PHOTOS : ROBERTO FARREN WORDS: ERIN FARREN
In this seemingly endless, frigid winter, it seems like so long ago when Fernando and Vanessa had their lovely Ritz Carlton Boston Common wedding with the ceremony at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in the South End, but it was only at the end of last summer. Roberto had previously shot their engagement photos on the bank of the Charles River in the spring, and on another warm day at the end of August, Roberto Farren Photography had the special privilege of joining Fernando and Vanessa as they said their vows and celebrated their marriage in an intimate ceremony and reception in Boston.
We first met up with Vanessa, who looked absolutely breathtaking in a romantic gown that was made just for her. A pale pink sash, headpiece and flowing veil completed the look, and she looked every inch the perfect bride.
Her maid of honor helped add the final touches with some simple but elegant jewelry and a spritz of perfume, and then we headed down to meet Fernando.
The first look was held in the dramatic Avery Bar with close family looking on. As usual, I was blurry with tears, but Roberto got busy capturing some lovely images of the couple seeing each other for the first time before their wedding. They posed for a few snaps at the hotel, and then we were lucky enough to have the couple all to ourselves for over an hour before the ceremony.
This gave us the chance to head out to Boston Common and Boston Public gardens, and since it was a beautiful, not too muggy evening there were loads of people there enjoying the warm, end-of-summer evening.
I don’t think there has ever been a couple with as many ‘Congratulations!’ wished to them by strangers as Vanessa and Fernando… they were literally stopping the crowds, and there’s no guess as to why! They both looked stunning, and with the mild evening light, and happy celebration just around the corner, their love shone through.
Roberto captured some beautiful wedding day images of the couple throughout our walk around Boston Common and Boston Public Gardens, then we headed back for the wedding.
The Cathedral of the Holy Cross is a stunning place to be married, and while it is a larger space, Fernando and Vanessa’s family and friends all crowded to the front to be close to the couple. The ceremony was in both English and Spanish, and after they were pronounced husband and wife, the family stayed for photographs in the beautiful center aisle.
Back at the Ritz for the reception, we quickly learned that Fernando is a big Game of Thrones fan! Tables were named for the main families in the books/TV series, and Fernando wore the ‘Hand of the King’ pin next to his boutonnière.
Fernando and Vanessa’s family and friends shared a delicious meal and even more delicious desserts before taking to the dance floor. The mix of American and Mexican pop music meant that no one left the dance floor, not even to check out the return of the New York Yankees, who also stayed at the Ritz while playing the Boston Red Sox that weekend.
Roberto stole Vanessa and Fernando away from the dance floor one last time towards the end of the night to take some last portraits together in the wonderful spaces that were to be found at the Ritz Carlton.
Thanks for stopping by. If you have plans to get married at the Ritz Carlton Boston Common or another one of the cities wonderful venues then don’t hesitate to get in touch with Roberto to talk about coverage options for your big day.
All the very best to Vanessa and Fernando and it was really great meeting all their friends and family too.
Erin & Roberto | BOSTON WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS