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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The Knot Best of Weddings 2011

I’m honored to be chosen as one of the The Knot’s Best of Weddings 2011 for wedding photography. Thanks to all the brides that voted!

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More from Galvinized Headwear

A few outtakes of the lovely Nina from our Improper Bostonian shoot at Galvinized Headwear in the South End. All of the hats are designed by Marie Galvin. Marie’s bridal couture designs are so chic that I had to share more of her work!

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Laura - February 14, 2011 - 6:58 pm

Love these!!!