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!

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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!)

Boston Engagement Photographer Alexandra Roberts

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:

Boston Engagement Photographer Alexandra Roberts

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.

Boston Engagement Photographer Alexandra Roberts

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.

Boston Engagement Photographer Alexandra Roberts

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.

Boston Engagement Photographer Alexandra Roberts

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.

Boston Engagement Photographer Alexandra Roberts

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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!

Boston Engagement Photographer Alexandra Roberts

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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© Alexandra Roberts Photography

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

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© Alexandra Roberts Photography

© Alexandra Roberts Photography

© Alexandra Roberts Photography

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© Alexandra Roberts Photography

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.

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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.

Calm

While attending Inspire Boston (a wedding photography conference put on by the Boston Photographer’s Guild) I met a woman named Lara who I know will become one of my best friends. I’m so lucky to meet people who I click so well with, and I think it’s pretty rare. We gave each other photo assignments (you can see hers here) for the weekend and hers was to photograph something that represents “calm” to me. Of course I found that opportunity this weekend in our doggeh, Emma. Here is my first photo assignment and the second photo is just because. 🙂

I want to make these photo assignments a regular thing. As the wedding season gets into full swing, I think I will stop shooting for myself, and I think that shooting for myself is very important. If you can think of an assignment to give me, please head over to my contact page and submit and assignment for me! I made a drop down option for “photo assignments” so choose that one and then I plan to post one once a week! I’ll say in the post who sent me the assignment and then my inspiration for the image. Please please! Thank you Lara for giving me my first assignment!
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Couple shots using my new friend

I picked up a nikon 105mm 2.8 for macro shots a couple of weeks ago. I decided to take it out this weekend to the fells reservation, where we take Emma on the weekends for some rompin around. I have to say, I like it a lot even for bringing to the park.

I’m sure every photographer who has a dog says this but, I think Emma is the most photographed dog on the planet!

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unique wedding photographer alexandra roberts

✈ Janice + Chris = lovers of each other and travel ✈ - Boston Engagement Photographer

I am so excited to share this shoot with you today! This duo, Janice and Chris are the most fun people I’ve ever worked with. This is the couple who has hired me to shoot their destination wedding in Bagne De Lucca this May.

Since they both love to travel and I am usually a “go big or go home” kind of person, I had arranged for us to shoot at a small airfield in Norwood, MA for a portion of the day. I have a lot of people to thank for helping me make this happen. I knew that I wanted to try to get a prop plane for the shoot, but how? TSA people are jerks most of the time and I knew that if I just called the airport, it wouldn’t work out. I called on to my friend Nathan, who is in the Air Force and asked him, “what do you think the odds are of me finding a plane for a photo shoot?”. With no hesitation he replied, “Just call a flight school, they are so proud of their aircraft that I can bet you they will 100% say yes.” That is what I did! Actually, I emailed the people over at Horizon Aviation basically a novel about who I was and why I wanted to use a prop plane for a photo shoot and being really nice. I got a reply in about 10 minutes from Chris, who apparently specializes in flying upside down, with an “absolutely!” response. No way! Ok, so he said yes, now it’s time for the scheduling nightmare with my couple! Janice and Chris were completely open and willing to work it into their day and so was Horizon, double no way! – Thank you Nathan, Thank you Chris P, Thank you Janice and Chris.

Enough story, on to the images!

Here are a select few from the airfield:

After we were done playing in the airfield we went to the couple’s apartment where we were able to incorporate a few objects that are special to them. Along with that, we did a little story board that illustrates how they met, fell in love, all of that beautiful stuff.

I am so so excited and honored to me shooting their wedding in May!