Joseph & Sumi - July 30, 2023 - A musical event! Part 1 - Ceremony & Cocktails on Board the Charles I
Joe & Sumi met TWENTY years ago at the Longwood Orchestra where Joe was already a member of and Sumi joined. Joe told us he saw Sumi walk in and I'd like to believe it was love at first sight. They finally decided to tie the knot after twenty years together! They both said that their distaste for planning kept them from officially wedding for so long. Their day came together so perfectly - our first wedding of the year without rain!! I think this was because it was a Sunday, not a Saturday as it had poured the day before like every other Saturday we've had this year in Massachusetts.
Having worked with the #Charlesriverboatcompany before but on #Bostonharbor we were super excited to experience what their river boat weddings are like. These leave from a little dock outside of the CambridgeSide Galleria which makes parking and getting to these boats super easy and convenient! Parking was significantly more affordable ($4 for the day after validation vs $18 at the Harbor). Accessibility was very easy with elevators from the garage. This was helpful considering Joe & some friends were towing a wagon full of decor to set the boat up prior to Sumi's arrival. The riverboats are a much more relaxed and DYI experience. I don't know the specifics whether or not you can pay more for the company to set up or if they are all DYI. The capacity was max of 75 people and I believe they had about 50 set up for a cocktail party (dinner reception was to follow at the couple's favorite restaurant - find part 2 of this blog soon).
The woodwork on the Riverboat is stunning and so were their floral arrangements and especially the fabric accents on the arrangements and the bridal party's attire. Sumi's mother came to America from Japan with gorgeous handmade kimonos and had the brilliant idea to use the fabric for bridal attire and accents throughout the day. The men's ties, pocket squares, sashes, ring box and Sumi's dress all came from her mother's kimonos!
How adorable is Sumi's mother holding a custom made purse from her own kimonos?! Here she is in conversation with Sumi's long time violin teacher.
A stunning wedding on a Charles Riverboat Company luxury yacht vessel.
Cormier Wedding - June 24, 2023
Tricia & Travis chose to have an intimate wedding in June on board the Charles Riverboat company's most luxurious vessel - The Valiant!
If you've been following along with our busy wedding season on Instagram (or even just noticed the pattern of weather Massachusetts has had this summer) you might recall A LOT of rain on Saturdays!
Tricia & Travis chose the Boston Harborside Inn on State Street for getting ready. It was beautiful and a perfect location, however, the rooms were very small and dark. This bride and groom actually swapped rooms right before we arrived because the bride's room was originally TOO dark and small for photographs compared to the groom's. The only window in the room was a window that went to an interior hallway within the hotel. We made it work regardless! This I can't stress enough is a reason to ask your photographer if they are only a natural light photographer or if they are knowledgable in using flash and accessory lighting.
For photographers or enthusiasts- these photos would have been very dark and grainy & lacking in sharpness had I not used a flash. I prefer to use a Godox high-speed sync flash speedlight with 2000mAh Li-ion battery. You can find older models (last year's is a good amount of money less and just as good) depending on what camera brand you shoot with. I wasted years using cheaper flashes that took AA batteries that barely lasted 100 shots that I would keep recharging. I would carry around a giant bag of AA batteries and pray that they lasted through the night. With lithium ion batteries I can go an entire day on ONE but we each carry two with us and plug our first one in when we switch to the reception just in case. I plan to do a full gear blog for my Fuji system soon and what each of us carry.
Travis was originally apprehensive to having photographers for the day. Being his second marriage his experience prior was that he spent too much of the day posing for pictures and feeling like he was constantly on camera instead of being able to enjoy the day. We promised we would be quick and easy going to get the shots done and let them enjoy their special day.
This couple chose to do a first look so they could walk down to the yacht together and do some portraits beforehand. The Custom House on State street was the perfect location for this. Beautiful columns and a grand staircase to frame up the first look couldn't have been more ideal. We were watching the weather knowing some storms were predicted and the bride sent some groomsmen out to find some clear umbrellas!
Just as this couple met together on the staircase the sky let the water fall like glitter! We were able to step up into the columns for more portraits and stayed dry. The rain soon stopped in time to walk to the boat for more portraits. Amazingly the sun stayed out the rest of the day!
After Tricia & Travis had their first look they ducked into the hotel bar for some quick shots together!
When we arrived to the Boston Harbor Hotel (where the Charles Riverboat Company harbor boats dock) we were so excited to do portraits under the arch but when we arrived there was a Dîner en Blanc happening! All of the guests boarding a dinner cruise were dressed in all white, a theme that goes back to the 1980s in France. Thankfully this bride thought it was funny and didn't mind not being the only one in white!
As we arrived at the dock many guests were also starting to gather, we only had maybe 20 minutes to get all of the family portraits finished so that they could board the yacht. We strategically went past the boat to the backside of a building so we could get portraits done without guests saying hi to the couple! Shortly after we were able to board and the bridal party was able to use the downstairs bar as a waiting area before the ceremony upstairs. This yacht has two bars, one upstairs where the ceremony was and one downstairs where the cocktail hour was. After the ceremony the upstairs is flipped to a dining room with a dance floor. We were so impressed with how seamless their staff was able to pull off such a transformation and in such little time!
The ceremony was short and sweet! Tricia's sister was the officiant and as warned would happen many boats going by cheered and shouted during their ceremony! It was such a fun vibe all around!