Boston wedding photographer, Nicole Chan, will beautifully capture the family love, wedding details, and cultural traditions of your Fusion wedding
A beautiful Royal Sonesta Hotel wedding
Karen and Kevin’s Royal Sonesta Hotel wedding took place on a beautiful summer night by the water. The day was in fact a celebration of two events; it was not only the day of Karen and Kevin’s holy matrimony but also Kevin’s birthday. This made the excitement that much greater and the celebration that much sweeter. The two couldn’t have picked a more perfect day or more beautiful location.
Karen and Kevin come from very different backgrounds and in fact grew up in two separate countries, which is part of what makes them such a unique and interesting couple. They both embrace their differences and are constantly learning from one another. Their bond has been strengthened by their travels together, such as their very first trip together to Miami, or their first road trip together to Montreal. Kevin sealed the deal when he visited Karen’s family for 3 weeks where he lost money to the family playing cards and helped Karen’s mother fix the TV. They are both lead very active lifestyles, though in different ways (Karen loves dancing and going to the gym while Kevin prefers cycling and jiu-jitsu).
We started the day with Karen as she got her hair and makeup done by Special Event Beauty. She looked absolutely stunning even before she slipped into her form-fitting and elegant lace dress. When finishing getting dressed, Karen’s mother was sure to be the one to fix the veil to her daughter’s beautifully curled hair. The adoration she has for her daughter was clear in her actions, like when she delicately adjusted the lacy headpiece or when she just watched with a soft smile as Karen posed for picture after picture in the sunlight by the window.
When getting ready to walk out the door for first-look, Karen discovered that she could see Kevin standing by the water outside her window. Never have I seen a smile come to someone’s face so quickly. As she covered her mouth and laughed, she waved over her mom, sisters, and niece to see her husband-to-be waiting for her. They took a moment to watch him and chatter before ushering Karen out the door and onto the first look. Even in heels, Karen was quick to make her way outside and to her fiancé’s location.
There was no doubt that Kevin and Karen have an intense chemistry and love to be around each other. From their first look on, the two took every chance to kiss, both on and off the camera. The two just couldn’t stay apart once they were brought together. After sharing several moments together, Karen broke from Kevin to retrieve his birthday gift. She helped him open the small blue bag and gifted him a pair of cufflinks!
It was clear from the beginning that the two like to do things their own way, and aren’t bound by what’s expected. The ceremony was intimate and unplugged, the officiant made off-script jokes, and the couple even decided to bring some chairs up to the front so they could sit down. The atmosphere was light and fun, not stiff and serious like so many ceremonies are. There was no shortage of laughter, especially as the guests threw flower petals at the newly married couple as they walked down the aisle.
The reception was basically a dance party. Immediately after some humorous speeches in both English and Spanish, the dance floor opened and the celebrating really began. Due to the couple’s mixed backgrounds, the song selection was a mod podge of popular English jams, energetic Latin ditties, and Spanish renditions of English hits. The floor was full, and seemingly everyone was a grade A dancer. The energy never dropped, and party went well into the night.
Karen and Kevin were incredibly fun to work with and definitely knew how to throw a proper celebration. I wish them all the best as they venture together through their marriage!
Wedding Coordinator/Planner: Michael Foley at the Royal Sonesta Hotel
Groom’s Suit: Men’s Wearhouse
Caterer: Royal Sonesta Hotel
Cake: The Icing on the Cake
Makeup/Hair: Special Event Beauty
The Commons 1854 is a beautiful place for a wedding.
Even more so when the couple getting married is as sweet as Marjan and Roy. Ever since meeting in grad school at BU, these two have been attached at the hip. They conquer every day as a team, united in their love for each other. When asked why she loves Roy, Marjan says that he is everything that she never knew she wanted. Sweet, supportive, and dedicated to their relationship. These qualities all showed during their wedding day and it was a joy to watch them interact.
Like all relationships, Marjan and Roy have their tough days.
What sets them apart is how they handle those tough days. They both are incredibly supportive and go out of their way to help each other every day. Roy says that even when they are both rushing out the door, Marjan never fails to make sure he has everything he needs for the day. “It’s wonderful knowing she is there to be my partner and go the extra mile for me.” After five years together, they are still quick to laugh. Taking themselves seriously has never been part of their personalities, so their days are filled with goofy jokes. Whether they are shredding the slopes or enjoying breakfast in bed, these two are happiest when they are together.
Marjan and Roy’s wedding day ended with amazing dancing.
Their ceremony was so beautiful. The table they sat at was ornately decorated with honey, spices, sweets, and many other traditional Persian wedding items. The weather was perfect, the guests were gushing with joy, and Marjan and Roy were so adorably excited all day. Being able to be a part of weddings like these is a special privilege. Standing next to Marjan and Roy as they declared their love for each other was a beautiful moment and I am so happy to have been a part of this day. I wish them all the best in their future adventures together!
Venue: The Commons 1854
Photography: Nicole Chan Photography
Videography: Chad Whelan
DJ: DJ Dariush
Florist: Flowers by Annette
Dress: Tulle Bridal
Shoes: Shoes to Dye For
Suit: Brooks Brothers
Zofia and Joe’s Seaside New Hampshire Wedding was beautiful.
The combination of perfect weather, waves crashing in the background, incredible decorations, and loving guests made this wedding impossible to forget. It was elegant, it was full of love, and it was a joy to be a part of.
Zofia and Joe met for the first time in college.
When asked when he knew that Zofia was the one, Joe immediately recalls the first time she walked into his townhouse. He was living with his buddies in his last semester at St. Anselm College and was floored when he saw her. He knew he wanted to be her partner in crime. Many happy years have gone by and Joe’s first reaction was right! They still love going on adventures together. From scuba diving to hanging out with their dog, Ava, these two are inseparable.
Coordinating and decorating your own wedding is no small feat.
Zofia and her mother, Iwona, coordinated and created all the invitations, place cards, stationery, and decorations for the whole wedding! Talk about dedicated. The amount of work that goes into doing that is out of this world. Not only did they create all that, but it was all so beautiful. Every last detail was perfect and it all came together perfectly. The whole weekend came together perfectly! I feel so lucky when I get to play a part in days like these. Everyone that was in attendance will remember Zofia and Joe’s wedding forever. Each event was planned and coordinated with such care that the only focus was on the love that was shared between these two. As the moon rose over the ocean, everyone danced the night away. I wish these two all the best in their future adventures together.
Florist: Boston Flower Market
DJ: Quiana Parks
Cake: Modern Pastry
Cinematography: Promessa Studios
Makeup and Hair: Erin Rodriguez
Emily and Shas’s Hyatt Regency Jersey City on the Hudson wedding was an incredibly fun two-day experience.
Blending both traditional Hindu and western events meant packing a lot of excitement into the weekend. The fusion of two entirely different cultures made the wedding that much more special, and is in many ways symbolic of the merging of Emily’s and Shas’s contrasting personalities.
Emily and Shas are a hilarious duo.
Between Emily’s bubbly enthusiasm and Shas’s sarcastic cynicism, the two are able to balance each other out. Despite being so different, they share an admittedly dark sense of humor and have a deep respect for one another. Shas realized that Emily was the one when she was planning to visit him in Chicago and he realized how excited he was to see her. He called her right then and there, at 3am, and told her he loved her. Emily had the same realization when she was taking a cab to the airport from Shas’s apartment. The cab driver looked over at her, smiled, and said, “You love him very much. I can tell.”
Our fun started on Friday night with an energetic Mehndi to get the party started.
Emily came in wearing a beautiful saree with stunning jewelry to match, and her hands were decorated in intricate and gorgeous mehndi. She and Shas made their rounds, joking and laughing with everyone they spoke to. Emily and her husband-to-be then sat at the front of a stage and the performances began. Shas’s father kicked off the evening with a quick welcome speech and the singing of a beautiful ballad for the happy couple. What followed were dances by the children at the event, several songs performed by a guitar-wielding cousin (accompanied by several other family members), and finally two dancers that brought the entire crowd onto the floor to join them.
The Baraat kicked off the following Saturday.
Shas sat upon an elegantly adorned white horse and followed his friends and family as they danced along the water and toward the site of the ceremony. Upbeat music and rhythmic drumming kept the energy high as the crowd progressed. Emily and her bridesmaids could be seen on the rooftop deck watching the procession below and waving to all of the baraatis. Upon reaching their destination, several dance circles opened up and everyone had the chance to shine. Shas dismounted the horse and danced his way to the front where his mother and grandmother stood.
Immediately after, they started the Hindi ceremony.
The mandaap at the front was beautifully decorated in jewels and elegant drapes hanging from the pillars. The officiant was careful to explain every step of the procession, knowing that half of the attendees were unfamiliar. At some point during the ceremony, the bridesmaids were able to steal Shas’s shoes that were left on the side of the mandaap. What followed was a hilarious back-and-forth bargaining for them. After a lot of joking and teasing, Shas gave in and paid the laughing women in exchange for his footwear.
Later in the afternoon, the happy couple readied themselves for the western ceremony.
They shared a special first look together by the water. Despite having already seen each other earlier that day, both Shas and Emily seemed just as in awe as if they hadn’t seen each other in months. Emily’s bubbly nature was obvious from the amount of giggling that occurred as her smirking husband held her close. The couple came back to the hotel and jumped right into their second ceremony. The mood went from sweet and emotional as Emily and Shas read their vows, to raucous laughter as the officiant shared Emily’s true feelings about Shas when they had first met (she found him a tad too arrogant for her taste).
The lovely ceremony led to a very lively reception.
Some of the best food I have ever eaten was served (I no joke had three full plates – thank you Bukhara!). Family and friends made absolutely hilarious speeches that had the whole crowd in stitches. Despite the amount of delicious food that was served, everyone in the room was on their feet and dancing the night away as soon as the opportunity arose. A drummer stayed in the middle of the crowd keeping the beat with the music while several people broke out into solos, including the bride and groom. I have never seen so much energy and fun in my life as I did on that dance floor. People of all ages were bouncing up and down the entire night.
I am so grateful to have been a part of this giant celebration and I wish Shas and Emily all the best moving forward!
Wedding Coordinator/Planner: Shade Coleman
Bride’s Shoes: Adrianna Pappell
Groom’s Tux: Men’s Wearhouse
Bridesmaid Dresses: Adrianna Papell
Florist: Anjella at Florista Decor
Band: Silver Arrow Band
DJ: Magic Mike
Cake: Carlo’s Bakery
Videographer: Promessa Studios
Photographer: Nicole Chan Photography
Makeup/Hair: Veronica at Beauty By Veronica
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. 😃
Denyse and Wonnie’s Belle Mer Wedding was filled with warmth and love from their family and friends – who are essentially their family! The day started at the Hyatt Hotel in Newport, Rhode Island. Their first look was filled with anticipation. We could feel the warmth as they held each other and their nerves dissipated.