Ben & Scott :: Married at the Commander's Mansion! - Boston Wedding Photographer

Hello hello! Things have been crazy busy over here as of late, and I am so excited to be able to put up Ben & Scott’s wedding photographs on the blog! You may recognize them from their engagement session with me that I put up on the blog a few weeks ago. I was so pumped to see that they had “The Calder” as one of their signature cocktails during their reception! This was my kind of wedding, it was absolutely perfect in my eyes! They had a small intimate ceremony by the gorgeous Smoke Tree behind the Commander’s Mansion in Watertown. After that there was a long cocktail hour before the sit down meal catered by Forklift Catering. People danced, they drank, they hugged and kissed. I loved watching every moment of it! Enough of my blabbering, here are the photos!

That awesome looking brain-like flower is called a cockscomb, my new favorite!

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I love that Scott tied Ben’s tie for him. They’re so adorable!
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You know me, I can’t even tell you how many times my viewfinder got fogged up during this wedding! 🙂
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Ben & Scott had a lot of friends and family who wanted to send them well wishes during the ceremony.
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Nicole & David, the Best Lady and Best Man congratulating each other on their awesome bestie duties and a job well done!
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Scott loved setting up funny formals where everyone is looking in another direction, it was hilarious! Just the men in shades for this one:
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As mentioned in their engagement shoot post, they collect typewriters. So instead of the typical guestbook, they had stationary with their initials on the top loaded up into this old typewriter for people to leave notes on. I thought that was a fantastic idea!
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Instead of the traditional wedding cake, Ben & Scott decided to make their own wedding cakes! These were delicious carrot cakes, from scratch! They had about 20 pints of Ben & Jerry’s for the guests to choose from to go with their cake.
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I think my couples do the best posed shots! I think it helps to not really be “into them” to get some really hilarious ones.
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Ben & Scott, thank you so much for allowing me the pleasure of photographing your wedding.

xoxo

Janice + Chris :: A Wedding in Tuscany pt 4

Hello hello! Thank you for coming back for part 4 of the Tuscany wedding extravaganza! I’ll have to say, I am a little sad that this is my last Italy post. I loved going through these images every night (There were many thousands!) picking out the best ones and seeing Janice and Chris every day! Not to mention all of your thoughts as well :-p I’ll miss looking at your faces J & C, but I’m sure I’ll see you soon.

Onto our day after shoot in Lucca!

Boston Wedding Photographer Alexandra Roberts


Boston Wedding Photographer Alexandra Roberts


Boston Wedding Photographer Alexandra Roberts


Boston Wedding Photographer Alexandra Roberts


Boston Wedding Photographer Alexandra Roberts


Boston Wedding Photographer Alexandra Roberts


Boston Wedding Photographer Alexandra Roberts


Boston Wedding Photographer Alexandra Roberts


Boston Wedding Photographer Alexandra Roberts


Boston Wedding Photographer Alexandra Roberts


Yahoo! I hope you enjoyed these images! We had such a blast the day after the wedding and it was around 80 degrees outside that day, these two are troopers. We also had Nicole and Mike assist with the shoot because I had a few polaroids with me and they helped me swap out film packs 🙂

xoxo

Janice + Chris :: A Wedding in Tuscany pt 3

Hello all! Thank you so much for coming back to view part 3 of 4 of this Tuscan wedding adventure! I left off right at the end of the ceremony last time and am continuing to the reception here. Tomorrow will be part 4 and that is our day after shoot in Lucca! Carousels, candy, vespas, big cathedrals, and gorgeous Lucca wall shots with the fully dressed bride and groom await!

After the ceremony, we went down the hill to a winery to see if we could take a couple shots by the vines. We knew we would have the day after shoot all dressed up, so we didn’t go crazy with shots of Janice + Chris the day of their wedding. They had an insane 6 course dinner to get to!

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Boston Wedding Photographer Alexandra Roberts


Boston Wedding Photographer Alexandra Roberts


Boston Wedding Photographer Alexandra Roberts


Boston Wedding Photographer Alexandra Roberts


After that tiny bit of time at the winery, we headed back up to the villa where everyone was waiting with prosecco!
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Boston Wedding Photographer Alexandra Roberts


Toasts!
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Shot of the awesome 3 piece band who stayed all night and I promise these are the last shots of Marco! You might recognize him from the first post because he was the man who taught us how to make pasta!
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This is a photo of every single guest who attended.
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No reception is complete without a little dancing! Oh! The last photo in this little set was taken by Chris, you can see that I am in it! (Janice is looking right at me 🙂 )
Boston Wedding Photographer Alexandra Roberts


Boston Wedding Photographer Alexandra Roberts

Janice + Chris : A Wedding in Tuscany

Welcome to part 2 of the wedding in Italy! Today is the wedding day and we start off by going to Lucca town hall. Before you can legally be married in Italy and for it to look legit in the US, you must first be married in “the eyes of Italy”. We headed over to the beautiful town hall for the simple ceremony with Janice and Chris’ two witnesses, Sally and Steve.

First an outfit shot. Janice and Chris have such great style, I kept wanting to get outfit shots of them, here is the one from the wedding day!

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^ yay, married! ^ But once we got back to the Villa it was “shhh shhh don’t tell anyone!”
Janice and Chris know me well enough by now that when there is a sweet tree to be seen, they pose next to it for me! xoxo
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Prosecco toast!
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Their rings are too sweet. Janice’s is obviously gorgeous with the giant sapphire in the middle but if you look carefully you will see that they are engraved on the inside. The couple met at Sound Bites in Ball Square, anyone from around here knows that Sound Bites has *the best* pancakes around, and their fried mashed potatoes, oh ma gah. Mango Banana were the pancakes Janice was eating and Chocolate Coconut was Chris’ dish. So cute!
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I am so in love with Janice’s dress, I love the off-white silk and the one shoulder strap. You don’t see too many dresses with the one shoulder these days.
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The entire time in Italy, no occasion (or should I say hour?) went by without a bottle of prosecco nearby! You’ll notice a blue theme all around this wedding. Another thing that I loved was that all the guests wore blue. There group was small enough where that was something that was easy to achieve and it was a nice touch that Janice threw into the mix. Everyone looked so great together.
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There was not one dry eye in the group. Even my viewfinder was fogging up. Because everyone got so close during the week, emotions overflowed as we listened to Janice and Chris exchange heartfelt vows that they wrote to each other.
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Thank you for stopping by and taking a look! I think I will be making this a 4 parter, after all. Don’t forget to come back and see our day after shoot (Janice and Chris both in wedding gear!) around Lucca!

xoxo

Janice and Chris lived their dream by getting married in Italy

Hello, all! The last couple of weeks have been insane over here. As a lot of you probably know, I was asked by this sweet couple to come to Italy with them and photograph their wedding. I have a lot to say about the experience, but I’ll keep it short and sweet. I met Chris and Janice as they were looking for a photographer to bring on this crazy trip. We instantly connected on many levels. Janice likes to tell the story about how she hugged me when we met up at a little coffee shop in Winter Hill and how I might have thought that was weird since we had only just met, but I wanted to hug her too! I got the phone call that they were picking me 3 days after we had met and I was just floored. Not only was I excited to go to Italy for a week, but I knew that we were going to be friends for a really long time. Since we were going to be spending a week in a house together, we made a point to hang out a few times just to get to know each other better. They had Danny and me over for dinner/game night many times after that. I was even invited to her bachelorette party, which totally made me cry. I love these two, they are some of the most special people I have ever met and I look forward to more fun times that we will have together.

The following images are from the first three or so days of the trip and part 1 of I am guessing 3 part series of this wedding in Tuscany. Enjoy.

I’m going to start out by showing you where we stayed. Quite the dump, eh? I think Chris’s mum’s expression says it all:

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Most evenings were spent poolside, overlooking the gorgeous hills where we were surrounded by wineries. This came in handy when we ran out of wine and brought our bottles to be refilled for 2 euro each (Thanks, Kevin!)
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A few details from the villa…
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The second day we were there, we went into Lucca just to hang around and unwind. Lucca is surrounded by a huge wall that is really fun to ride bikes around (so I hear!). A few guests spent the day riding around Lucca while we ran a few errands and Janice carted more people back to the villa as they arrived in Italy.
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Day three, we had to run to Florence to go to the US consulate and meet up with Jackie, the wedding planner (who, by the way, if any of you are thinking about getting married in Italy, contact her. She was our translator, bestie, and comic relief. Nothing would have been accomplished without her!). I of course got yelled at for having a camera within 2 miles of the consulate. =D
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Janice hired a chef to come in and teach everyone how to make pasta from scratch, how fab is she? Marco, who was also the chef for the 6 course wedding dinner, is unbelievable. The food he created for everyone was just incredible! He studied English in Australia which means he has an Australian/Italian accent. Yeah, just try to imagine that one for a sec, knees melt? I thought so.
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Thank you for looking at part 1 of this crazy adventure. Next up is the wedding day!

xoxo

Ben and Scott are getting hitched!

I introduce you to Ben and Scott. They are getting married this weekend! Ben is what I call a plant scientist, and Scott is a chef at a beautiful restaurant downtown. These guys are incredible! I am still telling stories to my friends about how Ben would say [something like] “oh do you see that tree behind that one that is 4 miles away with the golden leaves? that is a [don’t remember the name now] tree!” I asked him if he knew this special tree was there, or if he could just tell. He could just tell. Crazy, right? I would love to know trees the way he knows them. Ben, any books you can suggest for me? 🙂 Scott is a chef and a master drink maker. While we were finishing up our shoot at their apartment in the South End, they were showing me their Alexander Calder lithograph on the wall that almost made it into the trash and Scott said, “I think I’ll make up a drink and we’ll call it the Calder!” Yeah, I’m kinda in love with these guys. Recipe to the Calder at the end of this post. Onto the photos!

These two collect typewriters, and they love writing with them, so it was fitting that they brought one along.

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We walked around the Arboretum that is so pretty this time of year, everything in bloom and the light is just gorgeous.
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We ventured up to their roof garden for a bit, which by the way won first place in Mayor Menino’s Roof Garden Contest last year!
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A collection of typewriters/typewriter ads/Scott’s favorite men on the big wall of one of their rooms. I love this wall! And of course a copy of the Great Gatsby. For their wedding invitations, they sent each of their guests a copy of the book with a bookmark inside that contained all of the wedding information. Isn’t that the greatest idea?!
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Admiring the Calder, and then enjoying The Calder
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I think the thing I love most about photography is when I am photographing couples and they say something like “Wow, we haven’t done this in so long.” or “It felt really good to just be with my man for the day”. When Ben and Scott sat down in these chairs for a drink, they said something to that tone, and it makes me feel so good that even though I am there taking photographs, they get to do something special that they don’t do on a regular basis that they really enjoy together.
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The Calder:
4 part bourbon
1 part sweet vermouth
lime juice
rhubarb bitters
twist of lemon

See you two this weekend!

xoxo

Yeawon and Ming-Jen are engaged!

I introduce you to Yeawon and Ming-Jen and their monster blog post! These two are insanely into each other, and were one of the easiest couples to shoot to date! I typically like to just follow people around, not really pose them or give much direction because I feel that is how you get people looking their most natural. Ming-Jen contacted me because they are getting married in Taiwan and Korea this summer, and they wanted their friends and family back home to see where they live and what they do for fun. We hit up all of their favorite spots around the city to really show their friends/family how they live.

We started at Harvard because that is where they went/go. (I say went/go because Ming-Jen went and he’s an architect and Yeawon is going to study law!)

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After hanging out on the steps for a little warm up, we headed over to L.A. Burdicks for some yummy hot cocoa. On the way there we stopped at a couple of spots around Harvard Square:

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Boston Engagement Photographer Alexandra Roberts

Boston Engagement Photographer Alexandra Roberts

Ah, even though it was a nice sunny spring day (rare in Boston!) we stopped for some hot chocolate.

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Ming-Jen informed me that we were just steps from where the lovebirds actually met for the first time! I obviously had to go check it out and I wanted to get a few snaps of them right in that spot. The story is this: Yeawon had just came to town and it was raining, she had all of her luggage with her and was standing right outside here holding a map, ah o! Ming-Jen had just walked outside and asked her if she needed some help, awhhhnnn..adorbs.

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In case you are wondering why they are hysterically laughing in the first couple shots, I happen to have a very hilarious assistant, Rob. =)

We then took the T over to the MIT Chapel.

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Ming-Jen told me all about the crazy architecture of the MIT Chapel and the surrounding buildings. Did you know that there is a small moat around the chapel that continues inside so that the walls sparkle as the water moves and the sunlight hits it? Beautiful.

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Then we made our way to Kendall Square through what Yeawon told me was called the “infinite corridor” it’s good to know for the winter that there is an inside route from the big MIT building on Mass Ave all the way to Kendall Sq, through 6 buildings I think she said!

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I love this series.

Boston Engagement Photographer Alexandra Roberts

They wanted to go over to Beacon Hill because they really admire the architecture over there, and its quite quintessentially Boston. Perfect spot for their friends and family to get a feel for their lives here.

Boston Engagement Photographer Alexandra Roberts

Boston Engagement Photographer Alexandra Roberts

Boston Engagement Photographer Alexandra Roberts

And to close out our whirlwind tour, we went over to the Boston Public Gardens for the final portion of our shoot.

Boston Engagement Photographer Alexandra Roberts

Boston Engagement Photographer Alexandra Roberts

I hope you’ve enjoyed this journey with them as much as I did.

Good luck with your wedding(s), guys!

xoxo

Anna, Steve and their two best friends

Meet Anna and Steve. I am not even sure if they know this about themselves but they were the first couple to officially hire me for 2010 back in October of last year. I know most of you know that I am in my first year of business, so this first official wedding client is very special to me. It’s only fitting that their wedding is currently my last wedding of the season alll the way in November. As a *huge* dog lover, I was so excited to know they were going to be bringing their furry friends to the shoot.

This first image is my absolute favorite!

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The couple met while working in the John Hancock building in Back Bay, so we started out around there. 🙂

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I of course saw this tree and it was talking to me, so you know what that means!

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© Alexandra Roberts Photography

I am so excited for them and their wedding this November! I am hoping the dogs get to join in the celebration.

xoxo

Brenda and Pete are Engaged! - Boston Wedding Photographer

It has been forever since I’ve last posted. I know all of you who read my blog are just chomping at the bit wondering where my next post is, ha! I kid. I have been in the middle of moving, which in Boston is not fun! Especially when you are a dog owner. =) I am so excited for the wedding season to begin!

Meet Brenda and Pete

They live in Portland, Maine and I met up with them this weekend in the Old Port and Mackworth Island, which is about a 10 minute drive away. I am so excited to be shooting their wedding in August at Shawnee Peak with the reception in a brew pub. I love that these two like beer. I’m a huge beer fan and I really want to try my hand at brewing, when I have time that is! Maybe someday.