Rebecca and Bastien

Rebecca and Bastien travelled from wine country in California back to Boston to have their wedding with friends and family. Rebecca’s family is local, and Bastien’s family, including his grandparents, travelled across the Atlantic from France. They merged their two cultures by having the entire ceremony and all the toasts in both French and English, and they incorporated more French elements by having the names of French towns on placecards with hand drawn pictures about each town. They were married at the intimate St. Botolph Club, a private club in Boston that is devoted to the arts. The flowers and beautiful flowering branches were from Winston.

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leduc chantal - March 15, 2011 - 10:44 am

quelles magnifiques photos! quel bonheur!

west - March 15, 2011 - 11:27 am

Merci Chantal!

kelly lorenz - March 15, 2011 - 8:25 pm

this is beautiful! great job.

Mathilde - March 19, 2011 - 6:17 am

Superbe …………… quand vos enfants verront ça ……….. pfiou !!
Grosses bises et multiples pensées girondines

sandra trezise - April 4, 2011 - 1:16 am

Such beautiful pictures filled with love and happiness. I can tell that Bastian is a very special man. Bonne chance. Sande

Leo

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Channing Johnson - March 6, 2011 - 1:05 am

I love these. All day long.

Rebecca Mercer - March 7, 2011 - 3:53 pm

What a treat to see these photos! Beautiful!

A Treat for Valentine’s Day

So, anyone who knows me knows that I am not super into Valentine’s Day, but I am super into chocolate. So here’s a visual treat from Jess & Frank’s summertime wedding:

How to make a smore. Indoors. Evidently, the key is lots and lots of gooey chocolate.

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A Buddhist Wedding Ceremony

I love photographing weddings of different cultures, religions, and philosophies, so I was very excited to photograph Drew and Ryta’s Buddhist wedding ceremony this winter, held at Shim Gum Do, a Buddhist temple in Brighton. Drew and Ryta exchanged incense, flowers, and rings, and there were several prayers and poems by guests and by the Zen Master who officiated the ceremony. Four swordsmen were also present over the ceremony, and yes, with real swords! And those blades were sharp. But one of the most interesting things that I learned was that, for their culture, the couple does not choose their wedding date. Instead, the wedding date is chosen by the Zen Master, according to which days are holy and blessed.

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Jen - February 10, 2011 - 6:08 pm

Wow–I love ceremonies like this that are small and intimate yet still rich with tradition and color. Beautiful work, Joyelle!

west - February 10, 2011 - 6:57 pm

Thanks, Jen!!

Manohar Jadhav - July 2, 2012 - 8:32 am

nice photography!

Joyelle - July 2, 2012 - 9:44 am

Thank you, Manohar!

Lynn & Chris at the Museum of Science

Lynn & Chris were married on a late fall day at the Museum of Science. The remaining leaves and tree branches on the Charles were simply lovely. The ceremony was after sunset and therefore was dark and dramatic, with gorgeous lights and reflections in the Skyline Room at the MOS. The cocktail hour was interspersed between science exhibits, and the reception was science-themed with bold fall colors.

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