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Hi, it’s Erin here again! For today’s continuation of the top wedding venues in the Boston area, we’re hopping on the Red Line and heading over the Charles River to Cambridge for three of my faves:
- Dante Restaurant – Cambridge, MA | www.restaurantdante.com | A great venue in Cambridge is just over the Longfellow Bridge from Boston. Part of the Royal Sonesta Hotel, Dante provides great food and a versatile event space. Chef Dante de Magistris provides delicious, fresh Italian cuisine and some tasty looking cocktails. In addition, the space is awesome. If you’re into a set up where guests can flow from one space to another, including outdoor patios, swanky bar area, comfy lounges, and dining rooms, Dante is definitely worth putting on your list. And the location can’t be beat! You’ve got amazing views of the Charles River and Boston Skyline, which makes for some awesome wedding photos, with canals and manicured gardens just a short walk away at the Charles River Reservation and Lechmere Canal. Check out Mike and Denise’s recent wedding at Dante for more info.
- Museum of Science – Cambridge, MA | www.mos.org | Not only is this one of the coolest museums in the area, but it also ranks up there as one of the most unique wedding venues in Cambridge. Originally from New Hampshire, this was always the most exciting school field trip of the year for me when I was growing up. Packed with dinosaurs, a massive Rube Goldberg machine, and an amazing interactive electricity exhibit, you’ve definitely got plenty of interesting photo opportunities at the ready if you decide to hold your wedding reception in one of the areas inside the museum (options include the museum’s Blue Wing, Riverview Café, or the entire Museum). However if you don’t want to spend your whole wedding day geeking out (which is fair…) the Museum of Science has a number of rooms that might be just what you’re looking for. With some amazing views looking back into Boston with the Charles River spreading out beneath you, the Skyline room and d’Arbeloff Suite are a great option. Another option is the Washburn Pavillion on the back lawn of the Museum, which is a beautiful marquee tent surrounded by landscaped gardens on three sides and the Charles River on the fourth. The Museum of Science is definitely worth a look as your wedding site, whether or not your theme involves Triceratops. Check out Katie and Ryan’s recent wedding reception at the Museum of Science for a better look at the d’Arbeloff Suite and balcony!
- Upstairs on the Square – Cambridge, MA | www.upstairsonthesquare.com | I literally cannot say enough about Upstairs on the Square. Between the location, the flexibility of the rooms, the food, and the team, it is definitely one of my top venues in Boston or Cambridge for weddings. For the location, you’re smack in Harvard Square. Walk 2 minutes in any direction, and you can be in Harvard Yard, at John Weeks Bridge, on the banks of Charles River, or in John F. Kennedy Park. That is, if you want to leave at all – Upstairs on the Square has some of the coolest, most unique décor of any venue I’ve seen. The jade colored, high-ceilings of the Monday Club Bar adjoin the aptly named Zebra Room, done up in pink, gold and zebra, and overlooking the twinkle lights and buskers of Winthrop Square. Upstairs, you’ve got the Soirée Dining Room and Jewel Box Bar, best for seated dinners, and you are going to need to sit down for these dinners, because the food at Upstairs is amazing. Fresh, seasonal ingredients are turned artfully into amazing meals that taste like they’ve been made to order just for you. Their food is second only to their team, who are some of the best in the business. Every member of their staff is cordial, welcoming, and helpful, and it’s no wonder that they win awards left, right and center for their hospitality. Everyone has different priorities when they’re planning their wedding, but if you’re looking for a city-based venue with delicious food, in a unique setting, with super hospitality, Upstairs on the Square has to be on top of your list. Check out Caitlin and Aaron’s recent wedding reception at Upstairs for a better look!
We’ll continue to move outside of Boston for the next post, and don’t forget to check out Boston wedding venues part one here, but if you have questions about wedding or event photography coverage at these sites or any others, drop Roberto a line!
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My role as an assistant for Roberto Farren Photography is varied, and in addition to the cardio workout and strength training I’m sure to get, I absolutely love being able to go along to weddings throughout Boston, Cambridge and other parts of New England. Caitlin and Aaron’s recent wedding in Harvard Square was a particularly exciting event.
Caitlin and Aaron were married this spring in Cambridge, MA, and when Roberto started filling me in on the details that the couple had planned, I have to admit that I was already getting pumped. Harvard Yard for portraits? Upstairs on the Square for the Reception? And the bride in a Pink Vera Wang wedding gown? Yes, yes and YES.
First things first, the couple were getting ready at the Memorial Church in Harvard Yard. The Harvard University Memorial Church is the gorgeous church at the center of Harvard Yard, originally dedicated in 1932 to the memory of those that passed away in service during World War I, and has long been regarded as the symbolic center of Harvard University’s spiritual life. Caitlin was getting ready here, and as she put the finishing touches on her hair and make up, Roberto and I finally had the chance to see the wedding gown. It. Was. Gorgeous. The color was not your normal pink, but more of a dusty, blushy rose color that perfectly set off Caitlin’s strawberry blond hair. The fabric fell in amazing folds that rippled with every breeze or movement. It was lovely, and against the stately furnishings of the Pusey Room in the Memorial Church, it looked stunning.
Aaron was next up, and he looked just as dapper in a tan seersucker suit and blue tie. The coloring was complementary without being too matchy-matchy, and Aaron looked cool, comfortable, and ready for t day. We took him through the beautifully lit church for some portraits before receiving word that Caitlin was ready… It was go time.
Caitlin and Aaron decided to have a first look before their ceremony, which was is always (in my opinion) an awesome idea. Both of them are alumni of Harvard University, and the campus played a large role in their love story, so it allowed Roberto and I to take them around Harvard Square for over an hour before the ceremony. It had rained constantly for the 3 days leading up to their wedding, but just a short while beforehand, the skies cleared, the humidity dropped, and we had a gorgeous day on our hands.
The first look took place on the stone steps of the Memorial Church. I took Aaron outside to wait for his bride, and when she turned him around, he was speechless. Roberto snapped away as they shared a quick moment together, and then we were off to the John Weeks Bridge. This pedestrian bridge links some of Harvard’s many campuses and residences, and Roberto has actually captured this famous Cambridge and Harvard landmark as part of his landscape portfolio.
Also, as a member of the crew team while at Harvard, Caitlin spent a lot of time at the nearby Weld Boathouse.
Finally, and most importantly, this bridge is significant for the couple because it happens to be where Aaron proposed to Caitlin. It was wonderful to be able to capture some portraits of the couple here, and even though we had quite the group of spectators at this point, Roberto got plenty of great shots before it was time to head back to Harvard Yard for the ceremony.
Check out part two here!!
Thanks for stopping by to check out part one of two of Caitlin and Aaron’s big day. Don’t forget to “like” the Facebook page for updates on when part two will be up and the blog and if you are currently looking for a Boston wedding photographer then Roberto is waiting to hear from you so drop him a line today.
Wedding day vendors:
BRIDAL STORE: David’s Bridal
GROOMS SUIT: Jos A Bank
BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES: David’s Bridal
GROOMSMEN SUITS: Jos A Bank
HAIR: Alfred Salon (bride)
RECEPTION VENUE: Upstairs on the Square
I met with Mike and Denise back in the summer of 2010 to talk about the possibility of photographing their wedding this spring at Dante Restaurant in Cambridge. Sitting down and talking with them over lunch, I knew this was going to be a fun, family-filled wedding, and that they were both going to be great fun to work with.
Their big day seemed to come around quicker than ever and we had a sunny, cool spring day by the Charles River. Denise is a librarian at my local library and we had shot their engagement shoot at the Boston Public Library, which is the perfect place for a Boston engagement session. It was great to see her love of books translated into their wedding day as well. She made all of the flowers and decorations for the day, including her bouquet and the groom’s boutonnière, from old book pages. Putting her origami skills to the test, she created absolutely beautiful flowers.
On their big day, Mike and Denise were both getting ready at the Royal Sonesta and in neighboring rooms. This was a great set up, as it allowed me to move between the two very easily to get their preparation photos. Holding a wedding at Dante was a great choice. The venue is part of the Royal Sonesta complex so you don’t lose any travel time in your day and the view of Boston across the river is a stunning backdrop for any New England wedding photo. Also check out Denise’s stunning wedding dress, which had the lace from her grandmother’s wedding dress worked into the design, such a unique feature.
After they were both ready for the day, we did their first look at the back of the Royal Sonesta in a nice area of light and that let us capture those emotions without too many distractions in the background. Doing a first look is a great way to not only share a special moment with your soon to be spouse, but it also allows you to get your formal photos and the photos of the two of you together before the ceremony, freeing up your day to be with your guests once they all arrive for the day.
We headed down to the waterfront to capture Mike and Denise’s wedding portraits and to add some different locations and view point, and although it was a little bit windier and cooler, it was well worth the visit. We then headed back to the location Mike and Denise’s first look for some of the family photos as well.
The wedding ceremony was held on the open patio area just at the back of Dante and with the sun shining it was a wonderful spot. Holding your wedding on the bank of the Charles River with the Boston cityscape as your backdrop makes for an unforgettable location. The ceremony, and the rest of the day, was packed full of smiling and laughter, it truly was a very happy day all round.
After the ceremony, the celebrations moved back inside and during cocktail hour, they showed a video that featured Mike and Denise’s closest friends and family talking about their experiences of love and passing on some words of wisdom to the newly married couple to take forward into their life together. It was as funny as it was moving, and a really great touch to their day.
With the light of the day slipping slowly away, I stole Mike and Denise away from the festivities for another quick photo shoot down by the Charles. The setting sun was lighting up the Boston skyline perfectly and I knew it would make for some great images of the both of them together, and I hope you’ll agree I was right.
Denise changed into another stunning dress for her and Mike’s first dance, and you don’t get much more romantic than dancing the tango!
The party went on into the early hours of the following day and I’m sure that many moves were thrown down on the dance floor, many stories were shared and many memories were made long after I had left for the day, but at the very end of my night with Mike and Denise I stole them away for one final shot in front of the Royal Sonesta. It was something I had wanted to try for a little while, and having spoken with Mike and Denise before the wedding, they were both interested in seeing if we could get the shot. And so, the last of their Boston wedding photos I leave you with is the newly married couple with the light trails of the passing cars wrapping around them in the night.
Thank you to Mike and Denise so much for allowing me into such a special day in your lives and allowing me to capture the images for you to remember it by.
If you are interesting in talking about photography coverage for your Boston or New England wedding day then I’m waiting to hear from you and what you have planned out. Pop on over to the contact page here and drop me a line to get going and don’t forget to “like” the Boston Wedding Photography Facebook page right here!
Happy New Year! I’d like to start this year off by looking back at some of the great weddings I was privileged to have photographed here in Boston and further afield last year.
I photographed weddings all through New England, from wedding photos in Boston in the heart of the city, to farms in New Hampshire and coastal weddings down in Rhode Island. Each one was unique and just as much fun as the last. It was a true pleasure to have been part of so many happy days last year and I’m looking forward to what the next year will bring.
Some of the New England weddings I photographed last year are yet to have a complete blog post but this will give you a little sneak peek into some of those.
These are just a small sample of some of my favorite wedding images from 2012 and I’ll be posting a few more in part 2 (and maybe 3) very soon.
Thank you so much again to all those couples that I had the chance to work with in 2012 and for those that I have already given me the green light to capture in 2013. I really looking forward to another great here photographing weddings in New England, from The Cape up into Maine.
If you would like to get in touch about discussing coverage options for your wedding in 2013 then please don’t hesitate to get in touch. I only have so many weekends in the year as I photograph every New England wedding that I book and the weekends fill up quick. Drop me a message from the contact page and we can get going to plan out the perfect coverage for you and your big day.
All the best for 2013, I hope that you are all looking forward to it as much as me.
Katie and Ryan were married on the West Coast of the US earlier this year, but got in touch with me to shoot their East coast wedding celebrations back here in Boston. They were staying at the Liberty Hotel in Boston, and were having their reception party at the Museum of Science in Cambridge MA. Wedding photos at the Liberty Hotel in Boston give the photographer some wonderful backdrops to build in, and having a wedding at the Museum of Science in Cambridge just down the road offered another equally stunning location to capture them some great Boston wedding photos.
As a fairly recent transplant to the region, I hadn’t had the chance to photograph a New England wedding at either one of these locations yet and was really looking forward to shooting with Katie and Ryan, both of whom were an absolute pleasure to work with. We started off with a few preparation shots at the Liberty Hotel and then moved into the main part of the hotel to get some portraits of Katie and Ryan together there. The main reception of the Liberty Hotel is a wonderful space, still maintaining a lot of the old traits from the days when it used to be a jail here in Boston. The wonderful old backdrop coupled with modern furnishings gives it a very unique feel, and has now joined my ever-growing list of favorite spaces to shoot weddings in Boston.
I wanted to capture the grandness of the space, but also get Ryan and Katie some more intimate shots in it as well. I think we did a great job of getting both of these aspects into their Boston wedding photographs and we luckily had a bit of time before heading over to the Museum of Science in Cambridge to get some shots near the entrance and use the escalators as well.
We met up with the rest of the family in time to get Ryan and Katie into the reception room in the Museum of Science so that they could welcome their guests as they arrived. This location was another one I had yet to shoot at and it was a real pleasure working with all the staff here that helped to make Katie and Ryan’s run smoothly. We took advantage of the balcony at the back of the reception room that overlooked the Charles River and had some wonderful evening light falling onto it, to capture some more photos for Katie and Ryan and the rest of the family.
Although they were not having another wedding ceremony here in Boston, they did have another cake, after all you can’t properly celebrate without cake :) After the meal and the dancing was underway, we managed to once again make use of the balcony as the sun set, and to got some different shots by night with Boston lit in the background. It was great fun working with Ryan and Katie for their New England wedding reception at the Museum of Science and to meet their wonderful families.
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This summer has been fantastic so far and I’ve been busy shooting lots of weddings including one back in London in June, and as a result of shooting and getting my images out to my couples I have had a slight delay posting on the blog. I promise to amend that and get a few more up over the next couple of weeks. To start with, Holly and Matt’s wedding over in Cambridge MA.
I was put in touch with Holly through another great photographer here in Boston and had the absolute pleasure of shooting their wedding day at the end of May over at the Sacred Heart Parish in East Cambridge and the rest of the festivities over at the Beehive bar in South Boston, which I was super excited to shoot at.
Holly was getting ready over at the Park Plaza Hotel just a stone throw away from The Public Gardens. I arrived early so that we could get some shots of Holly and her friends together there before I traveled over to the church with a group of them for the ceremony. The Park Plaza Hotel has some wonderful rooms and spaces to work with for wedding preparation shots and details.
The bus ride over to the wedding ceremony in Cambridge MA was in school buses which was the first time that I had ever been on one of these yellow buses that I had seen so much of since first coming to the states. Holly and Matt’s friends were a top-notch crowd to photograph and the ride over to the church was great fun.
The Sacred Heart Church over in Cambridge is a stunning Church and one I had passed before but never been inside and I was really looking forward to photographing the wedding there. I was able to shoot from a number of places and really get them shots from different perspectives. This was the first time I had photographed a wedding in Cambridge and it was a really wonderful ceremony.
Holly and Matt finished off their celebrations over at the Beehive bar in South Boston and this was an awesome location for their friends and family to let their hair down and party the rest of the night away. As I said before these guys had a great gang of friends and family here for their day and they were a real pleasure to photograph.
The Beehive was a pleasure to photograph a wedding at and the staff were fantastic over there as well. All the best to Holly and Matt for their future together and thank you so much guys for letting me share you day together and capturing the moments for you.
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A very quick sneak peek from Holly & Matt’s wedding in Cambridge MA last weekend, before I hop back across the pond for Joe and Claire’s wedding this Thursday. You were both fantastic to work with and I hope that you guys are having a great time on honeymoon!! Looking forward to catching up with you both when we are all back in Boston!
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