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The hot sun beating down; the scent of candles, peonies and fresh cut grass in the air; children’s solemn observances and high-pitched giggles; bare feet dancing in the barn. Nerves giving way to joy as plans and promises became reality.

Caitlyn and Chad wanted a beautiful, natural setting for their wedding celebration, and after lots of searching found the rustic Barn at Crane Estate in Ipswich. While guests enjoyed cocktail hour and lawn games, we made portraits on the lush grounds. Caitlyn and Chad share a sparkling chemistry that was wonderful to see. They also share a deep love for their families, and I loved how they included and found time to play with their nieces and nephew.

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Kristen and Ned met on the first day of classes their first semester at college. They were in the same architecture program and became fast friends. Over winter break, they spoke frequently on the phone, and started dating as soon as they arrived back on campus for their second semester. After graduating, they moved to Boston together, where they both landed their first jobs.

These two love spending time on the water and exploring the Boston area. Ned proposed to Kristen last year, taking her on a boat ride to one of the harbor islands and packing a picnic. For their engagement session, we headed to World’s End in Hingham on a gloriously sunny June evening. Not only did it have the beautiful views of Boston over the water, but it was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, a famous landscape architect. We trekked along the carriage paths, through fields and along the shore, finding beautiful light making some sweet and relaxed portraits.

Kristen and Neds Worlds End engagement session. Photo by Kelly Benvenuto. Kristen and Neds Worlds End engagement session. Photo by Kelly Benvenuto. Kristen and Neds Worlds End engagement session. Photo by Kelly Benvenuto. Kristen and Neds Worlds End engagement session. Photo by Kelly Benvenuto. Kristen and Neds Worlds End engagement session. Photo by Kelly Benvenuto. Kristen and Neds Worlds End engagement session. Photo by Kelly Benvenuto. Kristen and Neds Worlds End engagement session. Photo by Kelly Benvenuto. Kristen and Neds Worlds End engagement session. Photo by Kelly Benvenuto.

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  • Heidi Schelleng - Omg! They are all so wonderful. Beautiful pics of a beautiful couple!ReplyCancel

  • Kristen Gabriele - !!!

    These came out great and we had a wonderful time working with you, Kelly!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel Bell - Awesome pics! I especially like the sweet black and white one. You guys look happy and I’m so very happy for you!!! :)ReplyCancel

  • Maureen West Gabriele - Kristen and Ned look so happy! These are all so beautiful, I love them. I can’t wait to see more!ReplyCancel

I am not a big believer in fate, but every once in a while I hear a story that makes me wonder. Sara and Iain first crossed paths at a conference in Japan. At the time, Sara was working on her PhD at Berkeley, while Iain was similarly engaged at Oxford. They hit it off, but the path forward wasn’t clear, given their lives half-way around the world from each other. Their first date was a week in New York City, and they’ve been together ever since.

Sara and Iain were wed in the chapel at MIT, Sara’s alma mater. I love the image of Sara and her father running hand in hand toward the chapel entrance, with Sara’s white cowboy boots peeking out beneath her dress. The emotional ceremony was led by a friend and filled with song. One of the things I delight in as a photographer is catching all sorts of fleeting moments and expressions, and I loved seeing all the little looks shared by Iain and Sara throughout the wedding service.

Sara and Iain chose to greet all of their guests after the ceremony. Emotions are always high at this point in the day, so it was fun to capture images of all the big smiles and hugs. Following the receiving line, we headed to the Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center for photos in the lovely, shady courtyard. I stayed for just the first part of the reception, and headed out as everyone was sitting down to big plates of barbecue.

The MIT Chapel wedding of Sara and Iain. Photo by Kelly Benvenuto. The MIT Chapel wedding of Sara and Iain. Photo by Kelly Benvenuto. The MIT Chapel wedding of Sara and Iain. Photo by Kelly Benvenuto. The MIT Chapel wedding of Sara and Iain. Photo by Kelly Benvenuto. The MIT Chapel wedding of Sara and Iain. Photo by Kelly Benvenuto. The MIT Chapel wedding of Sara and Iain. Photo by Kelly Benvenuto. The MIT Chapel wedding of Sara and Iain. Photo by Kelly Benvenuto. The MIT Chapel wedding of Sara and Iain. Photo by Kelly Benvenuto. The MIT Chapel wedding of Sara and Iain. Photo by Kelly Benvenuto. The MIT Chapel wedding of Sara and Iain. Photo by Kelly Benvenuto. The MIT Chapel wedding of Sara and Iain. Photo by Kelly Benvenuto. The MIT Chapel wedding of Sara and Iain. Photo by Kelly Benvenuto. The MIT Chapel wedding of Sara and Iain. Photo by Kelly Benvenuto. The MIT Chapel wedding of Sara and Iain. Photo by Kelly Benvenuto. The MIT Chapel wedding of Sara and Iain. Photo by Kelly Benvenuto. The MIT Chapel wedding of Sara and Iain. Photo by Kelly Benvenuto. The MIT Chapel wedding of Sara and Iain. Photo by Kelly Benvenuto. The MIT Chapel wedding of Sara and Iain. Photo by Kelly Benvenuto. The MIT Chapel wedding of Sara and Iain. Photo by Kelly Benvenuto. The MIT Chapel wedding of Sara and Iain. Photo by Kelly Benvenuto. The MIT Chapel wedding of Sara and Iain. Photo by Kelly Benvenuto. The MIT Chapel wedding of Sara and Iain. Photo by Kelly Benvenuto. The Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center wedding of Sara and Iain. Photo by Kelly Benvenuto. The Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center wedding of Sara and Iain. Photo by Kelly Benvenuto. The Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center wedding of Sara and Iain. Photo by Kelly Benvenuto. The Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center wedding of Sara and Iain. Photo by Kelly Benvenuto. The Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center wedding of Sara and Iain. Photo by Kelly Benvenuto. The Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center wedding of Sara and Iain. Photo by Kelly Benvenuto. The Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center wedding of Sara and Iain. Photo by Kelly Benvenuto. The Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center wedding of Sara and Iain. Photo by Kelly Benvenuto. The Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center wedding of Sara and Iain. Photo by Kelly Benvenuto.

If you like what you see, and are interested in having me photograph your MIT Chapel wedding, please get in touch.

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Before I saw Leslie on her wedding day, I heard her laugh. She was on the back porch of her parent’s home, having her hair and makeup done. Leslie has the kind of laugh that carries across a room, and out open windows.

During the toasts, Leslie’s maid of honor also mentioned Leslie’s laugh, and how she always knew if Leslie was talking to Rich on the phone, because the tone of her laugh would change only for him.

Leslie and Rich have a long history. They attended middle and high school together, and were dates to senior prom. On their wedding day, Leslie wore as a headband the necklace that Rich had given her for prom those many years ago.

The most important thing to Leslie and Rich for their wedding was to host a great party for, and to spend time with, their friends and family. To maximize their time with their guests, these two chose to do a first look and all of their portraits before the ceremony. The large size of their “wedding wolfpack” was a testament to the many strong friendships they have built.

The ceremony and reception were held at the Beverly Yacht Club in Marion, MA. I loved the look of pride in Leslie’s dad’s eyes as he walked her down the aisle, and the personal ceremony crafted by a family friend. The reception, in a beautifully decorated tent on the lawn, flowed organically from the formalities into a big dance party.

Special thanks to Erica, of Infinite Events, who did a wonderful job with the coordination, Business Time for keeping the dance floor packed all night, and Kerri Green, who photographed alongside me for the day.

Marion Massachusetts wedding of Leslie and Rich. Photo by Kelly Benvenuto. Marion Massachusetts wedding of Leslie and Rich. Photo by Kelly Benvenuto. Marion Massachusetts wedding of Leslie and Rich. Photo by Kelly Benvenuto. Marion Massachusetts wedding of Leslie and Rich. Photo by Kelly Benvenuto. Marion Massachusetts wedding of Leslie and Rich. Photo by Kelly Benvenuto. Marion Massachusetts wedding of Leslie and Rich. Photo by Kelly Benvenuto. Marion Massachusetts wedding of Leslie and Rich. Photo by Kelly Benvenuto. Marion Massachusetts wedding of Leslie and Rich. Photo by Kelly Benvenuto. Marion Massachusetts wedding of Leslie and Rich. Photo by Kelly Benvenuto. Marion Massachusetts wedding of Leslie and Rich. Photo by Kelly Benvenuto. Marion Massachusetts wedding of Leslie and Rich. Photo by Kelly Benvenuto. Marion Massachusetts wedding of Leslie and Rich. Photo by Kelly Benvenuto. Marion Massachusetts wedding of Leslie and Rich. Photo by Kelly Benvenuto. 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Marion Massachusetts wedding of Leslie and Rich. Photo by Kelly Benvenuto. Marion Massachusetts wedding of Leslie and Rich. Photo by Kelly Benvenuto.

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  • Lee Hartford - These pictures are wonderful. I love the ones of people dancing because we didn’t a lot of that. What a great party!ReplyCancel

  • Judy Hagemann Mazurkiewicz - What a cute couple and a pretty, happy wedding.ReplyCancel

Chelley and Nick are two high-energy, loving, generous and goofy souls. Their emotional wedding ceremony was led by the same rabbi who had led Nick’s bar mitzvah, and was under a chuppah made from their grandfather’s prayer shawls. I love those threads of connection to their family, their history, and their community.

Nick and Chelley’s wedding reception achieved that wonderful combination of simultaneously (or alternately) feeling like a relaxed dinner party and the best dance party you’ve ever been to. Barcelona Wine Bar provided delicious tapas, paella and drinks throughout the event, with guests drifting between the inside and the outdoor patio to enjoy the early spring sunshine. Chelley and Nick met at an Israeli folk dancing club, so on top of the hora, there were other Israeli dances mixed in with the wedding standards. After the toasts, Nick surprised Chelley by serenading her with the sweet song “I Like You.” I’ve included one verse and the chorus below:

There are way too many love songs
And I think they’ve got it all wrong
Cause life is not the mountain tops
It’s the walking in between
And I like you walking next to me

Well, I like you, I like you
Even when I don’t try to
Yes, I do, that’s the truth
I like you

At the end of their reception, Nick and Chelley walked away hand-in-hand, and hopped on the T for their ride back to their hotel.

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