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Wedding schedules don’t always take into account the position of the sun. So many other things take precedence – like when your venue is available and what tone you want for your celebration. A brunch wedding (and I love brunch weddings) is clearly not going to include sunset portraits ;) But for engagement sessions, it’s wonderful to have the freedom to take advantage of the best light. My favorite light is closest to sunset or sunrise, the soft pastel light when the sun is just below the horizon or the dramatic golden glow when the sun is low in the sky.

Caitlin and Tom opted for a sunrise engagement session at Duxbury Beach, which is quickly becoming one of my favorite places to photograph. We met on a cool October morning, with a nearly-full moon still lingering in the sky. Given the early hour, we had the beach to ourselves – an empty canvas to fill with their love.

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If you like what you see, and are interested in having me photograph your sunrise engagement session, please get in touch.

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I was recently speaking with a newly-engaged friend, and I was reminded of the flood of questions that immediately hits you, soon followed by the weight of expectations. It’s easy to think that things have to be done in a certain way, because that’s what your family, friends, and the internet are telling you.

But if you’re looking for a different way, take heart. You aren’t alone. Here are some weddings that I’ve been privileged to photograph, highlighting some of the unconventional choices they’ve made.

Kristina and Joe held their wedding on a Thursday, at their favorite neighborhood restaurant. They had Cocek Brass Band lead their guests in a parade from their ceremony to the reception.

At Emily and Dave’s backyard Martha’s Vineyard wedding, Emily wore her gown for about two hours, before donning a purple sundress. After their vows and an al fresco meal, the intimately-sized group headed to the beach for a swim.

Mariko and Aaron chose to say their vows in front of only their immediate family and closest friends, at one of their favorite restaurants. After sharing a meal together, and cake and champagne at their apartment, they joined more friends for an after-party at Eastern Standard.

Erin and Peter paired the traditional and untraditional at their celebration. Their strong shared faith led them to celebrate their wedding mass at St. Cecilia’s in Boston. Their sense of fun led them to choose food-truck catering, complete with a ceremonial cutting of a Cookie Monstah ice-cream sandwich.
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Dith and Eli wore glasses (seriously, how often do you see a wedding couple in glasses) at their Willowdale Estate wedding, and served home-brew at the bar.

At Sam and AJ’s Eisenhower House wedding, the bridesmaids all picked their own dresses, and looked gorgeous. Sam and AJ walked down the aisle together as a sign of their equality within their relationship. In the evening, when many couples choose to sneak away for a few sunset photos, they invited all their guests to join them in enjoying the view. Sam and AJ's wedding at the Eisenhower House in Newport, RI | Kelly Benvenuto Photography | Boston Wedding Photographer

And if you need a little more unconventional inspiration, with advice on how to pull it off, try A Practical Wedding, Catalyst Wedding Co and Offbeat Bride

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2016 marked five years of photographing weddings, and it was my busiest year ever, with 28 couples entrusting me to document their days. From intimate city hall weddings in Cambridge and San Francisco, to historic estates and hotels, to barns and tents and restaurants scattered across New England, it was a year of beautiful variety.

Sometimes I’m asked my favorite type of wedding to photograph, and the fact is, it has very little to do with the venue and everything to do with the people. Couples who adore each other and their families, who put their imprint on the planning, and who fully-embody their emotions as the day unfolds are my favorite.

So here’s a look at some of the hugs, kisses, laughs, gasps, tears, moments, details and scenes that have stuck with me from my 2016 wedding season. Thank you for allowing me into your lives, being your true selves in front of my cameras, introducing me to so many new places, and inviting me to document these wonderful days for you and your families.

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One of my favorite things to do as a wedding photographer is to work with couples to create heirloom albums. Images deserve to be experienced in print, to be lingered over time and again, to be shared with family and friends as you relive the day and reminisce.

This summer, I collaborated with Tracy and Erik to produce an album from their Lyman Estate wedding this past spring. They chose a 10×10 signature flushmount album, with a rich brown Italian leather cover. Flushmount albums, with images that can span an entire spread, are a popular choice. They added a custom-engraved walnut box with their names and wedding date, and a duplicate 6×6 album to gift to Erik’s parents. Here’s a peek at their albums and some of the designs included.

Signature flushmount wedding album with custom walnut box by Boston wedding photographer Kelly Benvenuto. Signature flushmount wedding album with custom walnut box by Boston wedding photographer Kelly Benvenuto. Signature flushmount wedding album with custom walnut box by Boston wedding photographer Kelly Benvenuto. Signature flushmount wedding album with custom walnut box by Boston wedding photographer Kelly Benvenuto. Signature flushmount wedding album with custom walnut box by Boston wedding photographer Kelly Benvenuto. Example designs for the interior of a flushmount wedding album by Boston wedding photographer Kelly Benvenuto. Example designs for the interior of a flushmount wedding album by Boston wedding photographer Kelly Benvenuto. Example designs for the interior of a flushmount wedding album by Boston wedding photographer Kelly Benvenuto. Example designs for the interior of a flushmount wedding album by Boston wedding photographer Kelly Benvenuto. Example designs for the interior of a flushmount wedding album by Boston wedding photographer Kelly Benvenuto.

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