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retroblogging-naomi + paul: married

naomi and paul were married at the end of may in 2010. we started off at their first home where naomi was getting ready. (bee tee dub…she did an AWESOME job decorating that place. i super loved it.)  the amazing gail werner, who traveled all the way from indiana to help me shoot this wedding, stayed with the bride and her maids while i went ahead to the church to spend some time with the groom.

paul had been waiting for this day for a very long time. i loved seeing the emotion on their faces as they prepared to promise each other everything.

one of the best parts about having 2 photographers, especially in a church ceremony, is the ability to get multiple perspectives without moving around and being distracting. for this ceremony, gail hung out in the balcony, and i sat up front to get a more intimate perspective.the grandma. i LOVE this picture.this one was all gail; she was practically hanging out the car window to get it while i navigated the chinatown traffic.

chinese weddings often have a lengthy break between the ceremony and the reception. in our case, this worked out wonderfully, as there was PLENTY of time to explore boston and get some killer portraits. naomi and paul did their homework; they knew EXACTLY where they wanted to go. we started off at the boston public library. the security guard told us we couldn’t go in, but deigned to allow us a few minutes in the outer lobby.

but naomi was NOT having that. when we were done using that space, she said, “let’s walk around and try the other side.” which, of course, made me want to hug her. 😀

i was kind of afraid of the security guard, i’m not gonna lie, but we had absolutely zero trouble getting in through another entrance…and i am so glad we persevered! the image on top is gail’s, i believe, and the one below is my perspective.

after making good use of the stunning boston public library, we had time to grab a few shots in chinatown that showed off the interesting architectural details. then it was time to head back to the reception.

shooting the rings is one of my favorite things to do at every wedding…it’s such a fun challenge to find interesting colors and textures in what is available in the immediate area. the above picture makes use of one of their bamboo centerpieces. in the bottom picture, the sparklies in the back are from naomi’s bracelet, and i set them all on some stainless steel catering equipment in an area of the restaurant that wasn’t being used…i love the reflection!

at asian weddings, it is customary for the bride and groom to go to each table to greet their guests. each table chooses a representative who presents the couple with gifts and reads words of support and wisdom.

another interesting practice i’ve never seen before was…games! this is the tail end of an epic musical chairs battle. they had (pretty awesome) prizes for the winners.


vendor information
church:  sacred heart parish in quincy, ma
reception venue + catering:  empire garden in boston, ma
DJ:  rob ferraz, five star entertainment
cake: ivy’s fine cakes and pastries
wedding emcee:  athena phan
photographer:  gwyneth colleen photography
2nd shooter:  gail werner

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christa26 January 2011 - 06:15

one of my favs by gwynethcolleen!! :)

Gail26 January 2011 - 08:24

Ahhhh…talk about fond memories! That was a blast! (even if I was grumpy by night’s end over that parking garage 😉 )

Naomi, you’re gorgeous here and man oh man, is that library an awesome place to shoot in or what?!

Becky30 January 2011 - 17:59

His face while he’s waiting for her in the church got me all choked up.

I think my favorite shot is the B&W one of them in the door windows. I also love the one of them standing on the stone street with the narrow hill rising behind them. Hard to choose – they’re all amazing!

jess2 February 2011 - 14:00

love these! and what a gorgeous bride!!

Amanda N24 July 2011 - 20:09

Getting in the library was worth it, awesome shots!

meghan + leo: married

meghan + leo got married this past sunday in downtown boston.  (i know, i know…i can’t believe it either…blogging the SAME WEEK as the wedding happened?!  it’s the new prophoto blog…it makes it soooo much easier.)  meg looked STUNNING in her pronovias dress

her brooch bouquet was an etsy collaboration project.  (check back later for store information.  i’ll add it after meg tells me who its creator is!)


her clutch and gloves (and below pictured vintage fur coat–also an etsy find!) perfectly highlighted her glamorous style.


they chose to see one another for the first time in the salon at l’espalier at the mandarin oriental…where everyone would convene later for their reception dinner. the photo on the left–where meghan looks like a FREAKING MOVIE STAR–was walking through the prudential center. i saw pretty light and said, “WAIT. STOP. RIGHT THERE. GOOD.”
waiting to head into the ceremony which was held in the tiny children’s chapel at old south church.  it was perfect for the intimate, family-only ceremony meghan and leo planned.lighting the candle with her sister.  they lost their mother not very long ago, and her presence was sorely missed.
immediately after the ceremony


after the ceremony, we waited a little while for darkness to fall and then headed toward comm ave to create some magical images with the fairy lights in the background.
they got a chance to go in and view the magic in process and say hello to the chef….super cool! 

they don’t joke around about their fancy food…this was something like 12 courses. these were the wines selected to be served with the different courses.

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mdog19 January 2011 - 09:19

ummm, that bouquet is awesome.

Gail19 January 2011 - 09:36

LOVE her bouquet! And hey, I’ve shot there with you! :)

monica19 January 2011 - 17:00

lovely, lovely, lovely.

i love the shot with the twinkly trees in the background. and also the bread. i miss bread :(.

also. my cousin (meg, not meghan, but megan, interesting to me, still) had a vintage brooch bouquet, her mother made it. amazing idea, i love it.

gwyn20 January 2011 - 14:03

yes, gail, you sure did! naomi + paul are next in the queue. 😀

Meghan21 January 2011 - 11:58

Thank you SO much Gwyn!!! We love the pictures and had a blast hanging out with you. Hope to see you soon!

Julie Jeffries22 January 2011 - 18:39

Wow – I saw the pics on Meghan’s profile, but these here are just truly AMAZING. The wedding looks like it was just simply elegant – I love it! I knew that Meghan would make a beautiful bride, and these pictures just prove that theory. She looks like a movie star and the photography is absolutely stunning. Congrats to all involved to make it such a beautiful day. I can’t wait to keep seeing the pictures!!

gwyn23 January 2011 - 13:31

wow, julie! thanks so much for your kind words. meghan and leo are fantastic (and good looking) people…which makes my job easier…and super enjoyable!

Mike23 January 2011 - 17:51

These are great pictures! Excellent work. Meghan and Leo look pretty good too.

an unusually fine new year’s wedding

a few days before new year’s, i got an email…”slight emergency”…was the title.  the power of the incredible duo behind unusually fine photography, max and margaret, was broken…margaret was stuck in utah!
(i guess utah’s christmas gift to everyone was about seven hundred feet of snow?)  anyway, she said, “i’m doing everything i can to make it back, but are you available to shoot on new year’s day?”

i was available, and she DID make it back…which just made it all the more fun.  i joined them in worcester to photograph this awesome wedding.  you can see their slideshow of the day here, but i wanted to share just one or two of my favorite images from the day.

this venue was AMAZING.  they had their reception at the mechanics hall in worcester…and it was so, so stunning.  thanks again, m&m (haha, see what i did there?) for letting me come party with you.  ALWAYS a good time!

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meghan + leo: married TEASER

yesterday i photographed meghan + leo’s wedding in boston…they are delightful human beings that i pretty much adore in every way…here’s a quick teaser. it’s possibly my favorite image of the day.

boston in the winter means…fairy lights on comm ave.  after their ceremony at old south church, the three of us trekked over there to make this magic happen.  i’m kind of in love with it.

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jess17 January 2011 - 19:50

Nice! Love the light!