Photography by Nikki Cole
The Best Wedding Planning Advice I’ll Ever Give
One of the things that separates me from other wedding and life event photographers in Boston is my previous wedding planning experience.  I was a wedding planner at Seaport Hotel for many years before starting my photography profession.  My brides and grooms often take advantage of my vast knowledge of wedding etiquette, customs, and trends.  Those conversations put me right back in planner mode and I love it!  I could talk for days about the best wedding reception timeline, ideas for specialty linens, how ballroom lighting affects your photographs, and the opportunities to save your precious wedding funds.  I hope to share a lot of this advice in the coming months.  But for now, I’d like to share what I consider the most important piece of advice I could ever give brides and grooms while planning their wedding day (or any other special event).   Before you start your planning (before the Pinterest Board, excel spreadsheet or three ring binder even make an appearance) sit down with your spouse-to-be.  I suggest doing this over a great bottle of wine, but it’s not a requirement.  If someone else is paying for your wedding, you may want to include them in on the […]
Josh’s Bar Mitzvah – Temple Beth Elohim, Wellesley
Josh is such a great kid and I absolutely loved spending his Bar Mitzvah day with him and his family.  He did a fantastic job at the service at Temple Beth Elohim in Wellesley, Massachusetts.  And he spent the evening celebrating with family and friends at the Boston Marriott in Newton.  Here are some of my favorite images from the day.   I was so impressed by how calm and comfortable Josh was in front of the camera.  Especially since he was about to be in the spotlight!  We had a great time taking formal photos prior to the service.   Temple Beth Elohim has a beautiful courtyard and it was a gorgeous day for outdoor photos!  I was thrilled to be able to take advantage of the last of the fall color in New England. Josh had a great theme for his Bar Mitzvah.  He’s a huge hockey fan.  The room at the Marriott in Newton was lit blue.  He had these great lit centerpieces that illuminated photos of Josh throughout his life.  There was a fabulous hockey cake and hockey themed favors and place cards. The kids had a great time playing cards.  The DJ created the biggest […]
Ilana’s Bat Mitzvah – Blue Hills Country Club
I love photographing Bar and Bat Mitzvahs.  The kids are at that age where their personality is really showing.  And the adults get an evening when they can act like kids again.  It’s great photography!  Ilana’s Bat Mitzvah was no different.  I had a blast with her and her family!  The service was at Temple Aliyah in Needham, Massachusetts.  We got a chance earlier that week to catch some photos there.  The celebration was that weekend at Blue Hills Country Club.  Here are some of my favorite photos from the day. When I arrived, Ilana was crushing her rehearsal.  She was so prepared!  And her family was excited to watch her shine. I was excited to catch the last of the fall foliage in New England for formal family photos.  Ilana and her family were so comfortable during the session.  We were able to get some truly genuine moments. There is no doubting Ilana’s favorite color.  Ilana’s celebration was decked in pink from top to bottom.  The room looked gorgeous draped in pink flowers, up lighting, balloons, linens and some hanging crystals at the adult tables for good measure. Kids and adults alike had a blast on the dancefloor from […]
Levi’s Bar Mitzvah – Hotel Indigo, Boston – Associate Photographer, Rebecca
Levi is a great kid who had a Bar Mitzvah celebration that totally reflected his style!  Not a big dancer, Levi opted for a fabulous game room for his friends.  The restaurant at Hotel Indigo in Boston was the perfect venue for that.  It looked like a blast!  And Rebecca captured it wonderfully.  Here are some of my favorite photos from the day.   Levi’s service was at Temple Emmanuel.  The temple is just gorgeous and boasts fabulous natural light indoors.  Levi was a great sport posing for Rebecca. Levi’s custom logo was the perfect match.  And the candy centerpieces were so fun!  Levi even had is own signature drink.  I totally want to try the Levi Lagoon! As if the awesome games weren’t enough, he had a custom score board for friends to keep track of their standings and write Levi fun messages.  He also entertained friends and family with a caricature artist.  Check out Levi’s caricature! Levi may not be a big fan of dancing, but it didn’t stop him from joining in on a great hora! Levi did a wonderful job during his candle lighting.  Check out his proud mama!  I love the cool containers with blue […]
Shira’s Bat Mitzvah – Temple Emanuel, Newton, Massachusetts – Associate Photographer Rebecca
Shira gives new definition to the words Pretty in Pink!  She was a total super star at her Bat Mitzvah.  And Rebecca really captured her wonderful energy!  Both the service and the celebration were held at Temple Emanuel in Newton.  Here are some of my favorite images from the day.   I am in love with the image of Shira leaning against the wall.  She looks totally comfortable in front of the camera! Shira’s favorite color is…you guessed it…pink.  The room was dressed top to bottom in different shades of the color.  It was beautiful. The Bat Mitzvah celebration started with cocktail hour and games for the kids.  The backdrop for her photo lounge is the best I’ve ever seen! Shira decided to forego the traditional candle lighting.  But that didn’t stop her from getting a fabulous cake and blowing the candles out!  I’d call that the best of both worlds. In addition to all the awesome dancing, Shira had lots of activities arranged for her friends and family.  There was a super cool chocolate bar making station and an area to pack care packages for troops overseas.  I loved seeing an opportunity to give back which is such an […]
Danielle and Steven – Royal Sonesta, Cambridge
After a wonderful Engagement Session with Danielle and Steven, I was so excited to capture their wedding images.  There were all sorts of threats of rain that day, but we were able to squeeze in all our outdoor photos!  Danielle got ready at her parent’s home which I always find lovely.  The ceremony was at Saint Athanasius Church in Reading, and the reception was at the beautiful Royal Sonesta Hotel in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  Here are some of my favorite images from the day.   Danielle is a traditional kind of girl it showed on her wedding gown.  I’m in love with all the detail from the lace to the buttons.   Check out this adorable ring bearer and his briefcase.  In the briefcase was a special note from the bride to the groom. The Royal Sonesta never disappoints when it comes to outdoor locations for formal photos.  The sky that day was just amazing. Steven is a big car guy!  They decided to name their tables after fantastic cars.  But even better, they had a model of each car at the table.  It added a great flair to the decor. The best moment of the night had to be the […]
Olivia and Zachary – Newport Beach Club, Rhode Island
When Olivia first contacted me about her wedding, I was devastated that I was already booked.  I’ve photographed Olivia’s sister’s wedding and her cousin’s wedding and the DiLorenzo’s are one of my favorite families!  My only solace was that they chose to use Associate Photographer Rebecca for their wedding.  So we totally kept it in the Photography by Nikki Cole family.  Olivia and Zachary’s wedding was at the Newport Beach Club in Rhode Island.  It was a gorgeous day.  Here are some of my favorite images from the day.   Olivia’s choice of pale pink bridesmaids dresses was perfect against the sand and blue ocean on Newport Beach.  But the real show stopper was Zachary’s socks.  He ordered special socks with Olivia’s face all over them.  I just can’t… Olivia and Zachary’s first look was right on the beach.  I love that they both went barefoot! Newport Beach Club also had some gorgeous spots for formal wedding photos right on the property. It was the perfect day for a wedding ceremony on the beach in Rhode Island! I am obsessed with Olivia and Zachary’s choice of decor for Newport Beach Club.  The space is light, airy and bright.  So they […]
Shannon and Stephen – Tewksbury Country Club
Shannon and Stephen’s wedding was a family affair!  Team Cole was in full force.  Shannon started the day getting ready at her parent’s home while Stephen got ready in their own home.  The ceremony and some gorgeous outdoor photos of the bride and groom were at Saint Monica Parish and the celebration was at Tewksbury Country Club.  Here are some of my favorite photos from the day.   When we arrived at Shannon’s house, we walked in on her and her dad practicing their father daughter dance.  It was adorable! Stephen surprised Shannon with a card and a gift prior to the wedding.  I love photographing those special moments when the bride hears from her husband to be on their wedding day. There was a gorgeous spot behind Shannon’s parent’s home for some formal photos.  Shannon looked absolutely beautiful set against the emerging fall colors.  Meanwhile, Stephen was preparing for his big day.  I have a feeling he’s not a fan of formal wear.  Check out his face getting buttoned up!  But he looked awful handsome. The ceremony was truly lovely.  But the ring bearers did their best to steal the show!  They were so cute! The late afternoon light […]
Connie and Terry – Danversport Yacht Club, Massachusetts
It was such a treat photographing Connie and Terry’s wedding!  I had the honor of photographing Connie’s brother’s wedding years prior and I was thrilled to see them again!  We spent the entire day at the Danversport Yacht Club.  The weather was absolutely perfect.  Here are some of my favorite images from the day.   The Danversport Yacht Club has a beautiful, light filled room for the bride to dress.  Since Connie is…shall we say…vertically challenged, she is used to wearing smashing high heels.  I loved both pair and loved capturing them!  Keep an eye out for the second pair! The ceremony was under the gazebo right on the waterfront.  There is a beautiful view from the Danversport, but think everyone was too captivated with Connie and Terry to notice. We were able to get even closer to the water for formal photos.  The bridesmaid’s pink dresses were perfect against the pale green grass and pale blue water.  It was just dreamy.  Connie had some lovely detail with buttons all the way down the back of her dress which made for a fun photo. Formalities in the ballroom included beautiful toasts in both English and Chinese. After the toasts and […]
Amelia’s Bat Mitzvah – Associate Photographer, Rebecca – Seaport World Trade Center, Boston
Amelia’s Bat Mitzvah was a wonderful celebration!  Both huge Harry Potter fans, she and photographer Rebecca were just made for each other.  Amelia’s service was held at Temple Hillel B’nai Torah in Boston.  And her reception was at the Seaport World Trade Center.  Here are some of our favorite photos of the day!   Dressed all in white, Amelia was just lovely. The Seaport was a gorgeous spot for family photos.  The family had their choice of an amazing city skyline or Boston Harbor as a backdrop.  Amelia was just stunning in her gown.  And I absolutely LOVE her shoes! Amelia’s theme for her party was simply out of this world. Friends and family played games and danced the night away on that fabulous white dance floor! Vendors Venue – Seaport World Trade Center Event Planner and Flowers – Erica Paige Events and Parties Entertainment – Siagel Productions Lighting – The Prop Factory Hair and Makeup – Lynne Avallone Rentals – Peak Event Services
Nikki and Ben – EpiCenter, Boston
Nikki and Ben could not have been more fun on their wedding day!  It was a gorgeous day in Boston and we had a bast hoping from place to place for some iconic Boston photos.  We started the day getting ready at the gorgeous Intercontinental Hotel.  We took some fabulous formal photos on the Greenway and on the waterfront.  Then we all headed to the EpiCenter for the ceremony and reception.  It’s such a cool spot for a wedding.  Here are some of my favorite images from the day.   I spent the entire time getting ready obsessed with Nikki’s amazing blue eyes.  They were brilliant!  And her gorgeous makeup and lashes made them pop even more.   The first look was just behind the Intercontinental Hotel on Boston Harbor.  As soon as Nikki saw Ben, the happy tears started.  It was so sweet.  After some photos there, the wedding party jumped on a bus for some more photos across the way by the courthouse.  I love the view of the Boston Harbor Hotel archway from that spot.  It just screams Boston! Nikki and Bed did a fabulous job decorating the EpiCenter for the wedding ceremony.  The white drape around […]
Kara and Nathan – Royal Sonesta, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Kara and Nathan knew exactly what their priorities were on their wedding day.  They wanted to be surrounded by friends and family.  And they wanted a smooth and fun day.  I think they got both.  The entire experience was at the fabulous Royal Sonesta, Boston.  They got ready in beautiful hotel rooms overlooking the Charles River.  Their first look and formal photos were by the river just outside the hotel.  And their ceremony and celebration were in the grand ballroom.  Here are a few of my favorite photos from the day.   Kara was so calm and happy getting ready for her big day.  Just look at that beaming smile!   It was an absolutely gorgeous Labor Day weekend on the Charles River.  We had a beautiful sky and view of the city skyline for formal photos.  Nathan’s mother is a florist and created the most beautiful floral arrangements.  It was simply stunning.  I loved the bouquets! Kara and Nathan’s ceremony was so special.  They started with a private Ketubah ceremony which is the signing of the Jewish marriage license.  Rather than carrying her bouquet down the aisle, she chose to create another bouquet from flowers handed to her by […]
Jillian and Samuel – Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, Ipswich
Jillian and Sam planned a perfect wedding day!  We started the day getting ready at Beautique Salon and Blue-Inn on the Beach.  Jillian dressed in the bridal room of the gorgeous castle on Crane Estate here the ceremony and tented reception were also held.  It was a stunning day.  Here are some of my favorite photos from the day.   The boys got ready at Blue, which is a gorgeous Inn in Newbury.  The ladies had a blast at the salon.  And they all gathered at the Crane Estate for the first look.  I just love how Jillian beamed when she got her dress on. The first look was at the Casino on the Estate.  It was the most gorgeous backdrop.  But I don’t think Jillian and Sam saw anything but each other.  Formal photos were a blast.  There were too many beautiful spots to choose from at Castle Hill. The ceremony was set against the rolling hills of the estate.  The bride and groom were married under a gorgeous arch.  It couldn’t have been more perfect. Jillian and Sam kept the decor totally elegant to match the gorgeous setting.  The cocktail hour was on the lawn of the estate […]
Taylor and Trevor – Inn at Pleasant Lake, New London, New Hampshire
Taylor had the wedding she always dreamed of!  She got ready and shared her first look at the lake home in Sunopee she spent time in since she was a little girl.  It was a gorgeous summer day for formal photos right on the water.  After that, the wedding party headed to the Inn at Pleasant Lake for a gorgeous outdoor wedding ceremony and a fabulous tented celebration.  Here are some of my favorite images from the day.   Taylor was beaming from the moment we arrived. Taylor and Trevor’s first look on the lake was idyllic.  He was so thrilled to see her.  And they were both just gorgeous! The ceremony was filled with special meaning.  The couple chose to have their rings passed from guest to guest so each could impart a special blessing upon them.  They also created a very special blending ceremony.  They chose to blend water from the lakes that each spent time on as children.  They   blended the waters with Taylor’s uncle performing in the background. Taylor and Trevor chose simple and natural decor for the tent.  It created the perfect feel for their outdoor, tented wedding. It’s so obvious how close Taylor […]
Christina and Christian – Seaport Hotel, Boston, Massachusetts
Christina and Christian are a wonderful couple!  They were all smiles on their wedding day.  And it was a fabulous wedding!  The happy couple were married at Saint Francis Xavier Parish in Weymouth, Massachusetts and their celebration was at my old stomping grounds at Seaport Hotel in Boston.  Here are a few of my favorite images from the day.   Christian got ready for his wedding day surrounded by is groomsmen at the Seaport Hotel in Boston while Christina got ready in her childhood home in Weymouth.  It was so cool to photograph her dressing in her childhood bedroom (which was apparently the cleanest it had ever been)!   I love the first moments after Christina finished getting ready for her wedding day.  She was pure joy.  And her father was so excited to see his baby girl dressed in her wedding gown. It was a lovely wedding ceremony.  Check out the look on Christians face when he saw Christina for the first time.  He looked just as thrilled when the priest announced them man and wife for the first time.  These two were a blast to photograph.   And of course, the Boston Seaport is one of the best […]