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Steph + Matt’s Wedding: Les Zygomates Wine Bar – Boston, MA

Matt and Steph wanted to make sure that their wedding day was really a reflection of themselves – and boy did they pull it off! They wanted their friends and family to share with them in having great food, great drinks, and great music! When we met up over a month ago for their engagement session, the main thing we focused on was FOOD! After years of avoiding photographing people while they were eating, this time I was actually encouraged to do so – and with these two it was less awkward then I initially thought it would be.

(Check out there engagement session HERE - and some of the photos I had to save to show until after the wedding happened HERE)

Anywho – I’ve got lots of things to say scattered all over this post….let’s begin! I started out by meeting up with them at The Hyatt in Boston, just a couple blocks away from Les Zygomates. The week previously, I had my first short dress bride…Steph was now going to be my second…and man, she completely rocked the dress! I firmly believe that not everyone can get away with this…you really need the right personality in order to pull it off. Nice legs dont hurt either I guess! Steph definitely had both! (Yes Steph, I just complimented your legs.)

 

 

Steph’s clutch is a whole story in itself. Really…it seems as though adults just arent capable of opening it. Or maybe just Steph isnt? She tried a few times while I was there, and told me of a few more times before I got there. The only person who could open it (with ease!) was her daughter, Amelia. Here’s the proof…and I am positive I saw it happen again atleast twice at the reception!!!!

It took us a little longer than usual to leave the hotel room…you see, Matt’s room was strategically placed right next to Steph’s room…even though the hotel had like…20 levels. So ofcourse, we couldn’t leave until he did. So when he did leave…we started too…but then after he had left the hallway, he turned right around because he left something in the room. Oh wait, but he also didn’t have the room key on him either…that too must’ve been in the room.

Luckily, he didn’t have to go back down to the lobby for another key – a nice lady from housekeeping was nearby and let him back into his room. Drew, Steph’s son, made sure to block his mom from view until the coast was clear!

Unfortunately Steph and Matt’s hope of being carted around in a Boloco cart didn’t work out…so they took a limo instead. I am not sure what the driver’s name was, but her driving was amazing! We took a few turns into small streets in China Town, and just when you think she’s not going to make it…she did! I haven’t seen driving like that since my trip to Italy a few years back…and those drivers REALLY pushed the limits…trust me…

On to the ceremony and reception! Steph and Matt decided to have theirs at Les Zygomates in Boston. Yes…at a wine bar! Maybe even THE wine bar, as they do own www.winebar.com !! As I said before, their theme for the night was good food, drink, and awesome music! A couple months before the wedding, they gave in and decided to hire some help to get their wedding together. They hired Whim Events, and the details they put together were awesome! Each table was named after a band or artist that they love, and check out the seating chart that was made to along with it!!!

Oh and here are my photos that the guests saw right when they walked in! This is why I kept the burger sharing photo a secret until after the wedding ;)

Check out the awesome cake! It featured Matt and Steph at the top, and Drew and Amelia at the bottom – all of them in their pajamas! Cake by Amanda Oakleaf Cakes!

During the ceremony (which was officiated by their good friend Roger – who has bonded with the couple over their love of meat eating), Matt and Steph played ‘Rock, Paper, Scissors’ in order to determine who would go first with their vows. They were good at it and got quite a few identical ‘hands’ if you will. It took a few rounds, but I think Steph lost, so she went first.

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Matt and Steph had their first dance on a dancefloor that is right infront of the large windows of Les Zyg which faces the street! After a bit of partying, Drew picked up his guitar and played for everyone!

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Sarah + Mike’s Wedding: Union Mills Homestead – Westminster, MD

Sarah and I first met probably about 8 years ago…she moved out to Boston from California for a bit, and I would see her every now and then at shows of bands that we were both into (and at the time, that I would photograph – ofcourse!)

Around 2005 or 2006, (I cant quite remember the exact time) she moved back to San Francisco. I flew out there for a fest of bands that we loved, and Sarah was awesome enough to let me stay with her during that week. She didn’t have to but she took the time to show me around a few places I hadn’t been to before as well! One story that we tell everyone about this time is how we were at the pier (pier 39?) watching the sea lions and eating some ice cream that we had just bought. Well, a seagull decided it wanted my mint chocolate chip ice cream, so it literally swooped down from behind us and stole my ice cream cone!!! There were many people on the pier that day, so it is my hope that some family recorded it on their home video and they probably get a good laugh out of watching it every now and then. ;)

Anywho! Sarah and Mike met while Mike’s band was on tour, and Sarah gave the guys a place to stay. They hit it off, and before you know it she moved to Maryland to be with Mike. A year ago I got the very excited message from Sarah saying that they had gotten engaged and asking me if I am available for travel for her wedding….UMMMMM YESSSSS!!!! Ofcourse!!!

The last year went by so fast, and after the 4th of July this month, I made the drive down to Pennsylvania (where Mike and Sarah recently bought the most adorable home together!) and I finally got to meet Mike! He’s a nice guy…not that I would’ve expected anything less ;)

 

Milo, their dog, sported a little bow tie for the occasion!

To the left below are all the RSVP’s they received back for this day! They had about 140 guests, if I remember right….oh also, it was a HOT day! About 95 degrees and humid – yet all their guests showed up regardless of the heat!

      One of the coolest things I have seen at a wedding! The best man, Ev, designed a coloring book for the kids that would be at the wedding! It went through Sarah and Mike’s relationship together up until their wedding day!  Union Mills Homestead Wedding

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Namone and Craig’s Wedding – Part II – Outdoor Ceremony & Tent Reception

Here is Part II to Namone and Craig’s wedding day! (To see the first part, the Laos ceremony, CLICK HERE)

The Laos ceremony took place in the morning, and in the later afternoon was now time for the traditional American ceremony and reception. The backyard was the location for the ceremony, and in the front yard there was a large tent set up for the reception.

So instead of having a sweetheart table, theirs was more like sweetheart stools!

And it was pretty damn hot out this day – so unfortunately the warmth was taking its toll on the cake…it was kept inside, and we did the cutting indoors as well where it was a little cooler.

You may recognize the bottle of Hennessy above from the morning ceremony…they were told to serve it to each of their guests – I assume for good luck.

And below, a home wedding is never complete without a child finding a small animal of some sort and catching it! In this case, a frog!

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