I have photographed my absolute most favorite bride-and-groom-aerial-view-of-Boston from the rooftop of the W Boston Hotel. Many of my Asian-American couples get married at one of the W Boston Hotel’s ballrooms and then traverse over to Chinatown for their Chinese banquet reception. I have been to Bliss Spa many times and have enjoyed their facial and mani-pedi services! Their brownie bar is SO DELICIOUS.
Having a W Hotel Boston wedding is a sure way to a good time.
With its downtown location, sleek design, and pretty purple lights, it was a dream for me as a photographer! What was even better than the venue though, were the two very special people getting married there. Diana and Paulo are the sweetest, most laid back people in the world. It seemed like nothing could possibly get them out of their good mood! I guess that is what happens when you get to marry your best friend.
Diana and Paulo’s life together just sorta “happened”.
Neither of them can point to a specific time where they knew it was meant to be. They both say that it has always just been easy, ever since the first day they met. Some of their friends were even weirded out at how similar the two are! They both love scotch, dirty jokes, dancing, and being around each other. This really showed in the too short time I spent with them. They were inseparable! Some relationships look effortless, even from the outside. This is one of those. They seem so content and happy to just hang out and laugh with each other.
Although it was freezing outside, their ceremony was full of warmth.
The love in the room from all their family and friends was overpowering. I even dragged them out to the roof in the freezing cold, and neither seemed phased by it! They just sat there giggling and enjoying each other’s company like always. After some delicious food and cocktails, everyone hit the dance floor. Fueled by Groove Authority’s incredible music and an awesome french fry bar, everyone was in the mood to party. The dancing was out of control. I don’t think there was a more fun place to be in all of Boston that night. Getting to know these two and be part of their wedding was such a treat. I wish them all the best in their future!
Photography: Nicole Chan Photography
Bride’s Dress: David’s Bridal
Groom’s Tux: 9 Tailors
Florist: Consider It Done Special Events
Band: Groove Authority
Venue: W Boston Hotel
Cake: Mackenzie Limited
Makeup and Hair: Special Event Beauty
I like the little humans. They amuse me. It’s funny to think that at some point in time, I was that little. Everyone starts off this way – wobbly, curious of the world, and hungry/sleepy for many hours of the day. I have a handful of adorable younger cousins, nieces and nephews. They’re charming and I love them. When I saw Gabrielle, Dung and their little girl – Ava, I surprised myself a little with how I felt. I thought – if I can be an awesome of a parent as they are, I’d be happy.
Before the first tea ceremony at Gabrielle’s house, Ava needed a second alone with her mom. She wanted a bottle. Gabrielle went upstairs, played a familiar song on her iPhone and cuddled with her baby girl. I will never forget how I felt at that moment for as long as I live. It was absolutely beautiful. There is no love greater than a parent has for their children. Though I’m sure it’s a daily occurance in their household – music, bottle and cuddling, something about the moment moved me.
I fully enjoyed Gabrielle and Dung’s day. I loved that Dung’s eyes lit up when he held Ava. I adored that we had beautiful light for their portraits at the Boston Commons. I especially enjoyed the cake eating contest that happened at their reception. Above all, I feel fortunate to have witnessed such a beautiful family. Not only Gabrielle, Dung and Ava, but also her sister and mother, his brothers and a very tight knit group of (extremely fun and energetic) friends. Thank you for inviting me into your life.
Sometimes, the person who completes you is the perfect person to spend the rest of your life with.
While Melissa was raised to do everything for her future husband, Tony was raised under the idea that he should do everything for his future wife. They both do whatever they can for each other, and because of this, they have a truly unique relationship founded on an unending cycle of selflessness. While the two like to joke that she got book smarts and he got street smarts, the two of them have a great deal in common as well. The two love trying new foods and restaurants, and refer to themselves as “fat kids at heart.” They both have a fondness for all things silly, maintain the uncommon ability to forgive and forget with ease, and foster an immense love for their two fur babies. I love that Melissa and Tony incorporated their cat, Sriracha, and dog, Panko, to their wedding day. Their four-legged family members are just as cute as Melissa and Tony are! Panko, their super fluffy dog, is incredibly sweet and very protective of his family, and Sriracha, their adorable cat, is uncommonly friendly and not shy in the least! Panko and Sriracha were a major part of their big day, and even though they couldn’t be at the ceremony, portraits including the duo were a must-have!
We had a full 45 minutes carved out for portraits of Melissa, Tony, Sriracha and Panko – the entire family – in a large hotel suite at the Boston W Hotel before the wedding ceremonies. The day continued with a traditional Chinese tea ceremony to give respect to their parents and elders. A beautiful Western ceremony also at the Boston W Hotel on Stuart St. followed, where my favorite portion of Melissa and Tony’s day happened! I felt how genuine Tony was as he openly thanked Melissa for loving him for him. He joked about how he knows Melissa doesn’t love him for his car, because he drives a “beat up civic”. (Tony, I drive a beat up Honda. Our cars are friends!) He spoke about how he knows she didn’t love him for money either, because in an earlier part of their relationship, their date nights were always stay-at-home-movie-nights. It’s clear how happy Melissa has made David, and vice versa. Almost before his vows were over, Melissa burst into tears, wrapped her arms around him, but then pulled back and hesitated so that she could ask Leslie Zeiss (their officiant) for permission to kiss him.
Melissa and Tony, I hope you always are reminded of what a emotionally packed day your wedding was. I hope you’ll keep those vows close to you forever. You two have something very special, and I am so happy to have been there to document your day.
During my career switch from consulting into photography, I learned to appreciate the genuine qualities in people. Often, I felt surrounded by office politics, client optics, and far too much schmoozing. Eventually, I felt that I, too, started to fit into a certain mold – speaking in acronyms, bragging about job “perks”, and doing things for the sole purpose of career fast-tracking. It felt yucky. It zapped so much mental energy from me. It sucked.