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Fairmont Copley Plaza Grand Ballroom Wedding Ceremony & Reception

The Fairmont Copley Plaza hosts lots of gorgeous wedding ceremonies and receptions in the Grand Ballroom. During the planning stages of the wedding, I met with Liza and her mother to learn more what parts of photography was important to them. Having a Fairmont Copley Plaza Grand Ballroom Wedding deremony & reception was an easy choice because of how stunningly beautiful the ballrooms, lobby, and renovated suites are. For Liza and her then fiance Andrew, having a classic Boston wedding was the goal as they were living in Los Angeles at the time. We talked a bit about what the family loved in terms of photography, and it was very important to capture the intimacy and emotion throughout what might be a very fast-paced day. The wedding day was beautiful and we were able to step outside to create a spectacular set of cadid photos and portraits.  The wedding ceremony and reception took place in the glamorous Grand Ballroom at the historic Fairmont Copley Plaza. Liza’s sister sang a song alongside the live band Search Party for the first dance. All the ballrooms at the Fairmont Copley Plaza have their own unique qualities but they all have one thing in common – absolute elegance.

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Fairmont Copley Plaza Grand Ballroom Wedding Ceremony & Reception by Boston wedding photographer Heather Parker Photography

Ceremony Venue: Fairmont Copley Plaza
Reception Venue: Fairmont Copley Plaza
Wedding Photographer: Heather Parker Photography
Hairstylist: Lindsay Griffin Boston Hairstylist + Co.
Makeup: Tara from Tada Makeup
Band/DJ: Search Party
Florist: New Leaf Flores
Wedding Photo Album: Queensberry Albums

Engagement – Boston Public Library | Boston Wedding Photographer Heather Parker

Not long ago, photographed this lovely couple who had recently descended on Boston, a city they now call home. They come from two very different parts of the world and will wed later this year in Texas. I hadn’t met them before the shoot and saw that they were the perfect match in the first five minutes I spent with them. Engagement shoots have been a great way for me to explore different neighborhoods, different cities, and this time the shoot allowed this busy couple a chance to explore the Back Bay neighborhood’s most prized possession: the Boston Public Library. They enthusiastically toured around the beautiful space and it was a perfect location to showcase the love they had for each other. While many couples yearn to shoot outdoors, sometimes hunting for a unique indoor engagement shoot location makes for some pretty fabulous photos!

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Boston Wedding Photography | Omni Parker House Wedding

Today there may be nothing that captures your heart more fully than Erin and Dean’s wedding at the Omni Parker House Hotel in downtown Boston, I wanted to create images that would stay relevant and beautiful. Erin and Dean held an elegant reception at the stunning rooftop ballroom, where guests mingled and enjoyed food and dancing. When the folks at Omni Hotels and Resorts caught wind of such a gorgeous wedding, they asked if they could feature it on blog on their main website. How delightful! While this wedding was photographed in color, black and white images worked perfectly for such a historic wedding venue. One of my favorite things about the Omni Parker House is the city views from their ballroom that spans the entire 15th floor. As one of Boston’s premier wedding venues, at the Omni Parker House you will find turn of the century elegance in a state of the art hotel, which also happens to be not only one of the oldest hotels in America but was the hotel where John F. Kennedy proposed to Jackie! There is so much history at this gem of a hotel, and this wedding will surely be remembered for decades by the guests that celebrated with Erin and Dean.Omni Parker House Wedding

Boston Wedding Photography | Omni Parker House Wedding

Ceremony: St. Josephs Catholic Church in the West End, Boston, MA
Reception: Omni Parker House Hotel, Boston, MA
Photographer: Heather Parker Photography
Gown make: Melissa Sweett
Shoes: Valentino
Bridesmaid Dresses: J Crew
Bridal Boutique: Priscilla of Boston
Something Borrowed: Sister’s veil
Something Old: Grandmother’s bracelet
Tux make: Jos. A. Bank
Officiant: Father Dan O’Connell
Band/DJ: Jack at DJ Raffi Productions
Florist: Annette Rinaldi for church/centerpieces
Florist for Bouquets: Allison Phalen Floral Design (bride’s sister and MOH)
Video: Veracious Productions
Lighting Design: DJ Raffi

Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center wedding | Boston wedding photographer

Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center was the wedding venue where Heather and Mike held both their outdoor wedding ceremony and indoor reception. Heather and Mike took so much time to make their wedding so perfect. While art isn’t their profession, their wedding revolved around art – from the wedding venue to the personal touches and favors. As soon as I saw their ceremony setup and reception decor, I knew their wedding would to serve as a perfect example to so many future clients of mine how to tastefully personalize a wedding! Initially, Heather contacted me from her home in Virginia when she was planning her Boston area wedding. Her and Mike spent time to develop a color scheme and theme, carefully choosing meaningful details. The entire day was filled with vibrant colors and touches of fine art. The wedding venue itself is an arts center filled with rotating exhibits year round. Heather and Mike handmade miniature paintings for each guest to take home. Heather worked on the realism paintings and Mike worked on the more abstract ones. At the start of their day, they got ready in separate rooms at a hotel. After a first look, we went to the Boston Museum of Fine Arts for some photos. The wedding ceremony location was prepared with a combination of handmade items and beautiful floral designs by the lovely Alison Phalen Floral Design who I recently worked alongside at Erin and Dean’s Omni Parker House wedding. Heather and Mike were lucky enough to have an outdoor wedding ceremony as we made it inside just as it was starting to rain. The reception space looked amazing thanks to great teamwork between the floral design and the team at Cambridge Uplighting. I must say, the Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center looks extra special with supplemental uplighting as it can bring the sophistication to a whole other level. Heather and Mike entered the reception via the mezzanine level stairs and walked right into their choreographed first dance. Heartfelt toasts were followed by the cutting of the cake. This cake was one of the most interesting cakes I have seen at a wedding because it was inspired by modern art. After cake was served, Nate from White Label DJs played tunes for a night of celebration.

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Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center wedding | Boston wedding photographer

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Ceremony Venue: Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center
Reception Venue: Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center
Boston Wedding Photographer: Heather Parker Photography
Wedding Florist: Alison Phalen Floral Design
Lighting Design: Cambridge Uplighting
Catering: Season to Taste in Cambridge
Gown make: Rosa Clara
Bridal boutique: Chevy Chase Bridal (Washington, DC)
Veil: created by bride’s mother
Groom’s Suit: Bachrach
Officiant: Theresa Orr
Band/DJ: White Label DJs
Favors: Small paintings handmade by bride and groom
Table Name Markers: handmade by bride and groom
Wedding Portrait Illustration: Jana Kinsman
Wedding Stationery: Reuse First

Neda and Elizabeth | Gay wedding in Boston!

A huge thank you to Neda and Elizabeth for selecting me as their wedding photographer! They are such a fun couple that smiles every time they look at each other. A few weeks ago these two awesome ladies were lucky enough to have the best weather for an unforgettable wedding ceremony on a rooftop garden. Since I have already had Megan & Emilia’s and Liza & Nia’s weddings showcased on the popular gay wedding blog SoYoureEnGAYged, and great vendor reviews on GayWeddings.com, it was no surprise that Neda and Elizabeth chose to work with me. In the weeks leading up to their big day, I got to learn about the couple and their journey through doing an engagement shoot with them and was excited to shoot their hot pink wedding. This is just one of many photos from their wedding that I am going to share. Subscribe to see more photos when they are ready!

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Omni Parker House Hotel Boston wedding | Happy Anniversary Erin & Dean!

Erin and Dean had a classic Boston wedding at St. Josephs Catholic Church and the Omni Parker House Hotel downtown. I can’t believe it’s been a year already. Happy Anniversary to one of my favorite couples who had an unforgettable wedding day! Allison Phalen Floral Design did the bouquets for the bride and bridesmaids. You’ll get to see more of her fabulous flowers in the near future when I share photos from a wedding I photographed at the Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center. Below, you will see some photos in black and white showcasing their wedding in a beautiful Queensberry Albums with timeless matted pages that will stand the test of time. The albums blend a durable, contemporary leather cover in graphite with sleek black matted pages. The best way to describe Queensberry Albums’ contemporary leather is that it has a smooth, velvety finish similar to suede. Its soft yet strong. The photos from the Erin and Dean’s wedding are laid out in a storytelling format.

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Omni Parker House Hotel Boston wedding | Happy Anniversary Erin & Dean!

Ceremony: St. Josephs Catholic Church in the West End, Boston, MA
Reception: Omni Parker House Hotel, Boston, MA
Photographer: Heather Parker Photography
Gown make: Melissa Sweet
Shoes: Valentino
Bridesmaid Dresses: J Crew
Bridal Boutique: Priscilla of Boston
Something Borrowed: Sister’s veil
Something Old: Grandmother’s bracelet
Tux make: Jos. A. Bank
Officiant: Father Dan O’Connell
Band/DJ: Jack at DJ Raffi Productions
Florist: Annette Rinaldi for church/centerpieces
Florist for Bouquets: Allison Phalen Floral Design (bride’s sister and MOH)
Video: Veracious Productions
Lighting Design: DJ Raffi
Theme & DIY: Boston themed postcard guestbook with a mail box, Boston nieghborhood table numbers, and place cards
Wedding Stationery company: The Green Kangaroo (invitations and menu cards)

Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center | Heather and Mike

Heather phoned me from the Washington DC area looking for a photographer for a wedding at Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center. She and Mike are very interested in the arts and incorporated so much creativity and art into their wedding ceremony and reception. Everything from the art-related venue to the individually hand-painted wedding favors was related to art. I am looking forward to sharing this awesome wedding. Right now, here is a sneak peek!

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Boston Barn wedding photos | Ashley and David

Ashley and David at Smith Barn on their wedding day!

Here’s how they connected! Robbie & Karen got married at Smith Barn. Another bride named Annie flipped though the pages of The Knot Magazine and saw their wedding I shot. She recognized Robbie from Hebrew school, and hired me to photograph her wedding on Martha’s Vineyard at the Allen Farm Sheep & Wool Co. Annie married Pete, and the Rabbi David who officiated the ceremony contacted me to hire me to photograph his marriage to Ashley. Their beautiful wedding took place at the same barn where Robbie and Karen held their ceremony and reception. I can only presume someone at Ashley and David’s wedding will be getting married at the Allen Farm Sheep & Wool Co. to keep this awesome circle going!

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Ceremony Venue: Smith Barn at Brooksby Farm
Reception Venue: Smith Barn at Brooksby Farm
Hair Amy Buchanan from Main Street Salon, Andover MA:
Makeup: About Faces, North Andover, MA
Officiant: Rabbi Fred Reiner (Father of the Groom)
Wedding Planner: Leslie at Planned Perfectly
Ceremony Music: Shilakowsky Strings
Band: Clockwork
Florist: Les Fleurs
Caterer: Vinwood Caterers
Cake Bakery: Fredericks Pastries

Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel Grand Ballroom Boston Wedding

Not long ago, I photographed Whitney and Ian’s wedding at Boston’s Fairmont Copley Plaza. Days ago, I photographed Andrew and Liza’s wedding ceremony and reception which took place in the luxurious Grand Ballroom of the same hotel. Each ballroom at the Fairmont Copley Plaza has its own special qualities. Whether you are having an intimate wedding in the St. James Room or large wedding in the Grand Ballroom, the hotel is home to Boston’s most elegant reception event spaces! If you follow the hotel on Facebook, you might have already seen the newly renovated suites too. Liza began her wedding day getting ready on the top floor with Lindsay Griffin Boston Hairstylist and Tara from Tada Makeup. I will have more photos to share, so if you’d like to stay up to date subscribe to the blog by clicking here. Congrats Liza and Andrew on your marriage.

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King’s Chapel Boston weddings

King’s Chapel Boston weddings are some of my favorite to photograph.  King’s Chapel in Boston is a church that dates back to 1686. Loaded with history that includes a bell that was re-cast by Paul Revere, it was the oldest church I have ever shot a wedding in. King’s Chapel states their photography policy as follows: “in keeping with the solemnity of the marriage ceremony, we would be most appreciative if you would make certain that your photographer and guests understand that there is to be absolutely no flash photography.” Because of this, there were no arms waving mobile phones into the aisle making attempts to get a shot of the bride. Every couple deserves unobstructed photos of the processional, so if you are reading this and are invited to a wedding, your iPhone or blackberry shouldn’t make an appearance in church wedding photos. Different churches have varying photography policies. Some churches require the professional photographer to keep behind the congregation or to not stand in the center aisle even during the processional. It is important to understand the rules of your ceremony site and understand how it may impact your professional wedding photography or guest photography.

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King's Chapel Greek Boston wedding photography by photographer Heather ParkerBoston Ceremony Site / Church:  Kings Chapel, Corner of School and Tremont Street, Boston MA 02108

Boston Reception Venue: Omni Parker House Hotel, 60 School Street, Boston MA 02108
Wedding Band: Boston Common Band: 2012 Pick The Knot Best of Weddings
Photographer: Heather Parker Photography
Florist: Evergreen Florist
Cake: Icing on the Cake
Wedding Gown: Amsale, “Serena” dress purchased at Cristina’s
Invitations: Hello Lucky
Favorboxes: Estilo Weddings
DIY: programs, place cards (paper from papersource) and table numbers
Placecard template design: TwoYellowShoes on etsy
Hair: Bellagio Hair and Skin Care
Make-up: Paula Johnson, 781-595-3902