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Spring’s return signals the start of wedding season in New England. While I photographed a few weddings over the last months – including sweet events at Cambridge City Hall and San Francisco City Hall – my wedding season doesn’t begin in earnest until this weekend. From this Saturday forward, I’ll be photographing a wedding (or sometimes two) nearly every weekend until the middle of November. When most others are planning their vacations, I’m putting in my long hours. Documenting a different couple every weekend and challenging myself to create images that are beautiful, unique and true.

A bride departs for her wedding ceremony. Photograph by Massachusetts wedding photographer Kelly Benvenuto.

This year, I’m excited to be returning to a number of unique New England wedding venues at which I’ve previously photographed, including the Beverly Yacht Club, Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center, Barn at Gibbet Hill, Endicott Estate, Duxbury Bay Maritime School, and the Hampshire House.

I’m also looking forward to photographing weddings at a number of new-to-me venues, including the Omni Parker House, Barcelona Wine Bar, Barn at Crane Estate, Lyman Estate, Red Apple Farm, Stonehurst, Tufts University, Fruitlands Museum, Eisenhower House, Steven’s Estate, The Villa, Wychmere Beach Club, Dane Estate, Milky Way Lounge, the Living Room, Common Man Italian Greenhouse and the Coonamessett Inn. I love the diversity of locations – from country estates to the center of the city, from quirky restaurants to grand ballrooms, from rustic barns to breezy venues on the shore.

Of course, beautiful locations are just one of the many things that inspire me at a wedding. What truly keeps me going through the long days – that leave me footsore and heart-happy – are the indelible moments that I witness. The excited faces, big hugs, shared looks, tender kisses – every moment filled with emotion. I can’t wait for all these anticipated and unanticipated moments to unfold in front of my lens!

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If you are a wedding photographer, or a resident of San Francisco, then you know that one of the prettiest places to get married is San Francisco’s City Hall. Being the former, but not the latter, I held it as an outside hope that I would ever get to photograph a wedding there. Then in January, I heard from Tiffany. She and her fiancé Hayden were planning an intimate exchange of vows at San Francisco City Hall, followed by dinner for 30 to celebrate.

I was thrilled to fly out there in April and document this momentous day for Tiffany, Hayden and their family and friends. It was an extra special treat because of the many familiar faces present – I had photographed Tiffany’s brother Eric’s wedding in Ann Arbor last August.

Tiffany and Hayden’s kindness, affection, and hospitality shone throughout the day. They got ready at home with their children, helping them with all the small details of their attire. I loved witnessing all the little touches and shared laughs. City hall was bustling when we arrived, and Tiffany and Hayden greeted their families before their wedding appointment in the clerk’s office. The ceremony itself was in the rotunda. Hayden’s sweet, funny and touching vows had Tiffany and many others tearing up. After the kiss, the congratulatory hugs, and some portraits around City Hall, the group headed to Morton’s Steakhouse. During the three-course meal, Tiffany read her vows to Hayden, and the couple was toasted by their friends and children, leading to more tears and laughter.

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If you like what you see, and are interested in having me photograph your San Francisco City Hall wedding, please get in touch

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  • Diane Askew - Beautiful photos! I think you really captured what’s in their hearts!ReplyCancel

  • Lorrene Baum-Davis - So beautiful. You are a gifted photographer.ReplyCancel

You don’t always have to choose between an intimate wedding and a big party. Libby and Sean chose to do both.

In the morning, they wed at the beautiful Cambridge City Hall, with only their immediate families as witnesses. It’s always such an honor to be included in such intimate celebrations, and it makes my heart full to be with people who feel so deeply. The magnitude of the day was visible as Libby teared up on her arrival, greeting her dad, taking portraits with Sean, and while exchanging vows. The last ensured there wasn’t a pair of dry eyes among their guests.

In the late afternoon, we reconvened for portraits and their reception at the Renaissance Golf Club in Haverhill. We took full advantage of the sunny day for lots of outdoor portraits. Their reception featured a multi-course dinner, with toasts, games and a re-telling of their love story between courses. Then Nora of DJour Entertainment took over mixing current and classic dance hits with Portuguese songs (a nod to Sean’s family heritage) to keep the dance floor grooving.

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If you like what you see, and are interested in having me photograph your Cambridge City Hall wedding or Renaissance Golf Club wedding, please get in touch!

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  • Beth Slabach Schmit - Amazing photos of a beautiful day. Thank you so much Kelly!!ReplyCancel

  • Will Slabach - Oh my goodness. You captured the heart filled joy, intimacy, and the love shared amongst everyone. I’m moved to tears and am grateful for your talents.ReplyCancel

  • Betty Elizabeth Cartwright Slabach - Not a dry eye, just lots of love and pure joy. Thank you for capturing those precious moments so beautifully. Betty Slabach, a happy grandmother.ReplyCancel

Kate and Chris’s wedding was my last of 2015, a joyful capstone to a wonderful year.

On a crisp and sunny October day, Kate got ready with the help of her friends at her parents’ home in Nahant. In the Nahant Village Church, the same church where Kate’s parents had wed, Kate and Chris exchanged vows in a beautiful service graced with words and music from family and friends. The image of their walk back up the aisle, with the window light illuminating the joy on their faces, was an instant favorite.

Following the ceremony, we took a few portraits on the beach just down the road. I love when clients are a little adventurous in pursuit of pictures – note the clump of seaweed clinging to Kate’s veil as she gingerly picks her way along the rocks. Kate and Chris love the outdoors, so it was important to capture a few images of them in that glorious setting.

One of the things I loved about working with these two were their kind spirits, highlighted by the warmth with which they celebrated with their guests and also in the heartfelt toasts delivered by parents, siblings and friends. It didn’t hurt either that they wear their hearts on their sleeves, and were so expressive of their love and happiness.

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Special thanks to Vanessa Walsh, my second photographer for the day, whose images appear interspersed with my own.

If you like what you see, and are interested in having me photograph your Nahant wedding, please get in touch!

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