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

We started Joydita and Simon’s engagement session on their couch – the first piece of furniture they’ve bought together – one of those little, uncelebrated milestones in a relationship. Their cat made a brief appearance, lured in front of the camera by the promise of treats. We then meandered to and through Cabot Woods, a nearby park in Newton where there were all sorts of photographic possibilities. These two are so sweet together; I loved seeing how they leaned into each other and made each other feel more comfortable in front of the camera. I’m already looking forward to their Pride-and-Prejudice-inspired wedding this fall. Joydita really knows her way to a Jane-Austen-lover’s heart!

engagement portrait at home with cat
relaxed engagement portrait at home on front steps
engagement portrait in field in Newton MA with beautiful light
engagement portrait in field with beautiful golden light
woodsy New England engagement portrait
relaxed and authentic engagement photography
engagement portrait in Newton MA

Share-Tweet-Pin-Contact

It has been such a pleasure getting to know Stephanie and JP over the past year. We first met last spring at their friends’ Katherine and Aaron’s wedding, and then had a lovely long chat the next week over dessert to discuss their own wedding plans. Last fall I visited them at their apartment for their engagement session. These two have been together since high school – imagine meeting the love of your life in high school and getting to grow up together! They’ve enjoyed trips to the Cape through the years, so it was natural to choose a destination wedding on Martha’s Vineyard, a beautiful place for friends and family to visit. I started the day with Stephanie at the house her family had rented for the week. We then headed to Sailing Camp Park for the ceremony and reception. The weather was brilliant on this June day – sunny and not too hot – just what you hope for when planning a June wedding. The guests enjoyed the grounds and views – which were also wonderful for making portraits. Stephanie and JP surprised many of their guests with a choreographed first dance to “You Make My Dreams Come True” and then packed the dance floor with their own iPod dance mix. So many little memories and vignettes stand out to me from the day – Stephanie getting ready with her sisters, the intensity of JP’s expression during the vows, JP’s dad’s toast referencing driving the two of them on dates before they had licenses, their guests delighted faces during the first dance, the couple being serenaded by a friend, and JP’s grandma holding it down on the dance floor. Stephanie and JP – thank you so much for inviting me to document this amazing day for you!

Martha's Vineyard view
Martha's Vineyard wedding photography bride getting ready
Martha's Vineyard wedding photography bride getting ready
Martha's Vineyard wedding photography bride getting ready
Martha's Vineyard wedding photography bride getting ready with mother and sister
Martha's Vineyard wedding photography bride leaves for ceremony
Martha's Vineyard wedding photography
Martha's Vineyard wedding photography bride arrives at Sailing Camp Park for ceremony
Sailing Camp Park wedding ceremony
Sailing Camp Park wedding ceremony
Sailing Camp Park wedding ceremony
Sailing Camp Park wedding ceremony
Sailing Camp Park wedding ceremony
Sailing Camp Park wedding ceremony
Sailing Camp Park wedding ceremony
Sailing Camp Park wedding ceremony
Sailing Camp Park wedding ceremony
Sailing Camp Park wedding family portrait
Sailing Camp Park wedding family portrait
Sailing Camp Park wedding party portrait
Sailing Camp Park classic wedding portrait
Sailing Camp Park wedding
Sailing Camp Park intimate wedding portrait
tent at Sailing Camp Park wedding
Sailing Camp Park wedding
Sailing Camp Park wedding
Sailing Camp Park wedding  photojournalism
relaxed Sailing Camp Park wedding
relaxed Sailing Camp Park wedding
Sailing Camp Park wedding first dance
Sailing Camp Park wedding
Sailing Camp Park wedding parent dance
Sailing Camp Park wedding parent dance
Sailing Camp Park wedding reception
Sailing Camp Park wedding reception
Sailing Camp Park wedding reception
Sailing Camp Park wedding reception
Sailing Camp Park wedding reception
Sailing Camp Park wedding reception
Sailing Camp Park wedding reception
Sailing Camp Park wedding reception
Sailing Camp Park wedding reception
Sailing Camp Park wedding reception
Sailing Camp Park wedding reception
Sailing Camp Park wedding reception
Sailing Camp Park wedding reception
Sailing Camp Park wedding reception
Sailing Camp Park wedding reception
Sailing Camp Park wedding reception
Sailing Camp Park wedding reception
Sailing Camp Park wedding reception
Sailing Camp Park wedding reception
Sailing Camp Park wedding reception
Sailing Camp Park wedding reception
Sailing Camp Park wedding reception
Sailing Camp Park wedding reception
Sailing Camp Park wedding reception
Sailing Camp Park wedding reception
Sailing Camp Park wedding reception
Sailing Camp Park wedding
Sailing Camp Park night sky

Share-Tweet-Pin-Contact

With all the engagement sessions I’ve photographed, I’ve lately started thinking about how couples can prepare for a relaxed engagement session. So many of the couples with whom I work want to make sure that the photos “look like us” and not overly-posed versions of themselves. I have a few tricks up my sleeve to help you relax and get comfortable in front of the camera, but here are some things you can do to prepare for your engagement session:

1. Treat it like a date or adventure, not a chore. Attitude matters so much – so come excited. If you need to get in the right headspace by going out for coffee or a drink beforehand – by all means, do that. I’ll even meet you early and happily buy your glass of wine or beer.

Boston Beacon Hill engagement session

2. Choose a location that is meaningful to you or an activity you enjoy doing together. We could go to the place where you got engaged or where you like to take your dogs for a walk. If you love mini-golf or visiting bookstores or sailing or exploring neighborhoods in Boston – let’s build an engagement session around that.

relaxed engagement session sailing on Charles River

2b. Consider doing part of your session at home. You don’t need to have a home fit for Design*Sponge. Embrace where you are now, because I bet you’ll someday want to remember where it all started.

relaxed engaged couple at home with dog

3. Leave yourself plenty of time to get there. Sitting in traffic and running late is a recipe for feeling the exact opposite of relaxed.

relaxed engagement session photograph with large landscape view of the New Hampshire seacoast

4. Pamper yourself a little beforehand. I’m not suggesting you need full professional hair and make-up, but take some time for yourself. Maybe that’s going for a run or bike ride or yoga class earlier in the day (yay endorphins!) or curling up with a cup of tea and a good book. Just do what makes you feel good.

relaxed engagement session in Arnold Arboretum

5. Wear something you feel confident in, but also that doesn’t require a lot of fuss. You don’t want to worry about if something is pulling/too tight/falling down/riding up, etc.

relaxed engagement photography

Share-Tweet-Pin-Contact

Faith and fun are the two defining words when I think of Erin and Peter’s wedding, followed closely by friends and family. These two have the biggest hearts with smiles to match, and it was such an honor to witness this wedding. They both got ready at the Marriott Copley, and then walked the short distance to St. Cecilia’s where they saw each other before the ceremony, and greeted their guests as they arrived. They celebrated a full mass, with Erin and Peter helping to serve communion, and their college friends singing. I loved seeing Erin and Peter singing along during both the processional and recessional. After the ceremony, we did some family portraits on the altar, and then headed out into Back Bay and along Commonwealth Ave for bridal party photos. The reception was later in the evening at the Harry Parker Boathouse. Erin and Peter aren’t originally from Boston, and they wanted to share some of their favorite food with all the out of town guests – so had delicious catering by the Taco Truck and Cookie Monstah. They even had a cutting of the ice cream sandwich! Erin and Peter – thank you so much for allowing me to document this joyous day for you!

Marriott Copley atrium
bride getting ready at Marriott Copley
bride and mother toasted before putting on dress
bridesmaids toasting the bride
friend hugs bride
bride getting ready at Marriott Copley
bride's hands
bride hugs her father
bride surprised by cousins
bride walks to the wedding
groom getting ready at Marriott Copley
groom getting ready at Marriott Copley
groom's father helps with bowtie
groom's mother pins boutonniere
groomsman checks the time
groom walks to wedding
groom arrives at St. Cecilia's church in Boston
first look in the courtyard at St. Cecilia's
first look in the courtyard at St. Cecilia's, groom wipes away bride's tear
first look in the courtyard at St. Cecilia's
bride and groom on stairs of St. Cecilia's
bride and groom greet guests before the ceremony
bride and groom greet guests before the ceremony
bride greets guests before the ceremony
guests wait for the start of the wedding ceremony
wedding ceremony at St. Cecilia's, Boston
bride and groom sing while they process to their wedding ceremony at St. Cecilia's, Boston
a young guest at a wedding ceremony at St. Cecilia's, Boston
bride and groom exchange vows, St. Cecilia's Boston
bride and groom receive blessing
bride and groom with their parents and priest
bride gives communion to her grandmother
bride and groom sing during recessional following ceremony, St. Cecilia's Church, Boston
family wedding portrait, St. Cecilia's, Boston
family wedding portrait, St. Cecilia's, Boston
family wedding portrait, St. Cecilia's, Boston
wedding party in Back Bay, Boston
wedding party on Commonwealth Ave, Boston
wedding portrait of bride and groom on Commonwealth Ave, Boston
Harry Parker Boathouse at Community Rowing
bride and groom at the Harry Parker Boathouse at Community Rowing
wedding portrait at the Harry Parker Boathouse at Community Rowing
wedding portrait at the Harry Parker Boathouse at Community Rowing
guests arrive for wedding reception at Harry Parker Boathouse at Community Rowing
wedding reception guests at Harry Parker Boathouse at Community Rowing
bride greets young guest in tent at Community Rowing
father of the bride says grace
wedding guests line up for the Taco Truck
wedding reception guests at Community Rowing
documentary wedding photography at the Harry Parker Boathouse at Community Rowing
bride and groom's first dance at Harry Parker Boathouse
bride dances with father at Harry Parker Boathouse at Community Rowing
parent dance at Harry Parker Boathouse at Community Rowing
guests dance at wedding reception at Harry Parker Boathouse, Community Rowing
guests dance at wedding reception at Harry Parker Boathouse, Community Rowing
bride and groom cut the ice cream sandwhich
wedding guests line up for the Cokkie Monstah food truck
guests dance at wedding reception at Harry Parker Boathouse, Community Rowing
guests dance at wedding reception at Harry Parker Boathouse, Community Rowing
guests dance at wedding reception at Harry Parker Boathouse, Community Rowing
guests dance at wedding reception at Harry Parker Boathouse, Community Rowing
guests dance at wedding reception at Harry Parker Boathouse, Community Rowing
groom's family dances at wedding reception at Harry Parker Boathouse, Community Rowing
bride and groom dance at wedding reception at Harry Parker Boathouse, Community Rowing
bride and groom exit reception at Harry Parker Boathouse
bride and groom kiss at the end of the night

Share-Tweet-Pin-Contact
  • Bill Ramsey - Wonderful photos, Kelly Benvenuto Photography! Thanks so much.ReplyCancel

  • Julie Tooher - How wonderful to see it all again! Great memories and you captured it beautifully.ReplyCancel

  • Susan Cashman Coyle - Thanks for sharing! Congrats…..fabulous picsReplyCancel

  • Jackie Newns - BEAUTIFULLLLLLLLLLLLL! Erin and Peter , Kelly Benvenuto Photography captured you….stunning and timeless!ReplyCancel

It’s so wonderful to see a wedding vision translated into reality. When Jamie and Chris contacted me a year and a half ago, Jamie wrote “Our celebration plans include a short ceremony at the First Unitarian Church around the corner, a celebratory walk down to the museum with our 180 guests, time for fun and exploration at the museum (it’s so cool!!), followed by dinner and dancing and merriment into the night. We love simplicity, flowers, and personal handmade details. We don’t love cake-cutting, bouquet-tossing, or picture-posing. We want our wedding to be sisters and brothers and nieces and nephews and parents and grandparents and great-grandparents and friends, friends, friends all squished together, singing and dancing and kissing and having a really good night.” And that is the day they had – graced by beautiful weather, the presence of their families and friends truly present during their unplugged ceremony, delicious food passed along long tables, and adorned by all the beautiful handmade details. Jamie and Chris – thank you so much for inviting me to document this amazing day for you!

Jamie & Chris
Jamie & Chris
Jamie & Chris
Jamie & Chris
Jamie & Chris
Jamie & Chris
Jamie & Chris
Jamie & Chris
Jamie & Chris
Jamie & Chris
Jamie & Chris
Jamie & Chris
Jamie & Chris
Jamie & Chris
Jamie & Chris
Jamie & Chris
Jamie & Chris
Jamie & Chris
Jamie & Chris
Jamie & Chris
Jamie & Chris
Jamie & Chris
Jamie & Chris
Jamie & Chris
Jamie & Chris
Jamie & Chris
Jamie & Chris
Jamie & Chris
Jamie & Chris
Jamie & Chris
Jamie & Chris
Jamie & Chris
Jamie & Chris
Jamie & Chris
Jamie & Chris
Jamie & Chris
Jamie & Chris
Jamie & Chris
Jamie & Chris
Jamie & Chris
Jamie & Chris
Jamie & Chris
Jamie & Chris
Jamie & Chris
Jamie & Chris
Jamie & Chris
Jamie & Chris
Jamie & Chris
Jamie & Chris
Jamie & Chris
Jamie & Chris
Jamie & Chris
Jamie & Chris
Jamie & Chris
Jamie & Chris
Jamie & Chris
Jamie & Chris
Jamie & Chris
Jamie & Chris
Jamie & Chris

Share-Tweet-Pin-Contact
  • Brie Ana - beautiful photos! ReplyCancel

  • Sue Betta - Yes beautiful! Looking forward to seeing them all!!ReplyCancel

  • Anne Traverso Weir - Gorgeous photos! Congratulations again! ReplyCancel

  • John A Sabetta - Simply beautiful!!!!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation - Absolutely beautiful footage and a wonderful couple. You truly captured the spirit of our unique venue, thank you!ReplyCancel