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Sam and AJ wanted their wedding to be intimate and relaxed, with the feel of a backyard wedding. “A millionaire’s backyard,” Sam joked “given how gorgeous the house and yard at Eisenhower are.”

They took great care to personalize their wedding. A friend who had gently nudged them toward each other junior year of college was given the honor of officiating. Under an azure August sky, they walked down the aisle together, heard readings from bell hooks and Carl Sagan, and exchanged personal vows.

As the sun sank toward the horizon, guests were invited to hear toasts to the couple, and then to join them on the lawn for sunset photos. AJ is an accomplished cook, so good food and drink was high on their list of priorities. When they returned to the tent, guests enjoyed stations stocked with dumplings, tacos and cupcakes – fuel for the dancing and mingling yet to come.

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Maggie and Tom aren’t the type to relish being the center of attention, but it was clear on their wedding day that they are part of very strong and large communities of family and friends.

After getting ready at the Endicott Estate, they couldn’t stop talking during their first look, exchanging endearments and sharing news of their day so far. With the dry summer, we were happy to find some color near the greenhouse for their portraits. As guests started to arrive, we headed into the house and made a few individual portraits using the beautiful window light.

The late afternoon ceremony was led by Tom’s college advisor, and a friend injected a little humor during the Prayer of the Faithful, calling for prayers for lawyers (Maggie) and auditors (Tom).

Afterwards, Tom, Maggie and their guests enjoyed cocktail hour on the back deck. As the evening sun waned, their fathers delivered heartfelt and humorous toasts. To the delight of the guests, Tom’s father’s toast was delivered entirely in rhyming verse.

Maggie and Tom share a love for live music, and an awesome band was a high priority for them. Ripcord delivered a pair of high-energy sets, packing the dance floor all night, ending with the appropriately named All My Friends by LCD Soundsystem.

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As summer drifts towards fall, and the heat of summer mellows, my evenings fill up with engagement sessions. Last week, I got to spend a couple of hours with Peggy and Anthony, visiting a few of their favorite spots in Boston and learning a bit more about them along the way.

Anthony grew up in the Boston area, and Peggy moved here for college. They met when Peggy started her first job where Anthony was working. These two are both bridge engineers, so we incorporated that into their Boston engagement session by visiting North Point Park where we made some portraits under and in front of the iconic Zakim bridge. When not at work, these two love cheering for Boston’s sports teams, and spending summer days at the ocean and winter weekends on the ski slopes. I’m so looking forward to their wedding next July!

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When brainstorming locations for their engagement session, Ashlie and Matt knew they wanted something a little different. Something fun and creative, perhaps involving animals. We eventually settled on Stone Zoo, a place these two like to visit, especially in winter when the lights are up for the holidays.

We spent a sunny summer afternoon exploring the zoo (and the gift shop), and I loved how their playful spirits came through in the photos.

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Barcelona Wine Bar, Brookline wedding photography

“Know what’s most important to you and your partner and you will be more confident in making your decisions. Make a point to work with people whose work you admire and whose personalities you feel good about. Know that not everything will happen exactly as you expect, and make peace with that fact. Two weeks before your wedding, adopt the rule that if it hasn’t happened yet or can’t be dealt with in a matter of minutes, it’s not worth including in your final plans or preparations.

Most importantly, be present on your wedding day. Take time to appreciate what’s going on around you; to be grateful for the people you talk to and the moments you’re a part of throughout the day; to celebrate just you and your beloved; and to be fully a part of the celebration. It’s a wonderful, singular, and profound moment.” – Nick

Click to see more from Nick & Chelley’s Barcelona Wine Bar wedding.

Words of Wisdom is an ongoing series in which recently married couples share their best bits of wedding advice.

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