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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

Loft Chicago wedding venue Gallery 1028

Here is a sneak peek from a recent shoot at Gallery 1028. I have shot many weddings at this “blank canvas” modern wedding venue in Chicago including the Laura and Mike’s wedding as seen on Style Me Pretty which had the best lighting design and event styling I have ever seen. You might also remember Halley and Josh’s indie wedding featured on Style Me Pretty, as well as Angela and Sam’s ceremony and reception held there. Jason’ and Kristen who got married at St. Clements in Lincoln Park, also had their rockin’ reception at the Gallery 1028 warehouse venue.

This time around, PJ Acosta transformed the raw warehouse space to create a welcoming, cozy atmosphere adding natural elements. The long farm tables and raw wooden chairs fit perfectly. Chandeliers and dozens of candles added the perfect glow for the evening and were a huge hit!

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Photography: Heather Parker Photography
Venue: Gallery 1028
Catering: Calihan Catering
Event Design: PJ Acosta
Music: guitarrista Neil Dixon Smith
Florist: PJ Acosta
Specialty Items: Hall’s Rental Service

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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Castle Hill Crane Estate Real Weddings

Castle Hill Crane Estate Real Weddings are always a delight to photograph. If you are a couple getting married here during warmer months, you’re probably crossing your fingers for excellent weather for an evening of dancing under the stars out on the patio overlooking the Grand Allée and ocean. What’s so special about this first dance is that each of wedding guests are savoring the moment and watching with smiles rather than taking photos. Often, a circle forms around the newlyweds where I see no less than fifty little cameras or smartphones aimed at the couple. This was a joyous moment for everyone present that evening.

Castle Hill weddings at Crane Estate

Castle Hill Crane Estate Real Weddings

New Orleans weddings and second line parades

New Orleans weddings and second line parades go hand in hand. When Annie and Pete enlisted me to photograph their destination wedding on Martha’s Vineyard, I only learned about their surprise second line parade days before the big day. Annie and Pete reside in New Orleans and as a way of expressing the unique local flavor of The Crescent City, Annie surprised Pete and their guests with this cultural parade. Traditionally, a French Quarter wedding will have a set of “First Line” musicians where a Grand Marshal leads the guests announcing the event in celebratory song. Part of the Big Easy tradition involves second line umbrellas waived by the newlyweds along with handkerchiefs waived by guests as they follow the band to the reception location. Under a blue sky and warm summer breeze, a second line jazz band was brought to the Allen Farm Sheep & Wool Co. to play after the ceremony, leading guests up to the great big tent for cocktails and an outdoor reception.

Martha's Vineyard wedding photography and New Orleans Second Line Parade

As we approach Mardi Gras, I am wrapping up design on a bespoke Queensberry Album for this couple and I just had to share this photo with you. V. Jaime Hamlin and Sons Catering provided the best raspberry lemonade I have ever tasted, as guests were seated before the ceremony.

Best of Weddings Boston Wedding Photographer

marthas vineyard allen farm wedding photographer2011 is a wrap! I finished up my 2011 year returning from shooting in Puerto Rico, heading to a New Year’s Eve wedding in downtown Chicago for a bride and groom who came in from Boston. The day was unseasonably warm, and we got a killer sunset. The following morning, I got on a plane for my first 2011 wedding, which was in Toronto at the Soho Metropolitan Hotel. My clients were from Chicago and Bermuda and hosted one of the coolest, most intimate little weddings I have ever been to. Back in Chicago, I photographed Jennifer and Kyle’s winter wedding at The Rookery. Before “wedding season” kicked off in the United States, I headed to shoot another wedding in Jamaica for a Jamaican bride and groom from Washington D.C. Jamaica is one of my favorite places, and each time I go, I meet new friends.

Wedding season kicked off in Boston, with lots of shoots in my favorite neighborhoods. This summer I had three brides named Annie, and two of them had back to back weddings one week after another at River East Arts Center. Annie and Sunil held their ceremony and reception at River East Arts Center, and Annie and Ian got married at Holy Family Parish and River East the following week.

In addition to Massachusetts and Illinois, this year I got to work with couples calling in from Scotland, Bermuda, China, Jamaica, Australia, Puerto Rico, Oregon, California, Virginia, New York, Arizona, Louisiana, Rhode Island, and New Mexico. I might be forgetting some locations as well. Skype calls have become the norm in communicating with couples who plan their weddings from far away. The above image is from Pete and Annie’s Martha’s Vineyard wedding. I think it takes the cake as a top favorite. After the ketubah signing, Annie and Pete made time for some photos on the sprawling grounds of Martha’s Vineyard where we got to walk and shoot amongst all sorts of farm animals. As we headed down a dirt path, roosters began chasing Annie in her cowgirl boots and wedding gown and Pete chased after her. Throughout the thousands images that fill up terabytes of space on my hard drive, I would like to highlight a small fraction of the moments that stood out as my personal best.

Silhouettes at the Rookery

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Erin and Dean in Boston Common

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Pouring rain made for some refreshing results! I’m shooting Sara and Paul’s Longwood Events wedding in 2013!

harbor engagementHere are a few from shooting on the tallest ship in perfect weather.

chicago tall ship shootA kiss at the green monster.

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A pug, a truck, and a kiss, featured on Sparkle & Hay

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One of my favorite shoots, blocks from where I used to live, in a neighborhood that my clients lived in too.

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Dreamy! The best time of day for photos!

chicago night engagement for ivy room weddingI’ve gotten to photograph Ian and Whitney three times. A moment in Chicago before heading to Italy!

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Jamie & Jakari’s solid gold shoot was on Beantown Bride

beantown engagement photographyChappaquiddick Island was the location for these beauties.

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Twilight and drizzle was the perfect setting for this shoot for Trish and Griffin before their Oregon wedding.

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A hot shave before Dan married his cool bride Carolyn.

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Shannon at the W Hotel before the fun Greek wedding!

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Liz and Bridget, this one is for you!

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I had so much fun with with Julia, her mom Beverly, and all the bridesmaids at the Chicago Guest House.

architectural artifacts chicago wedding photographyDaniella was ready to roll.

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Sarah and Ryan’s first look at the University Club of Chicago

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Kissing in the Boston Public Library

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The Marilyn Monroe sculpture was a big hit for this summer wedding.

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While this wedding was on Style Me Pretty, they mustn’t have had a taste for HOT TUNA because they didn’t put this shot up.

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One of the destination weddings in Jamaica, for a Jamaican family!

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Cooling down under the arches before the Omni Parker Boston wedding

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Asymmetrical bridesmaid dresses made their mark in 2011!

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chicago wedding river eastA week later, my other Annie got married at River East Arts Center too!

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There was a noticeable closeness at Alex and Tim’s Bradley Estate wedding. Congrats to you both!

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I was laying down on the ground for this one of Trinity Church.

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This wedding was indoors, don’t be fooled!

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White and blue flowers were perfect for this winter wedding.

أفضل استئجار مصورة الأميركية للسفر إلى وجهات في دولة الإمارات العربية المتحدة  In 1885, the American Institute of Architects voted Trinity Church as the most important building in the U.S. and it is the only building from the original 1885 list still included in the AIA’s current top ten list.

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With less restrictive churches and a good lens, a photo can allow you to be in the moment.

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Lots of hidden glances at this wedding ceremony. Congrats Dean and Erin!

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Brookfield Zoo wedding

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Bridget and Barrie, you put on such a fun wedding. Shout out to Beat Train DJs and Gracie Lou Events!

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Eynat and Ryan win for being the hippest couple of the year!

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Noses so close shot from so far, at the Modern Wing.

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Kehoe Designs does a phenomenal job on event design and flowers!

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Cathedral Hall and the Michigan Room are both some very dark, but cool venues to shoot weddings!

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Steve Edwards Orchestra rocks! Great working with them at Daniella & John’s wedding as well as at Katie & Matt’s wedding!

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Can’t wait to share the rest of these photos! Winter weddings are my new favorite!

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The W Hotel, decked out by Kehoe Designs, was a great modern venue for this fun Greek wedding.

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river east arts center wedding photographyDuring the first dance, it was neat seeing everyone watching the newlyweds first dance at the barn!

brooksby farm smith barn wedding photographerFirst dance at the Omni rooftop ballroom in Boston.

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This University of Chicago couple had a blast at their Garfield Park Conservatory wedding, and I had just as much fun photographing!

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Daniella was referred to as “the most beautiful bride in the world” and the room was filled with applause.

chicago wedding band steve edwards orchestraThere is no part more fun to photograph at a wedding than a Jewish horah.

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I am saving this fantastic Martha’s Vineyard farm wedding to share with you all! It was one of my all time favorites! Soon!!!

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Craziest daytime wedding I have ever shot! You guys rock!

hotel wedding photographerThe best sequence of wedding photography from the year is below, taken at Architectural Artifacts.

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This photo was featured on Moment Junkie!

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Instead of just garters and bouquets, maybe every wedding needs a football.

chicago warehouse wedding photographerAdler Planetarium wedding decked out in blue and yellow for a lively evening full of Irish tradition.

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Sometimes, stealing a bride for a night photo is the best time for them to spent 5 minutes (almost) alone on their wedding day!

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Just a handful of the weddings that got featured this year are listed below:

Style Me Pretty: Gallery 1028 wedding of Laura & Mike

Style Me Pretty: Peninsula Hotel wedding of Cynthia & David

Elizabeth Anne Designs feature of Tara & Sam’s wedding

Style Me Pretty: Gallery 1028 wedding of Halley & Josh

Wedding Nuveau: Annie & Ian’s loft wedding

Sparkle & Hay’s feature of Ashley & Nate’s barn engagement session

Be U Weddings: Tower Club Wedding of Dawn & Charles


Looking forward to the new Canon DSLR this year, and photographing at lots of cool new wedding venues with all of my new couples!

Featured Venue: The Waldorf Astoria | Chicago wedding photographer

The The Waldorf Astoria Chicago Hotel is one of Chicago’s most sought after wedding venues for both ceremonies and receptions. What makes it so special is that it has a Chanel inspired design, a European style courtyard, and 5-star chefs. I personally like the this wedding venue because of the spacious suites with loads of natural light. Bridal parties getting ready in these suites have plenty of room for their hairstylist and makeup artist to perform their magic and with so much room there tends to be less clutter. There is also an spa at the hotel, and some of the best restaurants on-site which are perfect for rehearsal dinners and entertaining out of town guests. If it is raining on your wedding day, the Elysian has some great spaces for wedding photography so you don’t have to go too far.

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ICA Boston wedding photography Institute of Contemporary Art

I love wedding days where there is a moment to take some photos outside, especially if the weather is cooperating! Sometimes it can be one of the only times during a wedding day where a couple can spend time with just each other. Now since the clocks have changed for Daylight Savings Time, its important to be aware of sunset time when scheduling wedding photography into a timeline. If you are in the process of setting up your wedding day timeline, your wedding planner will have a good understanding of when the sun sets, and can give you advice on indoor photo locations in case it is too chilly. Keep in mind that since it will be cooler outside this time of year, so if you are heading outside with your bridal party, it is important to be realistic about how much stamina your pals will have in frigid weather. These photos are from the ICA / Institute of Contemporary Art, one of the most unique architectural locations at the Seaport area of Boston.

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Crane Estate wedding at Castle Hill featured

Alexa and Andrew’s Crane Estate wedding at Castle Hill was featured on the Borrowed & Bleu wedding style blog that provides inspiration, ideas & resources for planning a unique wedding. You may remember this wedding from the attention it got on Style Me Pretty. If you would like to see the original blog post of Alexa and Andrew’s lovely seaside wedding, you can check it out right here. I don’t think the Crane Estate could really be any more regal! In fact, it appears as though it could be right out of a fairytale. This wedding made the idyllic fairytale become a reality. The day’s weather was about as perfect as you could ask for. The day began with the bride getting ready at the bright bridal suite. I love their suite because of how much natural light is available and the fact that it as an ever-so-charming fireplace. While many weddings at the Crane Estate at Castle Hill are traditional, this Crane Estate wedding at Castle Hill featured a twist of whimsy and modern by implementing colorful DIY crafts such as pinwheels and delightful table overlays. Traditional coastal New England weddings often incorporate lighter colored tuxedos and navy blue accents throughout the wedding day, but this trendy couple added pops of hot pink and celery green to their traditional navy palette. The groom wore a celery green colored tie from an Etsy vendor Tux and Tulle. This designer creates vibrant neckties that have a nice balance right between whimsical and classic. The navy blue bridesmaid dresses looked stunning with the pop of hot pink bouquets. The couple’s outdoor ceremony set was amongst rolling hills that the Crane Estate is famous for and featured breathtaking ocean views. Lemonade and signature cocktails were enjoyed outdoors before an indoor plated dinner. Since it was probably the best night of the summer, outdoor dancing was in order. The newlyweds and their guests enjoyed a live band as the sun set.

If you’re curious about the Crane Estate at Castle Hill, it was completed in 1928 by David Adler of Chicago. The mansion has 59 rooms and includes a facade that was created to replicate the 17th-century Stuart style. The landscaping done by the Olmsted Brothers has changed little since it was initially designed.

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Ceremony Venue: Crane Estate at Castle Hill, Ipswich, MA
Reception Venue: Crane Estate at Castle Hill, Ipswich, MA (capacity 200 guests)
Wedding Photographer: Heather Parker Photography
Officiant: Rabbi Judy Epstein and Father Bill Nesbit
Caterer: Swartz Catering
Wedding Florist: Bella Floral Design
Ceremony music Siman Entertainment
Wedding Band/Entertainment: The Return
Wedding Gown: Watters and Watters San Miguel
Bridal Boutique: Aisle Style, Elmhurst, IL
Custom wedding gown hanger: LilaFrances
Brides/Bridesmaid Shoes: Jack Rogers
Bridesmaid Dresses: Priscilla of Boston
Suits: JoS. A. Bank
Ties: Tux and Tulle (Etsy)
Invitations: Blush Design Studio
Rehearsal Dinner Invitations: Kate Spade
Day of Coordinator (DOC): Jennifer Potter, Dot your i’s
Table squares/overlays- Groom’s mother
Chuppah: BZ Sustainable Style, the Bride’s mother’s company
Brides Clutch: BZ Sustainable Style, the Bride’s mother’s company

Garfield Park Conservatory wedding photos | Dan & Carolyn

Garfield Park Conservatory is one of the most unique wedding venues in Chicago. There are few cities that have spaces this massive entirely devoted to indoor gardens. Dan and Carolyn had hired me after corresponding with Stacey and Steve, another bride and groom who held there wedding at the Garfield Park Conservatory. Stacey and Steve had wonderful things to say about the wedding photography I did. After Dan and Carolyn hired me, I met up with them at the campus of University of Chicago and got to see where they met while going to school. I had visited the university before since I had shot at Rockefeller Memorial Chapel as well as Bond Chapel, but it is always neat to tour different areas of the campus. In the weeks leading up to their wedding, I learned about what the couple had in the plans for their wedding day. Carolyn’s bouquet was going to contain sweet peas since her grandparents call her “Sweet Pea.” In addition to designing his bride’s diamond engagement ring himself, the groom was going to be making chocolate truffles to be used as wedding favors. The bride’s family made wine that was used during the ceremony, and the groom’s grandfather’s tallit (prayer shawl) was hanging in the chuppah. A lot of thought went into personalizing the wedding. I even noticed the design on the wedding stationery resembled that of the engagement ring.

purple and orange damask wedding invitationsOn the day of the wedding, Dan and his groomsmen got hot shaves at a barbershop.chicago groomsmen at the barbershopAvi, the best man, glances at himself in the mirror.

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Carolyn and her bridesmaids got prettied up at a beautiful home in Hyde Park right near the campus.chicago wedding gown bridal boutique for A L’Amour in Barrington Gavin Michaels for 2be and Anthropologie bridesmaids dresses in purple

Because of the rain, the couple met for a first look indoors in one of the buildings at the University of Chicago.

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The rain luckily stopped so we were able to grab a few photos on the campus grounds.

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Here is Carolyn’s white and purple bridal bouquet with the sweet pea accents designed by Color & Company.

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The storm clouds returned so we hurried up to stay dry and get back to Garfield Park Conservatory.

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In the Palm Room at Garfield Park Conservatory, Rabbi Abe Friedman officiated over the ketubah signing.

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After the ketubah signing, the wedding ceremony was under the chuppah in Horticultural Hall. Rain or shine, this room is perfect because it still feels like you are outdoors with the amount of plants surrounding you.

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Horticultural Hall at Garfield Park Conservatory is loaded with natural light and lush greens.

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The Jeff Sandler Orchestra was the band Carolyn and Dan hired for to play their Garfield Park Conservatory reception.

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Ceremony Venue: Horticultural Hall at Garfield Park Conservatory
Reception Venue: Horticultural Hall at Garfield Park Conservatory
Officiant: Rabbi Abe Friedman
Wedding Band: Jeff Sandler Orchestra
Wedding Photographer: Heather Parker Photography
Florist: Color & Company
Caterer: Jewell Events Catering
Cake: Austrian Bakery
Dress make: Gavin Michaels for 2be
Bridesmaid dresses: Anthropologie
Bridal boutique: A L’Amour in Barrington
Tux: Versini
Makeup artist: Lee Orlian
Hairstylist: Katie Bales
Favors: Homemade chocolate truffles
Ketubah: Design is “Song of Summer” by Marion Zimmer. Text written by the Groom

You can read reviews here. If you would like to see another Garfield Park Conservatory wedding photography from another couple, click here.