Mexico. He sent her flowers for their 6-month anniversary and Laurel was so surprised! She knew them, that he was the one for her. Steve didn’t know for sure whether he got the right address until Laurel received the flowers!
Their Boston New England Aquarium wedding photos started at Laurel’s home – a traditional Vietnamese ceremony where they lit incense, served tea to their elders, and ate a delicious lunch with their families. Their traditional wedding ceremony at Bo De Meditation Center honored their families and their future commitment to each other. Afterwards, it was time to party! Their reception for their Boston New England Aquarium wedding was colorful, romantic, and beautifully set in the center of the city!
Kitty and Ray eloped in California many months ago and hosted a beautiful reception at Quincy China Pearl wedding for their family and friends.
Yesterday, I attempted a boxing class. It was a recommendation from a friend, Kitty, who I consider a female powerhouse. The staff there asked how I found the gym and I mentioned her name. They exclaimed that she’s insanely fun, super upbeat, and a sweet person. I agreed fully and can’t imagine her described in any other way. Though we grew up in the same city, we became friends when we attended Bentley together. She commuted, but I remember her always looking refreshed and confident. As someone who rolled out of her bed and headed to class in PJs, “polished” is not a word that many would use to describe me. 😃
I met Kitty’s husband, Ray, at their engagement session, and they share many attributes. They’re able to find fun anywhere when they’re together. They “get each other”. They admit to each other that their love for one another is undeniable. This was very evident during their Quincy China Pearl wedding! Ray said that he was impressed with Kitty because she could hold her alcohol. She continued to impress him because the next day, she purchased a variety of Gatorade flavors for him because she didn’t know what flavor he liked!
Kitty and Ray’s Quincy China Pearl Wedding was decorated by Amy Wedding Decorations who created beautiful drapery on the ceiling above the dance floor and a stunning lit up backdrop for the stage. The tables were decorated with burlap runners and the chairs with burlap bows. Kitty created wine cork letters: K and R out of wine cork collection together, as well as wine bottles as centerpieces.
Bride’s dress: Allure 9220 from Vows
Bride’s shoes: Jimmy Choo
Groom’s suit: Calvin Klein from Macys
Bridesmaid’s dresses: Asos
Bridesmaid’s necklace: Blue Nile
Florist: Kathy Le – Haus of Blooms
Limo: Luxury Fast
Cake: Konditor Meister
Makeup and hair: Janet Choup
Ali and Adrian’s Boston State Room wedding was elegant, artistic, and full of life. Their wedding weekend kicked off with a traditional Chinese tea ceremony at the Langham Hotel, where Ali and Adrian offered cups of tea to their families to say thank you for their support and love. Ali donned a beautiful red Chinese gown for this beautiful traditional Chinese ceremony.
The next day, I was thrilled to see the unique decor of their Boston State Room wedding. Large navy blue flats surrounded the room, alongside beautiful statement pieces in front of them. Couches and chairs were abundant, which was perfect for their open-seating dinner. Their tables had beautiful decor in earthy tones and even featured red delicious apples! Their Boston State Room wedding ceremony was on the upper floor of the Great Room at 60 State Street and incorporated stores of the show Glee. I remember thinking that their ceremony was unique and emphasized commitment. There’s no doubt that Ali and Adrian are two incredibly focused people, and that their bond to each other is incredibly strong. I’m so thrilled for my two beautiful friends. Cheers to a long and joyous marriage. 😃
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.