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There’s a certain energy when you walk into a hotel room with a bride, bridesmaids, sisters, and mother. A sense of anticipation that is bubbling along with the champagne. The scattered polaroids attesting to the fun already in progress.

Peggy and Anthony got ready for their wedding at the Hyatt Regency Boston Harbor. They were drawn to the beautiful city views, and the convenient location for their many out-of-town guests. After their first look, we hopped on a bus to Charlestown for their ceremony. As we crossed the Zakim bridge, where we had done some of their engagement photos, I made sure to make an image of it. I enjoy pulling those threads of stories together.

Peggy and Anthony married at their home church of Saint Mary – Saint Catherine. As the organ played Holst’s “I Vow to Thee, My Country,” they entered the church together. I like how they are framed in this image by the grand architecture. Weddings are big life moments, and I love finding ways to show that visually. And walking down the aisle equally and together is something I can get behind. During the ceremony, their priest turned to their friends to ask them describe Peggy and Anthony. Arising from much laughter in the first few pews, we heard how they were calmer and happier when together.

We returned to the hotel for their portraits, and used Boston’s city skyline as our backdrop. Dark clouds rolled in as we finished, but the first drops held off until the start of cocktail hour. The summer rain pattered on the tent throughout dinner and the start of dancing, but cleared in time for everyone to enjoy the nighttime views, and for Peggy and Anthony to sneak in a few last portraits with the city lights.

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Venue: Hyatt Regency Boston Harbor
Florist: Stapleton Floral Design

If you like what you see, and are interested in having me photograph your Hyatt Regency Boston Harbor wedding, please get in touch.

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It’s funny how sometimes all the life changes come all at once. Plan a wedding, buy a house, and launch your start-up all in one year? That’s what these two are doing. So we took a pause from all that go go go and slowed it down for their engagement session.

I met up with Tom and Ellen at their new (as in just moved in a week ago) home on a recent summer evening. After meeting in Seattle, moving to New York City together, and then on to Cambridge, Somerville is now home. They told me how this was their first place with stairs, so they’d been spending time there teaching their kitty Gutenberg how to go up and down. We then strolled to nearby Powderhouse Square. I loved seeing how these laugh with and lean into each other.

Tom and Ellen also love to travel. On a trip to the Berkshires last fall, they visited MASS MoCA and immediately fell in love with the space and the art. They’ll be heading back this weekend, bringing along friends and family, to celebrate their wedding.

Ellen and Tom's Somerville engagement session at home and in their new neighborhood | Kelly Benvenuto Photography | Boston Wedding Photographer
Ellen and Tom's Somerville engagement session at home and in their new neighborhood | Kelly Benvenuto Photography | Boston Wedding Photographer
Ellen and Tom's Somerville engagement session at home and in their new neighborhood | Kelly Benvenuto Photography | Boston Wedding Photographer
Ellen and Tom's Somerville engagement session at home and in their new neighborhood | Kelly Benvenuto Photography | Boston Wedding Photographer
Ellen and Tom's Somerville engagement session at home and in their new neighborhood | Kelly Benvenuto Photography | Boston Wedding Photographer
Ellen and Tom's Somerville engagement session at home and in their new neighborhood | Kelly Benvenuto Photography | Boston Wedding Photographer
Ellen and Tom's Somerville engagement session at home and in their new neighborhood | Kelly Benvenuto Photography | Boston Wedding Photographer
Ellen and Tom's Somerville engagement session at home and in their new neighborhood | Kelly Benvenuto Photography | Boston Wedding Photographer
Ellen and Tom's Somerville engagement session at home and in their new neighborhood | Kelly Benvenuto Photography | Boston Wedding Photographer
Ellen and Tom's Somerville engagement session at home and in their new neighborhood | Kelly Benvenuto Photography | Boston Wedding Photographer
Ellen and Tom's Somerville engagement session at home and in their new neighborhood | Kelly Benvenuto Photography | Boston Wedding Photographer
Ellen and Tom's Somerville engagement session at home and in their new neighborhood | Kelly Benvenuto Photography | Boston Wedding Photographer

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

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Desiree and Daniel's wedding at The Villa at Ridder Country Club in East Bridgewater, MA | Kelly Benvenuto Photography | Boston Wedding Photographer

“I think that it is important to know exactly what you want from your photographer and know what kind of personalities you can and can’t work with. You were not our first photographer simply because your response email went to my junk mail (I remember calling my mom in tears when I finally saw it thinking it was too late to book you). The photographer that we first went with was overbearing and very talkative. I was worried that this would cause issues the day of the wedding and leave me irritated. I have a family of talkers who could easily have distracted him. Once I saw his watermark logo on our engagement photos it immediately stressed me out because of how large it was. If you are questioning how well you are going to work with your photographer from the initial meeting, I would say don’t try to fight through that stress the day of your wedding. Also, knowing what is most important for your photographer to capture helps you get the images you want after celebrating your big day.” – Desiree

Click to see more from Desiree & Daniel’s Villa at Ridder Country Club Wedding.

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Every summer, my family gathers together for a week of swimming, walks, boating, game playing, cooking (and drinking). Parents, sisters, spouses, kids, and dogs, all in one big house. It’s one of my favorite weeks of the year, rivaled only by Christmas.

Some years I make hundreds of photos. Other years, I choose to live in the moment a little more, and photograph a little less. Here are a handful of images from last year, when we rented a house in the Adirondacks. This Saturday, we’ll be heading up north of Burlington, to a place on Lake Champlain. So consider this my out of office. I’ll see you on the other side – rejuvenated and ready to take on the rest of wedding season.

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