Category Archives: weddings

i love photographing jewish weddings!

i have photographed many jewish weddings and many christian/jewish “combo” weddings. this particular wedding brought together a catholic bride and jewish groom. it is always interesting to see friends and familiy being introduced to new traditions, especially the horah.

update august 24, 2009, the bride jill writes:

“Heather photographed our wedding in July, and we were really happy with the results.  Her photographs truly captured the day, from makeup application to dancing. In looking for a photographer, we wanted someone who would document everything beautifully, but we didn’t want to pay an arm and a leg.  We were also looking for a little style and creativity; we didn’t want just stuffy posed shots.  Heather and her assistant were the perfect choice for us.  Their style is modern, fun, creative, but they also do the group shots that you want.

Since we received the link to the online gallery, we’ve been getting rave reviews of the photos from family and friends. My uncle, in particular, was really impressed. He emailed me: “Without question those are the best pictures of a wedding I have ever seen. Incredible job.” One of my friends thought the photos looked like those you’d find in a magazine.  It was the perfect ending to our wedding experience to get such amazing photos to reflect our day.

We were also really happy with our communication with Heather prior to the wedding.  Since we live on the west coast, we were unable to meet with her before the big day.  She tended to be super fast at replying to our emails, though, which comforted us and made us more confident that we were being listened to and were being taken care of.

New Orleans Wedding Photographer and second line parades

Perhaps the most notable tradition of all in regards to a New Orleans wedding is the second line parade. just about all weddings in new orleans have some form of a second line. Everyone including the bride, groom and wedding guests dance in a line through the French Quarter, led by a second line brass band. The W New Orleans Hotel and the W New Orleans – French Quarter are two of my favorite NOLA wedding venues. The courtyard and fountain at the French Quarter location is such a perfect location.

new orleans wedding photographer w hotel

New Orleans Wedding Photographer and second line parades, the bride generally carries a parasol, or “second line umbrella” as guests twirl handkerchiefs. The French Quarter is a festive location filled with great energy throughout the year. The parades usually lead the guests from the church to the reception location. New Orleans’ famous St. Louis cathedral in Jackson Square is the oldest Catholic cathedral in continual use in the US. Its a great piece of architecture inside and out, day or night. When strolling through the French Quarter, you will undoubtedly notice the unique architecture showing the city’s multicultural heritage. You’ll see everything from creole cottages, to the more iconographic balconies. Whenever I find myself in New Orleans, i always stop at the 24-hour Cafe du Monde, the french market cafe for some beignets. If you head outside the French Quarter (and i strongly recommend doing so) down St. Charles and on to Prytania, you will see magnificent historic mansions, many of which are popular locations for weddings.At the time of this blog post, there are still many areas of the city that have yet to be restored after Hurricane Katrina. When I am in town, I can’t help but notice how friendly everyone is, and the cheerful mood that encompasses the city, even after everything the city has gone through. On my left hand, I have tattoo of the fleur de lis, the symbol of New Olreans and it reminds me how great the city truly is.

University Club of Chicago Wedding Photographer

University Club of Chicago wedding reviews

I was selected to photograph a wedding at the University Club of Chicago (UCCO) this past weekend. It was definitely a day to remember – from documenting preparations in the bridal suite and billiards room, to capturing all the moments during the sunlit ceremony in Cathederal Hall, to the surprise bagpiper, and Ken Arlen and his orchestra covering music during the reception.

From the client:

“As a member of the University Club of Chicago, I was concerned that photographers not on the Club’s “recommended list” might lack experience at such a premier venue. My fiancée, on the other hand, was concerned that the photographers on Club’s list might not bring enough energy. We found a terrific balance in Heather Parker Photography. Heather is a ‘ten year start up’ in that she moved from Boston, where she shot at some of the most exclusive sites in the country… We were ecstatic with the results. Let me say that again, we were ecstatic with the results.‎”


Lychelle Lawrenz. Catering Director, 312.696.2203. Julianne Farrell. Senior Catering Manager, 312.696.2237. Kim Robinson. Catering Manager, 312.696.2201

Flowers by Jozef Cross

Music by Arlen Music

peninsula hotel & chicago cultural center wedding

Snow was falling heavy as I headed into the Chicago’s luxurious Peninsula Hotel to begin coverage of a winter wedding for an out of town couple. After preparations and photographs in the hotel, the bride and groom were whisked away to the Chicago Cultural Center. The groom carried his bride through the deep snow and celebrated the marriage with family and friends. Bridal hair and makeup by Holly Kasprisin of Chicago Bridal Hair and Makeup.

chicago cultural center & peninsula hotel chicago wedding photographer

Bride at the Boathouse

As the preferred photographer for the CRI Boathouse, I had the opportunity to photograph one of the very first weddings at Boston’s best new piece of architecture. Community Rowing Inc.’s newly designed Harry Parker Boathouse is a fresh addition to the boathouses that dot the Charles River. The structure is both innovative and bold. Banks of windows provide an amazing panorama of the river and offer exceptional natural light. The boathouse is a fresh, raw space serving as a suitable blank canvas for even the pickiest brides searching for unique venues. This “green building” is one of the few raw, loft-like event spaces available in the Boston area. For weddings, the facility employs Leigh Terry to facilitate space rental. Following a mass at nearby Trinity, William Meehan and Marie McMahon held their wedding reception at the CRI Boathuse, and chose me for their wedding photographer, and Amy Turell as their wedding planner.

wedding at the CRI boathouse in boston