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A few weeks ago, I traveled just around the corner from my home to photograph Maddy and Matt’s beautiful wedding ceremony on the grounds of the Royall House in Medford. This historic site doesn’t normally host events, but Maddy had special permission because she volunteers on their board. I loved how she combined a painting of the grounds with more modern elements to create their invitation suite.

These two are so lovely to be around, and just light up in each other’s presence. They were so excited at the end of the ceremony that they nearly kissed before the justice of the peace announced them as husband and wife.

The party continued at Puritan & Company in Cambridge where guests mingled in the warm ambience of a modern farmhouse. Everyone enjoyed craft cocktails, a raw bar, and a seasonally-inspired menu. Toasts, pie (from my favorite bakery Petsi Pies) and a bouquet toss (with a pre-selected recipient, I suspect) rounded out the evening.

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I’ve said it before, and I’m sure I’ll say it again, but I really love it when couples invite me to their favorite places for their engagement sessions. For Matt and Emily, that place is Purgatory Chasm State Reservation. We spent an evening clambering over rocks and exploring. We shared a good laugh with another group of hikers – one of whom was carrying an over-tired puppy who could not walk any further. When I commented that it was the cutest thing I’d seen all day, Matt was quick to jump in with “um… Emily!” Touché.

Matt and Emily also happen to have one of the cutest engagement stories I have heard. Last year around Thanksgiving, the two were spending an evening in, and Matt suggested they update these timelines they had previously made that showed their relationship progress. When they’d finished, Matt said he just had one more thing to add for 2014, and got down on one knee. My heart definitely melted when I heard that.

These two are planning an intimate wedding next June at an apple farm. With the beautiful setting and their artistic talents – Matt is a musician and Emily is a graphic designer – I’m sure it will a feast for the senses.

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On a sunny Juneteenth, Alisa and James tied the knot in an intimate Cambridge City Hall wedding.

This stylish couple planned a celebration that was both relaxed and elegant. Getting ready at home surrounded by family and friends, there was a constant bustle of activity, with each arriving guest adding to the atmosphere of excitement.

Their ceremony included a reading by their friend Sandy (whom they credit with the matchmaking) and I loved seeing their excitement and intense connection as they exchanged vows.

After some portraits, the party moved to West Bridge Restaurant, a light-filled modern space, beautifully decorated by the talented team at Foret Design Studio. Guests mingled and enjoyed a delicious luncheon. After the meal, a number of guests shared readings on love (the selections were a surprise to the couple) – a fitting tribute for these two lovers of literature.

As Alisa told me, “We were inspired by the city of Cambridge. It’s the place we met and where we live… We love the diversity, the wisdom, and the warmth of this community.” Those qualities were certainly all on display, and it was a joy to photograph.

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