BC Club wedding in Boston | A venue with great views

One of the coolest wedding venues in downtown Boston is the BC Club. Located on the 36th floor of 100 Federal St. in the Financial District, the Boston College Club offers great 360° views of Boston. When I was first contacted by Brian, we hit it off right away when I learned about the sense of adventure he and his soon to be wife had and their love of travel. I had an amazing time working with them for their engagement shoot and knew their wedding would be just as fun. One of my favorite things to do is travel and I was so happy when I saw that every part of the wedding day had a travel element to it. This awesome couple talked about travel in their personalized wedding vows and all of the decor details had a travel vibe.

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A wedding photography review from Kerry and Brian:

“Heather Parker is a talented, fun, artistic photojournalist and we were lucky that she was available for hire on our wedding day. She was able to capture very meaningful and memorable shots but by blending into the crowd without adding ANY undue stress. It was incredible and I am not certain how she was able to accomplish the task.

Brian and I were married in Boston and really wanted a photographer that would fully engage in the most special day of our lives, we searched for the best and found her! Heather travels the world so we instantly had a connection. It felt like she really knew us and captured the love that binds us from this day forward.”

The day started out at the Langham Hotel, one of my favorite hotels to photograph in. Brian and his groomsmen got ready on one level, and nearby I was able to document the finishing touches for Kerry and her girls. Kerry’s dad was welcomed into the bridal suite to see his beautiful daughter all dressed up in her wedding gown. Once everyone was ready, I went with Kerry just across the street from the Langham Hotel to Leventhal Park in Post Office Square. There, she awaited the moment she’d first see Brian on their wedding day. When they locked eyes, there was so much joy. After sharing a few minutes together, they met up with their bridal party to do some creative portraits around Boston. With perfect weather and a carefully planned schedule, we were able to stop at the Harborwalk and Boston Public Library in Copley and we had so much fun! This was a fantastic way for their bridal party and families to get a quick tour of Boston. After touring the city, we headed back to their venue.

BC Club boston wedding photographyThe ceremony was timed perfectly so that they said their vows with the views of the city right at sunset and everything went perfectly thanks to the BC Club’s private events director, Sara. Following the ceremony, guests mingled and took in sights of Boston the 36th floor. In the reception ballroom, personalized details really made the wedding fun for the guests while sitting down eating. The theme throughout the wedding was travel since Brian and Kerry have had the opportunity to travel throughout the world extensively. The menus were on cards that resembled in-flight menus, and the day’s schedule was laid out in a passport style booklet. A globe welcomed guests to tables named after destinations the couple visited.

The reception couldn’t have been any more magical as all the city lights lit up and the famed Citgo sign flashed in the distance. The newlyweds celebrated with their guests who traveled long distances to be with them to celebrate such a special day.

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Every part of the wedding day had a travel element to it. Kerry + Brian talked about travel in their personal vows, they picked readings for the ceremony from different continents and even all of the decor elements had a travel vibe.

Boston Wedding Venues List with links to photos

Here is a comprehensive Boston wedding venues list with links to photos that you may find useful when planning your wedding. The wedding venues list showcases top Boston wedding venues, ceremony and reception sites throughout the Boston and New England area, where I have shot or are scheduled to photograph.

Boston Wedding Venues List

9OFS | 1 Federal St., Boston

This is a brand new 6000 square foot indoor/outdoor space overlooking the financial district of downtown Boston at One Federal St.

Allen Farm Sheep & Wool Co. | Chilmark, MA on Martha’s Vineyard

If you’ve ever considered a destination wedding on a beautiful farm overlooking the ocean, the Allen Farm offers one of the most picturesque settings.

Agricultural Hall | West Tisbury, Martha’s Vineyard

This spacious century old post and beam structure is surrounded by sprawling hay fields, picket fences, and two iconic rustic barns.

Alden Castle by Longwood Events | Brookline

Located in the legendary Longwood Towers, Alden Castle features two distinctive, and newly renovated event spaces. The Vintage Ballroom and The Modern Room. Each ballroom offers dramatically historical settings that will give your wedding a feel from a bygone era of romance and royalty.

Artists for Humanity EpiCenter | Boston
(capacity 250+)

Artists For Humanity EpiCenter is and ultra-modern LEED Platinum certified building in South Boston. Artists for Humanity is environmentally friendly and uniquely innovative space. Events ranging from intimate dinners for 50 to cocktail receptions for 450 contribute to fund the arts for youth in Boston.

Barn at Gibbet Hill | Groton

The barn at Gibbet hill is a turn of the century barn, stylishly renovated and restored, overlooks rolling hills of conservation land that are home to a farm.

Beach Plum Inn | Menemsha, Martha’s Vineyard

Situated above scenic Menemsha Harbor, Beach Plum Inn is  surrounded by colorful gardens, lush pastures, alpacas and ponies.

Belle Mer | Newport

This elegant venue is located amongst sprawling manicured lawns over looking Narragansett Bay and can hold between 250-520 guests.

Boston Center for the Arts Cyclorama | Boston

An historic South End venue located that showcases urban industrial chic with a copper skylight dome atop a round, brick-lined space, the Cyclorama can host from 100 to 875 guests.

Boston College Club aka BC Club | Boston

A hidden gem on the 36th floor atop 100 Federal St. in downtown, this venue has panoramic views of downtown Boston through huge windows and is one of my favorite spaces in Boston.

Boston Harbor Hotel | Boston

The Boston Harbor Hotel at Rowes Wharf is Boston’s landmark, waterfront hotel located at Rowes Wharf overlooking historic Boston Harbor.

Boston Public Library | Boston
(capacity 300) Whether you love the legendary Bates Hall with adorned with green reading lamps or the classic Abbey Room, this venue is a favorite of many Boston couples as it has a Venetian style outdoor courtyard which serves as the perfect setting for outdoor ceremonies or cocktail hours.

Bradley Estate | Canton
(capacity 100-150)

Brooksby Farm | Peabody
(wedding featured in The Knot Magazine, capacity 250) (many weddings at Smith Barn, search the blog!)

Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center | Cambridge – capacity 150

Captain Flanders House Inn family farm house | Chilmark, Martha’s Vineyard

Castle Hill at Crane Estate | Ipswich – 200 seated capacity indoors

Captain R. Flanders House | Chilmark, Martha’s Vineyard

Chappaquiddick Beach Club | Chappaquiddick Island / Martha’s Vineyard

A fun, colorful, preppy location on Chappy perfect for a rehearsal dinner or wedding overlooking the ocean, and just a short ferry ride from Edgartown.

Charles River Museum of Industry | Waltham
(capacity 300)

Charles Hotel | Cambridge

Commanders Mansion | Watertown

This brick mansion has a grape arbor for a beautiful outdoor ceremony. Indoors, elegantly restored rooms

Dr. Daniel Fisher House | Edgartown, Martha’s Vineyard

The Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel | Boston

One of Boston’s most splendid hotels, this beauty boasts three opulent ballrooms in the heart of Back Bay.

Four Seasons Hotel | Boston

Overlooking the famed Public Garden and Beacon Hill, the Four Seasons is characterized by elegant simplicity and old-world Boston charm and is just across the street from the Boston Public Garden.

Hampshire House | Boston

A classic library feel can be had in this historic mansion above the famous Cheers Restaurant, complete with a working fireplace and wooden paneled walls.

Harvard Faculty Club | Cambridge

Harvard Club of Boston | Boston

Harvard University CRI Rowing Boathouse | Brighton

Hammond Castle | Gloucester

ICA | The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston | Boston

InterContinental Hotel | Boston

Jared Coffin House | Nantucket

Langham Hotel Boston | Boston

Lenox Hotel | Boston

With a soaring domed ceiling, the ballroom at this boutique Back Bay hotel

Le Meridien Hotel | Cambridge

With a sought-after roof garden, this is one of the Boston areas only locations for a rooftop wedding ceremony. The indoor ballroom seats about 180.

Liberty Hotel | Boston – 225 seated capacity

Lyman Estate | Waltham

Mandarin Oriental | Boston

OceanCliff Resort | Newport

Omni Parker House Hotel | Boston

Red Lion Inn 1704 Barn | Cohasset

Rialto at the Charles Hotel | Cambridge

Ritz Carlton Hotel Boston Common | Boston

Seaport Hotel | Boston
(capacity up to 450) This hotel is in the hip Seaport neighborhood of South Boston and has a variety of modern ballrooms to choose from.

Smith Barn at Brooksby Farm | Peabody
(wedding featured in The Knot Magazine, capacity 250) This authentic barn on a working farm is a favorite because of the orchards and authentic, rustic feel.

SpringStep | Medford
(capacity 200)

The State Room | Boston

Taj Boston Hotel | Boston

Located at the corner of the fashionable Arlington and Newbury streets Taj Boston overlooks the charming Public Garden and its ballrooms blend old world grace with contemporary luxury.

Turner Hill | Ipswich

Westin Copley Place Hotel | Boston

White Elephant Hotel | Nantucket

A charming venue with a perfectly manicured lawn, the White Elephant Hotel overlooks the ocean and is a perfect setting for an island destination wedding.

The W Hotel | Downtown Boston

Modern and urban chic are qualities many fashionable couples select this downtown hotel for.

Boston Ceremony Venues / Sites

Emmanuel Church | Boston

First Church in Cambridge | Cambridge

Holy Cross Cathedral | Boston

Houghton Chapel at Wellesley College | Wellesley

King’s Chapel | Boston

Memorial Church at Harvard University | Cambridge

MIT Chapel by Saarinen (W15) | Cambridge

Nantucket Unitarian Church | Nantucket

Old North Church aka Christ Church | Boston

Old South Church | Boston

Ruggles Baptist Church | Boston

St. Cecilia’s | Boston

South Church | Nantucket

St. Leonard’s | North End Boston

Temple B’nai Moshe | Brighton

Temple Sinai | Brookline

Trinity Church | Boston

Wellesley College Chapel | Wellesley

Popular Boston wedding bands for reception music include: Winiker Orchestra, Boston Common BandKahootz, Hush Band, Soho Band, Night Shift Wedding Band, Timmy Maia, Greg Gates, Sultans of Swing, District 21 Band, and Legit Band. These bands have experience performing at most of these Boston wedding venues.

This is just a sampling of Boston wedding venues, reception sites, and ceremony locations. I try to keep this list as current as possible to correspond with locations I have worked or will work.

If you are looking to find out more information, please check out reviews, FAQ, and pricing.

Just got engaged? Read about where to begin.

Just got engaged? Read about where to begin. For many wedding photographers, there are two “busy” seasons. One is shooting season the popular times of year that couples tie the knot. The other is engagement season, the time of year when so many couples announce their engagement to their friends and family. The best photographers’ phones ring wild with couples rushing to nail down wedding vendors for their upcoming weddings. Jewelry advertisements on the radio and TV are abundant and it seems there are so many mentions of engagement rings and diamonds all over the internet.

After recounting how the question was asked and celebrating the occasion, its time to sit down and think about when you’d like to get married, talk about budgets, and determine what resources you’d like to have in planning your wedding. Pinterest is popular for designing a dream wedding, but a great wedding planner will help you work with realistic expectations. If you’re changing jobs, studying for the bar exam, or in the middle of your residency, setting a time frame as to when it makes sense to get married is a great first step.

Boston photographer for couples that got engaged

Today I spoke to someone who just got engaged and they determining if they’re having a wedding local, back in the hometown where they grew up, or having a destination wedding so that they can have a mini-vacation with their closest friends and family. Once you’ve got an idea of what you want, its important not to get overwhelmed with the resources that are out there. I’ve lost count of the different wedding blogs that have sprouted up over the last five years. It can be a daunting task to navigate to find trustworthy wedding vendors with great reviews.

Each year there are dozens of wedding photographers that quit their day jobs to take a stab at becoming a professional photographer. At the same time, many of these new photographers realize becoming a sought-after wedding photographer is much more difficult than showing up at a wedding and pressing a button on a camera. After a few years, they realize it was a lot more difficult than they thought. When you are looking for a wedding photographer, make sure they have professional training in photography. It’s not rude to ask if they went to an accredited photography school. Understanding artistic composition and having a solid knowledge technical knowledge of photography equipment isn’t something that can be learned overnight or even in a few years. Because there are no do-overs, your wedding should not be a testing ground for someone to grow their portfolio. If you’d like to learn more, check out my FAQ section and wedding tips pages.

If you are looking for a list of reputable wedding vendors with great reviews, I have a preferred vendor website that I have put together. I do not offer commissions or kickbacks so you can rest assured, this list is of people I have personally seen do an exceptional job.

Engagement photos in front of the Fairmont Hotel

There’s a magical time of day, just before the clouds get completely lost in darkness and the city lights. Whenever I am capturing engagement photos, if my clients are interested I try to align a portion of the session around that time of day.  For this particular shot, we took engagement photos in front of the Fairmont Hotel although I suppose because of what I am focusing on, you might never know the location. Does location matter? Sometimes. The main thing I look for when photographing a couple is the connection they share. Of course the Fairmont Copley Plaza and the areas surrounding it offer a great backdrop. In between all of the weddings I get to photograph, I’ve had the honor to meet some really cool couples during their engagement session. It’s a great chance to spend some time with my couples just being themselves. If you’re camera shy, it’s a great opportunity to get comfortable getting photographed. The great thing about engagement pictures is that they can be used for all sorts of details throughout the wedding. There are countless beautiful locations in Boston’s Back Bay for unique engagement photos. Whether you adore the classic Boston brownstones, a stroll on Newbury Street, or the Commonwealth Avenue Mall lined with trees, it’s an opportunity to create a magical set of memorable images that document such a special chapter in your lives. For this particular shot, I waited until my favorite part of the day – the twilight sparkle. After the sun has set and all the city lights come on, the shot looks richer and inviting.

Fairmont Hotel engagement

Night photography can be one of the most difficult types of photography for many people. Often a camera flash can kill the existing light, and a low shutter speed may add blur to the shot. As a photographer that specializes in low-light photography, many years ago I learned that the key to getting the best high quality night photography is balancing shutter speed and ISO, and waiting for the right moment when the light fills the frame perfectly. My goal here was to use as much natural light as possible because its so incredibly dreamy! For their engagement photos in front of the Fairmont Hotel, I waited until they walked directly past the lights of the famed red awning. They provided the best light for the shot and didn’t kill the natural highlights and shadows on the faces. I especially love how the vibrant background attains a buttery blur to allow these two lovebirds to be the main focus of the photo. We shot indoors at the Oak Bar in the hotel itself, and then headed over to the Boston Public Library just across the street. It was after we left the library and returned to the Fairmont Hotel that the beauty of this shot would become apparent. I’m looking forward to creating lots more documentary photos for this couple during their upcoming Boston wedding this autumn where I will be photographing alongside one of my favorite wedding planners Gracie Lou Events.

Decor at the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel in Boston

Although there’s still a few weeks to go until you can tear through the presents on Christmas morning, the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel in the Back Bay neighborhood of Boston pulled out all the stops again with delightful holiday decorations. They’ve rolled out the festive decor for the gorgeous lobby and its sure to be a real treat if you stop by. I hope you enjoy these photos!

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In just a few months, I look forward to photographing the first of my 2014 Fairmont weddings in the Grand Ballroom. It’s always a delight!

University Club of Chicago Michigan Room wedding

University Club of Chicago is a classic Chicago venue to have a wedding in. It’s an iconic Chicago landmark with great architectural details. The reason its one of the most popular wedding venues in Chicago is because its right in the heart of the city and located right across from Millennium Park. Orchestra Hall and The Art Institute are very close and out of town guests can enjoy attractions such as the Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium, and of course Navy Pier. Its always a treat to photograph a classically glamorous wedding reminiscent of yesteryear. The welcoming sight of a fireplace, the warm chime of the dinner bells, and the unsurpassed park views are why so many brides choose this timeless wedding venue to host their wedding reception. When Sara met with me to talk about her wedding photography, I was excited to shoot in the Michigan Room since I had previously shot in Cathedral Hall. When their wedding day arrived, it was one of the most perfect days filled with sunshine. I began shooting in a suite at the hotel within the University Club of Chicago.

University Club of Chicago Michigan Room wedding

University Club of Chicago wedding photographer Heather Parker

After Sarah put on her Vera Wang and Jimmy Choos, we headed downstairs to the grand staircase where Ryan was waiting for a first glance at Sarah.University Club of Chicago wedding photographer Heather Parker

We journeyed onward via trolley to some pre-selected locations for photos with the bridal party. While a lot of couples enjoy smiling in front of landmarks, some of the more special moments are the candid ones. I love how Sarah’s attendants are smiling, helping her with her gown, and looking back to see that everything is just right.University Club of Chicago wedding photographer Heather Parker

The next photo was from an impromptu stop at a location that provided a some urban decay contrast paired with a stunning couple.University Club of Chicago wedding photographer Heather Parker

University Club of Chicago wedding photographer Heather Parker

Ryan and Sarah were wed at St. Joseph Church with a packed church full of family who traveled as far from Minnesota, South Dakota, and North Carolina. The bride’s 3rd grade students were also in attendance to see their teacher marry.

St. James Church Chicago wedding photographer Heather ParkerDilly Lily rocked the centerpieces, cake florals, and bouquets with hydrangeas and glass cylinder centerpieces wrapped in leaves. They also added a modern flair to classic glamour providing some tables with the popular floating candles.chicago wedding photography at university club of chicago by heather parker

Like Cathedral Hall, the Michigan Room has an impressive stone fireplace, rich mahogany walls soaring to a hand-painted ceiling, and signature stained glass windows.
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Chicago wedding vendors the bride and groom selected for their wedding:

Ceremony Venue: St. Joseph Church
Reception Venue: University Club of Chicago
Coordinator: Charlotte Dillner-Hasapis
Photographer: Heather Parker Photography
Gown make: Vera Wang
Bridesmaid dresses: Priscilla of Boston
Bridal boutique: Vera Wang Salon Cary, NC
Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Veil: Etsy
Makeup Artist: Linda Giuntini
Hairstylist” Sarah Dowdy
Etsy veil was from Bella Bridal Veils.
Tuxedos: Formally Modern
Florist: Dilly Lily
Wedding Stationery: William Arthur

Boston Proposal and Engagement Ideas

A lot of thought goes into picking out the perfect diamond to complete the perfect ring. Everyone always asks how did you propose? A story is told, but rarely there are photos to go with it. Paparazzi can be intrusive but the way I go about photographing a proposal is to get a good understanding of location and timing beforehand.

Whether you are proposing by walking around the lake three times at Wellesley College, asking for a hand in marriage on the Brooklyn Bridge, or are presenting a ring during a walk along the water after a special dinner, I can discreetly capture one of the biggest surprise moments in someone’s life. I will talk with you on your engagement and together we can walk through your ideas on exactly how and where you will be proposing down to the tiny details. After the proposal, the moment will be available to view online by your friends and family. If you are looking to make it official and want it documented, get in touch!

Boston proposal photography engagement

Boston Proposal Locations

Some favorite spots in Boston to propose are the Boston Public Garden, the ice rink at Frog Pond, Top of the Hub, Fenway Park, the Boston Marathon, Oak Bar at the Fairmont Copley Plaza, Fort Point Channel, college campuses, or the Harborwalk.

Chicago Proposal Locations

Notable spots for proposing in Chicago are the Sears Tower / Willis Tower, Millenium Park, Signature Room, the lakeshore, or right in the median strip of Michigan Ave.

The Knot Best of Weddings Boston DJ featured

The Knot Best of Weddings Boston DJ has featured a Thompson Island wedding in Boston Harbor that I had the pleasure of photographing. If you take a peek around for wedding deejay reviews, DJ Nick is one of Boston’s most sought after. Meredith and Regan who live in Chile were lucky to have him spin at their island wedding this summer because even with record-breaking temperatures, the dancing went non-stop that night! They had guests from New Zealand, Europe, and various parts of the US travel to be with them to share in celebrating their marriage. If you are looking for reviews on DJs, check out Beat Train Boston on Yelp, WeddingWire, and The Knot. I’ve worked with many of the Beat Train deejays and my clients rave about every one of them. You can also follow @beattraindjs on Twitter.
boston wedding dj reviews

Some of the wedding venues I have photographed alongside Beat Train Productions DJ include Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center, Oceancliff Mansion in Newport, the Langham Hotel and Le Meridien Hotel in Cambridge. Just like when you are sorting browsing wedding photographers, interviewing potential wedding DJs can be a daunting task. So you know how to spot the best DJ company for your wedding, here are a few tips. Finding a DJ who focuses in weddings is important. Knowing how to get a wide range of generations dancing will ensure your reception is memorable and most importantly fun! Beat Train Productions is a well-rounded, successful group of DJs who can bring a level of expertise and versatility to your wedding. A great DJ is able to create a collection of music for your wedding that is based on your style, taste, and vision for that day but also touches upon the DJ’s understanding of what gets the most amount of people dancing. An experienced DJ will work with you on a wedding schedule so that everything goes smoothly. Writing out the names of your family and bridal party if you are doing an entrance is key especially if names are difficult to pronounce – you can spell out any tricky names phonetically. The best DJ will make sure your father is nearby before announcing a father daughter dance. He or she can communicate with the banquet staff to ensure the cake is ready to be cut before making the announcement. The team of DJs at Beat Train Productions is flexible and willing to listen to make sure the reception goes smoothly. Because of this, they’ve earned hundreds of 5 star reviews and have been ranked best Boston DJ on many occasions. If you haven’t already checked them out on WeddingWire or Yelp, you will be impressed with the kind words earned by their entire team. Whether you are getting married outdoors under a tent, at an historic mansion in a luxury Boston hotel or at a trendy event space, a fun reception will be one of the most memorable parts of a wedding day and no doubt a competent DJ contributes to this.

Union League Club Winter Wedding Photos Chicago

Winter weddings are just as delightful as spring and summer celebrations except they are a million times more cozy. That’s why winter tops my list for my favorite wedding season. It’s hard to find a better spot than Chicago’s timeless Union League Club. If you both love the holiday season and have picked a wedding date close to Christmas you know you’re going to have fun choosing a wintry color palette of red, navy and green. I adore venues with candlelight and crackling fireplaces. There’s no better way to warm up a room with old-fashioned ambiance. Rather than working against holiday decor and trying to compete with it, work with it! This couple added some festive touches by integrating stringed lights and evergreen garlands to create an elegant Christmas-inspired theme.

Union League Club winter wedding ChicagoChicago wedding pictures at the Union League Club taken by Heather Parker Photography featured in The Knot Magazine.

Gown make:  Romona Keveza
Bridesmaid dresses: Lula Kate
Bridal boutique: A L’Amour
Tuxedos: Ralph Lauren
Church: Holy Family Parish
Reception Venue: Union League Club
Officiant: Fr. Ed McLaughlin
Band: Steve Edwards Orchestra
Florist: Blumgarten & Co.
Wedding Stationery: The Design Group

The Union League Club has a capacity of up to 350 guests in the Main Dining Room. My favorite feature is the deep blue walls. The room is decorated with an impressive collection of fine art, crystal chandeliers, ornate gold-leaf crown moldings, and of course fireplaces!

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