Kelly Benvenuto | Wedding Photography | Boston, New England » Intimate and authentic wedding photography in Boston, New England and Beyond

When I first talked with Rebecca and Craig last summer about their wedding, they told me about the challenges of finding a date (Craig’s in grad school, and with family who run businesses on Cape Cod, summer is not the best time) and how to compromise between a courthouse wedding and a more traditional event. The eventually chose a date in March, and an intimate gathering of their closest friends and family at the Mooo wine cellar – a unique and historic venue known for its delicious food and wine.

Rebecca got ready in a lovely suite at the XV Beacon Hotel, and I just loved the reaction of her friends when they first saw her all done up in her lace BHLDN wedding gown. Weather is always so unpredictable in New England, and while we hoped for spring-like weather on their wedding date, winter still had us in its grasp. Because of the cold, we did their portraits inside the hotel and wine cellar.

Craig and Rebecca greeted their guests and enjoyed cocktail hour before their ceremony. Rebecca’s stepbrother led the emotional ceremony with aplomb – imbuing the service with love, humor and sound advice. Dances and toasts followed, and then they sat down for a delicious multi-course meal, with wines they’d carefully selected to complement.

BHLDN garment bag holding dress for wedding
bride's hand as she has her hair done
detail of bride's red hair
bridesmaids react to seeing bride in dress
bride puts on earrings
first look in suite at XV Beacon Hotel
bride and groom portrait with modern art at XV Beacon Hotel
Mooo wine cellar wedding portrait
detail of ring and monogram
detail of wine cellar at Mooo
guests during cocktail hour in the wine cellar at Mooo
guests during cocktail hour in the wine cellar at Mooo
guests during cocktail hour in the wine cellar at Mooo
guests during cocktail hour in the wine cellar at Mooo
guests during cocktail hour in the wine cellar at Mooo
guests during cocktail hour in the wine cellar at Mooo
bride enters with father to wedding ceremony in the wine cellar at Mooo
intimate Mooo wine cellar wedding ceremony
intimate wedding ceremony in the wine cellar at Mooo
intimate wedding ceremony in the wine cellar at Mooo
bride and groom embrace following wedding ceremony in the wine cellar at Mooo
bride and groom share first dance in the wine cellar at Mooo
bride and groom share first dance in the wine cellar at Mooo
parent dance in the wine cellar at Mooo
parent dance in the wine cellar at Mooo
parent dance in the wine cellar at Mooo
candid photograph of guests during wedding at Mooo
intimate Boston restaurant wedding
intimate Boston restaurant wedding
intimate Boston restaurant wedding
intimate Boston restaurant wedding
intimate Boston restaurant wedding
Mooo wine cellar wedding

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Are you on Instagram? I’ve been sharing pictures on and off over there for three years now, though I only recently made my account public rather than private. Scrolling through the images, I see that I share mostly food, flowers and landscapes. This coming wedding season I’m planning to start sharing some of my professional work there too. If you want to connect, you can find me at: https://instagram.com/kellybenvenuto

collage of instagram photos taken by Kelly Benvenuto

P.S. Do you have any favorite accounts that you follow? I love National Geographic and Save Family Photos.

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Alisa and James met at MIT, where they were both professors of literature. They were friends for eight years, but only started dating after a mutual friend suggested they take their relationship to the next level. “Best advice ever!” in the words of Alisa. This Cambridge couple wanted to celebrate their home city in their engagement session. We met up at One Kendall Square, near The Blue Room where they had their first date, and used the wonderful brick and architecture to create a set of candid and authentic engagement portraits. We finished the session at West Bridge restaurant, where we shared a wide-ranging conversation about travel, books, spiritual practices and more over delicious craft cocktails.

a cambridge engagement portrait outside of the Blue Room restaurant
an urban engagement portrait in Cambridge, MA
a happy, relaxed engagement portrait in Cambridge, MA
holding hands during a Cambridge engagement session
an engaged couple embraces during their urban Cambridge engagement session
a couple shares a laugh during their Cambridge engagement session
an engagement portrait in One Kendall Square outside of West Bridge Restaurant
a couple shares a cocktail and cheers! inside West Bridge restaurant in Cambridge, MA

If you like what you see, and are interested in having me photograph your Cambridge engagement session or wedding, please get in touch!

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