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 […]
Alix and Daniel – Seaport Hotel, Boston
New Year’s Eve weddings are always a blast.  But I was even more excited to be shooting with my work family at Seaport Hotel and a super fun couple, Alix and Daniel.  Alix had always dreamed of a New Year’s wedding.  And this celebration didn’t disappoint!  The day started getting ready in a gorgeous suite at Seaport.  Alix and Daniel had their first look in front of their Chuppah in the Winter Garden (a lovely atrium across from the hotel).  After formal photos in front of the chuppah, Alix and Daniel signed their Ketubah (the traditional Jewish marriage contract).  After the wedding ceremony, guests continued to the Seaport World Trade Center in the beautiful Harborview Ballroom.  Here are a few of my favorite photos from their wedding day. I absolutely love Alix’s dress.  The lace was gorgeous!  Alix had her mom, sister and future sister-in-law help her get ready.  It made for a really special moment. The first look and formal photos were in the same room as their wedding ceremony.  It was nice to spend some time in the ceremony space while it was empty and quiet.  I really enjoyed getting the wedding party together for a dramatic, Vanity […]
Wedding Photography – The Best Moments of 2017
As the holiday season comes to a close and the new year is upon us, it’s a great time to reflect on the past year.  Once again, I am so honored for the opportunity to work with some amazing couples and families.  When I photograph a wedding, I like to concentrate on telling the story of the day.  Formal wedding photography will always be an important part of the day.  But I like to spend the rest of my time in the background capturing the genuine, honest moments that are unique to each wedding day.  In this spirit of that candid and documentary style, I thought it would be fun to highlight my top ten favorite wedding moments of 2017.  These moments made me laugh, cry and sigh…sometimes all at the same time.  I hope you enjoy them!   TEN Not all moments are dramatic and obvious.  Some of my favorite photos focus on the small moments that lead up to a big event.  In this case, this quite moment was right before the first look.  I was struck by the sweet anticipation as the bride descended the gorgeous staircase at The Lyman Estate, walking alone to see her groom […]
Katie and Jim – Harvest Restaurant, Cambridge
Katie and Jim’s intimate wedding at Harvest Restaurant was a fabulous day! They created a day that was perfect for their easy-going personalities.  We started getting ready at the Charles Hotel in the morning.  I was able to sneak both Katie and Jim out for a few quick photos with their wedding parties.  It was an easy walk to Harvest Restaurant where they had a lovely wedding ceremony in the outdoor courtyard.  We were able to catch the last of the fall foliage as well as the hustle and bustle of Harvard Square during family and wedding party formals.  After formals, Katie and Jim celebrated their union with an intimate group of friends and family with a delicious lunch at Harvard Restaurant.  Here are a few of my favorite photos from the day.   The hotel room at the Charles where Katie got ready was totally relaxed and stress free.  It was a perfect start to the day.  I love that Katie included the bracelet her dad gave to her mom on their wedding day.  It was a really special touch. Katie and Jim wanted their first look to be when she walked down the aisle.  So I took them […]
Christine and Sean – Tupper Manor, Beverly, Massachusetts
Working with Christine and Sean was a joy in so many ways.  Not only are they a fantastic couple, but they also found me through a long line of other fantastic couples!  I had two former brides and three former parents of the bride attending as guests.  It’s such a treat to see former clients and their families!  Christine and Sean had a gorgeous early fall wedding.  They each started the day getting ready at their parent’s homes.  Their traditional Catholic wedding ceremony was performed at Saint Augustine’s Church in Andover.  After the ceremony, guests headed to Tupper Manor in Beverly to celebrate.  Here are a few of my favorite images from the day.   Christine’s front yard was just perfect for her bridal portraits.  I love how the little brick path winds behind her.  It looks a bit like a fairy tale to me! The ceremony was so sweet!  Christine and Sean were just thrilled to be next to each other.  And I can’t get over the majorly adorable flower girl and ring bearer. Tupper Manor is just gorgeous inside and out.  And we took advantage of it all, from the gorgeous water fountain in the front to the […]
Katie and Paul – Lyman Estate, Waltham
I don’t think Katie and Paul realized it when they hired me, but they are totally my people!  Paul wore Millennium Falcon cuff links the day of the wedding.  AND…they have a dog named Gimli.  That’s right, they’re geek-tastick!  And those of you who know me, know the depth of my geek-dom.  Katie and Paul had a lovely wedding at the Lyman Estate.  The Lyman Estate is gorgeous, inside and out.  After a sweet first look inside the mansion, we headed out to the lawn for formal photos.  The ceremony was on the property under a gorgeous Copper Beach tree.  Guests enjoyed lawn games on the property during cocktail hour.  And the celebration continued in the tent under the light of a full moon.  Here are some of my favorite photos from the day.   Katie incorporated some lovely heirlooms into her ensemble.  Including a locket that was her grandmother’s.  Oh, and did I mention Millennium Falcon cuff links? The mansion on the Lyman Estate is gorgeous.  Just the trip to the downstairs for the first look created some great images. The navy bridesmaid’s dresses and groomsmen suits were perfect against the dark green lawn.  While the vibrant bouquets added […]
Teresa and Steven – Cambridge Marriott Hotel
I’m going back to my roots with this couple!  I photographed Teresa’s sister Linda’s wedding in 2010.  I was so excited to hear from Teresa when she got engaged!  When I walked in on the wedding day to see Linda with her three children, I knew I’d been shooting a while.  Where did the time go?!?  Teresa got ready in her childhood home which I totally remembered.  Her wedding ceremony was at the nearby Saint Anthony’s Parish.  After the ceremony, friends headed to the Cambridge Marriott Hotel for dinner and dancing.  Here are some of my favorite photos from the day.   Teresa was surrounded by family getting ready.  It was a really close bunch.  Memories of Linda’s wedding came back as I photographed Teresa’s portraits in the same spots.  I love the moment when Teresa’s dad saw her for the first time.  I’m not going to lie.  I’ve got a total crush on him! As we headed to the church, I was thrilled to see the weather clearing up.  It had been a rainy morning!  It was like the sun was coming out just for Teresa and Steven. The ceremony was just lovely.  You could tell Steven was dying […]
Adrienne and Kevin – Seaport Hotel, Boston
Well, another wedding hat trick in the books for Photography by Nikki Cole!  I was completely honored to hear that Adrienne would be the third sibling in her family who wanted me to photograph her wedding.  The Drummy family is an absolute blast and I was thrilled to be at another celebration!  We started the day getting ready at my second home, Seaport Hotel.  It felt like a reunion seeing Adrienne’s two siblings and their growing families.  The ceremony was held across the street in the gorgeous Winter Garden.  Friends and family then proceeded back to the Seaport for an amazing celebration in the Plaza Ballroom.  Here are some of my favorite images from the day.   Adrienne was just gorgeous on her wedding day!  I was totally floored to hear she had done her own makeup! The Winter Garden is one of my favorite locations to shoot a wedding ceremony.  It’s filled with gorgeous light!  Speaking of light, check out how Kevin’s face lit up with Adrienne by his side. The ceremony was full of symbolism and included a traditional hand binding ceremony.  Hand binding ceremonies are becoming quite popular!  There was also an incredibly touching moment when Adrienne […]
Caille and William – The Barn at Gibbet Hill, Groton, Massachusetts
Caille and William’s wedding was filled with emotion and special moments.  They each embraced the special people in their lives who made them uniquely them.  And at the same time, they were just so excited and grateful to be looking forward to a life together.  We started with Caille getting ready in her childhood home.  It was filled with memories.  After getting dressed, we headed to The Barn at Gibbet Hill.  The couple shared a short and adorable first touch before the gorgeous outdoor ceremony in the field next to the barn.  And of course, the celebration continued in the fabulous converted barn.  Here are a few of my favorite images.   It was so special for Caille to get dressed in her childhood bedroom.  It was adorable to see the gown drape next to one of Caille’s first teddy bears.  The room had the same wallpaper she had grown up with.  Caille’s mother and sister helped her get ready and after a quite moment alone, she went down to see her dad.  Their first look was totally sweet. Caille and her dad shared a special moment in the car.  When she was a little girl getting ready for an […]
Kristina and Danny – Boston Harbor Hotel
Kristina and Danny’s wedding was a picture perfect Summer wedding in Boston.  We started on the Boston Waterfront at the Boston Harbor Hotel.  Kristina and Danny were surrounded by friends and family and lots of laughter.  Their first look was right on the cobblestones of Rowes Wharf.  After a few private moments, we headed across the street to the Greenway for family photos and back to the iconic Rowes Wharf Arch for wedding party photos.  A trolley took us to the Saint Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church in Cabridge for a gorgeous ceremony.  Finally, the wedding party was delivered by ferry back to the Boston Harbor Hotel for dinner and dancing.  Here are a few of my favorite photos from the day.   Did you know that the Boston Harbor Hotel offers free Jimmy Choo shoes when you book a wedding with them?  How fabulous is that!  I love those fabulous sparkly shoes.  But I really can’t get over Kristina’s amazing smile.  As Kristina’s maids started putting on her shoes, someone broke out the Greek music and the bridesmaids started singing and dancing all around her.  It was so much fun! It was gorgeous out on Rowes Wharf.  And […]
Amanda and Matt – Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel, Boston
Amanda and Matt were set to have a picture perfect Summer wedding in Boston.  The weather was absolutely gorgeous!  Not too hot.  Not too cold.  Sun with beautiful puffy clouds.  The ceremony was set at the gorgeous Gate of Heaven Church right near their first home together in South Boston.  After the ceremony, we would head to the Boston Public Garden followed by a fabulous reception at the Fairmont Copley Plaza.  What could go wrong!  Wait…what?  Thousands of people are descending on the exact area we plan to shoot formals?  No, I’m sure it won’t be a problem!  And as luck would have it, it wasn’t.  After coming up with all sorts of alternate plans, Boston’s Free Speech Rally finished up shortly after the ceremony leaving the Public Garden open for the photos Amanda and Matt had envisioned.  The wedding party even managed to borrow a sign from the rally to commemorate the event.  The rest of the day went off without a hitch!  Here are some of my favorite images from the day.   Despite some nerves surrounding the rally, Amanda and Matt were all smiles getting ready.  I love the special touch of a rosary in Amanda’s wedding […]
Kara and Adam – Museum of Science, Massachusetts
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Cassandra and David – Boston Public Library
I was excited to shoot Cassie and David’s wedding for several reasons.  First, Cassie found me through her cousin, a previous bride of mine.  So it gave me a chance to see the much beloved Tower family again!  Second, their wedding was at the Boston Public Library which is a photographer’s dream location (at least this photographer!).  The architecture is just spectacular inside and out.  And finally, Cassie and David are a truly lovely couple.  They spent their day relaxed and smiling.  Their biggest priority was fun and family.  Totally my kind of couple!  We started the day getting ready at the Fairmont Copley Hotel and walked right over to the BPL for wedding party photos.  It was a gorgeous summer day in Boston.  The wedding ceremony and cocktail hour were right in the the BPL courtyard.  What a spectacular location for a ceremony!  After that, guests made their way into the library for dinner and dancing.  Here are some of my favorite photos from the day.   Cassie was so excited getting ready.  No nerves.  Just fun. I can’t say enough about how gorgeous the Boston Public Library is.  But Cassie and David would have lit up any space. […]
Ashley and Neil – Hyatt Harborside Boston
Every single one of my clients is very special to me.  But I’m not going to lie.  This one was extra special.  Ashley and her family are fellow Winthrop natives.  Our families have grown up loving our home town.  Ashley’s sister-in-law is one of my wedding assistants.  It was such an honor to be asked to be a part of Ashley and Neil’s wedding day.  Ashley got ready in her childhood home in Winthrop, while Neil prepared at their venue, the Hyatt Harborside Boston.  It was a splendid early summer day!  After the beautiful church ceremony (officiated by the family’s good friend Father Rich), we all headed to the Hyatt Harborside Boston to celebrate.  Formal photos were on the waterfront facing the Boston city skyline.  Guests had a cocktail hour on the Hyatt’s sprawling lawn and dinner and dancing were in the hotel’s permanent tent decorated in lovely soft pastel colors.  Toasts were sweet and funny.  But this crowd was just waiting to dance.  It was great fun!  Here are some of my favorite photos from the day.   I loved watching Ashley’s mom help her get ready.  It was so sweet.  And as an extra nod to family, Ashley […]
Jocelyn and Vadim’s Wedding – Marriott Long Wharf, Boston
Jocelyn and Vadim are such a fun couple.  And they are utterly head over heals for each other.  They couldn’t keep their hand off each other the entire wedding day!  It was fabulous to shoot.  The celebration took place at the Marriott Long Wharf on Boston’s waterfront.  I met Jocelyn in her room to capture some photos of her getting ready.  They had an unforgettable first look in Christopher Columbus park.  The park was packed on Memorial Day weekend.  But from the way they looked at each other,  you would have thought Jocelyn and Vadim were the only two people for miles.  After a touching ceremony, guests enjoyed cocktail hour on the deck overlooking the water and the city.  After cocktails, they headed into the ballroom for some fabulous toasts, dinner and tons of dancing.  Here are a few of my favorite photos from the day.   Jocelyn’s mom bought her a very special necklace for the wedding.  They shared a special moment putting it on. I just love the look on Vadim’s face when he first saw Jocelyn.  He was floored by his gorgeous bride!  We had a fabulous day in Christopher Columbus Park for formal photos.  The park […]