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

One of the most-asked questions I receive in meetings with potential clients is “how long do you stay during the reception?” My answer is for at least an hour of the dancing, but I’m happy to stay to the end if you want to see all the shenanigans and dance moves of your friends and family. When Alexis and Liz sent me their timeline, it was accompanied with a note that they wanted to “prioritize the dancing” and they wanted me there through the very last dance. I wasn’t too surprised, as I knew their focus in planning was really to have a good time celebrating with their guests. Not just dancing but playing lawn games during cocktail hour and enjoying the beautiful setting outdoors as the daylight waned.

While the day had been mostly overcast, clouds let up right before sunset and allowed us to make some a few portraits in beautiful golden light.

As you look through the images, keep a special eye out for a non-human wedding crasher, whose voice was heard throughout the ceremony, leading to much laughter. Their priest insisted animals could only affirm what was happening.

the Codman Estate Lincoln Massachusetts wedding, first look Codman Estate wedding, first look Codman Estate wedding, first look wedding party portrait at the Codman Estate Codman Estate wedding family portrait Codman Estate wedding portrait Codman Estate wedding ceremony detail guests walk towards wedding ceremony on the Codman Estate bride with parents, wedding ceremony at Codman Estate Codman Estate wedding ceremony Codman Estate wedding ceremony Lincoln MA wedding ceremony Lincoln MA wedding ceremony Lincoln MA wedding ceremony Codman Estate wedding photography Codman Estate wedding photography frog on lilypad on the Codman Estate wedding ceremony photography at the Codman Estate father applauds during wedding ceremony brides triumphant walk back up the aisle Codman Estate wedding photography for LGBT couple Codman Estate wedding photography for LGBT couple authentic wedding photography, Codman Estate Codman Estate wedding photography for LGBT couple artistic Codman Estate wedding photography lawn games during a Codman Estate wedding first dance at the Codman Estate dancing in the carriage house at the Codman Estate

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

Share-Tweet-Pin-Contact
  • Judy Rainey Constantine - Beautiful pictures, guys!! Best Wishes to you both as you start this next adventure!ReplyCancel

On a hot August afternoon, I met up with Kelsea and Alberto for their Boston engagement session. These two were in town from San Francisco for a little vacation and a lot of wedding planning for their celebration next summer at the Barn at Gibbet Hill. As Kelsea tells it “Alberto and I met on the internet (OKCupid baby!) two and a half years ago in San Francisco. He said it was love at first sight. For our first date, a quick beer turned into a lovely jaunt around the city, another bar, and then dinner (and me skipping plans I’d had that evening, whoops).” These two love to learn new things, travel and cook together. They also laugh a lot together – something I got to witness in our short time together. Their ability to roll with the punches was also demonstrated, as we spent 20 minutes hiding from a thunder and hail storm right in the middle of their session!

Beacon Hill, Boston, relaxed engagement session relaxed Boston engagement session in Beacon Hill Beacon Hill engagement session, Boston, Massachusetts Boston engagement session, Charles River, Esplanade Boston engagement session, Charles River, Esplanade candid Boston engagement photography

Share-Tweet-Pin-Contact

Cambridge restaurant wedding at Harvest, photo by Kelly Benvenuto.

“So much happens on the day of the wedding–make sure you hire someone you trust to do a great job. We did and it made it easier to just enjoy the day without worrying about it getting captured. Also, photos of the people are a million times better than photos of the details.”
– Katherine & Aaron

To see more from Katherine & Aaron’s Cambridge restaurant wedding, click here.

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

Share-Tweet-Pin-Contact

Anna and Stef‘s wedding was a wonderful taste of Boston in the summer. Boston is where Stef and Anna met, fell in love, and have made their home together, and they wanted to share it with all of their friends and family who were traveling in to celebrate with them.

It was a beautiful blue-sky day in July. Getting ready at the Royal Sonesta in Cambridge, their friends dashed back and forth between their rooms. Their first look just outside the hotel was followed by more portraits near the Charles River, incorporating the Boston skyline and a few Dr. Who props (a little surprise gift from one of the wedding party). Yep – these two are a little silly in the best way possible.

Their interfaith ceremony was led by a friend, and there was a huge cheer when she proclaimed them legally married (this was just a few weeks after the recent Supreme Court ruling). The light-filled Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center was beautifully decorated for the wedding reception with a “mild whales and board games theme” (I mentioned these two were fun, right?). During the reception, their guests enjoyed a wonderful barbecue-inspired meal, complete with catering by East Coast grill, a good beer selection, and Christina’s ice cream and cookies for dessert. Then, everyone let loose on the dance floor – letting their joy shine through.

Special thanks go out to Mandy and her team at Hummingbird Bridal for the fabulous planning, coordination and florals.

Boston skyline view from the Cambridge Royal Sonesta Stef get's help with her bowtie happy! Anna gets a squeeze from a friend before donning her wedding gown Anna looks radiant in her wedding gown bride Anna checks her appearance in the mirror at the Cambridge Royal Sonesta Anna and Stef's first look outside the Cambridge Royal Sonesta Anna and Stef wave to wedding guests outside the Cambridge Royal Sonesta wedding portrait near the Cambridge Royal Sonesta wedding party portrait near the Cambridge Royal Sonesta wedding portrait along the Charles River with Boston view wedding portrait along the Charles River with Boston view wedding party portrait along the Charles River with Boston view Dr. Who inspired wedding party portrait along the Charles River Dr. Who inspired wedding portrait along the Charles River family wedding portrait near the CMAC ketubah signing at the Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center ketubah signing at the CMAC officiant signs marriage certificate as brides look on chuppah in the courtyard of the Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center bride walks down the aisle with parents at her Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center wedding bride walks down the aisle with parents at her Cambridge Massachusetts wedding brides circle each other at the start of their Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center wedding ceremony Cambridge Arts Center Jewish wedding ceremony Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center outdoor wedding in courtyard mother of the bride smiles during ceremony exchange of vows at the Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center wedding ceremony wedding attendants at Cambridge wedding ceremony cool baby at wedding ceremony guests watch wedding ceremony at CMAC first kiss as wife and wife at the Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center happy couple following wedding ceremony at CMAC courtyard light fills the Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center, set for a wedding with blue details first dance at a Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center wedding first dance at CMAC wedding Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center wedding reception CMAC wedding reception tiny wedding guest father delivers toast at Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center wedding reception brides react to toast at their Cambridge wedding reception father delivers toast at CMAC wedding reception guests react to toast at Cambridge wedding brides react to toast at their Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center wedding CMAC wedding reception guests enjoy outdoors at Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center wedding reception guests enjoy evening air at CMAC wedding reception Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center wedding reception guests dance at CMAC wedding reception guests dance at CMAC wedding reception guests dance at CMAC wedding reception bride dances with mom at Cambridge wedding guests dance in the spotlights at the Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center wedding guests dance at Cambridge wedding reception guests dance at Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center wedding reception guests dance at Cambridge wedding reception guests dance at Cambridge wedding reception bride dances with guest during Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center wedding reception guests dance at Cambridge wedding reception DJ spinning at Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center wedding reception brides dance at Cambridge wedding reception children dance at Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center wedding reception guests dance at Cambridge wedding reception brides dance at Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center wedding reception guests dance at Cambridge wedding reception guests dance at Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center wedding reception brides dance at wedding reception brides dance at Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center wedding reception

Share-Tweet-Pin-Contact

A few weeks ago, I headed out to Ann Arbor to photograph Anna and Eric’s three-day Polish-American wedding weekend. Because they are based in San Francisco, and we couldn’t quite make our schedules align any earlier, we did their engagement session just a few days before their wedding. Driving straight from the Detroit airport to their Misty Farm engagement session, the sun kept sinking lower and I was in awe of the beautiful light and landscape and so excited to start making some pictures with these two and their cute mini goldendoodle Ollie.

Anna and Eric shared (with a great deal of humor) on their wedding website how they met, so I’m going to borrow their words here as an introduction.

“We met early in our freshman year of college at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in rainy, cloudy, windy, frozen-water-of-all-sorts-falling-from-the-sky Troy, New York. (No, neither of us has a soft spot for the weather there)… Sometime in October 2007, we met briefly in the basement laboratory of the RPI Electronics Club, home of some of the nerdiest of nerds on campus. Anna was wearing her purple Botball t-shirt, which sparked Eric’s interest, not because it was particularly flattering (when you’re a lady at an engineering school, you quickly learn to never dress attractively, because you already stand out like a sore thumb), but because he had been on his high school Botball robotics team, too. In fact, we were both captains of our teams, both stayed behind while our teammates battled in the national competition in Hawaii, and both kept a stuffed red Botguy on our shelves in our dorm rooms. There was a lot to talk about!”

Misty Farm engagement session in golden light, by Kelly Benvenuto Photography intimate Misty Farm engagement photo, by Kelly Benvenuto Photography relaxed Misty Farm engagement session, by Kelly Benvenuto Photography authentic Misty Farm engagement photography, by Kelly Benvenuto Photography Misty Farm engagement portrait with puppy, by Kelly Benvenuto Photography golden hour Misty Farm engagement session, by Kelly Benvenuto Photography Misty Farm engagement session with full moon, by Kelly Benvenuto Photography

Share-Tweet-Pin-Contact
  • Mary Kellereskie Manson - What a great looking couple, and the pictures are great too.ReplyCancel

  • Tiffany Christine - You two are positively glowing! ‘It’s such a delight to see every expression and the lighting my ain’t bad either:)ReplyCancel

  • Debbie Schiavone - Beautiful!! What an awesome couple!!!!ReplyCancel