The Museum of Science Boston is one of my all-time favorite quirky wedding venue spaces in Cambridge! I used to have a membership to this museum as a child and so, the space holds many memories for me. Even the walk from the parking lot to the building is exciting, because I remember there used to be a PC lab (back in the day when not every household could afford a computer), and my mother would let me play for a few minutes before we entered the main exhibits. I’ve photographed weddings at the Museum of Science Boston dozens of times, and each one is a little different.
Sometimes, wedding ceremonies and receptions are inside in the Blue Wing. Guests can roam around all three floors! At my last wedding there, Erika and Mike, there was a special exhibit called “The Photography of Modernist Cuisine”. (I totally geeked out.) During cocktail hour, Erika and Mike invited all of their guests to watch the electricity show! It was spectacular.
I’ve also photographed weddings on the Museum’s topmost floor, the Skyline Room. The awesome aspect of this space is that it offers panoramic views of the Charles River, Back Bay, Boston AND Cambridge. Floor to ceiling windows on two adjacent walls makes this epic view possible. If you do have a wedding here, might I suggest having it close to sunset?
Though the Museum of Science is known for its education and nerdiness, couples can have their wedding here without ever needing to step foot into the museum. Lastly, the Washburn Pavilion is a semi-permanent tent right on the Charles River. Angela and Andrew had their wedding ceremony outdoors in covered patio, their portraits in the greenery right next their ceremony space with a waterfront backdrop and their reception in the large tent.
During their second year of undergrad at MIT, Cathy and Suzanne notice the freshman moving in and Cathy tells her friend, “There are some really tall freshman.”
I don’t know if I believe in first sight. It feels too cheesy for me. I, however, do believe in the power of personality and how it’s conveyed through body language. Keith, the “tall freshman”, is tall. More than that, he’s charismatic, charming, and a true gentlemen. When Cathy and Keith saw each other for their First look, Cathy teared up. Keith’s first move? He looked around nervously for a quick second, quickly demanded his brother’s pocket square, and then hugged his bride as they laughed together. I have no doubt that this is how they always were – supportive, trusting, and always full of laughter.
Cathy and Keith told me about how they tag-team most things. In their vows, they mention lots of laughter, whether laughing with each other, or at each other. Cathy tells Keith that she will never forget that they are a team. They were excited to have a Museum of Science Boston wedding, not only to celebrate their love, but as a opportunity to be surrounded by loved ones as they make the commitment to each other.
The day started with bride and groom getting ready photos at the Beacon Hill Wyndham on Blossom St. I knew that Cathy and Keith were big adventurers. They had talk often about hiking, snowboarding and visiting National Parks (Enjoy camping at Yellowstone for your honeymoon!). They even were engaged at Acadia National Park. There were little details about the day that I don’t think were necessarily planned, but to me, show a lot about their personality: ie: Cathy’s bike shorts under her wedding dress (because they’re comfy!”), a black Triggerpoint foam roller, and carrying all things of importance in a Timbuktu bag (ie: rings and vows!)
The two headed to the Museum of Science for their first look in the open-air Washburn Pavilion, overlooking Boston’s Charles River, and close to MIT, where it all started. Their wedding ceremony was officiated by their friend, George Hwang (we bonded over management consulting!) and held in the Museum of Science’s beautiful Skyline room a couple hours before Sunset. The Blue Wing, my favorite part of the Boston Museum of Science, was their venue for a eruptive and energetic reception and dance party!
Special thanks to Lisa from the Boston Museum of Science for being so flipping’ amazing!
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.
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!