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Engagement Session Around Boston’s Most Scenic Spots

The best kind of engagement session is one that incorporates personal details from the couple’s love story into their photos, and this beautiful Boston e-sesh does just that. After winning an engagement session from Shadi Boulos Photography, this Bride and Groom-to-be retraced their love through Boston stopping at places like the Public Library, the Thinking Cup and the Boston Public Gardens. Experience all the love in THE VAULT!

 

From The Bride-to-Be…My name is Veronica, and these photos are from an engagement session my fiancé Stephen and I shot this spring with the amazing Shadi Boulos. We were fortunate enough to win the shoot in a promotion Shadi held last December, one which we entered three days after Stephen proposed and the last day of the promotion. I’ll never forget the moment we found out we had won, since Shadi has always been one of our favorite photographers! Furthermore, we were overjoyed that he was willing to travel to Boston for our session, as it is a city very dear to both our hearts.

Stephen and I met years ago when we were both still college students and instantly became friends. From the moment I met him, I knew that he was special, something that I even mentioned to several of my close friends and family members. Over the years, we stayed in touch but lived in different states, and shockingly enough (and completely unplanned), ran into each other constantly in various areas we both did not call home. Four years ago, Stephen moved to Boston, where I attended college, to begin a Masters program in Theology. Within a month, there was a tea-stained, handwritten love letter in my mailbox on Valentine’s Day, from him of course. From there, things fell naturally into place. Our first date lasted almost eight hours. I never had to complete my thoughts because he did it for me. Every day, we discovered more and more how perfectly made for each other we were. Sure, we had our difficulties when I began medical school and he was completing his Masters, but even the difficult times only increased our love and admiration for one another.

He eventually moved to Pittsburgh to pursue his Ph.D., and three years from when we started dating, he asked me to marry him with an astoundingly creative movie theatre proposal. He had written the lyrics, composed the music, and was the star in a music video which he had the theatre play on the big screen. That day, he also recited a poem that he had written a month into our relationship which asked me to marry him, and at that point our family and friends emerged from the hidden side aisles to congratulate us. There is no doubt that God brought us together and that He is planning our every step. Our engagement period has been filled with nothing but love and peace as we grow closer in heart and mind. We are getting married next May and we could not be more excited!

From Shadi Boulos PhotographyLast year, after a great year with workshops and different events, I decided to have my first giveaway. Since there were many recently engaged couples, I knew an engagement session would be very popular. After my nephew randomly chose a name, I was excited that Veronica & Stephen won since they had only recently become engaged. After discussing the giveaway with them, I knew that the Boston are was the best location for the session since it held so much sentimental value to them. So from there, a road trip was underway as I headed to Boston during a beautiful summer weekend. The session was incredible! We couldn’t have asked for a better day! I had arranged different locations throughout the beautiful city of Boston to photograph in. Since they were both very studious, with Veronica being in medical school and Stephen studying for his Masters, incorporating the Boston Public Library and some vintage books was a certain addition to the session. Followed by some much needed coffee during a study session, we headed over to the popular and beautiful Thinking Cup on Newbury Street. A stroll through the stunning Boston Public Gardens followed by a dressed up evening by Pier 6, concluded the beautiful session. I was beyond thrilled to photograph Veronica & Stephen and I know that their wedding day will be just as beautiful!

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Photography: Shadi Boulos Photography | Men's Attire: Zara | Men's Attire: Banana Republic | Location: Boston Public Garden | Location: Pier 6 | Location: Boston Public Library | Location: Thinking Cup | Location: Acorn St. | Women's Attire: Nordstrom | Women's Attire: J. Crew

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Classic Wequassett Resort Summer Wedding

This Bride wins awards in my book, for first off, having one fabulously chic dress, and number two, saying “I do” in one of the prettiest locales I’m lucky enough to know. Deborah Zoe and McElroy Weddings caught it all on camera so we can all sit back as winter rolls in and sink into the beauty of this seaside summer celebration in all its glory – join me in the VAULT right this way!

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From Deborah Zoe Photography… Sarah and Justin wanted their guests to experience all the beauty of the Cape. Surrounded by a warm summer breeze and the beautifully manicured grounds of the Wequassett Resort, Sarah and Justin’s guests were treated to stunning ocean views and the very best Cape Cod has to offer. Sarah meticulously chose each detail to create a timeless and elegant feel to the day, reflecting who Sarah and Justin are together. In short, it was breathtaking. Sarah and Justin grew up just a few towns away from each other but didn’t meet until a chance encounter on Valentine’s Day in NYC. Though they live in NYC, they wanted to marry on the Cape, a place that holds has much meaning for them and their families. The couple mixed classic details with their own unique modern style for a tailored look throughout the day. Sarah got ready at her parent’s historic home on the Cape while Justin got ready with his groomsmen in a suite at the Wequassett.

From the Bride… Justin and I met on Valentine’s Day in the West Village and quickly bonded over our Massachusetts roots. We learned that we grew up ten minutes apart in small towns; it was easy to fall in love with someone with such a similar background. While dating we made many trips north to my parent’s house on Cape Cod and once we were engaged we knew it would be the perfect setting for our wedding.

The Wequassett Resort has always been a family favorite to celebrate special occasions. I have always wanted to get married there and thankfully, Justin loved it immediately. We both wanted to get married outside and Pleasant Bay provided a stunning background. The lush setting combined with the exceptional staff at the Wequassett made it an easy choice for our venue.

Walking down the aisle, I could barely keep it together. Standing at the top of the stairs and seeing all of our closest friends and family in one place was so overwhelming. The love we were shown that day took my breath away. We wanted to have a ceremony that was personal, intimate and non-traditional. We wrote our vows together and added in a few surprises, bringing in a bit of humor. We worked with our officiant to create a ceremony that was very personal and special to us. Neither of us made it through the first line of our vows without crying; it is my favorite memory from the day.

We envisioned an elegant, sophisticated wedding and wanted to avoid the nautical aspects you typically see on Cape Cod. Small details were important to me, like the monogram on our invitation suite and all paper goods, which changed after we became Mr. and Mrs. (most people probably did not notice, but I knew!). My mother spent the year collecting unique pieces of silver for the flower arrangements and escort card table. They are pieces we now have in our home and treasure. If you asked Justin what he cared about his immediate response was “great food, wine and music.” The Wequassett more than delivered with the food and wine and Kahootz kept people dancing all night long. People raved about them the next day.

What a gift it is to spend a weekend surrounded by the love of your closest family and friends. I wish I could relive the weekend over and over again. Even my parents want to do it again, it was that fantastic.

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Photography: Deborah Zoe Photography | Cinematography: McElroy Weddings | Floral Design: Meredith Fancy | Wedding Dress: Le Spose Di Gio | Cake: Konditor Meister | Stationery: Lady Slipper Stationery | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale | Hair + Makeup: Lisa George | Band: Kahootz | Groom's Attire: Ralph Lauren | Officiant: Soulful Ceremonies | Venue: Wequassett Resort And Golf Club | Bridal Boutique: Mark Ingram Bridal Atelier | Bridal Boutique - Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids | Linen Rentals: Be Our Guest | Live Wedding Painter: Vesna Longton

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Tuscan Inspired Summer Wedding

I had to double check the location of this elegant affair to confirm that it really didn’t take place in Tuscany. Set instead in the Berkshires, 42 North created an Italian-inspired escape, complete with a stunning set up by Sperry Tents and Classical Tents, beautiful blooms by Dana Markos Events and chic calligraphy courtesy of Posh + Prep. Shannen Natasha captured all these details and more – all found in our VAULT right this way!

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From 42 North Planning… When we first met Geoff and Taylor, we noticed immediately that they were in love. We were both so blown away by how the two of them had such a shared vision for their wedding, and the planning was a true team effort – which they navigated with such grace and patience for one another. Geoff and Taylor each took on their own individual roles: Geoff handling the wedding website, accommodations, and pre and post parties, and Taylor diving full force into decor and all other things pretty.

Geoff and Taylor had decided they’d like to get married at Geoff’s family home in the Berkshires before we first met with them, so when we came on board with the planning one of our first orders of business was to visit the property.

Needless to say, we were in a planner’s heaven. The property sprawled over acres of rolling hills of wildflowers, surrounded by farmland as far as you could see on all sides, and even featured a meadow (bonus!) and pear and apple trees. We had an absolutely stunning blank canvas to create an entire weekend experience for Geoff and Taylor’s guests.

We assembled a stellar team of vendors, to include Chive Catering, Dana Markos Events, and Classical Tents among many others. Together, we spent countless hours talking logistics and strategy to create an event environment from the (grass) up. Of course – we had to be prepared for the possibility of rain, so we had engineered a few contingency plans (with the help from our very trusted “tent guys!”), and luckily we didn’t have to use them.

Geoff and Taylor’s wedding day turned out to be a perfect summer day, which did such justice to the incredible environment our bride and team of vendors imagined up. The ceremony site was marked by a chuppah adorned with roses, hydrangea and lots of wild greens by Dana and his team, with rose petals lining the aisle, and the on-property pond as the backdrop. Cocktail hour sprawled through the property’s apple orchard, barn, and lawn, with lounge areas throughout. The tidewater tent was dramatically draped with silky mink curtains by Exquisite e=Events, which we pulled back at the end of cocktail hour to “reveal” the reception space to the guests.

Chive served up the most delicious family style dinner, while the band played dance music all the way through. Guests were eating, dancing, drinking, mingling, and enjoying! Between the magical setting and the beautiful couple, it was truly a night to remember.

We couldn’t describe it any better than the gorgeous photos by Shannen Natasha. She truly captured every essence of the evening, beautiful from the inside out.

From the Bride… Geoff and I first met in high school through mutual friends but we didn’t start dating until the summer going into our junior year of college. We dated long distance for a while and then broke up while I lived in Los Angeles, but we remained best friends throughout it all. When I moved back to Boston, we got back together and have been inseparable ever since. About eight years after our first date, Geoff proposed while we were taking a walk in the rain (under umbrellas) near our apartment.

When we got engaged, we knew right away we wanted to get married at one of Geoff’s family’s homes in the Berkshires, where we had spent a lot of time together. We both absolutely love the natural beauty of the area, and it truly is such a special place for both of us.

Even though we had a guest list of about 170 people, Geoff and I wanted the wedding to feel very intimate and elegant – like a chic Tuscan dinner party. We worked closely with our planners, 42 North and our caterer, Chive Catering, to customize our guest’s experience. We really wanted everyone to feel right at home! Our cocktail hour was outside, with lounge areas set up around the property to encourage our friends and family to explore and mingle. Chive Catering served the most delicious local, and sustainable food. For dinner, we opted for a family style first course of big plates of heirloom tomatoes and burrata, served with focaccia, olive oil for dipping, and small bowls of olives to be passed around; we wanted our guests to feel like they were at their own dinner table with old and new friends.

For the florals, we went for a very elegant look juxtaposed against the slightly rustic style of the property. Rather than wildflowers, we chose a lot of roses and hydrangeas. The florals outside of the tent were bright greens and creams and then entering the tent, we opted for darker greenery along with a lot of candlelight to set the mood. Dark green vines with white roses were placed sporadically on the tables. One of our favorite details was the beautiful floral garland that our florist, Dana Markos, created for us and wrapped around a tree above one of the lounging areas.

The small tiered cutting cake had subtle white butterflies and flowers to go with the enchanted look of the wedding. For dessert, in addition to the tiered cake, we had slices of organic lemon cake made by Pure Pastry, as well as the most delicious individual, warm fruit cobblers. Later in the night, servers came around with trays of late night snacks like pigs in a blanket, mini burgers, and homemade ice cream sandwiches. It was very important to us that we honor our loved ones that couldn’t be there with us on our wedding day. We incorporated small details to pay tribute to them, such as our late night snack of pigs in a blanket in honor of Geoff’s late father (they were his absolute favorite snack).

Our entire evening was magical – exactly the way we had been dreaming of it for the nine months leading up to it. The best part was that the party didn’t end after the band went home; we hired a late night DJ to play old school hip hop, and we stayed up until 2am dancing with our closest friends (bonus of having your wedding at home!). It was perfect.

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Photography: Shannen Natasha Weddings | Cinematography: Cullen Studio | Event Planning: 42 North Planning | Floral Design: Dana Markos Events | Wedding Dress: Kenneth Pool | Cake: Pure Pastry | Cake: Jenny’s Wedding Cakes | Invitations: Minted | Catering: Chive | Makeup: Dani Wagener Beauty | Hair: Melissa Noel Hair Design | Calligraphy: Posh And Prep | Venue: At Home | Tent Rental: Classical Tents | Bride's Earrings: ILA | Floor Rental: Sperry Tents Greenwich | Lighting, Draping + Lounge Furniture: Exquisite Events | Louis Chairs: Via Peterson's Party Center | Maid Of Honor Dress: Amsale | Rentals: New England Country Rentals | Rentals: Rentals Unlimited

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