Written by Kristin… This incredibly special post has been a long time in the making. Every single one of my brides are very special to me. I must admit, this bride may top the list at number one… my precious little sister, Kelly, got married this year to her soul mate, Doug. I could write the entire post on how much I love my sister and how Doug has been an answer to prayer to her and our family, but I will refrain from the “older sappy sister’s story” and tell how this beautiful and playful wedding came to be…
The engagement started at the Top of the Hub, Boston’s roof top restaurant that claim’s the most amazing view of the skyline. Doug gave a fourth generation diamond ring to my shaking and giggling sister. I think she may have said yes before he finished his request! How appropriate that their wedding would be on the roof top of the Signal Building in South Boston. Kelly got ready at the Boston Park Plaza hotel, steps away from the Boston Common.
She and Doug decided that a first look was a must. To calm their nerves and be able to walk the streets of the city and photograph in their favorite places, sounded like the perfect wedding day. Before the bride and groom’s first look, it was very important to Kelly that she share a moment with our dad. Kelly said these two moments were here favorites of the day… “My first look with my dad resulted in immediate (and unexplainable?) laughter, a perfect tone for the day to come! The second with Doug was lighthearted and so happy, and all my nervousness immediately melted!”
I had to do a quick change, so that I could photography Kelly’s first look with our dad and then with Doug! I wasn’t going to miss photographing my sister and her soon to be husband in the beautiful city. But right after the pictures of the two of them, I dashed back to the hotel and changed back into my bridesmaids dress.
You can see why we wanted to build in plenty of time for pictures before the wedding ceremony! The beautiful parks and architecture in downtown Boston was an incredible backdrop for Kelly, Doug, and their bridal party.
Kelly and Doug chose to use succulents for the bouquets, boutonnieres, and centerpieces (you will see more of those details in the next post!). It was such a beautiful and unique addition to the wedding. On each of our bouquets hung charms with pictures of our grandparents who have all passed. They were absolutely present in spirit. Our Granny and Papa are shown above. It was our Granny that told Kelly to go to school, find her career… and only THEN could she start to date. This, coming from a women who was married very young and devoted her entire life to raising children, was a surprising request. “Kelly is different”, I heard my Granny say once. She knew best how Kelly’s story should unfold.
Doug shared he was a little worried that he wouldn’t like the wedding dress! Of course he thought she looked perfectly spectacular, but I think Kelly had been teasing with pictures of outrageous gowns with sculpted headpieces and other quite ridiculous embellishments. I understand Doug’s fear!
We wouldn’t say taking pictures is stressful by any means, but it was nice to take a break with the entire bridal party to share a glass of champagne before the ceremony started. We found the perfect spot at the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel. What a memory!
Paul snuck outside to get some special candid images of Kelly and Doug. We asked Kelly what advice she had to couples starting the wedding planning process. She shared to “do only what means the most to you and your husband, as a team! Try not to focus on what others may expect. Focus on those things that make marrying wonderful.” It absolutely was wonderful day. I can’t wait to share the ceremony and reception tomorrow! The day just gets better and better!
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